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 >>
Liberty University President and Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. expressed remorse Tuesday after it was revealed by Lynchburg, Va., authorities that a male student had been fatally shot after physically attacking a campus security officer at a women's-only dorm at the evangelical Christian private school.
"We have received reports that a Liberty University Emergency Services Officer was attacked by a male student in the lobby of a women's-only dorm early this morning," reads a late morning statement released by the Liberty University News Service. "The student was shot and killed and the officer was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment. The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating the matter and Liberty University is cooperating."
The news item relayed a statement from President Falwell, who said, "The Liberty University community is deeply saddened by this tragic event and is prayerfully supporting all those impacted." more >>
It was one of the most disturbing discoveries in the recent history of the Americas. Hundreds and hundreds of bodies throughout an agrarian community, each led to their death by a charismatic leader.
Monday marked the thirty-fifth anniversary of the mass murder-suicide in South America of the Peoples Temple, a sect created in the United States by Jim Jones.
Jones, an ordained Disciples of Christ pastor who was also a professed atheist, led hundreds from his church in California to South America to create a new world called Jonestown. more >>
While Virginia media reported Tuesday that a Liberty University student had been killed in an officer-related shooting, the evangelical Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell Sr., revealed that the incident had taken place at a women's-only dorm after a male student and a campus police officer got into an "altercation."
WRIC-TV in Lynchburg, Va., reported that a police officer fatally shot a student early Tuesday morning at the off-campus housing area called Residential Annex II, where about 200 students reside.
An Ohio school district voted to remove a painting of Jesus from a high school after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened a federal lawsuit.
The painting, which had depicted Jesus in a field with lambs, had hung in John Glenn High School since 1971 to commemorate a teacher who had passed away in front of her class. The painting, which hung in the school office, was not visible from the front counter, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
East Muskingum school district Superintendent Jill Johnson defended the painting, saying that it had not hung in the school to promote religion but was there to remember "the life of an individual spent educating students." more >>
Some critics of the Common Core State Standards Initiative are "white, suburban moms" who are upset at their children's test scores and opposed to progress, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. Meanwhile, Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, argued that the Common Core rollout was worse than the launch of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare."
"It's fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who – all of a sudden – their child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were, and that's pretty scary. You've bet your house and where you live and everything on, 'My child's going to be prepared.' That can be a punch in the gut," Duncan said Friday to a group of state school superintendents.
When Politico asked for clarification of those remarks about two hours later, Duncan answered that he "didn't say it perfectly," but then accused Common Core critics of being opposed to high standards for education (a false argument often used by Common Core supporters). more >>