Higher education professionals are dismayed at the growing number of students who expect their universities to protect their tender emotions from over-stimulation.
If you graduated from college in the previous millennium, you may be unaware that many students now believe that college professors and administrators should protect them from, rather than expose them to, ideas they disagree with, especially ideas that disturb them.
Actress Susan Sarandon's nephew made headlines on Sunday when responding to a teacher's rehiring at a Catholic school in New Jersey after she was dismissed in March for posting a comment on Facebook that some perceived as anti-gay.
Scott Lyons, an alumnus, was upset by the comments and wrote a response to teacher Patricia Jannuzzi, which Sarandon then reposted on her Facebook page. He also wrote a new response on his personal account addressing the rehiring.
"Immaculata High School is sending a strong message by reinstating a teacher who publicly and repeatedly revealed blatant intolerance for the LGBT community," he posted on Sunday. "School leadership has essentially declared that though her 'tone' wasn't acceptable her sentiment, in fact, was. I only hope that the parents of the current and prospective students take this into account when considering the kind of educational environment they are exposing their children to. The bible should not be used as a weapon to attack, discriminate or alienate anyone based on who they choose to love. And anyone who does so in the name of their religion is using it wrong." more >>
Students in New Jersey will still be able to recite the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, as an atheist organization has reportedly dropped its lawsuit.
Last year, the American Humanist Association's legal arm sued a New Jersey school district to get "under God" removed from the pledge.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Washington D.C.-based group that supports the phrase being in the pledge, announced Monday morning that the AHA has been defeated. more >>
Attorneys for ousted Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran say the city of Atlanta's request to have his discrimination lawsuit dismissed only proves their argument that Cochran was fired because city authorities do not agree with his Christian beliefs.
In a brief filed in federal court on Wednesday, the Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys said the city's motion to dismiss, which was filed in federal district court on March 25, "fails to make a persuasive argument for the court to dismiss Cochran's lawsuit."
Cochran, who served as fire chief for seven years, is suing the city, which he claims violated his constitutional rights when he was terminated in January for sharing his Christian faith in a self-published book and handing out copies to employees. more >>
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D – Ma.) spoke out against the death penalty on Thursday, after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on 30 counts pertaining to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
"My heart goes out to the families here, but I don't support the death penalty," Warren said on "CBS This Morning." "I think he should spend his life in jail—no possibility of parole—he should die in prison. But that's just how I see it. It's up to the jury. Nothing is ever going to make those who were injured whole…" she added.
Warren is not alone in her opposition to the death penalty, which was abolished in the state in 1984. However, Attorney General Eric Holder declared that Tsarnaev would be tried in federal court and therefore be eligible for the death penalty. After he was found guilty on all 30 charges brought against him, Tsarnaev learned he would indeed face the possibility of execution or life without parole. more >>
The owners of Memories Pizza, the Indiana pizza shop that was forced to close down last week after its owners received death threats for stating that they were Christian and would not cater a gay wedding, announced their plans for the $840,000-plus they have received from the online crowdfunding page GoFundMe.
The O'Connor family told The Daily Mail that although they were only looking to raise a goal of $200,000 to help them get back on track after closing shop for about a week and becoming the center of a national media storm, they will be donating much of the extra money to a number of good causes, including giving some to Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman.
The 70-year-old Stutzman, who owns and operates Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, is at risk of losing her life savings, home and flower shop because of a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general after a gay couple posted on social media about how they were referred to another florist when they asked Stutzman to make floral arrangements for their same-sex wedding. more >>