Brunei's teachers and principals are reportedly threatened with prison time and punishment if they teach or speak to Muslim children about religions others than Islam, due to the country's upcoming implementation of Sharia law, which will also apply to Muslim children who attend Christian schools.
Fides News Agency noted on Thursday that starting April, it will be a crime to "persuade, influence, incite, encourage a child with non-Islamic teaching," as well as to "expose the child to any ceremony or act of worship which is not Islamic or allow the child to participate in activities for the benefit of other religions," with offending teachers facing five years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
The local Catholic Church said the restrictions will also be applied to Christians schools attended by Muslim students. more >>
The family of a Brigham Young University student is rejoicing after their 18-year-old daughter made a miraculous recovery after being hit by a car. The family of Lexi Hansen is giving thanks to God for their daughter's progress and have started a national movement calling for more prayer as Lexi recovers.
"When they brought her in, the doctors gave her less than a 5 percent chance of survival," Doug Hansen, Lexi's father, told Deseret News. "They told us to call our family and get them here quickly because she wasn't going to last too long."
The family rallied around the girl, who had been riding her longboard when she was hit by a car and suffered severe head trauma. She was in a coma for several days, during which her family gathered around her bedside and sang hymns and offered prayers for her recovery. more >>
Cayden Taipalus, 8, saw a need within his school and decided to take action. The third grader at Challenger Elementary School in Howell, Michigan saw a friend forced to give up his hot lunch because his account balance was overdue; Taipalus decided to make a change and pay off the account balances for all the students at his school.
"I just want to make kids have a better lunch," Cayden told Today.
Cayden came home upset when his friend was forced to give up his hot lunch simply because his account was overdue. He came home and told his mother about the situation and decided he wanted to help his friend and all those who were forced to go without a hot lunch. Together they returned empty bottles and cans and asked for donations from family and friends. more >>
Rachel Canning had her first day in court and was called "spoiled" by the judge, who also denied her request for child support and payment for her private high school. Another hearing is set to further examine the case, but the family is still distraught over the proceedings.
"Do we want to establish a precedent where parents live in basic fear of establishing rules of the house? If they set a rule a child doesn't like, the child can move out, move in with another family, seek child support, cars, cell phone, and a few hundred grand to go to college" Judge Peter Bogaard said from the bench. Reports also state that Judge Bogaard referred to Rachel, 18, as "spoiled" upon denying her request for $650 in weekly child support.
"Have you ever in your experience seen such gross disrespect for a parent? I don't see it in my house," Judge Bogaard said after reading an explicit message from Rachel to her mother, Elizabeth. "What kind of parents would the Cannings be if they didn't try to set down some strict rules? I think everyone needs to take a step back and realize this family and Rachel in particular are well worth the effort to salvage or attempt to." more >>
A 10-year-old boy was suspended for pointing his fingers in the shape of a gun while at school. His family is fighting the suspension and says that the adults are the ones acting like children in this case.
"I was just playing around," Nathan Entingh told The Columbus Dispatch. "People play around like this a lot at my school."
However, Principal Patricia Price said that she has told the students on numerous occasions not to pretend to play with guns or even use their hands as weapons. It's part of a continually growing national trend that has a zero-tolerance policy for guns or weapons, even the pretend version. Students across the nation have been suspended or disciplined for drawing guns, eating food into gun shapes, or in this case, using one's fingers as a "weapon." more >>
An alumnus of Purdue University claims his First Amendment rights were violated after the school refused to inscribe a reference to God on a donation plaque.
In 2012, Dr. Michael McCracken and his wife made a $12,500 pledge to Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering. Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Ind., is McCracken's alma mater. In return for the generous donation, the school allowed McCracken to select the wording for a dedication plaque due to grace a conference room in the school's Herrick Laboratories.
McCracken chose to dedicate the plaque to his father, Dr. William McCracken, and his late mother, Glenda. "To those who seek to better the world through the understanding of God's physical laws and innovation of practical solutions. In honor of Dr. William 'Ed' and Glenda McCracken," the original inscription read. more >>