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Vanderbilt ‘All-Comers’ Policy Stifles Religious Freedom, Christian Student Group Speaks Out

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Posted by    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 6:30pm

Robert Shibley at FIRE gives commentary on an article recently published in Christianity Today by Tish Harrison Warren, a former religious student group leader whose religious beliefs were stifled by Vanderbilt’s ‘All-Comers’ Policy:

A Victim of Vanderbilt’s So-Called ‘All-Comers’ Policy Speaks Out

Tish Harrison Warren, a former religious student group leader at Vanderbilt University, has authored a poignant article in Christianity Today about the effect on her life of a policy decision Vanderbilt made two years ago.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, Vanderbilt prohibited belief-based student organizations such as religious and political groups from making belief-based choices about their leadership and membership. The all-too-appropriate title of her article is “The Wrong Kind of Christian,” since the result of Vanderbilt’s so-called “all-comers” policy (“so-called” because it allows fraternities and sororities not to take all comers) is that some religious believers are welcome at Vanderbilt while some are not. Far from being inclusive, Warren’s article (like this earlier story out of Bowdoin College) brings into stark relief the exclusion that results when freedom of association is trampled on campus.

Warren recalls:

In May 2011, Vanderbilt’s director of religious life told me that the group I’d helped lead for two years, Graduate Christian Fellowship—a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship—was on probation. We had to drop the requirement that student leaders affirm our doctrinal and purpose statement, or we would lose our status as a registered student organization.

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In writing, the new policy refers only to constitutionally protected classes (race, religion, sexual identity, and so on), but Vanderbilt publicly adopted an “all comers policy,” which meant that no student could be excluded from a leadership post on ideological grounds. College Republicans must allow Democrats to seek office; the environmental group had to welcome climate-change skeptics; and a leader of a religious group could not be dismissed if she renounced faith midyear. (The administration granted an exception to sororities and fraternities.)

Warren’s beliefs don’t appear to be particularly exotic; she opens the article by assuring readers, “I’m not a fundamentalist. My friends and I enjoy art, alcohol, and cultural engagement. We avoid spiritual clichés and buzzwords. We value authenticity, study, racial reconciliation, and social and environmental justice.”


 
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Georgetown Prof Admits Obama Supporters Think He’s Jesus

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Posted by    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 5:00pm

It sounds like this professor may be auditioning for a job at MSNBC.

Jennifer Kabbany reports at the College Fix.

Professor Admits Obama Supporters Think He’s Jesus

Georgetown University sociology Professor Michael Eric Dyson not only likened President Obama to Jesus in a recent television appearance, but admitted many of the president’s supporters really look at him as a savior, and possibly thee savior:

“Now, Eric Holder is great!  Let me tell you what, Eric Holder, one of, what, five most powerful black figures EVER?  Obama, Holder, Clyburn, William Gray.  These figures have been extraordinarily important in politics.  But, you know, I’m a Christian preacher and God finally said, ‘Look, I can’t send nobody else, I got to go myself.’  And I ain’t sayin’ that Obama is Jesus, but for many of his followers he is.  But I’m saying, show up dog, and show us that you are seriously committed to the interests of your people, because your presence says something louder than even your words.”

So, I guess the message here is Obama is sorta, kinda Jesus – but he’s not doing a great job for his “people.” In the words of the esteemed professor: Show up, dog!

By the way, Dyson - named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans – is not the only professor who has compared Obama with Jesus.

There was also “The Gospel According to Apostle Barack,” the title of a book penned by a Florida A&M University professor who compares Jesus with Obama and says God told her in a dream to write it.


 
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Teacher Sues After Bad Online Reviews Cost Her Job

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Posted by    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 3:30pm

Well, if the reviews indicate things this teacher actually did in class, then her firing seems justified.

From Amy Biolchini of MLive:

Ann Arbor teacher files lawsuit over removal from classroom based on bad online reviews

An Ann Arbor high school teacher accused of arranging her class seating chart by race, calling students names...

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“Respect Your Limits While Drinking” Is Apparently Rape Culture

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Posted by    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 2:00pm

Feminists reacted strongly against the former president of George Washington University’s remarks suggesting that drinking responsibly could help prevent women from being sexually assaulted. Yes, you heard it here first: women should not be responsible for anything at all. Ever. Especially for how much alcohol they willingly consume.

Greg Piper at The College...

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Who’s Got a Millennial Problem?

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Posted by    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 12:30pm

Probably the last person you thought: Hillary Clinton.

From Nick Gillepsie writing for the Daily Beast:

Hillary’s Got a Millennial Problem

The former Secretary of State looks like she’ll clobber a Republican like Rand Paul in 2016—but only if she doesn’t alienate the young.
Sure, projecting a winner in a presidential election a couple of...

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Yale Chaplain Blames Jews for Anti-Semitism

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Posted by    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:00am

If you can follow that twisted logic, perhaps you too could work at Yale University.

David Bernstein writes at the Washington Post.

Yale Episcopal chaplain Rev. Bruce Shipman digs deeper

Time to revisit Rev. Shipman, the Episcopal Chapman at Yale.

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Satisfaction with Country’s Education System Increases: Gallup

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Posted by    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 9:30am

This is strange, considering the poor state the country’s public education system is in as reflected in international benchmark exam scores.

From Gallup:

Americans’ Satisfaction With Education System Increases

As students return to school in the U.S., 48% of Americans are “completely” or “somewhat satisfied” with the quality of k...

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University of Oregon Drops Charges Against Student Who Made a Joke

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Posted by    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:00am

This is an update to a story we reported earlier this week.

Mary Lou Byrd of the Washington Free Beacon reports.

