Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Atheists Threaten Miss. School for Acting Christian

The American Humanist Association’s (AHA) Appignani Humanist Legal Center, acting on behalf of an anonymous teacher, has given the Jackson (Mississippi) Public Schools two weeks to respond to its 8-page letter addressed to Superintendent Cedric Gray complaining that a school conference for teachers included speakers who prayed and quoted the Bible for the purpose of encouraging and motivating teachers. Unless the school assures the AHA that it will censor all speakers in the future, the AHA promises to sue for damages and attorneys’ fees.

For background, read Georgia Citizens & School Push Back AHA Humanists

Also read Mississippi Religious Liberty Law Infuriates Liberals as well as Prayer Returns to Mississippi Schools Under New Law

-- From "Jackson Public Schools responds to prayer complaint" by Therese Apel, The Clarion-Ledger 8/26/14

In an email sent Monday evening, JPS spokesman Sherwin Johnson stated, "The Jackson Public School District acknowledges receiving a letter from the Appignani Humanist Legal Center regarding events taking place during the 2014 Convocation ceremony. The JPS Legal Department is reviewing the letter and will respond appropriately as needed. The annual Convocation program is a celebratory event intended to invigorate employees with enthusiasm, pride, and excitement for the beginning of a new school year."

The AHA, whose catchphrase is "Good without a God," said they have a client who complained to them about a Christian pastor who [is a school electrician, who] gave a sermon and prayed at the teachers' meetings both in 2013 and 2014. The letter advised [Supt.] Gray that the initial pastor, the Rev. Roy Maine, was not the only one who spoke about Christian values.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Teacher complains about religious content of mandatory JPS meeting" by Brad Conaway, WLBT-TV3 (Jackson, MS) 8/25/14

[The AHA letter] says,"on Aug. 12, 2014, the district hosted a compulsory assembly for public school teachers at the Mississippi Coliseum. A Christian reverend was invited to give the opening prayer at the event. His remarks included Christian prayers, a church-themed call and response with the audience and specific references to Scripture, such as Psalm 23 and 1 Corinthians 4:5. The three hour-long convocation also included other speakers, many of whom made references to Biblical passages, 'Lord' and 'God.'"

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read the long list of states enacting laws to bring prayer back to schools in response to the myriad atheist lawsuits against Christians and prayer nationwide.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ObamaCare Pays for Sexual Mutilation — Gay Agenda

Husband and father Devin Payne was told by a therapist that he suffered from gender confusion, and so in his early 40s he decided to pretend to be a woman. Now, with the implementation of ObamaCare, thanks to American taxpayers, surgery has been performed to remove his penis and hormones have grown his breasts, but nothing can change his God-given DNA from male to female.  His wife objected to it all, but stuck with him, and recently died from alcohol abuse, and so he's left to "mother" his four children alone.

For background, read how All American Taxpayers Now Fund Elderly Sex Changes and also read how Everyone Pays for 'Gay Fertility' Treatments in California via Health Insurance

In addition, read Arizona Court: 'Pregnant Man' Can Divorce 'Wife'

-- From "With Coverage Through Obamacare, Transgender Woman Opts For Surgery" by Anna Gorman, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News 8/25/14

[Palm Springs, California resident Devin] Payne learned in the fall that she might qualify for subsidies through the state’s new insurance marketplace, Covered California, because her income fell under the limit of $46,000 a year. She eagerly signed up in March for a Blue Shield plan for about $230 a month, and began making preparations for the surgery that would change her life.

Among the less-talked-about implications of the Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare] is the relief it is providing to many transgender people, many of whom are low-income and who have struggled to obtain health coverage.

Without insurance, many people [diagnosed with “gender identity disorder”] were unable to afford the hormones, surgeries and counseling needed to complete their transition. Nor would they have been covered in the event of surgical complications, which can include infections.

Now, federal law prohibits health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people, and it bars insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. That makes it possible for more transgender people to purchase private plans. And in states that expanded their Medicaid programs, those with low incomes may get free coverage.

