Category: Education

By Sony Salzman Earlier this month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that cases of common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States had reached an all-time high, with cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis rising for the fifth consecutive year. This represents a total of more than 2.4 million infections in …

By Rick Neale On Oct. 2, a half-hour before her musical theater class began, Covenant Christian School teacher Monica Toro Lisciandro said administrators unexpectedly called her into a meeting. Somebody had apparently called the private Christian school and leveled allegations against her. Lisciandro said the assistant principal told her the school received word that Lisciandro was in a relationship …

By Daniel Villarreal A group of LGBTQ students at Baylor University in Waco, Texas has begun clashing with Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), a conservative student organization at the Baptist university. The LGBTQ students, united under the Greek letters Gamma Alpha Upsilon (GAY), say that YAF has made baseless accusations that GAY is “is violent …

By Bukola Adebayo Police in Nigeria have rescued 67 men and boys who were subjected to “inhumane and degrading treatments” at an Islamic school in the northern state of Katsina, a police spokesman said Tuesday. The religious school, which also served as a rehabilitation center, was run by a 78-year-old Muslim cleric in Daura, the …

By Monica L. Miller In the four years he has served as the governor of Kentucky, Matthew G. Bevin has flouted his state and federal constitutional obligations to keep church and state differentiated. As legal director at the American Humanist Association, I sent a letter to the governor, admonishing him for repeatedly running afoul of the …

By Emma Green One of the persistent disappointments of media coverage in the Trump era is how the eye-popping daily headlines about the president obscure slower-moving, equally important developments at all levels of government. This term, the Supreme Court is set to consider cases that could have momentous implications for the future of abortion and LGBTQ rights. …

By Hemant Mehta The American Humanist Association says a Mississippi teacher and football coach at Bay High School has repeatedly violated the Constitution by pushing his Christian faith on students and athletes. In a letter sent to the school’s principal and district superintendent, the AHA documented instances of Eric Collins proselytizing to kids. He told kids in his class he hoped …

By Alejandra Molina LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Christian organizations are urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto a bill that would require the state’s public universities to offer abortion medication through campus health clinics. If signed into law, the “College Student Right to Access Act,” or SB 24, would take effect in January 2023. Newsom has until Sunday (Oct. …

By Joseph P. Laycock The Satanic Temple (TST) has another legal challenge on the horizon, this time concerning which websites students can access from public schools. In February, Malcolm Jarry of TST’s executive ministry received two emails from students complaining that TST’s website is blocked on school computers, though they were able to access the websites for …

By Minyvonne Burke A Virginia high school teacher who was fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred pronouns has filed a lawsuit against school officials and the board. Peter Vlaming, who was a French teacher at West Point High School, said he was fired because he would not use pronouns such as “him” and “his” …