Atheist students at the London School of Economics were forced to cover up their T-shirts depicting Jesus Christ and Mohammed earlier this month because the images were deemed offensive by the administration.
Chris Moos and Abishek Phadnis, both members of LSE's Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Student Society, wore T-shirts depicting the web comic "Jesus and Mo" during the student union's Freshers' Fair event that introduces new students to the groups that are available on campus.
According to Moos, he and Phadnis were confronted by campus officers and university staff, one of whom "started removing material from their stall," and were ordered to cover or remove their T-shirts – because officials said students had complained the T-shirts were "offensive," – or be "physically removed from the premises" for noncompliance. more >>
WASHINGTON – Three American Christians who faced discrimination and oppression for their faith shared their stories at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit this past Saturday, and encouraged fellow believers to stand up for religious liberty in schools, churches, the military, and the public arena.
"Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins, and a heart does not convey the amount of love I have in my heart for Christ, and it does not outwardly express the most important aspect of my entire life," Audrey Jarvis, a college student who was asked to remove her cross necklace while working during freshman orientation at Sonoma State University, shared.
Jarvis said she wasn't taking a stand for publicity, but rather "to set a precedent." She intended to reach more than just Bible believers, she explained. "It's not just an issue of Christianity, it's anybody with any affiliation to anything." The student argued for freedom of expression on college campuses. more >>
WASHINGTON – About two dozen hecklers interrupted Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) while speaking at the conservative Values Voter Summit, but rather than step down, apologize, or speak quieter, Cruz raised his voice, incorporated their complaints into his speech, and challenged President Obama to a new type of discussion.
"It seems that President Obama's paid political operatives are out in force today," Cruz quipped. In an effort to explain why, the senator proclaimed that "the men and women in this room scare the living daylights out of them."
While the hecklers caused a stir, Cruz quickly addressed them and moved on. The audience cheered and applauded him for doing so. The first person to interrupt him asked, "Senator Cruz, why won't you support a pathway to citizenship for immigrant families?" Immediately, the senator thanked him for his presence, even while the audience jeered him. more >>
"Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first!"
That rallying cry was the conclusion of a speech before the U.N. General Assembly last July by Malala Yousafzai. But this was no ordinary call for better schools, of the kind that is heard with increasing regularity today in America.
Malala is the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012 for advocating the education of girls in her homeland. Thursday she won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov Prize for her courage. The world waits to see if, on Friday, October 11, she will also become a Nobel Peace Laureate, too. more >>
I recently read on a politically conservative website that "God cares little for governments or powers. God's business is the human soul." This hit me like an intellectual pothole-it rattled and flattened me, like a car discovering a crater in the road at full speed. I didn't have to think about whether I'd hit my head against an idiotic idea, I knew that by the welt rising on my theological and history-minded forehead.
The belief that God's business isn't that of human government but only that of the human soul is to diminish God to a narrow-minded deity unworthy of the God of the Bible. Such an idea makes God both cruel and unjust-cruel since He chooses to leave us in this savage present instead of taking us immediately into that glorious future; unjust since He doesn't really care whether human beings live in peace or in anarchy. And that is an injustice most cruel.
Older generations of Christians, including the Pilgrims who first came to America, possessed a richer theology. They appreciated and practiced Paul command in 1 Timothy 2:1–2. It was out of the Pilgrims' understanding that God not only cared for the human soul but also for the human body and the world humans inhabit that lead them to construct churches, organize communities, establish grammar schools and universities, commission missionaries, and exercise political power. Motivated by a theology of a God who loves the world not just the soul, their children and their children's children followed their example, establishing hospitals, founding relief organizations, building businesses, fighting for freedom, and creating constitutions-all for the common good. more >>
In what the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) considers a victory for free speech, a sign reading "God Bless America" has been returned to a public display at a North Carolina library, after it was removed on suspicion of violating the separation of church and state.
"This situation reveals two fundamental misunderstandings of the law," Travis Barham, ADF spokesman and litigation staff counsel told The Christian Post in a Wednesday interview. Nevertheless, Barham praised the officials who "quickly realized that they had overstepped their bounds and quickly took corrective action."
In the entryway to the Fairview Library in North Carolina lies a display case which the library allows community groups to reserve on a first-come, first-serve basis. Last month, a private organization set up a Constitution Week display that included a God Bless America sign. A library official allegedly removed the sign, claiming "the sign could not be displayed because someone might complain about it, even though the library had received no complaints," according to the ADF website. more >>