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 >>
Over two days last week, every one of Mosul's thousands of Christians fled the Sunni Jihadi invasion and they are not going back. All their ancient and beautiful churches and monasteries there will remain closed, and a handful have already been desecrated. In effect, a targeted religious cleansing of Christians has taken place in Iraq's second largest city and one known through much of the past 2,000 years as Nineveh, Iraq's Christian center.
ISIS jihadists, reportedly with support from a sizeable segment of Mosul's overwhelmingly Sunni population, have declared the establishment of a caliphate under medieval sharia rules and the black flag of Islamist extremism.
Some of the Sunnis among the quarter of the Mosul population who left on June 9 are returning. "I hope God supports them and makes them victorious over the oppression of al-Maliki," 80-year-old Abu Thaer, a Sunni resident of Mosul was quoted exclaiming about ISIS in today's press. His sentiment is not unusual within the strong Baathist pockets there. The rest of the city's population will be intimidated into acceptance, particularly since June 12 when ISIS executed the Imam of Mosul's Grand Mosque, along with a dozen other Muslim imams for refusing to swear allegiance to them. more >>
An atheist teacher claims he was recently fired from his position at Middlebury Community Schools in Indiana due to his lack of religious beliefs, but school officials are arguing the 29-year-old educator was fired for his poor performance.
Teacher Kevin Pack recently filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming that he was fired from his position as a German teacher at Northridge High School because he is an atheist and the school's principal, Gerald Rasler, is an evangelical Christian.
Pack told The Goshen News that expressing his atheism during the school year led to the recent termination of his work contract. The 29-year-old teacher has disputed the district's claims that he was fired due to poor work performance that included missing parent-teacher conferences, arriving at work late and leaving students unattended in the classroom. more >>
Brooks Hamby never wanted to be a rabble-rouser. He just wanted to thank Jesus in his high school graduation speech.
But the Brawley Union School District in Brawley, Calif., said the references to Jesus and prayer in Brooks' graduation speech were "inappropriate" and violated "prevailing legal standards."
School officials rejected three versions of the young man's graduation address, and one administrator went so far as to redact every religious reference with a black marker – as if it were some sort of top-secret government document. more >>
After spending seven years trying to deny a promotion "rightfully due" to Christian professor Mike Adams because of his conservative views, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington was ordered by a federal judge last Tuesday to pay more than $700,000 in legal fees accrued by the professor in a protracted discrimination lawsuit with the institution.
"UNCW has spent seven years fighting a scorched earth legal battle to deny one professor a promotion that he is rightfully due and now that's going to cost the taxpayers $700,000," said Travis Barham, one of Adams' attorneys in a Star News Online report. "It's time for this [to] end."
Senior U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm J. Howard ruled in the civil lawsuit brought against the school by Adams that UNC had to pay $698,131.50 plus $12,495 in non-taxable costs related to the professor's legal defense. more >>
For at least three reasons, the contemporary persecution of Christians demands attention: It is occurring on a massive scale, it is underreported, and in many parts of the world it is rapidly growing.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds that Christians are suffering persecution in more places today than any other religious group; between 2006 and 2012, Pew says, they were targeted for harassment in 151 countries-three-quarters of the world's states. Similar findings are reported by the Vatican, Newsweek, the Economist, and the 60-year-old Christian support group Open Doors. Most people in the West are unaware of these facts, though that may be changing.
A few cases do get press coverage-the desperate plight of Meriam Ibrahim, for instance, who gave birth in a Sudanese prison just the other day. She was raised a Christian, but after officials learned that her long-absent father was a Muslim; she was sentenced to death for apostasy-for leaving Islam. And since in Sudan a Muslim woman may not be married to a Christian, her marriage to her American husband was declared void, and she was convicted of adultery and sentenced to 100 lashes to be administered before her execution. These punishments will be dropped if she renounces her Christian faith, which she steadfastly refuses to do. more >>