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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 11:52 am
Shorter University, a Baptist college in Georgia, has been making news by requiring its employees to sign a "lifestyle pledge" including the statement,

"I reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality."

So far, over 60 staff members have quit over it. It's getting a lot of attention. What's not getting nearly as much attention? The statement of faith they have to sign, which apparently went into effect last October.

They require staff members to be Christian. )
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 08:29 am
Front-page article from yesterday's Metro. Metro is a free newspaper that gets handed out at commuter stations in major British cities and consequently has quite a wide readership. The handling of this story is notably different from the treatment Christian holidays get, especially Christmas; the British press is quite obsessed by a sort of urban myth according to which the Forces of Political Correctness are out to destroy Christmas. Note the snide "claim to follow" and the perpetuation of the claim that The Wicker Man is a representation of actual Wiccan practice. And Imbolc is reduced to "festival of the lactating sheep", with no mention of the fact that that's one of the festivals we stole and its celebration in Britain goes back to before Christianity was even heard of here. (Roman Catholics call it St. Brigid's Day, Anglicans call it Candlemas.) I can't imagine a comparable article in the British press on Christianity, unless perhaps it was written by someone like Richard Dawkins; there's no way it would go out just under the paper's own masthead.

(I'm aware that "prisoner free exercise cases" are a frequent religious/cultural battleground in the US; they've been less so in the UK, although our recent moral panic about alleged Islamist extremism is starting to provoke a few.)

Mods - not sure if we have a tagging policy for the community yet - I will check the rules post again later and fix if needed, but have to get to work now. ETA: Okay, I don't see any mention of tagging yet, and it looks like only the mods can create them. Maybe country plus general topics the post relates to would be useful, e.g. in this case something along the lines of "uk, holidays, media, prisons, freedom of religion"?