A Colorado-based family values organization will be holding a nationwide event focused on high school students discussing matters of Christian faith and morality.
Known as the Day of Dialogue, the event will take place next Thursday with the hopes of having Christian teenagers engage in conversation with non-like-minded friends on these issues.
Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family, told The Christian Post that the Day of Dialogue is meant to counter one-sided presentations of social issues. more >>
Parents of children attending three Kentucky public schools have reportedly expressed concern after an atheist group arrived on the campuses to distribute free books regarding secularism.
Some parents of Casey County, Ky., kept their children home last Friday when the Tri-State Freethinkers atheist group set up a secularist book display at three local public elementary schools, including Liberty, Walnut, and Jones Park. The atheist group was able to set up the displays after the American Civil Liberties Union contacted the Casey County School District, arguing that because administrators allowed the Christian group Gideons International to set up a Christian-themed book display, they should also allow the atheist group to do so.
Tri-State Freethinkers followed the same rules as Gideons International when setting up their display, including setting up an unmanned table with secular literature before school hours. Members of the atheist group were not allowed to be on campus while school was in session and had to dismantle their table after school had ended. The book distributed to students on Friday was Humanism, What's That?: A Book for Curious Kids. more >>
The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has offered to defend a local Cannon County boy who was recently told that he could not read a Bible during an after-school program.
The ACLU of Tennessee has sent a letter to the Cannon County REACH after-school program on behalf of the boy, who attends an elementary school in Cannon County. Staff of the REACH program reportedly told the boy that he could not read the Bible during a free-reading period. The staff then tried to take the Bible, telling him the after-school program could lose its state funds if they allowed him to continue reading it.
In the letter sent to the REACH program, the ACLU requests that the after-school program train its employees on religious freedom rights while not imposing religion on the students. It also requests that the after-school program allow the student to continue reading his Bible during the free-reading period or any other student activity time. more >>
A 5-year-old wanting to pray over her lunch while at an Oviedo, Fla. school was allegedly prevented from doing so by the lunch monitor. The family of the girl has posted a video to YouTube, with her telling her story in order to bring awareness to the situation. The school has insisted that the little girl does have the right to pray, as does every student in the school.
"The lunch teacher said, 'You're not allowed to pray,'" Gabriella Perez said in the YouTube video. "I said, 'It's good to pray.' I tried to pray but I couldn't because I was caught again. She said, 'It's not good.'"
Gabriella said that the monitor stopped her when she bowed her head to pray over her lunch, which is a family tradition. Her parents, Kathy and Marcos, fully believe their daughter's story, even though the principal of the school said she could not find anyone to verify Gabriella's story. more >>
A Christian student has filed a lawsuit against a Virginia academic institution over allegations that he was prohibited from preaching on campus.
Brought before the Eastern District of Virginia Newport News Division on March 13, Christian Parks alleges that TNCC stopped him from preaching at an on-campus plaza area.
In an extremely rare feat, according to college counselors, Kwasi Enin, a 17-year-old first-generation American from Shirley, N.Y., has been accepted to all eight elite Ivy League universities and he is receiving praise from across the United States.
"Congratulations to Kwesi Enin on being accepted to all eight of the Ivy League universities!" noted Gospel star Yolanda Adams in a post on her Facebook page Tuesday.
College counselors told USA Today that the feat is so rare among college applicants that very few dare to apply to all eight because they look for different qualities in their freshman class. Almost none are invited to attend all of them. more >>