"Our laws and institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to the extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian." (United States Supreme Court 1892, Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States).... What Happened?
War of Christianity in
On The One Hand
A Dangerous Religious-Right Kindergartner
A kindergartner named Antonio Peck, living in the Baldwinsville school district outside Syracuse, New York, was given a fashionable assignment a few months ago. He was told to create a poster about the environment. Antonio, who is being raised in a religious family, told his mother that God was the only way to save the world. He wrote that thought at the top of his poster, and then added words like love, joy, and peace, as well as pictures, including one of Jesus praying. "It was creative and thoughtful ... a child's original idea" his mother Joanne said. But Antonio's teacher, and school principal Robert Creme, told him the poster was unacceptable. They informed Mrs. Peck it promoted one religion over another and refused to display it at a schoolwide art presentation. So Antonio tried again, adding images of children picking up garbage and recycling trash. But when the class posters went up at school, officials folded Antonio's back to hide the figure of Jesus and the religious themes. Concluding the school was hostile to their six-year-old's religious speech rights, the Pecks called in Liberty Counsel, a Florida-based legal defense organization, and sued the school. The school refuses to back down. "The teacher and building principal ... didn't feel the work was appropriate," states Baldwinsville Superintendent Ted Gilkey, adding "I think that's true." 
On The Other Hand
UNC class should learn about Islam directly from Koran By Matthew Maddox. Wednesday, August 28, 2002
University of North Carolina (UNC) officials are finding it more difficult than they originally imagined convincing their state's predominately Baptist population to trade in their pews for prayer rugs. In what has become the most controversial collegiate issue of the summer, UNC at Chapel Hill officials made "Approaching the Qur'án: The Early Revelations" the annual summer reading assignment for incoming students. Proponents of the assignment tout it as an opportunity to "understand the attack on the United States" and learn about the "poetic structure of the Koran." Opponents of the reading label it as biased, bordering on religious indoctrination. While learning should not stop at the borders of personal comfort, a lesson lacking objectivity is something other than learning. It is called propaganda. (Incidentally The passages of the Koran, or Suras, numbered 4, 5 and 9 are missing from the reading assignment. These passages call for violence against non-Muslims and are commonly cited by terrorists as justification for their actions. 
ACLU Challenging 'God Bless America'
Since Sept. 11, the words "God Bless America" have been seen and heard everywhere. But the ACLU wants it stopped. According to Fox News, The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday gave its blessing to "God Bless America," urging public schools to display the expression as a show of support for the nation. The nonbinding House resolution, passed 404-0, responds to several cases around the country where the ACLU has objected to displaying the words at schools, saying that religion and patriotism should not be intermixed. The measure's sponsor, freshman Rep. Henry Brown, R-S.C., recalled standing on the steps of the evacuated Capitol building on the evening of Sept. 11, joining other lawmakers in singing "God Bless America." "To threaten a public school for showing the same type of patriotism that we all showed on the Capitol steps is the opposite of what this country is all about," he said. 
School Officials Try to Silence Christian Motivational Speaker! Rutherford Attorneys Respond!
“Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed a motion for summary judgment in U.S. District Court on behalf of Jaroy Carpenter, a motivational speaker whose invitation to address an assembly of middle school students in Dillon, Mont., on secular topics was rescinded by school board members because he is a Christian and affiliated with an evangelical Christian ministry”. This is inspite of the fact that “Carpenter has made more than 200 secular presentations at school assemblies around the country and has never addressed religion or sought to proselytize those in attendance” (This exercise was part of an effort to help students cope with a string of teen suicides and automobile deaths) 
Avon High Drops Invocation After Lawsuit Threat
An invocation during graduation at Avon High School will be dropped from the program because the Indiana Civil Liberties Union is threatening a lawsuit if the school endorses any sort of prayer. It all started with a graduating senior. A senior brought to the attention that prayer isn't allowed during high school graduations. Now the school’s stance of not allowing prayer has created a commencement controversy. Laura McGinley, 18, sought legal help from the ICLU to stop the invocation. She said she was raised to respect all beliefs and the best way to do that is not to force prayer on other people. Some students say they wanted the invocation. 
