Tuesday, November 04, 2014

UK: Faith schools which 'indoctrinate' children against homosexuality face being closed down under new Government rules

How about schools that indoctrinate pupils IN FAVOUR OF homosexuality?

Schools found ‘indoctrinating pupils about gay people’ will face being closed down under new rules designed to promote ‘British values’, the Government confirmed today.

The Department for Education insisted it was ‘nonsense’ to suggest teachers would have to give lessons on gay rights.

But a spokesman insisted Ofsted, which has introduced the new rules the wake of the Islamist Trojan Horse plot to radicalise pupils in Birmingham, was right to ensure schools were not breeding grounds for homophobia.

A spokesman said: ‘Ofsted are rightly ensuring that schools do not indoctrinate pupils about gay people - or any other people - being inferior.

‘The same goes for schools that do things like make girls sit separately at the back of the class. Both are practices which go directly against the fundamental British values of tolerance and respect.

‘We believe schools should prepare all pupils for life in modern Britain. A broad and balanced curriculum is vital for this.’  But the spokesman said it was 'nonsense' to say children would be taught gay rights.

Labour's shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said Mrs Morgan 'clearly does not believe that LGBT rights are British values'. He said: ‘Compulsory sex and relationship education, including LGBT rights, in all schools is common sense, not nonsense.  ‘Nicky Morgan should apologise for the offence that has been caused by claiming that it is nonsense for all schools to teach gay rights.’

It came after the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan – who said last week that she had changed her mind about gay marriage after voting against its introduction – warned schools not to ‘close minds’.

She told the Sunday Times that schools must teach ‘pupils to respect other people even if they do not agree with them’.

Mrs Morgan said: ‘I should have thought this is a principle with which the vast majority of people would agree. All schools of whatever type have a duty to protect young people and to ensure they leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

‘These values — democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs — are not new. The requirement to “actively promote” them is designed to reinforce the importance this government attaches to these values.’

Schools have been warned that those that fail to follow new rules on British values will be judged inadequate and could face closure by Ofsted inspectors.

The move follows snap inspections by Ofsted at 40 schools, including those for Christian and Jewish pupils. They were launched in the wake of the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham as part of the government’s efforts to combat extremism.

Mrs Morgan is backing Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw who will say that any school suspected of not teaching a broad and balanced curriculum, of rapidly falling standards or of not preparing children for life in modern Britain will face no-notice inspections.

For the first time the rules give inspectors the powers to downgrade schools where teachers are breaching the Equality Act, which encourages respect for lesbian, gay and transgender people as well as those of other religions and races.


Allah in the Public School Classroom

All over America, as parents go over homework with their children, it is becoming apparent that the United States public school system curriculum has been hijacked by the Pro-Muslim Common Core platform with sickening results. Children are being forced to say the shahada, and forced to learn the Five Pillars Of Islam. When Muslims force Christians to convert, they are forced to say the shahada (the Muslim declaration of faith). The Arabic writing on the black flag of jihad (also known as the al Qaeda flag or ISIS flag) is the shahada. This chant of supremacism and imperialism is being forced on American school kids.

Here is one mother’s story:

"About a month ago my daughter asked for my help with her homework.  She is in 7th grade and usually does not ask me for help. She gave me her vocabulary words for Social Studies and simply asked me to type it for her. I started typing the first few words, and then I came to Qur’an, Mosque, Alms, Caliph, Jihad, Sunnis, Shiites. I instantly became alarmed and asked to see her Social Studies book. My husband and I spent the next 3 hours reading through her book and I have to tell you that my life changed on that day.

    I kept my daughter home from school for the next two days and met with the principal. I attended my daughter’s class when she went back to school. Her assignments continued; draw detailed pictures of the 5 pillars of Islam and write a word collage of all that is good with Islam. We met with the teacher and principal together and questioned the curriculum.

We received the party line responses of “state standards” and “Common Core” for every question we had.  I was concerned with the nature of the material that was being taught in the classroom, and whether it was being presented in a truthful manner and that all aspects were told.  This was not happening.  Simply from viewing the Table of Contents one can see that Islam is the dominant religious focus throughout the book.  I was amazed upon further review of the book how they were able to slip Muslims into China, and how Spain is only referred to as Muslim Spain. 

