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Student Sues Wisconsin School After Getting a Zero for Religious Drawing

Posted by wordforit on April 2, 2008

This is a good example of how much ‘religious ire‘ is in the land, to where it continually becomes an obstacle in schools as much as anywhere else.

When Christians were silent and did not stop Madalyn Murray O’Hair , et al, a precedence was set that we have paid for, dearly, but it’s not society’s fault. As is the same in everything we ‘let go’, ignore, and condone today, we will reap what is sown.

Not to speak one way or the other, but something tells me the student in the article below was a “little less than respectful”. . .  not good for the ‘yeas’ or the ‘nays’ in any setting.

Kids learn well how to circumvent and manipulate, although I wouldn’t want to look at the other depictions considered ‘art’, either!

Infamy brings fame? ~WfI

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MADISON, Wis. – 

A Tomah High School student has filed a federal lawsuit alleging his art teacher censored his drawing because it featured a cross and a biblical reference.

The lawsuit alleges other students were allowed to draw “demonic” images and asks a judge to declare a class policy prohibiting religion in art unconstitutional.

“We hear so much today about tolerance,” said David Cortman, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal advocacy group representing the student. “But where is the tolerance for religious beliefs? The whole purpose of art is to reflect your own personal experience. To tell a student his religious beliefs can legally be censored sends the wrong message.”

Tomah School District Business Manager Greg Gaarder said the district hadn’t seen the lawsuit and declined to comment.

According to the lawsuit, the student’s art teacher asked his class in February to draw landscapes. The student, a senior identified in the lawsuit by the initials A.P., added a cross and the words “John 3:16 A sign of love” in his drawing.

His teacher, Julie Millin, asked him to remove the reference to the Bible, saying students were making remarks about it. He refused, and she gave him a zero on the project.

Millin showed the student a policy for the class that prohibited any violence, blood, sexual connotations or religious beliefs in artwork. The lawsuit claims Millin told the boy he had signed away his constitutional rights when he signed the policy at the beginning of the semester.

The boy tore the policy up in front of Millin, who kicked him out of class. Later that day, assistant principal Cale Jackson told the boy his religious expression infringed on other students’ rights.

Jackson told the boy, his stepfather and his pastor at a meeting a week later that religious expression could be legally censored in class assignments. Millin stated at the meeting the cross in the drawing also infringed on other students’ rights.

The boy received two detentions for tearing up the policy. Jackson referred questions about the lawsuit to Gaarder.

Sometime after that meeting, the boy’s metals teacher rejected his idea to build a chain-mail cross, telling him it was religious and could offend someone, the lawsuit claims. The boy decided in March to shelve plans to make a pin with the words “pray” and “praise” on it because he was afraid he’d get a zero for a grade.

The lawsuit also alleges school officials allow other religious items and artwork to be displayed on campus.

A Buddha and Hindu figurines are on display in a social studies classroom, the lawsuit claims, adding the teacher passionately teaches Hindu principles to students.

In addition, a replica of Michaelangelo’s “The Creation of Man” is displayed at the school’s entrance, a picture of a six-limbed Hindu deity is in the school’s hallway and a drawing of a robed sorcerer hangs on a hallway bulletin board.

Drawings of Medusa, the Grim Reaper with a scythe and a being with a horned head and protruding tongue hang in the art room and demonic masks are displayed in the metals room, the lawsuit alleges.

A.P. suffered unequal treatment because of his religion even though student expression is protected by the First Amendment, according to the lawsuit, which was filed Friday.

“Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate,” the lawsuit said. “No compelling state interest exists to justify the censorship of A.P.’s religious expression.”

Source: FoxNews

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News Industry Should Monitor “Citizen Journalism”?

Posted by wordforit on December 15, 2007

 …”Supporters of “citizen journalism” argue it provides independent, accurate, reliable information that the traditional media don’t provide. While it has its place, the reality is it really isn’t journalism at all, and it opens up information flow to the strong probability of fraud and abuse. The news industry should find some way to monitor and regulate this new trend.”…

Full Article: Atlanta-Journal Constitution

David Hazinski has an opinion about bloggers that most (including me) will disagree with and while the news industry monitors blogs for reliable and trustworthy content, someone needs to do the same with television, magazines, books and schools, including Professor Hazinski’s University of Georgia. Are websites and blogs under the same umbrella? If not, let’s add websites.

Hmmm…hasn’t all this been done before…? There is a very real (insane) effort to control the media and the masses by those with the money to implement. What is wrong with thinking for ourselves?