[Payne's] Blue Shield policy said that gender reassignment surgery – which uses existing tissue to construct female genitalia -- could be covered if patients met certain guidelines. For example, she had to be diagnosed with gender identity disorder and have an “expressed desire” to live as a member of the opposite sex.

Conservative and religious groups oppose using government funds for transgender surgeries, questioning whether they are medically necessary, ethical or effective.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;' Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’" by Michael W. Chapman, 8/20/14

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”

This assumption, that one’s gender is only in the mind regardless of anatomical reality, has led some transgendered people to push for social acceptance and affirmation of their own subjective “personal truth,” said Dr. McHugh. As a result, some states – California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts – have passed laws barring psychiatrists, “even with parental permission, from striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor,” he said.

The pro-transgender advocates do not want to know, said McHugh, that studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Transgenderism is a 'Delusion' According to Victim

In addition, read how public schools indoctrinate children in transsexualism, and read about parents misdirecting toddlers.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Calif. Forces Catholics to Fund Abortion Insurance

The ACLU and abortionists are heralding a decree by California that Catholic universities cannot exclude elective abortion coverage from employee health insurance.  The mandate from the governor's office issued Friday refers to abortion as "a basic health care service" and says that it's unconstitutional to allow Catholics to refuse to pay for mothers to kill their unborn children.
"Pro-life employers have the freedom to choose health insurance plans that do not conflict with their beliefs on the dignity of human life. . . . California cannot be allowed to discriminate against health plans that don't cover elective abortions and force people to purchase coverage that conflicts with their convictions."
-- Catherine Short, Life Legal Defense Foundation
For background, read Media Hides ObamaCare Abortion Lies, Exposed at Supreme Court as well as Catholics Defeat ObamaCare in Court

Also read Everyone Pays for 'Gay Fertility' Treatments in California via Health Insurance

UPDATE 8/26/14: ObamaCare Pays for Sexual Mutilation in California

-- From "California: Insurers Must Cover Elective Abortions" by The Associated Press 8/23/14

Although the federal Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare] does not compel employers to provide workers with health insurance that includes abortion coverage, [Michelle Rouillard,] the director of California's Department of Managed Health Care said in a letter to seven insurance companies on Friday that the state Constitution and a 1975 state law prohibits them from selling group plans that exclude the procedure. The law in question requires such plans to encompass all "medically necessary" care.

Jesuit-run Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University notified employees last fall that they planned to stop paying for elective abortions, but said faculty and staff members could pay for supplemental coverage that would be provided through a third party. The two schools said their insurers, Anthem Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente, had cleared the move with the state.

University employees who objected to the decision and abortion-rights groups lobbied the women' caucus of the California Legislature, which in turn asked Gov. Jerry Brown to clarify and reverse the health care department's determination.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "California reverses position on health insurance abortion coverage" by Tracy Seipel, San Jose Mercury News 8/23/14

In her letter, Rouillard said that her department had "erroneously approved or did not object" to discriminatory language that limited or excluded abortion coverage in some health insurance policies that cover "a very small fraction" of health plan enrollees dating back to 2008. The controversy surfaced last year after administrators at Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, both founded by the Jesuit order, decided to drop health insurance coverage of elective abortions.

The decision led to uproar among staff and faculty at each institution, prompting some members to reach out to non-profits like Planned Parenthood for assistance. Those abortion rights advocates in turn contacted the Legislature's Women's Caucus, which sent a letter to Gov. Brown this month asking him to direct the department to change its position about what constitutes a covered abortion.

Spokespeople for both universities on Friday said they are conferring with their insurers, Anthem Blue Cross of California, and Kaiser Permanente, about the decision in order to ensure that the plans at the schools are fully compliant with state and federal law.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Calif. Insurers Required To Cover Elective Abortions, DMHC Says" posted at California Healthline 8/25/14

. . . several abortion-rights advocacy groups -- including the American Civil Liberties Union of California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, NHLP, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and the Trust Women: Silver Ribbon Campaign -- wrote, "This clarification about statewide abortion coverage in health plans follows both the spirit and the letter of California law" (NHLP release, 8/22).

