Take a gander at this map which was forwarded to me by a Geologist friend this morning from the USGS:
Watch as a brave 7th-grade student decided to fight for her belief in God last night as she stood before her Texas school board in Katy, Texas. She was told by her teacher that any answer other than ‘God is a myth’ was wrong and they would get a failing grade if they answered otherwise.
A very brave 7th-grade student decided to fight for her religious freedom last night as she stood before her Texas school board in Katy, Texas and explained to them how her teacher gave them an assignment to answer whether God is a fact, opinion or a myth. This 7th-grader, Jordan Wooley, said the teacher told them that any answer other than ‘God is a myth’ was wrong and they would get a failing grade if they answered otherwise.
EAG – A Texas seventh-grader is standing up for her religious beliefs after she alleges her teacher forced students to deny that God is real, and threatened them with failing grades if they don’t agree.
Jordan Wooley, a seventh grade student at West Memorial Junior High School in the Katy Independent School District, testified at a school board meeting last night about an assignment in her reading class that caused a serious controversy, and expressed frustration about her teacher’s atheist indoctrination.
“Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real. Our teacher had started off saying that the assignment had been giving problems all day. We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or a myth and she told anyone who said fact or opinion was wrong and God was only a myth,” Wooley told board members.
Students immediately objected, Wooley said, but the teacher refused to consider their position.
“Another student asked the teacher if we could put what we believe in the paper, and she said we could … but you would fail the paper if you do,” Wooley told the board.
It’s not easy to do what Wooley did, especially at her age, but it’s clear her convictions run deep and it’s clear she’s a fighter. Hopefully the school will take action against this teacher and fire her for such arrogance and bullying.
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Where is the Church Screaming about Washington Coach Fired for Praying??
Coach Joe Kennedy was recently fired from his position of assistant football coach at Bremerton High School in Washington for praying in the middle of the field after games.
As a follow-up to that story, Red Alert Politics talked with Brian Walsh, who is the president and founder of the Civil Rights Research Center, which is based in Washington, D.C. Walsh is not affiliated with Kennedy’s case in any way, but had some helpful insight as a scholar, attorney, and public policy and religious freedom expert.
Those opposing Kennedy’s decision to exercise his right to pray on the field include the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). In a Patheos blog post, Andrew L. Seidel, who is a staff attorney for FFRF, evokes the Establishment Clause.
To use the Establishment Clause in this case is not the correct way to go about it. “If you read the First Amendment, you realize that the Court’s doctrine of the Establishment Clause has been stretched beyond all recognition,” Walsh says.
Walsh repeatedly discussed how someone should not have to “extinguish” their religious freedom by taking a job.
“Neither your first amendment rights nor your other rights are extinguished by taking a job. And no one should have to choose between taking a job and living our their religious faith,” he said at one point.
That Kennedy’s prayers took place after the game seems to have no bearing for FFRF. It is still crucial to note that by the time Kennedy is praying, the football game has ended. Students can pray with him, or they can leave. Walsh also says that this situation is different from if Kennedy were praying in the classroom or locker room.
To suggest that the prayers were not truly voluntary then, as Seidel did in his blog post, doesn’t hold up.
When discussing how this issue has been viewed, and the concern that these prayers are an endorsement or that students are coerced, Walsh had a clear statement.
He mentioned that “the expansive view that you have to keep religion out of my sight or else I’m being coerced is an amorphous, ambiguous, divisive view of how religion should work in the public square.”
Another interesting point from Walsh is that of consistency. If we are in favor of allowing Kennedy to pray, then we ought to allow everyone else the right to pray.
And, the idea that Kennedy not be allowed to pray on the field, that he must do so in his own private home or in a room set aside for him, very much evokes the idea of repressive nations around the world.
FFRF has not merely expressed their view that Kennedy’s prayers are unconstitutional. Seidel has used Kennedy’s own faith against him, in his Patheos post as well as in a Facebook post. The post is his own and has been shared on the FFRF page as well.
Read more at http://redalertpolitics.com/2015/10/30/expert-coach-fired-praying-grounds-sue/#fQROfsFkSGVQSUEY.99
German Town of 100 gets Enriched by 750 Migrants
German government officials have compelled a small town with just 102 people to take in approximately 750 migrants from Syria and other countries, The New York Times wrote Saturday.
