Thursday, May 28, 2015

Internet = HIV & STD Epidemic Among Young Adults

Health officials in the U.S. and worldwide are reporting that a sudden rapid spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), particularly among young adults, is the result of an expansion of the "hook-up culture" enabled by electronic social media. First it was the explosion of pornography, and now it's Internet-facilitated anonymous sexcapades that spread HIV among homosexual men, as well as other STDs among straight men and women — diseases that used to be under control.
“Before [Internet-based social media], if you were interested in sexual activity outside of marriage, there was a fear factor if you went somewhere you’d be seen. [But now], you click a few buttons and meet at a hotel.”
-- Lynn Beltran, Epidemiologist, Salt Lake County STD clinic
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Fictional 'Safe Sex' - Government Losing War on STDs

HIV Rates Rise Among Homosexual Men: Federal Study

Soaring Syphilis Rates Among Homosexual Men Point to HIV Risk

New Aggressive HIV Strain Spreading AIDS Worldwide

CDC Report Shows Most HIV Homosexual Men Have Unprotected Sex

The Only 'Safe Gays' are Celibate Gays, Says U.S. FDA

Also read Education Experts Say: Relax Parents, Sexting is Simply How Kids Flirt Today

-- From "Tinder and hookup apps blamed for rise in STDs" by David Goldman, CNN 5/26/15

Between 2013 and 2014, cases of syphilis grew by 79%. HIV infections were up 33% and gonorrhea cases increased by 30%. STD cases for young adults are growing at a faster rate than the rest of the population.

Rhode Island says the recent uptick in STD cases follows a national trend. The state's health department blamed "high-risk behaviors that have become more common in recent years," including "using social media to arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters."

A 2013 New York University study found that Craigslist was responsible for a 16% increase in HIV cases between 1999 and 2008 across 33 states. Grinder, a hookup app for gay men, was associated with more than half of all syphilis cases in New Zealand in 2012, according to Christchurch Sexual Health Clinic.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "RI: Hookup apps to blame for sharp rise in STD rates" by Matt Jaworowski, Media General National Desk 5/28/15

“The recent uptick in STDs in Rhode Island follows a national trend,” HEALTH said in a press release. “The increase has been attributed to better testing by (health care) providers and to high-risk behaviors that have become more common in recent years … (including) using social media to arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters.”

HEALTH indicated syphilis cases increased by 79 percent from 2013 to 2014, while gonorrhea cases rose by 30 percent.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Are dating apps to blame for an increase in STDs?" by Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle 5/27/15

In the report, the [Rhode Island health] department stated that they believe this is reflective of a national trend. They also warned that even though infection rates are up across the board, new cases of HIV and syphilis continue to increase among gay and bisexual men at a faster rate than in other parts of the population.

One of the contributing factors in this increase, cited by Dr. Rosemary Gillespie, chief executive at the UK-based Terrence Higgins Trust, is the rise in dating app usage (like Tinder and Grindr) over the past five years and users engaging in casual and often unsafe sex, saying “Dating apps have given people more opportunities to meet potential partners than ever before, and we are currently looking at their impact on gay men’s sexual health.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Swipe right for STDs: Doctors say hookup apps increase infection rates" by CNN Wire 5/6/15

Thanks, in part, to a growing use of “hookup” apps, doctors say they have seen rates of sexually transmitted diseases skyrocket over the past couple years.

Apps like Tinder, Down and Grindr could be partly responsible for gonorrhea rates in Utah being up in women more than 700 percent, they use as an example.

The numbers don’t lie, and gonorrhea rates jumped nearly 400 percent from 2011-2014. Men have seen a 300 percent increase, while rates among women have surged an incredible 714 percent.

