The London School of Economics apologized Friday for previously censoring t-shirts worn by atheist students featuring cartoons of the prophet Muhammad and Jesus.
The school's director, Professor Craig Calhoun, said in a statement Friday that the school "got judgment wrong" when it told two student members of the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society to cover up their cartooned t-shirts at an October welcome fair for freshmen, saying that the t-shirts showing Muhammad and Jesus violated the school's rules on harassment of a religious group.
Every holiday has a past. Christmas is no different. The day now known for manger scenes, Santa Claus, and gift-giving during the peak of winter was not always celebrated in said manner.
Many of the traditions connected to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ have non-Christian origins. Items like the Yule log, the Christmas tree, and the very placement of the observance during the darkest time in the calendar year stem from pre-Christian religious observances.
Bruce Forbes, professor of religious studies at Sioux City, Iowa-based Morningside College explained to The Christian Post in an earlier interview that many current Christmas rituals emerged during the difficult winters pagans often encountered. more >>
A set of United States maps showing the counties that have the highest concentrations of sin, based on the "Seven Deadly Sins," has caused a stir since Memolition reposted it this month. In each of the maps the southeast, an area often referred to as the "Bible Belt" for its tradition of faith, has the largest amount of sin per capita.
"We compiled those maps from the standpoint of geographic information science," Mitch Stimers, who worked on the study as a graduate student at Kansas State University in 2009, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday.
Now a director of institutional research and instructor of geography and geosciences at Cloud County Community College, Stimers insisted, "we weren't attempting to interject any moral interpretation into them." more >>
The Catholic University of America (CUA) is defending its decision to accept a $1 million donation from Charles and David Koch after it was criticized last week by 50 Catholic educators for receiving money from individuals they claimed "directly [contradicted] Catholic teaching on a range of moral issues."
In an open letter released on Dec. 13, the deans and department heads of various Catholic universities. including institutions such as Notre Dame and Boston College, said that the college risked "sending a confusing message to Catholics that the Koch brothers' anti-government, tea party ideology has the blessing of a university sanctioned by Catholic bishops," by accepting the money for its new business school.
In particular, the letter's writers pointed out that they believed the Koch brothers, who have donated millions of dollars to conservative and tea party causes, stood in opposition to the Catholic church's teaching "the positive role for government, an indispensable role for unions, just tax policies, and the need for prudent regulation of financial markets in service of the common good." more >>
WASHINGTON-A constitutional lawyer who was a featured speaker at an event held by the Family Research Council has stated that he is "fairly optimistic" the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the Mt. Soledad cross case.
Ken Klukowski, director of the FRC's Center for Religious Liberty, told The Christian Post on Thursday that this was likely even with the "long odds" facing the possibility.
"I would predict, I am fairly optimistic they're actually going to take the Mt. Soledad case after the Ninth Circuit gets done with this appeal on it in the next few months," said Klukowski. more >>
With skyrocketing tuition, there is no denying that college is too expensive. My friend, Professor Richard Vedder of Ohio University, has produced a lifetime of work showing that colleges' hefty price is directly related to students' easy access to Federal Pell grants and student loans. Those taxpayer-subsidized funds allow universities to handsomely compensate tenured professors who rarely teach and ensure administrators at state institutions remain the highest paid public employees in America.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out this model is unsustainable. With student loans already surpassing $1.2 trillion, this is a financial bubble ready to burst. And the failure will be another burden on taxpayers because these loans are backed by the government. That is why we must insist that public colleges and universities model their business practices after private industry, such as incentivizing schools to reduce the time it takes to graduate and to reduce budgets by outsourcing services which can be performed better and more economically by the private sector.
Privatized dorm buildings, food services, and busing contracts are some good examples of public colleges and universities contracting services to save taxpayers money. But one important outsourcing idea is under attack by the Obama administration and government bureaucrats. more >>