The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities announced Monday that two member schools have withdrawn their memberships in order to avoid creating significant division within the consortium over the institutions' recently adopted policies that allow for the hiring of openly gay and lesbian faculty.
In July, Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia and Goshen College in Indiana became the first members of the 120-member, 35-denomination CCCU to alter their employment nondiscrimination policies to include sexual orientation as a protected class, meaning that the institutions can hire professors who are married to a person of the same sex.
Two other CCCU member schools, Union College in Tennessee and Oklahoma Wesleyan University, withdrew their memberships this summer because they felt the council did not act swiftly to defend traditional marriage by revoking EMU and Goshen's memberships. more >>
Famed atheist writer and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has clarified statements he recently made about a Muslim teen in Texas who was arrested for bringing a clock he built to school.
Dawkins, who had previously expressed skepticism about the official story of Ahmed Mohamed and his arrest, stressed on Twitter that he agreed it was wrong to arrest and handcuff the student.
Politically correct colleges are actually harming their students by trying to protect them from ever being offended.
On many college campuses, a movement is afoot to shut down statements or topics that might offend some people, or that will "trigger" unpleasant feelings or emotions. They're called "microagressions." And what qualifies as a "microagression" that may "trigger" someone these days can get downright ridiculous
For example, earlier this year at Brandeis University, an Asian American student group put up a display with comments such as, "Aren't you supposed to be good at math?" and even "I'm colorblind! I don't see race." Well, even this was too much for some other Asian students, who said the display itself was offensive — and had it taken down. Meanwhile, the University of California system has deemed many statements, including "America is the land of opportunity" and "I believe the most qualified person should get the job," to be offensive. more >>
Alabama's Department of Education has voted in favor of new educational standards that will "require" students to learn about the theory of evolution.
Last week the state's Board of Education unanimously approved new science course standards meant to update current ones approved 10 years ago.
The Muslim teen in Texas who was arrested on Monday for bringing a homemade clock to school has gained support from the public and even from high-profile individuals.
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was arrested and suspended when he brought his homemade electronic clock to MacArthur High School to impress his teacher — a move that has been widely slammed as a form of religious discrimination. However, encouragement and support poured out for the Muslim teen, and even U.S. President Barack Obama, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, and NASA scientist Bobak Ferdowski echoed the sentiment, according to Fox News.
Ahmed Mohamed was handcuffed when he brought the homemade clock to school because the officials at the Texas school thought it was a bomb. The incident quickly became viral on social media and Mohamed's supporters have tweeted the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed over a million times by Wednesday evening. more >>
A new campus policy has been proposed at the University of California that seeks to limit freedom of speech so that students and faculty have the "right" to study or work "free from acts and expressions of intolerance."
The policy proposal, which has been deemed a "statement of principles against intolerance" was discussed by a committee of university regents on Thursday, and aims ban so-called intolerant speech, yet protect its students' and faculty's freedom of expression at the same time.
The policy defines intolerance as being "unwelcome conduct motivated by discrimination against, or hatred toward, other individuals or groups," and includes "acts of violence or intimidation, threats, harassment, hate speech, derogatory language reflecting stereotypes or prejudice, or inflammatory or derogatory use of culturally recognized symbols of hate, prejudice, or discrimination." more >>