Friday, April 29, 2016

Too Many Minority Babies, Feds Say of Teen Births

Although the rate of abortion among minorities is disproportionately high compared to white Americans, in a new report, President Obama's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is lamenting that too many black and Hispanic babies are surviving teenage pregnancies.
“Despite this historic progress, profound disparities remain.”
-- Bill Albert, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
For background, read 'Invisible' Abortions Soar Among Teens — Plan B

Also read Fewer Abortions, but Most are Blacks & Hispanics

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

God Called Me to Kill Black Babies, Abortionist Says

Teenage Pregnancy & Birth Rates Drop to Historic Lows

American Trend: Fewer Children, More Animals/Pets

America Self-destructing via Feminist Childlessness: Census

Few European Babies Leads to Muslim Transformation

Also read Women Who Birth More Children Live Longer: Study

-- From "CDC: Teen Birth Rates Plunge, But Racial Disparities Persist" by Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Medical Writer 4/29/16

The Hispanic teen birth rate fell by half over about eight years, and the black teen birth rate dropped nearly that much. But even with those declines, the white teen birth rate is still only half as high, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

. . . in the new report, the CDC focused on 2006 through 2014 — the most recent phase of the decline, when the fall was steepest.

The recent drops in the black and Hispanic teen birth rates look more dramatic in part because they started at far higher rate, Albert said. The Hispanic rate fell 51 percent — from 77 to 38 births per 1,000 Hispanic girls ages 15 to 19. The black rate fell 44 percent — from 62 to 35 per 1,000.

The white rate fell 35 percent, from 27 to 17 per 1,000.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "U.S. teen births hit historic low with plunge in minority rate" by Reuters 4/28/16

The birth rate among teenagers in the United States has fallen to a historic low, with births by black and Hispanic teens down by nearly half over the past decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday.

But officials said the U.S. teen birth rate was still too high, especially for minorities, and more work was needed.

"While reasons for the declines are not clear, teens seem to be less sexually active, and more of those who are sexually active seem to be using birth control than in previous years," the CDC said.

"The United States has made remarkable progress in reducing both teen pregnancy and racial and ethnic differences, but the reality is, too many American teens are still having babies," CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Teen birthrate hits all-time low, led by 50 percent decline among Hispanics and blacks" by Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post 4/28/16

The first [speculated cause for the drop in teen birthrate] is the most important and may be obvious: Today's teens enjoy better access to contraception and more convenient contraception than their predecessors, and more of them are taking advantage of innovations like long-acting injectable and implantable methods [LARC] that can last years over a daily birth control pill. But the second cause is something that goes against the conventional wisdom. It's that teens -- despite their portrayal in popular TV and movies as uninhibited and acting only on hormones -- are having less sex.

Veronica Gomez-Lobo, director of pediatric gynecology at Children’s National Medical Center, said the trend of abstinence has been mostly among younger teens rather than older ones. While there's not good data on why this is happening, she thinks of it as a “contagion” factor. So many teens are waiting to have sex, she suggests, that the peer pressure goes the opposite way than it might have in the past.

“We think this is a very healthy trend,” Gomez-Lobo said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Abstinence Education Yields Lowest Teen Birth Rate Ever as well as Abstinent Teens the Norm, Moral Sex-Ed Works: Study

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Florida School vs. Obama Transgender Bathroom Regs

This week, the Marion County Public Schools of Ocala, Florida enacted a policy in a direct challenge to President Obama's Department of Education heavy-handed edict that schools nationwide must allow men to use girl's restrooms, locker rooms, and showers.
"My concern is that some pervert looking for the opportunity to dress up as a transgender and [prey on] innocent children and because of their perverted action scars [our] children for life."
-- Parent testimony to school board

"There is no legal mandate requiring the district to override the privacy rights of students and concerns of parents, by permitting gender-confused (or attention-seeking) students to inappropriately use restrooms and facilities reserved for the opposite sex.  No school district has ever lost federal funding for maintaining gender-appropriate facilities, despite the claims of activists."
-- Roger K. Gannam, Liberty Counsel (offered to represent school board)
For background, read Department of Education Demands Communal Nudity in Public Schools Using Full Force of Federal Government and now Hillary Clinton Promises Even MORE 'Transgender/Gay Rights'

Also read how enclosed restrooms will soon be eliminated to protect women and children from sexual predators.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

President Obama's OSHA Teams Up with EEOC to OK Perverts in Employees' Restrooms

Washington, D.C.'s Bathroom 'Bigot Snitch' Law

Virginia Bathroom Privacy Bill Defeated in Legislature

Women's Voices Silenced: Washington Transgender Restrooms

Transgender Restrooms Evolve for South Dakota Schools

-- From "Marion school board blocks transgender kids from choosing restroom" by The Associated Press 4/26/16

A north Florida school board has approved a measure to limit restrooms to students based on their birth sex, not their gender identity.

