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After initially announcing that the Muslim “call to prayer” would be sounded from the belfry of the famed Duke University Chapel tower, the university reversed its decision. Duke has historic links to the Methodist church, but has long been a secular campus. Officials indicated they rethought their decision due to a fear of violence, implying that there’s danger posed by Christians or Jews. The compromise is that the signal to Muslims will instead be heard from the quadrangle below the chapel. (The American Spectator, 1-21-15)

A Kirksville, Missouri physician and his wife received a note from a substitute teacher complaining about the contents of their daughter’s lunch. The teacher wrote, “Please see that [Alia] packs a proper lunch tomorrow” and requested a parent sign the note. The child’s father declined to sign and instead posted the note on Facebook, writing, “At least get your facts straight before intruding.” He is an obesity specialist who explained that although the lunch included a few marshmallows and a bit of chocolate, his daughter also ate ham and low-fat string cheese and further, it wasn’t the school’s business. School authorities claimed “the best of intentions.” (NBC, 1-23-15)

The parents of an 8-year-old autistic boy who was arrested, jailed, and put in a straightjacket chair are suing Sumner County, Tennessee for the treatment of their son. Although there was a crisis management plan in place specifying how outbursts should be handled, when the child hit his teacher at the alternative school he attended, the school did not follow it. Such plans are developed by school authorities with input from parents. The parents say their son, who is now on probation and attending a different school, is deeply disturbed since the event; they are suing for $500,000. (WCRZ.com, 1-15-15)