Many of us are familiar with 1 Corinthians 13, a passage of Scripture that talks about love: “Love is patient, love is kind…” Now, a department at the University of Oklahoma would add another item to the list: “Love is ensuring abortion access.” The University of Oklahoma’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is co-sponsoring an event titled, “Fighting for Abortion Access is Love.” Other co-sponsors are the department’s Center for Social Justice and a nonprofit group, Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice. A description of the event states: We fight because we know that without the ability to control our
As Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the powerful chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, approaches retirement in 2020, he and Congress are making one last push to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). This legislation has been in a stalemate for the last five years. This means that the odious College Transparency Act (CTA – S800/HR1766) that we at The National Pulse, Joy Pullman at The Federalist, The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy, and many others have warned about over the last few years is making a comeback. Alexander said as much in his Senate floor
California is poised to be the first state in the nation to require abortion-inducing medication be available on campus at each of its public universities. Democrat State Senator Connie M. Leyva is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 320. The legislative digest explains that the bill “would require, on and after January 1, 2022, each public university student health center, as defined, to offer abortion by medication techniques, as specified.” Additionally, the bill would require the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls to oversee the College Student Health Center Sexual and Reproductive Health Preparation Fund, which would be established
Abortion advocates at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., took it upon themselves to protect the campus from sidewalk chalkings made by a pro-life student group, alleging the chalked messages to be “hurtful” and “harmful.” The Students for Life of America group (SFLA) at Western Washington had chalked messages that were primarily pulled from Silent No More, a group that seeks to provide support for women who have had abortions. Shortly after completion of the chalkings, a group of pro-abortion students set to destroying the work, pouring water over the messages and scrubbing them away. One SFLA member asked a student
Despite courageous efforts by Senator Rand Paul, other fiscally conservative senators, and the House Freedom Caucus, as well as the objections of pro-amnesty Democrat members in both chambers, Congress passed a two-year budget deal early this morning that ballooned spending by $300 billion over the next two years, significantly enlarging the deficit. The bill also ended the military and domestic sequester and raised the debt ceiling by $1 trillion. The Senate vote was 71-28, while the House vote was 240-186. The government is now funded through March 23rd, which will give the Congress time to write out a detailed budget
Nicole Russell, writing for the Washington Examiner, reports on a stunning ruling in favor of religious liberty from an Iowa federal court which ordered the University of Iowa to cease discriminating against religious student groups. There are over 500 student groups on the University of Iowa’s campus, among them a club called Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) which requires its leadership to believe in Christian values. It was this rule that got them kicked off of the university’s campus last year. The original offense was taken because a gay student tried to obtain a leadership position in BLinC and was rejected.
The corporations, foundations, investors, and politicians funded by them have been working hard this year to promote competency-based education (CBE), also called personalized learning, as well as its evil sibling, social emotional learning (SEL). CBE, although poorly defined by proponents, is essentially machine-based learning with constant assessment, including SEL assessment and profiling, to track students into higher education and workforce futures by inaccurate and inhuman computer-generated algorithms. Unfortunately, that also includes the Higher Education Act, now called the PROSPER Act, discussed in last week’s article. Here is the promised review of the CBE aspects of that bill. The term “competency”
This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. It seems almost every day we hear of incidences of censorship at colleges and universities. Whether it’s students who hold a particular viewpoint being silenced, certain speakers being banned from campus, or specific student groups being targeted and even shut down, lately First Amendment violations seem to be commonplace at some American institutions of higher education. In her Liberty Minute titled “Censorship on Campus,” Helen Krieble speaks about one of these cases of censorship that happened a few years back: