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A teacher is fighting for his job after he says the district forced him to resign over its so-called transgender student policy.
John Kluge, the former orchestra teacher at Brownsburg High School in Indiana, said the school district’s requirement that teachers call transgender students by their preferred names, rather than those given at birth, goes against his religious beliefs. The requirement, Kluge said, violates his First Amendment rights.
“I’m being compelled to encourage students in what I believe is something that’s a dangerous lifestyle,” he said. “I’m fine to teach students with other beliefs, but the fact that teachers are being compelled to speak a certain way is the scary thing.”
Parents and conservative activists are spreading the word that parental rights come after the right of the State of California to indoctrinate your children.
The latest dispute involves a California health law that mandates parents cannot remove their children from sex education lessons.
It’s called the “California Healthy Youth Act of 2015.”
Parents can pull their children out of classes for explicit descriptions of sex acts but the law states they must remain seated for all other instruction, including liberal instruction on gender identity and “sexual orientation,” says Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute.
Although the law is three years old, the controversial rules came to light from a March memowritten by attorney Ronald Wenkart, general counsel for the Orange County Public School District.
The memo was addressed to the Orange County Board of Education but has since been picked up by news organizations and activists such as “Activist Mommy” Elizabeth Johnson.
Johnson and others were appalled to read that Wenkart suggested parents are “free to advise” their children of any sex-ed content they disagree with – after their children sit through the classroom instructions.
“This is a clear violation of every single parent’s First Amendment right,” Johnston wrote, “to freely practice their religion as they are literally barred by law from even being notified when their children are being exposed to confusing, highly inappropriate subject matters.”
It’s not news that California’s state government is dominated by far-left Democrats, but the state continues to make headlines after its lawmakers suggest Draconian regulationsfor homeschoolers and even seek to replace President’s Day with Communist holiday, May Day.
Dacus tells OneNewsNow that the law clearly suggests students can be propagandized with left-wing indoctrination without parental notification.
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An Atlanta pastor is packing the pews, but also facing criticism for embracing performances by scantily-clad aerialists as part of what he calls his new “normal worship experience.”
Bryan Meadows, who leads the Embassy congregation, recently posted photographs and a video from the CreativeCon Conference, which included a time of worship that incorporated a female aerialist suspended from the ceiling.
“We endeavor to create a culture driven by the creativity and character of Christ!” Meadows said in a social media post. “This was one of my favorite highlights!!!”
The reaction has been mixed.
“So cool! So out the box!” one commenter wrote. Another offered: “This is HOT!!”
Meadows returned fire on the critics.
“Because they shouldn’t have to go to the circus to use the gifts that God gave them!” he said. “The church should be able to create space so that everyone can use their gifts to glorify God. People may be distracted for a couple weeks, but they will get used to it!”
“I’m all for using all our gifts in the house of God, but how about she covers up her lower body?” asked another. “It can be as distracting as a male worshipper topless.”
A pro-life organisation has had a YouTube channel suspended because its content was deemed to be “harmful or dangerous”.
Heartbeat International had posted four videos on its Abortion Pill Reversal channel, showing how a baby can still be saved even if someone has taken an abortion pill.
One video featured a doctor explaining the process from a medical perspective, while three others showed mothers recounting their experiences of having ‘reversed’ their abortion.
Despite this, YouTube suspended the account, explaining that it “doesn’t allow content that encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death”.
Other videos such as “instructional bomb making, choking games, hard drug use, or other acts where serious injury may result” fall into this category.
Jor-El Godsey, President of Heartbeat International, said: “It’s hard to understand why YouTube would treat the rescuing of babies from an abortion pill the same as terrorism videos.”
Medical abortions involve taking two tablets – mifepristone, which detaches the developing baby from the lining of the womb, and misoprostol which induces a miscarriage.
Research shows that if a woman has taken mifepristone, she can still sometimes reverse the abortion by taking progesterone instead of the second pill.
According to the Federalist, in the last ten years, more than 500 women have used the abortion pill reversal protocol to save their babies.
The method is safe for women, as progesterone is a natural hormone regularly used to prevent miscarriage, and a recent study found the method is successful around two thirds of the time.
Godsey added: “we believe YouTube will find that these videos in no way resemble such dangerous or harmful content”.
Heartbeat International has appealed the ban, and is hopeful that rather than taking sides, YouTube’s decision was a mistake.
WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence, a professing evangelical, swore in openly homosexual Richard Grenell as U.S. ambassador to Germany on Thursday, with the man’s partner standing by his side.
“Ric, I know you’ve got a lot of friends from many years here, but most importantly, you’ve got people that you cherish, and your family. I want to acknowledge your mother Judi, who’s with us today; your brothers, Jeff and Brad; your partner, Matt Lashey; and his parents, Dave and Nancy; and many others,” he said.
