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UN Assembly Adopts Treaty on Rights of Disabled: "The convention, which must be ratified by 20 nations to come into effect, covers civil and political rights, accessibility and the unrestricted right to education, health and employment. Ratifying nations must adopt laws prohibiting discrimination." This sounds compassionate, but how will governments stretch the definition of "rights" and "disabled" to control people, change schools, and close small companies? SeeTrading U.S. Rights for UN Rules
British Christian Arrested for Distributing Bible Tracts Opposing Homosexuality: "As bad as things are with the rise of an intolerant, government-endorsed 'gay' agenda in the USA, they are worse in Canada, England and much of Western Europe....
"Stephen Green, 55, national director of the evangelical organization Christian Voice, was arrested for handing leaflets entitled 'Same-sex love – same-sex sex: What does the Bible say?” to festival goers attending the homosexual celebration held in Bute Park. Green was charged with using 'threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior.'..." See Whose "rights" will rule in a "democratized" world?
Latvia Angers EU over Homophobia: "...the Parliament of Latvia upset the European Union by refusing to accept a labour bill that would make it a criminal offense for a private person or company to refuse to employ a gay person.... The Latvian parliamentarians insisted on the right of private employers to turn down people whose moral behaviour they reject." See Ban truth - Reap Tyranny
Brussels Journal Editor Threatened with Prosecution over Homeschooling : "Yesterday my husband Paul Belien, the editor of this website, was summoned to the police station and interrogated. He was told that the Belgian authorities are of the opinion that, as a homeschooler, he has not adequately educated his children and, hence, is neglecting his duty as a parent, which is a criminal offence....
"My husband, a lawyer by training, and I, a former university lecturer, have homeschooled four of our five children through high school. These four have meanwhile moved on to university. Our youngest child is also being homeschooled....The fact that a growing group of children seems to be escaping from the government¹s influence clearly bothers the authorities."Three years ago a new school bill was introduced. The new bill refers to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child...." See Three Myths of Homeschooling
Seven-Year-Old Beaten at School For Father's Stand Against Homosexual Activism: "On May 17—the two-year anniversary of same-sex 'marriage' in Massachusetts—the first-grade son of a prominent pro-family advocate was dragged and beaten behind the Estabrook Elementary School in Lexington during recess, receiving multiple blows to the chest, stomach, and genital area. Jacob Parker, the 7-year-old who was attacked, is the son of David Parker... [who had] objected to homosexual curriculum in his son's kindergarten class....
"...one student in particular performed the actual physical assault while, 'many children stood, watched silently, and did nothing as the beating commenced.'.... The group of kids surrounded Jacob and he was beaten and punched. Then, as he fell to the ground, another child was heard saying to the group of children, 'Now you all can finish him off.'...
"Parker noted that his conflict with the school over homosexuality is well known among the students.... Members of the community itself have organized public demonstrations specifically against Parker, in which their children have taken part....
"Ironically, the school prides itself on its long-time involvement in various 'Safe School' programs, which are geared to creating school environments 'safe' for students who are homosexual. Parker asked, "Isn't the school supposed to be addressing safety and preventing bullying and violence? Or are such programs only focused on children with homosexual parents?" See No Rights for Resisters
Saving Souls at School: "At least a dozen teachers and staff members at the public school run the 'Good News' Christian club. Attendance in the group, which started in January, has swelled to more than a fifth of Little River's enrollment. ... To maintain separation of church and state, public school teachers may not promote religion during school hours. But some teachers are doing so right after their school day ends, thanks to two court rulings. In 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of religious groups to spread their message to children in elementary schools after hours. Three years later, a federal appeals court ruled that it is legal for teachers to participate in such clubs....
"After receiving a letter from a concerned parent about a teacher-led club at another elementary school, Dr. Denlinger told principals earlier this month that the district plans to examine the Bible clubs."
Could a complaint from one parent become more significant to the school than the law of the land? Does the popularity of the Good News Club make it less legal for Christians to use public places than for other groups such as the Gay clubs or "Satanism club," which may freely meet on school grounds after classes end. On the other hand, the "fun" activity at the end sounds out-of-place for a group that "helps instill character and values."See The Postmodern Church
Islamist Threats To Dutch Politician Bring Chill: "Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been threatened repeatedly with 'execution' by Islamist extremists. She lives in an apartment with bulletproof windows, and is driven to work at the Dutch Parliament by armed guards, who vary the route to outfox would-be hit men. But an unexpected menace emerged closer to home: her own neighbors. They have fought to evict her, complaining that the presence of a well-known terrorist target in their luxury apartment tower in this Dutch city has upset their family lives and reduced the value of their property....
In late April, a court in The Hague gave Ms. Hirsi Ali four months to vacate her apartment. Her departure, judges ruled, was necessary to protect the 'human rights' of her fearful neighbors....
"Across Europe, dozens of people are now in hiding or under police protection because of threats from Muslim extremists. Dutch police say politicians reported 121 death threats last year.... Geert Wilders, a right-wing member of parliament who also lives in a high-security apartment owned by the state, says he has received 120 menacing emails and letters since January. One of the latest reads: "Oh you cursed infidel! Don't think you are safe from our mighty organization....It is our wish to kill you by decapitation...!'
"Who did what and why during World War II are still touchy questions here. Holland deported 78% of its Jews -- the highest proportion in Western Europe. Among them was Anne Frank..." See The Fall and Rise of Human Violence
Civility, not censorship, is issue in 'Da Vinci Code' debate: "Tom Hanks... says it's just a story, 'loaded with all sorts of hooey and fun kind of scavenger-hunt-type nonsense.' He's right, but so is an official of the Christian Council of Korea, who said, ''The Da Vinci Code' is a movie which belittles and tries to destroy Christianity.'
"...this thriller is mounting the powerful argument that Christianity is rotten to the core, based on lies and political conspiracy. It is surely one of the most effective attacks on Christian faith in generations. ...[We've had this kind of assault before, but not addressed to such a large audience of religious illiterates and uncritical minds.
