Moment of Silence
Virginia's controversial law requiring students in public schools to observe a minute of silence at the beginning of each day has been upheld by a federal judge in Alexandria. The ACLU, which brought suit for several Virginian students, said it will continue to appeal on the grounds that the silence violates the separation of church and state. U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton said that the law, adopted by the Virginia Legislature in hopes that a moment of contemplation could prevent incidents like Columbine, "was enacted for a secular purpose, does not advance or inhibit religion, nor is there excessive tanglement with religion." The law itself reads: "each pupil may, in the exercise of his or her individual choice, meditate, pray, or engage in any other silent activity." Students say the minute is wasted anyway. A student editorial in the George Mason High School (Falls Church, Virginia) paper last week said, "Anyone in this school could tell them now in a paragraph memo that the majority of students ignore the government-sponsored reverie."
Bill Bright diagnosed with lung condition Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis of the lung. Bright spent three days undergoing tests at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota—the same hospital where Billy Graham recovered from his health problems last August—only to learn that he has a lung condition with no known cure. Pulmonary Fibrosis is a buildup of scar tissue in the lung which destroys the tissue's ability to transport oxygen. Bright, 79, has agreed to slow down in the near future, but told his staff, "I'm here to do what God still has for me to do on this earth and whenever that is finished, I am ...1
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