Friday, July 31, 2015

Court Orders Lesbian Teachers back in NY School

After years of legal battling, the Manhattan Supreme Court closed the book on the November 2009 lesbian classroom romp of Alini Brito and Cindy Mauro that initially led to their firings, then suspensions, and now reinstatement with back pay and financial penalty to the taxpayers.  School employees had discovered the two naked women on the floor engaged in oral sex — an act first claimed by the pair to be Mauro checking Brito for low blood sugar (Mauro's head was between Brito's legs).

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Gay Teachers Indoctrinate 8-year-olds in North Carolina

Lesbian Seminar Teaching Kids How to be Homosexual

Lesbianism Taught at Middle School as Anti-Bullying

1st-grade Lesbians Force Sex on Ohio 2nd Grader

Kindergartners Taught Sex Change in Maine School

Homosexual, Lesbian Teachers Arrested for Sex with Students

Homosexual Teacher in Brooklyn Paid Boy for Oral Sex

Homosexual Teacher Says Child Porn OK to View

Transgender/Gay Agenda Mandated in Virginia School

Also read President Obama Forces Gay Agenda on Schools via Taxpayer$$  even though Obama Top Homosexual Arrested for Anal Sex with Boy

-- From "'Horndog High' teacher says NYC Ed Department gave her ‘unfair’ 2-year suspension for after-school tryst with female colleague in suit" by Dareh Gregorian, New York Daily News 7/22/15

In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Cindy Mauro, 39, says the city Department of Education — which already tried unsuccessfully to boot her because of her after-hours schoolroom tryst with another romance language teacher — has slapped her with an unfair two-year suspension.

Alini Brito, her complaint points out, got slapped with just a one-year suspension for the "same exact incident and misconduct."

In court papers, a lawyer for Cindy Mauro, . . . who was spotted by school employees topless in a classroom with teacher said other teachers had received significantly less severe penalties for crimes and inappropriate misconduct involving students and even other teachers.

They were initially fired and sued to get their jobs back. A state appeals court said that firing was too harsh a penalty, because they were "consenting adults" and no children witnessed the after-hours hookup.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Teacher suspended for romp with colleague to be back in school" by Julia Marsh, New York Post 7/22/15

. . . Mauro, 39, will return to school in September, and will receive three years of back pay, according to new court papers.

But that’s not enough for the randy French teacher. In a Manhattan lawsuit, Mauro is demanding a simple written reprimand, a measly $2,500 fine, and full back pay.

The DOE hearing officer who imposed the two-year suspension, Michael Lazan, reasoned that Brito was “terrified and begged” her assistant principal “not to tell” anyone when she was caught topless with Mauro “between [her] legs,” according to court papers.

Mauro’s reaction, however, “was at best blase,” Lazan wrote in his ruling. Mauro claimed the sexual encounter was “only a kiss” and “made light of the whole situation, as if nothing had happened.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Court Orders Rehiring of 2 Brooklyn Teachers in Misconduct Case" by Ariel Kaminer, New York Times 3/21/14

A custodian heard noises, peered inside and, he said, saw a woman on the floor, topless. He alerted security. A school safety agent then barged into the room, the judge wrote, and “saw a brunette woman (Brito is dark haired) completely naked, lying on the floor” and “a blond woman (Mauro is light haired) also naked on top of the brunette.”

They instantly became the most famous teachers in New York City, winning their school the tabloid nickname of “Horndog High.” But though it all might have sounded like the stuff of overheated high school fantasy, it had some very grown-up consequences: They were fired.

Their case has gone through a series of twists, the latest this week, when an appeals court ruled, more than four years after the episode, that Ms. Brito and Ms. Mauro must be put back on the city’s payroll.

During the initial arbitration process, Ms. Brito and Ms. Mauro argued that there had been no impropriety whatsoever. Ms. Brito — who had required medical attention in the past — said she was suffering from reactive hypoglycemia, and Ms. Mauro was attending to her by laying her down, getting her sugar packets and elevating her feet, they said. Other than a sweater, which had been repurposed as a pillow for Ms. Brito, they said they were both fully dressed. They lost.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "One 'Horndog High' Lesbian Tryst Teacher CAN'T Return To Classroom" by Ben Yakas, Gothamist 6/29/12

Judge Robert Torres upheld an arbitrator’s decision to fire Cindy Mauro, a former French instructor at Brooklyn’s James Madison High School, as “rational and with plausible basis.” Mauro had allegedly been spotted by a janitor half naked in a classroom lounging between the legs of a topless Brito; both women denied anything steamy was happening, with Brito insisting that Mauro was simply checking her blood sugar. City lawyers argued that there was no medical equipment found with the women, and the two had climbed six flights of stairs to get to the room, passing multiple classrooms and more than one bathroom on the way.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Teachers who ‘had sex in class’ can’t be fired: court" by Julia Marsh and Georgett Roberts, New York Post 3/20/14

The Manhattan appellate judges said foreign-language teachers Alini Brito, 34, and Cindy Mauro, 38, were treated too harshly when they were dismissed for engaging in a topless classroom tryst inside Brooklyn’s James Madison HS in 2009.

