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Santa Ban Prompts County to Consider De-Funding Head Start

"This may affect my willingness to fund money for them," said Supervisor Bill Russell. "That's just the way I am."

"This may affect my willingness to fund money for them," said Supervisor Bill Russell. "That's just the way I am."

A local Mississippi Head Start program that enforced a ban on Santa Claus from visiting children last month is now at risk of losing funding in the upcoming year. Concerned members of DeSoto County’s Board of Supervisors say the ban conflicts with Head Start’s “set of core values which … respects families, cultures and diversity.”

Prior to Christmas, a memo from Head Start state headquarters in Holly Springs implored employees in the program’s 367 pre-school centers to refrain from displaying Santa Claus and Christmas-themed decorations. Specifically, Head Start’s Virda Lee warned, “Please DO NOT invite Santa to your center.”

A “Winter Wonderland” theme featuring snowmen and snowflakes, however, was suggested by Lee as a suitable alternative during the season otherwise known as ‘Christmas.’

While Christmas was shunned in the name of promoting ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ to Head Start’s young participants, it was revealed by Gov. Haley Barbour’s spokesman this week that the ban on all things Christmas appears to be the handiwork of a naughty elf, aka Virda Lee, because it’s definitely not the “official position” of the statewide program.

DeSoto County’s Board of Supervisors said they want answers from Head Start regarding its official position on Christmas before making critical funding decisions later this month.

“We have an American culture, and every time we turn around it gets chipped away and chipped away, and I’m getting tired of it,” said Supervisor Allen Latimer.

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Peaceful Student Promises ‘Holy War’ Against School Principal

Does Cainan Gostnell look like a gang member?

Does Cainan Gostnell look like a gang member?

A middle school in Colorado Springs, Colo., has no problem with kids wearing religious symbols from any faith, so long as they’re not Catholic rosary beads. Seventh grader Cainan Gostnell said his school’s principal needs to stop confusing his rosary beads for a gang symbol or he’ll see him in court.

Recently, Cainan said an announcement was made over the school’s public address system warning that students would either have to conceal their religious jewelry or remove it entirely because some people in the school are “offended” by the public displays of faith.

Colorado Springs’ District 11 spokeswoman Elaine Naleski told reporters this week that the district “allows all religious symbols, including crosses, head scarves worn by Muslims, the Star of David, to be worn openly.” She noted that there is one exception to the policy: Catholic rosary beads can potentially be used as a gang symbol.

It's easy to see how Principal Stanec could confuse Cainan for this MS-13 member. What the heck happened to common sense and applying it to real life situations?

It's easy to see how Principal Stanec could confuse Cainan for this MS-13 member. What the heck happened to common sense and applying it to real life situations?

Apparently, no one is confusing Muslim students wearing head scarves with radical Islamic jihadists or terrorists, but when a seventh grade boy wears his rosary beads to school, he’s immediately profiled by the principal as a member of Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13.

“The fact is that he is a good student who does not get into trouble and has worn his cross on a chain outside his shirt without causing any disruption in school,” explains Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). His law firm sent a warning letter to Principal Scott Stanec stating:

Cainan has a First Amendment right to continue to wear his cross on the outside of his clothing in school. Cainan’s cross is a form of symbolic speech. He wears it to convey his faith in God and to identify himself as a Christian . . . .Under the law, Cainan has a First Amendment right to wear his cross to school. Preventing him from wearing his cross is a violation of his rights.

Our attorneys who are handling this case are very clear: Our client should not be punished for his religious expression and speech.

The fact is that schools cannot prohibit students from exercising their constitutional rights of religious expression – whether it’s wearing a cross or a rosary. Cainan’s desire to wear a cross outside his shirt is constitutionally protected under the First Amendment.

Stanec has until Oct. 19 to respond to the letter demanding Cainan’s right be restored or else the ACLJ will pursue the matter in court.

Do you agree that Cainan has a First Amendment right to visibly wear Catholic rosary beads in public school without persecution? If not, please explain why you think the school is within its legal right to forbid students from wearing religious symbols.

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Public University Preaches Diversity, Punishes Free Thought

The thought police A graduate student at Augusta State University (ASU) in Georgia is facing expulsion for failing to embrace a lifestyle that conflicts with her own beliefs and choices. The only way Jen Keeton, a devout Christian, can continue working towards her graduate degree in counseling is by proving beyond a doubt to school officials that she has a new found appreciation and respect for homosexuality.

Contrary to the mistreatment Keeton has experienced for expressing her diverse viewpoint and beliefs on a sensitive issue in the classroom, the publicly-funded ASU’s Mission Statement proudly proclaims, “The mission obligates the university to be open to the voices of all its members, to be responsive to the needs of its community, and to measure its success by the success of its students.”

Keeton discovered ASU’s hypocrisy when she countered a professor’s claim that homosexuality is a “state of being” versus a “behavioral choice,” and was subsequently informed that she must renounce her faith and its ‘discriminatory’ teachings or face expulsion. School officials proposed a “remediation” program for Keeton as a ‘solution’ to her perceived ‘problem’ that would allow for reinstatement upon successful completion.

ASU officials told Keeton to take a 'field trip' to a gay pride parade so she could "develop" her knowledge of homosexuality.

ASU officials told Keeton to take a 'field trip' to a gay pride parade so she could "develop" her knowledge of homosexuality.

