Some Brits Not Impressed with Missouri’s Character Education Expert. Is Your School District Expending Professional Development Funding for his Conferences?

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Missouri Education Watchdog by Gretchen Logue

Character Education is an integral component in the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Its purpose is to shape student’s attitudes, behaviors and beliefs, and data will be gathered to determine if the school’s desired grit is instilled in the human capital. It’s a global effort to develop student’s characters as world NGOs have joined in this effort for shared curriculum and techniques. A teacher from the UK has an issue with the character education being foisted on its system and much of what he writes holds true in the US educational system. From The Character Education Bandwagon:

To say that schools should focus on developing character education is ‘not even wrong’. It’s a political bandwagon that typifies the ‘cargo cult’ approach to school improvement which so bedevils our education system. It’s ‘not even wrong’ because the concept lacks a clear definition or intended outcomes. Just what is it that our children supposedly lack? ‘Character education’ seems to encompass everything and exclude nothing.

The recent ‘Character Nation’ report by Demos illustrates this problem. Their discussion of character education includes: perseverance, resilience and grit; confidence and optimism; motivation, drive and ambition; neighbourliness and community spirit […]

 

LINK:
http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/some-brits-not-impressed-with-missouris-character-education-expert-is-your-school-district-expending-professional-development-funding-for-his-conferences/

A Tail of Two Cecil(e)s

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Grumpy Opinions by Moos.

First and last time I’m going to say this.

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Yeah, bummer about the lion.

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Having said this, can we spend a moment discussing the difference in bandwidth, which this coverage and another story are getting nationally? Turn on the television and there’s a photo of Cecil licking his paws, lying down, mounting one of his ‘wives’, and, in general, just doing cute-hey-I’m-not-a-killing-machine I’m doing cute and cuddly ‘kitty’ stuff. Next appears a photo showing a despicable man who spends his time scaling gums, scraping tarter, drilling teeth, and tells you constantly to “Rinse and spit” which ended the short, (yet memorable) cuddly kitty life of ‘Cecil the Lion’. .

Another story cropped up recently which I’m thinking might be a bit MORE worthy of National debate than this, “Lion shooting” obsession in the Media. Perhaps the one about the folks from the Center for Medical Progress who were negotiating to buy ‘virtually unused!’ fetal parts from Planned Parenthood? .

Interestingly enough, this story is about another Cecil (well, actually it’s ‘Cecile’ Richards, but I’m leaving the last ‘e’ off her name because, well, just because I can – it’s my post, after all).

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I’m guessing any off-hand remarks about ‘Mounting THIS Cecile’s Head above the mantle’ would be inappropriate?

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Cecile Richards is the President of Planned Parenthood. This family-friendly (not really) organization offers wonderful services to women, WAY too many for me to type here, but here’s what I found on their website, you know, so I won’t misrepresent the useful, beneficial…..

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LINK:
http://grumpyelder.com/2015/07/a-tail-of-two-ceciles/

Planned Parenthood Had Hillary’s Private Email Address

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While not surprising, it is far more than a juicy tidbit that Planned Parenthood’s vice president of public policy and advocacy, Laurie Rubiner, communicated directly with Hillary Clinton via email. H/t Weekly Standard.

 

Timing is everything. You think? An email(s) surfacing about the same time as revelations of Planned Parenthood harvesting and selling late term and after birth body parts of aborted babies (possibility across state lines).

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And then we have the cozy relationship between Hillary and Planned Parenthood as detailed in a report released Thursday by Susan B. Anthony List affiliate Women Speak Out PAC and America Rising.

Between 2010 and 2012 with the blessing of Hillary Clinton’s State Department, USA (U.S. Agency for International Development) gave International Planned Parenthood Federation $26 million in addition to Planned Parenthood spending $3.86 million lobbying the federal government during Barack Obama’s first term.

 

Reference political donations to Hillary from Planned Parenthood employees:

Washington Free Beacon

The former secretary of state collected nearly $10,000 from nine individuals who work for the country’s largest abortion provider, including from several high ranking executives at the billion-dollar operation. The first quarter fundraising total nearly matches the amount Clinton received over the course of her previous three political runs. She received far more from Planned Parenthood employees than her Democratic rivals, the former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., VT), the former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee, and the former Virginia senator Jim Webb…..

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Certainly, the fat cats chicks at Planned Parenthood are not the only ones sweating bullets (no pun intended).

