Archive for May 31st, 2006

Petition Drive Seeks to Undo South Dakota Abortion Ban

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

This should be interesting to watch. Quite honestly, I’d love to see Roe v. Wade overturned.

(CNSNews.com) – South Dakota’s abortion ban, which liberals and conservatives expect will serve as the basis for the next Supreme Court debate on abortion rights, should have been decided by the state’s voters instead of its politicians, according to the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families.
The group submitted a petition Tuesday to the South Dakota secretary of state’s office asking that the abortion ban, which was signed into law by South Dakota’s Republican Gov. Mike Rounds in March, be placed on the ballot as a referendum in November.
“We have very strong feelings that this would not represent the people of South Dakota,” said former South Dakota Republican State Rep. Jan Nicolay on a conference call Tuesday.
In order for the abortion ban to be placed on the ballot, 16,700 certified signatures are needed. The petition drive has attracted 37,846 signatures so far, Nicolay said, which will be examined over the next two to three weeks.
State Rep. Roger Hunt, the Republican who sponsored the abortion ban, said it was the right time for the legislation. “Every year that goes by, there are more and more unborn children, whose lives are being terminated,” Hunt said on March 7, 2006, according to USA Today.

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Palestinian Rockets Rain on Southern Israel

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

So much for disengagement helping security.

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – Islamic Jihad reportedly is claiming responsibility for Wednesday morning’s rocket attack on the southern Israeli town of Sderot.
The early-morning barrage came just one day after Israel publicized for the first time that it was sending commando units deep into the northern Gaza Strip to ambush and intercept the rocket-firing squads.
The forays more than a mile into the Gaza Strip mark a tactical change in the way Israel is dealing with the terror cells that moved into the area after Israel pulled out eight months ago.
“We’re doing everything we can to stop [the rocket fire],” said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s advisor Dr. Ra’anan Gissin. “We’re using different tactics. There is a marked reduction in the number of rockets.”
(Press reports on Wednesday quoted one military officer as saying that “new technology” also would help Israel pinpoint the rocket launchers.)
Since Israel completed its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip last September, more than 440 rockets have landed inside Israel, some doing extensive damage but none – so far – causing any deaths.

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Modified Image on School Yearbook Cover Upsets Some Parents

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

I wish this society would get over this “we must not offend anyone” mentality. You people who preach tolerance are the most intolerant people of all.

(AgapePress) – Parents in suburban Fort Worth, Texas, are expressing anger over an elementary school’s decision to remove the phrase “In God We Trust” from its yearbook cover.
Officials at Liberty Elementary School in Colleyville deliberately omitted the words “In God We Trust” from a large image of the new “Liberty” nickel appearing on the cover of the school’s inaugural yearbook. The coin features a portrait of Thomas Jefferson, the cursive “Liberty” inscription in Jefferson’s own handwriting, and the national motto along the right edge — except, that is, along the edge of the coin’s image on this elementary school’s yearbook.
Janet Travis, principal of Liberty Elementary School, explains that in making the determination, she wanted to avoid offending students of different religions. But for those who preferred, the yearbook came with a sticker that allowed students to put the phrase “In God We Trust” back on the Liberty nickel.
An attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram that the move by the school and the district was appropriate, sensitive, and constitutional. “Sometimes administrators and schools are really caught trying to make appropriate decisions with respect to people’s views. Someone is always going to complain,” said Dallas attorney Michael Linz. “I think that the school administrators were drawing the appropriate line by trying not to offend others.”
But Debi Ackerman, whose ten-year-old daughter attends Liberty Elementary, says despite the school’s intentions, it succeeded in offending “people who believe in our country and what it stands for.”
Ackerman says she had a “huge problem” with the way it was handled. “Instead of printing ‘In God We Trust’ on the coin image, they didn’t print it, and instead sent it home in sticker form in a concealed envelope,” she says. The mom says it was explained to the young students that “there are some people who don’t believe in God and that this might not be appropriate for some beliefs — and when you get home, go ahead if you wish to and affix [the sticker] to the yearbook.”
The decision to remove the motto from the coin’s image, says Ackerman, is another example of political correctness run amok.
“For me it kind of stemmed from like, Christmas trees aren’t being referred to as Christmas trees; they’re being referred to as holiday trees,” she says. “And instead of Christmas decorations, it’s holiday decorations — and Easter break isn’t Easter break anymore, it’s Spring break. Then this happened, and for me it was just like they seem to be worried about stepping on the wrong people’s toes.”
Interestingly, one of the parent leaders in the school turned the same phrase in an interview with Star-Telegram. “We are a public school,” said Tom Gardner, Liberty PTA president. “We sure do not want to step on anybody’s toes. I don’t think any harm was intended.”
In an effort to address and perhaps defuse the situation, the school district has issued what it calls an “apology letter” to parents. But Ackerman says it reads more like a “regret letter” than an apology

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