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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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Pro-Christmas Activist Wages War Against School District Grinches

"The Grinch that Stole Christmas isn't just a book and movie," says Brannon. "In many public schools, Christmas as we know it has been eradicated; erased – gone – eliminated."

"The Grinch that Stole Christmas isn't just a book and movie," says Brannon. "In many public schools, Christmas as we know it has been eradicated; erased – gone – eliminated."

When a public school district in Maine informed parents last month that “West African chants” would replace traditional ‘holiday’ songs during its annual “Winter General Music Festival,” one concerned father felt compelled to steal Christmas back from the Grinch.

According to Matthew Brannon, Maine School Administrative District #75 (MSAD 75) recently revised its ‘Holiday Policy‘ with the intent to promote “diversity” and “inclusiveness.” As a result, he says, the school board has “marginalize[d] our values.”

In an urgent effort to inform fellow parents “about what the [G]rinchs in our school system are doing to steal Christmas from our children – and to do something about it,” Brannon launched StolenChristmas.org. “Their policy requires diversity. To them that means every culture except American,” he says.

Thanks to Brannon’s wrestling with district administrators, ‘Jingle Bells’ was sung by children during the recent ‘music festival,’ but he noted that it was “such a last minute addition it never made it into the printed program. The kids had spent weeks practicing their African chants.”

Despite the district’s attempt to appease and, perhaps, silence a vocal and outraged Brannon with a single non-controversial holiday song, he remains committed to ensuring that “teaching and celebrating our traditional holidays” is not erased from the blackboard, silenced in the choir or eliminated from discussion in the classroom. He’s even proposed a revision to the already revised ‘Holiday Policy’ and is hoping district administrators will consider it during a future meeting.

“If this effort to marginalize our values angers you as much as it angers me, help me reverse this trend,” Brannon says. “Contact the MSAD 75 Superintendent of Schools, contact the Principals, contact the school board members. Let them know how you feel about their lack-of-Christmas Holiday Policy and demand that it be changed.”

If you share Brannon’s sentiments — “I’M MAD AS HELL about it and I’m not going to take it anymore” — contact MSAD 75 officials and let them know there’s more than one parent who will not tolerate the systematic eradication of Christmas by big government bureaucrats.

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‘Christmas’ Is the New ‘C-Word’

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FOX News reports that NPR’s Nina Totenberg apologized on-air this past weekend for potentially offending her audience by using the term “Christmas party” to describe an event she recently attended:

NPR’s Nina Totenberg suggests that using the word “Christmas” to describe all those winter-weather parties is somehow inappropriate, as she excused herself over the weekend for using it during an on-air discussion.

The peculiar remark came as Totenberg was making a point about the budget. She asked her fellow panelists to “forgive the expression” when she mentioned a Christmas party she attended.

“I want to say one thing about the budget that didn’t get passed, the omnibus bill. You know, we talk a lot about — we just passed this huge tax cut in part because business said, you know, we have to plan, we have to know what kind of tax cuts we have. Well, these agencies, including the Defense Department, don’t know how much money they’ve got and for what,” she said. “And I was at — forgive the expression — a Christmas party at the Department of Justice and people actually (were) really worried about this.”

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‘Tis the Season for Mandatory Kwanzaa in the Classroom

The Afro-centric 'holiday,' Kwanzaa, has become a sacred annual tradition that public schools are forcing kids of all races to celebrate and embrace, in the name of teaching 'tolerance' and 'diversity,' of course.

The Afro-centric 'holiday,' Kwanzaa, has become a sacred annual tradition that public schools are forcing kids of all races to celebrate and embrace, in the name of teaching 'tolerance' and 'diversity,' of course.

Yesterday, the Nanny State Liberation Front reported that Head Start classes in Minn. banned Santa Claus from visiting because he makes “immigrant” students feel ‘uncomfortable.’ Ironically, forcing school children of all races to “meditate on the awesome meaning of being African in the world” has become a sacred annual tradition in public schools across the nation.

