Don’t Be Ashamed of the Gospel

The pressures of college are real.

Like a schizophrenic drill-sergeant, the demands seem to come from everywhere. Whether it’s selecting a major, enduring a rigorous course load, or living with a hygienically challenged roommate; thriving in college is a daunting task for anyone.

Although often touted by pop culture and bored Baby Boomers as the supposed best time of one’s life, the university years can be filled with numerous challenges.

And this can especially be true for people of faith.

Perhaps one of the most significant pressures students face is conformity, that obligatory expectation to fall in line with the prevailing ethos of our day. Fundamental aspects of Christianity are continually called into question, and maintaining one’s faith on campus can be a painful and dizzying experience.

As a student, how can you begin navigating these difficult waters?

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In a recent address given at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Princeton University Professor George implores his audience to become faithful witnesses in an ever-increasing, insidious climate of conformity.

“The days of acceptable Christianity are over. The days of comfortable Catholicism are past. It’s no longer easy to be a faithful Christian, a good Catholic, a faithful witness to the truths of the Gospel.”

Check out his message below and learn more about what Alliance Defending Freedom is doing to equip students to thrive as people of faith on campus.

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Illegal discrimination against Christians on public university campuses is pervasive and must be confronted. The Constitution has something to say about this—and so should you. Speak Up

When Definitions Contradict

By Lorne Snyder, Marketing Assistant
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Freedom of Speech: the ability to express opinions without restraint or censorship

Free Speech Zone: an area on campus where college students are allowed to speak freely… and can sometimes be as small as a picnic table

Wait a second, if the constitution affirms free speech for all Americans, how are public colleges and universities allowed to restrict it to only one small area of campus?

The answer: They can’t!

It’s never too late to take a stand for something you believe is wrong, even if it’s the end of the school year.

Does your college campus restrict free speech to a free speech zone? If so, let us know in the comments below!

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Illegal discrimination against Christians on public university campuses is pervasive and must be confronted. The Constitution has something to say about this—and so should you. Speak Up

10 Things that are better than free birth control

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By Lorne Snyder, Marketing Assistant

According to Planned Parenthood, most types of birth control will now be available without a co-pay if you have ObamaCare! This is good news, right? I mean, as a college student, I love any change to save money. But what if there are underlying problems that result from this free birth control?

For instance, ObamaCare forces all companies to pay for the abortion pill for its employees as part of its coverage. But what if you don’t believe that abortions or birth control are morally right? Then your business gets to pay the price … literally. Your business must then pay $100 per day per employee, a fine high enough to close your doors within months What if you already provide health care that is much higher quality to your employees? Too bad … you still have to provide ObamaCare.

Thus, according to Obama, providing free birth control is much more important than a thriving business built on the American dream and solid morals.

As good as free birth control might sound, I can think of at least 10 things that are much better.

  1. Sleep – I can’t remember a time when I haven’t felt at least a little tired

  2. Exercise – The feeling of accomplishment – one you don’t get from sitting on the couch eating potato chips and watching TV

  3. Cupcakes – Rewarding yourself after exercising with a delicious cupcake – and not feeling guilty

  4. Your first love I haven’t had this yet, but I’ve heard it’s pretty exciting

  5. Getting your license – remember that feeling of, “Wow, now I don’t have to rely on my parents schedule to do things I want!”

  6. Getting a job – You will finally have money to do important things (like take that girl you have been obsessing over on a date)

  7. Disneyland – I had to throw this one in… it’s the “Happiest Place on Earth”!

  8. Air Conditioning – After being in the sun on a hot summer day, nothing feels better

  9. Learning something new – like driving a manual transmission, wakeboarding, or a new dance

  10. Calling your mom – I realize this isn’t always the most pleasant experience for some, but it’s always makes her day to hear your voice!

Of course, I could always add saving the lives of millions of babies, and the freedom of business owners from government coercion, but who’s counting?

Your turn: What’s better than free birth control to you?

