Archive for September 6th, 2006

Breaking: ‘Sexual indoctrination’ bill vetoed

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Very Good!! A couple more to go though…

One of three “sexual indoctrination” bills pending in California has been vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and family interest groups are ecstatic – so far.
“California families recognize this bill was an attack on religious freedoms in school,” said Karen England, executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute, after the announcement today. “There are still several other bills on the governor’s desk that also deserve his veto.”
The bill vetoed today was SB 1437, which had been approved by the Legislature. It would have prevented any school teaching materials or activities from “reflecting adversely” upon homosexuals, bisexuals or transgenders.
Former Assemblyman Larry Bowler, R-Elk Grove, had told a rally just a day earlier that in his six years as a member of the Assembly Education Committee, “Never, never, in all the thousands of bills that I voted on in that committee, did I ever see anything even close to the destructive decadence of these three bills.
“The bills are not education, they are indoctrination, designed to inculcate our children and our grandchildren,” he said.
“Thousands of Californians called, e-mailed and wrote letters to the governor urging him to veto this bill,” said Meredith Turney, CRI’s legislative liaison. “The governor heard their protests and vetoed a bill that would have seriously infringed upon students’ religious freedoms.”
Turney said the bill shows the legislature’s priorities are out of synch.
“At a time when many California students struggle to pass the Exit Exam, the legislature is more concerned with advancing a radical political agenda than focusing on the basics: reading, writing, and arithmetic.”
England said the bill was just “another attempt by radical homosexual activists to confuse children on matters relating to sexuality.”
“The government has no business undermining the moral upbringing of children. Classrooms, where children are supposed to gain the fundamental tools of learning, should never be used to indoctrinate children for political purposes,” she said.
There had been a rally in front of the California statehouse just a day earlier, sponsored by Campaign for Children and Families.
The crowd chanted, “veto, veto, veto,” and called the governor’s office on their cell phones to demand the vetoes. Officials later said the governor’s office was adding more telephone lines because of the number of calls that flooded in.
Protesters also expressed their frustration with Schwarzenegger for his Aug. 28 signing of SB 1441, which will force religious colleges – if a single student is attending on a state grant – to promote transexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality.
CCF President Randy Thomasson said that “tramples the religious values of faith-based institutions.”
“The Christian colleges are very afraid,” Thomasson said. “They are huddling together talking about a plan of action.”
Craig DeLuz, president of the Robla School Board, said SB 1437 would have allowed only “positive images of homosexuals in any context of education.”
“Meaning that if you wanted to talk about the spread of AIDS, if you wanted to talk about high-risk sexual activities, male-to-male sexual contact could not be mentioned because you’ll have violated SB 1437,” he said. “But that’s the truth! What kind of law hides the truth?”
CCF Latino spokesman Luis Goldamez was even more blunt.
“We can no longer allow girlie-men in this state or any state to dictate to our children what they’re going to teach them. We need to see them face-to-face and tell them, we have our pants on the right way, we are men and women, we are not confused. And if anyone needs to teach our children, it needs to be us parents, not girlie-men from this building or any other building,” he told the rally.
Thomasson had told WorldNetDaily at stake are the “hearts and minds” of 6.5 million schoolchildren in the state.

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Growing number of CBS affiliates refusing to carry profanity laden program

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Contents of an email I received.

Dear Steve,
Earlier I wrote you about the plans by CBS to air “9/11” containing hardcore profanity during primetime viewing (Supreme Court’s ‘safe-harbour’) hours when children are most likely to be watching television. The program is schedule to air this Sunday evening.
Because of your actions, CBS announced they would not seek sponsors for the program. But they also said, sponsors or no sponsors, that they will not mute the profanity.
A growing number of CBS affiliates have publicly stated that they would not carry the program. Other affiliates are expected to drop the show or air it late at night. Those that do carry it risk at fine of $325,000 for each indecent incident. Potential fines could run into the millions of dollars.
But CBS has responded by saying that the profanity is ok to broadcast to children because it will be shown “in context” of the program itself.
If the FCC allows this as an acceptable excuse to air the profanity, it leaves the door open for CBS to show anything and everything because anything, and everything, is always “in context.”
For instance, suppose CBS decides they want to air a documentary concerning pornography. Using CBS’s logic, the network could show actual hardcore pornographic scenes in an “after school special” saying the scenes are “in context” and necessary because they are an integral part of the documentary.
The phrase “in context” means that CBS could (and would) show anything because it is “in context.” In the final analysis “in context” means nothing is exempt.
I urge you to email the FCC urging them to reject the “in context” argument. A copy will also go to CBS. And please forward this to your friends and family.
Take Action
# Send the email to the FCC asking them to reject the “in context” argument.
# Contact your local CBS affiliate and ask them not to air “9/11.” Tell them you are prepared to file a formal complaint with the FCC if they do.
# Please forward this to your friends and family.
Click Here to Email the FCC Now!
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Sincerely,
Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
American Family Association
P.S. Please forward this e-mail message to your family and friends!

