A federal court has ruled that a Washington state public school district acted unconstitutionally when it suspended a student after he preached and handed out religious reading materials to classmates on school grounds during free time.
Michael Leal, a senior at Cascade High School in the Seattle suburb of Everett, was suspended three times last fall for continuing to provide students with pre-printed Christian pamphlets, which is a violation of the school's policy that does not allow students to distribute materials that they had not written themselves.
Leal, with the help of the Pacific Justice Institute, sued the school and stated that the school violated his free speech rights. more >>
A former heroin addict who now dresses as Jesus Christ and goes by the name "Philly Jesus" has started an online fundraiser to accrue $70,000 for his ministry.
On a GoFundMe page created Thursday, the resident of Philadelphia whose real name is Michael Grant has requested money to help finance his ministries.
"iF you BELiEVE that the LORD is in this Ministry that i have launched. ... iF you Believe that you will be helped by it ...and Believe OTHERS will be helped by it ... i want to ask you to OPEN your Heart and ask The HOLY SPiRiT of Christ Jesus (Yeshua) ... if u should sow financially into this Ministry i have launched," reads the page's description. more >>
The longtime friend and business manager of 2016 presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has responded to recent criticisms by black journalists, who have attacked Carson's conservative viewpoints as hurting his reputation, by saying that Carson refuses to be shackled by political correctness.
Armstrong Williams, who is a radio talk show host and a Carson confidant, spoke with Newsmax TV's J.D. Hayworth earlier this week and was asked why Carson is getting such a "bad reception" from African-Americans in the media.
Hayworth brought up talk show host and author Tavis Smiley, who said on Fox News in May that the retired world-renowned neurosurgeon is like a "black bull in a Republican China shop" and that he'd "call for an intervention to stop him from doing what he's doing to himself and his reputation." more >>
This column was originally published at National Review.
Laura Kipnis is a feminist professor at Northwestern University — and not just any feminist. She's long been one of the few professors in American public life who are capable of making news with their scholarship, find their books reviewed by the most elite newspapers, and help start elite "conversations" about academe's favorite topics: sex, power, and identity. She's liberal, certainly (well known for her sympathetic views of pornography), but she's a free thinker. And that is intolerable.
Earlier this year she wrote an essay entitled "Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe" for the Chronicle of Higher Education. In the piece, she decried bans on students' dating professors, declaring, "If this is feminism, it's feminism hijacked by melodrama." Students were being taught to "regard themselves as exquisitely sensitive creatures." Their "sense of vulnerability" was "skyrocketing" as a result of the "melodramatic imagination's obsession with helpless victims and powerful predators." She warned that "the climate of sanctimony has grown too thick to penetrate," with any dissenter labeled "antifeminist, or worse, a sex criminal." more >>
WASHINGTON — The wife of American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran for nearly three years because he held a Bible study, told Congress on Tuesday that despite being separated from both her husband and her children, Jesus has not abandoned her torn-apart family.
Speaking at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Americans currently imprisoned in Iran, Naghmeh Abedini explained that since her husband was detained in 2012 and sentenced to eight years in Iranian prison in 2013, she has needed to leave their two elementary-aged children at home while she has travelled across the globe to push for her husband's release.
"Most mornings like today, I wake up in a new hotel in a new city or country and am reminded of my new reality — a reality that includes lonely airports and empty hotel rooms," Abedini explained in her testimony. "This pain of this journey without my husband has only increased as I have had to frequently leave my children to advocate for my husband's release. The reality is, we are a family torn apart. more >>
A Nevada School has apologized for not allowing a preacher's 12-year-old daughter to include the Bible verse John 3:16 in a homework assignment.
In response to a letter of complaint sent by the Texas-based Liberty Institute, Somerset Academy of the Shelby County School District replied with an apology.