A nonprofit legal group has issued a second letter to a school district in Florida, urging school officials to allow a fifth grade student to read the Bible during both free-reading periods and the school's Accelerated Reader Program.
Giovanni Rubeo, a fifth grade student at Park Lakes Elementary School in Broward County, was previously punished by his teacher for reading the Bible during a time set aside for the school's Accelerated Reader Program, which monitors a student's progress in reading. Although the school district apologized for the incident and said Rubeo may read his Bible during any free-reading time, it said the fifth grader was not allowed to read the Holy Book during the Accelerated Reader Program.
After researching the Accelerated Reader Program, the Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group defending Giovanni and his family, discovered that the program does in fact permit the reading of 60 of the 66 books of the Bible. more >>
A recent heated and expletive-laden confrontation between a University of Connecticut professor and two on-campus preachers has drawn the ire of conservative media.
Over the course of a two-hour tirade, professor of anthropology James Boster angrily lashed out at evangelist Don Karns of Hampton, Virginia, who was holding a sign opposing evolution, on the University of Connecticut campus last month.
"Have you read Origin of Species? I have read the Old Testament and the New Testament. I can quote you Scripture," yelled Boster, who frequently dismissed any rebuttal by Karns as "That's bulls---." more >>
Two Christian college tenured professors have sued their employer after the Tennessee school terminated their contract when they failed to approve the school's recent "clarification" to its statement of faith.
Professor of natural science Stephen Barnett and professor of education and chair of the education department Steven DeGeorge, have filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee-based Bryan College asking that their positions be restored and that the recent "clarification" of the school's statement of faith be declared void. The Bryan College charter bans attempts to modify the statement.
Earlier this year, the Bryan College Board of Trustees approved what it described as a clarification to the document, which in its original state does not mention Adam and Eve, unlike the new language, which affirms their literal existence and states that humanity did not evolve from other species. more >>
The harrowing experiences of Edgar Harrell and the crew on the USS Indianapolis, a battleship that helped put an end to World War II, are documented in the recently released book, Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis.
On the way back from making their voyage to Japan to deliver components used to create the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the USS Indianapolis was attacked by a Japanese submarine and of its 1,197-man crew, only 317 survived the five-day ordeal.
Hundreds of men were set adrift in the vast Pacific Ocean. Frigid cold temperatures assailed them at night, and the blistering, burning sun assaulted them by day. All the while, strong waves and hungry sharks picked them off one by one. more >>
Harvard's Kennedy School of Government is now requiring all first year students to undergo a course titled "checking your privilege" as part of their orientation.
As if this requirement doesn't seem preposterous enough, the school also wants to move toward training faculty and administrators in privilege and power too.
This requirement comes after a controversial yet popular op-ed penned by a student at Princeton where he stated the term "check your privilege" is detrimental to students. Students are being asked to consider how their good fortune might impair their ability to empathize with others. Why is it that we are asking students to apologize for or to analyze their accomplishments and successes? more >>
In our own backyard here in Broward County, Fla. has arisen a disturbing story of a twelve year old boy (Giovanni Rubeo) getting in trouble with his teacher for having the audacity of reading the Bible to himself during free time, when the children were free to read whatever they wanted to.
But his teacher singled out the Bible (a Christmas gift Gio treasures) because it was allegedly inappropriate to read in the school. In her own words, it was "the book he's reading as opposed to the curriculum for public school." Again, this was during free time.
She had told Giovanni on previous occasions not to read the Bible, so she called the student's father to berate him, leaving a message, saying, "He's not permitted to read those [religious] books in my classroom. He said if I told him to put it away, you [the dad] said not to do that." more >>