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Thomas More Law Center Asks Supreme Court To Decide How Far Schools Can Promote Islam And Disparage Christianity

 As a Christian and 11th-grader at La Plata High School in Maryland, Caleigh Wood was taught that “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.”  She was also required to profess in writing, the Islamic conversion creed, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” Ms. Wood believed that it is a sin to profess by word or in writing, that there is any other god except the Christian God.  She stood firm in her Christian beliefs and was punished for it. The school refused her request to opt-out or give her an alternative assignment.  She refused to complete her anti-Christian assignment and consequently received a failing grade.

   As a result, in January 2016, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Ms. Wood claiming the school had violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause and her right not to be forced to profess faith in another religion.  Both the Federal District Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the High School’s Islamic curriculum.

   In response, on Monday of this week, (May 13), TMLC filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari asking the Supreme Court to decide whether any legal basis exists to allow public schools to discriminate against Christianity while at the same time promote Islam.

   Richard Thompson, TMLC’s President and Chief Counsel, observed: “Under the guise of teaching history or social studies, public schools across America are promoting the religion of Islam in ways that would never be tolerated for Christianity or any other religion. I’m not aware of any school which has forced a Muslim student to write the Lord’s Prayer or John 3:16: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’

   On the other hand, schools have become willing instruments of Islamic indoctrination, and in Caleigh Wood’s case, the weapon of choice was the PowerPoint presentation. Caleigh and her 11th grade classmates were taught:

  • “Most Muslim’s faith is stronger than the average Christian.”
  • “Islam at heart is a peaceful religion.”
  • Jihad is a “personal struggle in devotion to Islam, especially involving spiritual discipline.”
  • “To Muslims, Allah is the same God that is worshiped in Christianity and Judaism.”
  • “Men are the managers of the affairs of women” and “Righteous women are therefore obedient.”

   Those statements came directly from the PowerPoint presentation to Caleigh’s class. The underlining was in the PowerPoint.

   Thompson continued: “Many public schools have become a hot bed of Islamic propaganda.  Teaching Islam in schools has gone far beyond a basic history lesson. Prompted by zealous Islamic activism and emboldened by confusing court decisions, schools are now bending over backwards to promote Islam while at the same time denigrate Christianity.  We are asking the Supreme Court to provide the necessary legal guidance to resolve the insidious discrimination against Christians in our public schools.”

Read TMLC’s Petition for Certiorari here.

Courtesy of https://www.thomasmore.org/news/thomas-more-law-center-asks-supreme-court-to-decide-how-far-schools-can-promote-islam-and-disparage-christianity/

HR 5 is a Dangerous Attack on Religious Liberty and Free Speech

HR 5 is a bill that pushes the LGBT agenda on all people and targets Christianity in every area of life—including the church. There will be an increase of instances where Christians and others are being punished unless they violate their beliefs in order to comply with such a law. And that is just the beginning of unconstitutional chaos in America…


This bill destroys bathroom privacy.
 It would welcome both genders into every bathroom in America.

It directs religious K-12 schools and daycare centers to force children to obey adults who show up at work one day as a man and the next day as a woman. These children are at a highly impressionable age. When kindergarteners have seen such events in the past, many have gone home shaking and crying, worried that they could wake up with a different gender!

And, this bill gags counselors from giving professional help to those facing unwanted same-sex desires or actions. It even criminalizes those who share their own story of finding freedom in Christ from homosexuality in a book or speaking engagement. This bill literally sets the stage for banning the Bible, which offers the power to free those wanting to turn away from homosexual conduct.

And there is NO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION to this bill!

Further, this bill demands that every religious adoption agency place innocent children in homes with adults involved in same-sex conduct. And it also demands that religious families be willing to accept practicing LGBT minors in their home as a prerequisite to being approved as foster parents.

Under HR 5, property owners would be forced to accept renters whose actions violate their religious beliefs, including renting out a room in their home or their private vacation home.

Home-based businesses would be forced to hire and welcome LGBT people into their privately-owned home, even if they are trying to raise their children according to their own religious beliefs!

