Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Jersey Boy Returns to Middle School as Girl

During the summer, Brian Pepe and his mother decided that because Brian was diagnosed with mental illnesses that he should show up at Thorne Middle School as a girl named Rachel.  The Middletown (New Jersey) School District initially declined to accept Brian in female attire and makeup, but under public pressure, later agreed that the administration and faculty should undergo Gay Agenda indoctrination (a.k.a. "sensitivity training").
“This is just recently I realized I wanted to be a girl.”
-- 13-year-old Brian Pepe (a.k.a. Rachel)
For background, read President Obama's DOJ Forces Girl into Boys Locker Room and also read Boy, OKd in Girls Restrooms, Harasses Schoolgirls

In addition, read how public schools indoctrinate children in transsexualism, and read about parents misdirecting their children.

And read Exposed: Obama's Gay Agenda for Schools

-- From "New Jersey middle school says transgender teen can't attend as a female" by Nick Vadala, Philadelphia Inquirer 8/18/14

Angela Peters, mother to young Rachel, says the Middletown School District recently informed her that because Rachel's birth certificate lists her name as Brian, it would not be able to identify the student as a female or use her post-transition name. Additionally, the school district reportedly has refused a request for the teen to use a private nurse's bathroom away from the school's public restrooms.

It is, however, illegal in New Jersey to discriminate against a person based upon their gender—an aspect that, coupled with the attention the incident is garnering, has Superintendent William O. George promising to look back into Pepe's case.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "School: Transgender teen can't attend as girl" by Carol Gorga Williams, Asbury Park Press 8/16/14

“He was going to school last year as Brian,” said Angela Peters, Rachel’s mother, adding that her child developed stress-related seizures, depression and panic attacks. “How can I send her back as Rachel? And I am not sending her back as Brian because the depression will start again.”

Rachel’s mother admits she struggles sometimes with knowing what is the right thing to do. While Rachel is young, there will be little talk of hormone shots or surgery. But that is her child’s future, if she wants it.

“We as a district want to do everything we can as a district,” [Supt.] George said. “Every child is different and their education and social and emotional well being is my priority. We will work with them to find the appropriate placement.”

“I support this without interviewing this child. It certainly is reasonable. Children with psycho-sexual issues often benefit from a fresh start at a new school,” he said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "State, federal law protects gender identity" by Carol Gorga Williams, Asbury Park Press 8/19/14

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, New Jersey is among more than a dozen states where schools have been protecting transgender students such as Middletown resident Rachel Pepe from harassment or discrimination.

The others are California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

While some states have laws that refer to education specifically, others like New Jersey’s classify public schools as public accommodations where gender identity discrimination is illegal. The Garden State also has ruled that gender identity discrimination laws cover some or all nonsectarian private schools. New Jersey’s bullying provisions also provide some protections.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "A Transgender Student Who Was Reportedly Banned From Her School Receives Good News" by Rebecca Klein, The Huffington Post 8/19/14

. . . According to Garden State Equality, [Supt.] George said Middletown Township Public Schools staff would undergo lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sensitivity training.

In April, [President Obama's] U.S. Department of Education clarified that Title IX, the federal legislation that prohibits sex discrimination, extends to transgender students.

"Indeed, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth report high rates of sexual harassment and sexual violence. A school should investigate and resolve allegations of sexual violence regarding LGBT students using the same procedures and standards that it uses in all complaints involving sexual violence," the Education Department's guidelines said.

They continue: "The fact that incidents of sexual violence may be accompanied by anti-gay comments or be partly based on a student's actual or perceived sexual orientation does not relieve a school of its obligation under Title IX to investigate and remedy those instances of sexual violence."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Christian College Wins Transgender Dorm Complaint

And read Transgenderism is a 'Delusion' According to Victim

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ObamaNation: Sexual Deviancy now National Treasure

Too many Americans have little knowledge of American history, but thanks to President Obama's singular focus on the Gay Agenda, Americans will be thoroughly propagandized by the Smithsonian Institution, which was established in 1846 "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge."
"The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has a long tradition of documenting the full breadth of the American experience and what it means to be an American. The [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] LGBT narrative is an important part of that American story . . . It is a tale of struggle and accomplishment as the nation strives to fulfill its ideals. . . . our mission [is] to help the public understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future."
-- John Gray, museum director
For background, read ObamaNation: Homosexual Victory 'Pride Parades' and Building Alters of Worship to Sexual Deviancy

Also read Media Admit Gay Agenda Propaganda

In addition, read President Obama Favors the One Percenters (Homosexuals)

-- From "Smithsonian Expands Collection of LGBT Artifacts" by Dan Kedmey, Time Magazine 8/19/14

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced Tuesday a significant expansion to its collection of artifacts documenting the history of America’s sexual minorities.

