A Michigan pastor has criticized Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit edition for sexually degrading women and promoting unrealistic and unhealthy appearance expectations.
Laurie Haller, a United Methodist minister in Birmingham, Mich., and 33-year subscriber of SI lambasted the magazine for promoting "women as sexual objects and reinforcing stereotypes of beauty."
"This attitude not only does not contribute to the health and welfare of girls and women, but it condones and even encourages men and boys to treat women as mere instruments of sexual pleasure," wrote Haller on her blog last month. more >>
University of Tennessee's "Sex Week" has led one state senator to introduce two bills that would drastically change the way student activities are funded on college campuses in the state.
The first bill, S.B. 2493, prohibits colleges and student groups from using college money, including student fees, to pay for visiting or guest speakers. It would force student groups hosting events like "Sex Week" to pay speakers from other sources, rather than from general student fees. The second, S.B. 1608, would force universities to spread the money given to paid speakers equally, according to the number of students in each organization requesting funding.
The bills have ignited a storm of controversy, with the University of Tennessee administration and student groups attacking them for targeting "Sex Week" specifically. In an interview on Thursday, the state senator, Republican Stacey Campfield, told The Christian Post that "Sex Week" is not the sole reason for his reforms. "I don't think there's a real divergent point of view at our universities," he declared. more >>
At the U.S. Air Force Academy, jets aren't the only things taking off. So is a campus-wide rebellion against the forces of political correctness. Frustrated by the school's decision to scrub a Bible verse from one of the dorm whiteboards, cadets decided to take matters into their own hands. In a show of defiance, Bible verses started popping up on dry erase boards throughout the dorms – outraging the anti-Christian "tolerance" police at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
This latest controversy boiled over earlier this week, when MRFF insisted that a verse from Galatians, posted on a cadet's personal hallway whiteboard, somehow created a "hostile environment." MRFF's Mikey Weinstein pressed for the cadet – and any officer(s) who ignored the display – to be punished for "misconduct."
FRC's Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (USA-Ret.) couldn't believe what he was hearing. "Once the academy allowed cadets to use these whiteboards for their personal use, censorship of religious commentary is unacceptable. Either the Air Force is very confused about the Constitution of the United States or they don't really believe in the liberties that are provided by that document." In an almost comical overstatement, MRFF said, "[The message] massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism, and supremacy at USAFA." Lt. Col. Denise Cooper agreed, calling the display "wrong" and suggesting that the Academy use the complaint as "a teachable moment." more >>
Last week a "humanist" group filed a lawsuit in Prince George's County, Md., demanding the removal from public land of a 40-foot cross memorializing the 49 local soldiers who gave their lives in the First World War. Across the country in Lake Elsinore, Calif., a judge ruled against a proposed monument that would have depicted a soldier kneeling before a small cross marking the grave of a fallen comrade (something soldiers actually do, by the way).
In the same town, a mother recently removed a roadside cross honoring her son - killed in an accident - after secularists raised objections even to a small roadside memorial. Heartbreaking video of the mother removing the cross.
Of course these are not the only cross cases. In fact, just last week the Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the American Atheists' attempt to remove the famed Ground Zero Cross from a museum exhibit, claiming that its inclusion in the September 11 Museum and Memorial violated the Constitution. What's next? Lawsuits against religious-themed paintings in public art galleries? more >>
A city in Iowa is deciding what to do with an image of Jesus on one of its fire trucks after receiving a local "friendly complaint" that the image was not inclusive of all faiths.
The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says it is currently looking for a solution regarding the image found on the bucket of one of its 100-foot long aerial ladder trucks. The image shows a firefighter in full gear, while behind him is a silhouette of a man holding a staff. Although some residents point out the image is open to interpretation, many others say it represents the classic image of Jesus. Underneath the image reads Psalm 23:1, which says, "The Lord is my shepherd."
The image has reportedly been on the fire truck since the vehicle was purchased by the fire department in 1997. The department recently received a call from the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission after the commission received a "friendly complaint" from a local resident who questioned if government dollars were used to paint the image of Jesus on the truck. more >>
The Liberty Institute expressed "outrage" at the decision of a Colorado-based Air Force Academy to have a cadet's Bible verse erased from the whiteboard that hangs outside of his dorm room.
The Bible passage was removed following a complaint from Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. A spokesperson for the academy said the cadet would not be punished for his Bible post.
"If the cadet didn't violate any rules, then why was the quote removed?" Michael Berry, Liberty Institute's senior counsel and director of Military Affairs, said in a statement. more >>