However, the antiabortion groups Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation sent a letter to Rouillard on Friday saying that they plan to file a civil rights complaint about the new directive.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Atheists, Liberals Lament Recent Supreme Court Religious Liberty Rulings

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Child Pornography Allowed by Illinois Library Vote

Library trustees in Orland Park, IL voted, again, to allow unfiltered Internet access in the computer lab as a First Amendment right to local perverts, however the revised policy allows librarians to intervene if one patron's masturbation is legitimately disturbing another patron.
"There is no child pornography crisis here."
-- Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director, American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Office
[Move along folks, nothing to see here . . .]
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Free Porn is the Law, Say New York City Librarians

Iowa Library Defies Parents to Keep Sex in Library

ACLU Sues to Display Lesbians to Kindergartners in Library

Librarians Hail Kids' Homosexual Indoctrination Books

-- From "Orland library told to revote on Internet access policy" by Dennis Sullivan, Special to the Chicago Tribune 8/15/14

The Illinois attorney general's office has directed the Orland Park Public Library board to revote on public access to online pornography and several other policy changes approved and at a March meeting.

The Attorney General's Public Access Bureau found that the board agenda and elected officials failed to adequately inform the public "of the nature of the matters under consideration and the business being conducted."

The state agency's decision responds to a complaint by Mokena resident Megan Fox who, with Chicago resident Kevin DuJan, has been trying to get the library board to modify policies that allow unrestricted online access, including to pornography, on library computers.

The Orland Park library, with the backing of the American Library Association, has cited the First Amendment as one reason for its policy that does not restrict Internet access in its adult computer area.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Orland Park Public Library keeps Internet access policy" by Mike Nolan, Southtown Star (Chicago Sun-Times) 8/19/14

Before the 4-2 vote, some patrons asked the board to install a filter to prevent people from being able to view pornographic material while online, and two library trustees said they supported the use of filters.

Trustee Dan Drew told his fellow trustees that a firewall or filter “protects us, protects our community,” and that visitors to the library “don’t need to be looking at nasty stuff.”

He was supported by Trustee Julie Ann Craig, who said patrons want “to enjoy and feel comfortable” in the library, and that “my job is to protect the community.”

Board members Beth Gierach, Nancy Healy, Diane Jennings and Denis Ryan voted to continue to allow unfiltered access.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Orland library revotes to keep Internet policy permitting porn" by Lauren Zumbach, Chicago Tribune reporter 8/19/14

In a 4-2 vote, trustees again settled on a compromise: keep Internet access unrestricted in the adult computer lab while strengthening a patron behavior policy to make it easier for librarians to intervene if one patron's computer use disturbs another.

The library's most vocal critics, including Fox and DuJan, have accused library staff and trustees of covering up incidents of public masturbation and child pornography access and supporting policies that make the library unsafe for families.

[Trustee] Jennings said a majority of more than 100 northern Illinois libraries that displayed Internet policies on their websites did not filter Internet access on computers used by adults, according to research by library staff.

"If we could find a filter that covered only child pornography and things considered obscene by local standards, I'd have no hesitation. Unfortunately, no one has come up with that," Jennings said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read
Illinois School Board OKs Kids' Demands for Dirty Book

And read California School Pushes Porn Sex Ed, Parents Outraged

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fired Pregnant Lesbian Sues Mont. Catholic School

Shaela Evenson was artificially impregnated so that she and her lesbian partner, Marilyn Tobin, could birth their first child (which they did on March 7th), but once the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, Montana became aware of the pregnancy, Evenson was fired from her teaching position at Butte Central Catholic Schools for breach of contract: not practicing the tenets of the Catholic Church — both at school and in her private life.

For background, read Pennsylvania Catholic School Fires Homosexual Teacher and also read of myriad Christian school firings over immorality issues.