This legislation would create many more victims — like women in shelters who have been sexually assaulted by a man posing as a “transgender” to gain access to the facility.


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  • Churches would be forced to host same-sex ceremonies.
  • Churches will lose tax-exempt status for noncompliance.
  • Colleges will lose accreditation for noncompliance.
  • Noncompliant colleges will be ineligible to receive student loans, causing most religious schools to compromise their core mission or close.
  • If churches or religious organizations take overnight trips, including sports or mission trips, they cannot segregate rooms by biological gender.
  • Biological men will have access to bathrooms, showers, and nursing-mother rooms at any time, and stay as long as they please.
  • Churches would be forced to hire staff involved in LGBT conduct, even positions of authority in affiliated daycare classes and give them complete access to all children in the restrooms.
  • Cross-dressers could demand that they be greeters, ushers, Sunday School teachers, and more.
  • Even the smallest slight would give someone the legal right to sue the church. For example, if a person assumed they were turned down for a staff position because of a LGBT lifestyle, they could sue the church for damages, even if that was not the reason they were denied the job!

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Extreme Threat to Religious Freedom, Speech, Privacy, and Women’s Rights

 

Letter to the House Judiciary Committee:

The Honorable Jerrold Nadler, Chairman

Committee on the Judiciary
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Doug Collins, Ranking Member

Committee on the Judiciary
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Nadler and Ranking Member Collins,

We write on behalf of millions of Americans who are deeply concerned about the harms of the Equality
Act, which hinders quality health care, endangers the privacy and safety of women and girls, regulates
free speech, severely undermines religious freedom, and threatens charitable nonprofits and the people
they serve. H.R. 5 does not accomplish what its supporters maintain, but it causes new problems and will
hurt more people than its sponsors want to help.

As people of faith, we believe that all people should be treated with equal dignity and respect. Religious
groups were at the forefront of upholding these principles during our country’s civil rights movement, and
people of faith continue to fight against the scourge of racism that unfortunately continues to this day.
People of faith serve the marginalized—and therefore uphold the dignity of every human
person—through numerous charitable endeavors, including in the health care sector. H.R. 5 would
unfortunately threaten the incredible work that faith-based hospitals and healthcare professionals do in the
United States. While religiously affiliated hospitals routinely serve—and heal—patients of any
background, including those who identify as LGBT, healthcare providers simply cannot perform every
procedure that a patient requests. H.R. 5 would mandate that all health care professionals and providers
perform gender transition procedures that go against many such providers’ best medical judgment, not to
mention their deeply held moral or religious convictions.

H.R. 5 would also unfortunately undermine civil rights for women and girls by opening restrooms, locker
rooms, and shower facilities to biological males who identify as female. Women and girls deserve access
to private spaces when they visit their local gym or use the restroom while dining out, but H.R. 5 would
undermine legitimate privacy and safety concerns that women have about sharing sex-specific facilities
with a biological man who identifies as a woman. H.R. 5 also threatens to halt the advances women’s
sports have achieved since the passage of Title IX in 1972 by allowing those with physical advantages to
compete against women and obtain scholarships and other awards at the expense of women.

Americans highly value our First Amendment freedoms of speech, association, and the free exercise of
religion. H.R. 5 puts these cherished liberties at risk first and foremost by explicitly carving out the
Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which would be the first time RFRA has ever been curtailed
since President Clinton signed this important statute into law in 1993. H.R. 5 would also subject private
employers and others to expensive lawsuits if they fail to adhere to strict preferred pronoun policies.
This would affect not only small, family-owned businesses but also charities and other nonprofits that are
organized with a specific mission. H.R. 5 would cause mission-driven employers, including religious
schools, to have to abandon their mission when it comes to hiring certain employees or having employee
conduct standards. Under H.R. 5, women’s shelters would be forced to house biological men who identify
as women, despite the privacy and safety concerns that women staying in those shelters have about
sharing sleeping quarters and other intimate facilities with the opposite sex.
Because of these many concerns, and others, we oppose H.R. 5 and respectfully urge you to oppose it as
well.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Farris
President, CEO, & General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom

Tim Wildmon
President, American Family Association

Mike Rouse, PhD
President, American Association of Christian Schools

Terry Schilling
Executive Director, American Principles Project

Len Munsil, JD
President, Arizona Christian University

Ralph E. Enlow, Jr
President, The Association for Biblical Higher Education

Thomas J. Cathey, EdD
Chief of Staff, Association of Christian Schools International

David Goodwin
President, The Association of Classical Christian Schools

Jim Towey
President, Ave Maria University

William K. Thierfelder, PhD
President, Belmont Abbey College

Stephen D. Livesay, PhD
President, Bryan College

Patrick J. Reilly
President, The Cardinal Newman Society

Edward Crites, Esq.
President, Catholic Bar Association

Brittany Vessely
Executive Director, Catholic Education Partners

Kathleen Neher, LISW-S
President & Cofounder, Catholic Social Workers’ National Association

John Garvey
President, The Catholic University of America

Mary Rice Hasson, JD
Director, Catholic Women’s Forum at EPPC

Thomas White
President & Professor of Theology, Cedarville University

Rev. Derek McCoy
Executive Vice President, Center for Urban Renewal and Education

Dondi E. Costin, PhD
President, Charleston Southern University

Michael Bryant, PhD
Executive Vice President &
Professor of Christian Studies, Charleston Southern University

Bernardine Clark
Head of School, Chelsea Academy

David J. Beskar
Superintendent & Headmaster, Chesterton Academy of the Twin Cities

David Nammo
Executive Director & CEO, Christian Legal Society

Rabbi Pesach Lerner
President, Coalition for Jewish Values

Penny Nance
CEO & President, Concerned Women for America LAC

Kevin Walters
Campus Minister, Detroit Catholic Central High School

Mike Nalepa
President, Everest Collegiate High School & Academy

Timothy Head
Executive Director, Faith & Freedom Coalition

Paul Weber
President & CEO, Family Policy Alliance

Travis Weber
Vice President of Policy, Family Research Council

Sharon Slater
President & CEO, Family Watch International

Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR
President, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Ken Bruce Kemper, PhD
President, Grace Christian University

Anthony W. Allen
President, Hannibal-LaGrange University

Tim Chapman
Executive Director, Heritage Action for America

Therese Maciag
Principal, Holy Cross Academy

Tim Kotyuk
Principal, Huron Valley Catholic School

Patrick S.J. Carmack, Esq.
Executive Director, Ignatius-Angelicum Great Books Program

Brad Grinstead
Headmaster, Immaculate Heart of Mary School

Michael J. Van Hecke
President, Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

Mark Tooley
President, Institute on Religion and Democracy

Nathanael Rea
Headmaster, John Paul, the Great Academy

Derry Connolly
President,  John Paul the Great Catholic University

Mary Rowles
Executive Director, Kolbe Academy

Matthew D. Staver
Founder & Chairman
Liberty Counsel

Jonathan Alexandre
Director of Public Policy
Liberty Counsel Action

Rick Brewer, PhD
President
Louisiana College

Gregory P. Seltz, PhD
Executive Director
Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty

Luke A. Macik, JD
Headmaster
The Lyceum

Ken Kruithof
Chief Operating Officer
Miracle Hill Ministries

Timothy E. Trainor, PhD
President
Mount St. Mary’s University

Eileen Cubanski
Executive Director
National Association of Private
Catholic and Independent Schools

Benjamin Merkle
President
New Saint Andrews College

George Harne
President
Northeast Catholic College

Gene C. Fant, Jr, PhD
President
North Greenville University

Aaron Baer
President
Citizens for Community Values
Ohio’s Family Policy Council

Everett Piper, PhD
President
Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Todd R. Flanders, PhD
Headmaster
Providence Academy

Randall Pierce
Principal
Queen of Heaven Academy

Rita McCormick
President & Principal
Quigley Catholic High School

Christopher Keefe
Headmaster
Regina Coeli Academy

M. Denise D’Attore, PhD
Head of School
Regina Luminis Academy

Veronica Murphy
Head of School
Royalmont Academy

Scott J. Baier
Head of School
Royal Palm Academy

Thomas Ellis
President of the Board
Saint Augustine Academy

Anthony Biese
TK-12 Headmaster
Saint Joseph Academy

Stephen M. Krason, JD, PhD
President
Society of Catholic Social Scientists

Russell Moore, PhD
President
Southern Baptist Ethics &
Religious Liberty Commission

