A church youth director has been banned from being a lunch-time volunteer at an Oregon middle school after an atheist student claimed that he tried to promote Christianity while sitting in with a group of students during lunch.
Laura Perez, the principal of Straub Middle School in Salem, Oregon, informed Tim Saffeels, a youth director at the nearby Salem Heights Church, last week that he would not be allowed back as a lunch-time volunteer for the remainder of the school year. Saffeel's banning comes after a student sent an email to Perez stating that Saffeels had preached to her and friends during lunch on Oct. 23 about Christianity, and encouraged her to come to a church function.
The email that was sent to Perez was from an eighth grader named Shelby Conway. Her email said that Saffeels came up to her table during lunch and sat down and began preaching, although she and a number of the other students at the table were non-christians. Her email added that Saffeels insulted her when she told him that she was an atheist. more >>
The family of Ethan Hallmark of Midlothian, Texas, whose four-year battle with terminal cancer before succumbing to his illness late last month at age 13, was made public through video, and has released a clearly different message than the one Brittany Maynard is giving in video in which she shares her desire to end her life on her own terms, drawing national attention.
"Thirteen years old and my son was not like mainstream America. He knew suffering was as much of a part of life as happiness was," wrote Ethan's mother, Rachel Hallmark in her most recent blog post that addresses dying with dignity in response to the discussion happening over the last few weeks surrounding Maynard's decision.
"Suffering exists all over this world in far greater forms than cancer. Taking a pill to give yourself an early demise isn't the solution whether you are facing cancer, poverty, warfare, abuse, or any of the endless other forms of suffering. With fearless bravery, he [Ethan] accepted that life wasn't always easy, that sometimes we have to face giants we'd prefer not to." more >>
A Maryland public high school has banned the father of one of its Christian students from the premises, alleging that he threatened to disrupt the school environment after the vice principal did not give into his complaints about the school's history curriculum, which includes teaching components of Islam.
Retired Marine and practicing Catholic, Kevin Wood, was issued a no-trespass order last week that will not allow him to step foot on La Plata High School's campus in Charles County. Wood, who's an Iraq War veteran, issued a complaint in a phone call to the school's vice principal, Shannon Morris, last Thursday saying that he felt it was wrong for the school to force his daughter to complete a three-page paper on the Five Pillars of Islam.
Wood's claim was that if schools aren't allowed to teach or promote Christianity and other religions, they shouldn't be able to assign work focusing on Islam. He further argued that his daughter shouldn't be forced to learn and complete an assignment on Islam, a religion she doesn't believe in. more >>
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has recently published an essay on its website acknowledging that founder Joseph Smith had a teenage spouse. The founder of the Exmormon Foundation, however, says the essay is misleading, because Joseph Smith had more than one teenage bride.
In an essay about polygamy, the church noted the various wives that Smith married, acknowledging that at least one of them was not yet 15 when she married the religious leader.
Titled "Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo," the essay had a section specifically focused on Smith's marriages, listing those whom he wedded. more >>
Just like his daddy, this little guy loves routing for his favorite sports teams. A short but adorable video shows this little boy and his father watching a sports game together.
Like father, like son in this video as the son is following right in his father's footsteps when it comes to rooting for his favorite sports team. In just six seconds you will realize that this little guy is just too cute for words. Just wait until you see his reaction at the end!
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The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has accused the Milford School District in Connecticut of racism for banning a 7-year-old Nigerian-American girl from attending class on suspicion of Ebola, since she had traveled to Nigeria earlier this month. The school, which was sued by the father of the girl, argued that it acted in the best interest of its students and staff.
"Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans will not take this escalation of ignorance and racism regarding Ebola and Nigerian-Americans lying low," said Laolu Akande, executive director of CANAN, in a press release on Wednesday.
"We are appalled that a school headed by otherwise responsible educators can succumb to unsubstantiated medical fears and chose to respond with discrimination and denial of a young girl's right to education." more >>