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BY John Lilly
Hassled for Home Schooling
THE BRUSSELS JOURNAL, June 15 — In an op-ed piece,
Alexandra Colen reports on how her husband, Paul Belien, the editor of the newspaper’s website, was summoned
by police for questioning simply because his five children have been home
Colen and Belien
have refused to sign a Ministry of Education declaration to school “their
children, respecting the respect [sic] for the fundamental human rights and the
cultural values of the child itself and of others.”
This is because a finding of
failure to conform to the nebulous standard by two state inspectors will result
in the children being forced to attend state schools. “My husband and I … are
unwilling to put our signature under a document that [puts the fate of our
children] into the hands of two state inspectors,” said Colen.
While only 513 children are home
schooled in Belgium, wrote Colen, “the figure has
quadrupled in the past five years, as parents are seceding from the official
schools where drugs and violence are rampant and pupils are indoctrinated with
political correctness and socialism.”
Jews at Georgetown
HAARETZ.COM, June 16 — A $20 million donation
to Georgetown University to upgrade to a full-fledged center the university’s
program for Jewish civilization within the School of Foreign Service will help
“moderate the Arab presence at the university, which is strong and getting
stronger,” said the website of the Jewish newspaper.
The gift from Jewish philanthropist
Sheldon Adelson is equal to that of Saudi billionaire
Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz
al-Saud, which was made last year to expand
Georgetown’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, also part of the School
of Foreign Service, many of whose graduates go on to serve at the U.S. State
The website reported, “The center
is considered pro-Arab, as is the university’s Center for contemporary Arab
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL, June 20 — U.S. colleges and universities
marginalize religious students, according to Greg Lukianoff,
the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
Lukianoff spoke as part of Religious
Freedom Day on Capitol Hill, a one-day conference that included talks by
Religious groups are routinely
denied official university recognition “merely because they wish to form groups
devoted to their faith,” said Lukianoff.
Citing numerous examples, Lukianoff offered that the Harvard-Radcliffe
Christian Fellowship has been denied funding since 2002 because it requires
that members “subscribe without reserve” to the articles of the Christian
What Is a Parish?
THE DOMINICAN SCHOOL OF PHILOSOPHY
June 11 — The Berkeley, Calif., school will sponsor an interdisciplinary
colloquium this summer at Chicago’s Loyola University
on the question, “Can You Tell Me What a Parish Is?”
Chicago’s Francis Cardinal George, will
deliver the keynote address, “The Parish in the Mission of the Church,” for the July 17-29
The colloquium is expected to
bring together experts and authorities from the fields of U.S.
constitutional, corporate and canon law, as well as experts in ecclesiology and
the theology of the laity.
For information, go to dspt.edu on
BY Joe Cullen
Cardinal on Board
AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW, Aug 27 — Ave Maria School of Law announced that New York's Cardinal Edward Egan has joined the school's board of governors.
Cardinal Egan, a former judge of the Sacred Roman Rota, was named in June by Pope John Paul II to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature, the Church's highest court.
He has also taught canon law at several universities in Rome.
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Sept. 13 — Denys Blell has filed a federal discrimination suit against Loyola College of Baltimore, alleging the Jesuit college did not consider him black enough to lead campus diversity efforts.
Blell claims that, during the search process last year, David Haddad, Loyola's vice president for academic affairs, told Blell that his light skin might not pass muster with black faculty members who had been pressuring for the hire of “someone black.”
“I have felt that the reason I didn't get jobs at other universities is that they wanted a person of color in the senior staff,” said Blell, the son of a Lebanese father and a mother who is part African. “But none of them were ever as open about it as Loyola.”
Stopping the Insanity
THE BOSTON GLOBE, Sept. 6 — Boston University Chancellor John Silber has ordered a secondary school that the university operates to disband a support group for homosexual students.
Kevin Carleton, a university spokesman, said the academy was designed to provide a nurturing environment for bright students. “If we are successful ... there should be no reason for an isolated safe haven” for homosexuals, he said.
Carleton said the group could also provide “endorsement and encouragement of the exploration of sexuality in a way that we feel is inappropriate in a secondary school that includes children as young as 13.”
The Pope and the Jews
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY, Sept. 13 — Rabbi David Dalin, visiting fellow in Princeton University's department of politics, will give a lecture on “Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People” at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, on the university's South Orange, N.J., campus.
A scholar of the history of Christian-Jewish relations, Rabbi Dalin will speak about why Pope John Paul II is venerated by Christians and Jews alike for his leadership. More information is available at (973) 761-9751.
Champion in Life
BAYOU CATHOLIC, Sept. 13 — Nick Saban, head football coach at Louisiana State University, told the newspaper of the Diocese of HoumaThibodaux, La., that he tells his players that the Gospel is the key ingredient to becoming a champion in life.
“Lots of people have potential,” he told the newspaper.
“But they don't have the work ethic and the self-discipline it takes to pull it through. It's about the right thoughts, habits and priorities. Everyone can be a champion,” he said, in athletics and life in general.
When a person has truly embraced the Gospel, their principles cannot be compromised and their values “come from in here,” said Saban, pointing to his heart.