Sunday, May 24, 2015

Atheists Can't Stop Prayer at Graduations: Judge

Just as U.S. District Court of South Carolina Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks ruled, much to the chagrin of the American Humanist Association (AHA), that Greenville County, South Carolina School District cannot muzzle students' prayers at commencement ceremonies, graduating senior Christian Crawford spontaneously led faculty, students and parents in prayer as a medical emergency was playing out in the midst of a graduation ceremony in Alabama.
"Everybody can I have your attention real quick? We don't know what's going on, but we will pray. We know that prayer is power, and that God is able. Let's pray. Father God, we thank you for this day, Lord. We pray right now that whatever is going on, you will fix it, God. We pray that you will heal it, God. We pray that you will redeem it, God. We pray that you will deliver it, God. Because we know that you are a God who knows how to make a way. And in the name of Jesus we declare and decree in the name of Jesus that whatever is going on shall be fixed, because you are a God who is a fixer. You are a God who is a healer. Jehovah God, Jehovah-jireh, Jehovah-nissi, Jehovah-shiloh. Fix it, Jesus. In Jesus' name, Amen."
-- Christian Crawford, graduating senior of Clay-Chalkville High School, in Pinson, Alabama

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Lord's Prayer at South Carolina Graduation, Atheists Fume

Prayer at Kentucky Graduation Despite Atheists' Demands

Texas School Cuts Mic on Christian Valedictorian Speech

Jesus, God Almighty Censored at Vermont Graduation

Indiana Graduate Praises God Despite Judge's Ruling

Federal Appeals Court Overrules Texas Judge: Christian Speech OK

Also read California School Lawyers Strip Student's Jesus Speech

In addition, read the long list of states enacting laws to bring religious liberty back to schools.

-- From "Federal judge: Student-led graduation prayers allowed, school prayers not" by Anna Lee, Greenville News 5/19/15

The [AHA] lawsuit claims the student’s parents are non-theists who felt “alienated and stigmatized” by the [Mountain View Elementary School in Taylors, SC] endorsement of Christianity during their daughter’s graduation held at the chapel of North Greenville University.

The suit alleges such “excessive entanglement with religion” is in violation of the First Amendment’s establishment clause and seeks a permanent injunction to enjoin prayer at any future school-sponsored event, including graduation ceremonies.

“Prohibiting such independent student speech would go beyond showing neutrality toward religion but instead demonstrate an impermissible hostility toward religion,” the school district said in court filings.

[Judge] Hendricks agreed to allow spontaneous prayer, calling it the “cultural residue” left over from the historical inclusion of religious speech at graduations.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "High school student offers prayer during medical emergency at graduation" by Savannah Williamson, WAAY-TV31 (Huntsville/Decatur, AL) 5/24/15

According to our news partners at ABC 33/40, Christian Crawford stepped up to the podium and asked people to pray with him about whatever situation was happening in the stands.

It was later found out that a young woman was suffering a seizure.

The video, courtesy of the Trussville Tribune, has gone viral. Crawford has been asked to present the opening prayer at the Alabama legislature next Wednesday.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Clay-Chalkville graduate delivers prayer during medical emergency" by Edward Burch, ABC 33/40 5/23/15

On Thursday night at Cougar stadium,while school administrators and medical personnel were helping a young woman in the crowd suffering a seizure, Christian Crawford got a nudge from faculty member Shannon Petty.

"She asked me, 'could I pray?"

"A lot of times you may feel nervous as a principal when a student steps to the mic impromptu like that," said [Principal Michael] Lee. "But when I saw it was Christian, I knew there was nothing to be concerned about. If I had 1,400 Christian Crawford's walking the hall, this would be a better place."

The video has been shared over 15,000 times on Facebook and is reaching national news outlets. Crawford credits his family for instilling strength in faith and character. He is the senior class president and wants a career in politics.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Clay’s Christian Crawford talks graduation prayer" by Erik Harris, Trussville Tribune 5/22/15

“It only takes one person,” said Crawford. “One person stands up and says ‘okay, I’m going to stand for the word of God, regardless of what people say.’ It’s important that we stand on the word of God.”

After cheers fell from the grandstands, the senior class president took his seat with the belief that the moment had passed.

“After I finished praying, that was it, I knew God was going to do his job,” said Crawford. “We had 1,000 plus people there, so I know he heard our prayer, and I got an update on the (victim) and she’s doing fine.”