The ruling stunned fellow teachers, who feared the judges have given a green light to all sorts of kinky classroom sleaze.

“[It] sets a poor example for other teachers. They may think they can do it, too,” fumed one James Madison teacher, who asked not to be named.

The ruling also shocked students at the school, which became known as “Horndog High” after news spread of Brito and Mauro’s canoodling. “A student could have walked in on them,” said 10th-grader Tiffany Kagan.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Brooklyn teachers wrongly fired after sex allegations, court rules" by Charisma L. Miller, Esq., Brooklyn Daily Eagle 3/21/14

The teachers challenged the [initial] arbitration, Brito in Manhattan and Mauro in the Bronx, yielding separate results. The Bronx County Supreme Court upheld Mauro’s firing, causing Mauro to further appeal to a higher appellate court. The presiding justice in Brito’s appeal to Manhattan’s Supreme Court concluded with the presiding justice discounting the hearing officer’s observations and vacating Mauro’s firing. The DOE subsequently challenged the finding.

Brito’s and the DOE’s separate challenges were heard by the same panel of Appellate Division, 1st Department justices as they involved the same set of facts despite competing demands for relief.

In the cases against Mauro and Brito, the justices found each firing to be improper and excessive.

To read the entire legal review above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Pennsylvania Catholic School's Secret Lesbian Fired

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Atheist Prayer Complaint Costs Miss. School $7500+

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves fined the Rankin County (Mississippi) School District $7,500 plus attorney's fees, etc. as a result of legal action by the American Humanist Association concerning prayer at a high school awards ceremony, and for Gideons Bible distribution at an elementary school.
"As long as there is testing in schools, we believe that teachers, principals and students will continue to pray."
--  Superintendent Lynn Weathersby (statement via Fred Harrell, School Board attorney)
For background, read Pennsylvania School Staff to Mosque for Islamic Training and also read Students Required to Pretend Being Muslim in Wisconsin as well as Florida School Teaches Islam Including Prayer Rugs

In addition, read how it's OK for schools to invade pre-teen student uteruses and for schools to sexualize children with the Gay Agenda (including transgenderism).

-- From "Judge finds Rankin County School District in contempt over school prayer" posted at WAPT-TV16 (Jackson, MS) 7/13/15

A federal judge said the Rankin County School District is in contempt of court for continuing to promote Christianity during school hours after it agreed to stop.

The district first got into trouble when a Northwest Rankin High School student sued over having to attend a school assembly that promoted Christianity. The district agreed in 2013 to settle the suit, and was supposed to implement a policy that activities during school hours would not advance, endorse or inhibit any religion.

However, in 2014, the same student attended an honors assembly that was opened by a minister's prayer.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Judge: Rankin schools violated religion policy, agreement" by Kate Royals, The Clarion-Ledger 7/13/15

In 2013, a Northwest Rankin High School student sued the district and then-principal Charles Frazier over a series of Christian assemblies held at the school. The district agreed it had violated the student's First Amendment rights and settled the lawsuit by entering into an agreement and paying the plaintiff's attorney fees.

However, the incidents that took place in 2014 prompted the American Humanist Association to file a motion for contempt, accusing the district of not enforcing its Religion in Public Schools policy and abiding by the terms of the agreement.

The district responded that because the ceremony with the prayer was not mandatory, it did not violated the First Amendment, and that because school officials cannot be expected to know constitutional law, it shouldn't be held liable. However, Reeves wrote in the order that each argument "crumbles under the least possible scrutiny."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Mississippi School District Fined Over $7,500 for 'Proselytizing Christianity' After Minister Prays at Event" by Samuel Smith, Christian Post Reporter 7/21/15

The school district was additionally ordered to pay the [unamed] student $5,000 because the lawsuit exposed that the school district allowed Gideons International to hand out Bibles to fifth graders at nearby Northwest Rankin Elementary School in October 2014.