The chapter on West African Civilization contains The Growth of Islam in West Africa.  The teacher explained to me that they had discussed Christianity in the first two chapters, but when I reviewed them personally, I found that Jesus was mentioned once as a Jewish prophet in the first chapter and the second chapter briefly discussed the division within the Christian Church.

 Chapter three is dedicated completely to Islam and the story of Muhammad, with multiple quotes from the Qur’an throughout the chapter. The book even goes on to say that “. . .Muhammad revealed the purest version of God’s truth” and that Muhammad is the final prophet of God’s truth with the most complete version of that truth. Read the rest of this story on Pamela Geller.com

We strongly urge all parents to go through all of your kid’s school assignments to see how much of this is present in their lessons. And if it is, start making phone calls, start writing letters, start pushing back the creeping sharia that our government seems intent on forcing on us. Because when that window closes, there will be no going back.

America needs you, how will you respond?


Common Core Doesn't "Need Work," it Needs to be Abolished

It's just Leftist tripe

Common Core education standards have been, by all accounts, a dismal failure. Parents, teachers, children, and even unions hate them. Governors like Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee went from supporting to standards to violently opposing them after observing their effects. Half a dozen states have withdrawn from Common Core, with many others currently pursuing legislation to do so. In short, it’s the usual standard of incompetence we’ve come to expect from the Department of Education (DOE).

But don’t expect the DOE to admit defeat. As the standards begin to take effect in the American Protectorate of Guam, the Guam DOE issued a statement that the standards still need work and that “this is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Sound familiar? This is the same kind of defense government always uses when defending fundamentally broken programs. “We just need more time.” A year after the launch of ObamaCare, and five years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, the president is still tinkering with it, and Democrats in Congress keep telling us that it just needs to be “fixed.” Given enough time and, more importantly, enough money, they assure us, they can make the program work, despite all actual evidence to the contrary.

Just as ObamaCare remains a perpetual work in progress, so do all top down government programs. They can’t work, and so when they don’t, rather than admit to a mistake, the agencies claim that they just need work, no matter how many years of development or taxpayer dollars have gone into them.

Common Core standards were developed in 2009, with implementation beginning in 2010. They’ve had five years to fix any bugs and iron out the kinks of a system they keep insisting is going to improve U.S. education (just like No Child Left Behind and Head Start were supposed to, right?) If five years isn’t enough to craft a successful program, doesn’t that tell you something about the fundamental methodology employed by the DOE?

Private companies don’t operate this way. If Apple’s latest iPhone was still hopeless broken five years in, requiring continuous patching, they would go out of business. Customers would rapidly abandon any company making such flimsy excuses for failure and would flock to more reliable competitors. But with government, there is no competitor, and therefore no accountability or incentive to perform.

This clever tactic of claiming that things “need work” means that we can never give up on a program, no matter how long in the tooth or ineffective. Fortunately, state government have started to show themselves willing to abandon Common Core standards that are clearly failing. If only they had a similar option for ObamaCare.


Atheist bullies strike again: Delaware high school coaches cave on post-game prayer

If something happens once you can dismiss it as an anomaly. If something happens twice you pay attention and examine for trends. However, when it happens repeatedly you've got more than a trend, you have a deliberate strategy and plan.

And so it is with the incessant and relentless attack of atheist groups against prayer and religious activity involving football. We've reported here about the attack levied against my own Alma Mater, the University of Tennessee - and mentioned the attack against Clemson University Coach Dabo Sweeney - and also the case brought against Georgia's Madison County High School for their donated monument which has two New Testament biblical verses inscribed. Well, the atheist bullies from FRFF are at it again!

As reported by Fox News, "An atheist group succeeded in sidelining football coaches at a Delaware high school from post-game prayers, but the holy huddle will continue as a players-only affair, according to a report. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to Cape Henlopen School District Superintendent Robert Fulton earlier this month to allege a "serious constitutional violation" occurring at Cape Henlopen High School: Coaches participating in postgame prayers with players.

One photograph in a local newspaper showed head coach Bill Collick in a prayer circle with his team on Oct. 3, The News Journal reports. "He's got his hands on players and he's bowing his head and he's participating in a prayer circle with students," said Elizabeth Cavell, an FFRF staff attorney who drafted the letter to Fulton. "Our objection to that is it violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, which has been interpreted to say that public school districts and their employees cannot advance or endorse religion while acting in their official capacity."