“I cannot take any credit for what God is doing through me for His glory,” said Crawford.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

In addition, read U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of public prayer, and read the resulting resurgence in public prayer following the Supreme Court decision.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

PC Las Vegas School Denies Pro-life Student Club

Lawyers representing Angelique Clark, a sophomore at West Career and Technical Academy, are demanding that the Clark County (Nevada) School District approve her request to form a local chapter of Students For Life America.  School Vice Principal Allan Yee said the club would reflect poorly on the school in local media and that students are unqualified to speak on abortion issues.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

North Dakota Schools Backtrack on Pro-life Club Bans

Iowa School Censors Pro-life Girl's Rights, Lawyer Says

Connecticut School Censors 'Controversial' Pro-life Kids

Virginia School Slow-walks Pro-life Club Approval

New Jersey School Censors Student Expressing Pro-life View

Washington School OKs Gay Message, but Censors Pro-life Students

Also read North Las Vegas Teacher Bans Student's Christianity

-- From "Sophomore Says High School Denied her Anti-abortion Club" by Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press 5/22/15

The nonprofit Thomas More Society legal group said in a letter . . . [that] Clark applied to start a Students for Life club on campus but was told by the vice principal that the topic was controversial, would attract negative media attention and the club's intent wasn't inclusive enough.

The Thomas More Society said in its letter that the school has a Bible club and gay-straight alliance club on campus.

The Clark County School District said in a statement it's reviewing the facts and hadn't made a final decision.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Law firm claims West Tech sophomore denied right to start pro-life club" by Ricardo Torres, Las Vegas Review-Journal 5/22/15

Clark said in a news release she didn’t hear back from school officials until two months later when a vice principal said her application had been denied.

Vice Principal Allan Yee told her the topic was “controversial,” pro-choice supporters would feel left out and “there were others ‘more qualified’ to speak on the issue than a high school sophomore.”

The demand letter was addressed to high school Principal Amy Dockter-Rozar and Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky. It alleges Clark’s First Amendment rights and the federal Equal Access Act of 1984, which affects extracurricular clubs, were violated.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "CCSD, group differ about whether student had support of adviser for anti-abortion club" by Ian Whitaker, Las Vegas Sun 5/22/15

After lawyers demanded Thursday that West Career and Technical Academy reverse its decision to prevent sophomore Angelique Clark from starting an anti-abortion student club, district officials released a statement saying the club did not have a faculty adviser willing to sponsor the club. In CCSD schools, student clubs need a teacher to serve as an adviser before they are allowed to operate.

A document released by Students for Life of America, the national group that has taken up Clark's cause, appears to show Angelique had a teacher on board. Signatures on her application form dated Dec. 17, 2014, show that science teacher Sandy Roden had volunteered to be the adviser.

The letter written by lawyers from the nonprofit Thomas More Society gave the district until June 1 to respond. The lawyers haven't said whether they will pursue legal action if the district does not reverse the school's decision.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Nevada Teacher Bans Student's Christianity: Lawyer

Representing parents Tim and Kate Frasier, Liberty Institute has given Academica Nevada, manager of the Somerset Academy charter school in North Las Vegas, ten days to apologize for the unconstitutional actions of Miss Jardine, a teacher at Somerset's Losee campus, barring their sixth-grade daughter from quoting a Bible verse in an assignment.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

California School Bans Books by Christian Authors

'God Bless America' Banned from Florida School

Texas Teacher Confiscates Bible from Second-grader

Student Suspended for Jesus Talk Sues Washington School

Colorado School Bans Jesus Talk During Free Time

Teacher Bans Free Time Bible Reading in Missouri

Florida Teacher Bans Bible in Free Time, Parents Sue

Florida Kindergartner Forbidden to Bow Head Over Lunch

Satanic Book Distribution in Florida Schools

ACLU Demands Bibles Off Kentucky School Grounds

Atheists: Ban Christians from Schools in Michigan, West Virginia, Oklahoma, California, Florida, Ohio, etc.

Also read myriad examples of public schools discriminating against pro-life Christian students.

In contrast, read myriad examples of public schools celebrating Islam.

-- From "Parents say teacher barred Bible verse use in homework" by Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press 5/20/15

The Fraisers said their daughter Mackenzie was told she couldn't use the Bible verse John 3:16 for a technology class assignment called "All About Me" that involved creating a PowerPoint presentation and including an inspirational saying on a slide.