Board member Carol Ely says transgender students shouldn't get to choose which restroom to use, adding it's "reverse discrimination."

The district started allowing transgender students to choose their restroom two months ago. But a parent claimed his son's privacy rights were being violated because he's not comfortable sharing a restroom with a student who was born female but now identifies as male.

Roger Gannam, an attorney for the conservative legal group Liberty Counsel, is representing the parent of the student who complained. He argued that there is no legal mandate requiring the district to permit transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Marion County School Board rules students must use restroom of biological gender" by Erik Sandoval and Troy Campbell, Reporters, WKMG-TV6 (Orlando, FL) 4/27/16

The new rule takes effect immediately, and the decision brought cheers from the hundreds who gathered at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

The school board resolution says transgender students are not protected by law and that students expect not to see people of the opposite sex in the bathroom.

School board vice chairwoman, Kelly King, said that the alternative [private/uni-sex] bathrooms are a safe place for transgender students. King also said she too expects lawsuits if the board approves the restriction.

"We know either way, we are probably going to have some lawsuits. You know, lawsuits regardless," King said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "ACLU warns Marion County Schools of possible legal issues with bathroom policy" posted at WCJB-TV20 (Gainesville, FL) 4/26/16

In a work session last week, four of the five board members voted to restrict school bathrooms to students based on their birth sex, not based on their gender identity. School Board Chairman Bobby James was the only dissenter and said he wanted to continue to treat transgender issues on a case-by-case basis.

The letter, written by ACLU of Florida LGBT rights staff attorney Daniel Tilley, warns that the policy would not only be harmful to students but would also "violate Title IX sex discrimination requirements, violate the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution and jeopardize federal funding for the school district."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Bathroom ban imposed: School Board blocks transgender kids from choosing restrooms" by Joe Callahan, Staff writer, Ocala StarBanner 4/26/16

. . . Superintendent George Tomyn said the board should wait if they wanted this to be a rule, or policy, and that they were not following proper protocol. [Board member Nancy] Stacy said this was not a rule, but a resolution as a statement to the community. Stacy called for the vote and it passed 4-1.

The local issue began two months ago after the district started allowing transgender students to choose their bathroom, stating that the Office for Civil Rights has made it clear that transgender students have that right.

Two weeks ago, local veterinarian Hal Phillips appeared at a board work session and said his son's Fourth Amendment rights had been violated. Phillips said his son – who attends Vanguard High -- was not comfortable sharing a bathroom with a transgender student, who was born female but now identifies as being male.

The Fourth Amendment protects the privacy of all students, “including bodily privacy in the context of restrooms and locker rooms,” according to board attorney Steven Lake, who shared a PowerPoint about prior court cases at a recent work session.

[Attorney Roger] Gannam, wrote that “students with gender confusion who truly believes he or she is the opposite sex should be treated with care, compassion, and kindness, but must not be officially affirmed in his or her confusion, no matter how sincerely-held.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "A Florida school board just blocked transgender kids from choosing bathrooms" by Elahe Izadi, Washington Post 4/27/16

Conservative legal group Liberty Counsel represented the parent, Harrell “Hal” Phillips and his son, who the organization described as “devout Christians who believe strongly in both biblical modesty and constitutional privacy.”

Phillips’s son was “extremely upset” that a transgender student was using the boys’ bathroom, the group wrote. “This was a place where he has a reasonable expectation that he will not encounter the opposite sex. This deeply violated his religious beliefs of personal modesty and his constitutional rights to privacy.”

According to the measure, single-sex bathrooms and locker rooms designated for girls are restricted to people “who are biological females.” The same goes for facilities designated for boys and people “who are biological males.”

Students who want to use alternative facilities “shall always be offered comparable facilities, as required by law,” the measure states.

The measure also states that transgender individuals are “not a protected class” under the school district’s policies.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Transgender Students Now Have To Follow A New Bathroom Policy In Marion County" by Isabella Alsina, WUFT-TV5/WJUF-FM89.1 (PBS/NPR Gainesville, FL) 4/27/16

After 46 public comments, the board passed the resolution with a 4-1 vote. About 250 people cheered, sang Christian songs and waved banners that read, “God Belongs In My City.”