....But Bring on Other ‘Spirituality’
Indian Spiritism in Public Schools: By Berit Kjos
When Rachel Holm, a Minnesota mother, visited her local American Indian public school, she saw magic dream catchers in every classroom, mystical drawings of a spiritualized earth, and a ring of stones in the school yard for Medicine Wheel ceremonies… Her tour of the school began in the All-Nations room, where the student body had gathered for Monday morning circle time, a time of peer teaching and cooperative learning… The circular walls of the All-Nations room were covered with large medicine shields made by sixth-graders…. Every classroom displayed at least one dream catcher, a magical spider web inside a sacred circle. The students explained that dream catchers protected them from evil spirits and nightmares by catching the bad dreams but permitting good dreams to pass through the center…. How can public schools teach paganism but ban Christianity? Apparently, today's purveyors of pagan religions have sidestepped this question by changing the labels. Native American spirituality is not a church in today's politically correct circles. 
Threatened with arrest for distributing Bibles.
A case involving a Missouri teenager who was threatened with arrest for distributing Bibles is now in the courts. Crystal Patterson and her mother have sued Northwest R-1 School District because the Principal refused to allow her and some of her friends to pass out "Truth for Youth" Bibles on school grounds during time when students were not in class. At one school where the group met to hand out Bibles, a principal confiscated about 1,000 of the books, which the students raised money to buy and distribute. At Crystal’s school, students gathered around the flagpole before classes began. They were met by the principal along with school administrators and police who threatened to arrest them if they did not stop passing out Bibles. 
Lawsuit claims students not allowed to carry Bibles
School officials were silent Tuesday about a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of three pupils, accusing the Willis school district of refusing to allow children to carry or read the Bible. The lawsuit, filed in Houston, alleges that a teacher at Lynn Lucas Middle School pulled two sisters from class after discovering that they were carrying Bibles and threatened to have them picked up by child-welfare authorities. Another teacher told a pupil he was not allowed to read the Bible during free reading time and forced him to put it away, the lawsuit alleges. The boy also was required to remove a Ten Commandments book cover from another book, the lawsuit states. Teacher Flottman took two students to the school office, threw their Bibles in a wastebasket and said, "We don't tolerate this garbage in school." School district officials did not respond to requests for comment. 
....But the Q’uran is Okay
Judge Rules Kids to Become Muslim in Public School.
At Excelsior Middle School in Byron County, a handout called "Islam: A Simulation" was used to help children "become Muslim." This handout can be seen at http://www.blessedcause.org/Indoctrination/ByronCountyShocker.htm The handout states: "From the beginning, you and your classmates will become Muslims." Children choose Muslim names, "play Jihad," memorize the Quran, pray to Allah and fast for Ramadan. Islam is transformed to a fanciful fun religion and an unrealistic view of Islam is planted in their minds, even as Christians and Jews are killed at every border of predominantly Muslim nations. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled these class activities are acceptable, opening doors for all schools to incorporate such practices. This is not a choice for parents. Bill Clinton's "Religious Expression in Public School" state: "Students generally do not have a Federal right to be excused from lessons that may be inconsistent with their religious beliefs or practices." 
Pay Attention. There Went Religious Freedom.
Texas Judge Allows Pre-game Prayer
Santa Fe, TX – In an ironic twist of events, one week after students at a Stephenville (TX) High School football game prayed after being forbidden to do so by a federal judge, a high school student in Santa Fe, Texas had her right to pray at a public high school football game upheld by another federal judge. A national debate over school-sanctioned prayer focused on Santa Fe in 1995 when two families filed suit against the Galveston County school district, challenging its policies allowing student-led prayer. While the New Orleans based 5th Circuit Court supported prayer at high school commencements, its ruling on sporting events ended the football game tradition across Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The Santa Fe school district has petitioned the Supreme Court to review the case, citing an 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that makes pre-game prayer legal in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. 
ACLJ Gets Colorado School District To End Religious Discrimination Against Student Bible Club
The American Center for Law and Justice, an international public interest law firm, announced today it has reached an agreement with a Colorado school district to ensure that students who participate in religious clubs on campus enjoy the same rights and benefits afforded to other student groups. "We're pleased that our clients who have formed a Bible club now have the same benefits afforded to other student groups without fear of discrimination," said Stuart J. Roth, Senior Counsel of the ACLJ, which filed suit against the school district. "Equal access means equal access. If a school district permits other student groups on campus, it cannot legally deny students the opportunity to meet because their message is religious. Unfortunately, it took a federal lawsuit before the school district changed its policy clearing the way for the Bible club to form and meet on campus." (The students were denied permission to form a Bible club in September 2002, although the school district permitted the formation of several other student groups including the Multicultural Club, Peace Jam, Amnesty International, and the Gay/Straight Alliance.) 