“The remediation program was to include ‘sensitivity training’ on homosexual issues, additional outside study on literature promoting homosexuality and the plan that she attend a ‘gay pride parade‘ and report on it,” WorldNetDaily.com (WND) revealed. Contrary to school officials’ and advocates’ claims that homosexuality is not a choice; it is a natural sexual orientation, school officials tried to immerse Keeton in homosexual-themed issues and events so she would choose to embrace it versus reject it. Ironic, huh?

Attorneys working with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) recently filed a lawsuit asserting the state-operated college cannot violate the Constitution by demanding that a person’s beliefs be changed, reports WND.

“ASU faculty have promised to expel Miss Keeton from the graduate Counselor Education program, not because of poor academic showing or demonstrated deficiencies in clinical performance,” the ADF explained, “but simply because she has communicated both inside and outside the classroom that she holds to Christian ethical convictions on matters of human sexuality and gender identity.”

ASU spokeswoman Kathy Schose told WND that Keeton’s faith and ‘controversial’ beliefs about homosexuality clash with the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) “Code of Ethics” that “opposes portrayals of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals as mentally ill due to their sexual orientation.”

Schose said students in the school’s counseling program are required to adopt the ACA’s provisions with regards to counseling and treating potential future homosexual clients. The ADF lawsuit, however, “specifically charges the faculty members targeted Keeton’s biblically based belief system and values, not her behavior regarding the treatment of any clients, which had not yet happened,” WND notes.

Keeton issued her own response to university officials’ to explain her understanding of the situation and how it is irrelevant to the pursuit of her degree and future career as a mental health counselor.

At times you said that I must alter my beliefs because they are unethical. … other times you said that I can keep my beliefs so long as they are only personal and I don’t believe that anyone else should believe like me. But that is just another way of saying that I must alter my beliefs, because my beliefs are about absolute truth. ….. in order to finish the counseling program you are requiring me to alter my objective beliefs and also to commit now that if I ever may have a client who wants me to affirm their decision to have an abortion or engage in gay, lesbian, or transgender behavior, I will do that. I can’t alter my biblical beliefs, and I will not affirm the morality of those behaviors in a counseling situation.”

“[Keeton] shouldn’t be threatened with expulsion for being a Christian and refusing to publicly renounce her faith, but that’s exactly what’s happening here,” ADF Senior Counsel David French told WND. “Simply put, the university is imposing thought reform. Abandoning one’s own religious beliefs should not be a precondition at a public university for obtaining a degree. This type of leftist zero-tolerance policy is in place at far too many universities, and it must stop. Jennifer’s only crime was to have the beliefs that she does.”

The good news for Christian students seeking careers in the mental health profession where their morals and beliefs are appreciated, not scorned and punished, is that there are numerous faith-based counseling services across the nation that incorporate Biblical teachings in their “clinically-sound” approaches to helping Christian clients overcome personal challenges and live more productive lives.

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Atheist Techies Deem God an Online Predator, Target Schools with Filtering Software

Coming to a public school near you?

Coming to a public school near you?

Atheist techies fearful of the Word of God ‘corrupting’ young and impressionable minds are hoping that when school resumes in September, their revolutionary new Internet filtering software will keep kids safe in the classroom from the ultimate online predator, namely, God.

“GodBlock is a web filter that blocks religious content,” states the company’s website. “It is targeted at parents and schools who wish to protect their kids from the often violent, sexual, and psychologically harmful material in many holy texts, and from being indoctrinated into any religion before they are of the age to make such decisions.”

Not even the “most deeply religious” parents and children are safe from the online threats posed by religions bound in faith to the Almighty God, claim GodBlock’s creators. “Fundamentalist Evangelicals, Mormons, Baptists, Muslims, and Jews have held back progress in science, human rights, civil rights, and protecting our environment.”

Free of charge, concerned parents and school officials can download GodBlock for both PC and Mac. Once installed, “GodBlock will test each page that your child visits before it is loaded, looking for passages from holy texts, names of religious figures, and other signs of religious propaganda. If none are found, then your child is allowed to browse freely.”

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FCC Ban Silences Preachers

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Can you hear me now?

Can you hear me now?

If you’re hoping to hear the Word of God being preached from the pulpit next time you go to church, you might want to brush-up on your lip reading skills.

A new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that goes in to effect on June 12 mandates that anyone or organization that uses a wireless microphone operating in the 700 MHz band must cease and desist. Countless ministers across the nation will likely be struggling to amplify their voices for their congregations to hear this weekend.

Do not be alarmed if your church minister is suddenly arrested by federal agents during Sunday service. He or she has been warned by the FCC that resistance to the wireless microphone ban is futile.

“Operation of wireless microphones in violation of these rules may subject the user to substantial monetary forfeitures, in rem arrest action against the offending radio equipment and criminal sanctions, including imprisonment,” a FCC announcement states.

According to the FCC, the urgency for banning the 700 MHz wireless microphones stems from the federal government’s near complete transition from broadcast to digital television frequencies.

“When this equipment [wireless microphones] was first designed, the frequencies they used were in between the frequencies that television stations used to broadcast television programs,” explains the FCC. “With the completion of the digital television (DTV) transition on June 12, 2009, television stations no longer use the frequencies between 698 and 806 MHz (the 700 MHz Band) for broadcast. These frequencies are now being used by public safety entities (such as police, fire and emergency services) and by commercial providers of wireless services (such as wireless broadband services).”

Will the feds show how serious they are about enforcing the ban by storming churches across the nation this weekend? Stranger things have happened, and you never know what next to expect these days from our overbearing and intrusive nanny state leaders seeking yet another way to show who’s in charge.

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