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 >>
14-year-old Breanna Mendoza has been bullied her whole life because of a birth defect. It has caused a deformation in her face. But after being pushed around too many times, she finally stood up and fired back at those bringing her down. Her response is extremely positive!
It's very hard to go through life when everywhere you go bullies make fun of you. Sadly for Breanna, it has happened to her all her life. She suffers from Goldenhar Syndrome, which has caused her face to become deformed. It's something she has no control over and it is very cruel for others to make fun of her for it. Breanna decided to stand up to her bullies and share her story on social media. The response she gets back in return has been extremely positive. She finally feels like people accept her.
We all have the need to be liked or accepted in some form with those around us. It's not a good feeling to be rejected for a reason such as Breanna's -- especially at an age when we should be forming close relationships with others. It can cause emotional scarring and negative effects in our lives. Thankfully, these people reached out to her and made her feel like she was accepted. She even receives a special surprise at the end! more >>
The youth leader overseeing more than half a million students for one of the world's largest Christian denominations thinks older generations should question themselves over the movement of millennials away from organized religion. Young people, he believes, are often more turned off by how Christians present Jesus than they are turned off by Jesus himself.
The nonpartisan Pew Research Center reports that millennials (those 18-34) are the generation least likely to identify with a particular religion, while San Diego State University researchers have suggested that the decline in religiosity could be attributed to a self-centered, or individualistic mentality.
"Honestly, I think what we need to do is ask ourselves how did the millennial generation become the generation that they are," Heath Adamson told The Christian Post in a recent phone interview. "Let's look at parents, let's look at pop culture, let's look at media and let's ask ourselves. Who's responsible for feeding the millennial generation what they're living off of? Well, we are." more >>
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has reportedly kidnapped more than 1,000 children and used some of them in neighboring Cameroon as human shields, prompting a U.N. official to condemn its actions as "inhuman."
"The system they use is just inhuman," Najat Rochdi, U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Cameroon, told AFP.
While the Islamic militants have killed more than 15,000 people in continuous attacks throughout Nigeria since 2009, they have also sought to expand their operations in other countries in the region, in a mission to establish an Arican Caliphate. more >>
Just weeks before the wedding of his 19-year-old nephew, John Luke, "Duck Dynasty" star Alan Robertson says his family's tradition of marrying young has been successful because of their faith in Christ.
"It does seem to be a Robertson tradition to marry young and by God's grace, we are all still going strong in our marriages," the reality star told The Christian Post via email. "Obviously, our faith in Christ is the key to that and our dedication to always try to react to one another, as Paul challenged the Philippians to do in (sic) Php. 2:3-5 makes a big difference, as well."
Known as the "beardless brother" among fellow "Duck Dynasty" stars Jase, Willie and Jep Robertson, Alan is the former pastor of White's Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, Louisiana, the city where the A&E hit reality television series is filmed. more >>
Concerned parents have withdrawn their children from a small private K-12 school housed in a Unitarian church in Minneapolis after the school's sex education teacher took her class on a field trip to a local novelty sex shop without first consulting parents and obtaining permission from them.
As reported by the The Star Tribune, Starri Hedges, the sex education teacher and director of the Gaia Democratic School, has come under the scrutiny of parents after she took about a dozen middle school and high school-aged students as young as 11 years old on a field trip to the nearby Smitten Kitten adult novelty store.
Hedges told the Tribune that she wanted to take the students to the store to provide them with a welcoming environment to learn about human sexual behaviors, as the class' sex education unit came to an end. more >>