In addition, read California Parents Say: Drop Morals for Catholic School Teachers as well as Gays, Teachers Unions March Against Catholic School Morals

-- From "Teacher Fired for Pregnancy Sues Catholic School" by The Associated Press 8/22/14

Shaela Evenson filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Butte on Thursday, alleging her firing violated federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on pregnancy . . .

The lawsuit argues that the school district does not investigate male employees and nonpregnant female employees for compliance with Catholic Church teachings.

Evenson's lawyer, Brian Butler, of Cincinnati, won a $170,000 jury award in a similar case in Ohio (Christa Dias). He said the case made it clear that an employer, even a religious institution, cannot require an employee to give up certain civil rights as a condition of employment.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Teacher fired for pregnancy sues Butte Catholic schools" by Montana Standard staff 8/21/14

As a result of the firing [the lawsuit claims], she has incurred damages including lost wages, benefits and emotional distress. She is asking for back pay, compensatory and punitive damages — and a jury trial.

In the summer of 2013, Evenson, who is not married, became pregnant through artificial insemination, court documents show. The lawsuit says the then superintendent of schools for the diocese, Patrick Haggarty, called Evenson into a meeting on Jan. 9. He told her that he and the bishop of Helena had received an anonymous letter stating she was pregnant and not married — a violation of her contract. He suggested she resign; Evenson refused.

On Sunday, Jan. 12, Haggarty sent a letter to Evenson, by email, saying she was immediately terminated for having a child out of wedlock. The letter, in part, said that she violated school and diocese policies, and moral and religious teachings of the Catholic Church.

Evenson contends she was fired because of her sex and pregnancy.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Pope Francis opposes same-sex marriage and warns of Satanic homosexual behavior

Friday, August 22, 2014

NY Farmers Guilty & Fined for Being Christian

Cynthia and Robert Gifford make a living by renting out a portion of their principle residence — a barn at their Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York (near Albany) — for birthday parties and wedding ceremonies.  However they declined to accept a lesbian couple's "wedding," so the lesbians from Newark, NJ filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights, which found the Giffords guilty of discrimination based on sexual orientation and ordered fines against the Giffords totaling $13,000.

For background, read about states passing religious liberty laws to protect citizens and their businesses from lawsuits by homosexualists and/or fines by courts, and to ensure the free practice of religion without government interferenceIn February 2014, the homosexualists exposed their goal to end religious liberty when they descended on Arizona's legislature.

Also read Gay Agenda will be Complete when Christians are Muzzled, Say Homosexualists as well as Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

In addition, read 'Gay Marriage' Not Favored in Polls, Only in Court

-- From "N.Y. farm owners fined $13,000 for refusing to host lesbian wedding" by Jessica Chasmar, The Washington Times 8/19/14

When Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin asked the Giffords to use the facility for a 2012 wedding, Mrs. Gifford, a Christian, said she could only host their reception on the farm, but not the wedding. Weddings typically are conducted on the first floor of the Giffords’ home, and Mrs. Gifford argued the lesbian wedding would “literally hit too close to home,” RNS reported.

New York City Administrative Law Judge Migdalia Pares ruled that the Giffords’ farm, which is also their home, is a place of public accommodation and is therefore subject to New York’s anti-discrimination laws, RNS [Religion News Service] reported.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "A Win for Gay Rights Over 'Religious Liberty' in New York State" by Mark Joseph Stern, Slate 8/18/14

At the heart of the so-called religious liberty debate lies a very simple question: Do religious people, mainly Christians, hold a special right to defy anti-discrimination ordinances and refuse service to certain people based on their identity?

. . . New York state law bars places of public accommodation from discriminating based on sexual orientation—and the Giffords were quite honest about their reasons for turning away Erwin and McCarthy. As a result, the Giffords must pay a $10,000 fine for violating the law, plus $1,500 to both Erwin and McCarthy for “mental pain and suffering.”