School Prevents Student Group From Holding 'Easter' Can Drive.
A volunteer charitable drive at a Hampton, Va. high school has been forced to rename the activity because of a reference to Easter. A faculty advisor told the student group that its "Easter Can Drive" would have to be renamed the "Spring Can Drive." The student-run club called "Warriors for Christ," sponsors the annual Easter Can Drive for the benefit of a local YMCA Women's Shelter. The Kecoughton High School faculty advisor to the club informed the group that the benefit would need to be renamed. A student of the school who was not a member of the Warriors for Christ contacted the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a non-profit legal defense organization. The PJI has teamed up with attorney Craig Parshall to try to get the decision of the faculty advisor overturned. Joe Conn, spokesman for Americans United, said. "It is not a matter of the school endorsing a religious holiday, it is the student club doing so, and under the Equal Access Act, they have broad rights to pray, read the scriptures and do whatever they want to do," 
Students sue school after religious group is banned
Northville High in Wayne county decided to ban the club Connect for Christ, Without any warning or reason, besides separation of church and state, The group would meet on school time during seminar period, which is essentially free, nonacademic time for students. Nicolette Pearce a 17-year-old senior at Northville High and her 15-year-old brother, also a Northville student, filed a federal suit against Northville Public Schools and several administrators, claiming they violated their constitutional rights. The suit contends that some students use the period to watch TV shows such as South Park, play video games, read magazines and do other things. 
More Dangerous Kids
Kindergartener can pray before snack
Kayla Kimp-Broadus is a kindergartner at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. During snack time, Kayla invited three of her classmates who shared a table with her to join hands as she said grace before they ate their snacks. Mistakenly citing the separation of church and state, Kayla's teacher stopped them from doing so and informed Kayla that she was not allowed to pray. The school's principal concurred with the teacher. After being contacted by Kayla's mother, Rutherford Institute legal staff wrote to the school's principal, demanding that school officials apologize to Kayla and allow her to freely exercise her constitutional right to religious expression by offering thanks to God for their snacks. The letter also corrected the teacher's and principal's assumption that this was a matter of separation of church and state when, in fact, there was no ''state'' action involved in the voluntary student prayer. The school's legal counsel responded by insisting that Kayla still would not be allowed to pray out loud before snack time, even though other children were free to talk out loud among themselves during this time On Feb. 5, 2002, attorneys for the Rutherford Institute succeeded in obtaining a temporary court order that allowed Kayla to continue saying her prayers until a formal hearing could take place. 
Parents pursue legal action over sixth-grader's book report
Elizabeth Johnson said her teacher at Peak to Peak charter school in Lafayette told the class to pick any book, then do a presentation. Johnson chose the Bible because it's her favorite book. Teachers initially told her she couldn't do her presentation on the Bible, and could not even bring it to class. Lawyers representing the girl threatened a civil rights lawsuit, and late Wednesday afternoon the Boulder Valley School District backed down, allowing Johnson to proceed. 
'Jesus Christ' Sweatshirt in Maine Will Be Allowed
A third-grade student from Orono, Maine has won a skirmish with her elementary school over clothing bearing the words "Jesus Christ," but school officials say the incident had nothing to do with religious discrimination and never needed to become such a major issue. In December, Gelsey's teacher asked her to turn both the sweatshirt and T-shirt inside out. The teacher said the two words on the shirt were causing a commotion, because one of Gelsey's classmates is named "Jesus," and that prompted lots of chatter among the kids. "Maybe this would not have been an incident if [Gelsey] didn't have Jesus in her class," Shelley Johnson, Gelsey's teacher, was quoted as saying. The teacher also said one student was offended by the words on Gelsey's shirt, which were interpreted as swearing. (In the 3rd grade???) 