"...where is the muscular pro-censorship lobby that usually leaps into action whenever 'hate speech' is detected? After all, eccentric historian David Irving is sitting in an Austrian prison for two speeches he gave denying the Holocaust....
"Ordinary civility should make us cautious about attacking religions that so many people hold dear. But if you believe that any religion is dangerous or nonsensical, you should speak out.... Now Europe is itching to ban negative comments against all religion whose adherents are likely to cut your head with a rusty saw when criticized. Since this doesn't include Christianity, double standards are clearly being set up." See Whose "rights" will rule in a "democratized" world?
Bill to ban 'mom, dad' from texts advances: "A bill requiring students to learn about the contributions homosexuals have made to society and that would remove sex-specific terms such as 'mom' and 'dad' from textbooks has passed another hurdle on the way to becoming the law of the land in California. Having already been approved by the state's Senate Judiciary Committee, SB 1437, which would mandate grades 1-12 buy books 'accurately' portraying 'the sexual diversity of our society,' got the nod yesterday of the Senate Education Committee. The bill also requires students hear history lessons on 'the contributions of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America." See Ban truth - Reap Tyranny
Court Won't Hear Fight Over Jesus Poster: "The Supreme Court refused Monday to get involved in a fight over a Jesus poster that a New York kindergarten student submitted for a class assignment on ways to save the environment."
The price for a place at the table: "Evangelical Christians are getting a lot of advice these days on politics...: 'You can be part of the process, so long as you don't step on certain toes.... If you want to remain in... the good graces of the GOP, you will learn to shut up as homosexual activists radically redefine marriage, ply their message of acceptance to schoolchildren and construct 'hate-crime' laws designed to crush resistance.'...
"[Mr. Douthat] depicts the evangelical response to the homosexual cultural onslaught as an obsession with 'gay Teletubbies.' ... Never mind, for instance, that the creator of 'Teletubbies' admitted in an interview that he deliberately costumed one of the male Tubbies as lavender, carrying a purse and wearing an upside-down triangle on his head (the symbol of gay liberation) to encourage toddlers to question their gender identity. Truth is no defense, it seems, when you cross the powerful homosexual lobby and its media allies." See How Teletubbies Teach Children
Public school teachers gone wild: "The outrage is not merely that White introduced moonbat politics into his science classroom, but that he compelled his captive young audience to endure personal politics of any kind. The offense is compounded by the teacher's blatant violation of school rules against obscenity....
"...my son was told he couldn't leave the room without saying, 'John Kerry rocks,'" [a mother] said. 'I think my son is entitled to his opinion, just like (his teacher) is. I don't think any issue should be forced on my son.'" See Paradigm Shift - Total transformation
The Armor of God. Our children need to wear it!
Islam. Apostasy Case Raises Questions About Islamic Constitutions: "Afghanistan's constitution, signed into law in January 2004, includes in the preamble adherence to 'the holy religion of Islam' as well as respect for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article two states that Islam is the official religion, but 'followers of other faiths shall be free within the bounds of law in the exercise and performance of their religious rights.' Article three, however, states that 'no law shall contravene the tenets and provisions of the holy religion of Islam.'... In effect, the requirement of article three abrogates any perceived suggestion of religious liberty in article two.'...
"In the case of Iraq's new constitution, the document states that freedom of religion is upheld, but also says that 'no law may be passed that contradicts the constitution, the undisputed laws of Islam, or the principles of democracy.'... That clause caused Iraqi Christian leaders such concern they issued a last minute plea to amend the draft, to no avail. ....Under shari'a, any Muslim who abandons his faith is guilty of apostasy. According to some Islamic scholars the offense is punishable by death." See Risking her life to follow Jesus
But the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not much better. See the next link:
Seeds of Persecution. Trading U.S. Rights for UN Rules: "At the first glance, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights sounds good, as do all the intrusive UN human rights treaties. Article 18 upholds 'the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion...' Article 19 affirms 'the right to freedom of opinion and expression... and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.'
"But Article 29 states that 'these rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.' In other words, these 'rights' or 'freedoms' don't apply to those who would criticize the UN or its policies. Your rights would be conditioned on your compliance." SeeDon't Mention Jesus
Netherlands blasts Solana on alleged cartoon apologies: "The Netherlands has sharply criticised EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana for the allegedly apologetic tone he has used when facing muslim countries. ...the EU's top foreign policy official said... 'I expressed our sincere regret that religious feelings have been hurt', vowing 'to reach out...to make sure that people’s hearts and minds are not hurt again.'" But there as been little concern about the faith and feelings of European Christians. See Ban truth - Reap Tyranny
Judge Upholds Prayer Limits in Ind. State House: "In a spirited duel over prayer, members of the Indiana state House are at odds with a federal judge who ruled that the daily invocation appeals too often to Jesus Christ and a Christian god. The 'systematically sectarian' prayers, U.S. District Judge David F. Hamilton concluded, are barred by the Constitution, which forbids the government to show preference for any religious denomination. He ordered the House to avoid mentioning Christ in the formal benedictions."
This battle against Christian expressions is spearheaded by the Indiana branch of the ACLU -- the organization thatsupports the new "Bible Literacy" textbook for use in public schools! Please read Training students to rethink God's Word.
The Assault on Religion in America: "...secular forces in America led by the ACLU (search) want to wipe out all vestiges of religious traditions in public. This battle's been going on for quite some time, but it is intensifying.
"...the school board in Hillsborough County, Florida, the Tampa area, has removed most mentions of religious holidays from the school calendar. This, after a Muslim student requested an Islamic holiday be included among observances like Yom Kippur, Good Friday, and the day after Easter. Rather than deal with the Muslim issue, the school board ruled 5 to 1 to wipe out all mention of religious observances, except for Christmas. That federal holiday is being called 'Winter Break'."
Goebbels Redux: "A generation after Nazi Germany launched a campaign to exterminate the Jews, a new German government is underwriting a campaign to create Judenrein (Jewish-free territory) in parts of Israel....