Lashey held the Bible while Grenell placed his hand upon it and repeated the oath, ending with “so help me God.”
Pence praised Grenell prior to administering the oath, which he said was his “great honor,” and told those gathered that President Trump also thinks highly of him.
Those of you may have noticed that on his first day in the job, he joined President Trump and myself to welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House for discussions on strengthening the historic partnership between our two nations,” he said.
“On that day, President Trump called you an ‘outstanding man,’ who will do a great job as our ambassador to Germany. And everyone gathered here, and people across this country, share that confidence and conviction,” Pence stated.
Grenell, formerly a U.N. spokesman and spokesman for 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, also delivered brief remarks, thanking the Trump administration for having faith in him, and acknowledging his mother and partner.
“Obviously, I have to thank my mom, who has been a great support through this whole time, and of course, Matt, who is—as everybody knows, if you know him–the world’s greatest person. So thank you for all of your support,” he said.
“Thank you, Mr. Vice President, and thank you, President Trump, for the faith that you both have put in me,” Grenell continued. “I will not let you down. And I’m ready to work hard.”
As previously reported, while a number of homosexual advocates have been opposed to Pence in claiming that he is anti-homosexual, Pence defended the Trump administration in February 2017 in its decision to retain an Obama-era order banning groups that contract with the federal government from “discriminating” against homosexuals and transgenders in their business or non-profit organization.
“I think throughout the campaign, President Trump made it clear that discrimination would have no place in our administration,” Pence said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” according to a transcript of the discussion. “He was the very first Republican nominee to mention the LGBTQ community at our Republican National Convention and was applauded for it. And I was there applauding with him.”
He also rejected reports about his beliefs regarding “conversion therapy” as being “fake news” this past February, as he cheered openly homosexual figure skater Adam Rippon in his Olympic quest.
“@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU,” he wrote (caps in original.) “Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!”
Over 300 women have resigned from the Labour Party over its position on allowing men who say they are women to be on all-women shortlists.
Labour says that the shortlists are open “to all women, including trans women; and that trans women do not need a gender recognition certificate to participate”.
In a letter to The Times, women leading the large-scale exit said they were “dismayed” at Labour’s position, and told other news sources they “cannot continue to be in a party which takes women for granted”.
The women stated: “We now face a situation in which any man can simply claim to be a woman and be included on all-women shortlists.
“Sex is not a self-defined characteristic and it is disingenuous for Labour to pretend that it is.”
They also particularly objected to the Party’s decision to make the change “without any debate or consultation with women members”.
One of the women leaving the party, Jennifer Isaacson, said she was “horrified” by what is happening to women’s rights in Labour, but that she was pleased there were so many showing their resistance.
“Sex is not a self-defined characteristic”Letter to the Labour Party
She lamented that while all-women shortlists used to be the preserve of women: “We could now see those places go to people who have spent the majority of their lives living as men.”
She added: “We all know sex is not a self-identifying characteristic, we all know what a woman is and this is the wilful denial of reality.”
Earlier this year, Labour suspended two members for declaring that men who say they are women are still men.
Jennifer James began a campaign to force Labour to back down after it allowed men who self-identify as women to feature on all-women shortlists.
She was targeted by an online group calling itself Labour Against Transphobia, and subsequently received a letter informing her of her suspension from the Labour Party.
Venice Allan, another party member who backed the legal action, was also suspended in similar circumstances, with one of the reasons being that she posted a photo which read: “Trans women are men” on social media.
Several so-called “drag queens” in the United Kingdom are organizing a protest to coincide with President Trump’s visit to the country in July as they believe he hasn’t lived up to his campaign promise to be “gay friendly.”
“Calling all drag kings, queens, queers and our allies to march against President Donald Trump’s UK visit,” a description reads on the protest Facebook page. “Due to the appalling way the Trump administration has regarded the rights and welfare of LGBTQI communities of the US, the idea of a Trump visit to the UK is unacceptable.”
The event is organized by several local drag queens, or men who dress as women for entertainment purposes, including Cheddar Gorgeous, Violet Blonde, Licorice Black and Jonny Banks.
UK news site The Guardian recently published an article written by “Cheddar Gorgeous” to outline why he is calling for a protest. Among his reasons include the Trump administration’s reinstatement of the ban on “transgenders” in the military, to supporting the Masterpiece Cakeshop in its case before the U.S. Supreme Court, to deciding not to recognize last June as Pride Month.
“This [protest] is to increase awareness of the way Trump’s administration has systematically attacked the LGBTQI community and to stand in solidarity with the many other groups who feel marginalized along lines of race, class and gender. To not object to the visit would seem like a betrayal of the tolerant society that the UK as a whole strives to be,” Cheddar wrote.