In his summary, [Judge] Reeves accused the school district of trying to indoctrinate students with Christianity.

"It deliberately went out of its way to entangle Christian indoctrination in the education process," the judge argued. "From the accounts detailed in the record, it appears that incorporating religious script and prayers with school activities has been a long-standing tradition of the district."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Atheists, Satanists Force Bible Ban in Florida Schools

Atheists Force Bible Bans at Colleges Across America

Christian Clubs Banned from Myriad Colleges and Universities

Texas School Supt. Tells Atheists to Go Fly a Kite

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Media, Obama Conspire With Abortionists re: Videos

As a third undercover video was released concerning Planned Parenthood involvement in selling aborted baby organs, the nation's largest abortion provider begged mainstream media outlets to embargo the video.  Meanwhile, the Obama administration defended Planned Parenthood and the right of women to kill their unborn children, and is refusing to investigate the allegations, but rather is considering a plea by top Democrat Nancy Pelosi to persecute the whistleblower pro-life organization that exposed Planned Parenthood's butchery.

The media have also largely ignored thousands of protesters across the nation calling for an end to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.

For background, read Planned Parenthood Caught Selling Aborted Babies (includes first two videos)

Also read Physicians Force New York Times to Admit 22-week Fetus is a Baby!

-- From "Planned Parenthood taps crisis communications firm" by Jennifer Haberkorn and Anna Palmer, Politico 7/28/15

Planned Parenthood has enlisted high-profile Washington public relations firm SKDKnickerbocker as it scrambles to deal with the ongoing scandal and release of a third undercover video Tuesday showing a clinic’s staff handling fetal tissue after an abortion.

SKDKnickerbocker is no newbie to working on Planned Parenthood issues. The Democratically aligned firm is run by well-connected operatives, including Anita Dunn and Hilary Rosen. It also worked with the group during the 2012 election cycle, according to SKDKnickerbocker’s website.

The group circulated a memo to reporters and producers late Monday that discouraged them from airing the undercover videos, arguing that they were obtained under false identification and violated patient privacy.

Planned Parenthood also has lobbying firms Capitol Counsel on retainer. Glover Park Group has also previously done work for the group. Planned Parenthood spent nearly $1.3 million on lobbying during the first six months of 2015, according to federal disclosures.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Planned Parenthood’s PR Firm Is Asking Reporters Not To Air Undercover Video" by Chuck Ross, Reporter, Daily Caller 7/28/15

Politico itself may have gotten SKDKnickerbocker’s message. As flagged by The Federalist, the outlet sent a tweet of its scoop at around noon on Tuesday noting that the PR firm “circulated a memo” to reporters and news producers. That tweet was later deleted, however. Politico did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

SKDKnickerbocker’s memo mirrors language used by Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards in her numerous attempts to discredit the Center for Medical Progress [CMP, the whistleblower pro-life organization].

“This has been a three-year, well funded by the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement in this country to try to entrap doctors and, of course, highly doctored videos which show absolutely they — doctors repeatedly said, it’s all been edited out, Planned Parenthood does not at all profit from fetal tissue donation, which is an important element of health care research in this country,” Richards said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Planned Parenthood Threatens TV Stations Demanding They Censor Shocking Undercover Videos" by Sarah Zagorski, 7/28/15

Here’s a portion of their threatening letter:
When your network decides whether to consider this story newsworthy, or whether to use any of this footage at all, we urge you to keep this in mind: The extremists who entered Planned Parenthood labs under false pretenses violated research protocol, and, worse, violated the privacy of patients involved. Those patients’ privacy should not be further violated by having this footage shared by the media.

The storage and examination processes that CMP used to get this footage are medically necessary. It is necessary medical professionals ensure an abortion is complete so that patients do not get an infection. When tissue is donated for medical research, these steps are also necessary for the donations to be completed. It is also medically necessary that researchers evaluate the laboratory procedures of a medical provider for safety standards and best practices.

Some of the conversations and protocols that occur in medical settings and among professional peers can sound jarring when taken out of context. While this can be difficult to hear or watch, it should not be used as an excuse to defund Planned Parenthood.

CMP gained access to Planned Parenthood facilities under false pretenses and filmed without securing approval from the Planned Parenthood staff being filmed or the patients whose privacy is compromised by this secret videotaping. The material should not be aired.
To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Pelosi urges DOJ probe into group targeting Planned Parenthood" by Sarah Ferris, The Hill 7/23/15

“Let’s have an investigation of those people who were trying to ensnare Planned Parenthood in a controversy that doesn’t exist,” [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi said Thursday in her first public remarks about Planned Parenthood since the first undercover video surfaced last week.

