Education

California AB 889 Could Be End of Private Babysitting Services

California state Senator Doug LaMalfa writes the following here. The bill is significant enough that we are reprinting his post here.  Further analysis of the liberty implications of this billing that could end private babysitting services to follow. Editor ———-   Adventures In Babysitting: Nanny State To Sue For Rest Break? By Senator Doug LaMalfa   How will parents react […]

 
 

Article18: Kosovo — Muslim Headscarf Ban Upheld for Schools, Christians Required to be Buried in Islamic Graveyards

Article18: Kosovo — Muslim Headscarf Ban Upheld for Schools, Christians Required to be Buried in Islamic Graveyards

By Martin Surridge – Only a few years ago, the country of Kosovo, in Southern Europe, didn't even exist. Like South Sudan in recent weeks, Kosovo became independent after the war-torn region declared independence because of a strong separatist movement that sought to break away from Serbia. While the country may be small, one of the smallest in Europe, there […]

 
 

Religious Liberty in French Romantic Poetry: Gérard de Nerval's Verse Lends Space for Other Religions

Religious Liberty in French Romantic Poetry: Gérard de Nerval's Verse Lends Space for Other Religions

By Lauren Peterson — While the number of topics in poetry is unlimited, poetry is commonly thought of as that which explores love and loss. When poetry is brought up, one may be quick to think of Shakespearean love sonnets or Emily Dickinson's poems on death. Yet, poets, including the two just mentioned, had much to say on religious matters. […]

 
 

Count the Cost – The Hidden Dangers of School Vouchers

This year 42 state legislatures are considering creating or expanding school voucher programs. Private parochial educators face serious pitfalls with some of these programs that could eliminate the effectiveness of their religious mission.  In an ancient story of twin brothers, Esau, next in line for the patriarchal blessing, returns famished from a hunting trip. When he arrives home, he finds […]

 
 

Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Texas Graduation Prayer (AP)

EXCERPT: Public prayer will be allowed at a Texas high school graduation after a federal appeals court on Friday reversed a ban won by an agnostic family that claimed ceremony traditions such as invocations were unconstitutional. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency appeal filed by the Medina Valley Independent School District. Its San Antonio-area high school […]

 
 

Tennesee Senate Approves Bill to Ban Teaching of Homosexuality in Schools (Boston Globe)

EXCERPT: A bill passed yesterday by the Tennessee Senate would forbid public school teachers and students in grades kindergarten through eight from discussing the fact that some people are gay. Opponents deride the measure as the "don't say gay bill." They say it is unfair to the children of gay parents and could lead to more bullying. Supporters say it […]

 
 

Bus advertising campaign tackles Islamophobia (BBC)

EXCERPT: An advertising campaign to tackle Islamophobia has been unveiled on buses across the UK. Vehicles in several cities will carry the message "Muslims for loyalty, peace and freedom" in an attempt to challenge negative stereotypes of the faith. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, the group behind the campaign, said it hoped it would educate people about Islam and remove misconceptions. […]

 
 

European Court OKs display of crucifixes in Italian classrooms – Adventist News Network

http://news.adventist.org/2011/03/european-court-oks-d.html

 
 

Human Rights Watch to Pakistan: Drop Blasphemy Charges Against Teenager (HWR)

EXCERPT: The Pakistani government should immediately drop blasphemy charges against a 17-year-old student and ensure his safe release from detention, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities arrested Muhammad Samiullah on January 28, 2011, and charged him under Pakistan's "blasphemy law," article 295-C of the criminal code, for allegedly including derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad in his answers on […]

 
 

Pope says European sex education an 'attack' on religious freedom (AFP)

EXCERPT: Sex and civic education in schools in Europe is an "attack" on religious freedom, Pope Benedict XVI said on Monday, following a Vatican row with Spain over a new course promoting liberal values. "I cannot remain silent about another attack on the religious freedom of families in certain European countries which mandate obligatory participation in courses of sexual or […]