The state [of Utah] is now rushing to stop this alarming trend by bumping up its annual conference scheduled for the fall and meeting with doctors from across the state in mid-May to brainstorm solutions.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Report: Tinder To Blame For Rise In STDs" by Josh Fatzick, Reporter, Daily Caller 5/26/15

New cases of AIDS and HIV continued to increase faster among gay and bisexual men than in any of the other populations, while infection rates of all STDs continued to impact blacks and Hispanics more than others.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Tinder and Grindr dating apps 'are causing cases of syphilis, gonorrhoea and HIV to soar', experts claim" by Lizzie Parry, UK Daily Mail 5/27/15

Dr Rosemary Gillespie, chief executive at the UK-based Terrence Higgins Trust, said dating apps have a role to play in warning users of the dangers of practising unsafe sex.

She told MailOnline: 'Dating apps have given people more opportunities to meet potential partners than ever before, and we are currently looking at their impact on gay men's sexual health.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Are dating apps causing a spike in STDs?" by Stephanie Bechara, Reporter, WCJB-TV20 (Gainesville, FL) 5/7/15

A study conducted by the Los Angeles LGBT Center revealed that those who participated in casual sex through online dating apps had a 37 percent greater incidence of getting STDs compared to those who met their partners in a bar or the gym.

While the Alachua County Health Department does not track the number of patients who have received an STD after meeting someone online, their records show that back in 2012—before these apps became mainstream—there were more than 950 cases of STDs from January to May. For the same period in 2015, the numbers increased by about 5 percent.

"When you look at any situation, regardless of where you meet someone, there are ways to protect yourself. Abstinence is the 100 percent way to prevent the spread of STDs. You want monogamous relationships, you want to get tested with your partners before engaging in sexual activity," said Larissa Cantlin-Plemons, Alachua County Health Department STD Program Manager.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Anal Sex Pill Pushed in Gay Men Study to Stop HIV

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Vatican Says Gay Agenda is 'a Defeat for Humanity'

Much to the chagrin of the mainstream media that consider Francis I their liberal "pet pope," the Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin, a champion of Cuban diplomatic restoration and global warming, characterized the successful Irish same-sex "marriage" referendum as "a defeat for humanity."  Parolin admitted that the Church has lost its authority with young adults in that country of 88% Catholics.
"You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is [then] of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet."
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:13 & Luke 14:35 ESV)
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Pope Said the Gay Agenda is the Work of the Devil

Pope Refutes Homosexualists: Kids Need Mom & Dad

Pope Cracks Down on American Liberal Nuns, Priests

Pope Blasts Liberal 'christians' as Pagans

Likewise, Rev. Franklin Graham says Pastors Avoiding Gay Agenda Deserve Hell

Also read what's next in the Gay Agenda societal revolution and how it is being accomplished via American public schools.

-- From "Vatican No. 2: Irish vote to legalize gay marriage a 'defeat for humanity'" by Nicole Winfield, Associated Press 5/27/15

In comments to reporters Tuesday evening, Parolin referred to remarks by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, that the results showed the church needed to do a "reality check" since it clearly wasn't reaching young people with its message.

The Catholic Church in Ireland has lost much of its moral authority following widespread sex abuse scandals and a general secularization of society. Martin himself called the vote part of a "social revolution" that required the church to look at whether it had "drifted completely away from young people."

Pope Francis hasn't commented directly on the Irish results, but on Wednesday he stressed traditional church teaching on marriage as being between man and woman. Francis has dedicated his weekly general audience catechism lessons to family issues, so Wednesday's remarks about the importance of the period of engagement before a marriage were perfectly in line with the themes he has been stressing for months.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Cardinal calls Irish vote on same-sex marriage a 'defeat for humanity'" by Tom Kington, Los Angeles Times (reporting from Rome) 5/26/15

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, told reporters he was “deeply saddened” by the outcome of the Friday referendum in Ireland, in which many voters defied the Roman Catholic Church by favoring marriage for same-sex couples.

"The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to evangelization,” Parolin was quoted as saying by Italian wire agency Ansa. “I think that you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity."

Church officials often see any moves to legitimize gay unions as automatically weakening of the status of the traditional family. The Vatican views homosexual acts as unnatural.

. . . the Irish vote has galvanized the Italian government, led by prime minister Matteo Renzi, to push ahead with its own planned legislation on civil unions, which would allow couples of the same sex to be recognized by law.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Vatican says Ireland gay marriage vote is 'defeat for humanity'" by Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome, UK Guardian 5/26/15

The remarks by the Vatican’s top diplomat, who is seen as second only to the pope in the church’s hierarchy, represent the most damning assessment of the Irish vote by a senior church official to date.