"According to the Ebert Foundation's website, its primary mission is 'promoting peace and understanding between peoples.'... In contrast to the lofty goals of peace and reconciliation advocated by the German government publicly, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation has aligned itself with the most virulent proponents of the Palestinian 'right of return.' It is operating with funds traced directly to the German government, and is openly subsidizing groups that seek to dismember the state of Israel."
English flag offensive to Muslims? "Prison officials in Britain are concerned that tie pins worn by officers featuring the St. George's Cross – the symbol on England's flag – could offend Muslims who might associate it with the Crusades of the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries.... It later became the national flag of England."
The Parent Trap: "David and Tonia Parker of Lexington, Mass., saw a red flag when their son came home from kindergarten last January with a 'diversity book bag that included Who’s in a Family, a book promoting acceptance of gay marriage.... They requested notification of any future school discussions of homosexuality so they could have their son opt out. They pointed to a state law defending the opt-out right of parents. The school argued that the law pertained to sex education, not discussion of family forms....
"Another couple, the Parkers say, knew about the book bag and told the school not to send it, but their child was sent home with it anyway.
"...gay activists tend to blur the line between tolerance, which the vast majority of Americans favor, and approval of homosexuality, which meets significantly greater resistance. This happens often as lessons of approval are smuggled into anti-bias programs. Another problem is an older one: Public school systems often view parents not as allies but as annoying obstacles to be overcome." See No Rights for Resisters
House Approves 'Anti-Hate' Bill -- Freedom Of Speech Now In Jeopardy (Passage Of Thought Crimes Bill Spells Doom To Free Talk Radio): "This federal legislation, orchestrated by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith will lead to creation of a vast anti-hate bureaucracy in America, similar to what now exists in Canada. In Canada it is a 'hate crime' to publicly criticize such federally protected groups as homosexuals ...
"1. It breaks down all barriers between federal and states, rights in law enforcement. It allows federal 'thought police' to meddle, upon the flimsiest of pretexts, in states, enforcement of civil rights laws.
"2. It requires all states to pass and enforce ADL-style anti-hate laws." See Clinton's War on Hate Bans Christian Values
How Would Washingtonians Want to Be Treated? (This September newsletter message is not yet posted by the email sender) "Would Bill Frist’s and Hillary Clinton’s medical records have been made electronically and instantly available to health-care providers and government and law-enforcement officials across the country without their consent? Would the personal health information of Capitol Hill staffers have become accessible to thousands of others without their permission?"
The Muslim hate crime that wasn't: "The grievance industry went into overdrive last month when burned Korans were reportedly discovered at a local mosque in southwest Virginia.... The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations issued an immediate press release on June 16 calling for 'Americans of all faiths to obtain and read the Quran after burned copies of Islam's revealed text were found' in a shopping bag at the front door of the Islamic Center of Blacksburg....
"Al-Qatami also told the Roanoake Times: 'Let's face it, books don't burn themselves and end up outside of a mosque. It's a willful act.' ...a Muslim graduate student... told the Roanoake Times that the case 'was certainly very symbolic.'
"It certainly was a symbol -- a symbol of the knee-jerk penchant among some civil rights groups and their enablers to cry racism, claim discrimination, and criticize U.S. law enforcement authorities for not doing enough to stop 'hate crimes.' It turns out, you see, that the burnt Koran was left at the mosque by . . . a Muslim student."Four Faces of Islam
10,000 HOMES TO BE DEMOLISHED IN UK: "John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister, told the House of Commons that 10,000 homes would be demolished in a $2 billion program to create 'sustainable communities.' This massive 'Pathfinder' program has been adopted to transform the nation into sustainable communities, a major step toward compliance with goal seven of the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals, and further implementation of the U.N.'s Agenda 21. A similar program is underway in the United States, but proponents are careful to deny that the U.N. has any influence or involvement. The facts tell a different story."
'Mother's Day' too offensive? "Becker said he was told: 'We cannot say 'Mother's Day' because we might exclude someone.' 'I was confused.... Everybody has a mother. ... 'Who would we be offending on Mother's Day?' The response: 'What about families with two fathers?'" See Trading U.S. Rights for UN Rules & Declaration on Tolerance
School Board Sued for Proselytizing: "One of the materials approved as a teacher resource refers students to gay affirming religious organizations such as Lutherans Concerned, Dignity for Catholics, Rainbow Baptists, and More Light Presbyterians. 'Advocating certain religions over others is discriminatory, said Griggs. 'The School Board is providing a religious and biased point of view. Teachers should not refer students to specific religious organizations, especially without parental permission. This ‘resource’ has no place in school.” See Ban truth - Reap Tyranny
Are you being targeted for euthanasia? "Your life may be in danger if you are admitted to a hospital, especially if you are over 65 or have a chronic illness or a disability. ... Euthanasia is not legal but it is being practiced. Last year the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 1 in 5 critical care nurses admit to having hastened the death of the terminally ill! I believe the percentage is much higher. I have worked with nurses who even admit to overdosing their parents...
"I am a registered nurse in the St. Paul/ Minneapolis area with 15 years experience in emergency and critical care. My knowledge of euthanasia not only comes from my experience working in the critical care units throughout the Twin Cities, but also comes from a personal tragedy and loss in 1995.... My grandmother had no terminal diagnosis but the hospice admitting record indicates two doctors signed their name stating that she was terminally ill and would die within six months. How was this determined? The first doctor, who was the director of hospice, never came to evaluate her or even read the chart. More interesting is the fact that the second doctor was on vacation.... How can this be professionally, morally or even legally acceptable?...
"The killing in hospitals today is commonly... disguised by the word 'compassion.'" See Huxley's Brave New World
The law against religious hatred is – in effect – an invitation to it [UK]: "I have been talking to an evangelical Christian minister who works in north Manchester.... One day, two policemen in body armour turned up on the doorstep of a couple of his parishioners. They produced a pamphlet that the couple had helped distribute, aimed at the conversion of Muslims to Christianity, and told them that this constituted a serious crime of incitement to racial hatred that might carry a seven-year jail sentence. The racial element, they explained, came from the fact that the leaflet was produced by white people and was targeted at Asians....