Children at Falk Elementary School in Madison, Wisc., are currently being instructed to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa, whether they or their parents like it or not. Although thirty-percent of the student population is white, teacher Kira Fobbs claims, “All the [Kwanzaa] principles we’re celebrating and teaching every day are universal.”

“Universal?” Tell that to Kwanzaa inventor Ron Karenga. He recently educated students at N.C. Central University on the principles of his ‘holiday,’ confirming that its message and target audience are anything but universal or diverse:

“We have the most ancient history in the world,” Karenga told students at the nation’s first public liberal arts college founded for African-Americans. “[Kwanzaa is a time] to meditate on the awesome meaning of being African in the world.”

Despite the Karenga’s own admission that his ‘holiday‘ is narrowly focused on celebrating African culture and heritage, Falk Elementary School teachers, ninety-four percent of which are white, say they incorporate the seven principles of Kwanzaa into lesson plans every day:

They form a circle as they dance, clap and chant in unison to a song about freedom. When the music ends, the children chatter with fresh energy for a moment, until teacher Kira Fobbs walks slowly to the center, demanding silence with her stare.

“I am somebody,” she calls out.

“I am somebody!” the students respond.

“I am capable and lovable,” she says and they repeat. “I am teachable.” “Therefore I can learn.” “I can do anything if I try.” “I’ll be the best that I can be …”

After the crescendo of affirmations, the students recite the Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith).

Finally the students at the school on Madison’s Southwest Side break into four groups, each named after an African tribe, and head to classrooms where they pursue projects and activities focused on the principles.

In the Ujaama classroom, student hear a folk tale about sharing, then paint penny banks to collect money for a library in Ghana. In the Ujima classroom, they work on a blanket and cards for the American Family Children’s Hospital. In the Imani group, students listen to a rap song by LL Cool J about never giving up.

Yet, when a minority of immigrant students complain about Santa Claus making them feel ‘uncomfortable’ because he is not part of their cultures or faiths, the public school system bends over backwards to make the majority shun their own cultural and religious traditions — for the sake of ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance,’ of course.

Nowadays, all that remains in public school classrooms across the nation are images of snowmen, fir trees and wreaths during the so-called “Holiday Season” formerly known as “Christmas.” Thanks to Kwanzaa, school children can recite African chants and songs while affirming the principles of a cultural and ethnic ‘tradition’ that, for many, has absolutely no relevance or meaning to themselves and their families’ own cultural and ethnic heritage.

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Sunshine State Forbids Holiday Decorations at Toll Booths

Welcome to the People's Republic of Florida!

Welcome to the People's Republic of Florida!

UPDATE: 12/08/2010 – Florida Official Responds to ‘Scrooge’ Accusations; Accuses Toll Collectors of Theft

Thanks to an unspecified “record” number of motorists who have grudges against all things Christmas, Florida transportation officials have forbidden toll booth operators from displaying decorations celebrating any religious or cultural holiday.

Christmas might have been the primary target of easily offended motorists (probably the same ones with bumper stickers proclaiming, “Embrace Diversity.”), but Muslims, Jews and African-Americans who operate toll booths are also feeling the effects of the state’s ban on Christmas decorations. In the name of ‘fairness,’ Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise outlawed all reminders of religious and cultural celebrations from display in toll booths.

“The state says it comes down to money,” reports ClickOrlando.com. “It has to be fair to all people of all beliefs and it can’t spend money to buy decorations for everybody’s holidays. The simplest thing was to get rid of decorations altogether.”

Toll booth operator Lana Fontanetta said if she’s not allowed to decorate her workplace — EVEN OUT OF HER OWN POCKET — she will turn herself in to a living Christmas ornament. She thinks the line is blurred between everyone else’s ‘rights’ and her own.

“Christmas is the biggest holiday and it means so much to me,” Fontanetta told KTAR.com. “You want to feel the joy and I feel like somebody’s trying to keep me down. I am a Christian and I’m not afraid to say it.”