[Assistant Principal Jenyan] Martinez said based on [U.S. Department of Education] directives, a student's right to free religious expression didn't include "the right to have a captive audience listen or compel other students to participate."

Jeremy Dys, senior counsel with the Liberty Institute, disagreed, citing the federal agency's guidelines on religious expression in class assignments that say students are free to express their beliefs "in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination."

A statement sent by the [school's] legal manager Colin Bringhurst said Somerset Academy would investigate the circumstances of the complaint and respond to Liberty Institute's letter once the investigation was complete. The letter demands an apology within 10 days.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Teacher bans Bible verse from sixth grader's school assignment" by Kathy Damrill, Assistant News Director, KOKH-TV25 (Oklahoma City, OK) 5/22/15

The little girl is proud of her Christian faith and her father, Tim Frasier, is a pastor at Grace Point Church, a nondenominational Christian Church.  She says it made sense to her to include a quote about God's love for the world in a presentation about herself.

Fraiser said he was shocked when his daughter told him she shouldn't because she's not allowed to talk about God at school. He emailed the school to find out why his daughter was instructed she wasn't allowed to use “Biblical sayings” in assignments.

“Can you please explain if this is true? Perhaps, she misunderstood you? Since I am certain you understand that this clearly infringes on my daughters/your students right to freedom of speech, I want to make sure we understand your instructions,” he wrote on April 29.

Two days later he received a response from Assistant Principal Jenyan Martinez.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Bible verse in charter school sixth-grader’s assignment stirs controversy" by Wesley Juhl, Las Vegas Review-Journal 5/21/15

The North Las Vegas family is demanding an apology from the school and said they will seek legal relief if they don’t get it.

Dys said the U.S. Department of Education and the Supreme Court have both been clear about the law, and Somerset’s administration got it wrong.

Federal education guidelines say students may express their beliefs about religion in homework, artwork and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination.

What Somerset did violated Mackenzie’s constitutional rights, the lawyer alleged.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Gay Teachers Indoctrinate 8-year-olds in North Carolina

Abstinence Education Illegal in California, Judge Rules

Public Boarding Schools Proposed by Obama Administration

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Father & Son 'Marry' Legally in Pennsylvania

Homosexuals Norman MacArthur and Bill Novak, both in their 70s, became father and son in 2000 when Novak adopted MacArthur for estate planning purposes, but now that "gay marriage" is legal in their state of residence, they will now become "husband and husband."
“Not only does it pave the way for this couple to obtain a marriage license, it is an important precedent for others who may be in the same position.”
-- Attorney Clemons, Richter & Reiss
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Teen Girl to Marry Father in New Jersey—Incest OK

Judge Says Incest OK; It's the New Gay

New York Incestuous Marriage OK: Unanimous Appeals Court

Polygamy Too: Federal Court Ruling for 'Gay Marriage' —  4th Circuit judge says 'incest marriage' will follow

Incest a 'Fundamental Right,' Says German Ethics Council

Also read 'Husband' Impregnates Both 'Married' Lesbian Wives

-- From "'Father' To Marry 'Son' In Bucks County -- With Court's Blessing" by Kara Seymour, Patch Staff 5/20/15

The same-sex couple, who have been together for more than 50 years, registered as domestic partners in New York City in 1994. After moving to Bucks County, they learned that Pennsylvania law does not recognize domestic partners and prohibits same sex marriages.

They were advised by a lawyer that the only avenue to becoming legally related was through adoption. “It was the only legal method we could use in Pennsylvania to give underpinning to our relationship,” MacArthur said.

The pair’s Petition to Vacate Adoption Decree was granted on May 14, allowing them to marry. This is the first case in Pennsylvania history seeking to vacate an adoption to allow a same sex couple to marry, their lawyer Terry Clemons said.

Clemons said the approach of using adoption to gain rights was not uncommon around the turn of the century as same-sex couples were navigating estate planning and access to medical care.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "'Father' to marry 'son,' with court's blessing!" posted at World Net Daily 5/20/15

When the United States District Court declared unconstitutional Pennsylvania’s marriage laws prohibiting same-sex marriage unconstitutional in 2014, Novak and MacArthur wanted to tie the knot in marriage, but their earlier legal gambit now became an obstacle. Pennsylvania law doesn’t permit marriage between parents and children.

So, a week ago, the father and son’s Petition to Vacate Adoption Decree was approved, and the pair simply became two single men now allowed to marry.