A donation from the TV show Will and Grace kicks off a wider effort to document the history of sexual orientation

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Smithsonian Adds LGBT History to Museum Collection" by Brett Zongker, Associated Press 8/19/14

[Will and Grace] creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. . . . Kohan told The Associated Press the Smithsonian's interest in the show featuring gay principal characters was a validation they never dreamed about when the sitcom began airing in 1998.

"These particular guests that were invited into people's living rooms happened to be your gay friends," Kohan said. "I don't think people really had the opportunity to have that before, and it served to, I think, make people recognize that your close friends were gay."

The donation is part of larger effort to document gay and lesbian history, an area that has not been well understood at the museum. Curators are collecting materials from LGBT political, sports and cultural history objects from Arizona to Maryland.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Smithsonian accepts archival material from Baltimore's LGBT community center" by Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun 8/19/14

Officials at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will accept the archival materials from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB), and add them to its growing collection of items documenting LGBT history. . . .

The museum is located near the Washington Monument on the National Mall, at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue in northwest Washington. Its LGBT collection has been displayed to commemorate various occasions, including anniversaries of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City against police harassment, which are widely considered to be a jumping-off point for broader gay rights activism in the country.

. . . David Huebner and his spouse Duane McWaine will be in attendance [at the ceremony]. Huebner is the former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa and was the first openly gay ambassador in the Obama administration. The couple are donating their diplomatic passports and other items to the museum's collection.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read 4th Circuit Judge Says Incest 'Marriage' Next -- It's the New Gay

And read President Obama's "Justice" Department Forces Sexual Deviancy on Employees

In addition, read American Decline: Obama's Gay Agenda vs. Christians

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Atheists Force 'Prayer Discount' Out of N.C. Diner

Once the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation learned through social media that Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina was giving a 15% discount to customers who prayed prior to eating their meal, the atheist lawyers wrongly convinced the restaurant owners that such a discount is illegal, and so fearing a costly legal battle, the owners ended all discounts to everyone.

For background, read Businesses Sued for Giving Discounts to Christians

Also read Atheists Lament They're Short of Lawyers to Sue ALL Christians

-- From "Diner Stops ‘Praying In Public’ Discount After Atheist Group Threatens Lawsuit" posted at CBS News Charlotte 8/7/14

“We at Mary’s value the support of all of our fellow Americans. While you may exercise your right of religious freedom at this restaurant by praying over your meal to any entity or non-entity, we must protect your freedom from religion in a public place,” the note [on the diner door] read. “We are no longer issuing the 15% praying in public discount. It is illegal and we are being threatened by lawsuit. We apologize to our community for any offense this discount has incurred.”

Despite being around for years, the discount made national headlines last week after a photo of the discounted receipt when viral on Facebook.

Jordan Smith shared the photo on an Orlando Christian radio station’s Facebook page and it quickly received thousands of likes.

Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the atheist group, said in a statement she’s glad the diner took action to drop the discount.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Winston-Salem's Mary’s Gourmet Diner drops prayer discount" by Wesley Young, Winston-Salem Journal 8/7/14

On Tuesday [Mary Haglund, the co-owner of the restaurant] had said in an interview that the discount was never meant to promote any particular religion – or lack of religion – but was meant to show appreciation for people who had what she called “an attitude of gratitude.” She said that calling it a discount for prayer may have been “a bad choice of words.”

Haglund told WGHP/Fox 8, the newsgathering partner of the Journal, that she dropped the discount out of fear of a lawsuit from the Wisconsin group.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Diner Drops Discount for Praying Customers After Being Threatened By Lawsuits; Manager Speaks Out" by Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter 8/7/14

"Our community has very strong individuals who have done nothing but support us and we give nothing but thanks to them. The ones that really have been harassing us are out of state individuals and not individuals that live in our community," said the [diner] manager, who wished to remain anonymous. "We are strong individuals, we have taken all of this in, and we appreciate everyone's support and unfortunately the bad has overruled the good."