Ireland became the first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote after a referendum found that 62% of voters were in favour of changing the constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

While the results were celebrated by advocates of gay rights in Ireland and around the world, it was also seen as a stark symbol of how wide the chasm has grown between young people in what has traditionally been a staunchly Catholic country and the church itself, which says that homosexual acts are a sin and vehemently opposes gay marriage.

Parolin’s comments are sure to revive the debate about the church’s attitude to gay rights and equality under the papacy of Pope Francis, who once famously said “who am I to judge?” when asked about the existence of a “gay lobby” within the Vatican. That remark spurred hope among progressive Catholics that the church was entering a new era of tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "On Same-Sex Marriage, Catholics Are Leading the Way" by Frank Bruni, New York Times 5/27/15

Take a look at this list of countries: Belgium, Canada, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, France, Uruguay, Luxembourg and Ireland. . . . in all of them, the Roman Catholic Church has more adherents, at least nominally, than any other religious denomination does.

And all of them belong to the vanguard of 20 nations that have decided to make same-sex marriage legal.

. . . But in falling out of line with the Vatican, Irish people are actually falling in line with their Catholic counterparts in other Western countries, including the United States.

They aren’t sloughing off their Catholicism — not exactly, not entirely. An overwhelming majority of them still identify as Catholic. But they’re incorporating religion into their lives in a manner less rooted in Rome.

Catholics in the United States appear to be more, not less, progressive about gay rights than Americans in general are.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Vatican Says Media Distort Pope's Words

And read Media Filter Pope's Procreation Declarations

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Birth Control Pills Kill Woman Aged 21 in 3 Weeks

Fallan Kurek, 21, of Tamworth, Staffordshire (England) suffered a blood clot as a confirmed result of taking birth control pills for 25 consecutive days, as prescribed; she died after three days of intensive care.  The multitude of deadly side effects of contraceptives are well documented, yet unknown to most users.
"We felt angry when they first mentioned it could be the pill. . . . I couldn't believe nobody had said the pill could do this. It should say it on the pack and the label that they can kill."
-- Julia Kurek, mother
For background, read Birth Control Pill Linked to Breast Cancer; Vasectomy Linked to Prostate Cancer

Also read 'The Pill' is Dangerous, but Federal Government Says Keep Taking it

And read 'The Pill' Reaches Age 50, but Do the Women Who Use It?

-- From "Woman, 21, dies after taking contraceptive pill that 'caused fatal blood clot'" by Lizzie Dearden, UK Independent 5/25/15

[Kurek] was taken to Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, where doctors said the pill was the probable cause of the blood clot on her lung.

A brain scan revealed there was no activity because of oxygen starvation and after three days in intensive care, her parents [Julia and Brian Kurek] made the decision to turn off her life support on 14 May.

The link between combined contraceptives and blood clots has been known for several decades and is closely monitored by international regulators.

The risk of blood clots varies depending on the type of hormone pills contain, ranging from five to 12 cases of blood clots per 10,000 women who use them for a year.

The family wants to raise awareness of the potential side effects, he said, adding: “We can’t bring her back, all we can do is maybe save another life.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Teaching assistant, 21, 'killed by contraceptive pill'" posted at UK Telegraph 5/25/15

. . . Her worried father Brian, 52, took her to Sir John Peel Hospital in Tamworth for a check-up where she was given an electrocardiogram (ECG) but four days later she began getting breathless again and collapsed on the stairs of her home . . . earlier this month after vomiting and turning blue as she struggled to breathe.

Paramedics arrived and began carrying out tests on the still conscious Miss Kurek, but within minutes they switched to emergency CPR when she stopped breathing.

She was rushed to Good Hope Hospital's intensive care unit, where she was put on a ventilator and emergency scans on her head and chest took place.

