WASHINGTON – A teenage girl whose family was murdered nearly three years ago by Boko Haram for being Christian has finally spoken about her experience.
Deborah Peters, a native of Northern Nigeria who is now 15, described the murder of her father and brother at the hands of Boko Haram at a Hudson Institute event on Tuesday afternoon.
Peters was from Chibok, the very same village that terrorists raided in April and abducted hundreds of school girls, forcing them into marriages with Boko Haram leadership. more >>
The Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club cancelled its sponsorship of a controversial reenactment of a satanic "black mass" by New York's Satanic Temple Monday after strong condemnation from Catholic groups, university officials and students.
Early Monday evening Lucien Greaves, spokesman for the Satanic Temple, told The Boston Globe that the event had to be cancelled because they no longer had a venue.
"Everyone involved, outside of the Satanic Temple, got really scared," said Greaves. "And I don't necessarily blame them, because I understand that they were getting a lot of vitriolic hate mail, and I don't think they expected it." more >>
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered an uplifting commencement speech for the 2014 class of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., this past weekend, discussing everything from his conversion to Christianity when he was a teen, to his support for public evangelical figures such as Phil Robertson from "Duck Dynasty."
Jindal, a Republican, spoke to about 34,000 attendees for the evangelical university's 41st commencement ceremony on Saturday, held at the university's Williams Stadium.
The southern governor recalled the "most significant moment" of his life, a moment that happened during his teen years when he was first given the Bible as a gift and snuck away into his closet to read it, unsure of how his Hindu parents, who had emigrated from India, would react. more >>
To make a strong argument, address the strongest arguments of your opponents, any debate coach will tell you. Supporters of the Common Core, however, are doing just the opposite. They ignore the opponent's strongest arguments while trying to create the impression they are just a bunch of crazies.
Anyone who disagrees with them must be suffering from a mental deficit, supporters of the Common Core State Standards Initiative often suggest.Paul Reville, an education professor at Harvard and former Massachusetts Secretary of Education, claimed Common Core opponents are a "tiny minority" of "fringe voices" who fail to understand that "the children belong to all of us." Education Secretary Arne Duncan claimed the critics are "white suburban moms" opposed to progress in education. He later apologized, but in his apology accused the critics of being opposed to high standards for education. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said they are defenders of low standards who are "comfortable with mediocrity." Conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks claimed those who oppose Common Core are part of an "ideological circus" with "hysterical claims and fevered accusations" from "the market-share-obsessed talk-radio crowd." A 40-page report released this month by the Southern Poverty Law Center depicts the critics as "far-right" propagandists who believe that K-12 education should no longer be free, universal and compulsory. And, in a rather odd op-ed, conservative Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson begins by praising conservatives who are willing to "assemble unexpected alliances" then condemns the left-right alliance opposing Common Core as a "mediocrity caucus."
Common Core critics were also misrepresented in a poll released Monday by Republican pollster John McLaughlin on behalf of Common Core supporters. The poll was meant to find out where Republican primary voters stand on the Common Core. more >>
A Bible curriculum developed by the Green Scholar's Initiative chaired by outspoken Christian president of Hobby Lobby, Steve Green, is slated to be piloted in Oklahoma's Mustang Public School district high schools this fall. And if it's successful, high school students across the U.S. could soon be free to study the Bible en masse.
A release from public relations firm Demoss, said a test version of the elective Bible curriculum was recently presented to the board of the Mustang Public Schools by the Museum of the Bible, a nonprofit that will oversee an international museum focusing on a scholarly approach to the Bible. It is expected to open a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. in 2017.
A representative of Demoss, who requested not to be identified because he was not authorized to discuss the curriculum, explained to The Christian Post on Friday that although the plan was still in the draft stage, the aim is to deliver a constitutionally sound final document. The representative noted that the Hobby Lobby president, who is known for his faith fight with the government over Obamacare's birth control mandate, was not directly involved with the project in any way. more >>
A secular group has filed a motion of contempt against a Mississippi school district for allegedly having Christian prayers at an awards ceremony for students in April.
The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center filed the motion Wednesday against the Rankin County School District in U.S. District Court.
Monica Miller, attorney with the legal center, told The Christian Post that the AHA became aware of the awards ceremony after being contacted by a student attendee. more >>