 

LINKS:
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/planned-parenthood-had-hillarys-private-email-address_1001890.html
https://www.scribd.com/doc/273163952/Planned-Parenthood-Had-Hillary-s-Private-Email-Addressc-05764008
https://www.scribd.com/doc/273174353/Hillary-Clinton-and-Planned-Parenthood-Report-dtd-July-30-2015-by-Women-Speak-Out-PAC-and-Susan-B-Anthony-List
http://freebeacon.com/politics/planned-parenthood-pours-cash-to-clinton/

Hate-filled Letter Left on Iraqi War Veteran’s Car

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When an Iraqi war veteran returned to his vehicle at a shopping center in Queensbury, New York, he found a nasty note on his windshield from an anonymous source attacking him for his service.

The note read, “I see you have a purple heart sticker and Iraq war veteran sticker. It’s too bad that you were only wounded, the world would be a better place if you were killed. All of you islamaphobes vets deserve to die!!”

Washington Free Beacon

The letter criticized the veteran for earning a Purple Heart and fighting for the United States military overseas.

‘All of you Islamaphobe vets deserve to die,’ read the note, which was authored by an anonymous individual.

Those in the area interviewed about the letter expressed outrage.

‘Makes me sick to my stomach,’ said Robert LaPrairie, a local Navy veteran. ‘To me, it’s an act of terrorism […]

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The act of a despicable coward.

 

LINK:
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/iraq-war-veteran-receives-letter-that-reads-all-of-you-islamaphobe-vets-deserve-to-die/

The Council Has Spoken! Our Watcher’s Council Results


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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest.” – Rodney Dangerfield

“The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.” -H.L. Mencken

“Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.” – Ambrose Bierce

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This week’s winning essay,The Noisy Room’s Ted Cruz- A Matter Of Honor [Video] is all about Senator Ted Cruz’s calling out of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor. Here’s a slice:

Ted Cruz threw down the conservative gauntlet in the Senate this week. This was inspiring… it is something I have never seen happen before in my lifetime. He boldly and honestly called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar. It was long overdue and immensely satisfying. The straw that broke the elephant’s back was the vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. McConnell went one lie too far this time.

Cruz voted for Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) the first go-around in the Senate based on McConnell’s word and he famously turned against the fast-track trade authority later. Because it was based on lies.

From the AP:

In a stunning attack on a leader of his own party, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying to him and said he couldn’t be trusted.

Cruz, a Texan who is running for president but ranks low in early polling, delivered the broadside in a speech on the Senate floor, an extraordinary departure from the norms of Senate behavior that demand courtesy and respect.

At issue are assurances Cruz claimed McConnell, R-Ky., had given that there was no deal to allow a vote to renew the federal Export-Import Bank – a little-known federal agency that has become a rallying cry for conservatives. Cruz rose to deliver his remarks moments after McConnell had lined up a vote on the Export-Import Bank for coming days.

“It saddens me to say this. I sat in my office, I told my staff the majority leader looked me in the eye and looked 54 Republicans in the eye. I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie, and I voted based on those assurances that he made to each and every one of us,” Cruz said.

“What we just saw today was an absolute demonstration that not only what he told every Republican senator, but what he told the press over and over and over again, was a simple lie.”

A spokesman said McConnell would have no response. The majority leader was not on the Senate floor when Cruz issued his attack.

“Today is a sad day for this institution,” said Cruz with a heavy heart. “What we just witnessed this morning is profoundly disappointing.” Betrayal always is, especially from someone you really, really want to believe in. Cruz made his statements after McConnell set up a procedural vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which expired last month. Democrats claim McConnell agreed to allow a vote on attaching the Export-Import Bank to “must-pass” legislation to win support from Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) for a trade package earlier this year.

When Cruz approached McConnell on the floor in a private conversation, McConnell, with biblical overtones, denied to him three times that there was such a deal. “The majority leader was visibly angry with me that I would ask him such a question,” Cruz said. “The majority looked at me and said ‘there is no deal, there is no deal, there is no deal.’” The good senator’s staff tried to warn him about McConnell, but Cruz just couldn’t believe that McConnell would lie to his face and to every other conservative out there like this. He was wrong and learned of McConnell’s treachery the hard way. But then Ted Cruz did something that no one in my memory has done… he called McConnell out for his lying ways on the Senate floor. McConnell’s errand boy say’s he has no response. Maybe not verbally, but Ted Cruz has made a very powerful and evil enemy. You know what? I don’t think he cares. Good.