Keith Kiser
Headmaster
Saint Joseph’s Catholic School

Catherine LeBlanc
Vice-Principal
Saint Thomas More Academy

Kristan Hawkins
President
Students for Life Action

Michael F. McLean, PhD
President
Thomas Aquinas College

William Fahey, PhD
President
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
Samuel W. Oliver, PhD
President
Union University

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, DD
Archbishop of Louisville
Chairman, USCCB Committee
for Religious Liberty

Most Reverend James D. Conley
Bishop of Lincoln
Chairman, USCCB Subcommittee
for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage

Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of Venice
Chairman, USCCB Committee on
Domestic Justice and Human Development

Monsignor James P. Shea
President
University of Mary

Richard Nye
President & Cofounder
Veritas Christi Catholic High School

Diane Kelly Cavazos
Foundress & President
Veritas Preparatory School

Jo Anne Lyon
Ambassador & General Superintendent Emerita
The Wesleyan Church

John Jackson, PhD
President
William Jessup University

Glenn C. Arbery, PhD
President
Wyoming Catholic College

One Nation Under Allah? – Attempts to Hide the Truth Will Not Stand

islamIslamic indoctrination is happening in public schools all across America.

Over the past few months, we have updated you on some of the Islamic indoctrination happening in Tennessee and Georgia. However, these are not isolated events – it’s a nation-wide epidemic that has been brewing for a while.

For the last several years, parents from across the country have contacted the ACLJ—from California to Maine—concerned about the teaching of Islam in their local schools. It seems that many schools may be going well beyond simply teaching about a religion. From disparate treatment of religions, to distortion of truth, the teaching of Islam seems entrenched with problems.

Students in Tennessee and Georgia were told to recite the Five Pillars of Islam—the Islamic conversion creed—while not learning about Christianity or Judaism. Some schools in Georgia reportedly went as far as to tell students that Allah is the same Godworshipped by Christians. And at least one Tennessee middle school—where Islam was covered for over three weeks—students were told to write “Allah is the only God,” while the lesson on Christianity was skipped in its entirety. This far surpasses education on the history of world religions. This is indoctrination.

Almost 7,000 Tennessee citizens have contacted us expressing their opposition to this egregious practice. It is our goal to make sure that any unconstitutional actions by the school districts, pertaining to Islamic indoctrination, cease. To this end, we sent open record requests to every school district in Tennessee—on behalf of over 160,000 individuals—to uncover the truth about what students are learning.  Although, several school district attorneys have tried to stall compliance based on the “citizenship” of the ACLJ, the State of Tennessee Office of Open Records Counsel has already specifically addressed that matter (in a letter dated September 23, 2015) and has made clear that the requested documents must be made accessible to our requesting attorney, who is a Tennessee citizen, stating:

“Because a corporation does not have the ability to provide a government issued photo identification with an address on it, it is the opinion of this office that for purposes of the Act, the term ‘citizen’ does not include corporations. However, it is also the opinion of this office that when an individual who is making a request on behalf of a corporation is able to produce government issued photo identification that includes a Tennessee address, any record that is responsive to the request and is not confidential is required to be made accessible to the requestor.”(emphasis added)

The opinion from the Tennessee Office of Open Records Counsel only serves to underscore what we have known all along – our open records requests are valid, and the school districts are required to produce all records that are responsive to our requests.  We are following up with any school districts that have erroneously denied our open records request.  In the end, these flawed stonewalling tactics will not stand to hide the truth.

Of course, not all school districts in Tennessee followed the stall tactic, and we are currently receiving and working with many districts pertaining to the requested records.

But it’s not just Tennessee where we are involved.  In April, we reported that at least one high school in Wisconsin was apparently forcing students to “pretend you are a Muslim.” We sent a letter to the school—on behalf of thousands of concerned citizens and parents—explaining that forcing students to adopt a particular religious viewpoint violates the Establishment Clause. Now, we have heard from over 205,000 people across the nation, and are currently looking into curriculum concerns in Georgia where we have heard from almost 6,000 citizens and California where we have heard from over 22,000 citizens.

