Archive for June 2nd, 2006

Student barred from counter-protesting illegals

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

I really had a problem with school systems endorsing students walking out of classes to protest the move in congress to stop illegal immigration, but I really have a problem with the school system stopping a student from counter-protesting legally.

A California student has filed a federal lawsuit claiming high school officials intentionally interfered with his right to speak out on the issue of illegal immigration.
Joshua Denhalter of Jurupa Valley High School in Mira Loma, Calif., alleges he was barred from holding a counter-protest after students March 27, mostly of Mexican-American descent, illegally walked out of school in protest of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would make being in the country illegally a felony.
Denhalter, represented by the public interest firm Lively, Ackerman & Cowles, says that instead of walking out and being truant, he chose to organize a legitimate and lawful counter-protest during the lunch hour March 30.
Attorney Richard Ackerman called the school’s actions “one of the worst governmental censorship cases I have seen in over a decade of practice.”
“It is simply unbelievable that a school district would take sides with those who promote illegal activity over a student wishing to express his protected views in a traditionally and legally acceptable manner,” Ackerman said. “These officials must be severely punished for their actions.”
The suit says the “peaceable assembly” was to take place across from the school on a public sidewalk, which traditionally is considered a public forum.
Denhalter claims the assembly would not have disrupted school activities because the high school has an “open lunch” period in which students are free to come and go.
Any student, therefore, could have attended the assembly during lunch without disruption or violation of truancy laws.
On the morning of March 30, Denhalter handed out fliers for the event and later was approached by school officials who told him he had to stop.
The student refused and was suspended for “handing out flyers (before school) advocating the disruption of school activities.”
The suit argues, however, the school did not punish the dozens of students who walked out in violation of the law several days before.
Denhalter also points out that from March 27-30, the school allowed the radical Hispanic separatist group MEChA to sponsor an on-campus rally in opposition to the House bill.
Denhalter’s request to sponsor a similar rally on campus was denied by the school board.
The suit also says that on May 25 school officials barred Denhalter from wearing a “Save Our State T-shirt.
His lawyers seek a temporary restraining order allowing him to “express himself freely as to political matters until the end of the school year,” June 21.

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Re-Post: The War On Fathers

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

How the ‘feminization of America’ destroys boys, men – and women.

In honor of Fathers Day, the June edition of Whistleblower magazine is a mega-eye-opener exploring one of the most crucial but little-reported phenomena of modern America – what WND calls “THE WAR ON FATHERS.”

The evidence of this almost unthinkable scenario is everywhere:
SCHOOL: In public school classrooms across America, in every category and every demographic group, boys are falling behind. Girls excel and move on to college, where three out of five students are female, while young boys – who don’t naturally thrive when forced to sit still at a desk for six hours a day – are diagnosed by the millions with new diseases that didn’t exist a generation ago. To make their behavior more acceptable, they are compelled to take hazardous psycho-stimulant drugs like Ritalin.
Boys are more than 50 percent more likely to repeat elementary school grades than girls, a third more likely to drop out of high school and twice as likely to have a “learning disability.” And the suicide rate among teen boys is far higher than that of girls.
“What we have done,” explains Thomas Mortenson, senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, “is we have a K-12 school system that seems to work relatively well for girls and does not work for a very large share of boys.”

HOME: It’s well known that roughly half of America’s marriages end in divorce, but not nearly as well known that two out of three of those divorces are initiated by the wives. Moreover, America’s family court system is scandalously biased in favor of the mother in child custody disputes. Fathers get custody of children in uncontested cases only 10 percent of the time and 15 percent of the time in contested cases. Meanwhile, mothers get sole custody 66 percent of the time in uncontested cases and 75 percent of the time in contested cases.
“Where you have minor children, there’s really no such thing as no-fault divorce for fathers,” says Detroit attorney Philip Holman, vice president of the National Congress for Fathers and Children. “On the practical level, fathers realize that divorce means they lose their kids.”
Unfortunately, this loss by children of their fathers’ influence is directly responsible – far more than any other cause – for the modern national scourges of gang life, crime and much more.

CULTURE: Fifty years ago, “Father knows best” was a hit TV show, in which insurance agent Jim Anderson (actor Robert Young) would come home from work each evening, trade his sport jacket for a nice, comfortable sweater, and then deal with the everyday growing-up problems of his family. He could always be counted on to resolve that week’s crisis with a combination of kindness, fatherly strength and common sense.
Today, television virtually always portrays husbands as bumbling losers or contemptible, self-absorbed egomaniacs. Whether in dramas, comedies or commercials, the patriarchy is dead, at least on TV where men are fools – unless of course they’re gay. On “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” the “fab five” are supremely knowledgeable on all things hip, their life’s highest purpose being to help those less fortunate than themselves – that is, straight men – to become cool.