The scan revealed she had a large clot on her lung, causing the right side of her heart to become inflamed, and that she was now clinically brain dead.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Doctors Report that Abortion Causes Breast Cancer — Media Silent

Monday, May 25, 2015

Animals Should be Treated as Humans: Gallup Poll

A new public opinion poll shows that 94% of Americans believe that humans have a responsibility to consider animals worthy of protection from harm, while one-third of respondents said that "animals deserve the exact same right as people" — an increase over seven years ago.
“We have listened to our customers, and are asking our suppliers to engage in improved reporting standards and transparency measures regarding the treatment of farm animals.”
-- Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior Vice President, Walmart
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Plants' & Animals' Civil Rights - Antihumanism

Chimps Like Black Slaves: Animal Rights Lawsuit

President Obama's Czar Nominee Elevates Animals to Human Stature

American Trend: Fewer Children, More Animals/Pets

-- From "A third of Americans believe animals deserve same rights as people, poll finds" by Alan Yuhas in New York, UK Guardian 5/19/15

Earlier this year Pew found that Americans were closely divided on animal research, with 50% opposed to animal testing and 47% in its favor; Pew also found that 89% of scientists supported animal research.

But Americans also remain among the largest consumers of meat in the world, with only 5% of the population identifying as a vegetarian and 2% as vegan. A 2014 study found that 84% of American vegetarians and vegans eventually return to eating meat.

Disparate campaigns for animal rights and protections have steadily gained momentum in recent years . . .

The US and Europe have also gradually changed their approaches to animal research. The EU banned cosmetics with animal-tested ingredients in 2013, and the US suspended medical research on chimpanzees in 2011 and began retiring the animals two years later. In the past two years, Congress has also initiated reviews of the treatment of animals in federal research programs, namely in agricultural programs found to keep livestock in dire conditions and to pose likely health risks to human consumers.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Many Americans Support Equal Rights for Animals" by Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer, LiveScience 5/22/15

Across all demographic groups, an increasing fraction of people support equal rights for animals, although women were more likely than men to have this view, the poll found. About 42 percent of the women polled supported full animal equality in 2015, compared with 22 percent of men. However, the percentage of men and women who support this view has increased by about the same amount since 2008 — from 35 percent to 42 percent for women, and 14 percent to 22 percent for men.

In addition, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents were more likely than their Republican counterparts to support complete animal equality. About 39 percent of liberal-leaning people supported that view this year, compared with 23 percent of conservative-leaning people. But the number of both Democrats and Republicans who support animal equality has increased since the last poll, according to Gallup.

Meanwhile, views on the treatment of marine or farm animals may have been influenced by popular documentaries such as "Blackfish" and "Food, Inc.," which sought to expose truths about the treatment of whales at SeaWorld and of farm animals raised for consumption, respectively.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "In U.S., More Say Animals Should Have Same Rights as People" by Rebecca Riffkin, Gallup 5/18/15

The percentage of Americans who support the idea that animals' rights should be equal to those of humans increased across all major U.S. demographic groups. . . . There continues to be little difference between younger and older Americans.

To further discern Americans' feelings about animal rights, for the first time, Gallup asked Americans about their level of concern for the treatment of animals in various settings. The percentage saying they are "very" concerned ranges from 33% for animals used in research to 21% for animals in the zoo. When combined with those "somewhat" concerned about each, Americans are most concerned about animals in the circus, animals used in competitive animal sports or contests and animals used in research, with just over two-thirds expressing concern about each. They are least concerned about the treatment of household pets, with 46% saying they are very or somewhat concerned.

And despite increasing attention focused on the treatment of chickens, cows and other animals mainly used for human food -- as exposed in the 2008 documentary Food, Inc. -- Americans show relatively less concern for how these animals are treated, with 54% at least somewhat concerned, including 26% very concerned.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Walmart Pushes for Improved Animal Welfare" by Stephanie Strom, New York Times 5/22/15

Walmart, the nation’s largest grocery retailer, said on Friday that it would ask its meat, seafood, poultry, deli and egg suppliers to adopt animal welfare standards that include sufficient space and easy access to food and water.

