Alaska Bill Restricts Sexual Health Education in Schools

by Nina Liss-Schultz, Reporting Fellow, RH Reality Check

April 13, 2015

Alaska lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that would bar Planned Parenthood outreach programs from teaching sex education in public schools and allow parents to opt their children out of sex education classes and standardized testing.

Proponents of the bill, SB 89, say the legislation is about protecting parents’ freedom to “direct the education of a child,” according to the bill’s text.

“Parents have rights, parents have always had rights, those rights have never been extinguished, it’s the basis of what our country is built upon,” state Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R-Mat-Su Valley), who introduced the bill, told KTUU. . . . .

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Huckabee: ‘Militant gay community’ to blame for backlash against Indiana law

Former Arkansas governor and potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says there was more pressure ‘to put sanctions on Indiana than Iran’

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 Mike Huckabee speaks in Maryland. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

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Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who is considering a second run for president in 2016, has blamed “the militant gay community” for the pressure brought to bear this week on Indiana and Arkansas, after those states passedreligious freedom laws that critics say encourage discrimination against LGBT people.

“There’s been more pressure this week to put sanctions on Indiana than Iran,” Huckabee said, referring to the announcement by the Obama administration of a controversial deal regarding the Islamic Republic’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Under Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as passed last week, the state could not create legislation that infringed on a person’s religious beliefs – with a definition of “person” that included businesses, associations and other organisations. As the LGBT community was not deemed to be a protected class, the bill was interpreted by its opponents as a way for persons, businesses and organisations to legally discriminate.

Protests from big business – including Walmart and Apple, the latter through an emotive Washington Post op-ed piece written by CEO Tim Cook, who is gay – and pressure from politicians and activists across the US led to a firestorm of controversy. In one high-profile instance, the owners of a Walkerton, Indiana pizza parlour who said they would not cater gay weddings reportedly went into hiding, while supporters raised more than $500,000 on their behalf.

On Thursday, Governor Mike Pence signed off on amendments to the law that outlawed discrimination against LGBT people; Indiana’s measure had made it the 20th state with similar legislation. Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson also signeda revised version of his state’s law.

Appearing on CNN on Saturday, Huckabee told host Michael Smerconish: “The reason that those corporations put the pressure on Indiana andArkansas was because the militant gay community put the pressure on them.

“I found it a little hypocritical when you have companies – even, and I love Walmart, big company in my home state – but they do business in China, for gosh sake. I mean, I don’t think the Chinese are exactly the paragon of human rights.

“You’ve got Apple Computer – they’re selling Apple computers in Saudi Arabia. Is Tim Cook going to pull out of there? I don’t think so. He doesn’t mind making millions, if not billions of dollars, in cultures and countries where human rights are really an issue.

“And I think these corporations really ought to either be consistent – quit making money from these countries that are really oppressing human rights, and quit bowing to the pressure – and just sell their stuff. That’s what they’re in business for.”

Huckabee, who showed strongly in the early Republican primaries in 2008, has a strong following among evangelical voters. Earlier this week, appearing on a talk radio show produced by the rightwing Christian Family Research Council (FRC), he said: “The left has gotten very good at creating a crisis, something to divide the country. . . . .

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The fake news story that forced an Indiana pizzeria to shut down and its Christian owners into hiding

Note: To sign a petition supporting religious freedom in Indiana, clickhere

WALKERTON, IN, April 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A small-town Indiana pizzeria owned by a Christian family has closed its doors after being terrorized by pro-homosexual bullies opposed to the family’s religious values. Continue reading

Religious Freedom, the New un-American Activity?

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By: Eric Metaxas|Published: April 1, 2015 8:00 AM on Breakpoint

So, you want religious exemptions from supporting same-sex marriage and abortion? Well, two foundations are spending millions to put an end to your un-American activity.

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In a recent speech, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that “compared to almost anywhere else in the world, our religious freedom situation is good.” However, he said, “the situation is “changing,” and, what’s more, the pace of that change will “quicken.” Continue reading

‘Dangerous’ Religious Freedom | CitizenLink Report

Mar 31, 2015

Indiana passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act — and then the political firestorm began.

People who’ve relied on mainstream media outlets to learn about the law have been presented a deliberately misleading picture of what it is. Everything from the headlines, to the images, to the questions asked have been designed to create a false impression.

What does the law actually do? Why is it necessary? Why is it getting such a flood of opposition? CitizenLink President Tom Minnery answers those questions and more in the CitizenLink Report.

 

 

 

Protecting human nature: Pope Francis takes aim at gender theory

In a book just published in Italy, the reforming pope defends the “design of the Creator…written in nature”.
Robert A. Gahl, Jr | 27 February 2015 in MercatorNet
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Once again, Pope Francis’ straight talk is making waves in the media. Two Vaticanisti, Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, highlight his forceful condemnation of gender theory in a recent Italian book entitled Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, (Questa economia uccide), not yet available in English.

Last January, in a press conference during his return from the Philippines, Francis condemned the efforts to colonize developing countries with gender ideology. In one of the interviews provided in this new book, which had already been partially published but is only now made fully available by Tornielli and Galeazzi. Francis expands upon that condemnation. Continue reading

Students Opposed to LGBT Agenda Shamed in Classroom

 

5:00PM EST 2/9/2015 TODD STARNES    in Charisma

Demi-boy/girl is defined as someone who only partially identifies as a man or woman. Gray gender defines someone who feels as though they sort of fit inside the gender binary, but that their gender is more hazy and undefined.

Demi-boy/girl is defined as someone who only partially identifies as a man or woman. Gray gender defines someone who feels as though they sort of fit inside the gender binary, but that their gender is more hazy and undefined. (Julie Miss Buttlerflies/Flickr)

Teenagers at a California high school were publicly shamed for disagreeing with speakers allowed to push an LGBT agenda during an English class, according to parents who have filed suit over the incident. Continue reading

British judge suspended and ‘re-educated’ for thinking children do best with a mom and dad

BySteve Weatherbe, LifeSite News, Jan. 20, 2915

Richard Page, a 68-year-old British Justice of the Peace and evangelical Christian, has been condemned by the country’s highest legal authorities, suspended, and subjected to a day-long re-education session to rid him of the dangerous belief that a child would be better off being adopted by a family with a mother and a father than by a same-sex couple.

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Middle school tries to sneak in “gay” assembly — but MassResistance intervenes!

 

Middle school tries to sneak in “gay” assembly — but MassResistance intervenes!

Pressures school – which finally notifies parents

POSTED: January 16, 2015

A middle school in suburban Boston clandestinely scheduled an assembly to introduce and recruit students to the school’s new “gay-straight alliance” club — without parental notification. But after MassResistance intervened, the school relented and notified parents about the time and nature of the assembly.


Lynnfield Middle School, Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

The school later told a parent that they were using the new “anti-bullying” laws as a reason for bringing the programming to the school. Continue reading

[Florida] Parents Fight Back Against Teachers Union Suing Nation’s Largest School Choice Program

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Teachers’ unions in Florida continue to threaten the educational opportunity of thousands of the state’s most vulnerable children.

But there is some good news: Last week, Leon County Circuit Court Judge George S. Reynolds III granted parents of these children the right to intervene on behalf of their children’s scholarships, which are awarded through the corporate tuition tax credit scholarship program. Continue reading