Allstate terminates manager over homosexuality column
On own time, man posted anti-'gay' article insurance giant says didn't reflect its values. Allstate has fired a manager because he expressed his Christian beliefs concerning homosexuality. Matt Barber was a manager in Allstate's Corporate Security Division. On his own time, and without identifying himself as an employee of Allstate, he wrote a column posted on several websites which was critical of same-sex marriage. An outside homosexual group complained to Allstate about the column. Because of their support for the homosexual agenda, Barber was immediately fired and ushered off company property. The message is clear: To work for Allstate one must not publicly express their Christian belief in the Bible's teaching on homosexuality. Barber was fired because he did. Homosexuals can criticize and condemn the Bible's teaching and they are welcomed, but Christians must remain silent. 
Kodak fires man over 'gay' stance. October 24, 2002
23-year veteran of global film giant objected to pro-homosexual memo. A 23-year veteran of the Eastman Kodak Co. has been fired after objecting to a pro-homosexual memo this month and is now looking to take legal action against the film giant. Rolf Szabo, who worked as a millwright at Kodak's world headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., was terminated for refusing to recant remarks officials say did not adhere to the company's "Winning & Inclusive Culture" designed to promote diversity among employees. The events that led to the action began when Szabo was forwarded an e-mail from his supervisor regarding the Human Rights Campaign's annual "Coming Out Day." The memo read (among other things) that :
Today, Oct. 11, is the Human Rights Campaign's 15th annual National Coming Out Day for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered. If one of your employees elects to "come out" at work, there are several things you can do to help that person feel comfortable in sharing his/her orientation in the workplace:
-- Be supportive of the individual who wishes to share this information.
-- Acknowledge his/her courage to publicly share this personal information. 
Kodak also touts a list of accolades  received in recent years, with a consistent theme of equal opportunity and inclusion. Some of the honors refer to the sexual orientation of employees:
· 10 Best Places for Lesbians to Work (1999) Kodak was given the above recognition by Girlfriends magazine, a national lesbian publication.
· Diversity 100 (1999)
Kodak was identified by Next Step magazine as taking the lead in addressing diversity, and was acknowledged for its commitment to building and managing a diverse workforce.
In the year of our Lord insensitive to non-Christians. Detroit Free Press. March 29th 2004.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm, decided to restore the phrase "in the year of our Lord" to the date in official state documents bearing the governor's signature based on the administration's belief that it was "pretty insensitive" to non-Christians. The governor wasn't consulted when it was removed and replaced with plain, old numerals (by staff, the day she took office) and didn't notice that it was gone. But she wants it back, the governor's spokeswoman said. (the change wasn't prompted by complaints from real people who objected to the phrase on religious grounds). 
Now it's just `Bless America` on some city signs.
God has been cut out of Sparks City Hall — with scissors. To the dismay of some city employees, several signs in city hall bearing the message “God Bless America” underwent a make-over recently when City Attorney Chet Adams said the signs might be construed as a city-sanctioned endorsement of religion. The word “God” was cut out of the signs, and today they simply read “Bless America.” “Who is blessing Americ Well, I don’t know who is blessing America, but I think a court would say the word ‘bless’ is OK,” said Adams. “I hope I didn’t exacerbate the situation. Maybe it should just say ‘America’ on there.” 
Council To Appeal Jesus Prayer Ruling. July 30, 2004
The Great Falls Town Council has agreed to fight a decision by a federal appeals court that bars using the name of Jesus Christ in prayers before meetings. The council agreed unanimously to ask the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case. Great Falls Mayor H.C. Starnes said most of the people in the town would want the decision challenged. But legal experts say it's a long shot. Darla Kayne Wynne, who practices the Wicca religion, sued the town council in 2001 for invoking Jesus Christ during meetings. Wynne said council members used the prayers to draw attention to her religious beliefs and ostracize her. 
Ten Commandments pin uproar stirs debate on religion at work. May. 23, 2004
Debate over on-the-job religious speech has been fueled by the firing of a Hoover Chamber of Commerce (Alabama) employee for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments lapel pin. Christopher Word said he started wearing the lapel pin daily in January. He recruited new business for the chamber. Chamber Executive Director Bill Powell noticed the pin in March and asked Word to remove it. Powell said either Word or the pin had to go. Word refused to remove it and lost his job. The chamber's attorney said Word had been making "political statements" at his job and the chamber isn't against religion. 
