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Ohio State Psychology Class Quiz Tells Students Atheists Are Smarter Than Christians

Colleges will tolerate pretty much any religion other than Christianity’

Here’s an actual, for-credit homework quiz in an undergraduate class called Psychology 1100 at Ohio State University:

Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125. Which of the following statements would you expect to be true?

•  Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.

 Aine earns less money than Theo.

•  Theo is more liberal than Aine.

•  Theo is an atheist, while Aine is a Christian.

The bolded statement, suggesting that atheists are — demonstrably and as a group — smarter than Christians, is the credited answer on the quiz.

A student currently enrolled in the class who wishes to remain anonymous tipped off Campus Reform about the questionable quiz at the taxpayer-funded school.

“Colleges will tolerate pretty much any religion other than Christianity,” the student told Campus Reform. “If colleges really want to give everyone a fair shot, they should stay away from making comments about any religion.”

“How can you really measure which religion has a higher IQ?” the student added.

Principal Reassigned After Jewish Students Shown Photos of Ovens And Told to ‘Get In’


The principal of an international school in Chicago was reassigned after an anti-Semitic bullying incident in which Jewish children were shown pictures of ovens and told to get in.

Principal Joshua VanderJagt asked to be moved after outrage grew, leading to the students involved in the bullying to be banned from graduation.

“Mr. VanderJagt has asked to be reassigned within the District and I have granted this request,” Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement on Friday. “I agree with Mr. VanderJagt that the students, parents and the school community will be best served by a new principal of their choosing.”

The allegations came from Ogden parent Lisa Wolf Clemente, who said that her two sons, 14 and 8, were bullied. “The Gold Coast resident said her teen son was shown photos of ovens and told to get in during lunch periods, intended as a reference to the Holocaust,” according to the website, which covers Chicago.

At the Streeterville campus, Wolf Clemente said her 8-year-old was invited to join a team called ‘Jew Incinerator’ on the popular game app Clash of Clans. The team was allegedly created by Ogden eighth-graders.

In a screenshot provided by parents, the team description reads: ‘We are a friendly group of racists with one goal — put all Jews into an army camp until disposed of. Sieg! Heil!’

According to CPS, VanderJagt launched an investigation after Wolf Clemente reported that her children were being bullied for being Jewish.

A petition calling for VanderJagt to resign or be terminated circulated online at the time, gathering 414 signatures, though a several dozen were recorded from outside the Chicago area, including one from Germany and another from the U.K.

Ultimately, three eighth-grade students received one day of out-of-school suspension and one day of in-school suspension, while others were given one day suspensions. The students were also barred from participating in eighth grade graduation ceremonies. A CPS spokesman said that was VanderJagt’s decision, which was supported by the district.

Media ‘Racist’ In Coverage Of Israel-Hamas Conflict


Retired Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz says the media have been racist in their coverage of the Israeli-Hamas coverage.

During an interview on the Hugh Hewitt radio show, Dershowitz said the media have totally ignored the far greater casualties that have occurred in Muslim-on-Muslim violence in the Arab world.

“Seven hundred people were killed in two days last week — there wasn’t a word about it in the media,” Dershowitz told this writer, who has been guest hosting Hugh Hewitt’s radio show all this week. “But a few dozen Palestinians were killed and the body count was prominent.”

“And I think it is racism — implicit racism on the part of the media,” he continued. “And that is, when an Arab and Muslim kills another Arab and Muslim, it is not news. But when an Israeli Jew in self defense kills an Arab Muslim, that becomes front-page news.”

During two days last week, more Syrians were killed than in the entire flare up between Israel and Hamas over the last two weeks. In total, more Arabs have died in the current Syrian civil war than in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict by nearly a factor of two.

Hmm. And yet they are available to cater Bat/Bar Mitzvahs…

NYC CUPCAKE TRUCK sends tweet comparing Israel to Hitler. I’m screenshotting this instead of embedding it because I have a feeling it might be deleted.

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 9.52.33 PMHowever, I doubt they will be catering them in the future…


Obama Admin Trying to Find a New Way to Impose Contraception Mandate on Little Sisters of the Poor


he Obama administration announced Tuesday in a court filing that it would change the way it imposes its contraception and abortifacient mandate on religious non-profits, such as Christian schools like Wheaton College and charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The administration claims it has already accommodated these non-profits, but religious leaders and scholars have argued the “accommodation” is nothing more than an accounting gimmick that still requires conscientious objectors to violate their religious and moral beliefs.

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision did not resolve whether or not the so-called accommodation was legal, and most observers expect that question to be resolved by a future Supreme Court case. But a senior Obama administration administration said in a written statement late Tuesday night that the administration would further modify its regulations next month (without saying precisely what would change):

“The administration believes the accommodation is legally sounds [sic], but in light of the Supreme Court order regarding Wheaton College, the Departments intend to augment their regulations to provide an alternative way for objecting non-profit religious organizations to provide notification, while ensuring that enrollees in plans of such organizations receive separate coverage of contraceptive services without cost sharing. While we are working through the details now, we expect this rulemaking to be issued within a month.”

Isis orders all girls and women in Mosul to undergo FGM, UN report says

Could affect 4 million women and girls

The United Nations said on Thursday that militant group Islamic State (Isis) had ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq‘s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation.