"It took seven weeks for the police to lift their threat, eventually writing a letter to the minister admitting that there was nothing racial in the pamphlet. But what will happen to this little Church if incitement to religious 'hatred' becomes a crime?...
"In other words, this law against religious hatred is, in effect, an invitation to it. It incites each faith to take offence, and ensures that the most zealous can make the most trouble." See Ban truth - Reap tyranny and the next two links:
repeat Religious Hate Law comes before British Parliament [UK]: “'The bill proposes extending existing laws which already ban incitement to racial hatred to cover religious hatred as well.... The government argues that the law is needed to prevent far-right racist groups and extremists of all religions whipping up hatred against the followers of other faiths."repeat California's Hate Crimes Expansion Potentially 'Dangerous' for Christians, Activists Say: "Under this legislation [Senate Bill 1234], individuals could claim that someone expressing their deeply held beliefs, whether political or religious, presents an 'intimidating' threat that is punishable.... Hate crimes law, CCF says, are the first step toward 'thought police' because they punish people's points of views instead of focusing on people's conduct." See From U.S. Sovereignty to Global Conformity
School sued over homosexual tolerance training: "A federal lawsuit... alleges that middle and high school students in Boyd County Public Schools -- a school district in Kentucky -- are forced to participate in diversity training, are told homosexuality cannot be changed and are warned not to say otherwise. Parents are not given an opt-out option for their children." See Silencing the Opposition and Dealing with Resisters
Case for the public good collides with private rights: "Next week, Ms Kelo will go to the US Supreme Court to challenge the ancient right of government to take property from the individual for the common good.... Legal experts say hers is one of the most important US property rights cases in the past 50 years.... The case tests whether it is constitutional for local governments to take land away from homeowners and give it to developers, just because they promise more taxes and jobs." See Systems Thinking & Creating Community
Swede's Sermon on Gays: Bigotry or Free Speech? "...the 63-year-old clergyman delivered a sermon denouncing homosexuality as 'a deep cancerous tumor in the entire society' and condemning Sweden's plan to allow gays to form legally recognized partnerships. 'Our country is facing a disaster of great proportions,' he told the 75 parishioners at the service. 'Sexually twisted people will rape animals,' Green declared, and homosexuals 'open the door to forbidden areas,' such as pedophilia.
"With these words, which the local newspaper published at his request, Green ran afoul of Sweden's strict laws against hate speech. He was indicted, convicted and sentenced to 30 days in jail....
"...the case had become 'a cause celebre' among the Christian right because 'there is a fear we are heading in a similar direction in this country.' "What has been a traditional moral expression of the church has now been criminalized in a very modern, sophisticated, Western state, and that is extremely alarming'."
He must be referring to California's alarming new law: SB 1234
Political Correctness Running Amok on College Campuses: "Across America, more and more colleges are forcing Christian student groups to admit non-Christians or face being dissolved or punished. It is part of a wave of political correctness that accuses believers of discrimination if they want to limit their fellowship to like-minded believers....
"'...implicit in our statement of faith is the idea that sex is only to be practiced within the bounds of marriage, so that would exclude homosexual conduct.' But ASU's Student Code of Conduct prohibits 'engaging in discriminatory activities... on the basis of (among other things)... religion, (or) sexual orientation.'...
"'The application of religion and sexual orientation non-discrimination rules is the most significant threat to religious freedom in America right now.' Baylor says it is almost like a fad spreading nationwide: universities ignoring federal law and cracking down on religious student groups."See Trading U.S. Rights for UN Rules
Who Were The Pilgrims? "...these brave pioneers who stepped ashore on a cold December day [Dec. 22] in 1620.... The Pilgrims were a humble, honest, stout-hearted people who simply believed that human beings have the right to worship God according the dictates of conscience, as they perceive the Bible’s direction and Christ’s leading. While still in England,they claimed the right to religious freedom, the right to separate from a national church and take responsibility for forming and governing their own local institution of worship. In time, this Pilgrim view became pretty much the universal American view, and one reason we link the Pilgrims to American liberty.
"At first, in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteen centuries, Americans displayed an almost universal affection and respect for the Pilgrims.... But after the 1920s, America began to change. In the 1930s there was a great depression, an immense spread of Freudian and Marxist pseudo intellectualism, and a consequent disillusionment with America, the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and America’s Pilgrim roots....
"After 1623, the Pilgrims... owned and read their own Bibles (still against the law in England and Europe). They sang out of their own hymnals (written and published while they were still in Holland, where they first found a refuge). They worshipped according to the dictates of conscience, without interference from any authority, something virtually unknown in any other part of the civilized world, and they lived at peace with God, the Indians and each other." Paradigm Shift - Total transformation
Flyer-Posting Soph Moves Back Into UNH Dorm: "The University of New Hampshire student who was kicked out of his residence hall for joking about female freshmen gaining weight has been allowed back in campus housing. The school's change of heart comes after an education rights group accused the university of violating the student's First Amendment rights. ...
"Sophomore Tim Garneau was evicted from UNH campus housing for posting flyers in his dorm that suggested women could lose the 'Freshmen 15' by walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator for one or two floors.
"The school has now dropped ... 'the claim that this flyer somehow violated the [school's] affirmative action policy,' the FIRE spokesman explains.... Even though UNH is requiring Garneau to attend ethics counseling, Lukianoff says the case is still an important free-speech victory." See Trading U.S. Rights for UN Rules
Parents can still smack [spank] - if they're gentle [UK]: "A total ban on parents smacking their children was rejected overwhelmingly by MPs last night. The Commons backed a compromise under which parents would still be able to administer a 'mild' smack, but could face prosecution for punishment that caused bruising, a black eye or left a red mark for several hours." SeeThe UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
These people telling me how to chastise my child need a slap [UK]: "It's a weird time to be bringing up children. You can find that your daughter has been prescribed contraceptives by a state nurse without your knowledge, even under the age of consent, but you are still liable to be imprisoned if she plays truant repeatedly from school. You can abort a foetus of 26 weeks but people are trying to stop you smacking a child to the point where his skin reddens for more than... how long? A few minutes? If this is the nanny state, honestly we should leave rearing children to mother." See What Happened to Parents' Rights?
