WBEZ | Bible http://www.wbez.org/tags/bible Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en High school runner disqualified for headband with religious writing http://www.wbez.org/news/high-school-runner-disqualified-headband-religious-writing-113764 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/homepage-1161b629a7d61c25c593d547cdbb686748a818d2-s800-c85.png" alt="" /><p><div id="res455800181" previewtitle="The website of the West Forsyth High School track program with the words, &quot;fear the fro,&quot; to show support for senior runner John Green, who was disqualified for wearing a headband during the state championship meet."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="The website of the West Forsyth High School track program with the words, &quot;fear the fro,&quot; to show support for senior runner John Green, who was disqualified for wearing a headband during the state championship meet." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/12/homepage-1161b629a7d61c25c593d547cdbb686748a818d2-s800-c85.png" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="The website of the West Forsyth High School track program with the words, &quot;fear the fro,&quot; to show support for senior runner John Green, who was disqualified for wearing a headband during the state championship meet. (Sreenshot by NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>A high school runner was disqualified after finishing third in the Georgia cross country AAAAA class state championship race for wearing a headband with writing on it.</p></div></div></div><p>John Green, a senior at West Forsyth High School, ran the race wearing a white headband with a Bible verse written on it. After the race, he was disqualified for a uniform violation.</p><p>Although the school appealed the disqualification, the<a href="https://www.ghsa.net" target="_blank"> Georgia High School Association</a> has said the decision will stand.</p><p>Now a discussion is taking place about the fairness of the rule and its enforcement, unnecessary bureaucracy, and even religious freedom.</p><p>Congressman Doug Collins, R-Ga., tweeted:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Over a headband with a Bible verse on it? <a href="https://t.co/rreB4GxPgP">https://t.co/rreB4GxPgP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/religiousfreedom?src=hash">#religiousfreedom</a></p>&mdash; Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) <a href="https://twitter.com/RepDougCollins/status/664527035566596097">November 11, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.forsythnews.com/section/118/article/28676/">Forsyth County News</a>&nbsp;reported that &quot;according to West head coach Clayton Tillery and others involved in the West program, two GHSA officials cleared Green&#39;s headband before the race. Then, a third man who was not in an official uniform or credentialed made a comment about the headband at the starting line and walked away.&quot;</p><p>The GHSA released a statement&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/47404814-story">disputing the series of events</a>&nbsp;and saying the decision to disqualify Green was a matter of uniform code only.</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;First, let&#39;s be completely clear that this disqualification had nothing&nbsp;to do with what was written on the athlete&#39;s headband. The fact that it was of a religious nature did not enter into the decision whatsoever.&quot;</em></p><p><em>&quot;Also, despite published reports to the contrary, the athlete and his coach were informed before&nbsp;the start of the race that the headband in question was illegal and could not be worn&nbsp;during the race.&quot;</em></p><p><em>&quot;After being informed that the headband was illegal, the athlete removed the headband and the meet referee assumed he would run the race without it. However, at some point after that, the coach and the athlete made the decision to ignore the warning and the headband was put back on. Since the athlete then ran the race with apparel that had already been ruled illegal, there was no choice but to issue a disqualification.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>It also included a quote from the referee who disqualified him:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;I was called to the start line by the clerk concerning the headband. It was a white headband with large black letters written on it. The coach said he could turn it inside-out and make it legal. He did so, and the writing was still very visible. The rule said the item had to be unadorned except for a logo,&nbsp;and this clearly was not the case. </em></p><p><em>I told the coach and the athlete that he could not wear the headband during the competition. The athlete took it off &mdash; neither the coach nor athlete were happy &mdash; and I left. When I got back to the finish area, I noticed the athlete had a white headband on. So, when I saw him come down the finish hill, I went inside the finish corral to watch him finish, and he had the same headband on. I told the timer to DQ him, I paged the coach, and told the coach of the disqualification.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Green and his coaches reportedly felt that Green&#39;s long hair could pose a safety risk if it wasn&#39;t secured with the headband, especially as the course was soggy. Forsyth County Schools responded to the denial of their appeal with the following statement:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;Forsyth County Schools received GHSA&#39;s statement on our appeal and we are disappointed with their decision. We stand behind our coach and runner. Forsyth County Schools has no reason to believe that they are not being truthful in regards to the events surrounding this disqualification, Clayton Tillery is a successful veteran coach with high moral and ethical standards. Additionally, John Green has had a phenomenal career at West Forsyth High School over the past four years and we appreciate his family&#39;s long term support of our cross country program.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Despite the disqualification, Green was named to the Atlanta Track Club&#39;s 2015 All-Metro High School Cross Country Team.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/12/455766673/high-school-runner-disqualified-after-3rd-place-finish-for-headband-with-writing?ft=nprml&amp;f=455766673" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/high-school-runner-disqualified-headband-religious-writing-113764 Obama will use family Bible for presidential swearing in http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/obama-will-use-family-bible-presidential-swearing-105031 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F75499640" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/398px-Lincoln_inaugural_bible.jpg" style="float: right; height: 452px; width: 300px;" title="President Abraham Lincoln's bible. (Wikimedia Commons)" />When Barack Obama is sworn in as president during the private Sunday ceremony, he&rsquo;ll bring some of his wife&rsquo;s family history to that ritual, namely the Bible from wife Michelle&#39;s family&nbsp;&mdash; the Robinsons.