Vanderbilt University Explains their Discrimination with non-discrimination policy

Vanderbilt University is in Nashville, Tennessee and not the NorthEast part of the USA nor in California.   I believe this is just an interesting take at what is at stake in Western cultures and the society found in the United States.

Statement from Vanderbilt University

Posted on Thursday, Sep. 15, 2011 — 4:37 PM

As a higher education institution, Vanderbilt encourages and supports diversity of thought and opinion among our students, faculty and staff – this is one of the cornerstones of an academic environment. We also recognize that student organizations help enrich the out-of-classroom experience for our campus community and want to be certain that all of our students have an opportunity to participate in the student organizations that interest them. We are committed to making our campus a welcoming environment for all of our students.

Last academic year, an undergraduate made an allegation of discrimination against a student organization. As a result of that allegation, we sought to ensure that the more than 300 student organizations were aware of their need to comply with the university’s longstanding nondiscrimination policy. A dozen or so, including five religious organizations, are not yet in compliance. We made the decision to give the organizations not yet in compliance provisional status, allowing us to continue to work with them to achieve compliance while allowing them to continue to have the same full access to the Vanderbilt campus as they have had in the past. Continue reading

Richard Dawkins is Just too Busy

Richard Dawkins at the 34th American Atheists ...

Richard Dawkins, world-traveling champion of atheism is just too busy to debate William Lane Craig.

I always said when invited to do debates that I would be happy to debate a bishop, a cardinal, a pope, an archbishop, indeed I have done those, but I don’t take on creationists and I don’t take on people whose only claim to fame is that they are professional debaters; they’ve got to have something more than that. I’m busy.

Morning Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs at the WWDC 07

Jobs Final

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. …

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Continue reading