“The safety issue is the biggest,” said Carol Ely, the school board member for district 2. “Although nothing has happened yet, we’re going to see some things happening.”

Transgender students, former Marion County teachers, pastors, and concerned parents filled the meeting room, office, and parking lot of the school board’s building. Some wore Equality Florida stickers while most wore red stickers reading, “We Stand With God.”

“We cannot help that the Department of Education… is now working under an illegal, unadvertised rule,” said Nancy Stacy, school board member for District 1. “The Federal Department of Education doesn’t even have a right to constitutionally exist. I believe this rule is completely illegal.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read American Consumers Target Anti-family Business Favoring Transgenders

And read Transgenderism is a 'Delusion' According to Victims and Professionals

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Gay Agenda Increases Suicides of Young Men: Study

Although suicide rates have always been higher among those who exhibit homosexual behavior, a new study shows that, contrary to PC propaganda, as social and public acceptance of every variant of sexually deviant behavior grows, so does the rate of suicide among young men, especially young black men.
"We know minority groups are at higher risk of poor mental health than the heterosexual majority . . ."
-- Ford Hickson, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
For background, read how Gay Agenda advocates used to say suicides would decrease if Christians could be silenced.

Also read Rates of Homosexuality Soar Among UK Youth

-- From "Young gay, bisexual men have higher risk for suicide" by HealthDay News 4/26/16

In the study, the researchers examined survey responses from nearly 5,800 gay and bisexual men from the United Kingdom 16 and older. The results: those younger than 26 were two times more likely to be depressed or anxious, and six times more likely to attempt suicide or harm themselves than those older than 45.

Blacks were two times more likely to be depressed and five times more likely to have attempted suicide than whites, according to the study published April 26 in the Journal of Public Health.

The researchers found that those with lower incomes were more likely to be depressed, anxious, and to attempt suicide or harm themselves than those with higher incomes. Those with lower levels of education were two times more likely to be depressed, anxious, and to attempt suicide or harm themselves than those with a university degree.

The study also found that gay and bisexual men living with a male partner were 50 percent less likely to have depression than those living alone.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Young gay and bisexual men 'six times more likely to attempt suicide than older men', research finds" by Siobhan Fenton, UK Independent 4/27/16

While it has long been established that LGBT communities suffer from considerably more mental health issues than other social groups, limited research has been conducted into how age affects their experiences. Indeed, it has previously been assumed that mental health issues may decrease among younger gay and bisexual men as they experience less stigma than older men due to changes in cultural attitudes and lesser discrimination.

Research has suggested that LGBT people are considerably more likely to have a mental health problem than cisgender or heterosexual people. Among the general population varying figures suggest that suicide attempt rates are around 4 per cent, increasing to 20 per cent for LGB people and over 40 per cent for transgender people. . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Young gay and bisexual men six times more likely to attempt suicide than older counterparts" posted at Medical Xpress 4/27/16

Conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and funded by Stonewall [an LGBT advocacy organization] . . . The study is the first to examine the mental health differences within gay and bisexual men in the UK.

April Guasp, Head of Research at Stonewall, said: "We're really pleased to see this further in-depth analysis of mental health issues faced by gay and bisexual men. It's known that a range of factors can increase risk of poor mental health among the population in general and the same holds true for gay and bisexual men. This study contributes to better understanding of the specific risks within LGBT communities and will hopefully lead to more targeted health interventions."

The authors note that their findings may be limited because survey participants were not a random sample of the population and were therefore unlikely to be representative of all UK gay and bisexual men.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Bisexual Man Convicted of Hate Murder by New York Jury

Illinois Lesbian Jail Officer Shoots Lover, Commits Suicide

Homosexual Kills, Injures Hundreds on Amtrak Train

Homosexualists' Terrorist Attack on Christians — Perp arrested for attempted murder

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Consumers Target Anti-family Business: Transgender

Retail giant Target Corporation has positioned itself in the middle of the Culture War by paying homage to the Gay/transgender Agenda in announcing that men are welcome in women's restrooms and fitting rooms in all stores.  With the possibility of millions of customers vowing to boycott Target, the corporation faces a decision: Whom to serve?

Customers say:

“Why do you insist on overly accommodating a group that is so small and forgetting the rest of us?”

“I’m not shopping at Target anymore. I’ll give another store my business that doesn’t allow men in women’s restrooms.”