As this issue of Whistleblower shows, experts like Ph.D. scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, author of “The War Against Boys,” agree: “It’s a bad time to be a boy in America.” Sommers provides example after example of what can only be called an all-out anti-male campaign:
“The carnage committed by two boys in Littleton, Colorado,” declares the Congressional Quarterly Researcher, “has forced the nation to reexamine the nature of boyhood in America.” William Pollack, director of the Center for Men at McLean Hospital and author of the best-selling “Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood,” tells audiences around the country, “The boys in Littleton are the tip of the iceberg. And the iceberg is all boys.”
In fact, Sommers reveals, it has become fashionable in elitist circles to conspire to change boys’ very identity:
There are now conferences, workshops, and institutes dedicated to transforming boys. Carol Gilligan, professor of gender studies at Harvard Graduate School of Education, writes of the problem of “boys’ masculinity … in a patriarchal social order.” Barney Brawer, director of the Boys’ Project at Tufts University, told Education Week: “We’ve deconstructed the old version of manhood, but we’ve not [yet] constructed a new version.” In the spring of 2000, the Boys’ Project at Tufts offered five workshops on “reinventing Boyhood.” The planners promised emotionally exciting sessions: “We’ll laugh and cry, argue and agree, reclaim and sustain the best parts of the culture of boys and men, while figuring out how to change the terrible parts.”
“Terrible”? As this edition of Whistleblower shows, there is nothing wrong – and a very great deal right – with boys and masculinity. As maverick feminist Camille Paglia courageously reminds her men-hating colleagues, masculinity is “the most creative cultural force in history.”
“The problem,” said David Kupelian, managing editor of WND and Whistleblower, “is that misguided feminists, intent on advancing a radically different worldview than the one on which this nation was founded, have succeeded in fomenting a revolution. And that revolution amounts to a powerful and pervasive campaign against masculinity, maleness, boys, men and patriarchy.”

Issue highlights include:
* “Banning ‘mom’ and ‘dad,'” by Joseph Farah, who exposes the latest in bizarre and dangerous legislation by the California legislature.
* “The fathers’ war” by Stephen Baskerville, a troubling look at how increasing numbers of America’s military men risk all to serve their nation in wartime, only to be divorced by their wives and lose their children.
* “What’s really behind the ‘feminization’ of America,” by David Kupelian, an in-depth exploration of the war on men and boys.
* “Has the bias pendulum swung against men?” Fewer college-bound, higher suicide rates, shorter life spans suggest males getting shaft.
* “Paternity fraud rampant in U.S.,” showing how 30 percent of men assessed for court-ordered child support are not actually the fathers of the children receiving the support.
* “‘Shared parenting’ seen as custody solution,” a look at bills in New York that would require courts to treat mom and dad equally.
* “Resolving the boy crisis in schools” by Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks, showing how today’s public schools are profoundly unsuited for the genuine needs of boys.
* “Child support gold-diggers” by Carey Roberts, who shows how frequent fraud results in fathers being victimized by the justice system.
* “Hating our fathers, hating ourselves” by Bob Just, a penetrating look at the high cost of resenting the fathers and husbands in our lives.
* And much more.

“This is one of the most soulful, important and insightful issues of Whistleblower we’ve produced in a long time,” said Kupelian. “I urge people to read it – it’s much more than eye-opening. It could be life-changing. Really.”

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Anti-Immigration Billboards Sprout in Denver

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Continue to pray that God will lead our lawmakers in finding a solution to stopping illegal immigration and also a way to help everyone who wants to come to the United States legally.

(CNSNews.com) – Groups opposed to illegal immigration unveiled two of three planned billboards in Denver, Colorado, this week.
“Welcome to Sanctuary City: Relax, You Made It!” one of the two billboards says.
By executive order of the mayor, Denver respects its “diversity,” protects the human rights of its residents and “welcomes all” (including foreign-born residents) to “share Denver’s warm hospitality.” Critics say the executive order allows illegals to live in the city with impunity.
The second billboard — addressed to President Bush, the Colorado governor and Denver mayor — says U.S. troops “did not die for illegal sanctuary.””
The messages were produced by Billboard Colorado, a group formed by Denver radio talk-show host Peter Boyles.
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) attended the unveiling of the “sanctuary” billboard on Thursday. “I guarantee you, the momentum is on our side and this billboard is a reflection of that,” he was quoted as saying.
Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project, was there as well. His group reportedly plans to raise money to put up similar billboards in Massachusetts, Arizona, and California.
Colorado anti-illegal-immigration activists are now collecting petition signatures for a ballot measure that would deny most non-emergency government services to illegal immigrants. Among other things, the amendment would bar illegals from getting in-state college tuition.

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Bible Doesn’t Condone Same-Sex Unions; Neither Should Lawmakers

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

There are only a few days left to let your senators know that marriage should only be between one man and one woman.

(AgapePress) – A prominent black Christian pastor is among minority religious leaders calling on the U.S. Senate to approve a proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Black and Hispanic church leaders are urging senators to vote for the Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA), which would protect traditional marriage from being redefined. Those supporting the MPA say it is needed to stop judges from legalizing same-sex “marriage,” despite the opposition of voters and their elected representatives. The Senate is to debate and vote on the proposed amendment next week.
The proposed amendment (S.J. Res. 1) reads as follows: “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”
Bishop Gerald Glen of the black Pentecostal Church of God in Christ says his denomination’s five million members strongly oppose letting courts redefine marriage. And Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who heads the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Coalition, believes legalizing homosexual marriage would undermine traditional marriage and family life.
Bishop Harry Jackson chairs the High Impact Leadership Coalition and pastors Hope Christian Church in Bowie, Maryland. In interviews with American Family Radio News and Associated Press, Bishop Jackson says while he believes strongly that same-sex marriage is unbiblical, the Senate vote on the amendment is more about politics.

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