Victory for Religious Employee Fired by AT&T for Refusing to Sign Certificate of Understanding: "In January 2001, AT&T published a new employee handbook. All employees were required to sign a written acknowledgment that they had received it, as well as a 'Certificate of Understanding.' ... However, upon reviewing the 84-page handbook, Buonanno, a Christian with sincerely-held religious beliefs regarding homosexuality, found several things he could not, in good conscience, agree to. On page 6, under the section titled 'Diversity,' the handbook stated: 'Each person at AT&T Broadband is charged with the responsibility to fully recognize, respect and value the differences among all of us.' On page 67, the company gave sexual orientation protected status. For Buonanno, to acknowledge that he agrees with a lifestyle which he believes to be sinful would be to compromise his faith....
"On Jan. 31, 2001, Buonanno presented his written statement and the unsigned Certificate to his supervisor, who alerted AT&T’s human resources representative. When Buonanno reported to work the next morning, he was immediately escorted to the human resources representative’s office and informed that AT&T would terminate his employment if he refused to sign the Certificate."See Brainwashing in America
Christian campus group must accept non-believers: "A Christian group is suing a state university that rejected its recognition on campus because it will not accept officers and members who openly oppose its religious beliefs.... The school insisted that 'to be one of our student-recognized organizations, the CLS chapter must open its membership to all students irrespective of their religious beliefs or sexual orientation." See Matthew 24:9
Parents say school denies rights: "The parents of some Muslim students attending Bancroft Intermediate School in Wilmington have charged that the Christina School District is interfering with their children's observance of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. The students are required to go to the cafeteria for lunch during a month when they are supposed to fast during daylight hours, parents said. They also are being denied the opportunity to go to an empty classroom and pray during the day."
Of course, Christian families have been denied any such consideration in schools across the country. See Brave New Schools, Silencing the Opposition
Christians Arrested: "October 10, 2004, eleven Christians with the Philadelphia-based Repent America were arrested, jailed, and charged under hate crimes legislation during an evangelistic outreach at the annual 'OutFest' homosexual pride event held in the public streets of Philadelphia. The six men and five women representing Repent America approached the event and were immediately confronted with unlawful opposition by a group of homosexuals. This group, the 'Pink Angels', was formed by homosexual attorney Chuck Volz, a senior adviser to Philly Pride Presents, organizers of the annual OutFest event which receives $22,500 yearly from the City of Philadelphia. The 'Pink Angels' blocked access to Repent America by forming a human chain, refusing to allow the Christians to walk down the public sidewalk." See Clinton's War on Hate Bans Christian Values
Christians beat 'anti-discrimination' policy: "Facing a lawsuit, Ohio State University backed down on a policy that prevented a Christian group from choosing its leaders based on religious criteria.... The university threatened to revoke the groups registered student status based on a policy that says 'discrimination against an individual based upon... religion [or] sexual orientation... is prohibited.' ...
"'It makes no sense to require a student-led organization to admit people as officers who can undermine the group's very reason for existence,' said Jordan Lorence...."
Roosevelt 'Christian' quote raises ire: "Roosevelt's statement, 'The true Christian is the true citizen,' is engraved in gold on a mahogany wall at one of the courthouse departments. ... The quotes have been displayed since 1930 without any formal complaint. The ADL claims, however, that the Roosevelt quote 'marginalizes' non-Christians coming into contact with the courthouse." See
Judge: 'Choose Life' plate unconstitutional: "A federal judge ruled Friday that the state's 'Choose Life' license plate is unconstitutional based.... 'We're all very pleased,' said [ACLU attorney George Barrett....
"Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life, said they weren't surprised... 'I think that it's a great irony to claim to protect free speech by eliminating it,' he said." Trading U.S. Rights for UN Rules
Does the state have a right to monitor? "At dispute is the age-old but not yet settled question of who owns the children, and who therefore should oversee their education - the parents, the state, or God?" See The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child [This UN treaty ensures that governments, not parents, must determine what's best for the child.]
Sweden's Hate Speech Law: "The prosecution of a Christian pastor for the crime of preaching a biblical sermon sets a new low for the culture of political correctness. .... The logic of this prosecution is driven by the ardent determination of homosexual activists to make all criticism of homosexuality illegal. The logic of many hate crimes statutes plays right into this ideological strategy. By silencing all opposition, advocates for the normalization of homosexuality have the public square entirely to themselves, with defenders of biblical sexuality and the traditional family left without a voice and risking prosecution for any language or argument deemed offensive by the guardians of political correctness...
"...the prosecutor in this case, Kjell Yngvesson, justified the arrest and prosecution of Pastor Green on these grounds: 'One may have whatever religion one wishes, but this is an attack on all fronts against homosexuals. Collecting Bible citations on this topic as he does makes this hate speech.'...
"The recent expansion of hate crimes laws in Canada, intended to outlaw all criticism of homosexuality, is convincing proof that these trends are not limited to Europe. ...Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a hate crimes provision attached to a defense appropriation bill. ...Where this leads, of course, is to the eradication of all criticism of homosexuality itself.... We are now witnesses to the criminalizing of Christianity."
Norway still the world's best place to live: "Researchers for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) also weighed countries' degrees of cultural freedom in their analysis. They called cultural freedom a 'basic human right,' and awarded high scores in this year's UN Human Development Report to countries that accept immigrant cultures in addition to their own. Norway's cultural diversity has blossomed in recent years, and public policies are aimed at integrating various ethnic groups and promoting tolerance. Norway also was lauded for its high literacy rate in addition to educational levels and material wealth."
