As the University of Oklahoma continues to reel from the fallout of a racist video of members of the now suspended local arm of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity singing that there will never be a black fraternity brother, the second and last black member of the fraternity group says the video has left him grieving.
"At first I felt I should have known better. ... I put a lot of faith and trust in an idea and knowing that that could come back and bite me some time and just hoping it never would, and then feeling that that faith and trust was misplaced was my initial reaction," said William Bruce James II, who told KFOR that he was the last black SAE member at OU 14 years ago.
It appears, however, that the SAE fraternity brothers who were singing the derogatory chant to the tune of a popular children's song 'If Your Happy and You Know It' in the now viral video posted to YouTube on Sunday, were unaware that they had black SAE brothers. more >>
The American Baptist College, a Christian college in Nashville, Tennessee, is under fire from a group of pastors for inviting a married lesbian bishop to speak at the institution's 58th Garnett-Nabrit Lecture Series this month.
Bishop Yvette Flunder of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ, who's married to her same-sex partner Shirley Miller, is featured as one of the main speakers set to make an address during the lecture series on March 18, according to a schedule of events published by the college.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education released its list of the top 10 worst offenders of free speech on college campuses in 2014.
The top 10, in alphabetical order, are: Brandeis University, California State University-Fullerton, Chicago State University, Georgetown University, Kansas Board of Regents, Marquette University, Modesto Junior College, U.S. Department's of Education and Justice, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Iowa.
FIRE, founded in 1999, advocates for individual rights at American colleges and universities. It was founded by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and civil liberties attorney Harvey Silvergate after publication of their book, The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses. more >>
A consultant who suggested in a job advertisement seeking a school superintendent for a rural Northern Michigan school district that candidates have "a strong Christian background and philosophy" apologized and removed the criteria after the ACLU complained.
Scott Crosby, regional president of the Michigan Leadership Institute for West Central Michigan, told mlive that the wording of the criteria was poor judgment, and not reflective of the McBain Rural Agricultural School Board. The reference, he explained, was intended to reflect the area's "close-knit and conservative" beliefs.
"There are other ways to reflect that," Crosby told mlive Tuesday. "Clearly, it was not intended to discriminate in any way, shape or form." more >>
A website that depicts Jesus Christ as a modern tattoo artist has argued before an appeals court that a Texas school district discriminated against it when it rejected an ad for a high school stadium.
Little Pencil Ministries, which oversees the website tattoojesus.org, filed a lawsuit last year against the Lubbock Independent School District over not being allowed to run an ad on a jumbotron display at a stadium.
Arguments were heard Tuesday in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals between Little Pencil and Lubbock, with the former being represented by the religious freedom legal group, Alliance Defending Freedom. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has responded to atheist author Richard Dawkins' recent comments that religious parents are indoctrinating children, by stating that Dawkins wants to impose his own "religion" of atheism at the exclusion of all others.
"Dawkins believes that children should be taught evolutionary naturalism as fact. He wants his religion of naturalism imposed on them. So children shouldn't be taught religion by their parents — they should be taught the religion of atheism by their teachers," Ham wrote on his AiG blog.
"All Dawkins is advocating is replacing one religion with another religion." more >>