A children's book that promotes same-sex marriage is being added to public library bookshelves throughout the United States. The Princes and the Treasure, a gay fairy tale book, aims to teach children about same-sex relationships and same sex-marriage.
The author, Jeffrey Miles, told The Christian Post in an emailed statement that his children's book "tells the story of two handsome princes who go on a quest to save a princess, but fall in love with each other, get married, and live happily ever after."
Miles, a professor at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, has been married to his husband, Patrick Lastowski, for more than five years, and they've been a couple for 10 years. more >>
Bob Jones University, a Christian liberal arts school in South Carolina, found its record of handling sexual abuse under the spotlight again this week when a former student revealed that she was told by a dean of students at the school to repent of her sin after she told him she had been raped.
Former Bob Jones student Katie Landry, 31, explained in an Al Jazeera America report Tuesday that she was just an inexperienced 19-year-old conservative Mennonite from rural Ohio in 2004 when she was raped by her supervisor at her summer job with an ambulance company in Columbus, Ohio.
She says one night as she counted supplies in the back of an ambulance she was startled by the prick of a needle then everything else that followed. more >>
Secular groups in the U.K. are rejoicing after the government clarified that creationism, supported by biblical literalists, is not allowed to be taught as a scientifically valid theory at academies and public-funded schools.
The Department of Education's funding agreement, under the "Church of England and Catholic single academy model supplemental agreement" document published earlier in June, states that creationism "does not accord with the scientific consensus or the very large body of established scientific evidence; nor does it accurately and consistently employ the scientific method, and as such it should not be presented to pupils at the Academy as a scientific theory."
The statement adds: "The requirement on every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school." more >>
Colleges are chock-full of various, diverse student organizations, grouping like-minded individuals around a common interest and mission. One can expect a culinary club to be led by a foodie, the Young Democrats by devoted members of the Democratic Party, the dance club by someone who knows how (or least likes) to dance, and the Feminist Student Organization by students who wish to advance the cause of women.
But more and more colleges are depriving religious student groups, particularly, Christian-oriented groups, of this same basic liberty to gather with – and be led by – individuals with harmonious views. Instead, these colleges want to tell Christian groups what they are supposed to think.
The current situation at Bowdoin College in Maine is representative of this creeping and downright disturbing trend. more >>
Despite strong opposition from College presidents, the Barack Obama administration is moving forward with a college rating system based upon a philosophy of education that bears a striking resemblance to the Common Core.
According to a White House fact sheet and a Department of Education FAQs page, colleges would receive a rating based upon: costs, graduation rates, how much money graduates make, and how many graduates go on to get advanced degrees.
Pitched as a way to slow the rising costs of higher education, Obama wants to tie those ratings to federal aid. Students who attend colleges with higher scores would receive more aid in the form of Pell Grants and more affordable student loans, colleges with lower scores would get less aid. more >>
Gov. Bobby Jindal made Louisiana the fourth state to withdraw from the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Jindal announced Wednesday a series of executive orders that will pull his state out of the education standards.
Jindal sent a letter to the Partnership of Assessments for College and Career Readiness, an organization that provides testing for states that have adopted the Common Core standards, asking the organization to withdraw from Louisiana.
"We won't let the federal government take over Louisiana's education standards," Jindal said. "We're very alarmed about choice and local control over curriculum being taken away from parents and educators. Common Core has not been fully implemented yet in Louisiana, and we need to start the process over. It was rushed in the beginning and done without public input." more >>