Dems Launch Christian Website

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

The Dems have “turned from their wicked ways”, oh wait, that is what they would have you believe. Don’t be fooled, they are just trying to get an edge on the GOP. They still advocate killing babies, gay marriage, and many other unGodly things. People with half a brain will be able to figure out that the Dems may talk the talk, but they definitely dont walk the walk.

WASHINGTON — A group of Christian Democrats seeking to compete against Republicans for the vote of religious Americans has started a Web site meant to serve as a forum for like thinkers and a political tool to raise money and volunteers for Democratic candidates who share their values.

The new site, FaithfulDemocrats.com, is partly the brainchild of David Wilhelm, a former Democratic National Committee chairman who also managed campaigns for Mayor Richard M. Daley and President Bill Clinton.

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Abducted Israeli Soldier to Be Transferred to Egypt, Abbas Says

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Hey, I have a great idea. Instead of moving this guy all around the Middle East, why don”t they just let him go home?
If Israel trades one soldier for 500 to 1,000 terrorist, they have just justified kidnapping and shown how well it works. Expect many more of them to occur.

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – The kidnapping that sent the Israeli military back into the Gaza Strip in June appears to be nearing a negotiated solution.
In an interview published Tuesday in the Bahrain-based Akhbar Al Halij newspaper , Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be taken across the border into Egypt in preparation for a Palestinian prisoner swap with Israel. Egyptian media reports claimed on Monday that the transfer has already taken place.
The captured Israeli corporal reportedly will be freed in exchange for the release of between 500 and 800 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails. Arab media reports say the lopsided exchange will take place in three stages, with Shalit remaining under Egyptian control until the final stage is completed.

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Update:
Al-Hayat editor admits report on Shalit in Egypt a mistake

The editor of Palestinian affairs for the London-based Egyptian newspaper Al- Hayat said on Tuesday that its report claiming that kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit was transferred to Egypt was incorrect.
On Monday night, the paper reported that Shalit had already been transferred to Egypt as part of a deal to secure his release. According to the article, Shalit was handed over to Egypt days before in exchange for Israel’s guarantee to release 800 Palestinian prisoners in three stages.
In an interview with Palestinian-Israeli radio station, Voice of Peace, Mahar Othman admitted that the report on Shalit’s whereabouts had been an error, and that their source in Gaza had apparently made a mistake.
Gilad’s father Noam Shalit immediately denied the report, saying unequivocally that Gilad was not in Egypt.
Meanwhile, official sources in Cairo said that Egypt had given Israel concrete evidence Tuesday that Shalit was alive. According to the sources, he was being held in a hidden location in Gaza.
Another London-based Arab newspaper Al-Shraq al-Awsat reported that Egypt was pressuring Israeli mediators and Shalit’s captives to reach a prisoner exchange agreement.
The newspaper claimed that an Israeli official was scheduled to arrive in Cairo for further negotiations in the following days.