“Planned Parenthood has said that they have done nothing illegal,” she said. “They do not ever charge, which would be illegal, for fetal tissue. They have only defrayed the cost of mailing that to someone, which is not breaking the law.”

Her remarks come one day after White House press secretary Josh Earnest also defended the women’s health provider.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday that she [as the Department of Justice] would review “all information” available before deciding to launch a full investigation.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Health chief defends Planned Parenthood amid calls to defund" by Peter Sullivan, The Hill 7/28/15

President Obama’s top healthcare official [Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell] defended federal funding for Planned Parenthood at a hearing on Tuesday as Republicans zeroed in on cutting off its money.

“What I think is important is that our HHS funding is focused on issues of preventative care for women, things like mammograms and cancer prevention screenings,” Burwell told the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

Burwell resisted those calls [from Congress for an investigation], deferring to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

She said that she had not seen the undercover videos but had read about them.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Third graphic Planned Parenthood video released" by Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico 7/28/15

A new undercover video released by opponents of Planned Parenthood on Tuesday includes graphic depictions of a technician sorting through the tissue collected after an abortion.

The latest tape also includes footage of a physician in a laboratory talking with an actor posing as a purchaser of tissue samples. “I think the per-item [pricing] works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it,” she said. The group that made the videos, which calls itself the Center for Medical Progress, identified the physician as Dr. Savita Ginde, who is vice president and medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Denver.

The video, the third released by the Center for Medical Progress, includes an interview with a woman who says she used to work at Stem Express, in a Planned Parenthood clinic. “I thought I was going to be just drawing blood, not procuring tissue from aborted fetuses,” Holly O’Donnell, the former procurement technician, said in the video.

Republican lawmakers have called on HHS and the Justice Department to investigate whether Planned Parenthood has broken federal laws preventing the group from profiting on fetal tissue donation.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Anti-abortion activists rally across US as third video targets Planned Parenthood" by Lauren Gambino, UK Guardian 7/28/15

Coinciding with the newest video’s release, anti-abortion activists staged “women betrayed” rallies in dozens of cities around the country to protest the organization. At the US Capitol in Washington, protesters were joined by Republican presidential contenders Ben Carson and Rand Paul, along with several other anti-abortion politicians.

During the rally, Paul announced that he had secured a commitment in the Senate to vote on a bill that would defund the organization before Congress recesses. Republicans face an uphill battle to secure the 60 of 100 senate votes needed to approve the bill – there are 54 Republicans in the Senate and only a handful of anti-abortion Democrats.

David Daleiden, the Center for Medical Progress’s head, has said there are several more videos to be released soon, in addition to between 100 and 200 pages of documents from Planned Parenthood and its “proxies”.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Products of Conception Protest Planned Parenthood in 65 Cities Across U.S." by Samuel Smith, Christian Post Reporter 7/29/15

. . . the Washington, D.C. protest, which was organized by the Students for Life of America, [included] presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Cruz told the crowd that the recent videos display enough evidence to suggest that Planned Parenthood officials have violated federal law and that the Department of Justice should conduct a criminal investigation into the matter.

Carson argued that the recent videos are another sign that the American society is becoming a more "pro-death" and "evil" society. But with the emergence of the videos, Carson said that the opportunity has arisen for moral individuals to recreate a pro-life culture.

Although Cruz and many other Congress members have called on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to authorize the Department of Justice to conduct a full investigation into Planned Parenthood's organ compensation practices, Cruz implied that such an investigation wouldn't happen because of the partisanship of Obama's Justice Department.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Over-the-Counter Abortion Paid by ObamaCare: Study

Obama Administration OKs Aborted Baby Brain Experiments

President Obama Asks God to Bless Planned Parenthood

President Obama Touts Abortion, as Americans March Against It

President Obama's Preference for Infanticide Exposed by Georgia Teacher (who is then fired)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Gay Agenda Destroys Everything it Contacts

Let's review the effects of the Gay Agenda:  sharp rise in STDs (not only HIV/AIDS) mostly associated with anal sex; exploding rates of transgender delusion (even among children) resulting in more suicides; lower marriage rates and kids raised without their mother or father; the demise of (gay-affirming) mainline church denominations; weakening of the once-strongest force for good in the world (U.S. military); public education transformed to indoctrination and social experimentation; demise of the Girl Scouts (after lesbian leaders took over) . . .