The company also said it would ask its suppliers to report to it annually on their use of antibiotics, and asked them to limit treatment with antibiotics to animals that are sick.

Over the last several years, dozens of companies have announced commitments to better animal welfare and to eliminating the use of human antibiotics from animal husbandry. McDonald’s won applause when it announced in March that it would begin using meat from chickens that are not raised with antibiotics important to human medicine, and a month later, one of its major chicken suppliers, Tyson Foods, said it would stop using such drugs in poultry production by 2017.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Wal-Mart's Push on Animal Welfare Hailed as Game Changer" by Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press Retail Writer 5/22/15

The guidelines also aim to get suppliers to stop using pig gestation crates and other housing that doesn't give animals enough space. They're also being asked to avoid painful procedures like de-horning or castration without proper painkillers.

Other major companies, including McDonald's Corp., Nestle and Starbucks Corp., have already pledged to reduce or eliminate the use of gestation crates for pregnant sows and otherwise improve animal treatment. But activists hailed Wal-Mart's steps and said its guidelines would be one of the most sweeping and could become the blueprint for the food industry.

Wal-Mart said its own research showed 77 percent of its shoppers said they will increase their trust and 66 percent will increase their likelihood to shop at a retailer that improves the treatment of livestock.

Wal-Mart said it has adopted the "five freedoms" outlined by the World Organization for Animal Health to guide its approach to animal welfare. They include freedom from pain and injury and freedom to express normal behavior.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Acceptance of Bestiality Visible on the Horizon

And read Federal Health Official Arrested for Bestiality

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Atheists Can't Stop Prayer at Graduations: Judge

Just as U.S. District Court of South Carolina Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks ruled, much to the chagrin of the American Humanist Association (AHA), that Greenville County, South Carolina School District cannot muzzle students' prayers at commencement ceremonies, graduating senior Christian Crawford spontaneously led faculty, students and parents in prayer as a medical emergency was playing out in the midst of a graduation ceremony in Alabama.
"Everybody can I have your attention real quick? We don't know what's going on, but we will pray. We know that prayer is power, and that God is able. Let's pray. Father God, we thank you for this day, Lord. We pray right now that whatever is going on, you will fix it, God. We pray that you will heal it, God. We pray that you will redeem it, God. We pray that you will deliver it, God. Because we know that you are a God who knows how to make a way. And in the name of Jesus we declare and decree in the name of Jesus that whatever is going on shall be fixed, because you are a God who is a fixer. You are a God who is a healer. Jehovah God, Jehovah-jireh, Jehovah-nissi, Jehovah-shiloh. Fix it, Jesus. In Jesus' name, Amen."
-- Christian Crawford, graduating senior of Clay-Chalkville High School, in Pinson, Alabama

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Lord's Prayer at South Carolina Graduation, Atheists Fume

Prayer at Kentucky Graduation Despite Atheists' Demands

Texas School Cuts Mic on Christian Valedictorian Speech

Jesus, God Almighty Censored at Vermont Graduation

Indiana Graduate Praises God Despite Judge's Ruling

Federal Appeals Court Overrules Texas Judge: Christian Speech OK

Also read California School Lawyers Strip Student's Jesus Speech

In addition, read the long list of states enacting laws to bring religious liberty back to schools.

-- From "Federal judge: Student-led graduation prayers allowed, school prayers not" by Anna Lee, Greenville News 5/19/15

The [AHA] lawsuit claims the student’s parents are non-theists who felt “alienated and stigmatized” by the [Mountain View Elementary School in Taylors, SC] endorsement of Christianity during their daughter’s graduation held at the chapel of North Greenville University.

The suit alleges such “excessive entanglement with religion” is in violation of the First Amendment’s establishment clause and seeks a permanent injunction to enjoin prayer at any future school-sponsored event, including graduation ceremonies.

“Prohibiting such independent student speech would go beyond showing neutrality toward religion but instead demonstrate an impermissible hostility toward religion,” the school district said in court filings.