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Illegal discrimination against Christians on public university campuses is pervasive and must be confronted. The Constitution has something to say about this—and so should you. Speak Up

A Reason for Hope

10151381_10152420245988417_4446705389398867720_nBy Lorne Snyder, Marketing Assistant

I love Easter! The changing weather, bright colors, three day weekend and knowing the semester is almost over brings something exciting to look forward to. Not only that, but I feel so lucky to be able to openly celebrate the single most important event that embodies my faith. Jesus rose from the dead over 2,000 years ago, just for me (and you)! If that isn’t something to celebrate, I don’t know what is.

This allows us to have security in the knowledge that we are forgiven and we know where we will spend eternity. Without Christ’s great sacrifice and conquest of sin, we wouldn’t have the great hope we now have.  Maybe that is part of the reason we bring out the bright colors around Easter, they symbolize hope and rejoicing!

I recently read about a criminology professor, Dr. Mike Adams, persecuted by the university he worked for because he expressed his Christian views in his books, opinion columns, and speeches. Even though he wasn’t expressing these opinions in class and had an impressive array of awards, recommendations, and accomplishments, the university used this excuse to deny him the promotion he had applied for.

Can you imagine getting an “F” on a paper because you had a conversation with a friend about the true meaning of Easter and the hope we now have because of His great gift to us? This is, in essence, what the university did to Dr. Adams.

The reason? Dr. Adams converted from atheism to Christianity in 2000. After that, the administration retaliated against him for his conservative views. Fortunately, Dr. Adams contacted Alliance Defending Freedom who brought the issue to court. According to Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Staff Counsel Travis Barham:

As the marketplace of ideas, universities must respect the freedom of professors to express their points of view. The jury last month found that disagreeing with an accomplished professor’s religious and political views is no grounds for denying him a promotion. The court’s order rights the wrong done to Dr. Adams by granting him the full professorship he has long deserved.

As a result, after an eight year fight, Dr. Adams was granted his promotion along with $50,000 in back pay.

I was so encouraged when I read the happy ending to this story. Not only was it justice for Dr. Adams, but also shows that the court recognizes that every American citizen should be able to express their views on different subjects, even if it goes against their governing authority. This adds one more thing to the long list of things to celebrate this Easter season!

To read more on the story, click here.

What do you have to celebrate during this season of hope? Share with us in the comments below.

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Illegal discrimination against Christians on public university campuses is pervasive and must be confronted. The Constitution has something to say about this—and so should you. Speak Up

Is Money Worth a Fight? Jefferson Thoughts

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On April 13, we will celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s 271st birthday, our third president and one of our Founding Fathers.

I often wonder what our founding fathers would think of our culture today. A culture that tells us we must not question or go against our governing authority, even if it means going against our deeply held religious beliefs.

These are men who started a war because they believed in religious freedom and wanted England to stop imposing ridiculous taxes on them. They wanted their money to go to something they believed in and not the power-hungry coercive government that England was becoming.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

Interesting point, Mr. Jefferson.

Scott Southworth, a second year law student, discovered that he was forced to pay student fees that went to fund student groups that supported ideas he didn’t agree with. We took this eight-year-long case all the way to the Supreme Court, where the ruling seemed to be a loss for Scott, until they read further into it. Scott and his fellow students were required to pay the student fees, BUT the school could no longer refuse to fund groups based on their view point. This meant that Scott’s money would also be going to groups he supported!

I have a feeling that President Jefferson would be shaking his head just knowing that this was ever an issue. It shouldn’t take eight years to decide that a student shouldn’t be forced to pay for causes he doesn’t believe in, with the threat of bad grades or refusal of a diploma hanging over his head.

The colonists believed so strongly in using their God given financial resources in a conscientious way, they were willing to go to war.

But so many of us won’t exercise the freedoms we have to speak up for truth and justice, for fear of being accused of “offending” someone, and being called names. This week, take some time to really examine what you believe and what your money is supporting. Here are some places to start:

·     What You Need to Know About Marriage: Questions and Answers Driving the Debate.

·     Why You Should Care About Abortion

Dig for answers, and when the opportunity comes, speak up for truth.

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Illegal discrimination against Christians on public university campuses is pervasive and must be confronted. The Constitution has something to say about this—and so should you. Speak Up

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