He said that those in drag have long been involved in political issues, from the 1960’s Stonewall riot to fundraising for HIV charities.
“By pushing the way that we look to the extremes, we are showing that we are not ashamed to be different—we are proud of our differentness,” Cheddar said. “Most important of all, we are showing that the UK is a place that is not ashamed to celebrate the diversity of its people. If we can be accepted as the extreme glittery spectacles that we are, then it just might make it easier for everyone else to be themselves, too
Over 1,000 people have stated on the event page that they plan to attend the drag queen protest.
As previously reported, during his RNC acceptance speech in July 2016, Trump told those gathered that he would work to protect homosexuals if elected.
“As president, I will do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology,” he declared, being met with applause.
“And, I have to say, as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said,” he said in response.
Trump had also declared at a fundraiser in June of that same year that he is the best candidate for the “gay community.”
“So you tell me, who’s better for the gay community, and who’s better for women than Donald Trump? Believe me!” he said.
“Show your pride and your support for Trump with this exclusive equality tee,” the store page for the t-shirt, available as the “Trump pride men’s tee,” read.
In January, he signed a letter congratulating the homosexual group Log Cabin Republicans for its 40th year, and on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence swore in Rick Grenell, an open homosexual, to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Germany.
Proverbs 14:34 states, “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
The late preacher A.W. Tozer also once said, “There is no Christian victory or blessing if we refuse to turn away from the things that God hates. Even if it is accepted in the whole social class of which you are a part, turn away from it. Even if there is something that has come to be accepted by our generation, turn away from it if it is wrong and an offense to our holy and righteous Savior.”
Most religious groups now support the legalization of same-sex marriage, according to a study released Tuesday (May 1) from the Public Religion Research Institute. The survey, which was based on more than 40,000 responses collected during 2017, finds that twice as many Americans now support same-sex marriage as oppose it, 61 percent to 30 percent.
Not surprisingly, support is strongest among members of religious groups that tend to be politically liberal, such as Jews (77 percent), the unaffiliated (80 percent) and Unitarians (an overwhelming 97 percent).
What is more surprising is how quickly support for same-sex marriage has grown among religious groups that are more politically diverse. Two-thirds of Catholics, Orthodox Christians and white mainline Protestants now say they are in favor.
What’s more, majority support now includes African-Americans, whose support for same-sex marriage has increased from 41 percent in 2013 to 52 percent today. Hispanic Americans also saw double-digit increases, with support rising from 51 percent in 2013 to 61 percent today.
Majorities of Americans in most states support same-sex marriage, with the exceptions all located in the South. Even in the handful of states that do not have more than 50 percent support for same-sex marriage, they also don’t have 50 percent opposition; Alabama is now the only state where a majority of residents say they oppose same-sex marriage.
SUPPORT GROWING MORE SLOWLY AMONG MORMONS AND EVANGELICALS
While support is robust among most religious groups, white evangelicals and Mormons remain holdouts and do not express majority support for same-sex marriage: 40 percent of Mormons and just 34 percent of white evangelicals say they are in favor.
On the other hand, “there is evidence that even these groups are trending toward majority support,” says PRRI.
For one thing, opposition has decreased by double digits in both groups since 2013, and is now at 58 percent among white evangelicals and 53 percent among Mormons. A few years ago, opposition had broad support among both groups – 71 percent of evangelicals and 68 percent of Mormons said no to same-sex marriage.
For another, the trend lines are clear that younger evangelicals and Mormons are significantly more supportive than their elders. Among evangelicals, for example, twice as many young adults favor same-sex marriage (53 percent) as those over 65 (25 percent). Mormon millennials also showed majority support (52 percent) compared with Mormons over age 65 (32 percent).
Members of most religious groups said business owners should not get to choose which clients to serve. This was particularly true among black Protestants, 65 percent of whom say that business owners should not have the option of denying service to LGBT customers.
Again, Mormons and evangelicals are the outliers. In both groups, 53 percent say that business owners should have the right to refuse service to gay and lesbian couples.
On a separate question, every religious group had a majority supporting nondiscrimination measures that provide equal legal protections to LGBT people. The lowest was among white evangelical Protestants, at just 54 percent support, and the highest among Unitarians, at 95 percent.
Mormons, the study pointed out, are unique in the large gap that exists between their views on different, but related, issues covered in the survey.
“Only 40 percent of Mormons favor allowing same-sex couples to marry, yet nearly 7 in 10 (69 percent) support laws that would protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment — a 29-point gap,” according to the report. “Among no other major religious group is the gap on these two issues larger.”
The margin of error for the entire sample is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.