“We are ecstatic beyond belief,” MacArthur said. “I feel an enormous sense of not only relief but freedom that we can finally do something in Pennsylvania that I’ve been dreaming of for years.”

The pair has been given a marriage license and is planning a summer wedding.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

In addition, read Poll Shows Americans NOT For 'Gay Marriage' or Anal Sex and also read 'Gay Marriage' Not Favored in Polls, Only in Court as well as Almost No Americans Want a 'Homosexual Marriage'

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gay Teachers Indoctrinate 8-year-olds: N. Carolina

Irate parents in Orange County, North Carolina stormed a school district meeting to protest actions of third grade teacher Omar Currie, 25, who conspired with Meg Goodhand, assistant principal at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School — both of whom are openly homosexual Gay Agenda activists — to teach deviant sexuality to students, having contrived a bogus bullying incident as an excuse for the indoctrination session.
"These are my children. Who gives you the right to tell me what they can listen to and what they can hear in their school?  As a matter of fact, that is bullying me."
-- Rodney Davis, parent

"[You're] infiltrating young minds, indoctrinating children into a gay agenda and actively promoting homosexuality to steer our children in that direction."
-- Lisa Baptist, parent
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Lesbian Seminar Teaching Kids How to be Homosexual

Lesbianism Taught at Middle School as Anti-Bullying

1st-grade Lesbians Force Sex on Ohio 2nd Grader

Kindergartners Taught Sex Change in Maine School

Oregon Trains Pre-teens in Masturbation, Anal Sex

President Obama Pays Pre-teens to Learn Anal Sex in Hawaii

Pennsylvania School Gives 8th Grade Sadomasochistic Exercise

Homosexual Teachers Arrested for Sex with Students

Homosexual Teacher Says Child Porn OK to View

Homosexual Teacher Rapes 1st Grader in New Orleans

Also read about myriad male teachers all of a sudden showing up at school as women.

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-- From "Controversy over gay themed book read in Efland classroom sparks fiery meeting" by Elaina Athans, WTVD-TV11 (Raleigh-Durham, NC) 5/16/15

Dozens of community members converged on Efland-Cheeks Elementary School Friday evening to sound off on a controversial children's book read in the classroom. Third graders were read a book that addresses homosexuality.

The public forum lasted almost two hours, and it was very explosive. One parent was kicked out for being disruptive.

A few weeks ago, third grade teacher Omar Currie brought the book in to school. The book "King and King" is about a prince who goes against his mother's wishes and marries a man.

Currie is considering resigning from the school following the book backlash. He told ABC11 he will make a decision at the end of the school year.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Gay fairy tale draws complaints at Efland elementary school" by Mark Schultz, The Chapel Hill (NC) News 5/14/15

. . . after parents complained, Currie said he was told he should have followed a controversial topics policy that required him to notify parents he planned to read the book, tell them what it was about and allow them to remove their children from the reading.

[That day, Currie had] called the media center about 10:30 a.m. [requesting the homosexual indoctrination book]. The center did not have the book but referred him to Assistant Principal Meg Goodhand, who gave him the book, Currie said. He read it during a read-aloud period from 11:40 a.m. to noon.

At 7:15 a.m. the next day, Currie said, Principal Kiley Brown said he should have notified parents.

Currie, who is gay, said a man holding a sign picketed on the road outside the school and a petition has been circulated in the small, rural community in western Orange County.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Parents protest gay fairy tale read to Efland third-graders" by Mikaya Thurmond and Adam Owens, WRAL-TV5 (Raleigh-Durham, NC) 5/16/15

Orange County Schools administrators upheld the use of the children's book in class after the first complaint, but they decided to hold a public meeting to address the subsequent complaints.

"The policy manual for the district stipulates that a meeting like this will occur. Also, it's important that stakeholders have an opportunity to have their voices heard in the educational program," school district spokesman Seth Stephens said.

The school district brought in extra Orange County deputies to keep a lid on tensions at the meeting.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "About Teacher Omar Currie’s Claim About Bullying…" by A. P. Dillon,, linked by Beaufort Observer 5/19/15

The book was given to [Currie] by Goodhand. Goodhand, like Currie, is apparently also gay.

