Archive for December 23rd, 2005

Red and green elf hats out, ‘magical trees’ in

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

OK, one more time…
The colors red and green are not in the Bible. Elves are not in the Bible. These items do NOT have a religious connotation. None. Zero. Nada. Get it??
So now we can have “magical trees”. Wow, talk about going to the exteme to make sure no one mentions the true meaning of Chirstmas, now let’s introduce satanic rituals in order to make Christmas trees “magical”. Do these people understand just how nuts the rest of the world thinks they are when they do this stuff?

Seeking to ensure there was no association with Christmas, a Massachusetts school barred students from wearing red and green elf hats during its “winter pageant,” one of many cases reported by a public-interest legal group running a campaign to “educate” the educators about religion in public schools.
At Medway Middle School in Medway, Mass., decorated trees also were called “magical trees” and the school pulled a religious song from the program.
Florida-based Liberty Counsel says it has handled scores of similar Christmas cases, including a complaint against Brookwood Forest Elementary School in Birmingham, Ala., where students were asked to create “holiday bags” for their classmates but told they couldn’t include anything religious.
Angels, crosses, or words such as “Noel,” all were banned, Liberty Counsel said.
Also, candy canes were prohibited because they resemble the canes used by the shepherds in the biblical story of the Nativity. Red and green colors and Christmas trees were forbidden as well. Hanukkah dreidels were permitted, however.
In Lewiston, Pa., the Lewiston Elementary School prohibited a kindergarten student from passing out balloons to her classmates during a Christmas party because they contained depictions of biblical scenes, including Noah’s ark and the battle between David and Goliath
A school spokesperson explained the school was attempting “to separate church and state.”
Liberty Counsel said that although it learned of the cases after they occurred, the schools still are subject to legal liability.
The group says it “will make sure that these schools do not commit these same constitutional violations in the future.”
Mathew D. Staver, Liberty Counsel’s president and general counsel, says “educators need to be educated.”
“Students can no longer be treated as prisoners in the war on Christmas,” he said. “Students have the right to celebrate Christmas, especially when they engage in interpersonal communication.”
Staver said treating as “contraband” anything associated with Christmas, such as the colors red and green, is “absurd and insulting.”
“Censoring Christmas is not safe,” he said. “It is unconstitutional.”

As WorldNetDaily reported, the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund is pressing officials at three public schools and at a retirement community to allow celebration of Christmas.
In Freehold, N.J., for example, Adelphia School officials
replaced the words “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holiday” in the song “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” in its Dec. 21 “King Wenceslaus” concert.

Catholic League Denounces Cal State Dept. Head’s Holiday Décor Ban

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

(AgapePress) – The Catholic League is criticizing an administrator at California State University – Sacramento who informed her department that decorations for holidays such as Christmas and the Fourth of July are now banned from the office because they “represent discrimination” and “ethnic insensitivity.”
The Catholic League recently obtained the memo sent out by the school’s Director of the Office of Services to Students With Disabilities, Patricia Sonntag. Sacramento State verified that the holiday decorating ban exists in Sonntag’s department; however, the university called her memo “well intentioned, but misguided.”
But Kiera McCaffrey, communication director for the Catholic League, feels Sonntag has a phony view of tolerance. “What’s really cute is … the end of her memo telling people that they better not have up any decorations — you know, you can’t have up that flag on the Fourth of July — it says, ‘I’m sorry if this offends anyone, but it’s time to start the new year differently,'” McCaffrey says. “So she’s acknowledging that people are going to be offended by this, while at the same time saying that this policy is being implemented in order to avoid offending people.”
The Catholic League spokeswoman calls the ban on holiday decorations “just ridiculous all the way through.” And, she points out, the memo informing Sonntag’s staff of the policy change did not stop at one or two popular holiday observances, but declared that “in order to avoid offending others, they would not display any sort of decorations for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentines, the Fourth of July, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter.”
Moreover, the traditional celebrations Sonntag has deemed off limits are “just off the top of the list, so there could be any number of other holidays included in this ban,” McCaffrey adds. She notes that Sacramento State officials have acknowledged the administrator’s ban, but have distanced themselves from its administrator’s memo.

So who exactly died and left this lib woman in charge anyway? Guess what CSU-Sac? The rest of the country is laughing at you. It’s hard enough to take educators serious these days the way it is, let alone when they do stupid things like this.