"We have done away with the discount and Mary and her daughter Shama are very saddened by this, this is a gift that we gave to our customers - this is a gift that has been taken from us," the manager said. "The gift of giving is just as important as receiving the gift. These individuals are very hurt, but it has made our community stronger. There's always good things that come out of the bad, and unfortunately, we will see it in time, but we are not seeing it yet."

"There is a lot of evil in this world, and we encourage people to still come in and take a moment before the food to really be appreciative of what they have and to separate themselves from all the madness in the world," the manager added. "All the disease that's coming into the U.S. and from all the war and the madness that's going on overseas as well. All Americans are very stressed about the economy and the way things are going, but we have things to be thankful for and we like to give thanks regardless of a discount or not."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Customers back restaurant in prayer dispute" by Wesley Young, Winston-Salem Journal 8/7/14

. . . More than one diner at Mary’s Gourmet Diner on Thursday said they were there to support the restaurant after its namesake owner, Mary Haglund, found herself in the middle of an Internet-driven controversy over the discounts.

Some came to eat and made sure to offer a prayer. Some said they were not particularly religious but wanted to show their support for the “attitude of gratitude” that Haglund said was behind the discounts – now discontinued.

. . . some other diners said they were actually going to add an extra 15 percent to their bills over and above the tip as a way of showing support for the restaurant.

Haglund’s restaurant has been offering the discounts more or less randomly for years . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Mary's restaurant owners may reinstate prayer discount" by Wesley Young, Winston-Salem Journal 8/7/14

A co-owner of Mary’s Gourmet Diner said that it is possible the restaurant may fight back after being told by an advocacy group that it can’t give people discounts for praying in public before eating their meals.

Shama Blalock, who with Mary Haglund owns the restaurant in downtown Winston-Salem, said that offers have been coming in to fight any legal challenge the restaurant might face in continuing to offer the discount. Blalock is Haglund’s daughter.

Blalock didn’t identify those who are promising help, but said that if they convince Haglund that the practice isn’t illegal the restaurant could bring back the prayer discount.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Prayer Coming Back to School: North Carolina Law vs. Atheists

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Arizona Court: 'Pregnant Man' Can Divorce 'Wife'

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that an Arizona mother of several children, who lives as a bearded man after having her breasts removed, is free to divorce the co-mother of three of her children, whom she "married" in Hawaii — now desiring to marry a third woman — despite the Arizona constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one person with male DNA and another person with female DNA.

These days, "you can't tell the players without a scorecard."

For background, read Pregnant 'Man' of Transgender 'Couple' and also read Surgical 'Miracle:' First Genderless Person

Also read how activist judges across America are forbidding voters the right to define marriage as between one man and one woman, however a few lone judges are ruling for the constitutionality of natural marriage.

-- From "Arizona Appeals Court: 'Pregnant Man' can get a divorce" by Michael Kiefer, The Arizona Republic 8/14/14

[Thomas] Beatie, 40, was born female, but in 1997, he began testing to determine his psychological gender, and in 2002 underwent the first of his gender-reassignment surgeries. Under Hawaiian law, he was able to have his birth certificate amended and be legally recognized as male. He subsequently married.

Because his wife was unable to conceive children, and because Beatie still had female reproductive organs, he was artificially inseminated and became pregnant.

Then he hit the talk-show and tabloid circuit as the "The Pregnant Man," posing with his manly beard and chest and his very pregnant belly. He gave birth to his first child in 2008 and had two more by 2011.

But in March 2013, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Douglas Gerlach ruled that Beatie's marriage was between two females because Beatie had given birth. Same-sex marriage is illegal in Arizona.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Same-sex-marriage ban can't stop transgender divorce" by Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services 8/13/14

Thomas obtained an amended birth certificate after getting what Hawaii required: an affidavit from a doctor testifying that psychological and medical testing determined his “true gender” to be male. He also went through some surgery to change his appearance.

In an unusual decision, the judges said the only relevant fact for an Arizona judge to consider is whether the state that solemnized the marriage recognized the spouse as male.

Judge Kenton Jones, writing for the unanimous appellate court, said it would be a constitutional violation for Arizona to fail to accept Hawaii’s decision this was a heterosexual couple.

But the court made it clear that it was not saying that same-sex couples legally married elsewhere could seek a divorce in Arizona.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "VICTORY! Marriages of Transgender People Ruled Valid by Courts in Arizona and California" posted at Transgender Law Center

The Arizona Court of Appeals echoed the arguments made in Transgender Law Center’s amicus brief that because “the right to have children is a liberty interest afforded special constitutional protection”—“one of the basic civil rights of man”—it would not interpret the Arizona or Hawaii gender-change statute as “prohibit[ing] giving birth as a prerequisite to gender redesignation.” The court also held that to deny Thomas Beatie legal recognition as male “would run afoul of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.”

