Christian University Forbids Fundraiser Supporting Homeless LGBT Youth

Andrews University in Michigan (a Christian school affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church) has hit a new low when it comes to throwing LGBT people — LGBT youth — under the bus.

The campus LGBT student group AULL4One recently began planning a bake sale whose proceeds would benefit homeless LGBT youth. But in the early stages, Dean of Student Life Steve Yeagley told the group to cease and desist because the fundraiser “conflicts with their mission.”

AULL4One is already taking a risk just by existing; while the university knows of the group, according to bisexual student Eliel Cruz, the club is not allowed to advertise meetings or events. And now, they’re apparently not allowed to provide support to one of the most marginalized and underserved populations in the country.

Cruz asked Yeagley for more information, according to Blue Nation Review, and here’s what he got back:

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CNN Gives Reza Aslan His Own TV Show on Religion, Working Title Believer

CNN announced yesterday that it has signed Reza Aslan for a multi-part show:

Aslan will host a series tentatively called Believer. “In each episode, Aslan will immerse himself into one of the world’s most fascinating faith-based groups to experience life as a true believer,” CNN said in a statement Tuesday. “The series will feature Aslan participating in endurance worship, spellbinding rituals, and unusual rites of passage to learn about rarefied worlds that have been molded by faith and tradition.”

“One of the world’s most fascinating faith-based groups” is, I assume, just poor writing. It suggests that Aslan will immerse himself into one particular cult, rather than multiple different ones. If it is just one group, we have yet to learn which one (I vote ISIS, because I’d love to see how Aslan’s never-ending defense of Islam holds up when faced up-close with its most extreme practitioners).

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Muslim Advocacy Organization in the U.K. Calls Charlie Hebdo Corpses “Islamophobes of the Year”

The London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) just announced its annual Islamophobia Awards, and what a tasteful embrace of Islamist terrorism it is:

Charlie Hebdo was given the dubious honour of international Islamophobe of the year. In January this year, 12 people were killed after Islamist gunmen stormed the magazine’s offices in Paris. Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi claimed that the attack was in retaliation for the magazine publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which many Muslims find extremely offensive. … The magazine often publishes cartoons that mock a range of religious and political figures.

The Islamophobe awards have been praised by such luminaries as the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

Massoud Shadjareh, the IHRC’s chairman, explained that the prize

… was not an endorsement of the attacks but was meant to be satirical.

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Texas Superintendent Defends Principal Who Reads Bible Verses During Announcements, Calling His Actions “Neutral”

Last week, I posted a few recordings of White Oak High School (Texas) Principal Dan Noll reading Bible verses during morning announcements.

That’s obviously illegal. And it’s not the first time they’ve been caught violating church/state separation. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent them a letter last October concerning prayers said over the loudspeakers during football games and coach-led prayers before the game. The district denied both charges.

They can’t deny the recordings, though. What’s amazing is how they haven’t even bothered to try.

Yesterday, Superintendent Michael Gilbert wrote this on his district blog:

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Remember When Those QVC Hosts Debated Whether the Moon Was a Star or a Planet? Now, Watch This Animated Version

Remember that recent clip from QVC in which the hosts (Jane Treacy and Isaac Mizrahi) argued over whether the moon was a star or a planet? (If you haven’t seen it, go watch it now.)

Then see that same silly argument set to animation by Zeke Iddon. He took something absurd and made it even more hilarious:

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