[Judge] Hendricks agreed to allow spontaneous prayer, calling it the “cultural residue” left over from the historical inclusion of religious speech at graduations.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "High school student offers prayer during medical emergency at graduation" by Savannah Williamson, WAAY-TV31 (Huntsville/Decatur, AL) 5/24/15

According to our news partners at ABC 33/40, Christian Crawford stepped up to the podium and asked people to pray with him about whatever situation was happening in the stands.

It was later found out that a young woman was suffering a seizure.

The video, courtesy of the Trussville Tribune, has gone viral. Crawford has been asked to present the opening prayer at the Alabama legislature next Wednesday.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Clay-Chalkville graduate delivers prayer during medical emergency" by Edward Burch, ABC 33/40 5/23/15

On Thursday night at Cougar stadium,while school administrators and medical personnel were helping a young woman in the crowd suffering a seizure, Christian Crawford got a nudge from faculty member Shannon Petty.

"She asked me, 'could I pray?"

"A lot of times you may feel nervous as a principal when a student steps to the mic impromptu like that," said [Principal Michael] Lee. "But when I saw it was Christian, I knew there was nothing to be concerned about. If I had 1,400 Christian Crawford's walking the hall, this would be a better place."

The video has been shared over 15,000 times on Facebook and is reaching national news outlets. Crawford credits his family for instilling strength in faith and character. He is the senior class president and wants a career in politics.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Clay’s Christian Crawford talks graduation prayer" by Erik Harris, Trussville Tribune 5/22/15

“It only takes one person,” said Crawford. “One person stands up and says ‘okay, I’m going to stand for the word of God, regardless of what people say.’ It’s important that we stand on the word of God.”

After cheers fell from the grandstands, the senior class president took his seat with the belief that the moment had passed.

“After I finished praying, that was it, I knew God was going to do his job,” said Crawford. “We had 1,000 plus people there, so I know he heard our prayer, and I got an update on the (victim) and she’s doing fine.”

“I cannot take any credit for what God is doing through me for His glory,” said Crawford.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

In addition, read U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of public prayer, and read the resulting resurgence in public prayer following the Supreme Court decision.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

PC Las Vegas School Denies Pro-life Student Club

Lawyers representing Angelique Clark, a sophomore at West Career and Technical Academy, are demanding that the Clark County (Nevada) School District approve her request to form a local chapter of Students For Life America.  School Vice Principal Allan Yee said the club would reflect poorly on the school in local media and that students are unqualified to speak on abortion issues.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

North Dakota Schools Backtrack on Pro-life Club Bans

Iowa School Censors Pro-life Girl's Rights, Lawyer Says

Connecticut School Censors 'Controversial' Pro-life Kids

Virginia School Slow-walks Pro-life Club Approval

New Jersey School Censors Student Expressing Pro-life View

Washington School OKs Gay Message, but Censors Pro-life Students

Also read North Las Vegas Teacher Bans Student's Christianity

-- From "Sophomore Says High School Denied her Anti-abortion Club" by Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press 5/22/15

The nonprofit Thomas More Society legal group said in a letter . . . [that] Clark applied to start a Students for Life club on campus but was told by the vice principal that the topic was controversial, would attract negative media attention and the club's intent wasn't inclusive enough.

The Thomas More Society said in its letter that the school has a Bible club and gay-straight alliance club on campus.

The Clark County School District said in a statement it's reviewing the facts and hadn't made a final decision.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Law firm claims West Tech sophomore denied right to start pro-life club" by Ricardo Torres, Las Vegas Review-Journal 5/22/15

Clark said in a news release she didn’t hear back from school officials until two months later when a vice principal said her application had been denied.

Vice Principal Allan Yee told her the topic was “controversial,” pro-choice supporters would feel left out and “there were others ‘more qualified’ to speak on the issue than a high school sophomore.”

The demand letter was addressed to high school Principal Amy Dockter-Rozar and Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky. It alleges Clark’s First Amendment rights and the federal Equal Access Act of 1984, which affects extracurricular clubs, were violated.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "CCSD, group differ about whether student had support of adviser for anti-abortion club" by Ian Whitaker, Las Vegas Sun 5/22/15

After lawyers demanded Thursday that West Career and Technical Academy reverse its decision to prevent sophomore Angelique Clark from starting an anti-abortion student club, district officials released a statement saying the club did not have a faculty adviser willing to sponsor the club. In CCSD schools, student clubs need a teacher to serve as an adviser before they are allowed to operate.