Judge Lets Man Change Name to Jesus Christ

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

When are people going to stop being stupid. Never, I guess…

NEW YORK – A Manhattan man’s holiday spirits soared to celestial heights Friday when a judge gave him permission to change his name to Jesus Christ. Jose Luis Espinal, 42, of Washington Heights, said he was “happy” and “grateful” that the judge approved the change, effective immediately. Espinal said he was moved to seek the name change about a year ago when it dawned on him, “I am the person that is that name.”
Espinal, who acted as his own lawyer, got the change approved by Manhattan Civil Court Judge Diane Lebedeff, who said she was “satisfied that this application is neither novel, nor would granting it pose practical problems.”
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The judge said name change applications usually are not denied just because the change might cause practical difficulties or be thought unwise, as long as a person with the same name does not object to the proposed change.
She cited a 2001 Utah case in which a man legally changed his name to “Santa Claus” and a Washington, D.C., case earlier this year in which a name change applicant obtained a driver’s license and Social Security card in the name of “Jesus Christ.”
The judge compared those cases with that of actor Peter Lorre’s widow, who objected to a man who said he was the actor’s relative changing his name to “Peter Lorie.”
Though laws differ by jurisdiction, the judge said, there seems to be a nationwide consensus that a name cannot be changed to a number. She cited a South Dakota court ruling against a change to “1069” and a California court rejecting “III” as name.
The judge said she held a hearing in which Espinal, who also uses the last name Tejeda, testified. She said he was aware of the “common law right to assume another name without legal proceedings so long as the change is not made to deceive or perpetrate a fraud or to avoid an obligation” but wanted to go the formal route anyway.
The judge said Espinal’s “reasons were primarily those applicable to his own private religious beliefs and he stated no desire to use his proposed name to secure publicity, to proselytize, to fund-raise or advise others that he had been cloaked by the courts or government with a religious authority.”
Espinal, who is unemployed and unmarried and has no children, said, “This was not done for any reason other than I am that person. You’re dealing with the real deal.”

OK, so if he’s Jesus, I guessed I missed all the signs called out in the Bible. “the real deal”?? What a complete Fake and the judge is the biggest dunce in the word for letting him do it.
I can see this guy on judgment day…Jesus: “So you thought you were me, huh? Big mistake…”.

Christmas battles waged to last minute

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Keep the prayers going!!

Just days before Christmas, a public-interest legal group is pressing officials at three public schools and at a retirement community to allow celebration of the holiday.
The Arizona-based
Alliance Defense Fund wrote a public housing official in Wisconsin demanding the residents of a retirement community be allowed to continue their 15-year tradition of decorating their home for Christmas after the manager reportedly required removal of any religiously themed decorations.
“It’s ridiculous that we’re even debating whether it’s okay to say ‘Merry Christmas’ or put up Christmas decorations in public facilities,” said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb.
Responding to criticism of the many legal threats and court cases, McCaleb declared, “The attack on Christmas is not a myth.”
“These situations and countless others demonstrate that the fear, intimidation, and disinformation generated by the ACLU and its allies have taken their toll on America,” he said.
ADF said attorneys have sent letters to officials involved in the following situations:
In Maple Shade, N.J., the Maple Shade School District has a
policy against the display of religiously themed items in its holiday decorations.
In Lindenhurst, N.Y., the Lindenhurst Union Free School District agreed with the decision of the principal of Alleghany Avenue Elementary School to reject a nativity scene donated by a parent to a multicultural display in the school’s office area. The display already included a display or decoration for Kwanzaa, a menorah, a Star of David and a decorated tree ().
In Freehold, N.J., Adelphia School officials
replaced the words “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holiday” in the song “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” in its Dec. 21 “King Wenceslaus” concert.
In Monona, Wisc., the
manager of a retirement community that received some government grant money ordered the removal or covering of any religious Christmas decorations, such as those that depicted a nativity scene, angels or the words “Merry Christmas.”
Residents restored their religious decorations after reportedly being told by the foundation that owns the building and by the office of U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold that they should ignore the order and display their decorations. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that administers the government grants has not yet responded.

Christian Attorney Hails Judge’s Decision to Throw Out Nude Bar Owner’s Suit

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Well, at least Oregon hasn’t repealed the First Amendment yet.