and now, the end of the Boy Scouts of America.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Federal Gov't Says HIV/AIDS is Mostly a Gay Disease (and other anal sex diseases)

Transgenderism is 'Delusion' Says Victims and Professionals

The Demise of Family Causes Violence, Poverty, and More

Liberal Mainline 'Churches' Continue to Wither as they Conform to the Decadent Culture

Sexual Assaults in Pres. Obama's Military Mostly Homosexual

Homosexuals Weaken Military, Proved in 1990s: U.S. General

Transgender/Gay Agenda Mandated in Virginia School (and across America)

Bishops Investigate Girl Scouts' Sexualization

Homosexuality Caused Fall of Roman Empire

Vatican Says Gay Agenda is 'a Defeat for Humanity'

Pope Francis Says Gay Agenda is Work of the Devil

-- From "Boy Scouts OK gay leaders; Mormon church may quit" by Erik Eckholm, The New York Times 7/28/15

The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its nationwide ban on openly gay adult leaders. But despite a compromise allowing conservative church-sponsored units to pick their own volunteer leaders, the Mormon church, the country’s largest sponsor of Scout units, said it might leave the organization.

To avoid the wholesale defection of conservative religious groups, the Boy Scouts said church-based local units would remain free to exclude gay adults from voluntary leadership roles like scoutmasters and Cub Scout den and pack leaders.

Mormons use the Boy Scouts as their main nonreligious activity for boys, and the Cub Scout and Boy Scout units they sponsor accounted for 17 percent of all youths in Scouting in 2013, the last year for which data have been published.

Under the Boy Scout policy adopted Monday, discrimination based on sexual orientation will also be barred in all Boy Scout offices and for all paid jobs — a step that could head off looming lawsuits in New York, Colorado and other states that prohibit such discrimination in employment.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Are lawsuits ahead for church-based Boy Scout troops?" by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service (Washington Post) 7/27/15

. . . Scout officials say religious groups — which make up some 70 percent of chartered organizations — would still have the option to exclude gays even [with the new policy as] adopted.

“What they’re not taking into account is the new frontier that we’re on, where judges are being social change agents,” said John Stemberger, chairman of Trail Life USA, which bills itself as a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts.

Trail Life issued its own eight-page legal memo, written by a former BSA lawyer who is now Trail Life’s general counsel.

“The church-chartered troop will likely be sued the moment it tries to revoke the membership of the homosexual member who wears his uniform to the Gay Pride Parade, revokes or denies membership to an adult who publicly gets married to someone of the same sex, or denies membership to the girl who believes she is actually a male,” the Trail Life memo reads.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Why Boy Scouts stance on gay leaders leaves it in limbo" by Amanda Paulson, Staff Writer, Christian Science Monitor 7/27/15

“You’ve got a highly divided organization,” says Richard Ellis, a political science professor at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and the author of “Judging the Boy Scouts of America.” “Now it’s not clear that even this solution, which is an attempt to get the [gay rights] issue out of the way, can do it, because nobody is happy with it.”

. . . Some 70 percent of Boy Scout troops are now run by faith-based groups. By the time the BSA considered changing its ban on gay Scout leaders in 2013, it polled its membership and got incredible pushback, Ellis says. Nearly all the councils in the Northeast wanted the anti-gay policy changed, while 80 percent of the Southern councils wanted it to stay the same. The organization worried about an exodus of members. In the end, it decided to go with lifting the ban on gay youths, but not gay adults.

A BSA decision to lift the ban on gay adults but still leave hiring decisions to the discretion of local religious-based organizations affiliated with troops might have seemed progressive if the Scouts had taken that stance 25 years ago, when many first urged it. But coming in 2015, it now seems to critics like too little, too late – a decision that will still allow for discrimination on religious grounds.

“Our position has been and remains clear – we continue to urge the Boy Scouts of America to embrace full LGBT inclusion, without exception,” says Liz Halloran, a spokeswoman for the Human Rights Campaign, which fights for gay rights, via an e-mail.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "LDS Church relationship with Boy Scouts in doubt, may create new international program" by Ben Lockhart, Deseret News 7/27/15

"The church has always welcomed all boys to its Scouting units regardless of sexual orientation," church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a prepared statement. "However, the admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America.”

Hawkins also confirmed the church is considering the possibility of creating an international program similar to Scouting and also made for young men ages 12 to 18.

"As a global organization with members in 170 countries, the church has long been evaluating the limitations that fully one-half of its youth face where Scouting is not available," he said. "Those worldwide needs combined with this vote by the BSA National Executive Board will be carefully reviewed by the leaders of the church in the weeks ahead."

