Suprising (some would call it shocking) answers came from beachgoers in New York to the questions about why Americans celebrate Memorial Day when O'Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Watters visited Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y.
Watters asked revelers whether they knew why they had the opportunity to spend the day at the ocean-- and not at work or school, according to Fox Nation.
"Do you know why you're off today?" Watters asked. more >>
The Circuit Court for Montgomery County ruled on Wednesday that the state's year-old school choice law, the Alabama Accountability Act, is unconstitutional and that the state is enjoined from taking any measures to further implement the law. This is the third lawsuit filed in an effort to halt the Act -- the previous two were unsuccessful. While the court order is a hurdle to the immense progress toward educational choice in the state, proponents of the law and the families who have experienced the hope that it offers will fight this ruling through every available channel until it is overturned.
This politically-driven lawsuit, the second by the Alabama Education Association, alleged that the Act violates the Alabama Constitution by way of the procedure through which it was enacted and the means through which it is funded. The legal reasoning of the decision is shaky on a number of fronts, rendering the case fertile ground for an appeal.
This is the second suit to put forth several procedural violations as a foundation for having the law struck down. Similar arguments in a previous suit against the Act failed at the Alabama Supreme Court, where the Court held that it was not the function of the judiciary to require the Legislature to follow its own rules. Rather than alleging a violation of the legislative rules, the plaintiffs here claim that the passage of the Act violated the Alabama Constitution as to the single subject rule, the original purpose doctrine, and the three readings requirements. Alabama Supreme Court precedent shows a pattern of deference to the Legislature on issues of this nature, presuming compliance in instances where it is questioned. more >>
A Georgia church helped 50 of its recent high school graduates earn $4.3 million in scholarships by mentoring and providing guidance to the students through their education ministry.
Turner Chapel AME in Marietta held a special service to honor the group, who were accepted to a combined 125 colleges and received college tuition assistance through private scholarships, institutional, merit and need-based aid.
Students come from economic backgrounds that "span the range of families with little to no financial resources to those with enough to pay some of their college costs. However, even the most affluent families find a $60,000 annual price tab out of reach without taking out loans," Mychal Wynn, leader of the education ministry told The Christian Post. more >>
A humanist group recently accused a New York high school of violating the U.S. Constitution after it allegedly prohibited one of its students from opting out of saying the Pledge of Allegiance due to its reference to God.
In a letter to the Elmira City School District this week, the American Humanist Association argued that a teacher at Southside High School violated the constitutional rights of a student when she forbade the student from sitting down while the Pledge of Allegiance was recited in class. Additionally, the teacher reportedly told the student that not reciting the Pedge of Allegiance "is disrespectful to America and to military personnel."
The letter from the American Humanist Association suggests teachers at Southside High School be instructed not to persuade a student to recite the Pledge of Allegiance if they do not wish to do so. The letter also requests that students not be punished for opting out of the Pledge. The humanist association cites the Supreme Court case West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, that granted students the right to opt out of the Pledge. more >>
A historian has argued in a new book that the religious aspects of World War I have been largely ignored by scholars.
Philip Jenkins, author, distinguished professor and member of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, believes that people living and fighting in World War I held strong spiritual convictions of various kinds.
Jenkins documents these many examples in his newest book, The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade. more >>
Some faculty members of Louisiana Tech recently walked out of the school's commencement ceremony in protest of an award being given to Phil Robertson, star of the A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty."
The three faculty members who chose to walk out of the commencement ceremony did so due to remarks Robertson made regarding homosexuality in a December 2013 interview with GQ Magazine. The small protest happened after members of the LGBT student group Prism organized a social media campaign once they were made aware of Robertson's award on Friday, one day before the commencement ceremony was to take place.
Although Robertson did not attend Saturday's graduation event, his wife, Miss Kay, and son, Alan, received the award in his place. The award, known as the Tower Medallion, was meant to recognize Robertson as a distinguished alumnus of the university. more >>