A donor and his wife have won a First Amendment dispute against Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and will be allowed to reference "God" in their donor plaque.
Purdue University received criticism from the local community after telling donors Dr. Michael McCracken and his wife that they could not mention "God" on a dedication plaque because the school, as a public institution receiving state and federal funds, would be violating the U.S. Constitution's Establishment clause. The plaque was dedicated to McCracken as a result of his generous donation in 2012 of $12,500, and the plaque was to grace a conference room at the newly-renovated Herrick Laboratories on campus.
When the university initially denied mentioning God on the plaque, it instead suggested the plaque only include the names of McCracken's parents. McCracken stuck to his values, and with the help of the Liberty Institute and a personal lawyer, the donor was able to successfully convince the university to install the plaque with the original wording. His legal representatives even mentioned last week that their client was prepared to go to court over the issue if it could not be resolved. more >>
Former "Full House" star Candace Cameron Bure has been under attack from Facebook users after posting Christian comments to her own page. Bure insisted that she does not want her Facebook page to be a "Christian blog" or "Jesus FB fan page" but her own, personal page.
"Lately, as my FB page has been growing rapidly with new 'likes,' it's becoming a sensitive issue for me to post because of the dread in my heart knowing I am going to get discouraging comments," she posted on her blog. "All I see is a bunch of religious people throwing around bible verses attacking each other and bunch of non-religious people wondering why in the world they would ever want to be a part of this group?!"
"I'm not trying to please everyone, I only have an audience of ONE. That's God," Bure explained. "My Facebook Page is for my fans. It's a place to share with you what's going on in my life. I also share with you what is most precious in my life; my family! My Facebook Page is not a Christian blog, it's not a Jesus FB fan page and it's not a place I'm going to flood with constant scriptural photos or only Christian articles." more >>
Texas inmate Ray Jasper is scheduled to be executed in two weeks and decided to speak out about his experience inside the prison system. He previous wrote to a website as part of a collection of letters about life on death row, and this is his second piece about the system, which he says is comparable to slavery.
"Without any questions, you've given me a blank canvas," Jasper wrote to Gawker. "I'll only address what's on my heart. Next month, the State of Texas has resolved to kill me like some kind of rabid dog, so indirectly, I guess my intention is to use this as some type of platform because this could be my final statement on earth."
"The justice system is truly broken beyond repair and the sad part is there is no way to start over. We look at slavery like its a thing of the past, but you can go to any penitentiary in this nation and you will see slavery. People need to know that when they sit on trial juries and sentence people to prison time that they are sentencing them to slavery," Jasper continued. 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 >>
Boston University students are protesting a Robin Thicke concert scheduled to be held on campus on March 4. So far over 1,800 students have signed a petition calling for the concert to be cancelled, which authorities say is unlikely to happen.
"It is a dishonor to our feminist history to symbolically idolize Robin Thicke by allowing him to perform his misogynist music at our university," the petition by the Humanists of Boston University read. They also noted that the song "Blurred Lines" "celebrates having sex with women against their will."
"Having Thicke perform is a political statement that is out of touch with the realities of sexual violence and Boston University's own history. Thus, we suggest that Robin Thicke's performance be cancelled. Lyrics such as 'I know you want it' explicitly use non-consensual language. And while watching the extremely explicit video, the insinuations grow from subtle to explicit to obnoxious," the group said. more >>