Contact Fla. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie C. Kopelousos and Interim Executive Director of Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Kevin Thibault if you think they deserve lumps of coal in their stockings:

Email Stephanie C. Kopelousos: fdot@dot.state.fl.us
Tel: 850-414-5205

Email Kevin Thibault: kevin.thibault@dot.state.fl.us
Tel: 407-264-3100

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School District Forces Kindergartners to Embrace Homosexuality

“Now what you do in your home, that’s your home, but as far as me and mine, my children are not ready for this,” one parent told the Vallejo Board of Education. (Click image to watch video)

“Now what you do in your home, that’s your home, but as far as me and mine, my children are not ready for this,” one parent told the Vallejo Board of Education. (Click image to watch video)

Children as young as five years old are being forced by one Calif. school district to watch propaganda movies touting the virtues of homosexuality. Vallejo Unified School District officials say the so-called “anti-bullying” curriculum is mandatory for grades K-5 and parents can not opt-out their impressionable youngsters.

“We do not feel that this is an area that students can opt-out and we feel that this is an area that we do not have to give prior notification,” Superintendent Floyd Gonella told KNTV-11 after a recent school board hearing.

Young students whose parents might not have breached the topic of homosexuality on the home front will find themselves forcefully subjected to three movies “portraying toleration behavior” towards their homosexual schoolmates. “Despite parents’ resistance, officials say the viewings are non-negotiable and court-ordered,” reports Afro.com, an online news publication serving black Americans.

The events leading up to the school district imposing its mandatory anti-bullying, pro-homosexuality curriculum on young students occurred in 2009 when a lesbian Vallejo student and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the district for discrimination and won. As a result, the district was ordered by the court to incorporate “anti-gay harassment and discrimination training into the school system’s curriculum resulting in the films.”

How do you feel about parents being denied the right to determine when and where their impressionable young children are introduced to homosexuality? Should these school officials express tolerance towards parents whose moral, religious and ethical beliefs conflict with homosexuality and the agenda of its proponents?

Share your thoughts below and with Vallejo Unified School District Superintendent Floyd Gonella:

Floyd Gonella
Email: fgonella@vallejo.k12.ca.us
Tel: (707) 556-8921 x. 50002

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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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On the Front Lines

July 12, 2010

Pastor Prohibited from Praying to Jesus During N.C. House Daily Prayer
Winston-Salem Journal; July 11, 2010
“[Rev. Ron] Baity is the president of Return America, a group that opposes ‘any governmental control over churches and pastors,’ and opposes the theory of evolution, according to its website. He also has been active in the tea-party movement. He said yesterday that he was specifically asked not to mention Jesus in his prayer, a government intrusion that he said threatens his First Amendment rights.”

Perfecting Citizens the Stasi Way
PacificFreePress.com; July 11, 2010
“In a sign that illegal surveillance programs launched by the Bush administration are accelerating under President Obama, The Wall Street Journal revealed last week that a National Security Agency (NSA) program, PERFECT CITIZEN, is under development. With a cover story that this is merely a ‘research’ effort meant to ‘detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants,’ it is also clear that the next phase in pervasive government spying is underway.”

Government Shouldn’t Take Choice Off The Table
Hartford Courant; July 11, 2010
“It used to be that the question of whether your butt is too big was between you, your bathroom mirror and your significant other. Now, some say government has an interest in how snugly your jeans fit.”

Government Intrusion Slows Recovery
North Bay Business Journal (Calif.); July 11, 2010
“The federal government has made significant incursions into running banking, autos, health care and insurance and has snatched up the entire student loan industry from private hands.”

Could NYC Be Next To Ban Pets From Pet Stores?
Gothamist.com; July 10, 2010
“Though New York pet shop owners are worried, citywide rescue groups are supporting the ban. Peter McKosky of New York’s Empty Cages Collective said, ‘We deal every day with the fact that people treat animals like disposable commodities and the pet trade just feeds into that.'”

Is the End of Photo Radar a Good Thing or a Bad Thing? Heck Yea, It’s Bad!
ABC15.com (Ariz.); July 10, 2010
Local ABC affiliate asks readers to chime-in on the pros and cons of a nanny state traffic camera law about to expire in Arizona on July 15. Be sure to give ’em a piece of your mind!