Cruz pointed out that McConnell’s move to allow the Export-Import Bank vote shows that he does not always mean what he says – that he’s dishonest. “Well, we now know that when the majority leader looks us in the eyes and makes an explicit commitment that he is willing to say things that he knows are false,” Cruz added. He also pointed out that it could have ramifications down the road. That’s an understatement. We now have open warfare in the Senate and that is a good thing. “That has consequences for how this body operates,” Cruz said. “If you or I cannot trust what the majority leader tells us, that will have consequences on other legislation, as well as on how this institution operates.” Plainer and truer words have never been spoken.

It doesn’t end there. Cruz also berated McConnell for using a procedural maneuver to prevent other amendments from being offered to the Highway Bill. That’s the vehicle that will be used for the Export-Import Bank vote. In a breathtakingly hypocritical move, McConnell “filled the tree” just as Harry Reid frequently did. This was to stop amendments when Democrats had a Senate majority. Of course, when McConnell did it, Reid screamed to the heavens. McConnell also set up a vote on repealing ObamaCare. That particular maneuver was a faux move to appease conservatives – it would not have succeeded and McConnell knew it, so it was safe to set up the vote. Cruz is a smart guy and saw right through McConnell’s machinations. “I agree with Senator Reid when he said the ObamaCare amendment is a cynical amendment. Of course it is. It is empty showmanship,” Cruz added.

This is a bitter fight between the GOP leadership and conservatives and it’s about to get real.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Kurt Schlichter, one of my favorite columnists with The Coming (And Hilarious) Democrat Implosion submitted by The Watcher

One of the things I love about Kurt Schlichter aside from his sense of humor is his almost obscene joy in driving his adversaries before him and routing them, even if it’s with the written word rather than the M-4 he used previously for that task. Enjoy!

Here are this week’s full results. The Razor and Rhymes With Right were unable to vote this week, but neither was subject to the usual 2/3 penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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Fourth Planned Parenthood Video – VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen (WARNING: Gruesome)

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Not just gruesome but the fourth Planned Parenthood video released earlier today by is the The Center for Medical Progress worst one yet.

In the fourth video, Dr. Savita Ginde discusses how “babies that are ‘delivered before procedure,’ aka born alive, are used to harvest ‘intact’ organs” which as pointed out by Townhall is clearly a violation of Infant Born Alive Act and MURDER in spite of efforts by Planned Parenthood’s legal counsel to give cover to the abortion agency.

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Published on YouTube July 30, 2015 by The Center for Medical Progress

#PPSellsBabyParts PLANNED PARENTHOOD VP SAYS FETUSES MAY COME OUT INTACT, AGREES PAYMENTS SPECIFIC TO THE SPECIMEN
Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains VP & Medical Director Savita Ginde Discusses Contract Details, Aborted Body Parts Pricing, and How to Not “Get Caught

DENVER, July 30–New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Savita Ginde, negotiating a fetal body parts deal, agreeing multiple times to illicit pricing per body part harvested, and suggesting ways to avoid legal consequences.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) is a wealthy, multi-state Planned Parenthood affiliate that does over 10,000 abortions per year. PPRM has a contract to supply aborted fetal tissue to Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Ginde at the abortion-clinic headquarters of PPRM in Denver to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs. When the actors request intact fetal specimens, Ginde reveals that in PPRM’s abortion practice, ‘Sometimes, if we get, if someone delivers before we get to see them for a procedure, then we are intact.’

Since PPRM does not use digoxin or other feticide in its 2nd trimester procedures, any intact deliveries before an abortion are potentially born-alive infants under federal law (1 USC 8).

‘We’d have to do a little bit of training with the providers or something to make sure that they don’t crush’ fetal organs during 2nd trimester abortions, says Ginde, brainstorming ways to ensure the abortion doctors at PPRM provide usable fetal organs.

When the buyers ask Ginde if ‘compensation could be specific to the specimen?’ Ginde agrees, ‘Okay.’ Later on in the abortion clinic’s pathological laboratory, standing over an aborted fetus, Ginde responds to the buyer’s suggestion of paying per body part harvested, rather than a standard flat fee for the entire case: ‘I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.’…..

