Northern Illinois University Blocks Students’ Access to Harmful Sites, For ‘Civility’

Northern Illinois University is restricting students’ access to certain websites. For their own good, of course. The internet is a dangerous place, and we wouldn’t want students inadvertently coming across something controversial, now would we?

Students who attempt to visit an unauthorized site through the campus network are redirected to a creepy“Web Page Access Warning.” The “warning” is that the students are about to go somewhere that probably violates NIU internet policy. One student reported the policy to Reddit after he received a warning for trying to access the Westboro Bapist Church’s Wikipedia page. That’s right, its Wikipedia page.

NIU cites “common sense, decency, ethical use, civility, and security,” as its various rationales for the policy. Yes, a public institution of higher learning believes that it is just common sense—and ethical—to dissuade students from visiting websites deemed harmful by administrators.

Susan Kruth of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education writes that NIU’s internet policy is laughably unconstitutional:

 

http://reason.com/blog/2014/08/21/orwellian-university-blocks-students-acc

Feminism at work: College men increasingly wary and mistrustful of college women.

The consequences of rape culture hysteria and an epidemic of false rape cries at colleges

 

 

visiting a female escort or a  sex worker is a lot safer!

 

As former social chair of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Harvard University, Malik Gill wants to appear especially welcoming to girls who come to the house for parties.

Yet, Gill, who starts his junior year in a few weeks, says he won’t be offering a female classmate a beer.

“I don’t want to look like a predator,” the 20-year-old economics major said. “It’s a little bit of a blurred line.”

Sex and relationships are always tricky terrain for college students. Those arriving this year are finding schools awash in complaints and headlines about sexual assault and responding with programs aimed at changing campus culture that has been blamed for glorifying dorm-bed conquests, excusing rape and providing a safe haven for assailants. For many young men, it’s an added dimension in a campus scene that already appears daunting, said William Pollack, a Harvard Medical School psychologist.

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-21/hook-up-culture-at-harvard-stanford-wanes-amid-assault-alarm.html

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Brown

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IfTheyGunnedMeDown-Michael-Brown #IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Michael Brown

Michael Brown (1996?-2014), an American student, was yet another unarmed Black person killed by the police. On Saturday afternoon, August 9th 2014, the police gunned down Brown in broad daylight in Ferguson, Missouri. The police let his body lie there for hours. Days of protest have followed, turning violent Sunday night.

According to eyewitnesses: Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson were walking down the street when a police officer drove by and told them to “get the fuck on the sidewalk.” When they did not, the police officer backed up his car. When he had trouble getting out of his car, he took Brown by the neck, choking him and reached for his gun. The gun went off, the officer was bleeding. Brown and Johnson ran for their lives. The officer got out of his car and shot Brown. Brown turned, fell to his knees with his hands up…

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Aussie university cancels Islamic activist’s speech

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/aussie-university-cancels-islamic-activist-s-speech-561744.html#.U_j2DPldWSp

 

An Australian university has cancelled a planned lecture by a Muslim activist after it discovered he had links to an international extremist group.

Uthman Badar is the Australian spokesman for international group Hizb Ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), which seeks a caliphate – or Islamic state – based on Sharia Law.

He had sparked outrage in Sydney recently when he planned to give a talk at an arts festival titled “Honour Killings are Justified”.

He had been invited by the University of Western Australia’s Muslim Students Association at a lecture titled “The Crisis in Gaza” on Saturday.

 

The association’s Nazim Khan reportedly said he was not aware of Badar’s links to the radical group when he booked the activist.

He said the association moved quickly to cancel Badar’s attendance when it was made aware of his views.

“The booking was made by one of our trusted associates from outside the university… and we did not do our due diligence,” Khan was quoted as saying by The West Australian.

“When we found out who the speaker was and his background we chose to cancel it.”

In a letter to the university’s vice-chancellor, Paul Johnson, the association’s executive officer wrote: “I want to inform you that I am cancelling the talk scheduled for this Saturday at UWA by Uthman Badar.

“We expect anyone who comes to the university – whether they are a member of staff, a student or visitor – to abide by the university’s code of ethics and code of conduct.”

Those ethics included “very clear ethical principals about equity, justice, respect for people and a commitment to diversity”.

Anti-Islamic tensions have risen in Australia in recent weeks, leading Prime Minister Tony Abbott to meet with some groups in Melbourne to discuss their travel bans.

Some Muslim groups last week said they were boycotting the well-established Sydney Morning Herald newspaper after it suspended a columnist who swore at readers complaining about his opinion piece and an accompanying cartoon about the war in Gaza.

Church linked to witchcraft row applies to open UK school

 

 

 

The Department for Education has confirmed that a church linked to a controversial Nigerian pastor – who has been filmed slapping a teenage girl after accusing her of being a witch – has applied to open a UK school this September.

The school – which would accept children from the age of four – is linked to Winners’ Chapel International.

Campaigners have warned that the organisation links poor discipline to witchcraft and have condemned the actions of its leader, Pastor David Oyedepo, who in 2011 was captured on video slapping a young girl at one of his ministration events in Nigeria. In the video he accuses a teenage girl, who is on her knees in front of him, of being a witch. The girl can be heard saying she is a “witch for Jesus”, at which point Oyedepo slaps her around the face and denounces her as evil.

The website of the proposed new fee-paying independent school – The Kingdom Heritage Model School in Dartford – states that the school will be opening in September. The Winners’ Chapel would not comment further.

The website states that the school strives “to nurture and develop self-esteem of pupils through well-rounded, creative curriculum and varied enrichment activities embedded on Christian teachings”. It adds: “We approach discipline very firmly while celebrating every achievement in our students. Discipline is the security of any future prosperity. It has a positive correlation with excellent performance Prov 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go – and when he is old he will not depart from it”.

The National Secular Society has written a letter to the Department for Education to express concern about the proposed opening of the school, which as an independent fee-paying institution would have to be registered with the DfE to operate legally. Stephen Evans, National Secular Society campaigns manager said the department had a responsibility to safeguard all children, whether in state or independent schools. “Given this Church’s record, we have considerable doubt as to their suitability to run educational establishments and call on the DfE to robustly examine their ability to do so,” he said. “In twenty first century Britain ideas linking poor discipline to witchcraft – ideas which this Church and its leader espouse – pose a significant, potentially deadly, risk to children’s health and wellbeing.”

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/aug/22/church-witchcraft-row-uk-school