From [Assistant Principal, Meg] Goodhand’s bio at ‘’ with emphasis added:
Meg Goodhand is currently an assistant principal at Efland-Cheeks Elementary in Orange County. Meg’s recent studies focused on the barriers presented by the heteronormative culture of schools for children that are gender diverse and/or LGBTQ. She asserts social activists must focus on the elementary school culture to begin to confront heterosexism and homophobia at this early and crucial period of development. Meg ‘s research shares a perspective that through transformative learning opportunities, educators can reframe their attitudes, beliefs and knowledge about gender nonconformity, the LGBTQ community and the heteronormative culture within schools and society. Ideally, with this new understanding, educators as social justice leaders will be willing to disrupt the heteronormative culture of a classroom and their schools.

Currently Meg serves on the board of Safe Schools NC.  Safe Schools NC is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to creating a safe and positive environment for all students and educators in North Carolina, with an emphasis on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
As the LGBT in The South bio notes, Goodhand serves on the board of ‘Safe Schools NC‘ as a Board member at Large.  So does Omar Currie.

. . . On April 17th and 18th, LGBT in The South held a conference in Asheville, NC.

Scrolling down the list of events and presentations, we find Ms. Goodhand and Mr. Currie representing Safe Schools NC in a presentation titled, The Past, Present, and Future of LGBTQ Safe Spaces In Southern Schools.

. . . This conference and presentation took place immediately preceding the so far unsubstantiated claim of ‘bullying’ and subsequent reading of King and King.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read President Obama Forces Gay Agenda on Schools via Taxpayer$$ as well as Public Boarding Schools Proposed by Obama Administration

And read Abstinence Education Illegal in California, Judge Rules

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Muslim, Atheist Prayers OKd in N. Carolina County

Media reporting forced the Lincoln County (North Carolina) Board of Commissioners to pass a policy allowing non-Christian invocations after the commission chairman publicly stated that he would not allow "minority religion" prayers.
"I don't believe we need to be bowing to the minorities. The U.S. and the Constitution were founded on Christianity. This is what the majority of people believe in and it's what I'm standing up for. I ain't gonna have no new religion or pray to Allah or nothing like that. . . . We're fighting Muslims every day. I'm not saying they're all bad. They believe in a different god than I do. If that's what they want to do, that's fine. But, they don't need to be telling us, as Christians, what we need to be doing. They don't need to be rubbing our faces in it."
-- Carrol Mitchem, Chairman, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Atheists Defeat Veterans Memorial in North Carolina

Atheists Commandeer Invocations: Florida City Council

Ohio Councilman Won't Stop Praying in Jesus' Name

Students, School Reject ACLU's Ungodly Demand

Texas School Supt. Tells Atheists to Go Fly a Kite

Also read Atheists, Liberals Lament Recent Supreme Court Religious Liberty Rulings

-- From "Commissioners to allow invocation of non-Christian prayer at Lincoln County meetings" by Sarah-Blake Morgan & John Cominsky, WBTV-TV3 (Charlotte, NC) 5/18/15

"The religious leaders or chosen leaders of any assembly that periodically and regularly meets in Lincoln County for the purpose of worshiping or discussing their religious perspectives are invited to offer an invocation before a meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners," a note from the board stated.

"This opportunity is voluntary, and invocation speakers are free to offer the invocation according to the dictates of their own conscience," the note continues. "The Board requests only that the prayer opportunity not be exploited as an effort to convert others to the particular faith of the invocational speaker, threaten damnation, nor to disparage any faith or belief different than that of the invocational speaker."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Board of Commissioners approves prayer policy, Mitchem backtracks" by Adam Lawson, Staff Writer, Lincoln Times-News 5/18/15

Every seat in the chamber was filled and several dozen watched on a video screen in the lobby of the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center as Lincoln County commissioners formally adopted a new prayer policy during their meeting on Monday night.

The policy’s adoption followed a lengthy public comments portion that saw 10 of 14 people who discussed the issue disagree with Mitchem’s statements in some form. Some said they didn’t agree with his viewpoint but approved of his right to make his comments. Others discussed their complete dissatisfaction with his remarks.

“I think it’s the right thing to do,” Commissioner Alex Patton said. “I’m glad that we actually did that and got it behind us. Hopefully that will make Lincoln County stop looking like a national embarrassment. We have never discriminated against anybody. I was the chair for six years and we never denied anybody that came and wanted to give the invocation.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Washington religious freedom group threatens lawsuit" by Adam Lawson, Staff Writer, Lincoln Times-News 5/11/15

The [threatening] letter, sent from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, comes in response to Board of Commissioners chairman Carrol Mitchem’s comments in Friday’s Times-News. . . .

In a press release, Americans United executive director Rev. Barry W. Lynn criticized Mitchem’s understanding of the Constitution. . . .