As far as D.Hazinki’s “merit”, in reading a few blog posts referencing Prof. Hazinski’s article in the OPINION section of the Atlanta Constitution, I am disappointed to see the language and denigration some think it takes to get a point across, thereby making blogging seem inferior.” Inferior to what?” we may wonder. If we are condemning mainstream media, why are we using those tactics and why does the ‘f word’ in the world-wide-public make one feel as if they’ve made a valid point? Such keeps me from linking to an otherwise informative/funny post.

Well, that’s their right and my opinion. It works both ways!

In light of this article from WorldNetDaily, there is irony in any teacher/ professor criticizing “citizen journalism”.

Regarding a teacher who’s supposed to be teaching European History:

…”The teacher, James Corbett of the Capistrano Unified School District”,spends an extended period of time at the beginning of each class discussing topics that are not only irrelevant to history but also inflammatory and often altogether inappropriate for high school students,” the firm’s announcement said.

“Corbett causes students who hold religious beliefs to feel like second-class citizens because of their protected religious expression, beliefs and conduct.

“He has gone as far as stating, ‘When you put on your Jesus glasses, you can’t see the truth,'” the law firm said. “…

Kudos to the student who brought that to the forefront!

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Liberty… a memory?

Pray without ceasing. 1Thessalonians 5:17

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Site Offering Deal With the Devil

Posted by wordforit on November 14, 2007

battlealreadywon.jpgOf paramount concern to me are our youth and we need to be aware of the evil proliferating in areas too shocking to conceive in a truly moral, Christ-like mind .

The following sites have my head and my heart reeling over the downright pure evil propagandized and sensationalized:

“There’s only one catch: We want your soul’.

That is an exact quote from a website that encourages people (once again, aimed at youth) to renounce their faith in the Holy Spirit on Youtube, or broadcast an already decided unbelief in all things Godly. As stated in other posts on this blog, satan knows the scriptures better than the most studious Christians and that particular sad site quotes Mark 3:28-29~ “I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, 29 but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.” (NLT)

Also straight from their page:

“It’s simple. You record a short message damning yourself to Hell, you upload it to YouTube, and then the Rational Response Squad will send you a free The God Who Wasn’t There DVD. It’s that easy.” …

… You may damn yourself to Hell however you would like, but somewhere in your video you must say this phrase: “I deny the Holy Spirit.” Why? Because, according to Mark 3:29 in the Holy Bible, “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin”. Jesus will forgive you for just about anything, but he won’t forgive you for denying the existence of the Holy Spirit. Ever. This is a one-way road you’re taking here.

Once you have shot your blasphemous video, just follow these two easy steps: …”

…While anyone can participate in The Blasphemy Challenge, the Rational Response Squad is focused on reaching a young demographic. To publicize The Blasphemy Challenge to young people, today the Rational Response Squad begins an online advertising campaign focused on 25 sites popular with teens such as Xanga, Friendster, Boy Scout Trail, Tiger Beat, Teen Magazine, YM, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen.” …

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Romans 1:32 “They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.” (NLT)

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Then, we have the atheist “out” propaganda:

“Atheists have always been at the forefront of rational thinking and beacons of enlightenment, and now you can share your idealism by being part of the OUT Campaign.

…”Add the Scarlet Letter of Atheism to your website…”…

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Romans 1: 19-20 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 Forever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God“. (NLT)

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The final “presentation” for this post is the North American Man-Boy Love Association, which has been around a number of years (1978), so may not be news to some. The NAMBLA site is more extensive than the blasphemy and atheist sites; they have been around longer and they need to expound more to justify why it should be legal for young boys to have sexual affairs with grown men. The boys “are old enough to decide for themselves” even though one of the boys featured on the “Boys Speak Out” page is all of eleven:

“The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me Greg, age 16   

I Love Him, and I Know That He Loves Me  Darrel, age 16  

It Shouldn’t Be a Crime to Make Love  Bryan, age 12 1/2

Boys Help Men, Too  “College Boy”, age 19

I’m Not Going To Be Kept Away from Him (An Interview)  Thijs, age 11″

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1Corinthians 6:9-10Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

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Past assertions were that individuals who were abused, or deprived in some way, were the targets but that is not at all the case. When we faithfully attended church as kids, we were made fun of and tempted by all manner of sin, and we came from a loving home. Are we still praying the same prayers of protection over our children today that were lifted up by previous generations?

For those of you who are Christians but have fallen in to the snare of believing homosexuality is acceptable to God, I implore you to read all seven pages regarding that topic in the links in the sidebar. It’s a straight-from-the-scripture message that leaves no doubt about what God’s Word says. We are free agents but if we are to be God’s children, we must do our best to follow His Word.

Malachi 3:6-10  A Call to Repentance  6 “I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. 7 Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “But you ask, ‘How can we return when we have never gone away?’ 8 “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me!  “But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’  “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. 9 You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!”

God Bless and Keep You Always, In All Ways. Amen.

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