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Wisconsin Elementary School Hosts “Gender Bender Day”

Posted by goodnessofgod2010 on June 28, 2013

gender-bender-day_2-Wisconsin-Tippecanoe-School-e1370396387631 An elementary school in Wisconsin stirred up a great deal of controversy and anger among parents by hosting a “Gender Bender Day” in which all students were instructed to cross dress as the opposite sex for school.

The Tippecanoe School For The Arts And Humanities made the “Gender Bender Day” a part of its May 24th School Spirit celebration. Boys were encouraged to dress like girls and girls were encouraged to dress like boys. The move was met with disapproval from parents, some who called the school requesting the event be cancelled. The school responded by changing the name of the event to “Switch It Up Day” but the instructions to cross dress and engage in transgender activity remained.

There were other parents who voiced their displeasure:

Deidri Hernandez, the mother of a 7-year old child at the school, was one of the parents who contacted school Principal Jeffrey Krupar to voice her disapproval.

“I didn’t have a problem with the title. I had a problem with the activity taking place,” Hernandez says. She says it’s “ridiculous” and “creepy” to ask elementary boys to come to school dressed as girls, and vice versa, and predicts that having students dress as “transvestites” will distract from the learning process.

Hernandez knows of at least one other parent who shares her concerns and plans to hold her child out of class, too.

But it’s the motivation behind “Switch It Up Day” that has Hernandez most concerned.

She wonders if it is being done to promote the acceptance of homosexuality to students in school, which runs from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Hernandez thinks it’s inappropriate to expose young children to these issues, even in a light-hearted manner.
“They might as well call it ‘Transgender Day,’” she says.

The Bible is clear that cross dressing or transgender dressing is a sin:

“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” – Deuteronomy 22:5.

Gender roles are to be maintained and dressing as the opposite sex is a sin. Public schools in the United States of America have become increasingly hostile to the Word of God while at the same time promoting ideas that are in direct rebellion against God’s clear commands. In this instance, Principal Krupar responded by saying it was the student’s decision to hold the day and he saw no issue with it. As Beginning and End has detailed, elementary school students have found themselves in trouble just for including the name of God in a poem. But an entire day devoted to a Biblical sin is acceptable.

Pray for the children in public schools being increasingly exposed to ideas that run contrary to the Christian faith and for a return to Biblical principles and values. Public schools have become a training ground for indoctrination into sexual values and ideas that society has approved, regardless of whether the parents have knowledge or not. This is not the first incident in the state of Washington. As detailed in a prior article on the increasing sexualization of children, “Sex Ed” has become so X-rated, an elementary school principal gave graphic description of intimate acts to children in class, traumatizing some children to the point they refused to return to school.

Matthew 18 records a conversation where Jesus Christ was asked about children:

At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. – Matthew 18:1-6.

Exposing children to sinful sexual acts at such a young age is rebellion against The Lord. And pray for the parents of these children to continue to contend for the faith once given to the saints and not to submit to the agenda of a school system that is increasingly hostile to anything related to the name of Jesus Christ.

Courtesy of http://beginningandend.com/wisconsin-elementary-school-hosts-gender-bender-day/

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Federal Judge: Teacher Who Punished Student for Expressing Catholic Belief Against Homosexuality Violated Student’s First Amendment Rights

Posted by goodnessofgod2010 on June 20, 2013

news_img_3584ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center today announces a victory in their lawsuit against teacher Johnson McDowell of Howell High School in Howell, Michigan. Federal District Judge Patrick J. Duggan of the Eastern District of Michigan issued his opinion yesterday.

The Court declared the teacher’s actions in punishing Daniel Glowacki for expressing his beliefs against homosexuality violated “Daniel’s First Amendment rights.” In its findings of fact—the Court described how the teacher initiated a discussion about homosexuality. The teacher wore a purple t-shirt and was promoting the homosexual agenda. In response, the Plaintiff, 16 year-old Daniel Glowacki stated that homosexuality was against his Catholic beliefs. The teacher, admittedly, became angry and threw Daniel out of class because he disagreed with Daniel’s beliefs.

The teacher in the lawsuit tried to blame Daniel and claimed he caused a disturbance in the teacher’s classroom. The teacher’s claims were wholly unsupported by all of the other evidence in the case, including affidavits of students in the classroom and the teacher’s own earlier statements. The teacher also tried to argue that Daniel’s religious statement was tantamount to “bullying.” The Court dismissed that claim as well, holding that Daniel’s speech could not be silenced because the teacher did not like Daniel’s religious beliefs and viewpoint.

The Court’s opinion echoed the longstanding legal precedent that “students do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503, 506 (1969).

The teacher argued that Daniel’s speech that his religion did not approve of homosexuality was a bullying statement. However, Judge Duggan, citing several cases, disagreed (citations and quotations omitted).

While the Court certainly recognizes that schools are empowered to regulate speech to prevent students from invading the rights of other students, people do not have a legal right to prevent criticism of their beliefs or for that matter their way of life. Relatedly, a listeners’ reaction to speech is not a content-neutral basis for regulation. While a student or perhaps several students may have been upset or offended by Daniel’s remarks, Tinker straight-forwardly tells us that, in order for school officials to justify prohibition of a particular expression of opinion, they must be able to show that this action was caused by something more than a mere desire to avoid the discomfort and unpleasantness that always accompany an unpopular viewpoint. Simply put, the law does not establish a generalized hurt feelings defense to a high school’s violation of the First Amendment rights of its students.

Thomas More Law Center attorney, Erin Mersino was the lead counsel in the lawsuit. It is expected that the teacher will appeal the decision.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commenting on the favorable court decision, stated:

“The purpose of our lawsuit was to protect students’ constitutional rights to free speech, defend religious liberty, and stop public schools from becoming indoctrination centers for the homosexual agenda.”

The Thomas More Law Center originally filed its federal lawsuit back on December 14, 2012 against the teacher, Johnson McDowell, and the Howell Public School District. The claims against the School District were dismissed, and the Court held that the teacher alone was the responsible party.

The ACLU appeared in the case as amicus and supported Daniel’s position against the teacher.

Courtesy of http://www.thomasmore.org/

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