The letter enclosed a model policy that would, according to Americans United, ensure that such discrimination would not occur. The policy asks Lincoln County to open invocations up to all faiths and to any citizen of the county. That citizen “need not be a member of the clergy in order to deliver a solemnizing message.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Atheists Force Michigan Schools to Ban Christians

And read President Obama Provokes Second 'In God We Trust' Movement

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Abortion Backtrack by N. Dakota Schools: Lawyer

For months, the Fargo (North Dakota) School District No. 1 had denied allowing pro-life students Brigid O’Keefe and Katie McPherson to form local clubs associated with Students for Life of America, but after the Thomas More Society informed school administrators of their unconstitutional denials, they quietly, and without comment, approved the new clubs at Fargo North and Davies High Schools.
“High-schoolers do not lose their right to form clubs and speak their message just because they are pro-life.”
-- Jocelyn Floyd, Thomas More Society Associate Counsel
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Iowa School Censors Pro-life Girl's Rights, Lawyer Says

Connecticut School Censors 'Controversial' Pro-life Kids

Virginia School Slow-walks Pro-life Club Approval

New Jersey School Censors Student Expressing Pro-life View

Washington School OKs Gay Message, but Censors Pro-life Students

-- From "Fargo school district allows anti-abortion clubs to meet" by The Associated Press 5/13/15

[The Chicago-based Thomas More Society] sent a letter to the district in early April arguing that the refusal of school officials to recognize the groups was a violation of the students' First Amendment rights.

The school district has confirmed to KFGO-AM that it is letting the clubs gather but would not comment further.

The club at Davies High school already hosted its first meeting.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Pro-Life clubs officially recognized at two Fargo high schools" posted at Valley News KVLY-TV11 & KXJB (Fargo, ND) 5/13/15

A spokesperson for the Fargo Public School district told Valley News Live they had nothing to say to the public about the decision.

At Fargo North, sophomore Brigid O’Keefe had submitted her application to start a Students for Life in February 2015. School administrators put Brigid and other prospective club members through extensive questioning, including questions about their religious affiliations, before denying the club.

At Davies High School, sophomore Katie McPherson had been trying to start a Students for Life club since September 2014. For months, the school administration would not even let her apply for her club to receive official status or assign a promised room for “unofficial” club meetings.

Both schools have now approved the pro-life clubs. Davies Teens for Life members already held their first meeting, and Brigid is planning the first Spartans for Life meeting for next week.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Students for Life America responds to school district over pro-life clubs" posted at Valley News KVLY-TV11 & KXJB (Fargo, ND) 4/17/15

On Thursday Fargo Public schools issued a statement to the original demand letter claiming the students never filed the appropriate paperwork, at least at Davies High, but indicated the district would consider the application if one was handed in. However in emails obtained by Valley News Live, Assistant Principal Lenny Ohlhauser never mentions an application process while writing to other district officials and instead indicates that approval might not be possible because of ties to a church. From the email "Do either of you have students involved with pro-life. I have some students asking about being able to provide a space for meeting. I told them club status will not probably be an option due to the ties of a church, but giving a space to meet is an option."

[Statement from] Kristan Hawkins, president, Students for Life of America
"The school district’s response is amateurish and inaccurate. They are purposely trying to make two high school sophomores look inept when in reality, it is the school district that is fumbling around for any excuse to continue to delay or outright deny the Students for Life clubs that Brigid O’Keefe and Katie McPherson have been trying to start, in one case for eight months now. In all the administration's emails that a Fargo news station released, as well as the verbal communications from the schools to the students, there is no mention of a lack of paperwork as the reason that the Students for Life clubs were being denied. As we approach the end of the school year, we suspect the school district is trying to push this 'issue' under the rug for a few more months in the hopes that Brigid and Katie will forget about wanting to educate their peers and serve women in need. Asking Brigid and Katie to start the entire process over again is a ridiculous response, especially when the clubs should have been approved immediately."
[Statement from] Jocelyn Floyd, Associate Counsel, Thomas More Society
"We're encouraged by the District's acknowledgment that it will abide by the requirements of the law going forward, but we're greatly disappointed by the way it's now chosen to misrepresent the history here in order to place the blame on the students. Never were they denied for paperwork reasons. Throughout the process, the schools and the district had consistently made their position clear—one of illegal censorship based on the message of the club."
To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Buffalo NY Univ. Prof. Arrested for Bullying Pro-life Students