Sunday, October 28, 2012

Religious Freedom - #4334 - Christian Students Sue After Snow College Allegedly Bans Religious Homecoming Art and Downgrades Club's Status - The Blaze (2) Tufts University Bans Christian Student Group for Requiring Leaders to Embrace Basic Biblical Truths of Christianity - The Blaze (3) 7th Circuit Forces Indiana to Continue Funding Planned Parenthood - Citizen Link (4) Marijuana Dependent Teens Loss of I.Q. Poses Long-Term Dangers - Baptist Press

Christian Students Sue After College Allegedly Bans Religious Homecoming Art and Downgrades Club's Status - The Blaze - Throughout 2012, the War on Religion has made its way to America’s college campuses. Almost daily, it seems there are new stories emerging about religious freedom at universities across the nation. On Tuesday, TheBlaze reported on the Tufts University crackdown on a Christian club that requires its leaders to be believers. Similarly, Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, is making headlines after allegedly banning Christian students’ religious homecoming art and downgrading a faith club’s status. According to the students, who have filed a lawsuit with help from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) over the matter, they were told by school officials that their signs were done “in poor taste.” The basis for such a notion was the fact that they included faith-based messaging and symbolism. FOX News’ Todd Starnes reports:  Read more........

Tufts University Bans Christian Student Group for Requiring Leaders to Embrace 'Basic Biblical Truths of Christianity' - The Blaze - There’s a troubling pattern developing on college campuses across America, as universities are increasingly preventing Christian campus groups from requiring that their leaders be practicing believers. If these clubs fail to comply with so-called “non-discrimination policies,” they are often de-legitimized and banned from official-recognition. Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, is the latest higher education facility to crack down on student-led religious groups. In a recent move, the school’s student government banned the Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF), an evangelical organization. The decision was made because TCF, which is the campus’ chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, requires that those serving in leadership positions must embrace “basic biblical truths of Christianity.” The group’s demand that leaders be Bible-believing Christians was found to be in violation of Tuft’s non-discrimination policy. Last month, the Judiciary recommended that the belief requirement be moved from the constitution’s bylaws to its mission statement; while the bylaws are legally-binding, the mission statement is not. TCF didn’t comply and, now, the group is officially unrecognized by the university.  Read more.......


7th Circuit Forces Indiana to Continue Funding Planned Parenthood - Citizen Link - A federal appellate court ruled Tuesday that Indiana taxpayers must continue to give Medicaid funds to abortion sellers, including Planned Parenthood. A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided to uphold the temporary suspension of a state law passed in 2011 banning agencies from providing state or federal funds to groups that perform abortion, or those that own or operate facilities where abortions are performed. Steven H. Aden, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), said the ruling does not reflect the views of Indianans. “The will of Indiana taxpayers to close loopholes so that their money isn’t used to fund the operations of abortion sellers should be respected,” he said. “During these tough economic times, it makes no sense to contradict the will of the people of Indiana, who don’t believe abortionists deserve to receive government funding.”  Read more.........

Marijuana-dependent Teens Loss of I.Q. Poses Long-Term Dangers - Baptist Press - New evidence of marijuana's negative effect on intelligence and, yet, its increasing use by teenagers shows the need to educate young people and prevent the drug's legalization, a Southern Baptist ethics leader says. Individuals who use marijuana during their teenage years have an average drop in I.Q. of eight points and are vulnerable to mental health problems, according to a study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) released in August. This news followed a May report that showed marijuana use among teens has grown by 21 percent since 2008. The PNAS study "adds additional support to the necessity of keeping marijuana out of the hands of adolescents," said Barrett Duke, vice president for public policy and research at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "The significant impact marijuana can have on the I.Q. of teens is alarming. We must redouble our efforts to educate young people about the dangers of marijuana use."  Read more.........

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