“Can’t take my kids to Target anymore.”
For background, read how enclosed restrooms will soon be eliminated to protect women and children from sexual predators.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Washington, D.C.'s Bathroom 'Bigot Snitch' Law

Virginia Bathroom Privacy Bill Defeated in Legislature

Women's Voices Silenced: Washington Transgender Restrooms

President Obama's OSHA Teams Up with EEOC to OK Perverts in Employees' Restrooms

Transgender Restrooms Evolve for South Dakota Schools

Transgenderism Taught to Kindergartners Across America

-- From "‘A danger to wives and daughters’: Petition to boycott Target over transgender-inclusive bathrooms claims growing support" by Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post 4/26/16

An online petition by the American Family Association calling for a boycott of Target reached more than 650,000 signatures early Tuesday morning and was growing by the minute. It was created in response to a statement on Target’s website last Tuesday stating that individuals could use the retail giant’s bathrooms and fitting rooms that correspond with their gender identities.

[The petition] also suggests that the retail chain should include a “unisex bathroom” for “transgendered customers.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the AFA as an “extremist organization” and labels its ideology as “Anti-LGBT.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "More than 500,000 boycott Target over transgender bathroom policy" by Hadley Malcolm, USA TODAY 4/26/16

The petition started by the American Family Association on Wednesday raises concerns that Target's inclusive stance on transgender rights encourages sexual predators and puts women and young girls in danger, because "a man can simply say he 'feels like a woman today' and enter the women's restroom."

"This is the best response we’ve ever had this quick," says AFA President Tim Wildmon, attributing the protest's viral nature to the fact that "everybody knows who Target is, and it’s an easy-to-understand issue."

Wildmon says Target stands "to lose a lot of customers who won't come back." But Target is standing by its policy.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "More than 660,000 sign petition to boycott Target" posted at WTVD-TV11 (Raleigh-Durham, NC) 4/26/16

On AFA's website, President Tim Wildmon said the boycott has resonated with consumers.

"Target's harmful policy poses a danger to women and children. Predators and voyeurs would take advantage of the policy to prey on those who are vulnerable. It's clear now that many customers agree. Target shoppers are leaving their allegiance to the store behind - and by the thousands every hour. No store can withstand that sort of loss."

"We want to make it very clear that AFA does not believe the transgender community poses this danger to the wider public," Wildmon writes. "Rather, this misguided and reckless policy provides a possible gateway for predators who are out there."

Last year, Target announced it was moving away from gender-specific signs in its stores. For example, removing the use of pink or blue to guide parents in the children's sections.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Transgender Restrooms and Fitting Rooms? 162,000 Sign 'Boycott Target Pledge' in 1 Day" by Melanie Hunter, 4/22/16

“Corporate America must stop bullying people who disagree with the radical left agenda to remake society into their progressive image,” AFA President Tim Wildmon said in a statement. “#BoycottTarget has resonated with Americans.

Wildmon said Target should find a “unisex compromise” to its current policy of allowing people to use bathrooms and changing facilities according to gender identity.

“A boycott, and customers leaving the store in droves, will cost even more,” Wildmon said. “If Target is truly committed to a solid policy that’s good for business—for everyone—and if they’re truly committed to the transgender community, the company will spend the money for a unisex compromise. Anything else smacks of an agenda-driven publicity stunt that stands in complete disregard for people who reject the policy.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Transgenderism is a 'Delusion' According to Victims and Professionals

Monday, April 25, 2016

Rutgers Univ. Crucifying Jesus Art Draws Outrage

Photographs of so-called artwork depicting Jesus Christ crucified on a dartboard hanging prominently in the Rutgers Art Library on the College Avenue New Brunswick campus on Voorhees Mall went viral on social media causing officials to first relocate the display and then remove it entirely.
“Honestly, if this were Muhammad or some other religious figure there would have been more of an outcry, not to mention wouldn’t have been done in the first place.”
-- Matthew Andrews, Facebook commenter
For background on anti-Christian "art," click headlines below to read previous articles:

Jesus Desecrated at Colorado Art Exhibit, NO Violence Breaks Out

Pope in 17,000 Condoms at Museum in Wisconsin

Taxpayers Fund Obscene Homosexual Christmas at Smithsonian

-- From "Display of crucified Jesus stabbed with darts at Rutgers University sparks controversy" by Kaylin Searles, WZTV 4/22/16

The display, named "Vitruvian Man," caught the eye of student Natalie Caruso, who said it was displayed in the Art Library. She asked staff to take it down and numerous others followed her lead in their outrage over the display, reported.

