When was the last time a mosque held a food drive and was challenged by the “humanist group’?
The American Humanist Association, whose slogan is “good without God,” sent a letter last month to Dorchester District 2 officials threatening legal action over Oakbrook Elementary School’s support of students collecting food and raising money for Old Fort Baptist Church’s food pantry.
The association announced Thursday that the district “has agreed not to sponsor or endorse churches and religious institutions in the future.”
“We strongly support charitable giving, but the good intentions of fundraisers and food drives can be achieved in ways that do not favor any religion,” David Niose, legal director of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in an email Thursday.
Students were raising money and donating food before Thanksgiving for the church’s pantry, a part of its Community Impact for Christ program. The efforts were publicized on the school’s website and in fliers supporting “Old Fort Baptist Missions.”
The humanist association said it received complaints from some parents, and the association threatened legal action if the school didn’t drop the project in a Nov. 20 letter to District Superintendent Joe Pye and Oakbrook Principal Monica O’Dea.
“The purpose of this letter is to advise you that such school-sponsored fundraising efforts – the proceeds of which go directly to an evangelical Christian Church – must immediately cease, and that our organization will pursue the matter through litigation in federal court if it does not,” Monica Miller, an attorney with the Appignani Humanist Legal Center in Washington, D.C., said in the letter.
Responding to the humanist association, the school district’s attorney, John Reagle, wrote that the $100 the students raised through the sale of thank-you notes and the food they collected were given to high schools for distribution to needy students instead of being donated to the church’s food pantry.
SEIU was a fundamental underpinning of the Occupy movement, and has been one of the ever present groups behind these most recent protests.
Via Daily Beast:
Robert Murray, an SEIU organizing coordinator, has been charged for Saturday night’s assault on police officers on the Brooklyn Bridge.
A protester who has been charged with assaulting a New York police officer was making six-figures working for one the country’s largest unions, The Daily Beast has learned.
Robert Murray, 43, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, surrendered to police at Manhattan’s 5th Precinct Thursday morning.
According to a police spokesperson, Murray was charged with two felony counts of assaulting a police officer and three misdemeanors counts, one each of resisting arrest, inciting to riot, and obstruction of governmental administration. Murray has no prior arrests, the spokesman said. No date has been announced yet for Murray’s arraignment, where he will enter his plea and have an opportunity to contest the charges.
The fact that Democrats have been demanding this for illegals shows how warped their priorities are.
Via Washington Times:
Health and Human Services released long overdue guidelines Friday ordering facilities that house illegal immigrant children to set up sexual abuse prevention programs, and to be prepared to deal with tricky cases such as transgender or intersex children.
The rules, which congressional Democrats had demanded earlier this week, govern everything from pat-downs to evaluating each child for their likely risk of being targeted for sexual abuse or harassment, and govern how the children should be housed while at the private facilities, which operate under a government contract.
HHS said the facilities must be prepared to investigate abuse allegations, must put all employees who come in contact with children through thorough background checks, and need to take special care in cases where children have “any gender nonconforming appearance or manner or identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or intersex.”
In the case of transgender children, the guidelines instruct the facilities to ask the children which sex they identify as, and to take that into consideration when deciding whom to house them with.
That had been a particular request of the Democratic lawmaker.
The advance party already has boots on the ground.
Approximately 1,000 paratroopers from the Army’s famed 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq early next year to help the Iraqi security forces take on the Islamic State, the Pentagon announced Friday.
The soldiers from the 82nd’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Bragg, N.C., will begin to deploy in late January to train, advise and assist the ISF, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.
Their mission is part of the coalition effort to build up the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga so that they can recapture territory from Islamic State militants.
The paratroopers are preparing for a nine-month deployment, according to a spokeswoman for the 82nd Airborne.
Approximately 300 troops from other Army, Air Force and Marine Corps units will also deploy to provide “enabler” support in areas such as counterintelligence, logistics, and signals, Kirby said.
Last month, President Barack Obama authorized an additional 1,500 troops to deploy to Iraq to participate in the train, advise and assist mission. The deployment of elements of the 82nd Airborne is part of that initiative.
On Thursday, Lt. Gen. James Terry, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters that other countries in the coalition are expected to contribute to another 1,500-strong force for the capacity-building effort.
“The key to success out there will be increasing the capabilities of Iraqi security forces,” Terry said.
