A mother has accused a North Carolina elementary school of prohibiting her daughter from writing about Jesus for a class assignment. The school denied the allegations, saying it never restricted the 8-year-old student from choosing her topic.
Heather Watts claims a second-grade teacher at Cerro Gordo Elementary School in Columbus County, N.C., recently told her daughter, Ryleigh, that she should not choose Jesus as her hero for a writing assignment. The 8-year-old was reportedly asked by the teacher to write about someone "different."
The mother has now contacted the local WCET-TV news station to express her disappointment with the school's alleged actions. Watts told the local news outlet that she believes her daughter should have the freedom to choose what she wishes to write about. more >>
An estimated 500 people gathered at a public park in Sandpoint, Idaho, Thursday to demonstrate their support for keeping the Ten Commandments display at its present location.
One of the protestors told local media that she took issue with the possibility of the monument's removal, which was first called for in a letter sent to Sandpoint's city government by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Those who fund and promote doubts about global warming should be sent to prison, Lawrence Torcello, assistant professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, argued for The Conversation.
"When it comes to global warming, much of the public remains in denial about a set of facts that the majority of scientists clearly agree on. With such high stakes, an organized campaign funding misinformation ought to be considered criminally negligent," he wrote.
Torcello draws a comparison with six Italian scientists who were sentenced to six years in prison after a 2009 earthquake that killed 300. While many believe the scientists were imprisoned for failing to predict the earthquake, they were actually convicted of failing to "clearly communicate risks to the public," he explained. When a public official told residents there was no danger after the tremors started, the scientists did nothing to correct him, Torcello recalled. more >>
A British pop star indicated she was surprised when the BBC network reportedly requested she change the lyrics to one of her songs to omit a reference to "Jesus."
Eliza Doolittle, the 25-year-old London-born singer, says that when she recently appeared on BBC's "The Chris Evans Breakfast Show" on Radio 2, she was asked to change the lyrics to her song "Walking on Water." The original lyrics tell of a woman's yearning love, with her dedication to her significant other being so intense that she would run across water to meet them, just as Jesus walked on water in Matthew 14: 22-33.
Doolittle had to change her lyrics from "Sometimes I wish I was Jesus, I'd get my Air Max on and run across the sea for you" to 'Sometimes I wish it was easy to get my Air Max on and run across the sea for you." more >>
The retail chain Urban Outfitters is receiving criticism for selling a "drunk Jesus" t-shirt in celebration of St. Patrick's Day on Monday.
The green shirt depicts a shaggy-haired, smiling young man, presumably Jesus, with a golden halo surrounding his head. The man is holding a mug of golden beer with bubbles and shamrocks foaming from the top, and the text next to the man reads "Jesus, I'm drunk!"
The product's description, as found on the UrbanOutfitters.com website, reads: "Throw some back with the holy man himself in this epic tee! Soft cotton construction topped with a 'Jesus, I'm Drunk' text graphic. Complete with a banded crew-neck." The shirt is being sold for $24. more >>
Followers of Wicca are suing a New Mexico city for having a Ten Commandments display on their government property.
A court recently heard the suit of Jane Felix and B.N. Coone against the city of Bloomfield in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.
Felix and Coone are being represented by the state chapter of the ACLU, and call the display a "violation of civil rights." more >>