The ACLJ is continuing to fight to end the unconstitutional teaching of Islam in public schools. We are taking on clients and preparing important demand letters to send to these schools and are weighing our legal options to stop this outrage.

Incredibly, as Islam continues to be taught in schools around the nation, students are being denied the right to establish Bible Clubs on campus, bring their Bibles to school, and speak about Christianity. Simply put, schools may not promote Islam while silencing Christianity.

The ACLJ is working tirelessly to protect students’ right across America. Please stand with us as we fight to bring the Constitution back into public schools.

Courtesy of http://aclj.org/religious-liberty/one-nation-under-allah–attempts-to-hide-the-truth-will-not-stand

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Pentagon May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith

flouThe Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”.

The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.

(From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians–including chaplains–sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of “treason,” and of committing an act of “spiritual rape” as serious a crime as “sexual assault.” He also asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are “enemies of the Constitution.”)

Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military.

So President Barack Obama’s civilian appointees who lead the Pentagon are confirming that the military will make it a crime–possibly resulting in imprisonment–for those in uniform to share their faith. This would include chaplains—military officers who are ordained clergymen of their faith (mostly Christian pastors or priests, or Jewish rabbis)–whose duty since the founding of the U.S. military under George Washington is to teach their faith and minister to the spiritual needs of troops who come to them for counsel, instruction, or comfort.

This regulation would severely limit expressions of faith in the military, even on a one-to-one basis between close friends. It could also effectively abolish the position of chaplain in the military, as it would not allow chaplains (or any service members, for that matter), to say anything about their faith that others say led them to think they were being encouraged to make faith part of their life. It’s difficult to imagine how a member of the clergy could give spiritual counseling without saying anything that might be perceived in that fashion.

In response to the Pentagon’s plans, retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, who is now executive vice president of the Family Research Council (FRC), said on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning:

It’s a matter of what do they mean by “proselytizing.” …I think they’ve got their defintions a little confused. If you’re talking about coercion that’s one thing, but if you’re talking about the free exercise of our faith as individual soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, especially for the chaplains, they I think the worst thing we can do is stop the ability for a soldier to be able to exercise his faith.”

FRC has launched a petition here which has already collected over 30,000 signatures, calling on Secretary Hagel is stop working with Weinstein and his anti-Christian organization to develop military policy regarding religious faith.

**UPDATE**

The FRC petition has now exceeded more than 40,000 signatures at the time of this update.

Breitbart News legal columnist Ken Klukowski is senior fellow for religious liberty with the Family Research Council and on faculty at Liberty University School of Law. 

Courtesy of http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/05/01/Breaking-Pentagon-Confirms-Will-Court-Martial-Soldiers-Who-Share-Christian-Faith

Is U.S. military cowering before Muslims?

The nation’s largest public policy women’s organization is appalled at the way the Pentagon appears more committed to appeasing Muslims, than allowing a high-profile Christian leader to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to members of the military.

Last week the Pentagon created an uproar when the Army announced that it would rescind an invitation to Franklin Graham to speak at the Pentagon’s National Prayer Day event on May 6. The radical Muslim group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations applauded the decision, calling the well-known evangelist “controversial.” CAIR had pushed the Pentagon to disinvite Graham because he had told the truth about the violent teachings of Islam.
 
Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, has chimed in with other pro-family leaders who have expressed their outrage. She says it is appalling that the military is afraid of offending Muslims.
 
“The military would disinvite him apparently because they’re afraid of offending violent Muslims,” she observes. “This is just a Muslim belief that non-Muslims must show subservience of Muslims.
 
“And to think that the military — which is in midst of a war against radical Islam — is actually kowtowing to some of the most violent elements of that religion makes me fearful for our country.”
 
Wright expresses concerns that apparently there are people in the leadership of the U.S. military who are more afraid of offending America’s enemies than they are about advancing the very thing that could bring peace — the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Courtesy of http://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=989370