Iraqi officials are reportedly eager to go on the offensive and retake places like Mosul, but the U.S. military believes the ISF aren’t ready.
She should brag of this ‘achievement’ when campaigning in Florida…
Hillary Clinton was the main architect of the deal reached with Cuba and her advocacy toward opening a new relationship with the Castro regime began almost immediately when she became secretary of state, according to a report from Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin.
From 2009 until her departure in early 2013, Clinton and her top aides took the lead on the sometimes public, often private interactions with the Cuban government. According to current and former White House and State Department officials and several Cuba policy experts who were involved in the discussions, Clinton was also the top advocate inside the government for ending travel and trade restrictions on Cuba and reversing 50 years of U.S. policy to isolate the Communist island nation. Repeatedly, she pressed the White House to move faster and faced opposition from cautious high-ranking White House officials. […]
Clinton’s advocacy on behalf of opening a new relationship with Cuba began almost as soon as she came into office. Obama had campaigned on a promise to engage enemies, but the White House initially was slow to make good on that pledge, and on the Cuba front enacted only a modest relaxation of travel rules. From the start, Clinton pushed to hold Obama to his promise with regard to Cuba.
Shockingly, he lives in Berkeley.
Muslim scholar Hamza Yusuf, president of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif., blamed pornography for the proliferation of jihadist violence during a Georgetown University panel discussion Monday about the status of Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries.
Princeton University law professor Robert George moderated the panel, and Yusuf appeared onstage along with John Esposito, a Muslim Brotherhood defender who heads the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Christian Muslim Understanding at the university.
After George noted that intelligence agents routinely find sexually explicit materials on laptops belonging to captured jihadists, Yusuf offered a theory in which young men “become deeply defiled” by the pornography habits and blame the West for providing the corrupting influences. They turn to jihad for religious purification and redemption.
“I really think that we underestimate the amount of people that have this experience of wanting to restore some kind of purity to themselves,” Yusuf said, “and the only restoration for them is blowing themselves up and get rid of the part that is the source of my defilement which is my body.”
This came from a state-adopted workbook which means this isn’t the only school, and it was approved.
Via Fox News:
Parents in Farmville, North Carolina want to know why their children were given a Common Core vocabulary assignment in an English class that promoted the Prophet Muhammad and the Islamic faith.
“It really caught me off guard,” a Farmville Central High School student who was in the class told me. “If we are not allowed to talk about any other religions in school – how is this appropriate?”
The Islamic vocabulary worksheet was assigned to seniors.
“I was reading it and it caught me off guard,” the student told me. “I just looked at it and knew something was not right – so I emailed the pages to my mom.”
Can’t have any unauthorized folks wandering around.
The Secret Service is an “insular” agency that needs a new director hired from the outside, according to former government officials tasked with examining the embattled agency after a man with a knife stormed the White House.
An executive summary of the review released Thursday by the Homeland Security Department also concluded that the Secret Service needs more uniformed officers and plain clothes agents, better fencing at the White House and more training for officers.
“The next director will have to make difficult choices, identifying clear priorities for the organization and holding management accountable for any failure to achieve those priorities,” the group wrote after interviewing 50 Secret Service employees. “Only a director from outside the (Secret) Service, removed from organizational traditions and personal relationships, will be able to do the honest top-to-bottom reassessment this will require.”
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement that the recommendations are “astute, thorough and fair.”
Many of the proposed changes have been recommended before, including some that date to the Warren Commission Report, which detailed the government investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Johnson said Thursday the recommendations can’t fall by the wayside this time.
Hamas celebrating its removal from the terror list by Europe.
The IDF struck a weapons cache belonging to Hamas in Southern Gaza early Saturday morning, following an earlier rocket attack from Gaza into Israel on Friday afternoon, which exploded in open territory near the Eshkol Regional Council.
The reports are of at least two strikes by the Israel Air Force, which was reportedly assisted by the Israel Navy.
Gaza residents in the south reported loud explosions in the region.
There are no reports of any injuries.
This is the first time the IDF has struck Gaza since the end of Operation Protective Edge this summer.
Friday afternoon’s rocket attack against Israel marks the third such attack since the end of the summer conflict with Hamas.
He’s kidding, right? He is the the King of The Cavers.
“I think (Sony) made a mistake,” President Obama said earlier on Friday in a press conference addressing the Sony hacking attack, which the FBI said the North Korean government was responsible for. “That’s not what America is about… I wish they’d spoken to me first. I would have told them, ‘Do not get into a pattern in which you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks’.”
