Passed by the California state Senate and now pending in the Assembly, Senate Bill 1146 is a flawed measure that denies faith-based universities in California the ability to function based on religious beliefs and constitutional principles.
Although this may not be the intention of Sen. Ricardo Lara and his colleagues, the bill is discriminatory and violates the First Amendment and freedom of religion.
The overall assumption of SB 1146 is that it protects gay, lesbian and transgender students against discrimination at private Christian universities. However, this overlooks the devastating impact on constitutional freedoms. Tens of thousands of students in California, many of them first-generation and people of various nationalities, will potentially have their college choice limited. more >>
A Pennsylvania pastor says he's been inundated and harassed with phone calls and emails after a Donald Trump delegate and local school board member took to Twitter to voice his opposition to a Ramadan greeting posted outside the church to show solidarity with Muslims.
The Rev. Christopher Rodkey, the pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Dallastown, Pennsylvania, told the York Daily Recorder that he received a nasty voicemail to his cell phone on June 11 from an unidentified man who took issue with a sign posted out front of the church that reads: "Wishing a blessed Ramadan to our Muslim neighbors."
"I am completely shocked by that sign out in front of your church, that you are wishing [blessings on] people who subscribe to a faith that is not only godless but pagan, in front of your church, aligning it with the name of Christ," the voicemail states, according to a recording obtained by the York Daily Record. more >>
Dozens of residents of a Wisconsin city offered their opinions on whether or not a public park situated near a high school should allow a parent-led weekly event called the "Jesus Lunch."
The "Jesus Lunch" is an unofficial gathering held each Tuesday at Fireman's Park for students of nearby Middleton High School of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District.
School officials have argued that the lunches were not adhering to school policies, like proper food preparation, while organizers countered that since Fireman's Park is a public park, they were not obligated to strictly follow school policies. more >>
Boundaries are established to separate one person from another, one employee from another, one job from another, so that each can have their own identities and responsibilities without interference by others trying to do a job not assigned to them. Boundaries create necessary "space," private space. Carefully created boundaries define expectations and furthermore encourage respect for others.
"Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's place, lest he have his fill of you and hate you." (Proverbs 25:17)
The concept of boundaries is rooted in the nature of God Himself. And boundaries in general are the things that helps to show where professional responsibilities begin and end. The more complex an organization becomes the more important boundaries, specific job descriptions, become, although even the simplest of institutions need boundaries. more >>
There is something not quite right about today's society. It seems that you can't open your mouth without offending anyone. For instance, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is running the risk over coddling their students. The university recently announced that they will require about 1,000 incoming students to participate in a "cultural competency training" in the fall, costing the university about $150,000 to $200,000 in expenses.
This announcement was made following a semester of student protests over racist slurs from two UW-Madison officials. This is one of the few new initiatives from the UW Administrators after they faced criticisms, protests and social media outbursts from minority students, who said that they had negative experiences on the campus.
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A social conservative advocacy group is warning that the Washington state public school system plans to begin teaching elementary school students the basic concepts of gender identity and gender expression.
Citing an article published by The Daily Caller, the Family Policy Institute of Washington is stressing to parents that come the 2017-2018 school year, their kindergarten students will be subjected to a new set of health and physical education learning standards adopted by the state's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in March of this year.
According to the standards, a "core idea" for health education is teaching children of all grades about "self-identity." The document lists, in the form of a table, different concepts that children of each grade level should be able to comprehend. more >>