Bible

Fox News reports:

The family of a second-grade student at a Texas elementary school says their daughter’s teacher took her Bible away during a “read to myself” session.

The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group specializing in religious liberty cases, says the family reached out for assistance after a teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Cypress allegedly told the girl not to bring the Bible back to school again.

The teacher reportedly said the Bible is inappropriate reading material…

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Fox News reports something that will probably make you sick if you care about the future of our military, or about–I dunno–little Constitutional rights like free speech:

The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet’s whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said.

The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. “I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me,” the verse from Galatians read.

Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage.

“Had it been in his room – not a problem,” Weinstein told me. “It’s not about the belief. It’s about the time, the place and the manner.”

He said the Bible verse on the cadet’s personal whiteboard created a hostile environment at the academy…

So when a student hangs a Bible verse on the outside of his door, that’s now considered a “hostile environment”?

The Air Force cadets and faculty who complained about a simple Bible verse are either the biggest wimps in history, or else Christianity is simply no longer welcome at the Air Force academy.

I wonder if today’s Air Force academy leaders are familiar with the First Amendment?

Probably not.

Mind you, the supreme sensitivity to religion these folks suffer from didn’t stop the Air Force Academy from building a special worship area for pagans, wiccans, and druids, on campus a few years ago.

Sounds like a bunch of hypocrites to me.

Why do I get the feeling that our military academies are going down hill in quality faster than a gold medalist on greased skis–eagerly transforming into cesspools full of politically correct B.S.?

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Last week we reported that a Southern California teacher seized a first grader’s bible verses at school and threw them in the trash, telling the little boy, “Jesus is not allowed at school.” Today, a similar story has emerged out of California, involving another first grader, a girl who was silenced and shamed when she began talking about her faith during a class presentation.

Truth Revolt reports details:

On December 19, a school teacher in Temecula, California told her first grade student, Brynn Williams, that she could not present her family’s Christmas tradition of a star of Bethlehem at her school, according to local reports.

Brynn’s class was assigned to do a 1-minute presentation about an object that best represents their family’s Christmas tradition. When Brynn stood up to give her presentation, she began reciting a Bible verse just before the teacher interrupted and told her to ”go take your seat”. She was the only student not allowed to finish her presentation.

“When this took place she was hurt,” said Brynn’s father Shane, “she felt that she had done something wrong and she was going to be punished.”

Brynn’s family has since sought legal counsel with Advocates for Faith & Freedom.

“The disapproval and hostility that Christian students have come to experience in our nation’s public schools has become epidemic,” said Robert Tyler, general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom…

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We’re not even talking about evangelizing kids, or teaching religion in schools here. We’re simply talking about a child’s desire to express his or her personal beliefs in during a class presentation.

If a Muslim student got up to talk about her families traditions during Ramadan, would this teacher have silenced her and told her to “go take her seat.” Or if the little girl had been talking about how her family celebrates “Kwanzaa” or the Hindu festival of lights? Would the teacher have suddenly cut her off and shut her down?

No way.

On the contrary, you can count on the fact any of these “exotic,” ethnically-flavored religions would inspire the utmost interest and encouragement from the average liberal California educator. Such children would be applauded, and held up as paragons of diversity.

Why is it any different for a kid who happens to be a Christian?

Here’s why: Christianity is the faith secularist liberals associate with plain-old non-progressive, non-diverse, largely conservative white folks. These secularists will tolerate and sometimes even encourage some religious expression, so long as it fulfills the requirements of adding an element of racial diversity or multiculturalism to he classroom.

But in the mind of the leftist educator, Christianity is the one faith that must not be mentioned, talked about, or expressed–not even during a presentation that is supposed to be about a child’s “family Christmas tradition.” Because, you know, Sarah Palin and George W. Bush believe that stuff too…

There’s something very pitiful about an adult shouting down a little kid who innocently tries to share her family’s Christmas traditions, as she was assigned to do.

What is it about these California teachers? Why do they find a child’s faith so threatening?

(Via Drudge)

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Breitbart reports that outspoken Obama supporter and rock musician Bruce Springsteen will be the subject of a theology class at Rutgers University. Yes, “theology.”

Known for teaching courses in early rabbinic literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish mysticism and Plato, a professor at Rutgers University is now looking to the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen to enlighten first year students.