The Catholic Church, another large charter organization with the Boy Scouts, did not offer a formal response to the vote Monday.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Boy Scouts Go Gay, Church Sponsors Say 'Goodbye'

Boy Scouts Reinforce Rules Denying Homosexual Leaders (just a couple of years ago)

Most Americans Say Gay Men Untrustworthy with Boys

Also read the homosexualist who says: We Recruit Kids for Sexual Deviancy

Monday, July 27, 2015

Florida Battles Satanic 'Prayer' City-by-City

As anti-Christian zealots like the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) launch attacks across America, Florida towns are attempting to preserve invocations at municipal meetings, including the City of Pompano Beach, which recently passed a resolution to censor mocking and satanic "prayers."
"The idea here is to make it so utterly fucking ridiculous.  As a Satanic atheist, it's my job to mock, ridicule, and deride the absurdity of having anyone give an invocation to any god at all."
-- Chaz Stevens, local resident, as quoted and printed in the New Times Broward-Palm Beach
For background, read Florida Atheists Sue to 'Pray' at County Meetings

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-- From "Pompano's Exclusion of Satanic Invocations Challenged by the Freedom from Religion Foundation" by Chris Joseph, New Times Broward-Palm Beach 7/17/15

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has challenged the City of Pompano Beach's recent resolution that keeps Satanists and atheists from giving invocations and prayers before their commission meetings. In a letter addressed to Mayor Lamar Fisher, the foundation's attorney Andrew Seidel calls the resolution unconstitutional, and a violation of a Supreme Court ruling, as well as discriminatory.

The resolution, which was passed on Tuesday, puts limits on who can give invocations to only established churches found in the Yellow Pages, certified clergy and the Internal Revenue Service's definition of a nonprofit group. The resolution was prompted, in part, over atheist activist Chaz Stevens, who requested a spot to perform a Satanic invocation at a future commission meeting two months ago.

He called his idea to do a Satanic invocation across Florida  "Satan or Silence," in hopes that every city would do what Lake Worth did [reject all prayer entirely]. Delray Beach also went a similar route after Stevens' request, and substituted invocations with a moment of silence before every meeting.

When Pompano Beach received Stevens' request, they were given the choice to accept or go the route of Lake Worth and Delray. But the measure fell through and so, instead of a moment of silence or no invocation at all, Pompano Beach decided to severely restrict who gets to make the invocations.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Satanic prayer still a long shot in Pompano Beach" by Bob Norman, Reporter, WPLG-TV10 (Miami, FL) 7/24/15

The blogger, Timothy "Chaz" Stevens, is anything but a bona fide clergyman. He's an often vulgar public gadfly and church and state activist who hounds local government officials.

On his blog, he often attacks his targets in a very personal manner, with a penchant for photoshopping obscene symbols on their faces.

Notably, Stevens, who routinely refers to himself as a genius, was arrested in 2004 on a charge of violating a domestic violence injunction after a woman claimed he stalked her and threw feces on her porch, among other transgressions. Stevens refused comment for this story.

Stevens, whose efforts are supported by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, formed what he calls the First Pompano Beach of Satan, with an address that comes up to a box in a Parcels Plus store on Atlantic Boulevard. He has advertised the church on Yelp and listed it in the Yellow Pages, a requirement of the city.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

9th Court Forces Christians into Abortion Business

This week's ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, overturning the 2012 ruling of U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton, reinstates a 2007 Washington state requirement forcing all Christian pharmacists to sell the morning-after pill (Plan B), thus violating their religious liberty.
“The government has no business punishing citizens solely because of their religious beliefs.  The pharmacists in this case willingly refer patients to over 30 pharmacies that stock the morning-after pill within a 5 mile radius, and no patient has ever been denied timely access to any drug.”
-- Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel of the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty
For background, read how Judge Leighton ruled the regulations to be anti-Christian.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Illinois Pro-life Pharmacists Win Against Plan B

Unlimited Plan B Abortion Pill in Stores for Kids

'Invisible' Abortions Soar Among Teens — Plan B

Over-the-Counter Abortion Paid by ObamaCare: Study

-- From "Pharmacy owners cannot cite religion to deny medicine - U.S. appeals court" by Dan Levine, Reuters 7/23/15

The state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy's owner has a religious objection, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, the latest in a series of judgements on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services.

The U.S. Supreme Court last year allowed closely held corporations to seek exemptions from the Obamacare health law's contraception requirement.