Wonder how long "cultural freedom" will be a "basic human right" for homeschooling and other committed Christians. 2 Timothy 3:1-14
Hate-crimes law worries pastors: "'It is a measure of our times that religious leaders have lately considered taking out liability insurance to cover remarks made from the pulpit,' said Becket Fund President Kevin J. Hasson. Of particular concern to pastors is the amendment's expansion of the definition of 'harassment' to include 'harassment by communication' – which means one could be convicted on the basis of spoken words alone....
"Canada recently added sexual orientation as a protected category in its genocide and hate-crimes legislation, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. Opponents fear the Bible will be regarded as 'hate literature' under the criminal code in certain instances, as evidenced by the case of a Saskatchewan man fined by a provincial human-rights tribunal for taking out a newspaper ad with Scripture references to verses about homosexuality."
Subsidizing Illegal Immigration: "This year, nearly 7,500 qualified California residents – who would otherwise be entering California state universities as incoming freshmen – are likely to be turned away for lack of funds. Meanwhile, approximately 7,500 illegal immigrants will receive heavily subsidized university educations at a cost of between $45 million and $65 million annually at those same universities....
"Under this bizarre law, American citizens from other states pay more than three times as much as illegal aliens to attend California schools....
"Perhaps even more galling is the inequity this creates for legal immigrants. The immigrant who respected and obeyed our nation’s laws will be charged $22,504 per year to attend the University of California, while the illegal immigrant who disrespected and disobeyed the law will pay only $6,028."
Muslim Call to Prayers in Michigan: "The City Council of Hamtramck, Michigan approved an amendment to the city's noise ordinance to allow the Muslim call to prayer over loudspeakers 5 times daily, from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. The new ordinance takes effect May 26."
Punishment includes Islam indoctrination: "After losing an appeal to Canada's Supreme Court on Oct. 17, Mark Harding must resume his sentence of two years probation and 340 hours of community service under the direction of Mohammad Ashraf, general secretary of the Islamic Society of North America in [Ontario, Canada].... Ashraf... said that instead of licking stamps and stuffing envelopes, 'it would be better if you learned about Islam.'...
"Harding was convicted in 1998 on federal hate-crimes charges stemming from a June 1997 incident in which he distributed pamphlets outside a public high school... in Toronto. Harding – who said that until that point he spent most of his time evangelizing Muslims – was protesting the school's policy of setting aside a room for Muslim students to pray during school hours. ....'The point I was trying to make is you shouldn't have a violent religion like Islam allowed in a school when Christianity or Hinduism or Buddhism is not allowed.' ... Harding, an evangelical Protestant, insists he has love rather than hatred toward Muslims and wants to see them go to heaven....
"The Islamic Society of North America in Canada, where Harding is required to fulfill his community service, describes itself as a 'broad-based unity of Muslims and Islamic organizations committed to the mission and movement of Islam: nurturing a way of life in the light of the guidance from the Quran and Sunnah for establishing a vibrant presence of Muslims in Canada.'"Trading U.S. Rights for UN Rules
Stomping on free speech: "Bill C-250 [is] a repressive, anti-free-speech measure that is on the brink of becoming law in Canada. It would add 'sexual orientation' to the Canadian hate propaganda law, thus making public criticism of homosexuality a crime. It is sometimes called the 'Bible as Hate Literature' bill, or simply 'the chill bill.' It could ban publicly expressed opposition to gay marriage.... Religious groups say it would become risky for them to teach certain biblical passages. If a student says something that irritates homosexuals in class, the student's parents might be held legally liable. Some Canadians worry that, for instance, discussions about gay men giving blood will be suppressed." See Ban truth - Reap Tyranny
Children Bill - Important information for parents: (UK) Ten things you need to know about the new Children Bill: 1. THE PERSONAL DETAILS OF YOUR CHILD will be put on to a database.... 2. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION about YOUR CHILD will be shared amongst a lot of people and organisations.... 3. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION about YOU will also be shared on the database. 4. The 'information' does not have to be 'facts'. People must report their 'concerns' about your child and you.... THERE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT A 'CONCERN.'... 9. The Government has a dreadful record on maintaining the security and accuracy of large databases. This database will be DANGEROUS to YOUR CHILD and to the children this Bill is meant to protect...."
Child plans worry home educators (UK): "Home educators say government proposals to protect children in England could have the opposite effect. They say official suspicions about home education might deter parents from seeking medical help when they need it.... Many globalist educators fear that homeschooling helps children embrace the Christian values that hinder their acceptance of UN goals and values. That's one reasons why the government wants to control and assess homeschooled children -- under the banner of "protection." See What Happened To Parents' Rights? and the next link:
International Law. Protecting Children and Young People: The Charter: "As children and young people, we have a right to be protected and be safe from harm from others. When we have difficulties or problems we expect you to: Get to know us. Speak with us. Listen to us. Take us seriously. Involve us. Respect our privacy. Be responsible to us. Think about our lives as a whole...."This is the Scottish version of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. But America is headed down the same road. See Trading U.S. Rights for UN Rules
Schooling children on human rights: Malaysia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1995, which presents principles related to the “well-being of every child without distinction or discrimination on account of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status ...” Hence, under the convention, the child is viewed as an active subject of rights, not merely as the object of special protection and assistance. This means that besides the right to survival, protection and development, the convention includes the rights of the child to participation. The state is made responsible to ensure that these rights are widely known to adults, children and the public. ...children are viewed as a vital group for promoting human rights awareness because they are vulnerable to abuse and denial of their rights, which include the right to education and the right to rest and recreation.
