Jacquelyn Eubanks, the 16-year-old who was a finalist in a USABookNews.com contest, plans to release the sequel to her award-winning novel in August. The Christian teen shared her thoughts on teen literature, a sexualized culture, and her ideal time period – the 1950s – with The Christian Post on Thursday.
Eubanks' first novel, The Last Summer, was selected as Award-Winning Finalist in USABookNews.com's "Best New E-book: Fiction" category last November. The book also reached #1 on the Amazon best-seller list in the categories "Hot New Releases," "Children's Sports and Recreation," "Children's Baseball," and "Christian Historical Fiction."
The novel tells of a girl named Charlie in "a small town in a valley in the Appalachian mountains," growing up in the 1950s. The novel touches on the historical themes of segregation, the Cold War, and the aftermath of World War II. more >>
The Church of England voted on Monday to restart the legislative process to allow female bishops, aiming for the measure to be passed by November 2015.
The church's governing body, known as the General Synod, met in York July 5-9 and ultimately decided to consider new legislation, known as "Option One," which passed 319 to 84, with 22 abstentions.
The General Synod chose "Option One" as there were four other options, and draft legislation is to be produced by November 2013. more >>
A recent study by Pew Research has found that over the past few decades the rate of single father households with minor children has risen faster than single mother households.
In results released last week, Pew's Social & Demographic Trends project found that single father homes with minor children went up from below 300,000 in 1960 to over 2.6 million in 2011, representing a ninefold increase.
By contrast, the rate of single mother households with minor children went from 1.9 million in 1960 to 8.6 million in 2011, or a fourfold increase. more >>
The state Senate in California approved a bill Wednesday that would allow transgender students K-12 access to public school bathrooms based on their chosen gender identity and to play on their school's one-sex sports team of choice. The bill, which already passed in the state Assembly last May, passed by a 21-9 vote and now goes to the governor.
Sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), Assembly Bill 1266 is aimed at prohibiting "discrimination against transgender students" in the state's school districts, Ammiano said.
Some school districts in the U.S. already have similar policies, but the author of the bill says its implementation would mark the first time a state has mandated such treatment by statute, according to AP. more >>
Conservatives are praising last week's Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, which dealt a slight blow to affirmative action. The high court remanded a decision upholding affirmative action back to the trial court, with instructions to use a stricter standard of review, known as strict scrutiny.
Opining for the majority in the 5-4 decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy held that in order for the University of Texas's affirmative action program of race discrimination to be found constitutional, the university must prove that it has no feasible alternative to considering race in admissions. The Court didn't go quite as far as reversing Grutter v. Bollinger, the 2003 case which upheld the University of Michigan Law School's affirmative action policy.
The Supreme Court has been steadily backing away from upholding affirmative action laws, and this decision provided more evidence of that shift. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, writing for the majority in Grutter v. Bollinger, famously predicted, "We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today." Her statement was both promising and disturbing, implying that our constitutional rights can come and go at the Supreme Court's whim, instead of acknowledging that we are endowed with immutable rights. more >>
The New Jersey State Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill on Monday that would ban the controversial reparative therapy for gay minors.
In a vote of 54 yeas to 14 nays with 7 abstentions, the Assembly approved A-3371, sending it to the Senate for consideration.
"Being lesbian, gay, or bisexual is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming. The major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers in the United States have recognized this fact for nearly 40 years," reads the bill. "A person who is licensed to provide professional counseling … shall not engage in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under 18 years of age." more >>