But doubts emerged on social media about the basis for the report. One document posted on Twitter suggested it may be a year old and have been issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, the group’s previous name.

Other internet comments, including from Middle East analysts, questioned whether the order fitted with the cultural traditions of the region.

A UN spokesman in Geneva said that it was seeking clarity and trying to establish the facts.

Such a “fatwa” issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil.

“We have current reports of imposition of a directive that all female girl children and women up to the age of 49 must be circumcised. This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” Badcock said.


Pope Francis’ Touching Meeting With Sudanese Christian Woman Who Was Nearly Executed for Refusing to Recant Her Faith

Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who was previously sentenced to death over her refusal to recant her faith, safely exited the North African country and arrived in Italy Thursday before meeting privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Ibrahim, 27, arrived in a government aircraft at Rome’s Ciampino International Airport along with her husband, Daniel Wani, an American citizen, and the couple’s two young children, Martin and Maya, according to the Telegraph.

The Vatican described the meeting between Ibrahim, her family and the pontiff as “very affectionate,” noting that Pope Francis “thanked her for her faith and courage.” She also reportedly “thanked him for his prayer and solidarity,” according to the Associated Press.

Ibrahim’s exit from Sudan comes after months of international furor over her detention and death sentence for simply exercising and standing by her Christian faith.

Lapo Pistelli, Italy’s deputy minister for foreign affairs, accompanied the family from Sudan to Italy after picking them up at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, where they were staying for the past month. The U.S. State Department had been looking for a way to safely move the family out of Sudan.

Ibraham, Wani and her children will travel to the United States in the coming days, where her husband has said that he hopes to build a new life with his family, the Telegraph reported.

Congressional Subcommittee Hears Case of ‘Apostate’ Sudanese Christian Mother


Will the United States be able to get Dr. Meriam out of this God-forsaken country or not? When will my country be able to free her and her American family from the shackles of the most savage Shariah law? Can we, a nation of infidels, actually do so—override Shariah law?

Can we afford not to do so?

As of this writing, the Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Hearing in the American Congress is holding a hearing about her case right now. Scheduled to speak are Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Commissioner, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom; The Honorable Tony Perkins,  President, the Family Research Council, the Honorable Grover Joseph Rees, Former General Counsel, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; and Mr. Omer Ismail, Senior Policy Advisor, Enough Project.  Ed Royce, (R-Ca), is the Chair of this House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

This Committee has twenty four Republican and twenty Democratic members.

Chairman Chris Smith, (R-New Jersey), of the Sub-Committee, has said: “Meriam Ibrahim Ishag has been imprisoned in Sudan in fear of execution, chained during the late stages of her pregnancy, forced to give birth in prison, released from prison and re-arrested on flimsy charges. This all is the result of her being Christian in a country in which ruling authorities refuse to recognize the right of people to choose their own religion. Our hearing will examine this troubling violation of a basic human right.”

Let us be clear. These Muslim male relatives and Sudan’s government mean to continue tormenting their prey. They have no intention of letting her leave.

Please prove me wrong.

Muslims show solidarity with Iraqi Christians in Baghdad rally


More than 200 people – many of them Muslims – gathered on Sunday in front of a Catholic church in Baghdad carrying “I am Iraqi, I am Christian” slogans to show solidarity after a radical Islamist group evacuated Christians from their homes in the northern city of Mosul.

“What gives us hope is a group of citizens – I do not want to say Muslims but they were Muslims – from Baghdad carrying slogans saying “I am Iraqi, I am Christian,” Father Maysar Bahnam of Mar Korkis Catholic Church told Al Arabiya News.

“They prayed in solidarity with us, saying that we are people from this land,” Bahnam said, emphasizing that the rally “is a hope for us as Iraqis and Christians, that there are good Iraqis. In fact, Iraqis are good people but sectarian issues which could have come from abroad affected us.”

Addressing both the Muslim congregates and the approximately 150 Christian worshipers after Sunday mass, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, started his speech saying “I am Christian, Sunni, Shiite, Kurd, Mandean, Yazidi and I am Iraqi,” in reference to the country’s diversity.

“His words were very influential and had a big echo among the attendees,” Father Bahnam said.

An online video posted on the “I am Iraqi, I am Christian” campaign page on Facebook showed the Christian and Muslim participants holding their slogans up while singing the Iraqi national anthem to the accompaniment of the church’s pianist.

The event was organized late Saturday by civil rights activist and journalist Yousif al-Tamimi, after calls to show solidarity begun flooding social media and as a deadline expired on a decree imposed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group ordering Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam or leave.

State Dept. Official: ISIS No Longer a Terrorist Group But ‘A Full-Blown Army’


A State Department official who just returned from a seven-week trip to Iraq, said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – or the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) – is no longer just a terrorist group.

“ISIL is no longer simply a terrorist organization,” Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran at the U.S. Department of State, said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday. “It is now a full-blown army seeking to establish a self-governing state through the Tigress and Euphrates Valley in what is now Syria and Iraq.”

ISIS continues to expand its hold on territory in Iraq, including overtaking the city of Mosul on June 10. Since then, the Sunni extremists have targeted Christians who are reportedly being told they have three choices: Convert to Islam, pay a fine or be killed. As a result, most, if not all, Christians have fled the city.


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