Children's progress 'hit by TV': "Young children who watch too much television have impaired language development, research suggests.... Children who were heavy television viewers were less able to express themselves, though he says "specific cause and effect relationships have not been identified". For those aged under two, the literature was far less certain about the benefits of "the current crop of educational television". "Some evidence suggests that children under 22 months are simply incapable of acquiring information from television, or learning first words, and can only do so via interactions with adults," Dr Close reported. ....A recent survey suggested that nearly a third of all children under the age of four have a television in their bedroom." (3-15)
Are Boys Safer in Boy Scouts Than in Big Brothers?"In the Boy Scouts, volunteers must subscribe in writing to a policy that explicitly prohibits homosexual leaders. By contrast, for the past two decades, the Big Brothers -- taking the lead of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association -- has followed an explicit non-discrimination policy for those who practice homosexuality.... The evidence also seems to indicate that policies of non-discrimination against homosexuals by social workers do not work to the advantage of children." Paradigm Shift: Total transformation
Ariz. Ranchers Sued by Civil Rights Group: "The civil action accuses the Barnetts of conspiracy to interfere with the civil rights of immigrants and seeks preliminary and permanent injunctions against them. ...Arizona has become a crossing point for hundreds of thousands of migrants annually, and the flood of undocumented people has drawn several armed civilian groups that act as self-appointed border watch organizations."
World precedent on gay asylum: "Homosexuals who would have to live 'discreetly' to avoid persecution in their home country might be entitled to refugee status in Australia, the High Court found in a landmark judgment yesterday. ... The decision puts gay asylum-seekers fleeing sexual persecution on a par with people fleeing religious or political persecution." Ban truth - Reap Tyranny
France split by proposal to ban Islamic headscarves and crucifixes in schools: "The issue has been causing strong debate for weeks, splintering French society far from the usual left-right lines....The women's magazine Elle published a petition, signed by leading French feminists and actresses, attacking the Islamic headscarf as 'an intolerable discrimination against women'..." See Mine is the Power
The high cost of busybodies: Part II: "People who lead crusades to preserve farmland usually know little about farming and less about economics. Yet they think that they have a right to prevent other people from making mutually agreeable transactions, when that goes against the fetishes of third parties.... Unfortunately, too many judges are ready to fudge or fake what the Constitution says because they too share the vision of the anointed. So they downgrade property rights... using the power of government to violate the rights of those who do not agree with them. See Local Agenda 21 - The U.N. Plan for Your Community
Quran displayed at NYPD headquarters: "While former Alabama Justice Roy Moore has been removed from office due to controversy surrounding a religious display in a public building, the New York City Police Department is displaying a copy of the Muslim Quran in the lobby of its headquarters. ... the holy book was placed in a glass cube atop a brass pedestal ... in front of the official police seal." Ban truth - Reap Tyranny
U.N. rules Canada should ban spanking: "A United Nations committee has ruled Canada should bar parents from spanking their children. As a signatory of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Canada is obligated to make periodic appearances before the U.N.'s Committee on Rights of the Child, which said the country should 'adopt legislation to remove the existing authorization of the use of reasonable force in disciplining children.'...
"The United States and Somalia are the only countries that have not signed the convention." See Trading U.S. Rights for UN Rules
French school bans girls over scarves: "Muslim headwear said to violate religious neutrality.... French law imposes strict religious neutrality in public institutions, but the conservative government of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin is split on whether to ban them the headscarves."
Once again, the socialist vision of "equality" and conformity eclipses personal freedom. Perhaps French "neutrality" forbids all religious expression unless they agree with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- which bans everything not permitted by the UN. See the first part ofTrading U.S. Rights for UN Rules and the next link:
Muslim girl suspended for head scarf: "An 11-year-old Oklahoma girl has been suspended from a public school because officials said her Muslim head scarf violates dress code policies." (CNN.com, 10/11/03)
New law outlines school role in medical diagnoses: "...not all parents have the courage to reject suggestions about prescription drugs from school officials. That's what led them to lobby for two state laws that went into effect this school year that preserve parents' rights in making those decisions for their children. One law bans school employees from recommending a psychotropic, or mind-altering, drug or suggesting a particular diagnosis. A school medical official such as a nurse still can make a referral to a health care provider." What Happened To Parents' Rights?
Eurofascism: "Norway's minister of children and family affairs, made a remarkable proposal: The 600 largest private corporations must appoint boards composed of 40 percent women, or the government will decertify their boards. This announcement follows hard on the heels of the announcement that the European commissioner for employment and social affairs... was drafting legislation that would ban sexual discrimination in advertising and editorial content as well as tax policy, education.... Yes, Europe is the birthplace of democracy and republican ideals. But how committed is Europe these days to freedom?" See Mine is the Power
Brutal killer to get $300,000 payout (UK): "A man who viciously killed his brother's fiancee hours after he was released from a psychiatric hospital will be awarded more than $300,000 compensation...."Notice the "outcome" of UK's acceptance of the UN's upside-down values. It could happen in the U.S. as well. See Trading U.S. Rights for UN Rules
Free speech falls prey to 'human rights': "Time was when freedom of speech was considered the cornerstone of democracy. No more -- at least not in Canada.... Everyone likes rights on paper; for that matter, we like free speech, too, as long as the speech in question is soothing, anodyne and we happen to agree with it. We don't much like freedom for speech that offends us, or with which we disagree....
"Then there was Toronto printer Scott Brockie, hauled before our version of the Inquisition -- a human rights tribunal -- and fined for turning down printing business from homosexual activists. And the case of the Christian couple in Prince Edward Island who shut down their bed and breakfast rather than be forced to condone homosexual acts under their own roof."See Clinton's War on Hate Bans Christian Values
Firms plan gay audit to avoid discrimination claims: "The gay rights group Stonewall and the CBI report a rush of inquiries from companies and public bodies planning to use monitoring to identify how many gays and lesbians they employ. The move has been prompted by guidance from the conciliation service Acas and the Government, warning businesses that ignorance will be no defence to a claim based on the new grounds for sexual orientation discrimination."
Other transnational corporations are headed for the same changes. All must conform to the new "rights" and values which ban Biblical values. He is Lord
No Equal Protection for Whites?
"Sometime this month, perhaps before this column is published, the Supreme Court will rule on the University of Michigan’s racial quotas....
