News Of The Day – June 7th

Southern Illinois University Sued For Punishing Christian Student

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), is being sued by a student after the university disciplined her for sharing her Christian and conservative views with fellow students. In February, officials at SIUE issued no-contact orders against 26-year-old Maggie DeJong, who graduated from the school last month, after three students complained that her beliefs constituted “harassment” and “discrimination.” The school also threatened “disciplinary consequences” should she violate the orders. DeJong, who was enrolled in SIUE’s Art Therapy program, filed a federal lawsuit against the school on Tuesday for violating her constitutional rights. Read more about her case here.

 

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Players Refuse To Wear Pride Logo On Uniforms

A number of players for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team refused to wear Pride logos on their uniforms during a “Pride Night” celebration at Tropicana Field for Pride Month. At least five players chose not to wear special uniforms citing “religious beliefs” and a difference in “lifestyle”. Jason Adams, a player not wearing the uniform said,  “A lot of it comes down to faith, to like a faith-based decision”. I think a lot of guys decided that it’s just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it’s just that maybe we don’t want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus.” Read more about the players decision here.

 

Ohio Lawmakers Pass Resolution Calling For Canada To Be Added To Federal Religious Freedom Watch List

This week, the Ohio House of Representatives approved a resolution asking the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to add Canada to its watch list of countries where religious liberties are threatened. State Rep. Tim Ginter presented the legislation, saying Canadian lawmakers mishandled COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and targeted churches. “This resolution is not the result of a singular incident or even a handful of incidents. It’s a persistent pattern of religious rights violations that has driven us to this point,” Ginter said. The resolution passed along party lines with Republicans voting for it, Democrats voting against it. Read more about the resolution here.

 

Rats Trained To Carry Backpacks And Sniff Out Earthquake Survivors

Usually not known as a friend to man, rats are now getting a new purpose. Scientists are now training rats to rescue people trapped during earthquakes. The project is being worked on by research scientist Dr Donna Kean from Glasgow, Scotland. The rodents are being trained to be sent into earthquake debris wearing tiny backpacks outfitted with microphones so that rescue teams can talk to survivors. The rodents will get the chance to work in the field when they are sent to Turkey, which is prone to earthquakes, to work with a search and rescue team. So far, around seven rats have been trained to respond to beeping sounds. Read more about the project here.

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