College Cracking Down on Jokes

Update, 4:30 p.m.: Hours after the publication of this story, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education issued a statement this afternoon announcing that the charges against the...

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University Study Finds Couples With Limited Pre-Marital Experience Have Happier Marriages

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 6:30pm

All that serial dating and wild casual sex students are having these days could put a damper on their future happiness.

Jace Gregory at Accuracy in Academia has the story:

Marriage is Different from Popular Perception, Study finds

The popular “try before you buy” mentality may be helpful when buying a car, but not...

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MIT Students Build a Working Roller Coaster on Campus

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 5:00pm

Engineering majors have all the fun, don’t they?

Galen Moore of Bostinno reports.

MIT Kids Built a Campus Roller Coaster and Here It Is (Pics, Video)

Last week, I wrote about an MIT student working at Formlabs, who 3D-printed a scale model of a roller coaster. The best part of...

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Ultra-Feminists Decry Anti-Rape Drug Nail Polish as Promoting Rape Culture

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 3:30pm

So, should these innovative, entrepreneurial college students not have invented this nail polish, which turns a different color when exposed to date-rape drugs?

Katherine Timpf of he National Review has the story:

Feminists Say Roofie-Detecting Nail Polish Is Actually Also Rape Culture

A group of college students have invented a nail polish that changes...

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Student Loan Reform Has Become a Major Political Issue

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2:00pm

In a new post at Minding the Campus, David Wilezol writes that Washington is no longer ignoring student loans.

Student Loan Reform Is Now a Major Political Issue

As student debt continues to climb and reform fails to materialize, it’s not surprising that some politicians are capitalizing on their constituents’ frustration. In fact,...

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Sen. Boxer Pressures California Colleges to Install Sexual Assault ‘Victim Advocates’

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:30pm

Her bill hasn’t even made it through congress yet, but she’s already trying to enact it.

Jennifer Kabbany at The College Fix has the story:

Sen. Boxer Pressures Campus Leaders to Install Sexual Assault Czars at Every College in California

Ultra-liberal Democratic California Sen. Barbara Boxer, who helped introduce the SOS Campus Act  in July,...

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UW-Stevens Point Bans Smoking Everywhere – Even City Property

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:00am

Do college administrators ever get tired of banning things? Apparently not.

Matt Lamb of the College Fix reports.

Smoking Banned Everywhere – Even City Property – Under UW-Stevens Point Policy

Smoking of any kind – even if it involves neither tobacco nor smoke – has been banned at the University of Wisconsin-St...

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Colleges Worsen, Not Improve, Income Inequality

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 9:30am

Most college students and professors believe they are helping alleviate income inequality when in fact they are exacerbating it.

With the story is Elizabeth MacDonald of Fox Business:

Colleges Worsen Income Inequality

Tuition gouging for degrees that are useless in the real world and a failed business model have put U.S. colleges front and...

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Salem College Professor Bans Student Email

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 8:00am

Anyone who gets tired of responding to endless emails could probably identify.

Carl Straumsheim of Inside Higher Ed reported.

Don’t Email Me

A Salem College faculty member last semester took an uncompromising approach to curbing syllabus and inbox bloat: Why not ban most student emails?

“For years, student emails have been an assault on professors,...

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‘Affirmative Consent’ Standard Passes the California Assembly and Senate

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:30pm

Remember, kids, there are two things you must do every time you have sex: wear a condom, and get consent in writing and certified by a notary public.

Greg Piper at the College Fix has the story:

BREAKING: ‘Affirmative Consent’ Rape Standard Passes California Assembly

California colleges are one step closer to enforcing an...

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University Doesn’t Want Profs to Tell Students about Cheaper Textbooks

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 5:00pm

We can’t have over burdened college students saving money, can we?

Dave Huber of the College Fix reported.

GW University to Profs: Don’t Inform Students about Cheaper Textbooks!

After initially informing its faculty about their “contractual obligation” with the organization that runs the campus bookstore, George Washington University eventually backed off after profs complained.

TaxProfBlog...

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Beloit College Releases Annual ‘Mindset’ List, Reminding Profs How Much Things Have Changed

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 3:30pm

You’d be surprised how out of touch those old fogeys in the academy are these days.

Scott Jaschik at Inside Higher Ed has the story:

Beloit releases annual ‘mindset list’

As the academic year starts, Beloit College has each August since 1998 released a “mindset list” to remind professors and administrators that their experiences...

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University of Oregon Student Penalized Over Four Word Joke

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 2:00pm

This student made the right decision by contacting FIRE.

From the FIRE blog.

Four-Word Joke Results in Five Conduct Charges for University of Oregon Student

EUGENE, Oregon, August 26, 2014—The University of Oregon (UO) has filed multiple, blatantly unconstitutional conduct charges against a female student who jokingly yelled “I hit it first” from a...

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Destroy ISIS Says Princeton Professor, A World Renowned Conservative Thinker

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 12:30pm

From Jordan Schachtel of Breitbart:

PRINCETON PROFESSOR ROBERT P. GEORGE AUTHORS BIPARTISAN PETITION CALLING UPON OBAMA ADMIN TO DESTROY ISLAMIC STATE

Princeton University Professor and world-renowned intellectual Dr. Robert P. George authored a petition calling upon President Obama and Congress to not stop, not contain, but destroy the Islamic State terror group. Dr....

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The Politicization of US History by the College Board

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 11:00am

We recently wrote about the Howard Zinnification of US history in the case of the college board’s AP US history exam.

Now Stanley Kurtz of National Review has more.

How the College Board Politicized U.S. History

The College Board, the private company that produces the SAT test and the various Advanced Placement (AP) exams,...

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