While Caruso felt the display is unacceptable, others on the same Facebook post defended the display.

"I'm Catholic I'm not offended by this. If its an artwork in an art gallery that's someone's expression and their emotion in physical form. That's their view and you don't know what they dealt with in that religion emotionally just respect that and move on," Jonathan Ksiezopolski said in the comments.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Rutgers takes down controversial dartboard" by Nikita Biryukov, The Daily Targum (New Brunswick, NJ) 4/21/16

“Just because something offends you doesn't give you the right to silence someone,” wrote Parth Mehrotra, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “It's not about separation of church and state, it's not about anything, it's someone exercising their freedom of speech in a public art exhibit.”

Jessica Pellien, director of communications at Rutgers University Libraries, said the exhibit was removed because it failed to meet the library’s policy for art displays. These policies require exhibits “to be based on University events, curricular offerings and topics of interest to the university community,” in broad terms.

“The process that the Libraries use to determine how artwork is selected for inclusion in an exhibit takes into consideration freedom of expression as well,” she said in an email. “We have concluded that the policy and process the Libraries use to select artwork for exhibitions was not followed.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Art or sacrilege? Rutgers removes controversial dartboard Jesus art exhibit" by Kelly Heyboer, The Star-Ledger 4/21/16

"It's art, it's an important statement. Also it's hilarious. We don't have to cater to the wills of the Church or any denomination of Christianity or religion," Joe Buchoff, a Rutgers student, wrote on Facebook.

The dartboard Jesus art piece was one of dozens of unusual art pieces displayed around the three-story library. The other pieces include a stack of coins covered with a condom (titled "Tower of Babel"), a milk carton with a photo of Holocaust victim Anne Frank on the back (titled "Cute Kids Make Good Advertising") and a Rutgers diploma hanging from a real estate sign (titled "The Bullfighter Extends His Cape").

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read New Mexico Museum Seeks Atheists, Slams Christians

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Georgia Atheists Decapitate, Eat Fetus (cookies)

This week, the North Georgia Skeptics Society held a pro-abortion rally at the University of North Georgia (UNG) displaying fetus-shaped cookies, which the atheists tore limb-from-limb (simulating abortion procedures) and bit the heads off while laughing.
“Abortion should remain legal because … my vagina is too pretty to let a fetus crawl out.”
-- Student's testimony
For background, read of the utter disregard of the human remains from abortions.

And read how feminists despise any humanization of fetuses.

-- From "Atheists display foetus-shaped cookies at university pro-abortion rally, horrifying students" by Jonah Hicap, Christian Today 4/23/16

UNG Students for Life posted the photos on its Facebook page, saying the images were distasteful.

"Personally, I cannot imagine why one of your members felt it a decent or clever thing to dismember baby cookies by breaking off their heads. Even to simply allow that on your table was tasteless, irresponsible, and vile—there is absolutely no removing yourself from that," wrote Carly McCurry, president of Students for Life, in a letter addressed to Skeptics Society on Facebook.

McCurry said another photo showed more dismembered baby heads in plastic containers with the eyes marked with red colour.

McCurry narrated that one professor yelled at her to leave and checked her permits while the Skeptics Society was openly playing loud rap music that discussed holding women down and raping them.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Campus pro-abortion display: Baby-shaped cookies with heads broken off" posted at The College Fix 4/20/16

Several social media posts detail an apparent pro-abortion rally at the University of North Georgia held last week at which cookies in the shape of babies were reportedly eaten and had their heads broken off.

The details emerged in part thanks to popular conservative blogger Matt Walsh, who received a tip from a campus source and sounded the alarm on Facebook this week. His campus source said some of the cookies were eaten.

“This is dark and disturbed in ways that can’t be fully described. I’ve been saying this about the pro-abortion movement for a long time. As much as you might want to give ‘pro-choicers’ the benefit of the doubt, the fact remains that they are advocating for the murder of human children. That is an insidious, terrible, deeply evil thing. And they are carrying it around with them in their hearts and in their souls,” Walsh continued.

