President Barack Obama will join former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas, this week to honor the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
Known as the Civil Rights Summit, the three-day event is being held as part of the national celebration marking the 50 years that have passed since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law.
Elizabeth Christian, president of the LBJ Foundation, which oversees the library, told The Christian Post why the event was being held. more >>
A 17-year-old student at Oakland Tech in Oakland, Calif., who achieved a 5.0 GPA and 2,100 on the SAT, has received offers from some of America's top colleges like Yale, Columbia and Brown, leaving some people in shock at his accomplishments.
While friends of 6-foot-1 Rastafarian, Akintunde Ahmad, are celebrating his hard work, the star student athlete notes in a sfgate.com report that he has also gotten used to surprised reactions when people find out about his stellar academic performance.
"People looking at me funny is so common that it doesn't stick out for me anymore," says Ahmad. "It's something that I've gotten used to." more >>
Liberty University, the country's largest private nonprofit university, has issued a statement clarifying its hiring practices after a viral news report revealed that the conservative Christian school's stage company had sought the services of an "open homosexual advocate" for its production of "Mary Poppins."
"For decades, Liberty University has hired only faculty members who affirm the university's doctrinal statement," reads a statement from the Lynchburg, Va., school sent to Patheos blogger Benjamin L. Corey. "The choreographer in question is an independent contractor supplied to the university through a third party association and has never applied for employment at Liberty University and has never been an employee of Liberty. Liberty has never required vendors who provide goods and services to the university to adhere to the university's doctrinal beliefs."
Corey, suggesting that Liberty's hiring of "someone who is openly gay and is a marriage equality advocate" could serve as an example for other Christian organizations, such as World Vision, pointed to a Christian News Network report in which the Southern Baptist-affiliated university "basically shrugged their shoulders and said they hire people on the basis of their ability to do a job, not on the basis of their sexual orientation." more >>
Gay advocates in Germany reportedly attacked Christian parents with "little bags of feces" and feces-stained pages ripped from the Bible for protesting a new government sex education program in schools that seeks to teach students about homosexuality.
A DW report explains that the protest is part of an ongoing debate over a plan in the state of Baden-Württemberg to include "sexual diversity" in the 2015 school curriculum. The details of that plan are still being hammered out.
A middle school teacher from the Black Forest region in southwest Germany launched a petition which branded the effort as "an educational, moral, and ideological reeducation" in the state's schools. more >>
A group of students at Aquinas College, a small Catholic school in Grand Rapids, Mich., pulled off what is perhaps the most epic April Fools prank on their macroeconomics professor and it has left the whole world laughing.
In just three days, a video recording of the prank had attracted nearly 15 million views and counting on YouTube.
According to the video, professor Stephen Barrows has a policy that any student who receives a call in his class has to accept it on speakerphone for all to hear. more >>
A mother said she was "proud" of her son for standing up for his First Amendment rights when he refused to put away his Bible at the recent demand of staff members during an after-school program in Cannon County, Tenn. The publicly-funded program has since educated its workers on students' constitutional rights to religious freedom.
Lisa Koepfgen recently expressed pride in her 9-year-old son, Austin Grayson, who attends the after-school REACH program in Woodbury, a part of Cannon County, Tenn. The American Civil Liberties Union contacted the after-school program to defend Austin after he was reportedly told by staff members that he could not read the Bible during a free-reading period. The staff then tried to take the boy's Bible, telling him they could lose their state funding if they allowed him to read it.
"I am so proud of my son for standing up for his right to read the Bible during free reading time at his after-school program, despite multiple staff members wrongly telling us it was against the law," Koepfgen said in a statement to The Blaze. "Clearly the REACH program also realized that they needed to retrain their staff on the Constitution's protection of students' religious freedom." more >>