Today marks nine years since I did something that profoundly changed my life. On March 16, 2006, as college students at Georgia Tech, Orit Sklar and I filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against our school for free speech and religious liberty. It was a significant decision, but after much prayer, consideration, and counsel, our love of liberty and our love for Georgia Tech compelled us to take this stand so that every student's First Amendment rights would be respected.
Specifically, the goals of our suit – filed by Alliance Defending Freedom – were: 1) to hold GT accountable for selective enforcement of its speech codes, which resulted in mainstream conservative speech often being considered "hate speech" and "intolerant," while politically-charged, far-out-of-the-mainstream Leftist speech was considered part of the "intellectual diversity" purportedly valued by the Institute; 2) to challenge GT's unlawful discrimination against religious and political groups by refusing to fund them with the Student Activity Fee; and 3) to confront GT's endorsement of certain religious views and ridicule of others through the Institute-run "Safe Space" program. In other words, we wanted free speech for all students, we wanted equal rights for all organizations, and we wanted the Institute to abide by the U.S. Constitution by ceasing to promote certain religions over others.
Orit and I – along with other like-minded students – had endured literally years of censorship and condemnation of our actions and beliefs from Institute officials whenever our views were not in line with the extreme agenda they were desperately trying to promote in the name of tolerance. This was especially apparent when it came to matters of morality and sexuality; for example, on one occasion Institute officials forced us to take down a display confronting radical feminism, and another time administrators pressured us to participate in Coming Out Week, to name just two incidents from our litany of run-ins with campus authorities. more >>
Shane Vander Hart of Caffeinated Thoughts sat down for an executive interview with Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Governor Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana) in an exclusive interview with Caffeinated Thoughts said that he was just two months away from making a decision about 2016. He said the next president will need to be someone who will make big changes in DC and that he thinks it should be a governor. He said he has been praying about his decision, but on top of that he's been focused on what he would do if placed in that position so he's been busy working on policy statements through his non-profit America Next.
Jindal was comfortable and well versed in discussing a variety of topics. Education policy is quick becoming one of his wheelhouse issues as he has been front and center in the battle against Common Core. In Iowa, as Jindal arrived in the state, Common Core ads were being run touting the math and English language arts standards as "conservative." Jindal said he disagreed with that description, but it is a debate worth having. more >>
Former atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, a professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University, explores the infinite power of God's grace and the impact it has on Christians' lives in his new book, The Case for Grace.
A New York Times best-selling author, Strobel takes readers on a journey to reveal real-world examples of people who share how God's grace has transformed their lives.
Strobel, a former reporter for The Chicago Tribune, who later became a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, has penned similar books including, The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith and The Case for Creator, all of which explore evidence for the various topics he's researching. He explains that his previous works laid the foundation for his latest book, The Case for Grace more >>
Forrest Harris, president of American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee, shot back at a group of pastors protesting the institution's decision to invite a married lesbian bishop to lecture students next week, charging that they're using "idolatry of the Bible" to discriminate against gays.
"It's sad that people use religion and idolatry of the Bible to demoralize same-gender-loving people," said Harris, in an interview with The Tennessean about the decision to allow lesbian Bishop Yvette Flunder of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ, who's married to her same-sex partner Shirley Miller, to speak at the college.
Flunder is scheduled to speak at the college's 58th Garnett-Nabrit Lecture Series on March 18. She's a staunch advocate of same-sex marriage and is shown in the video below voicing that support. more >>
A conservative student group at The George Washington University faces punishment, including the loss of its funding, for refusing to engage in LGBT sensitivity training on campus. The students are now being condemned and attacked on campus by those who claim they're committing an "act of violence" for standing up for their members' individual rights and Judeo-Christian values.
The Young America's Foundation chapter at the Washington, D.C.-based academic institute has refused to participate in LGBT sensitivity training recently made as a requirement.
Amanda Robbins, vice president of GW YAF, told The Christian Post that their objection to the training "stems not only from many of our members' Judeo-Christian values, but also from our organization's commitment to defending the individual rights of every student on campus." more >>
This week several University of Oklahoma frat boys were caught on tape singing a vile, racist song (and, no, it wasn't "unconscious" racism or "coded" racism — it was straight up segregation-era hate). The video triggered a tidal wave of outrage on and off campus. A top football recruit "de-committed" to OU and committed to Alabama, the national fraternity expelled the local OU chapter, and students, coaches, professors, and administrators marched in protest.
To this point, the matter is rather simple. The SAE students engaged in racist expression, and private citizens countered with expression of their own — doing what the marketplace of ideas does best, countering bad speech with better speech.