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Absolutely despicable. Such evil and on top of it all, on Tuesday a California court placed a temporary restraining order on The Center for Medical Progress banning them from a video “of a May lunch attended by three StemExpress officials.” (See today’s article over at The Federalist entitled, A California Court Just Banned The Release Of Another Planned Parenthood Video .

You can read the complaint here (pdf).

Suggested reading: 10 Quick, Important Developments On The Planned Parenthood Scandal

 

 

H/t Jamie Dupree via Twitchy.

#DefundPlannedParenthood #WomenBetrayed  #PPSellsBabyParts #InfantBornAliveAct

LINKS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWQuZMvcFA8
http://twitchy.com/2015/07/30/damning-these-6-quotes-from-4th-planned-parenthood-video-will-make-your-blood-boil-photos-video/
https://twitter.com/jamiedupree
http://thefederalist.com/2015/07/29/a-california-court-just-banned-the-release-of-more-planned-parenthood-videos/
http://popehat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/StemExpress_Complaint.pdf
http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/07/30/fourth-undercover-video-reveals-planned-parenthood-sells-organs-from-babies-born-alive-n2032447

What a $15 wage will really mean for New York’s fast food workers

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COLLAGE OF CONSEQUENCES – Before and after $15 per hour minimum wage increase.

Washington Policy Center by Erin Shannon

As fast food employers in the state of New York brace for that state’s impending $15 wage mandate, one business owner succinctly explained what the high wage will mean for her business and her employees:

It really is going to come to less people. What I envision is cutting labor, hiring less people, having less people per shift.”

The owner of three Tropical Smoothie Cafes on Long Island said she simply cannot afford a $15 wage for all of her employees. She already raised her prices to offset the recent increase in New York’s state minimum wage (from $7.25 to $8.75 with an increase to $9 scheduled at the end of the year). She fears yet another price increase will drive customers away. So she says she will likely offset the newest wage hike by relying on fewer workers (all of whom are high school and college students).

According to one economist though, higher food costs at fast food establishments is exactly what consumers can expect. The former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor, Diana Furchtgott-Roth, estimates the $15 minimum wage will lead to a 22% increase in fast food prices. As Furchtgott-Roth put it:

To assume that prices would not increase with a 66 percent labor price hike is economic naïveté.

This means that consumers would not visit fast-food establishment as frequently. Small, local establishments are more likely to close if the minimum wage is increased. More low-skill Americans would be out of work. People would buy less of the higher-priced services. Low-income people would have to pay more for fast-food. That is why raising the fast-food minimum wage is not cost-free to New York. Supersizing a wage is not as simple as supersizing a hamburger.”

The reality is most businesses will try a combination of price increases and cost-cutting measures to offset the higher wage….

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I find it hard to believe that people earning less than $15.00 per hour fell for the propaganda espoused by labor unions and other social justice freaks who when it is all said and done, will be the only winners in this deal.

At the same time, going from $8 or $9 per hour to 15.00 per hour in New York State is meaningless when one takes into consideration the high taxes.

Furthermore, if they cannot afford to feed their families or make the rent now, it will be even worse when the $15 per hour minimum wage rate goes into effect.

A one bedroom apartment in Brooklyn starts at about $1500 per month, in Manhattan $2400 to $3000 a month and higher. While many of those demanding a minimum wage hike are dependent upon government subsidies to cover their rent, none of them has taken into consideration the consequences of their demands, i.e., the termination of those government subsidies.

Of course, one could work two of three jobs as the rest of us did in order to pay our bills and provide for our families rather than depend upon unions and the government dependency dragging one further down the road to serfdom.

The fallout is going to be interesting.

 

LINK:
http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/blog/post/what-15-wage-will-really-mean-new-york%E2%80%99s-fast-food-workers

Obama extends Temporary Protected Status for Somalis, confusion evident in media reports


Originally posted on Refugee Resettlement Watch:

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is one more of those LEGAL immigration programs that needs to be completely reformed or dumped altogether.  It might sound good on the surface.  Of course we can’t send nationals of certain countries home to a devastated country, they should get to stay for 18 months until their country improves is how the logic goes.

US CISHowever, here is the rub—they never go home!  Every 18 months the federal government gives them another extension!  Look at wikipedia here where we learn that a 2001 earthquake in El Salvador is responsible for permission for over 100,000 Salvadorans already (illegally? on tourist or student visas?) in the US to file for TPS.  Honduras is even worse, ‘temporary’ status has been regularly extended since 1998! Somalia longer still!

