After an independent report released during the winter found that Bob Jones University officials discouraged victims of sexual assault from filing police reports, a months-long local South Carolina police department investigation found that there is insufficient evidence to prove that BJU violated any mandatory reporting laws.
As the Greenville Police Department conducted a seven month investigation into whether teachers, counselors and other officials at the Christian college failed to obey South Carolina law by not reporting knowledge of alleged sexual crimes against juvenile students to authorities, the investigation could not prove that BJU officials were guilty of violating the law.
"After interviewing all available witnesses, reviewing historical documentation, and consulting with the solicitor, it was jointly concluded that there is insufficient evidence to establish probable cause or prove beyond a reasonable doubt that either the faculty or administration of BJU in place at that time violated the mandatory reporting law in the cases we reviewed," a statement recently released by the Greenville Police Department affirms. more >>
A public school district in Georgia will have to pay a humanist organization $22,500 through its insurance carriers after the organization sued the school system over allegations that local high school coaches led their teams in prayers and included biblical passages on official team log books and promotional banners.
In December, the American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit against the the Hall County School District in Gainesville, Georgia, over the district's practices of allowing coaches and other faculty to lead in team prayer during official school events and allowing Bible verses to be printed on team documents.
After sending warning letters to the school district last August, the lawsuit called out the prayer traditions of various athletic teams from Chestatee High School and North Hall High School. more >>
A Christian student at the University of Cape Town was forced out of her position at the institution after she posted a message on Facebook deemed "anti-gay marriage."
Commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that struck down all state-level gay marriage bans, Zizipho Pae, an economics and statistics major, was forced out of the Student Representative Council last week because she accused society of "normalizing sin."
After a meeting that included heated arguments, the university's student council voted 7 to 1 in favor of a motion to immediately remove Pae from her position, according to minutes posted online by the student group. more >>
Archaeologists in Israel have found a rare inscription of the name of an apparently influential person from the time of King David, a name that is also mentioned in the Bible, according to Israel Antiquities Authority.
Archaeologists have discovered a 3,000-year-old large ceramic jar with the inscription of the name "Eshbaal Ben Beda," The Associated Press reported Sunday.
The Old Testament book of 1 Chronicles in 8:33 and 9:39 identifies the fourth son of Saul as Eshbaal, also written as as Ish-bosheth. "Ner was the father of Kish, Kish the father of Saul, and Saul the father of Jonathan, Malki-Shua, Abinadab and Esh-Baal," the verses read. more >>
Government policies have been ineffective, while Christian schools have been effective, in reducing the achievement gap in education, according to a published study by William Jeynes, a senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton and a professor at California State University-Long Beach.
The education gap that exists between white and African American students is formally referred to as the achievement gap. It highlights the disparity between school performance that is tied to race and shows up in test scores, graduation rates, and college enrollment rates.
Jeynes pointed to factors, such as faith and family dynamics in the July issue of Education & Urban Society as helping to close that gap, especially noting "religious faith among children of color has a considerable impact in alleviating the achievement gap." more >>
A U.S. Federal District Court has fined Mississippi's third largest public school district $7,500 after a minister opened up a districtwide honors assembly with a prayer invocation, an act that violated a 2013 court settlement that ordered the district to stop "proselytizing Christianity."
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves has for the second time ordered the Rankin County School District to stop allowing prayers to be held at school events. The judge has also banned the distribution of Bibles on school campuses.
The school district was ordered to pay a student plaintiff from Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, who was represented by the American Humanist Association, $2,500 because the student attended an assembly at Brandon High School in May 2014 that began with a prayer led by local Methodist pastor the Rev. Rob Gill. more >>