</p><p>The Robinson Family Bible was a gift from the First Lady&rsquo;s father to his mother. Fraser Robinson III gave it to LaVaughn Delores Robinson on Mother&rsquo;s Day in 1958. She used the Bible regularly.</p><p>Omar McRoberts, a sociology professor at the University of Chicago who studies black religious life, said Obama&rsquo;s use of the Robinson Bible gives the public a peek into the president.<br /><br />&quot;It&rsquo;s a statement about his private identity, that is, his personal identity. As someone who identifies closely with his wife&rsquo;s family&rsquo;s African-American Christian heritage,&quot; McRoberts said.<br /><br />On Monday Obama will be sworn in using two other Bibles: President Abraham Lincoln&rsquo;s and Dr. Martin Luther King&rsquo;s.</p></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/obama-will-use-family-bible-presidential-swearing-105031 Son of influential evangelical takes on 'Sex, Mom, and God' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-28/son-influential-evangelical-takes-sex-mom-and-god-94393 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-28/sex2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Author and filmmaker <a href="http://www.frankschaeffer.com/" target="_blank">Frank Schaeffer</a> is a vocal critic of the Christian right. The son of Francis Schaeffer, an influential evangelical, Frank observed conservative Christianity from the inside and witnessed its ascent in American politics.</p><p>Frank talks to <em>Worldview </em>about his newest book <em><a href="http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/dacapo/book_detail.jsp?isbn=0306820730" target="_blank">Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics - and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway</a></em>. It argues that today's religious right is "mired in perpetual sexual dysfunction" and, as a result, lashes out at the rest of society.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 16:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-28/son-influential-evangelical-takes-sex-mom-and-god-94393 Worldview 11.28.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-112811 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//episode/images/2011-november/2011-11-28/sex3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.frankschaeffer.com/" target="_blank">Frank Schaeffer</a> has written extensively -- and critically -- on the role of evangelicalism in American life. His late father, Francis, played an instrumental part in the rise of conservative Christianity. Frank Schaeffer's latest book <a href="http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/dacapo/book_detail.jsp?isbn=0306820730" target="_blank"><em>Sex, Mom, and God</em></a>&nbsp;tackles the conservative establishment's views on sex. He spends the hour with <em>Worldview </em>and argues that the sexuality of the right creates a culture of self-loathing.</p></p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 15:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-112811 'Biblical Womanhood': A year of living by the book http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-25/biblical-womanhood-year-living-book-92504 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-27/rhe-cooking_edit_custom.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As an evangelical Christian, Rachel Held Evans often heard about the importance of practicing "biblical womanhood," but she didn't quite know what that meant. Everyone she asked seemed to have a different definition.</p><p>Evans decided to embark on a quest to figure out how to be a woman by the Bible's standards. For one year, she has followed every rule in the Old and New Testaments. Her project will end next Saturday.</p><p>Throughout the year, she kept a <a href="http://rachelheldevans.com/womanhood-project">blog</a> about the experience; it's going to be made into a book that will be published in 2012.</p><p>One of Evans' tasks was to submit to her husband, Dan. The need for women to submit to their husbands is repeated multiple times in the letters of Paul and Peter, she tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on <em>All Things Considered</em>.</p><p>"That was a challenge because my husband and I have a very egalitarian relationship," Evans says, "so it was kind of weird trying to impose a hierarchy onto that relationship."</p><p>Evans made a flow chart that had an arrow pointing from God to her husband and down to her; she posted it on their refrigerator.</p><p>"We tried to stick by that, and it would be little things like if I wanted to watch one movie from Netflix, but he wanted another one, we would defer to his," she says.</p><p>In Proverbs 31, a husband is praised at the city gates. Evans attempted to do the equivalent by standing outside the "Welcome to Dayton" sign in Tennessee with a poster board that read, "Dan is Awesome."</p><p>"People thought I'd lost a bet," she says.</p><p>Evans says she'd hated Proverbs 31 for years "because in the evangelical culture, it's lifted up as sort of like the model for all women everywhere, and it talks about a woman who sews from morning till night and provides food for her family and clothing."</p><p>Her perspective shifted, however, after talking to a friend about the Jewish culture's interpretation of the passage. Her friend said men were the ones who memorized the passage as a way of praising women — her friend's husband sings it to his wife at every Sabbath meal.</p><p>"That whole passage got turned around for me when I started looking at it from a more Jewish perspective and seeing it less as something that God expects all women to do and more as a way of praising what women have already accomplished," she says.</p><p>Also as part of her project, Evans spent all year growing out her hair.</p><p>"Basically, Paul says that it is a woman's glory to have long hair, which basically, I'm guessing, he wouldn't have said that if he'd met me because my hair just doesn't really look good long. It's really frizzy and poufy, and right now it is just absolutely out of control," she says. "The first thing I'm going to do on Oct. 1 when the project is over is schedule a hair appointment."</p><p>With the project drawing to a close, Evans hasn't uncovered a singular way to practice biblical womanhood.</p><p>"We're all selective in how we interpret and apply the Bible to our lives — even evangelical Christians, whether they like to admit it or not," she says. "So what I have found is that any time you think you have found a sort of blueprint or standard for biblical womanhood, a woman in scripture comes along and is praised for breaking it."</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.</div></p> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 15:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-25/biblical-womanhood-year-living-book-92504