For three decades the constitutional issue has been finessed. Initially, Americans were reassured thatracial quotas were to be temporary and would be phased out before they could endanger equal rights for whites. However, temporary expedients have a way of becoming permanent. Today racial quotas are required in order to avoid federal civil rights lawsuits in behalf of 'preferred minorities.'....
"If whites lose equal protection, they will be subject to new classes of laws, such as 'hate crimes,' that would apply only to the behavior of whites.
"The outcome of the civil rights revolution is the creation of differential rights.... There is nothing to prevent a legally privileged group from dispossessing second class citizens -- especially when immigration is turning the 'preferred minority' into a 'preferred majority.'" See The UN Plan for Your Mental Health
Shot forced on newborn over parents' objections: "What was supposed to be a joyous occasion – the birth of their first child – turned out to be an Orwellian nightmare for a young Colorado couple whose newborn was vaccinated for hepatitis B over their religious and philosophical objections, while armed guards stood by to prevent them from intervening....
"The couple had also done extensive research into the potential serious dangers of vaccinations.... 'U.S. infants are exposed to mercury levels from their childhood-immunization schedule that far exceed the EPA and FDA-established maximum permissible levels for the daily oral ingestion of methyl mercury," wrote Dr. Mark Geier...."
U.S. is sued for deaths of crossers: "The families of 14 illegal entrants who died crossing the desert east of Yuma in May 2001 have filed a $42 million lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior. The lawsuit claims federal border policy forced the immigrants to enter through a treacherous desert area southwest of Tucson known to have little water and that Humane Borders was refused permission to place a water station 'in the exact area' where the crossers died....
"'It's ridiculous,' [said Wes Bramhall]. 'These people knew what they were doing. They knew they were breaking the law." See Trading U.S. Rights for UN Rules
Equality law must bind church, say gay Christians: "Barbara Roche, the [British] minister for social exclusion and equality who is responsible for the legislation, will address the annual conference of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement in London tomorrow.... She will come under pressure to ignore the church's insistence that faith-based organisations should be allowed to bar gays from employment on moral grounds."
In other words, a church's religious right to hire staff that share their faith would be replaced by "gay rights" to be employed by a church that accepts the biblical warnings against homosexuality.
Man faces jail for killing rattler in self-defense: "A Michigan man who killed a poisonous snake he says was threatening nearby children has been found guilty of 'killing a protected reptile or amphibian without a state permit' and faces a possible jail sentence.... Galloway said he wasn't aware that it is a crime in Michigan to kill the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, Michigan's only venomous snake. ....'I'm stunned that the snake had more rights than a human being,' [he] said."
U.S. Protests Cuba's Human Rights Post: "Cuba was re-elected to the U.N. Human Rights Commission despite the island's crackdown on dissidents.... Cuba's uncontested election Tuesday came weeks after Fidel Castro's government sent 78 independent journalists, librarians and opposition leaders to prison for lengthy terms and executed three alleged hijackers trying to get to the United States."
But Cuba fits the socialist UN ideology -- which the public perception of the US does not.See
Global 'gay' rights measure before U.N.: "The resolution is 'a historic opportunity to advance [homosexual] issues in international human-rights law,' said the San Francisco-based International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission...
"... the U.N. Commission on Human Rights is preparing to vote on a resolution calling on all countries 'to promote and protect the human rights of all persons regardless of their sexual orientation.'"
Notice how the American view of individual rights is being redefined and replaced with a socialist view of collective rights for the "victims" of the old system. The real winners are those who want to replace our personal freedom with absolute government control.See
April 2003supercede our US guidelines for a fair trial. This older article gives a glimpse of the court system developing at the regional level:
International Courts Mock Sovereignty
Antiwar protesters trash 9/11 memorial: "...although officers witnessed the vandalism Saturday afternoon, police did not arrest three people seen damaging the display because they were 'exercising the same freedom of speech that the people who put up the flags were,' La Habra Police Capt. John Rees said...."
Is destruction of a monument on someone else's property legally the same as erecting a monument on your own land?
What's Causing Violation of Christian Rights at Westfield High? "On December 19, the students distributed candy canes with folded cards attached containing notices for meetings of the Bible Club, a few versus of Scripture and the story of the candy cane, which emphasized that the white of the cane stands for purity and red for the blood of Christ. As a result, they were suspended on the grounds that 'other students have a right to be protected from offensive messages.'...
"'The school's policy... reads: The freedoms of speech and the right to assemble are two principles upon which this country is based. These freedoms are subject to the limits of obscenity, defamation, fighting words, incitement or disruption as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Education.... The use of symbolic expressions of publishing/distributing of material is subject to the same limitations as listed for freedom of speech.'" Apparently the educators equate the gospel with "obscenity, defamation, fighting words, incitement or disruption." See and
Euro rules force Church bodies to employ atheists: "Thousands of religious schools, charities and organisations could face legal action if they refuse to employ atheists.... The laws, which are based on a European Union directive and which have to be implemented by December, ban discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of religion, belief or sexual orientation.... 'While the Vegetarian Society can refuse to employ meat-eaters... churches which employ Christians could now face legal action for doing so.'...
"Prof Ian Leigh, of Durham University, a human rights lawyer, said: 'The Government regulations have all the potential seriously to undermine freedom of association for religious people. They place the modern concept of 'equality' over and above religious liberty."
The same battle is being fought in America. Some years ago, a church fired a Wiccan employee who used its copier for her pagan fliers. She sued the church for religious discrimination. Other churches and Christian organizations have also been pressured to open their leadership to those who are more "politically correct." [See the 5th and 6th items at ]Student’s Pro-Life T-shirt Is Equivalent to the Swastika Says School Principal: "The mother of an honor student at Abington Junior High School in Pennsylvania was told by the principal that her son’s pro-life t-shirt was unacceptable school clothing because its message was the equivalent of the swastika. The t-shirt displayed the messages, “Abortion is Homicide. You will not silence my message. You will not mock my God. You will stop killing my generation. Rock for Life.” Free speech only for politically correct expressions? and
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