Can’t just blame Obama!

Some years ago when Bush did one of those Central American TPS extensions he literally said we need…

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Preschoolers Better Toe the Line. Here Come the Common Core Assessments.


Kindergarten Kisok July 19th tweet about Common Core assessment for Kindergarteners

Missouri Education Watchdog by Gretchen Logue

How terribly sad and criminal. Even preschoolers (ages 3-4) know are assessed on their math and language arts capabilities. Gone are the days of learning at your own pace at 3 years old. Kindergarten Kiosk is just one of many companies providing material to ensure that teachers are teaching such subjects as science, math, literature, music to fulfill the CCSS.

This shouldn’t be of any surprise to those following ed reform and the change from viewing students as children with different learning styles and abilities. Remember, these standards are being foisted on 3 year old children. (That’s one of the best reasons to keep your children out of public school or schools using CCSS). What is the reason for these standards? It’s to create executive function skills. From an earlier MEW post Common Core to Teach Preschoolers/Kindergartners “Executive Function Skills”:

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Register for a Common Core seminar to learn how your preschooler or kindergartener can learn to self-regulate and learn “executive function skills”. It’s apparent that three to five year old children must learn to become globally competitive and understand their importance to the government and prove themselves to be a good Return on Investment (ROI)….

 

 

LINK:
http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/preschoolers-better-toe-the-line-here-come-the-common-core-assessments/

Our Weasel Of The Week!!


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Once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner…the envelope please…

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Baby Killer And Spare Parts Wheeler N’ Dealer, Planned Parenthood’s Dr Mary Gatter!!

 Don Surber : Dr. Mary Gatter — the Josef Mengele of abortion — a soulless plague upon the land, making light of aborting babies and selling their parts. Mustela abortionist. Pray for her.t

Ah, the good Dr. Gatter. Watching the video of her in action, dickering on prices and than demurring from making a final deal, you know, ‘until we see what others are getting’ and realizing that your tax dollars are funding this is a unique sensation. We truly are becoming the abettors of Moloch, and moving towards damnation. And why not? After all, we elected (and re-elected, apparently) a president who fought tooth and nail against legislation that would have mandated physicians like Dr. Gatter to provide medical care to babies that survived an abortion rather than simply allowing the unwanted arrivals to die from neglect.

When indecency leads, the weak follow, because it’s convenient.

I personally would pray more for America than for the likes of Dr. Gatter, but perhaps that’s just me. To legally allow a 20-week-old healthy child with a fully developed nervous system to feel the pain of being ripped from the womb as its limbs are crushed when there is no health issue involved but simply convenience – and profit – is bad enough, but to force everyone to subsidize it..that’s in a whole different category.

At present, The Center for Medical Progress, the group that released the video of Dr. Gatter has been subjected to lawfare.

They’ve been hit with a lawsuit by a company called StemExpress who profits from the traffic with Planned Parenthood in body parts, and a temporary restraining order was issued by the Los Angeles Superior Court preventing them from releasing any more videos until a hearing is held on August 19th.

The Center for Medical Progress’s leader David Daleiden,told FOX News’s Sean Hannity that there are twelve investigative videos in all:

“Planned Parenthood is getting increasingly desperate to distract from the issue of how they sell the body parts of the babies that they abort,” Daleiden explained. “So, they’re going to be making increasingly outlandish claims about myself, personal attacks against me and really outrageous, fictitious statements about The Center for Medical Progress, in order to avoid addressing that real issue.”

Dr. Gatter is not here with us tonight of course. Her Weasel will be shipped to her offices…as soon as the blood red paint I spattered it with dries.

Well, there it is.

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Kentucky Juvenile Department Bans Biblical Counseling

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The latest government war on behalf of the gay mafia against Christians is unfolding in juvenile detention centers.

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In this instance, the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice system is revoking the credentials of those pastors who provide “spiritual counseling and mentorship to juvenile inmates” who refuse to sign “a state-mandated statement that homosexuality was not ‘sinful,’ among other things…”

Liberty Counsel

Frankfort, KY — The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) revoked the volunteer credentials of an ordained minister because he was unable to sign a statement promising to refrain from ever telling juvenile inmates that homosexuality was ‘sinful.’ In a letter to the Commissioner, Liberty Counsel has given the Department until July 31 to reinstate David Wells’ volunteer visitor credentials.