A unanimous three-judge 9th Circuit panel on Thursday decided that the rules are constitutional because they rationally further the state's interest in patient safety. Speed is particularly important considering the time-sensitive nature of emergency contraception, the court said.

"The time taken to travel to another pharmacy, especially in rural areas where pharmacies are sparse, may reduce the efficacy of those drugs," wrote Judge Susan Graber.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Ruling: Washington can require pharmacies to dispense Plan B" by Gene Johnson, The Associated Press 7/24/15

A Ralph’s Thriftway pharmacy in Olympia and two pharmacists sued, saying the rules required them to violate their religious beliefs, because the drugs can prevent implantation of a fertilized egg, which they consider tantamount to abortion. They argued that they should be allowed to refer patients to a nearby drug store rather than fulfill the prescription themselves.

But the appeals judges — Susan P. Graber, Richard R. Clifton Mary H. Murguia — said that wasn’t good enough.

In his initial ruling, Leighton said the rules infringed on the pharmacists’ religious freedom and issued an order blocking them, but in 2009 the appeals court reversed that decision. After holding an 11-day trial, Leighton in 2012 basically reaffirmed his original reasoning.

But the appeals court found that the rules were neutral, rather than targeted at suppressing the religious objections of the pharmacists.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "WA Pharms Must Stock Morning-After Pill" by June Williams, Courthouse News Service 7/24/15

Stormans Inc., owners of Ralph's Thriftway in Olympia, and two individual pharmacists sued the state in 2007 over new Board of Pharmacy regulations that require pharmacies to stock and dispense the emergency contraceptive Plan B.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton initially barred enforcement of the new stocking rules, but the Ninth Circuit overturned the injunction in 2009 after finding that the lower court had abused its discretion and "incorrectly applied a heightened level of scrutiny to a neutral law of general applicability."

Although the injunction was lifted, Washington state put off enforcing new rules pending trial. Leighton concluded after a 2012 bench trial that the stocking and dispensing laws were unconstitutional.

[This week, the Ninth Circuit] panel rejected the pharmacists' argument that they should be allowed to refer patients to other drug stores because of their religious objections to dispensing emergency contraceptives.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Washington Pharmacists Must Stock Plan B Despite Religious Beliefs" by Ruby de Luna, KUOW-FM94.9 (Seattle, WA) 7/24/15

“We’re disappointed with the ruling,” says Kristen Waggoner senior legal counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, the group representing the pharmacy owner and two pharmacists. Waggoner says the ruling has broader implications; it would affect the state’s health care system.

“One third of the state’s hospital beds are affiliated with religious entities and in this case, the Catholic hospitals have said they will not sell these drugs in their outpatient pharmacies,” Waggoner says.

“We have to take a look at if the state truly intends to enforce these regulations in an evenhanded manner, it will have significant implications to healthcare throughout the state.”

Those three pharmacists will not have to comply with the federal appeals court decision, because that ruling doesn’t end the matter. Waggoner says she and her clients are considering their options for appeal.

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From "Appeals court rules pharmacists must make Plan B, other contraceptives available in Washington" by Jim Camden, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) 7/24/15

Washington pharmacists who have religious objections to abortion or birth control can be sanctioned by the state if they send customers to another store for emergency contraception, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. . . . A pharmacist with a religious objection to the drug can refuse to fill a prescription only if another pharmacist at the store is available who will, the state had said.

The owners of Ralph’s Thriftway, a supermarket and pharmacy in Olympia which sued the state over the regulation, plan to appeal. Kevin Stormans, president of Stormans Inc., said in a news release that the state allows pharmacies to make referrals for other reasons and 33 stores stock the drug within 5 miles of the store.

“All we are asking is to be able to live out the beliefs that we hold, as Americans have always been able to do, and to be able to refer patients for religious reasons, as the medical and pharmaceutical associations overwhelmingly recommend,” he said.

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From "Court Says Washington State Pharmacy Must Provide Emergency Contraceptives Despite Religious Objection" by Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter 7/24/15

In 2007, the Washington Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission unanimously adopted two administrative rules, the "Pharmacist Responsibility Rule" and the "Delivery Rule."

The "Responsibility Rule" stated that a pharmacy could not refuse to provide "lawful prescriptions", but did provide a religious exemption for pharmacies and pharmacists.

By contrast the "Delivery Rule" lacks any exemption for religious or moral objections to providing "lawful prescriptions," like emergency contraceptives.