“Divorce is hard enough as it is. Nobody expects the government to contest it. After two and a half long years, I’ve finally been legally vindicated and validated not only as a husband, father, and a man, but as a human being,” said Beatie. “Hopefully now, other transgender people in Arizona and throughout the country don’t have to live in fear of their marriages, families, and identities being challenged and disrespected just because of who they are.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read how All American Taxpayers Now Fund Elderly Sex Changes

In addition, read Transgenderism is a 'Delusion' According to Victim

Friday, August 15, 2014

Study: Pastors Hide Culture Truth to be Successful

Researcher George Barna says that after years of survey and study, The Barna Group has found that the vast majority of theologically conservative American pastors intentionally conceal information that is critical to the well being of their flock and the nation, and do so in order to enhance the "success" of their church.
"Well, that's not part of my mission; my mission is to bring in more people and to get them to understand certain things that I feel they should know."
-- Common response by clergy
For background, read Pastors Who Avoid Gay Agenda Deserve Hell, Says Franklin Graham

-- From "Barna: Many pastors wary of raising 'controversy'" by Chris Woodward, 8/1/14

"What we're finding is that when we ask them about all the key issues of the day, [90 percent of them are] telling us, Yes, the Bible speaks to every one of these issues. Then we ask them: Well, are you teaching your people what the Bible says about those issues? – and the numbers drop ... to less than 10 percent of pastors who say they will speak to it."

When researchers ask those pastors what else they are willing to do to get their people active in the political process, Barna said "it's almost nothing."

"There are five factors that the vast majority of pastors turn to [when asked the question of what defines success]," [Barna] explained. "Attendance, giving, number of programs, number of staff, and square footage.

"What I'm suggesting is [those pastors] won't probably get involved in politics because it's very controversial. Controversy keeps people from being in the seats, controversy keeps people from giving money, from attending programs.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read America Going to Hell; Christians Lose Convictions

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Georgia Citizens & School vs. Anti-Prayer Atheists

Townsfolk gathered this week with students at Chestatee High School in Gainesville to pray in the face of threats from atheists who say that if "illegal prayers" on the football team aren't stopped within 14 days, the American Humanist Association (AHA) Appignani Humanist Legal Center will sue the Hall County Schools.
“. . . we will stand behind is our students’ right to prayer. . . . Foundational to our country is a respect for individual beliefs.”
-- Will Schofield, Superintendent of Schools
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Georgia Christian Teachers Muzzled, Citizens Rebel

Illegal Christianity 'Rampant' in Georgia Schools, Atheists Say

Shoppers' Prayers Forbidden at Georgia Mall

Atheists Attack Christian Kids Club at Portland, Oregon Schools

Also read of countless examples of citizens banding together to defy the atheists and pray in school and other local government bodies.

-- From "Atheist group threatens lawsuit against Chestatee HS for football prayer" by Brian Stewart, Staff, Access North Georgia 8/12/14

In a letter sent via email to Superintendent of Hall County Schools Will Schofield, the AHA says that they "have been informed that the school’s football coaches have been using their position to promote Christianity on the football team by integrating Bible verses into functional team documents and team promotions in various ways."

The letter was also sent to Board of Education Chairman Nath Morris and CHS Principal Suzanne Jarrard.

[AHA attorney Monica] Miller said the complaint came from a "concerned citizen," but she said that person has asked to remain anonymous.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Group alleges illegal religious practices at Chestatee High School" by Jennifer Brown, Gainesville Times 8/12/14

Included in the letter are three photographs that show the team and a coach standing in a circle while holding hands in apparent prayer, a pregame banner bearing the messages “Iron Sharpens Iron” and “Proverbs 27:17” and a workout sheet with the team logo at the top and “Gal. 6:9” in large letters at the bottom.

Schofield said religious verses may be used in schools in certain contexts.

“There certainly is no legal precedent that you can’t use a verse ... that does not promote a particular religion,” he said.