Virginia University Paper: Christianity Bashing Okay But Homosexuality Bashing No Way

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

The universities of not only this country, but the world as a whole have become less the bastions of free thought and higher learning and more indoctrination centers for liberal censorship of opposing viewpoints.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, September 5, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite having apologized to homosexuals over a cartoon deemed derogatory to gays, the University of Virginia’s student newspaper has refused to apologize to Christians over two cartoons which are derogatory to Christians.
Students at the University of Virginia contacted the Catholic League regarding two anti-Christian cartoons that appeared in The Cavalier Daily, the student newspaper on campus. The August 23rd edition showed a drawing of Jesus crucified on a mathematical graph with the inscription, “Christ on a Cartesian Coordinate Plane.” On August 24, the newspaper ran a cartoon of Mary and Joseph, with Mary holding baby Jesus. “Mary…I don’t mean to ruin this special moment,” Joseph says, “but how did you get that bumpy rash?” To which Mary says, “I swear, it was Immaculately Transmitted.”
The League requested an apology, citing precedent: In November 2005, the newspaper apologized to homosexuals for publishing a cartoon that described a crane as the “gayest-looking of all birds.” Michael Slaven, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, replied to the League stating: “Under our newspaper’s policies, satire of religion, or any other belief or creed, is acceptable.”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded saying, “When gays were offended at the University of Virginia for some throw-away line, The Cavalier Daily said it ‘regrets printing this comic and deeply apologizes to those who were offended.’ Yet when it comes to Christians, not even a shallow apology can be mustered.”
“So it can be implied that the Mother of Jesus has a sexually transmitted disease-and that’s okay with the editors-but making flip comments about homosexuals is unacceptable,” added Donohue.
“Nice to know that the newspaper actually has a policy that justifies anti-religious commentary (of Christians, of course), but deliberately fails to apply the same libertarian policy to gays. Par for the course: this is what passes for sensitivity these days on college campuses. And the new school year is just beginning,” concluded Donohue.
To express concerns:
University of Virginia President
John T. Casteen III
P.O. Box 400224
Charlottesville, VA
22904-4224
Tel: 434-924-3337
Fax: 434-924-3792
Nancy Rivers
Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff to the President:
(434)982-2662
nan9k@virginia.edu

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Ninth Circuit’s ‘Deplorable’ Parental Rights Ruling Appealed to SCOTUS

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Well, most likey the Supreme Court will knock the Ninth Circuit down…again.

(AgapePress) – The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to hear a case involving a California school district that gave an explicit sex survey to elementary students.
Five years ago, the Palmdale School District sent the survey to students in the first, third, and fifth grades (ages seven to ten) at Mesquite Elementary School. The survey, which was meant to measure children’s exposure to early trauma, included ten questions about sex, asking the youngsters about such things as the frequency of “touching my private parts too much,” “thinking about sex,” “thinking about touching other people’s private parts,” and “having sex feelings in my body.”
Seven parents brought suit against the school district, claiming their constitutional rights were violated. But in November 2005, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the lawsuit, claiming that parents relinquish their parental rights at the schoolhouse door. Ninth Circuit Judge Steven Reinhardt wrote that except for the Establishment and Treason Clauses, parents have no constitutional right to object to psychological sex surveys given to children as young as seven. According to Reinhardt — who has been described as one of the most reversed judges in the country — public schools have the right to administer sex instruction to any children, at any time and in any manner, notwithstanding the objections of their parents.
Pro-family leaders were incensed by the ruling, one referring to it as an “egregious example of judicial tyranny” and another suggesting that it is hard to imagine that any of the Ninth Circuit judges ever had any young children.
Liberty Counsel, enlisted by the parents, has now asked the highest court in the nation to hear Fields v. Palmdale School District. Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the legal group, says the Ninth Circuit ruling is “intolerable” and an assault on every parent whose child attends public school.
“It is outrageous that this court would say that parental rights stop at the schoolhouse gate; that whenever you drop off your child at school, you literally have lost your parental rights between the first bell of the day and the last bell that releases them,” Staver comments. “That doesn’t make any sense.”
The Liberty Counsel attorney says in the normal activities of life, parental rights are not pushed to the side. “I think parents, for example, who drop off their child at day care or soccer practice or even a summer camp clearly don’t believe that they’ve severed their parental rights,” he says. “Nor do they believe their parental rights stop at the schoolhouse gate and that the schools can teach anything in any manner in any way to any child on any topic.”
Liberty Counsel’s petition for the Ninth Circuit to rehear the case was denied. “That just simply is intolerable, and it is contrary to Supreme Court precedent,” Staver concludes. “That’s why we’re asking the court to get involved in this case.”
Staver, who is optimistic the high court will hear the case, says parents’ involvement in the education of their children should be encouraged, not punished.

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