In February 2012 Leighton ruled in favor of Ralph's and the two pharmacists, arguing that the Commission's rules were "in practice unconstitutional."

"The Board of Pharmacy's 2007 rules are not neutral, and they are not generally applicable. They were designed instead to force religious objectors to dispense Plan B, and they sought to do so despite the fact that refusals to deliver for all sorts of secular reasons were permitted," wrote Leighton.

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From "No Pharmacy Owner Can Refuse Morning-After Pill in Washington, Court Rules" by Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor 7/25/15

[. . . The 9th Circuit] court held that the state law is "neutral" and "generally applicable" and therefore citizens must obey it irrespective of their religious beliefs.

The court said this week that Stormans failed to establish their belief that the contraceptive pills can induce abortions, and that their religious freedom is a "fundamental right" in this case.

"On balance, however, we are unconvinced that the right to own, operate, or work at a licensed professional business free from regulations requiring the business to engage in activities that one sincerely believes leads to the taking of human life is 'so rooted in the traditions and conscience of our people as to be ranked as fundamental,'" the court said, referring to Snyder v. Massachusetts.

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Also read Federal Judge Blocks ObamaCare Assault on Christians

And read California Forces Catholics to Fund Abortion Insurance

Saturday, July 25, 2015

KY Forbids Pastors Calling Homosexuality 'Sinful'

Attorneys for Pastor David Wells are demanding that the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) drop the religious test on volunteer counselors issued by the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center that censors use of the Bible regarding sexual sin.  Wells was recently dismissed by the State because he refused to sign an agreement denouncing God's Word.
"Many juveniles are in DJJ custody because of sexual crimes.  Pastor Wells must be able to discuss what the Bible says about matters of sexuality with the juveniles he is trying to help. . . . DJJ 912 equates the teaching of biblical morality with ‘derogatory,’ ‘biased” and ‘hateful’ speech."
-- Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel (representing David Wells)
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Religious Liberty in Homosexualists' Crosshairs

Pastor Arrested in California for Reading Bible in Public

Jesus Talk Outlawed in New Orleans, Arrests Made

Houston Lesbian Mayor Subpoenas Pastors' Sermons

Idaho Pastors Face Fines, Jail for Refusing 'Gay Wedding'

Also read how state legislators, governors and judges are forbidding troubled youth from seeking Christian counseling.

And read how President Obama and his federal government agencies are elevating the Gay Agenda above religious liberty.

In addition, 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

-- From "State forbids pastors calling homosexuality 'sinful'" by Bob Unruh, World Net Daily 7/24/15

The policy states that DJJ staff, volunteers and others “shall not imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they can or should change their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Wells had volunteered more than 10 years at the facility under the prison ministry of Pleasant View Baptist Church in McQuady.

Liberty Counsel’s letter [to the DJJ] noted Wells was ordered to sign a form “promising to refrain from telling any juvenile inmates that homosexuality was ‘sinful.’”

The state demand “violates the First Amendment by prescribing an official state religious ‘orthodoxy:’ now, only a religious belief that homosexuality is not ‘sinful’ may be expressed in DJJ facilities.”

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From "Unconstitutional Restriction on Religious Speech - letter to Bob Hayter, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice" by Liberty Counsel 7/23/15

Demand is hereby made that Mr. Wells and other volunteer ministers be immediately reinstated as volunteers at this facility, free from unconstitutional religious discrimination, Policy 912 notwithstanding,

.. [In the past, DJJ] children have asked Mr. Wells if there was any hope for them in this life, and in the life to come.  He has told them without exception that Christ can, and would, forgive them, if they would repent and believe the gospel.  This message has given them hope, and many have told him this personally and in written correspondence.  Despite these facts, Superintendent [Gene] Wade has told Mr. Wells, on the basis of Policy 912, that if a child now asks questions of him on issues involving sexual activity, he may not discuss the same with them: “You can give a scripture reference to the kids, and let them look it up, but you can’t read it in their hearing. You can’t say “sinful;” you can’t discuss sexual orientation – heterosexual or homosexual - period.”

. . . By restricting speech which volunteers are allowed to use while ministering to youth detainees, the State of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice have violated the protections given to private speech through the First Amendment and the Kentucky Constitution.  Policy 912 requires affirmation of homosexuality as a condition of providing spiritual guidance to troubled youth, and singles out a particular theological viewpoint as expressly disfavored by the State of Kentucky. This the State cannot do.

To read the entire letter above above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Supreme Court Rules Bible as 'Hate Speech' in Canada

And read European Union High Court Rules Gay Agenda Trumps Christianity