Azzan Yadin-Israel, an associate professor of Jewish studies and classics, will offer a Byrne Seminar, exploring the theological underpinnings of Springsteen’s lyrics, and the song writer’s reinterpretation of biblical stories…

How much does Rutgers cost per year to attend? For out-of-state students, the price tag is $39,101 for 2013-14.

$39,101 is a lot to pay for a Bruce Springsteen Bible class, wouldn’t you say?

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

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On the evening of April 10, several students sat tucked away in an Episcopal church just north of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Their heads were bowed; their thoughts – ethereal.

The students were taking part in a weeklong “UNC 24/7 Prayer” at the university, an annual observance designed to lift up lives, families, careers – and the campus community – to the Lord.

About 250 students signed up for one-hour prayer slots that launched April 4 at 9:30 p.m. and ran day and night through April 11.

Although there was no official “theme” for the week, one Bible verse repeated in both email invitations and on handouts for students inside the church read:  “I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them, and not pluck them up. I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.” (NIV – Jeremiah 24:6-7).

In stark contrast to the thoughts and prayers of students who took part in the observance on the evening of April 10, another campus event unfolded nearby that was entirely temporal in nature.

The university’s Student Union played host to a workshop called “Orgasm? Yes, Please!” The event was advertised to students with the tagline: “Learn how to have AMAZING sex and enter to win a sex toy!” A variety of condoms, lubricants and sex toys were doled out during the workshop thanks to the generosity of two adult sex shops near the campus: Adam & Eve and Cherry Pie, organizers stated.

At least one student who took part in the prayer week event the evening of April 10 asked God to touch the hearts and minds of the students who were nearby learning about how to pleasure themselves and put on condoms properly.

That both activities took place at the same time was coincidental, but it does illustrate the vast chasm between the priorities of students at UNC Chapel Hill, something that is likely mirrored at universities across the nation.

The hundreds of students who participated in UNC 24/7 Prayer were not asked specifically to pray for their campus community, but without a doubt – that was among the topics broached in the silence of their hearts and minds, said one of the observance’s organizers, Nathan Tilley.

“We want it to be a way that God works in and through students to make His Kingdom to become present here on campus,” Tilley told The College Fix. “Who knows what effects might come from a week of intensified prayer?”

Tilley added that praying on and for the campus makes sense.

“This is our ‘city’, so to speak,” he said. “We live on or near campus, we work or study here, and we have the majority of our social and extracurricular life in or around the university community.”

The recent observance marked the seventh consecutive year the weeklong student prayer effort has occurred at UNC Chapel Hill. Members of about 15 campus ministries took part, including Cornerstone, InterVarsity, Every Nation, Reformed University Fellowship and others.

Each student signed up for at least one one-hour time slot, although many took on more than one slot.

The Episcopal church just north of campus, Chapel of the Cross, opened its doors to host the students as they gathered – sometimes individually and other times in groups.

Students were welcome to make themselves at home in the chapel, where books on Christianity, several translations of the Bible, and markers and paper were laid out at the ready. Also on hand were guides for students with various suggested Bible verses and instructions to “take time to quiet your mind and heart, and ask the Lord to help you to focus as you spend this hour in prayer.”

“Ask Him to meet you here, to guide you in prayer, and for your heart to be open and ears to hear what He would say to you during this time.”

Fix contributor Jessica Adams is a student at UNC – Chapel Hill.

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MEADVILLE – Allegheny College’s Ford Memorial Chapel was transformed into a boudoir of sorts Wednesday night, as professional sex educators advised students in attendance how best to touch themselves and their partners to reach orgasm in what was billed as an educational seminar.

The chapel, built and dedicated in 1902, is where Catholic mass and non-denominational services are conducted every week at the private liberal arts college in northwestern Pennsylvania. But all that took a back pew to Wednesday’s festivities, dubbed “I Heart the Female Orgasm” and hosted by a variety of student groups on campus.

The two sex educators, Marshall Miller and Kate Weinberg, talked students through a variety of masturbation techniques during the event.

“Sometimes it can be difficult finding your G spot by yourself, because it involves inserting a finger or fingers inside the vagina into the front wall of the body, and that kind of results in an awkward, kind of clawlike hand position,” Weinberg said, demonstrating with a pawing motion as the audience giggled. “Obviously, there are better ways you can position your body. Or if you’ve got a partner, you can get your partner to insert their finger or fingers inside your vagina in the front wall of your body in a sort of a J curve.”

