Speaking freely on campus

Federal court sides with N.C. State Christian group’s First Amendment rights

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Fighting the good fight against Obama’s transgender directive

In response to North Carolina’s new law to protect the privacy of women and girls in facilities like restrooms (knowns as "HB2"), the Obama administration threatened to withhold federal money from the state. The administration made it official with a directive to allow boys pretending to be girls to use girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, and showers in public schools, or lose federal taxpayer money. Boys who say they’re girls also would be allowed to share hotel rooms with girls on

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Can we get the government out of the sex-ed business?

Why can’t the public schools stick to reading, writing, and ’rithmetic and leave sex education to the parents? Cover basic human anatomy, but no “pregnancy prevention.” Not even abstinence. Why would any parent, believer or unbeliever, want the government to teach their children how to use condoms, promote illicit sexual behavior, and inform them that they can destroy the unborn children that might result from this behavior? The government’s motto: Get them early and

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A smaller battle in North Carolina

A Christian student group sues N.C. State over free speech restrictions on campus

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Improving the numbers by changing the rules

St. Louis school district suspends out-of-school suspensions for young children

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Not too late for the unbeliever

“If I convert it’s because it’s better that a believer dies than that an atheist does.” Christopher Hitchens, who died of esophageal cancer in 2011, wrote these words in the final chapter of Mortality (Twelve, 2012) as he was dying. The publisher described them as “fragmentary jottings … left unfinished at the time of the author’s death.” Hitchens’s widow, Carol Blue, said in the afterword that he wrote the “jottings … in bursts of energy and enthusiasm.” When

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Don’t become desensitized to it all

A federal judge struck down the section of Utah’s anti-bigamy law that bars a married person from living with another in a marriage-like relationship. On Monday, however, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals restored the cohabitation ban. The judge ruled that the lower court shouldn’t have considered the Sister Wives case in the first place. Criminal charges were not filed against the TLC reality program’s star Kody Brown and his “wives.” Some might argue that the law

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Who decides what’s ‘sexually explicit’ for your children?

One of my fantasies is to see millions of Christian parents pull their children out of government schools—en masse. (Weird fantasy?) And take their tax dollars with them. (Definitely not weird.) Shock the system. Stun the unbelievers. Neither is likely to happen, of course, especially the money part. The Great Christian Retreat, the emptying of government schools, is a fantasy in the truest sense of the word: extravagant and unrestrained, wondrous and strange. Some Christian parents in

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Our times leave us hard-pressed but not crushed

I was disheartened—and confused—after I learned that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican and professing Christian, vetoed a bill that would have protected pastors, religious organizations, and business owners who don’t want to celebrate what the God who saved us calls an abomination, as is our constitutional right. Did he cave to corporate threats, or does he really believe that in this anti-Christian climate, Christians don’t need protection from government retaliation? I was

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Do some students need a firmer hand than others?

The New York Times published a video (see below) that showed a teacher at a charter school in 2014 reprimanding a student for answering a math question incorrectly. The teacher, speaking sternly, rips the student’s paper in front of the other students. Some might say, “That’s awful.” “You’re hurting the child’s feelings.” “That’s embarrassing and abusive.” Or the old standby: “That’s racist!” Notice how the other students react after the teacher calls

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