Fox News host and best-selling author Bill O'Reilly believes that children should learn Judeo-Christian principles in public schools.
O'Reilly explained his views during an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's "TODAY" show Thursday, saying, "Kids need to know what Judeo-Christian tradition is, because that's what all of our laws are based on. That's what the country's philosophy is based on. ... And because that's what forged the Constitution."
"Kids, if they live in a secular home and go to public school, don't know anything about Jesus. … Our Constitution was forged on Judeo-Christian philosophy and tradition," he reiterated. more >>
A school district in California says it will allow students to distribute coins with imprinted Bible passages during non-instructional time on campus. The decision from the district came after Freedom X, a legal group, complained on behalf of a local family.
A spokesperson for the Apple Valley Unified School District near Hesperia, Calif., said Monday that teachers at Desert Knolls Elementary School violated the religious freedom rights of Steven and Patrick Peterson when they told the students that they could not pass out fake coins with the Bible verse John 3:16 written on one side and the question "Where will you spend eternity?" written on the other.
"We're going to make sure that students are protected," Thomas Hoegerman, superintendent of the Apple Valley Unified School District, told the San Bernardino Sun. "There was no malicious intent but we clearly had folks who didn't fully understand the implications." more >>
David Silverman, president of American Atheists who graduated from Brandeis in 1988, announced that he is withdrawing his support from Brandeis University and its alumni association because the academic institution rescinded its plans to give an honorary degree to controversial social commentator Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
In an open letter on Facebook explaining his actions and reasoning, Silverman said that although he had fond memories of the activism and classes at Brandeis, he felt this history went contrary to the university's decision against Hirsi Ali.
"Today, that pride is gone as Brandeis has caved to religious intolerance masquerading as political correctness and uninvited a valuable voice in the discussion of religion in public life," wrote Silverman. more >>
Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen has offered that the many distractions Millennials face in life is one of the main reasons why the younger generation seems to be growing less and less religious.
Osteen said in a Fox News interview on Thursday that it was "disappointing" to read the latest State of the Bible survey from the American Bible Society which shows a decline of faith in young adults.
"I do think there are more influences today, distractions, and it's a different day than we grew up in," said the pastor of America's largest church, with more than 52,000 weekly worshipers. more >>
The parents of a first grader are suing a Pennsylvania school district, accusing it of violating their son's constitutional rights when a teacher forbade him from distributing Valentine's Day cards containing a religious message to his classmates.
Donald and Ellen Abramo filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday on behalf of their son, identified in legal documents as "J.A.," against the Nazareth Area School District in Northampton County, Pa. The lawsuit alleges that J.A.'s constitutional rights were violated by a first grade teacher at Shafer Elementary School in Nazareth during a class "Friendship Day" party on Feb. 19, when the young boy attempted to pass out Valentine's Day cards to his fellow classmates.
The school's policy banning candy in class caused J.A. and his siblings to create Valentine's Day cards with the message of St. Valentine written on the piece of paper. The message read: "Happy Valentine's Day! St. Valentine was imprisoned and martyred for presiding over marriages and for spreading the news of God's love. In honor of St. Valentine's Day, I want you to know that God loves you!!!" It also included a reference to John 3:16, according to the lawsuit. more >>
The suspect who went on a stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville near Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday that left 22 people wounded has been identified as 16-year-old sophomore Alex Hribal. His attorney described him as "confused, scared and depressed."
"I think he understands what he did," attorney Patrick Thomassey told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday.
"I don't think he at this point understands the gravity of what he did. I don't think he realizes how severely injured some of these people are. And, hopefully, there's no death involved in any of these. We're praying that everybody is all right." more >>