Miller also weighed in, noting “some (women) find that if they change the angle or position, they can find some way of rubbing against their partner’s body, against the base of his penis or pubic bone, and with rubbing to have enough stimulation to orgasm in intercourse.”

In statements to The College Fix, the college’s chaplain defended the event’s location, calling its theme “responsible,” and a campus spokesperson said it offered a “great message.”

While the chapel is hosting services in conjunction with Lent, on Wednesday the building turned into a sexual marketplace of sorts, as student groups sold buttons, t-shirts and hats bearing the program’s name inside the chapel itself after the event concluded. They also sold the book written by program coordinators Marshall Miller and Dorian Solot titled “I Heart Female Orgasm: An Extraordinary Orgasm Guide.”

Meanwhile, the sex educators had also told students masturbation is not a sin.

“Some people figure out masturbation and orgasm as teenagers, some people figure it out later than that,” said Weinberg, describing her lifelong fascination with pleasuring herself. “And some people figure it out earlier than that. Like preschool age. I was part of that last category.”

Weinberg also weighed in on a portion of the Book of Genesis in regard to masturbation.

“So this primary anti-masturbation story is about this guy, Onan. … And Onan refused to sleep with his brother’s wife, so he spilled his seed on the ground — that’s how it’s defined — and for that, God struck him dead,” she said.

But Weinberg said she believes that because Biblical scholars debate the exact meanings of many portions of the Bible, it permits a wide variety of sexual activity.

“A lot of Bible scholars say that’s the primary anti-masturbation story, but I don’t really see it,” she continued. “Onan wasn’t struck dead for masturbating. He was struck down for not sleeping with his brother’s wife. So the masturbation wasn’t the sin. So obviously, you know, the Bible is something that is interpreted in a lot of different ways.”

During the event, Weinberg and Miller played the famous fake orgasm scene from “When Harry Met Sally” on a projected screen, and also displayed different anatomical diagrams depicting women’s genitals.

“If you’ve got a vagina, your genitals are tucked pretty neatly inside your body. It’s a pretty handy place to keep one’s genitals, really. But because of this, many heterosexual women have never seen another woman’s vagina or vulva,” Weinberg said. “If you’ve got cool dangly parts down there, if you’re voluptuous, if one side’s longer than the other, if your va-jay-jay’s got some character, some personality, it’s not a sign that you’re abnormal and deformed. It’s a sign that you’re a healthy adult woman.”

Weinberg later held up two books titled I’ll Show You Mine and Petals, encouraging students to flip through them after the program: “We’ve got two amazing books up here with pages and pages of art photographs of vaginas and vulvas.”

The event was hosted by Allegheny’s student government and Allegheny College’s Reproductive Health Coalition, along with Young Feminists and Queers and Allies. It was funded by student activities fees.

Student reaction to the seminar was mixed.

One Christian student, Shannon McAvinchey, 20, said the school’s student government supported Christian groups on campus and were not trying to intentionally offend Christian students by hosting the event in the chapel. At the same time, however, she said some students’ attitudes towards Christians troubled her.

“I guess what frustrates me most is when you say you’re a Christian, your views are automatically not so much disrespected as dismissed,” McAvinchey said.

Other students, however, were excited on their way to the chapel, chatting and laughing happily.

“I have needs!” one girl said.

“I have condoms! Jesus!” her friend shrieked.

Officials at the college took a blasé attitude toward the event.

Chaplain Jane Ellen Nickel, who conducts non-denominational Christian services each Sunday and manages the office of Spiritual and Religious Life, said in an email to The College Fix that she saw nothing wrong with the event, and hoped students would feel comfortable attending a religious service there later.

“I don’t have a problem with it being held in the chapel. The program advocates responsible, respectful decision-making regarding sexual behavior, and includes the option waiting for marriage, a message that resonates with many students of faith. While the name may have some shock value, the event itself is consistent with our policy of opening the building to campus groups. We would love it if students at such an event experience the chapel as a welcoming space, and then feel encouraged to attend a religious service or program.”

Another campus administrator told The College Fix he had no problem with the event’s location.

“They have a great message about caring relationships,” said Dean of Students Joe DiChristina in an e-mail. “I appreciated their approach.”

Fix contributor Katie McHugh is a student at Allegheny College.

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