Obamacare a Threat to White Castle and IHOP. This Time, It’s Personal
RightSideNews.com; July 9, 2010
“Oh, that’s right. Obamacare, filled with stealth Nanny State penalties and taxes aimed at further controlling your life, is now threatening the yummy eats found at White Castle and IHOP, among others.”

Schools Make Best Effort Trample Parents’ Rights in Detroit Vaccination Battle
The Detroit News; July 9, 2010
“The vaccine changes come at a contentious time in the health care debate nationally and statewide. Some who oppose mandatory vaccines argue they are an example of unwarranted government intrusion into residents’ rights to make their own health care decisions.”

Tiahrt: More Government is Not the Answer
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.); July 8, 2010
“More government is not the answer. Big Government is the reason our economy has not recovered. Despite President Obama’s ‘recovery summer’ campaign to sell his failed ‘stimulus’ plan, American families and small businesses here in Kansas do not want more government intrusion in their daily lives. The Kansans I have talked with all across the state are screaming for the government to get out of their way and out of their wallets.”

Organic Eggs: More Expensive, but No Healthier
TIME.com; July 8, 2010
Go ahead, spend more on those organic eggs because you’ve been conned by the green fringe into thinking they’re healthier. More ‘conventional’ eggs for the rest of us, and some beer money to boot!

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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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On the Front Lines

July 9, 2010

Words of wisdom from Ben FranklinJudge Schools Cop for Violating Citizen’s 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights
Reason.com; July 9, 2010
“[T]he First Amendment protects the sole individual who may be a gadfly, kook, weirdo, nut job, whacko, and spook, with the same force of protection as folks with more majoritarian and popular views,” U.S. District Judge Mark W. Bennett disciplined Osceola County, Iowa, Sheriff Douglas Weber for violating a citizen’s right to freedom of speech by denying him a carry permit based on his “weird” political activism.

Governor Gives Blessing to Churchgoers Packing Heat
FOXNews.com; July 8, 2010
“Gov. Bobby Jindal gave his blessing this week to churches, synagogues and mosques to allow concealed handguns on their premises, overturning a state ban.”

Smokers Face Discriminatory Hiring Ban at Hospital
CNN; July 8, 2010
“From personal experience as a physician, some of the best nurses happen to be smokers … Are you willing to hire staff that is not the best qualified simply because you’re trying to make this point about how bad smoking is,” asked Dr. Michael Siegel, a Boston University professor of public health.

Soda Tax Losing Steam Nationally
Stateline.org via NewJerseyNewsRoom.com; July 8, 2010
Pro-soda tax Stateline.org cries us a river over the beverage industry fighting back against nanny staters trying to legislate what Americans can drink.

Pennsylvania Profits at Nanny State Neighbor’s Expense
UnitedLiberty.org; July 8, 2010
“In order to shore up budget shortfalls and put off making tough choices caused by their own fiscal impropriety, many states are looking at increasing ‘sin taxes,’ such as the cigarette tax. The problem is that when a state is close to a state with a lower tax, people will travel to buy their smokes.”

Kids Shun Vegan Meals Promoted by Anti-Meat Activist Group
Sun Sentinel (Fla.); July 6, 2010
“[O]n a typical day, only about 16,000 of the 160,000 students buying a school lunch will choose vegan fare, even though it generally costs the same as more traditional foods or about 15 cents more. The poor showing flies in the face of a newly-released study of student lunch preferences conducted in Broward schools by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.”

Big Necks Seen as Big Problems for Kids
WebMd.com; July 6, 2010
“The researchers conclude that neck circumference can be used as a reliable tool to identify youngsters with high body mass indexes.” Looking at the kids’ bulging bellies just isn’t enough, so subjecting them to another humiliating measuring method should drive the point home.

City Uses $25 Million in Stimulus Funds to Fight Obesity ‘Epidemic’
Philadelphia Inquirer; July 5, 2010
The City of Brotherly Love is using its piece of the stimulus pie to take a bite out of obesity instead of putting unemployed residents back to work. The Philadelphia jobless rate as of April is 11 percent, but the bigger concern for the city’s nanny state bureaucrats is making sure inner-city kids don’t get fat.

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