. . . Under anti-discrimination law, when you open your business to the public, you open your business to all of the public. You don’t get to pick out certain classes of people and treat them differently, as the Giffords attempted to do. The Giffords don’t operate a church; they run a business—an LLC, in fact—and they are out to make a profit. If they don’t like following the laws that govern LLCs, they can simply forfeit their profit and establish a house of worship, or close their business to the general public.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

From "Farm owners fined for saying no to lesbian wedding" by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service, Washington Post 8/19/14

“It literally hits close to home,” said the Giffords’ lawyer, James Trainor. He said the farm owners attend a community church and cite their religious belief of marriage between a man and woman for declining to hold a same-sex wedding on their property.

“Liberty Ridge Farm has employed gay people and has conducted events for same-sex couples,” Trainor said. “The Giffords’ objection was to hosting and participating in the wedding ceremony itself and not to providing service in general to lesbians.”

McCarthy asked if it was legal for the farm to have a policy not to have ceremonies on the site, and Gifford responded that it was because “we are a private business,” according to the case.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read that Vice President Biden declared that the Gay Agenda must trump religious beliefs.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

'Bless You' After Sneeze Gets Student Suspended

Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County (Tennessee) High School was suspended after she said "bless you" to a fellow student who sneezed.  The teacher, known to demean Christian students, told her to constrain that kind of talk to church.
“We will not have Godly speaking in my class.”
-- Teacher at high school in Newbern, TN (also serving Dyersburg, TN)
For background, read Tennessee Democrats & Republicans Pass Religious Liberty for Schools

And click headlines below to read previous articles:

God is NOT Your Idol, Says Tennessee Teacher; Michael Jackson Is

Bar Pastors From Tennessee Schools, Say Wisconsin Atheists

Florida Teacher Bans Bible in Free Time, Parents Sue

Texas Teacher Confiscates Bible from Second-grader

First-grade Christian Censored, Pennsylvania School Sued

Christian Girl Muzzled, Sues Kansas City School

Georgia Christian Teachers Muzzled, Citizens Rebel

Also read myriad other examples of
Christian students being muzzled at public schools.

-- From "High School Student Claims She Was Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Classmate Sneezed" posted at CBS News Charlotte 8/20/14

When [Kendra] defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.

But Becky Winegardner, Turner’s youth pastor, disagrees with the school’s actions of in-class suspension.

“There were several students that were talking about this particular faculty member there that was very demeaning to them in regard to their faith,” Winegardner told WMC. “This was something that had come up previously in the last few weeks just since the beginning of school and I shared with all of those students what their rights were.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Tennessee teen in trouble for saying 'bless you' after sneeze" by The Associated Press 8/20/14

Assistant Principal Lynn Garner on Tuesday said he could not discuss the specifics of what happened, but he said there are "two sides to every story."

Garner also said teachers can set their own classroom rules as long as they are reasonable.

Turner held a news conference on Tuesday at the Dyersburg First Assembly of God to talk about the incident.

"I want God to be able to be talked about in school," she said. "I want them to realize that God is in control and they're not."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "DCHS responds to ISS incident involving student" posted at Dyersburg State Gazette 8/20/14

"[The teacher] asked why I said it, and I told her I was being courteous and she asked me who told me that it was courtesy?" added Turner. "I told her my pastor and my parents taught me to say it."

"I want God to be able to be talked about in school. I want them to realize that God is in control and they're not," said Turner. "I also don't want the teacher being bashed because that's kind of harmful and disrespectful."

The phrase ["bless you"] was listed on the chalkboard as one of several students were not supposed to say during class, according to Turner.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Student punished for saying 'bless you'" by Todd Starnes, 8/20/14

Kendra wrote about her incredible story on Facebook. It was then picked up by the blog and then, as they say these days, the story went viral.

“The assistant principal said if I didn’t want to respect my teacher’s rules then maybe my pastor should teach me because my freedom (of) speech and religion does not work at their school,” she wrote.

Kendra’s pastor [Steven Winegardner] is among those not buying the school’s explanation and he’s taking a public stand in defense of the young girl.

“Christians have been told to be quiet, to shut up,” he said. “It’s ridiculous. Everybody has a right to their beliefs. I’m glad Kendra stood up.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Atheists, Liberals Lament Recent Supreme Court Religious Liberty Rulings