After years of discussion, the University of Miami has accepted a $2.2 million gift from a wealthy atheist to endow what it says is America's first academic chair "for the study of atheism, humanism and secular ethics."
According to The New York Times, the gift was also the largest of the many Louis J. Appignani, a retired businessman and former president and chairman of the modeling school Barbizon International, has ever given to humanist and secular causes. The university has not yet publicly announced the new chair but is expected to conduct a search for a scholar to fill the position.
"I'm trying to eliminate discrimination against atheists," Appignani, who is 83 and lives in Florida, told the Times. "So this is a step in that direction, to make atheism legitimate." more >>
Even in this day in age where people seem so set in their ways, there is room for people to change their minds on a hot-button issue.
Back in February, former second-trimester abortion performer Dr. Anthony Levatino, released a series of videos graphically describing the procedure he used to perform.
One of them focused on the practice of Dilation and Evacuation abortion, which is said to be the most common second trimester abortion procedure. more >>
NEW YORK — There's a new religion exploding on the campuses of American universities and colleges, says Thomas Cooley professor of ethical leadership at New York University, Jonathan Haidt. And if it isn't stopped, it might just be better to shut them all down in the next 10 or 20 years.
The religion of fundamental social justice sweeping across college campuses is so alarming, intense, and dripping with such extreme liberal fundamentalism, says Haidt, it has created an existential crisis for American academia while punishing heretics with public shame.
"There is an extremely intense, fundamental social justice religion that's taking over, not all students, but a very strong [space] of it, at all our colleges and universities. They are prosecuting blasphemy and this is where we are," Haidt warned an audience about the religion at a lecture billed "The American University's New Assault on Free Speech," organized by the Manhattan Institute in New York City this week. more >>
An atheist group has filed a complaint against a Wisconsin-based Christian school for its decision to punish students who openly express transgender or homosexual behaviors.
St. John's Lutheran School of Baraboo, which receives federal funding for certain student aid programs, informed parents earlier this year that they reserve the right to punish homosexuality and transgender activity.
Patrick Elliot of the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, the largest atheist organization in the United States, filed a complaint earlier this month against the school before the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. more >>
Baylor University, a private Baptist institution known for both its athletic teams and research, reportedly fired its six-year President Ken Starr on Tuesday.
Citing sources close to the situation, HornsDigest.com said Starr, a Christian who is best known by many as the 1990s independent counsel who investigated Bill Clinton's sex scandal involving White House intern Monica Lewinsky, was fired over how the school handled reports of rape and assault made against five of the university's football players.
Two of them, Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, were convicted of raping two Baylor co-eds. Elliot is currently serving a 20-year sentence for his conviction in January 2014. more >>
East Liverpool High School was forced by an atheist group to turn away from its 70-year-old tradition of singing the Lord's Prayer at graduation, but the valedictorian chose to lead the class in a recitation of the Christian prayer during the ceremony.
This year's graduating class was told by the school that the recital of the Lord's Prayer had been removed from the program due to a complaint from the nation's largest atheist organization, the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, to East Liverpool's school administrators who didn't want to fight a legal battle.