Evangelist David Wells has served as a volunteer for over ten years, faithfully visiting and mentoring juveniles at the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center, under the prison ministry of Pleasant View Baptist Church in McQuady.

‘Many juveniles are in DJJ custody because of sexual crimes,’ said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. ‘David Wells must be able to discuss what the Bible says about matters of sexuality with the juveniles he is trying to help. To remove the Bible from a pastor’s hands is like removing a scalpel from a surgeon’s hands,’ Staver said…

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Evangelist David Wells Kentucky banned from mentoring after refusing to sign a statement going along with the LGBT doctrine at Kentucky Juvenile Detention Centers.

Evangelist David Wells Kentucky banned from mentoring after refusing to sign a statement going along with the LGBT doctrine at Kentucky Juvenile Detention Centers.

 

The PC police at the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice under Policy 912 IV(H) “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” has ordained that such language is illegal, biased and hateful in spite of the fact that Pastor David Wells (mentioned above) never once engaged in any conversations with juveniles at the detention center that might have been misconstrued as illegal, biased and hateful.

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice having crossed the line is now infringing upon the religious liberties and free speech of Pastor Wells and I would suspect the child by instructing the pastor as to how to mentor children desperate for spiritual enlightenment.

Page 3 of Liberty Counsel’s letter to the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice:

All of these children have asked Mr. Wells if there was any hope for them in this life,
and in the life to come. He has told them without exception that Christ can, and would,
forgive them, if they would repent and believe the gospel. This message has given them
hope, and many have told him this personally and in written correspondence.

Despite these facts, Superintendent Wade has told Mr. Wells, on the basis of Policy
912, that if a child now asks questions of him on issues involving sexual activity, he may not
discuss the same with them: ‘You can give a scripture reference to the kids, and let them
look it up, but you can’t read it in their hearing. You can’t say ‘sinful;’ you can’t discuss
sexual orientation – heterosexual or homosexual – period.’ Superintendent Wade expressed
some regret about this, stating “I’m just doing what the state is telling me to do….’

Clearly, unconstitutional, the demands made does not past the smell test.

See Liberty Counsel’s letter to Kentucky’s Department of Juvenile Justice in its entirety below:

 

LINKS:
http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=14100&PRID=1572
https://www.scribd.com/doc/272980105/Letter-From-Liberty-Counsel-dtd-072415-to-Kentucky-Department-of-Juvenile-Justice-re-Unconstitutional-Restriction-on-Religious-Speech

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers Press Release

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Today the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers is taking the opportunity to provide the press, the American people and the United States Congress our view concerning current legislation circulating in the United States House of Representatives based on our hundreds of years of on the job collective experience as retired United States Immigration Law Enforcement Officers. Being retired we are not constrained in giving our frank assessment of issues germane to Immigration Law Enforcement.

In a word Sanctuary Cities is a cancer eating voraciously away at the rule of law in hundreds of jurisdictions throughout the United States. The concept itself is contrary to existing law and should not have been allowed to take hold in the first place. That there is a sudden rush to do something is not surprising. It is unfortunate that many United States Citizens have died unnecessarily because of sanctuary city policies. However, that result was predictable.

As Immigration Law Enforcement Officers working throughout the United States and in foreign countries we relied on statutory law as tools in protecting America from a broad assortment of undesirable threats from aliens and citizens that intentionally sought to break our Immigration Laws. In response to what we perceive as a current rush to do something we must counsel that the zeal to address the situation may in fact not provide America’s Law Enforcement Community with the tools that they actually need to sufficiently address the broad scope of pressing problems associated with sanctuary cities. Curing this cancer will require specialized treatment.

Our senior membership and board of directors have read and highly recommend to all Americans HR-1148, The Davis Oliver Act, which has already passed out of the House Judiciary Committee before any other current or future legislation is brought to the floor of the House of Representatives. The Davis Oliver Act provides the tools that American Law Enforcement Officers need to reclaim and secure our nation’s streets and communities. Davis Oliver is the best available Rx for this disease.

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Our paramount mission is to contribute to the security and stability of the United States. To that end, we shall propose and be advocates for immigration laws and policies that we believe serve those national interests, and we will oppose those that do not.

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