Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dear Unionized Teachers: Quit Yer Bellyachin'

As state governments continue to grapple with labor and legacy costs, we’ve seen government employee unions respond with massive rallies and publicity stunts. Some union bigs have even threatenedto turn their job into a “weapon.”

Case in point, of course, is Madison, Wisconsin. Thousands of union protesters from around the country converged on the state capitol in an effort to intimidate and stop Gov. Scott Walker and his allies from passing a bill that would not only balance the state budget, but allow schools and municipalities to dramatically cut labor costs.

Unionized teachers have been at the head of the line to complain loudly that the public is “ungrateful” for their work. They speak of being “demoralized” and “undervalued.” Poor souls. If the private sector has it so good, go join it and see for yourself.

But we’ve heard very little from police officers and firefighters – large groups of very important public servants.

I have the utmost respect for these individuals. Unlike unionized public school teachers, they risk their lives every day in order to protect society from thugs and danger and don’t bellyache about it.

According to, cops make an average of $51,410 annually. In Michigan, a fairly typical, if not depressed state, teachers make an average of $52,300. Cops work year-round. Teachers are contracted to work typically about 185 days a year. So cops make less, work more, and risk their lives every day. Where are their complaints?

Teachers unions lately have been employing publicity stunts, such as grading papers in mall food courts. This has been reported in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, New Jersey and a few other states. Like misbehaving puppies, we have to have our noses rubbed in what teachers are doing.

Why don’t we hear of cops pulling similar stunts? I bet if they decided to clean their guns in the mall food court, media would descend from far and wide to tell the cops’ story. But they don’t do that. No, they go about their business, risking their lives, just grateful to have jobs.

We hear of stories where teachers, apparently satisfied with the pathetic state of public education, are passing resolutionsin support of cop killers, namely Mumia Abu-Jamal. In that situation, the police officers’ group fired back, asking American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten to distance herself from the ridiculous California resolution. Weingarten hasn’t gotten around to doing that.

Teachers need to get real and understand the reason the public is fed up is because our schools are leaving taxpayers broke and far too many students illiterate and unprepared for life.

And a little gratitude towards taxpayers wouldn’t hurt either.


Muslim Manipulations in Kansas University

I frequently speak about the never-ending information war in which we are engaged with the Islamic world. One of the Islamists’ tactics is to pit other non-Muslim Americans against us, and they know just who to target: America's impressionable youth. Let's examine a perfect example of this practice. This is from an article in the University Daily Kansan, by Allison Bond:
"Educate yourself on Islamic faith to help stop Muslim prejudices. Since September 11, 2001, Muslims in America have constantly been targets to religious intolerance. One would think after 10 years the hype of Muslim terrorists would be over. I thought that today people were more educated about the Islamic faith and put aside their prejudices. I hoped Americans no longer took seriously the minority of people who burn Qurans and solicit hate speech toward Muslims. However, I have been sadly proven wrong once again."

According to Bond, all the Islamic terrorist attacks that have taken place across the world post 911 are just "hype". Don't believe the "hype!" Besides that, people are more educated about Islam today, and that is exactly why they are speaking out against it.
On March 10, a congressional hearing took place to discuss Islamic terrorism within America in association with radical Muslims living in the U.S. The New York Times wrote that some people at the hearing portrayed Muslims to be a “community ignoring radicalization among its own.” Witnesses testified saying things like, “Our children are in danger” and “Americans are sitting around doing nothing about radical extremists.”

Our children are in danger. The danger comes from the Sharia movement that is taking place across America. Do you want your children to be subjugated under Sharia?
But what are Muslims here in America supposed to do about this issue? Aren’t there radical beliefs in every religion that could lead to radical acts? It is disappointing that we have decided to single out Islamic radicals and Muslim communities once again. While it seems that Congress was split on the issue, the fact still remains that Islamic intolerance is still an issue in America.

Christians and Jews are not on a worldwide mission to impose a barbaric set of religious laws on all.
This intolerance is spreading all over the world and has recently landed in France as well. On April 11, France officially banned the wearing of “full faced veils” in public. Muslim women, who wear the niqab for religious purposes, are outraged that they are being limited in expressing their faith. Once again, the Islamic faith is being targeted for Muslim radicalism that now threatens the French Republic.

I had to reread that last sentence twice. YES, Muslim "radicalism" does threaten the French Republic. Muslim "radicalism" is still Islam. This is as simple as 1 + 1 = 2.
This intolerance toward the Islamic faith needs to be stopped here in America and abroad. It starts with us here at KU. The Muslim Student Association on campus works to educate the student body about Muslim identity. It is our job to learn all we can about what the Islamic religion is truly about and not base our opinions and thoughts on what the world is trying to tell us about a select group of radical Muslims.