In his CNN interview set to air in full on Anderson Cooper’s AC360 at 5PM PT/8PM ET, Lynton made a point of contradicting Obama’s statement that Sony had not asked for his help.
“I did reach out,” said Lynton, who said Sony indeed sought assistance from the President. “We definitely spoke to a senior advisor in the White House to talk about the situation. The White House was certainly aware of the situation.”
Via NBC News:
ZUMAR, Iraq — Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq’s Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of Yazidis trapped there by ISIS fighters, a Kurdish leader said Thursday. “The peshmerga have managed to reach the mountain. A vast area has been liberated,” said Masrour Barzani, head of the Iraqi Kurdish region’s national security council, adding that 100 ISIS fighters had been killed. “Now a corridor is open and hopefully the rest of the [Sinjar] region will be freed.”
Backed by U.S. airstrikes, the assault ended the months-long ordeal of hundreds of people from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority, who had been besieged on the mountain since ISIS stormed Sinjar and other Kurdish-controlled parts of northern Iraq in August.
More mistreatment of the press, but they will say “Please sir, may I have another?”
In a first at the White House, President Obama called exclusively on female reporters Friday in his final news conference of the year.
Mr. Obama reached into his jacket pocket for his predetermined list of reporters to call on for questions, saying press secretary Josh Earnest had advised him “who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.” Apparently the male reporters have misbehaved, for the president proceeded to call on eight women in a row.
Profs Want Kindergartners Taught About Racial Tolerance Using Picture Books To Stop “Another Ferguson”…
Al Sharpton to draft said picture books in between approving movies for Sony.
Via Campus Reform:
Three faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin claimed that the best way to prevent “another Ferguson” is to start teaching tolerance to kindergarteners.
In a December 17th editorial in the Washington Post, the three faculty members, led by Jennifer Keys Adair, a professor of early childhood education, argue that children as young as nine-years-old harbor prejudices that can last a lifetime. The professors imply that Officer Darren Wilson—who fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.—killed because of his childhood prejudices.
“If we’d like to keep what happened in Ferguson from ever happening again, we have to stop the fear and damaging disconnect many white people have when in the presence of black males,” the academics write in their piece.
One of the ways to prevent this “fear,” they argue, is by “[influencing] young children’s racial attitudes” through “picture books [that are] about the everyday lives of black men so that racial diversity becomes normalized for young children.”
He loves James so much, he doesn’t even know his last name, and once again he looks like he is on heavy medication.
The Internet is having a field day with President Obama’s slip-up in a news conference today during which he referred to “The Interview” actor James Franco as “James Flacco.”
A Twitter user immediately created a photo mixing Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco with a photo of Franco, who stars in the embattled Sony Pictures comedy. The NFL’s Flacco even tweeted at President Obama.
It’s impossible for him to take a stand on anything without a drastic contradiction haunting him.
Via Daily Caller:
President Obama’s statement at a year-end press conference on Friday in which he said that Sony has set a bad precedent by caving in to North Korean hackers’ demands to pull its movie, “The Interview”, is at odds with his administration’s stance on another movie — “Innocence of Muslims.”
On Friday, Obama said:
“We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like. Or even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody’s sensibilities who probably need to be offended.”
But in 2012, after a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House scrambled to get YouTube to remove “Innocence of Muslims”, a movie which the administration believed may have helped spark the uprising which killed four Americans, including Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens.
First up: Obama issues a proclamation declaring January “White Privilege Month.”
At his end of the year press conference on Friday, President Obama addressed the task force on race relations he put together following the grand jury decisions of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. The president says the report will not be “abstract musings” but instead “concrete, practical things” that law enforcement agencies can “begin implementing right now to rebuild trust between communities of color and the police department.”
“The task force that I formed is supposed to report back to me in 90 days,” President Obama said. “My intention is to, as soon as I get those recommendations, to start implementing them. Some of them I’ll be able to do through executive actions, some of them will require Congressional action, some of them will require action on the part of states and local jurisdictions.
Obama apologizes like it’s a natural body function when it has to do with foreign countries (usually involving our foes and/or dictators), but has never apologized to Republicans
Obama: “In the aggregate, Black America is better off now than when I came into office. The gap between white and Black America persists.”
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) December 19, 2014
It’s been a good week for the race hustlers…bad week for America.