That interpretation is severely flawed if applied to this case, as well as most of the cases FFRF has lobbied.

The school board in Madison County folded like a cheap chair and this Wisconsin group prevails once again. Is there anyone with the doggone courage to tell these folks to mind their own business?

The more success they're allowed, the more they are emboldened. Furthermore, why not simply ignore these seemingly demented individuals who possess an animus that goes beyond understanding? A coach kneeling with players in a post-game prayer does not establish any state sponsored religion.

What FFRF is strategically doing is advancing a secular humanist agenda to eradicate the Judeo-Christian faith heritage in America - and they've decided to attack sporting events, specifically football at public institutions to make their point. Their cohort in this insanity, Mikey Weinstein, at the oxymoronic Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has embarked upon the same crusade against our armed forces.

Fox says, "Cape Henlopen School District Supervisor Fulton replied to inform Cavell all district employees, including coaches, would be reminded of laws regarding separation of church and state."

And therein lies the problem. Mr. Fulton has no idea of the origin and intent of the term "separation of church and state." How many times do I have to say this? It is not a law. It is not found in the Constitution - nor in the Declaration of Independence or even in the Federalist Papers.

Separation of church and state was a concept - a principle - written in a letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury (CT) Baptist Convention articulating that America would not have an established state religion or a Head of State who was also a Head of Church - there would be a separation.

So a coach kneeling with his players during a post-game prayer circle is in keeping with the First Amendment of freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof! Instead, when people fail to know the origins of our Constitutional Republic, they are bullied by these activist groups. As a result, following their home game against Sussex Tech, the postgame prayer circle had a lineup change. As the Vikings gathered to pray after a 49-13 loss, Collick and his assistants stood nearby, but did not join the players.

"We're satisfied with that," Cavell said. "We're expecting that staff, including coaches, are not going to be participating in prayers with the students in the future."

No ma'am, Ms. Cavell, you and the FFRF are wrong. You violated the First Amendment right of those coaches and Mr. Fulton should have known better and responded as such. At no time did those coaches advocate for an established religion for the State of Delaware or the United States. However, there are some who are not happy.

Fox reports that "Fulton's response to Cavell upset some Cape Henlopen supporters who felt the superintendent backed down to a the out-of-state, atheist organization. But Cavell said the law is on the side of her group. "We've taken lawsuits in the public-school context, but I don't think we've taken a lawsuit on coach-led prayer," she said. "The law is pretty well established, so it doesn't lead to much litigation."

The law is not on Cavell's side. The only thing on FFRF's side is their belligerence and the cowardice of others. They're not allowed to restrain the free exercise of religion of an American citizen. And if Ms. Cavell believes she has the law on her side, then she should bring a lawsuit to end the opening prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Dammit folks, don't you see that these people are not on the right side but use the ignorance of so-called school leaders to impose their misguided will?

According to Fox, "Coach Collick, meanwhile, said he has prayed with players throughout his four decades in coaching, including during his entire run at Delaware State University from 1985-96. He vowed to continue to impart wisdom on his players whenever he can. "We will continue to move forward and be about respect and do the things we know that good citizens and good people need to do," he said.

But football players at Cape Henlopen High School are far from the only Delaware public-school athletes who pray before or after games. Dozens of teams in the state regularly gather for prayers and at least one coach is involved most of the time, the News Journal reports. "Before the first time we do it, I throw it out there that this is strictly voluntary," Brandywine coach Tom Wood said Friday. "You do not have to participate if it goes against your religious beliefs. I'm not pushing my religion on anybody."

It's time parents and athletes take over this situation and send a message to FFRF. I'd like to see the stands empty out and everyone who desires go down to the field and join in on post-game prayer. We need to start sending letters to the FFRF and tell them how we feel about their attack on our First Amendment rights.

I continue to find it unconscionable that these atheist groups are so offended and concerned about something they pretend does not exist. So what is their real agenda?

I'm just waiting for FFRF to bring a lawsuit or write a letter about the government paying for Muslim footbath stations in airports and on college campuses - nah, FFRF ain't got the courage to take on Muslims. So they fight against Christians because we keep cowering and allowing them to have their way. Time to fight back.


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