A request for comment from the university’s campus media affairs office on Wednesday by The College Fix was not immediately returned.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Hillary Clinton Says Abortionists Must Defeat Christianity

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Tenn. Defunds Univ. Anti-Christian, Gay Agendas

With overwhelming majorities, legislators in Tennessee eliminated $436,000 of state funding from the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee because of its Culture War battles including the promotion of the Gay/transgender Agenda, hedonistic advocacy of "Sex Week," bans on Christmas parties, and the like.  The House version of the bill diverted tax dollars to more worthy uses such as funding “In God We Trust” emblems on police cars.
"The question is how does this look not only to the rest of Tennessee, but the rest of the country?"
-- Rep. Joe Armstrong, D-Knoxville

"This is a slap on the wrist compared to the foolishness that has come out of that office in the last few years.  They're lucky we don't shut that office down."
-- Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville
University Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek vowed to continue the battles in spite of the "slap."

For background, read Christmas Parties Banned at Univ. of Tennessee but Lesbian Bondage Expert OKd for "Sex Week"

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Toilet Privacy Banned in ALL Restrooms at New York College

Colleges Say Most Terrorists are White Christians

Christian-owned Restaurant Rejected at Univ. of Nebraska

Bibles Removed, Deviant Sex Housing Added at Illinois University

Atheists at Ball State Univ. Forbid Christian to Teach Science

-- From "TN Legislature votes to strip funding from UT diversity office" by Sheila Burke, Associated Press 4/22/16

Lawmakers almost sunk their own efforts to defund the office, because the House and Senate couldn't agree where to put the [funds] stripped from the office. With the Legislature scheduled to adjourn this week, both chambers had to come to a consensus or their proposal would have failed.

James (Micah) Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, was the House Sponsor of the bill who wanted to use some of the funds to pay for the "In God We Trust" decals. Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, wanted all the money to be used for minority scholarships and he wasn't going to budge.

Van Huss wanted to know why Gardenhire's bill only defunded the office for one year. But Gardenhire and others pointed out that his bill prevented UT from ever using state funds for Sex Week or to promote gender-neutral pronouns, or for promoting or inhibiting religious holidays.

"But after one year," Gardenhire said, "if UT doesn't straighten up its act, then we come down on them harder."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Sen. Gardenhire key in lawmakers' decision to suspend UT diversity funding for one year" by Andy Sher, Chattanooga Times Free Press 4/22/16

Lawmakers fumed over Gardenhire's compromise, saying it didn't go as far as they wanted while Democrats questioned the need to do anything.

. . . Other than Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, a minister who often sides with the GOP on socially conservative matters, most Democrats voted no.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Defunding Diversity" by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed 4/22/16

Even if the bill was less restrictive than it might have been, pro-diversity advocates at the university were quick to denounce the legislation.

Micah Van Huss, a state representative who pushed for the funds to be cut off, said the bill would send a message to campus leaders. In a Facebook post, he wrote, "Nothing opens the closed minds of administrators like the sound of pocketbooks snapping shut."

. . . On Tuesday, hundreds of students walked out of class to protest the bill, and many of the students sat on university walkways to block movement. Many students who marched in the protest said that a Confederate flag hanging outside a dormitory window they passed (above) offered a perfect illustration of why the university needs the diversity office.

More protests are being planned for this weekend.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Senate, House at odds on University of Tennessee diversity bill" by Adam Tamburin, The Tennessean 4/20/16

Sen. Joey Hensley, a longtime critic of the university's diversity efforts, played down the impact of the bill for minority students on campus during remarks Wednesday.

"This isn't about race — it's not about black or white," said Hensley, R-Hohenwald. "Our constituents didn't want us spending state dollars to talk about gender-neutral pronouns at UT and about not celebrating Christmas."

UT has not commented on how the diversity office would operate if the bill became law, or if the four people working in that office would lose their jobs without the state funding the office depends on. In a statement Tuesday, university spokeswoman Karen Simsen said, “It is speculative for the university to comment about pending legislation.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Tenn. legislators divert university diversity funds for year" posted at KSDK-TV5 (St. Louis, MO) 4/22/16

Short of the diversity bill failing, the outcome was the second-best that University of Tennessee and diversity advocates could have expected. When demands to "defund" diversity programs surfaced last year, the discussion revolved around $19 million spent throughout public higher education on such diversity efforts as scholarships and faculty recruitment. Later, the Senate Education Committee recommended taking $8 million from the university's diversity programs.

The compromise adopted by a House-Senate conference committee and approved by both chambers essentially is the version approved earlier by the full Senate — taking money designated for salaries in the small office of diversity and inclusion, for school year 2016-17 only and using it to fund minority engineering scholarships.

The House approved the compromise 63-21, the Senate 27-3.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Tennessee School Defies Gay Agenda Intimidation Tactic

And read Judge Rules Illinois College Must Accept 'Anti-Gay' Speech