The United Nations' Committee on the Rights of the Child claims in a report that the U.K. might be violating the rights of children in publicly funded schools by requiring them to take part in daily religious worship "of a broadly Christian character."
In a report released on June 3 by the 18-person committee of "independent experts" of "high moral character" from countries such as Russia and Egypt, according to The Telegraph, called on ministers to repeal a law requiring a daily act of Christian worship at schools because it might contradict a child's "freedom of thought, conscience and religion."
According to report, titled "Collective Worship and Religious Observance in Schools: An Evaluation of Law and Policy in the UK," the vast majority of schools in the U.K. are required by law to organize acts of collective worship (England, Northern Ireland, Wales) or religious observance (Scotland) for their students. more >>
A new Church of England-associated school has been forced to go on "lockdown" as it faces outrage from parents and students for removing a cross from its student-designed school logo.
According to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, parents and students are furious with Oak CE Primary School in the Crosland Moor district of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire after school officials decided to redesign the school logo by scrubbing out a cross featured in the logo.
The primary institution, which is funded by the state and governed by both the Kirklees Council and the Church of England, opened on May 3 as a result of a merger between three preexisting schools. more >>
One year after the Supreme Court's ruling to redefine marriage, threats to religious liberty are growing. On June 30, the California State Legislature's Assembly Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 1146, intended to restrict Christian colleges and schools from discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
It seems hard to envision a state punishing a Christian school for upholding traditional Christian teachings. Even so, that's exactly what could happen if SB 1146 is passed.
SB 1146 would narrow the number of California colleges and universities that are able to claim exemptions from federal Title IX anti-discrimination law, applying the exemption only to seminaries and schools of divinity. This means Christian colleges could face a loss of accreditation status with the state of California resulting in their students' inability to qualify for state and federal grants and loans. more >>
The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that a Christian University can be denied accreditation because of its opposition to homosexuality.
In a ruling released Wednesday, a three judge panel of the high court concluded that Trinity Western University's "community covenant," which bans a host of behaviors, discriminates against LGBT people and that the Law Society of Upper Canada was justified in denying accreditation.
"TWU wants to establish a law school. Although members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ('LGBTQ') community may apply to the proposed law school, they will not be admitted unless they are willing to sign and adhere to TWU's community covenant," read the ruling. more >>
Star Genleah Swain, an assistant principal at Jefferson County Middle/High School in Florida, is now the toast of the internet after an impromptu video of her delivering a powerful and captivating performance of the National Anthem at the Lincoln Memorial while on vacation went viral.
The video, recorded June 16, has been viewed more than 7 million times on Facebook after R&B singer Nay Michelle shared it on her page on June 24.
Swain, 34, told the Tallahassee Democrat that she and her family were in Washington, D.C. on vacation two weeks ago with Marcus Henderson, minister of music at her church, and his family, along with Godby High Assistant Principal Benny Bolden and his family when the recording was done. more >>
A man known for his ability to recite 20 books of the Bible from memory has released a study Bible that reveals his techniques.
Tom Meyer, member of Wordsower International Ministries and a professor at Shasta Bible College in California, released last week. The book is written in a format that Meyer says will help people memorize verses and even entire chapters of the Bible.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Meyer explained that the study Bible came from what he believed was a vacancy among study books. more >>