New History minus the Founding Fathers.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are not included in the revised version of the New Jersey Department of Education history standards - a move some critics view as political correctness at its worst. The Pilgrims and the Mayflower also are excluded, as well as the word "war," which has been replaced with "conflict" in lessons about the early settlers, colonization and expansion. Also gone are most references to the inhumane treatment many American soldiers endured in wars overseas during the 20th century. However, the standards specifically note that students should identify slavery, the Holocaust and modern Iraq as examples "in which people have behaved in cruel and inhumane ways." Some states like Virginia and Indiana also don't include The Pilgrims in their standards. (‘Pilgrim’ implies religion). 
New Jersey Stands Up for Founding Fathers
NEW YORK — A patriotic charge from New Jersey parents and legislators has prevented the state's Board of Education from nixing the Founding Fathers from the school curriculum. But months of hearings still lie ahead to flesh out the details of precisely what early American history kids in New Jersey will learn, and what will go the educational way of George Washington's chopped-down cherry tree. The controversy began when the outgoing education commissioner omitted the names of the Founding Fathers in a draft of the state's proposed history standards. That action was sharply criticized by State Sen. Gerald Cardinale, who accused the educational establishment of wanting to "hijack" history. "They've got the tools and the authority, and if we don't call public attention to it they will be successful," he said. 
Cross moved off land in park
The county Board of Supervisors ordered the cross moved after a question arose in January about the constitutionality of having the cross on public land. The cross is a memorial to David Minniear, son of Ore Minniear, who for 30 years directed county inmate work gangs that built Del Puerto Canyon Road and Frank Raines Park. David Minniear was lost at sea in 1961, at the age of 36. His grieving father had the cross built -- and engraved with the name "David" -- more than 40 years ago. It was moved to the property (about 300 feet away) of Jill Harmon whose parents knew the Minniears. 
Virginia waterfront park angers civil liberties groups by halting river baptism.
The Rev. Todd Pyle thought it was the perfect spot to baptize 12 new members of his church - the river was calm and shallow and there was a shaded area offshore for people to stand. ``It was a very serene place,'' he said. ``It was special.'' But officials at the Falmouth Waterfront Park, a public park just outside Fredericksburg, weren't pleased. They tried to break up the ceremony, claiming it might be offensive to nearby swimmers or other people using the park. Pyle was able to finish the baptism, but then he was asked to leave. “These people are being discriminated against because of the content of their speech,'' said the Rev. Patrick Mahoney, who heads the Christian Defense Coalition. “It's one of the most egregious violations of the First Amendment I have ever seen.'' Mahoney's group has threatened to file a lawsuit if the park refuses to allow future gatherings by religious groups, something for which the park admits it has no written policy. 
Only Jesus statue gets complaints in Scottsdale.
For a year or more, they've been there. Life-size statues of Native Americans and cowboys and even a giant elk. For a year or more, they've stood in front of the Lyon Gallery in the heart of the arts district in downtown Scottsdale, and no one has said a thing. Until now. Now, there's a new statue in town and its mere presence could cost the gallery owner up to $5,000 a day in fines. That is, unless he agrees to get rid of the newcomer and with it, the nine others that have been there all along. So what, you might ask, is this abomination standing there on the streets of Scottsdale? It's Jesus on the cross. (the city didn't come down on Lyon a year ago when an Apache warrior praying to the gods stood on the same piece of public right of way where Jesus now stands). 
Officials say local artist's artwork would cause too much upset, outcry.
Meriden Public Library, library officials will not allow the local artist's paintings of Jesus in its gallery. "I worked so hard on this," said Morley, who has been on the library gallery waiting list for a year. But when it came time for her show, titled "Visions, Hopes and Dreams," library officials said no to five of Morley's images. "When it came to anything with Jesus in it, they wouldn't allow it," she said. Morley said library officials told her the painting of the crucifixion and one of Christ carrying the cross might be disturbing to children. As for the Nativity scene, the painting of the resurrection, or the portrait of Jesus with a halo and an inscription from the New Testament, Morley said she got no clear explanation about what made them inappropriate. "They said it would cause too much upset and outcry. Isn't Jesus an historical figure?" Morley asked. 
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