The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education released its list of the top 10 worst offenders of free speech on college campuses in 2014.
The top 10, in alphabetical order, are: Brandeis University, California State University-Fullerton, Chicago State University, Georgetown University, Kansas Board of Regents, Marquette University, Modesto Junior College, U.S. Department's of Education and Justice, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Iowa.
FIRE, founded in 1999, advocates for individual rights at American colleges and universities. It was founded by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and civil liberties attorney Harvey Silvergate after publication of their book, The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses. more >>
One day after the U.S. Department of Justice released its report on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, one city worker has been fired and three others suspended, while the family of slain teenager Michael Brown has said it will file a civil suit against the officer who shot and killed their son.
"We must do better not only as a city but as a state and a country," Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told the press Wednesday night. "We must all work to address issues of racial disparity in all aspects of our society."
The mayor's remarks came in the wake of a damning report by the DOJ, led by an investigation by Attorney General Eric Holder. Knowles also revealed that one city worker had been fired after it was discovered that he sent racist emails; another three were suspended for their participation. A source told CNN that their jobs "will not survive the investigation." more >>
Just a day after announcing his exploratory committee to decide whether or not to run for president in 2016, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologized for saying on CNN Wednesday that being gay is "absolutely" a choice because some people become gay in prison.
"In a recent interview on CNN, I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues," Carson wrote on Facebook. "I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended."
In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, the 63-year-old conservative was asked whether he felt that homosexuals had control over their behavior and whether they have the "choice" to be gay. Carson responded twice saying "absolutely" and provided gay prisoners who went into prison as straight as an example. more >>
God, by His design, has laid out the best way — mentally, physically and emotionally — to have a sexual relationship, and that doesn't include homosexuality and gay marriage, according to Alan Robertson, a former pastor and eldest son of reality TV star Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame.
"I've had the same conversation with folks who have same-sex attraction as I have with men and women who are living together. I tell them all the same thing: God has a design and a plan for your life, and this is what He's laid out as the best way to have a sexual relationship on Earth, biblically."
He continued, "I put it in the context that anything outside of what I believe the Bible teaches about the design for marriage and the design for a husband and wife to have a sexual relationship that's exclusive to them [isn't biblical, and isn't part of God's design]." more >>
U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was attacked Thursday morning by a knife-wielding man who slashed his face before being taken into custody by police in Seoul.
Lippert had to undergo surgery for knife wounds on his face and left arm, according to Robert Ogburn, minister-counselor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy. He suffered a four-inch cut on the side of his face that required 80 stitches to close. Lippert also incurred injuries to his hand and arm while trying to defend himself. Doctors said that the injuries will require months to heal.
The attack occurred at a breakfast forum on Korean unification in Seoul; Kim Ki-Jong, 55, was taken into custody immediately after he slashed Lippert. Witnesses said that Kim yelled about reuniting North and South Korea while he lunged at Lippert. He's reportedly known to police for his political activism. In 2010, he was given a suspended sentence for throwing a rock at the Japanese ambassador to Seoul. more >>
A website that depicts Jesus Christ as a modern tattoo artist has argued before an appeals court that a Texas school district discriminated against it when it rejected an ad for a high school stadium.
Little Pencil Ministries, which oversees the website tattoojesus.org, filed a lawsuit last year against the Lubbock Independent School District over not being allowed to run an ad on a jumbotron display at a stadium.
Arguments were heard Tuesday in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals between Little Pencil and Lubbock, with the former being represented by the religious freedom legal group, Alliance Defending Freedom. more >>