(AgapePress) – An Oregon judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Larry Lacey, owner of a nude bar, against Christian protesters. Earlier this year Club 71, an “adult entertainment” establishment, opened in Sunny Valley, Oregon, despite widespread community disapproval. A group of demonstrators picketed the bar from the time of its opening, engaging in a peaceful protest on a public right of way nearby.
Lacey sued the protestors, seeking $800,000 in damages. However, Josephine County (Oregon) Circuit Court Judge Allen Coon has granted a special motion to strike and dismiss the strip club owner’s lawsuit in the case known as Lacey v. Steel. Moreover, the judge ordered him to pay the defendants’ attorneys fees and expenses, a sum which the defendants’ attorney describes as “substantial.”
Michael DePrimo, senior litigation counselor for the American Family Association
Center for Law & Policy (AFA Law Center), says the lawsuit was nothing more than an attempt to force the demonstrators into surrendering their constitutional rights. “Our clients were always on the public ways,” he notes. “The particular nude bar doesn’t have any sidewalks there, but it is a public right-of-way, and our people were on the side of the road.”
Michael DePrimoDePrimo points out that there are constitutional guidelines for picketing to protest an objectionable establishment or practice, and the Christian activists involved in the Sunny Valley lawsuit did have the law on their side. “They have a First Amendment right to be there to peacefully demonstrate,” he says.
“You cannot picket or demonstrate on private property without the permission of the owner,” DePrimo continues, “but you do have a right to picket on what are called the public ways, which are sidewalks and streets and parks.”
The AFA Law Center attorney adds that, along with picketing and displaying signs, the Christian demonstrators took some other rather creative measures to protest the goings on at Club 71. “In some instances they took photographs of some of the patrons, and they wrote down license plate numbers, and they posted them on a website,” he explains. “This is all speech activity that’s protected by the First Amendment.”
The demonstrators, who are mostly retirees, have been picketing Club 71 and discouraging its patronage since the business opened. The protesters’ website, called “SeeWhosThere.com,” states that it exists to fight strip clubs coming into the local community.
DePrimo sees the judge’s ruling in favor of the Christian demonstrators as a major victory for free speech. He says Lacey’s lawsuit was without merit from its inception and was only calculated to coerce the peaceful demonstrators to give up their rights under the Constitution of the United States.

Darwinism hailed as breakthrough of year in snub to creationists

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

There’s an “in your face, Christians” from the evolutionist. Oh well, they are going to see the truth someday.

American scientists have cocked a snook at new-age creationists who peddle the idea of intelligent design by voting Darwinian evolution as breakthrough of the year.
The editors of the journal Science said several studies published in 2005 have shown beyond any doubt how evolution underpins all aspects of modern biology. “Painstaking field observations shed new light on how populations diverge to form new species – the mystery of mysteries that baffled Darwin himself,” they wrote. “Ironically, also this year some segments of American society fought to dilute the teaching of even the basic facts of evolution. With all this in mind, Science has decided to put Darwin in the spotlight by saluting several dramatic discoveries, each of which reveals the laws of evolution in action.”

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Rumsfeld Says U.S. to Cut Iraq Troop Levels

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

It looks like things are going pretty good in Iraq. Of course you wouldn’t know it from the MSM (main stream media), but hey, when were they concerned about the truth?

FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) – Just days after Iraq’s elections, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Friday announced the first of what is likely to be a series of U.S. combat troop drawdowns in Iraq in 2006.
Rumsfeld, addressing U.S. troops at this former insurgent stronghold, said President Bush has authorized new cuts below the 138,000 level that has prevailed for most of this year.
Rumsfeld did not reveal the exact size of the troop cut, but Pentagon officials have said it could be as much as 7,000 combat troops. The Pentagon has not announced a timetable for troop reductions, but indications are that the force could be cut significantly by the end of 2006.
That could include substantial reductions well before the November midterm congressional elections, in which Bush’s war policies seem certain to be a major issue.
Rumsfeld said two Army brigades that had been scheduled for combat tours – one from Fort Riley, Kan., the other now in Kuwait – would no longer deploy to Iraq. That would reduce the number of combat brigades in Iraq from 17 to 15.
“The effect of these adjustments will reduce forces in Iraq by the spring of 2006 below the current high of 160,000 during the (Iraqi) election period to below the 138,000 baseline that had existed before the most recent elections,” the defense secretary said.
Rumsfeld aides said details were to be provided later at the Pentagon.
Further reductions will be considered “at some point in 2006,” after the new Iraqi government is in place and is prepared to discuss the future U.S. military presence, Rumsfeld added.
The Pentagon sent an extra 20,000 troops to Iraq to bolster security during the recent elections, and Rumsfeld has previously said those 20,000 would be withdrawn in January to return U.S. force levels to a 138,000 baseline.

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