A document released by Students for Life of America, the national group that has taken up Clark's cause, appears to show Angelique had a teacher on board. Signatures on her application form dated Dec. 17, 2014, show that science teacher Sandy Roden had volunteered to be the adviser.

The letter written by lawyers from the nonprofit Thomas More Society gave the district until June 1 to respond. The lawyers haven't said whether they will pursue legal action if the district does not reverse the school's decision.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Nevada Teacher Bans Student's Christianity: Lawyer

Representing parents Tim and Kate Frasier, Liberty Institute has given Academica Nevada, manager of the Somerset Academy charter school in North Las Vegas, ten days to apologize for the unconstitutional actions of Miss Jardine, a teacher at Somerset's Losee campus, barring their sixth-grade daughter from quoting a Bible verse in an assignment.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

California School Bans Books by Christian Authors

'God Bless America' Banned from Florida School

Texas Teacher Confiscates Bible from Second-grader

Student Suspended for Jesus Talk Sues Washington School

Colorado School Bans Jesus Talk During Free Time

Teacher Bans Free Time Bible Reading in Missouri

Florida Teacher Bans Bible in Free Time, Parents Sue

Florida Kindergartner Forbidden to Bow Head Over Lunch

Satanic Book Distribution in Florida Schools

ACLU Demands Bibles Off Kentucky School Grounds

Atheists: Ban Christians from Schools in Michigan, West Virginia, Oklahoma, California, Florida, Ohio, etc.

Also read myriad examples of public schools discriminating against pro-life Christian students.

In contrast, read myriad examples of public schools celebrating Islam.

-- From "Parents say teacher barred Bible verse use in homework" by Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press 5/20/15

The Fraisers said their daughter Mackenzie was told she couldn't use the Bible verse John 3:16 for a technology class assignment called "All About Me" that involved creating a PowerPoint presentation and including an inspirational saying on a slide.

[Assistant Principal Jenyan] Martinez said based on [U.S. Department of Education] directives, a student's right to free religious expression didn't include "the right to have a captive audience listen or compel other students to participate."

Jeremy Dys, senior counsel with the Liberty Institute, disagreed, citing the federal agency's guidelines on religious expression in class assignments that say students are free to express their beliefs "in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination."

A statement sent by the [school's] legal manager Colin Bringhurst said Somerset Academy would investigate the circumstances of the complaint and respond to Liberty Institute's letter once the investigation was complete. The letter demands an apology within 10 days.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Teacher bans Bible verse from sixth grader's school assignment" by Kathy Damrill, Assistant News Director, KOKH-TV25 (Oklahoma City, OK) 5/22/15

The little girl is proud of her Christian faith and her father, Tim Frasier, is a pastor at Grace Point Church, a nondenominational Christian Church.  She says it made sense to her to include a quote about God's love for the world in a presentation about herself.

Fraiser said he was shocked when his daughter told him she shouldn't because she's not allowed to talk about God at school. He emailed the school to find out why his daughter was instructed she wasn't allowed to use “Biblical sayings” in assignments.

“Can you please explain if this is true? Perhaps, she misunderstood you? Since I am certain you understand that this clearly infringes on my daughters/your students right to freedom of speech, I want to make sure we understand your instructions,” he wrote on April 29.

Two days later he received a response from Assistant Principal Jenyan Martinez.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Bible verse in charter school sixth-grader’s assignment stirs controversy" by Wesley Juhl, Las Vegas Review-Journal 5/21/15

The North Las Vegas family is demanding an apology from the school and said they will seek legal relief if they don’t get it.

Dys said the U.S. Department of Education and the Supreme Court have both been clear about the law, and Somerset’s administration got it wrong.

Federal education guidelines say students may express their beliefs about religion in homework, artwork and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination.

What Somerset did violated Mackenzie’s constitutional rights, the lawyer alleged.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

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