Sixty years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision to desegregate America's schools, segregation in America's classrooms remains as problematic as it was when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his final speech, says First Lady Michelle Obama.
Speaking last Friday to 1,200 high school seniors on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the historic decision in Topeka, Kansas, where the case began, Obama said desegregation is now in reverse by some measures.
"So today, by some measures, our schools are as segregated as they were back when Dr. King gave his final speech. And as a result, many young people in America are going to school largely with kids who look just like them. And too often, those schools aren't equal, especially ones attended by students of color, which too often lag behind, with crumbling classrooms and less experienced teachers," said Obama in remarks posted on whitehouse.gov. more >>
Ken Ham of the Creation Museum has blasted an upcoming event at a Kentucky high school where atheists plan to hand out copies of The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
"The reason for handing out this atheist book is to attack the Bible and the Christian faith-and the atheists really just want Bible distribution by volunteers to be stopped all together. And of course, atheists do not ultimately have any positive message to give. What can someone who says there is no God, and declares that when you die you cease to exist, really offer people except some subjective opinions for living in the here and now?" Ham wrote in a post for Answers in Genesis on Sunday.
The planned event for June 3 at Boone County High School, which is near the Creation Museum, is being organized by Tri-State Freethinkers, which is partnering with author Hemant Mehta and The Secular Student Alliance. The Freethinkers had asked for the same access to students that those passing out Gideon Bibles get. more >>
TYSONS CORNER, Va. – A Floridian pastor who gave remarks at an anti-pornography conference believes that the American Church must do more to combat pornography and its harmful effects upon the faithful.
Jay Dennis, senior pastor at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland and creator of the "One Million Men Porn Free" program, told The Christian Post on Saturday that he believes many churches are "afraid" to deal with the issue of pornography.
"I think a lot of pastors and churches are afraid that they are going to rock the boat and they're going to be criticized," said Dennis. more >>
Between the announcement of the Truman Doctrine in 1947 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the single most important influence on global politics and American foreign policy was the Cold War. Teachers, students, and parents thus would rightly expect the College Board's newly redesigned AP US History Framework to highlight the origins of the Cold War in Europe, the successes of America's policy of containment, and the United States' triumph over communism under President Reagan. Unfortunately, the College Board Framework completely fails to meet this reasonable expectation.
The Framework opens Unit 8 on the period from 1945 to 1980 with the following sentence about the Cold War in Europe: "The United States developed a foreign policy based on collective security and a multinational economic framework that bolstered non-Communist nations." (page 60) This sweeping generation ignores the Soviet conquest of Eastern Europe, Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, and George Kennan's influential advocacy of a policy of containment. Since the Framework doesn't even mention these critical events, it obviously ignores how they provoked the Truman Doctrine committing the United States to support "free peoples" resisting Communist aggression. Nor does it relate how, as the leader of the Free World, the United States formed the NATO alliance to defend Western Europe and funded the Marshall Plan to revive the region's war-torn economy.
These egregious omissions are not atypical. They are in fact part of a pattern of superficial and biased statements woven throughout the entire 98-page curriculum guide. more >>
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 >>