Sarah Palin, conservative Christian, former Alaska governor, and the nation's first female Republican vice presidential candidate, will be visiting Liberty University's Lynchburg, Va., campus on Wednesday, Dec. 4 as the evangelical school's final Convocation speaker for the Fall 2013 semester.
"While Governor Palin has visited Liberty's campus in the past, she has never appeared at a Liberty event. I am thrilled she will soon see why this university brings such hope to America," said Liberty University President and Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., according to a school news service report shared with The Christian Post.
President Falwell, who will be introducing Palin at Convocation, added that he spoke with the former governor at the Rev. Billy Graham's 95th birthday celebration and the pair "spoke of our mutual anticipation for her upcoming visit." more >>
A controversial high-profile Christian educator denounced the homeschooling trend of believers withdrawing from the public, and encouraged them instead to pursue excellence and engage the culture in all levels of education.
"When I read that there's been a 3,000 percent increase in homeschooling in America, it tells me that we're stepping out of our educational system," Carlos Campo, an education and leadership consultant, told The Christian Post in an interview this week. Calling for a renewed emphasis on excellence in Christian education, Campo also encourages believers to engage the public schools.
"Frankly, Christian scholarship really has to take the next step up, because at the evangelical schools in this country, scholarship has not been a priority for many years," Campo argued. He cited historian Mark Noll's book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, a treatise addressing the alleged decline of rigorous thought in evangelical circles. more >>
Joshua Hathaway, the 19-year-old Liberty University student who was fatally shot by an armed campus security officer at a women's-only dorm Tuesday, was an academically excellent young man who of late had been exhibiting strange behavior, according to the Lynchburg Police Department and the Lubbock, Texas, teen's roommate. Those who knew him said Hathaway was an upstanding individual who "loved the Lord."
Hathaway's roommate, Robert Googe, told the detective investigating the fatal shooting that the 19-year-old freshman "had been displaying unusual behavior recently," according to a copy of a search warrant acquired by The Christian Post. Googe also told Detective Collin Byrne, the investigating officer, Hathaway had "indicated that he had been having some academic and financial difficulties."
When asked during a press conference late Tuesday if Hathaway had sought any kind of assistance, including mental health services, from Liberty University staff, school President and Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr., said there was no indication that Hathaway had sought out any such services on campus. more >>
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the firing of a middle school teacher by a public school district over the religious images that the teacher had in his classroom.
In a four to three decision, the Court decided that Mount Vernon City Schools had the right to fire science teacher John Freshwater for the various religious displays he had in his classroom.
These included a poster of the Ten Commandments, a poster of George W. Bush and Colin Powell praying with a Bible verse inscribed, and the Bible on Freshwater's desk. more >>
A college prep high school teacher in Italy is coming under fire from liberal activist groups for asking students in a Catholicism class to rank the severity of sin on a list that includes homosexual behavior.
According to the U.S.-based Alliance Defending Freedom legal group, during the optional hour on Catholicism at Liceo Classico Mariotti, a university preparatory high school in Perugia, the teacher distributed a questionnaire to students asking them to rank from 0 to 10 the gravity of sinfulness of a list of activities, including selling drugs, war, terrorism, murder, contraception, abortion, premarital sex, and homosexual behavior.
Two groups, Arcigay and Omphalos Association, learned of the assignment and filed a complaint with the National Anti-Discrimination Office, claiming that the questionnaire provoked discriminatory arguments among the students, ADF said in a statement released Tuesday. more >>
The debate over the U.S. Air Force Academy's recent removal of the words "So help me God" from oaths and making the phrase instead optional for cadets has intensified as a chaplains religious liberty group is calling for the military branch to explain why the action was taken, and activists have stepped up their campaign against expressions of Christian faith within the academy located in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty said in a statement received by The Christian Post on Tuesday that it is receiving calls from concerned parents of Air Force Academy cadets about the Academy's removal of the phrase based on its decision made last month from the Cadet Oath, the Officer Oath, and the Enlisted Oath in the Academy Contrails Cadet Handbook.
"The removal of this phrase is a disservice to the countless men and women who wish to include it as a solemn reminder that they are pledging their fidelity to God and their country," said Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews, USAR retired, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. "This phrase is a deeply rooted American tradition which George Washington began as the first president of the United States, and many who take an oath of service to our country still state it." more >>