In what activists are claiming is a clear use of excessive police force and a violation of civil liberty, an eighth grader at a Texas middle school was arrested and slammed face-first in the ground by a police officer during a school football game after the student refused to remove his spiritually beloved rosary beads from his neck.
Jacob Herrera, an eighth grade student at Sam Houston Middle School in in Amarillo, Texas, was arrested and detained overnight by local police in late October after he argued with an officer over his right to wear rosary beads on school grounds. The rosary was given to him by his now-deceased brother and has religious and sentimental value to him.
While the Amarillo Police Department holds that rosary beads are symbolism for association with gang violence and asks that students in the Amarillo Independent School District not wear them on school property, Herrera had acquired prior approval from the school's principal that allowed him to wear rosary beads underneath his clothing while in school. more >>
The predicament of individual Christians faced with legal or organizational requirements to acquiesce in the sexual revolution and provide goods or services that contribute to sin, reviewed in a recent article by the present author, is mirrored in a similar requirement being made on Christian institutions. The difference is that whereas individuals are threatened with loss of job, fines, or imprisonment, organizations are threatened with loss of existence if they do not conform.
The drama of institutions struggling to maintain their Christian identity in a hostile legal and social environment is now being played out by two excellent Christian collegiate institutions in markedly liberal jurisdictions, Gordon College in Massachusetts, and Trinity Western University, in British Columbia.
Not content with dismantling laws and policies which made Judeo-Christian morality the moral framework of society at large, social liberals now seek to deny traditional Christians the right to maintain their own private, voluntary institutions in which Christian sexual morality is enforced. more >>
At this point, it's safe to say that the veracity of the horrifying rape story that begins Rolling Stone's report on the University of Virginia is in dispute. The reporter indisputably failed to follow best practices by not seeking comments from the accused, and now — as Rich notes in Politico — she is retreating to the position that "the real point of the story" isn't the alleged violent gang rape at all, but rather the larger culture of sexual assault.
But that's not true at all. Because the college's larger culture of sexual assault isn't about gang rape. It's about the toxic mix of alcohol, sex, and drugs.
There's a reason why reporters — especially agenda-driven reporters — begin with the most lurid stories possible. The horror story sets the stage, in this example creating the misimpression that when talking about sexual assault on campus, what we're talking about is "Jackie's story" — a horrific gang rape that until recently could have been punished by the death penalty. If the Rolling Stone story had begun differently, with the most typical kind of college sexual-assault report, the impressions would be quite different. more >>
While evangelical leader and founder of the Samaritan's Purse humanitarian organization Rev. Franklin Graham is claiming that America is waging a "war on Christmas," a Christian advocacy group has sent legal memos to over 13,000 U.S. school districts reminding administrators that freedom of Christmas expression is constitutional.
Graham, the 62-year-old son of world-famous evangelical Billy Graham, wrote in the December issue of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association's Decision Magazine that over "the last few decades" social culture in America has become increasingly intolerant toward Christianity, and the Christmas spirit, although millions of Americans celebrate the birth of Christ every year.
"Unfortunately, the United States in the last few decades has witnessed increased hostility toward the sacred nature of Christmas, erupting into what has become a blatant war on Christmas," Graham wrote. "That's because at its root and core, the war on Christmas isn't really about Christmas — it's about the Son of God. The war on Christmas is a war on Christ and His followers. It's the hatred of our culture for the exclusive claims that Christ made." more >>
Implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative has not gone well, supporters and critics alike now agree. Understanding why the education reform has been so rocky could aid future policy initiatives.
Here are five of the main reasons Common Core has been a disaster.
1) No Deliberative Democracy more >>
The American Humanist Association filed a legal complaint Monday against Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Georgia, for allegedly promoting Christianity and prayer during athletic events.
"This action challenges defendants' policy, practice, and custom of authorizing faculty, coaches and other school officials to lead and participate in prayer with students during school-sponsored activities, and their policy, practice, and custom of inserting biblical references into official football team documents and banners," read the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
"Defendants' policy, practice, and custom of permitting faculty and other school officials to lead and participate in prayer with students during school sponsored activities violates the Establishment Clause. … Defendants' policy, practice, and custom of including religious biblical references in official team documents and banners violates the Establishment Clause," it continues. more >>