[AHA attorney Monica] Miller said that, if there is a lawsuit, the center will seek an injunction ordering the school to cease the activity and a declaration that the practices are unconstitutional. She said the center would also seek attorney’s fees, which could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Schools struggle with religious expression on campus" by Jennifer Brown, Gainesville Times 8/14/14

The Alliance Defending Freedom handbook, which is distributed at schools by groups including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, also addresses the issue of coaches leading prayer at games.

Students, however, have the right to pray together during school events, as long as the activity is initiated and led by students, not faculty. Teachers also have the right to engage in religious practices with one another when students are not there, according to the handbook.

“Teachers might not be leading prayers with their students, but teachers and other employees do have the right to live out their faith in a variety of ways,” Schofield said. “There’s an awful lot of areas where there really aren’t any clear, definitive answers. ... Probably the most important thing is the almost unlimited rights of students.”

Schofield said students have the right to pray, read religious materials, form religious clubs and otherwise express their religious beliefs.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read the long list of states enacting laws to bring prayer back to schools in response to the myriad atheist lawsuits against Christians and prayer nationwide.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Natural Marriage IS Constitutional: Tenn. Judge

With little fanfare, and almost no media coverage, Judge Russell Simmons ruled last week that the Tennessee constitutional amendment defining one-man-one-woman marriage, which was passed by 81% of the voters in 2006, does NOT violate the U.S. Constitution.  This court case involved a challenge to the amendment by Frederick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman, two men who were "married" in Iowa, but who wanted to get divorced in Tennessee, where they live.
“… neither the Federal Government nor another state should be allowed to dictate to Tennessee what has traditionally been a state’s responsibility. … Marriage simply cannot be divorced from its traditional procreative purposes. … The promotion of family continuity and stability is certainly a legitimate state interest.”
-- Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons, Jr., Roane County, Tennessee
For background, read how activist judges across America are forbidding voters the right to define marriage as between one man and one woman.  However, there are lone appellate judges who say that there is NO constitutional protection for "gay marriage."

-- From "Same-Sex Marriage Ban Survives Challenge in Tennessee" by Nolan Feeney, Time Magazine 8/11/14

More than two dozen federal and state court rulings since the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision in June 2013 have successfully challenged and/or nullified bans. Simmons’ ruling rejects both a claim of discrimination and a claim that the Constitution’s Full Faith and Credit Clause forces the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

“The Supreme Court does not go the final step and find that a state that defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman is unconstitutional,” Simmons wrote. “Further, the Supreme Court does not find that one state’s refusal to accept another state’s valid same-sex marriage to be in violation of the U.S. Constitution.”

Simmons’ ruling only formally addressed and upheld the part of Tennessee’s ban that doesn’t recognize pre-existing same-sex marriages from other states, though this aspect is now being reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Tennessee judge breaks gay marriage's streak" by Mario Trujillo, The Hill 8/12/14

. . . the United States V. Windsor Supreme Court case in 2013 . . . struck down a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, but Simmons said it did not apply to the Tennessee case.

"The Windsor case is concerned with the definition of marriage, only as it applies to federal laws, and does not give an opinion concerning whether one state must accept as valid a same-sex marriage allowed in another state," he wrote.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Tennessee's Gay Marriage Ban Is Constitutional, Judge Rules; Breaks Streak of Ban Losses" by Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter 8/12/14

In his decision, Simmons cited the 1972 case Baker v. Nelson, a lesser known decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court, arguing that gay marriage is not a fundamental right.

"Baker holds that a state's law on same-sex marriage does not violate the equal protection or substantive due process rights under the United States Constitution," wrote Simmons in his memorandum opinion.

"Although the United States Supreme Court has had opportunities to overrule the Baker decision, it has refused to take that position even in the decision on which the plaintiff relies, which is United States v. Windsor."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "String of same-sex marriage rulings broken" by Lyle Denniston, Reporter, SCOTUSblog 8/11/14

Although Judge Simmons’s decision was limited to cases involving a divorce when the marriage itself is not recognized, he ruled in sweeping terms.  He relied in part upon the Supreme Court’s summary decision in 1972 rejecting a constitutional challenge to a Minnesota ban, concluding that the Justices have never abandoned that ruling.

To the argument that more recent gay rights decisions have undercut that precedent, the Tennessee judge responded that the issue should more properly be raised in an appellate court with broader authority than that of a trial judge.

Besides rejecting a challenge to the Tennessee ban based on a claim of illegal discrimination, Judge Simmons turned aside an argument that the Constitution’s Full Faith and Credit Clause required Tennessee to recognize a same-sex marriage performed in another state.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.