A Pennsylvania couple is suing a school district for banning their first grader’s Christian-themed Valentines.
Donald and Ellen Abramo claim their son’s constitutional rights were violated when Shafer Elementary School officials forbid him from handing out Valentine’s Day cards with a message about God and John 3:16, reports WFMZ-TV.
The message read: “Happy Valentine’s Day! St. Valentine was imprisoned and martyred for presiding over marriages and for spreading the news of God’s love. In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, I want you to know that God loves you!!!”
The boy had already removed candy from the cards, after the school sent home a note banning edibles. It was the resulting empty slot that inspired him to add the message. Each of the cards was personalized specifically for his classmates to be distributed on “Friendship Day.”
But his teacher saw the Bible verse and brought it to the principal, and ultimately the message was removed from the cards.
The principal explained to the parents that district policy bans the distribution of religious materials, on the grounds that the Constitution offers protection from religion. After unsuccessfully countering that the Constitution does not prevent citizens from sharing their faith with one another, the parents decided to file a lawsuit.
Read the full story at The Daily Caller.
An internal investigation within the Los Angeles Police Department revealed officers sabotaged personal voice recorders designed to monitor their field activity by disabling antennas attached to cameras inside cruisers.
“On an issue like this, we need to be brought in right away,” LAPD oversight Police Commission President Steve Soboroff told the LA Times. “This equipment is for the protection of the public and of the officers. To have people who don’t like the rules to take it upon themselves to do something like this is very troubling.”
The voice recorders worn on officers’ belts are linked to video cameras mounted in patrol cars, all of which switch on automatically when a cruiser’s siren and lights are activated. Sabotaging antennas has the potential to reduce the range of voice recorders by one-third.
Of the estimated 80 cars in one south L.A. patrol division, about half were missing antennas at the time the problem was discovered.
LAPD reportedly discovered the problem in summer 2013 but did not report it to Soboroff’s commission until months later. New rules have since gone into effect, and only one antenna disappeared afterward as a result.
Though part of the reason behind the implementation of the program was to protect officers from the one-sided recordings of citizens observing police conduct, the recent sabotages are another example of police push back against surveillance designed to protect both police departments and citizens.
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, Operation Rescue has received documents that indicate Douglas Karpen’s Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center in Houston, Texas, has not been inspected since 2010, despite supposed investigations last year into allegations of that Karpen killed babies born alive during failed illegal late-term abortions.
Operation Rescue also received a one-page document that indicated a routine licensing inspection was conducted at Karpen’s second Houston abortion clinic, Aaron Women’s Center, on March 13, 2013. The contents of that report were completely redacted.
The Aaron Women’s Center inspection took place two months before Operation Rescue released its report based on evidence provided by four of Karpen’s former abortion clinic employees, which demanded an investigation into Karpen’s late-term abortion business on May 15, 2013.
The records show that no inspections were ever done on either abortion facility after Operation Rescue published photos that seemed to verify the former abortion workers’ allegations that Karpen was intentionally killing babies born alive during abortions done beyond the legal limit by cutting their throats or twisting their heads nearly off their bodies. [View report with photos. WARNING: Graphic.]
“We were promised a full investigation, but now we learn that no one from the Department of State Health Services bothered to visit Karpen’s two abortion clinics. In light of the gravity of the accusations that Karpen was murdering live newborns, it is inexcusable that no inspections were done with that information in mind,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This really represents a failure of the system to properly oversee abortion facilities and investigate serious issues that arise. It is all too reminiscent of the failure of Pennsylvania authorities to look into complaints against Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia ‘House of Horrors.’”
Read the full article at LifeNews.com.
IRS workers in several offices have been openly supporting President Obama, including by donning pro-Obama paraphernalia and urging callers to reelect the president in 2012, according to allegations contained in a new government watchdog report.
A report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, released Wednesday, cited accusations that workers at a Dallas IRS office may have violated federal law by wearing pro-Obama items like shirts, stickers and buttons. The Hatch Act forbids Executive Branch workers from engaging in partisan political activity.
The report comes as two House committees move to take action against former IRS official Lois Lerner regarding the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.
The report, further fueling allegations of bias at the agency, claimed that several accusations were made against the Dallas office claiming pro-Obama gear was “commonplace” there. Employees allegedly wore Obama shirts, buttons and stickers to work and had Obama screensavers on their IRS computers.
Read the full story at FoxNews.com.
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You’ve seen those dark blue and white bumper stickers on the road with religious symbols from all sorts of religions urging people to “coexist.” The idea behind them is to promote some sort of respect for tolerance and diversity and they generally appear to be aimed at Christians.
FIRE just released a video featuring the story of student Robert Smith at Dartmouth College. In 2012, one of his fellow students hated his campus pro-life display so much that he actually ran over it with his car right in front of the student organizers. (This display was American flags, not crosses.) Not only was this move crazy and dangerous, it came with an ironic twist: the car had a “Coexist” bumper sticker on the back.
What part of “co-exist” did this guy not understand??
Destroying pro-life cross displays is something of a theme for abortion proponents.
Abortion activists over the years have vandalized and destroyed dozens of pro-life displays meant to memorialize unborn children who are victimized by abortions. One wonders what is so upsetting about remembering the babies abortion has killed that drives them to little trample on the displays and violate the free speech rights and property rights of pro-lifers.