A Virginia school district has decided to scrap a policy that allowed it to interrogate Christian homeschool teenagers and their parents about their religious beliefs.
Last November Douglas Pruiett and his wife received a letter from Goochland County Public Schools about updated procedures to the district's requests for religious exemptions for homeschool students.
Under the updated rules, once a child turns 14-years-old, the district requires that homeschool parents reapply for a religious exemption to public education. more >>
"Little People, Big World" star Jacob Roloff has come under fire for comments made about Christians, the Christian tradition, and his own disbelief.
"The only thing I did to 'practice my faith' was be in a Christian family, go to a Christian school (no other option), and call myself a Christian because I was never shown anything else," Roloff said through his ask.fm account. "I'm saying I've never practiced being a Christian. I can't remember ever praying, I did just enough to get by in a Christian school without being looked down upon. I'm not saying I'm atheist, that's you guys. I'm just not a Christian."
It's a radical difference from the beliefs of his older brother Jeremy, who married last week, and his own parents. Jacob was criticized for slamming the beliefs of his new sister-in-law, Audrey, who is a fervent Christian and posted several comments about her faith and feelings toward God and Jesus Christ. She also thanked God for bringing her and Jeremy together. Jacob, however, posted comments disparaging her faith in God. more >>
Former "Teen Mom" star Farrah Abraham has chosen to homeschool her four-year-old daughter in order to protect her from the public and allow her to work more on her career.
"To me, it's pretty major that she started kindergarten in general," Abraham told Wetpaint Entertainment. "She's doing homeschooling, and I'm very proud of that. Being a mother and seeing her at this age - I remember this age, so it's very dear to me and very special. It's her year. I'm just supportive and a good parent. I think that's what makes a difference in where she's at and how excelled she is. It's pretty cool."
Daughter Sophia is tutored through a program at a local university; a tutor comes to Abraham's home to educate the young girl. That allows Sophia to have distinction between her mother and her teacher and frees up Abraham to focus on her career. She has been incredibly busy ever since leaving the "Teen Mom" franchise: starring in two adult films, promoting night clubs across the country, and now working on a trilogy of adult books. more >>
New Hampshire's Supreme Court upheld the state's tax credit program that allows for funds to go to religious schools.
In an opinion delivered last week, the court unanimously overturned a lower court ruling regarding the tax credit.
The court concluded that the plaintiffs lacked standing on the tax credit, having failed to sufficiently argue that the credit caused them undue injury or harm. more >>
The Home School Legal Defense Association criticized the patriarchy movement among some Christian and homeschool leaders as unbiblical and harmful, and apologized for not speaking up sooner about the issue.
In an article posted to the HSLDA website, and which will appear in a publication that goes to members called Home School Court Report, HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris apologized on behalf of himself, HSLDA President Michael Smith and the HSLDA Board of Directors for "failing to speak up sooner."
In close to 2,500 words, Farris addressed the teaching of patriarchy, a view among some Christians regarding the role of women in church, families and society, and how that teaching relates more specifically to the recent sex scandals involving Bill Gothard and Doug Phillips. more >>
A 32-year-old pregnant mother of four is dead after having an allergic reaction to wasp stings. Her family has asked for prayers while they grieve the loss.
Sarah Harkins was in her backyard in Virginia on Sunday, when she was stung by several wasps and had an allergic reaction.
"She fell unconscious and went to the hospital, and it was discovered there was a brain aneurysm, and during the trauma of it all, it burst and caused her death," Sarah's brother Tom Schulzetenberg told NBC. "It's something that you never really prepare for. We're doing our best to hold each other up." more >>