Posts tagged "religion and education"

Wingspread Declaration

27 January 2006 Scott Jaschik from Inside Higher Ed reports on “The Wingspread Declaration on Religion and Public Life: Engaging Higher Education,” a manifesto-in-progress concerning the role of religion on college campuses. The declaration, written by the Society for Values in Higher Education, calls for colleges to provide students with “religious literacy” across the curriculum, in disciplines...

Salt Lake Evolution

23 January 2006 The Utah Senate initially approved a bill last Friday that would make public school teachers include anti-evolution caveats when teaching the about the origins of life: a position the ACLU, which opposes the bill, has likened to the textbook stickers included in biology textbooks in Cobb County, Georgia. A court later ruled that the...

Constitutional Abstention

11 January 2006 In a lawsuit filed last month in Georgia, a 10th grade student, Jessica Bradley, and her father aresuing a private Christian high school, Covenant Christian Academy, for expelling Bradley for “sexual immorality” after the teenage girl kissed another girl at an off-campus slumber party last spring. Though none of the other girls involved...

Philosophy of Design

11 January 2006 Intelligent Design gets set for another trial, with a group of California parents suing a rural high school which introduced the evolution alternative as a philosophy elective. The new case, if it holds up, could force a more nuanced discussion of the merits of I.D., as previous lawsuits have protested the teaching of...

UW Bible Study

13 December 2005 Today, the Wisconsin legislature will meet for an informational session regarding the “Bible-studies ban” controversy at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where a resident assistant was recently forbidden from hosting Bible studies in his dorm room, in accordance with a school policy that prohibits RAs from leading religious activities in order to...

Classics for Christians

13 December 2005 With yesterday’s hearing on the motion to dismiss a case brought by Calvary Chapel Christian Schools against the University of California, over the university’s refusal to accredit several of the Christian high school’s courses, Mike Weiss of The San Francisco Chronicle investigates the background of the plaintiffs’ lead lawyer, Wendell Bird, a...

Suburb v. Suburb

12 December 2005 The Washington Post travels to Cobb County, Georgia, the Atlanta suburb with a remarkable proclivity for passing resolutions, filing lawsuits, and getting sued in the name of religious and social culture war issues du jour. This year, no surprise, it’s anti-Darwin stickers in school textbooks — an addition that’s led to a...

Kansas Chill

06 December 2005 Although University of Kansas religion professor Paul Mirecki’s controversial course, “Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design and Creationism,” has been cancelled at the professor’s own request, Republican Kansas State Representative Brenda Landwehr is unsatisfied. The course, originally named to identify Intelligent Design as a “religious mythology,” became news after the publication of...

Xian Ed 101: How to Eat Spotted Owl

“When asked how they heard about Summit [Christian defense workshops for college students], several students can’t remember. ‘Everyone knows about Summit,’ one of them says.” Everyone. But if that doesn’t include you — and if you care about religion and politics — read Thomas Bartlett’s account of the organization in The Chronicle of Higher Education...

Who’s Afraid of the Holy Ghost?

In a set of guidelines for religious education released this week in England, teachers have been instructed to avoid frightening children with certain explanations of religious practice, such as describing the Eucharist as becoming the blood and body of Christ, because this could suggest that Christians are cannibalistic, or any mention of the spooky phrase “Holy Ghost”...

AIO’s Red Pill

The attorneys involved in the dispute between the University of North Carolina and an evangelical Christian fraternity at the school, Alpha Iota Omega, have failed to reach a compromise as directed by a federal judge, and the case will now be decided by Judge Frank Bullock Jr. AIO, with the support of a Republican representative and the Alliance...

Daily Links 04 November 2004

Canterbury Ale Monks and friars have long been among the best brewmasters, and the old heart of the Church of England, Canterbury Cathedral, has acknowledged that with the return of a “cathedral brew” to the church, not seen since 1828. Ohio Schools Get God From the state that brought you the next four years…The Columbus,...