United States Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday blasted the Boy Scouts of America's policy that bans openly-gay leaders and volunteers, accusing the organization of "only [preserving and perpetuating] the worst kind of stereotypes."
Holder made his remarks at a reception for Lambda Legal, a "national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people."
The first African-American attorney general addressed the BSA's policy for the first time since the group decided in 2013 to permit openly-gay scouts, but maintained its ban on openly-gay leaders. more >>
A school district in Fayette, Missouri has settled a legal dispute brought on by a secular group last year regarding alleged Christian prayers being held on campus.
Fayette High School, located in mid-Missouri, recently reached a settlement decree with the American Humanist Association, which filed a lawsuit against the school back in November 2013. The lawsuit alleged that the school district had violated the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment by showing favoritism to Christianity. The lawsuit argued that Fayette's former math teacher, Gwen Pope, participated in a weekly, Christian-themed prayer with her students in her classroom. Additionally, it alleged that such prayer meetings were announced on the school intercom by former Principal Darren Rapert, and the prayer gatherings were allowed to meet before school, even though other student-led clubs did not have the same privilege.
The agreement reached between Fayette High School and the American Humanist Association states that the school will amend its 2014 Student Teacher Handbook to explicitly outline the rules dictating a separation of church and state at public schools. The handbook will clearly state when student groups can meet and how teachers may participate in student-led religious expression. more >>
Conversations about the importance of fathers usually revolve around sons: how boys benefit from having a positive male role model, a consistent disciplinarian, and a high-energy roughhousing partner on their way to pursuing career and family success in adulthood. But as recent research shows, fathers also affect the lives of their young adult daughters in intriguing and occasionally surprising ways.
In exploring this area, uppermost on the minds of many is a young woman's academic and vocational path-how her relationship with her father influences her academic performance and, as a consequence, her career success and financial well-being. As you might guess, daughters whose fathers have been actively engaged throughout childhood in promoting their academic or athletic achievements and encouraging their self-reliance and assertiveness are more likely to graduate from college and to enter the higher paying, more demanding jobs traditionally held by males. This helps explain why girls who have no brothers are overly represented among the world's political leaders: they tend to receive more encouragement from their fathers to be high achievers. Even college and professional female athletes often credit their fathers for helping them to become tenacious, self-disciplined, ambitious, and successful.
Interestingly, too, when female college students were asked what they would do if their fathers disapproved of their career plans, the overwhelming majority said they would not change their plans. But the daughters who communicated the most comfortably and had the closest relationships with their fathers were more willing to reconsider their plans if their fathers disapproved. more >>
Thirty-five years ago at an outdoor Christian festival, I made an erroneous statement for which I was sued for $19.5 million dollars. Thank God the case was settled. The nightmare revolved around the mistaken notion that the author of a pop psychology book was dead. The book was called, "I'm OK - You're OK."
That catchy title is repeated oftentimes to this day in counseling parents how to handle a son or daughter revealing they are gay or lesbian. "Don't be judgmental. Convey unconditional love. Accept them as they are. Realize they're born this way. Reassure them you're okay and they're okay in whatever sexual identity they choose."
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Professor and Christian author Alex Chediak says that in order for parents to raise godly teenagers, they must use more than apologetics resources.
Alex Chediak, who teaches engineering and physics at California Baptist University, wrote about the topic in a book released earlier this year titled, Preparing Your Teens for College: Faith, Friends, Finances, And Much More.
"Information and logical arguments are helpful in making Christianity understandable and credible, and in dismantling false worldviews, but ultimately an act of the will (and the work of God in someone's heart) is involved," wrote Chediak. more >>
This Father's Day, I will remember my most public event with our daughter. My duty was not to draw any attention to myself. It was to be the bride's day. All the arrangements had been made, it seemed. The invitations had gone out. The family members near and far had responded. Many would even cross the border to make it to the wedding. This would not only be a union of husband and wife, it would be a celebration by two families from different nations.
In order to bring so many guests onto the "Yard" of the U.S. Naval Academy, it would be necessary to meet heightened security requirements. Passports and drivers licenses would have to be presented to armed guards. It's not what you would normally expect at a wedding, but it is what we have had to live with in this post-9/11 world.
To bring guests to the Academy Main Chapel for the ceremony would require a bright yellow school bus. It embarked the guests at a nearby high school. There were surely a thousand details to be managed. And my wife of many years and our daughter managed them all with aplomb. Two plombs, even. more >>