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‘Terminally Ill Woman Admits She’s Having Second Thoughts After Making Controversial Decision To End Her Life’ « CBS Philly

When you read this post, ask yourself, what is “enough joy,” and when is a little joy not enough?

Terminally Ill Woman Admits She’s Having Second Thoughts After Making Controversial Decision To End Her Life « CBS Philly.

Highland Park High School in Illinois craps all over the First Amendment

Halloween costumes are fine at Highland Park High School in Illinois.

I easily can imagine the halls full of figures like Michael Meyers, Freddy Kreuger, and other sicko characters from slasher flicks.

Costumes are OK — unless you dress up as a First Century Jewish man who was brutally executed by the Roman empire, who is at least remembered as a spokesman for loving one’s neighbor as oneself.

This from Reason magazine’s Brickbats blog:

Highland Park High School in Illinois allows students to wear costumes to class on Halloween. But when Mashon Sanders showed up as Jesus, officials pulled him out of class and made him change. They said some teachers found the costume offensive.

Let’s call this “Coercive Separation of Church and Individual.”

Active Shooter Training

Prohibition agents destroying barrels of alcoh...

Prohibition agents destroying barrels of alcohol (United States, prohibition era) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This week, I get to go to “Active Shooter Training,” as required by the university. I thought this was grim and cynical, but then maybe I’m grim and cynical: I think gun laws, like drug laws, like our ill-conceived attempt at alcohol Prohibition, will just make the underground market more powerful. If people want something, someone will supply it, legally or not. Demand and desire make common ground for anything prohibited. So, with despair and resignation, I guess “Active Shooter Training” will always be a good idea.

That’s the trouble with diversity — so many wrong-headed people get free speech

It’s good to see the Alliance Defense Fund defend the free-speech rights of a professor with unorthodox views. “No university should refuse promotion to a gifted and accomplished professor simply because it disagrees with his religious and political views,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steven Aden in a press release.

Aden was referring to the situation of Mike Adams, a criminal justice professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington denied tenure, allegedly due to his opinions.

I want to point out what I think is an inappropriate use of language in an article about Adams that appeared in today’s Daily Tar Heel.

Apparently the “conservative beliefs” of Adams include a Christian faith, if I’m correctly reading this article in The Daily Tar Heel.

I’m not sure how “conservative beliefs” became the umbrella term under which Christianity resides. After all, we’re watching a political campaign in which Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton are trying to out-Christian each other, while Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners magazine, has created plenty of space for liberals and progressives to espouse evangelical faith. Certainly the Committee of Concerned Journalists and even Associated Press style guidelines would steer editors at The Daily Tar Heel away from blurring “conservative beliefs” and Christianity.

Now, back to the matter of diversity and free speech.

From The Daily Tar Heel article:

A UNC-Wilmington professor who claims to be a victim of discrimination for his conservative beliefs will speak at UNC-Chapel Hill today about promoting a diversity of ideas on university campuses.

Criminal justice professor Mike Adams has been battling UNC-W since last year, when he filed suit against the university for harassment and discrimination after a promotion refusal.

Adams says the refusal stems from prejudice toward his religious and political beliefs.

UNC-W’s motion to dismiss the suit was denied earlier this month.

The Alliance Defense Fund, a legal organization that handles issues of religious freedom, filed suit on behalf of Adams.

“Christian professors should not be discriminated against because of their beliefs,” stated ADF Senior Legal Counsel Steven Aden in a press release….

UNC-W officials declined to comment on the case because the lawsuit has not been resolved.

The ADF said it is defending Adams in an effort to protect the rights of professors who fall outside the perception of the typical liberal professor.

The university is supposed to be the marketplace of ideas, and university officials should not treat religious or conservative professors as second-class citizens on campus,” stated ADF Senior Legal Counsel David French, director of the organization’s Center for Academic Freedom, in an earlier press release.

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Ethiopian churches attacked

ISTANBUL — Eight Muslims wielding machetes and knives broke into two village churches in southern Ethiopia earlier this month and began wounding worshipers, instantly killing one Christian. Tulu Mosisa of Kale Hiwot church died after a machete blow nearly beheaded him, according to an eyewitness. Another two members of the Kale Hiwot and Birhane Wongel Baptist churches in the remote village of Nensebo Chebi both lost a hand each in the March 2 attacks, and a 5-year-old boy is still hospitalized after his arm was slashed to the bone. A total of 23 Christians from the two congregations were injured before local militia officers drove off the attackers, who launched what one observer called “a seemingly well-planned,” simultaneous assault midway through Sunday worship services. Located 400 kilometers (240 miles) south of the capital Addis Ababa , Nensebo Chebi is a remote village in the Bale Zone of Ethiopia’s predominantly Muslim Oromiya state. Every time the attackers struck someone, Christian survivors said, they shouted “Allah Akbar!” The two Arabic words, meaning “Allah is greater,” are the beginning of the Muslim call to prayer.

-Compass Direct News 

Egyptian court rules against religious liberty

In a blow to religious freedom in Egypt, a Cairo court has ruled against a Muslim convert to Christianity who requested that his religious affiliation be changed. Judge Muhammad Husseini said in a verdict on Tuesday (January 29) that it was against Islamic law for a Muslim to leave Islam, a legal representative for convert Muhammad Hegazy said. “He can believe whatever he wants in his heart, but on paper he can’t convert,” Husseini told the administrative court, according to the member of Hegazy’s legal team. Husseini based his decision on Article II of the Egyptian constitution, which makes Islamic law, or sharia, the source of Egyptian law. The judge said that, according to sharia, Islam is the final and most complete religion and therefore Muslims already practice full freedom of religion and can not return to an older belief (Christianity or Judaism). “What happened is a violation of my basic rights,” convert Hegazy told the US Copts Association following the hearing. “What does the state have to do with the religion I embrace?”

-Compass Direct News

Religious violence in Nigeria

KANO, Nigeria, November 26 – Church leaders said violence over local elections in the Sumaila area this month included a religious element, with Muslims killing one Christian in an attack on a Christian settlement. Eyewitnesses said violence broke out in the Gani electoral ward of Sumaila on November 17 after news reports showed that the Christian candidate for councillor for the Peoples Democratic Party, Zara Gambo, was ahead in the polls, signifying the first ever victory for a Christian candidate in the area. As a result, Muslims attacked Christians in Gani town and in Gani Mission, a Christian settlement in the area, destroying their houses and shops, injuring several of them and killing school teacher Danyaro Bala. Sani Duma, Bala’s brother, told Compass that he believes Muslims killed the church elder in order to cow area Christians into submitting to Islam. “Religion is at the center of this attack on us and the killing of my brother,” Duma said. “The selection of only houses of Christians and their shops for destruction shows clearly that Muslims were out to force us into submitting to their hold on political leadership.”

-Compass Direct News