Is there one valid reason why we should tolerate Sharia? The MSA is part of the Islamic propaganda machine. From their Kansas University website:
"Once this is realized, it should be clear that Islam has the most continuous and universal message of any religion, because all prophets and messengers were “Muslims”, i.e. those who submitted to God’s will, and they preached “Islam”, i.e. submission to the will of Almighty God."

Mohammad sanctioned rape, and called for perpetual war against all infidels! Jesus neither raped nor killed. Slight difference there.

Was Mohammad part of this "select group of radical Muslims"?
Bukhari Hadith Volume 1, Book 2, Number 25: Narrated Ibn 'Umar:

Allah's Apostle said: "I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform that, then they save their lives and property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah."

Back to Bond:
Education can start with attending prayer at the Islamic Center of Lawrence mosque on Fridays at 1:30 p.m., attend events during the MSA Islam Awareness Week, take an Islam course through the department of religion or research on your own. Religious intolerance will not stop until prejudices can be put aside and individually we can start to move forward in our education of others. Perhaps eventually then, America and the world will become a place where freedom of religion is truly present.

— Bond is a junior in religious studies and journalism from Andover.

Would that be a course that Bond took? If so, it was a complete waste of her time! She is obviously unaware of the intolerance of Islam.
Muslim Hadith Book 041, Number 6985: "Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews."

Allison Bond is also oblivious to the lack of religious freedom under Islam. Koran verse 009.029:
"YUSUFALI: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

Journalists are supposed to do their homework, so Ms. Bond gets an "F" from me.


'Are there any Christians left in the CofE?' Wave of anger after senior British Bishop calls for faith schools to limit number of Anglican pupils

Religious leaders yesterday poured scorn on Church of England proposals to limit the number of practising Anglicans admitted to faith schools. The Bishop of Oxford has called for a major shake-up of admissions rules, saying policies which favour religious children should be changed even if this affects a school’s exam results.

The Right Reverend John Pritchard, who is also chairman of the CofE’s board of education, urged heads to reserve no more than 10 per cent of places for practising Anglicans.

But his plans stirred anger among other denominations and faiths, who described them as ‘nonsense’ and ‘depressing politically-correct drivel’ and pledged to ‘robustly fight’ their right to admit members of their own faith. They said the Church was being led by a ‘secularist agenda’ on the issue, with Conservative MP Stewart Jackson asking ‘are there any Christians left in the CofE?’ [Simple answer: No]

The Bishop’s suggestion even sparked a row within his own flock, with one vicar saying he was ‘incandescent’ with the ‘level of incompetence displayed by senior Church members’.

Bishop Pritchard told the Times Educational Supplement this week: ‘Every school will have a policy that has a proportion of places for church youngsters... what I would be saying is that number ought to be minimised because our primary function and our privilege is to serve the wider community.’

There are about 2,500 CofE ‘voluntary aided’ primary and secondary schools in England. They each act as their own admissions authority and, when oversubscribed, can admit by faith.

There are also around 2,300 Roman Catholic schools, where 78 per cent of pupils are baptised Catholics. Several of these schools routinely dominate league tables.

Dr Oona Stannard, chief executive of the Catholic Education Service, defended their right to educate children of their own faith and insisted their share of pupils on free school meals is in line with the national average.

She described the Bishop of Oxford’s comments as ‘nonsense’, and ‘emphatically’ denied that Catholic schools were academically selective. She said Catholic schools are often successful because children flourish in an environment with a strong moral and spiritual ethos.

And she added: ‘It is the entitlement of Catholic parents to send their children to Catholic schools. Unfortunately in some areas, such as London, we cannot satisfy the demand. If a school is oversubscribed we need a criteria by which to select. And we do this through faith.’

Ibrahim Hewitt, spokesman for the Association of Muslim Schools, said: ‘The Church of England should be setting a lead, not bending to what is very much a secularist agenda to try to get rid of faith schools.’

A spokesman for Education Secretary Michael Gove said: ‘Our aim is to end the rationing of good schools by making schools accountable to parents instead of politicians and therefore raise standards across the country. As we make progress the issue of admissions policy will become less important.’

But Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, welcomed the Bishop’s comments and said faith schools should be for the whole community.

The Bishop’s announcement is due to be issued to CofE schools as guidance in the summer. The move is likely to spark outrage among middle-class parents who fight to get their children into a top faith school.


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