Sumte, a small town at the western fringe of the former East Germany, was informed earlier this month by its municipal government that it had been assigned to accept over a thousand of the asylum seekers that have poured into Germany over the course of 2015. The number was so high that mayor Christian Fabel first thought it was a joke, but after a storm of local protest, the figure was lowered to 750, not out of sympathy but because it was believed a thousand would overwhelm the town’s sewage system.
The municipal government plans to house migrants inside an abandoned office building, but other than that, services for them will be scarce. Sumte has no school, no shops, and extremely limited public transportation options. Residents have expressed fears that the migrants, who are disproportionately young men, will bring a crime wave that will make it unsafe to go outside. Officials have responded by saying it will still be perfectly safe to go out at night, because the town’s streetlights will stay lit.
The Times’ write-up, by reporter Andrew Higgins, suggests the biggest problem for Sumte isn’t crime or other issues that could potentially arrive with the refugees, but rather the possibility that their arrival could make locals question the wisdom of nearly limitless immigration. The migrants, he says, have proved to be political boon for Holger Niemann, a member of the local council described as a neo-Nazi who seeks to preserve Germany’s “genetic heritage.”
Read more at https://www.trunews.com/german-town-of-100-gets-enriched-by-750-migrants/#cTVvdqwOZUASjJ6m.99
German Schools Abolish Christian Festival to Avoid Offending Muslim Migrants.
European Union Times November 2, 2015
St. Martin’s Day celebration amended to “facilitate the integration” of asylum seekers
Primary schools and kindergartens in Germany are abolishing a Christian celebration and changing it into a generic “festival of lights” so as not to offend the hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants pouring into the country.
According to a translated report out of the Epoch Times, schools are re-naming the Christian-themed St. Martin’s Day, an annual celebration that takes place in numerous European countries on November 11.
Several daycare centers in Düsseldorf have abolished the festival altogether out of “consideration for the refugees,” a decision that has prompted fierce criticism from head teachers at other schools in the region.
Leftist politicians have been attempting to amend the celebration for a number of years, with Rüdiger Sagel insisting the change was a necessary response to the “high proportion of Muslim children in the day care centers.”
“You should not impose the Christian tradition,” Sagel asserted.
However, some see the change as yet another example of how Germans are being forced to integrate with Muslim culture and not the other way around as it should be.
“These migrants are coming to our countries from failed, devastated cultures. When and why was it decided that we have to mute and censor our traditions and mores for theirs — a failed society that suffocates and destroys?” writes Pamela Geller. “They are running from devastation and failure; why adopt that?”
As we have exhaustively documented, this is not the first example of European nations sacrificing aspects of their own culture in order to please the wave of incoming “refugees”.
A Protestant church in Oberhausen, Germany recently announced that it would remove Christian crosses, altars and pulpits in order to accommodate 50 Muslim migrants who were invited to stay in the building.
Back in September, a school in Bavaria also sent a letter to parents asking them to ensure girls didn’t wear shorts or mini-skirts so as to prevent “attacks” from Muslims housed in a nearby gym who might be offended by such attire.
As we reported last month, the world’s first lesbian Bishop Eva Brunne also suggested removing Christian crosses and symbols from a church in Stockholm in order to make the building “more inviting” for Muslims.
Last week, we also highlighted how German security experts are warning that the middle class in Germany is becoming “radicalized” in response to the migrant influx and that domestic unrest may occur as a result.
Death to America stands despite Nuclear Deal: Iran MP’s
Tehran (AFP) – A clear majority of Iranian legislators said Monday the Islamic republic will not abandon the slogan of “Death to America” despite its July nuclear accord with world powers.
“The martyr-nurturing nation of Iran is not at all prepared to abandon the slogan of ‘Death to America’ under the pretext of a nuclear agreement,” 192 members of Iran’s 290-seat parliament said in a statement carried by state news agency IRNA.
They said the slogan, chanted at the weekly Friday prayers in mosques and at protests, had “turned into the symbol of the Islamic republic and all struggling nations”.
The statement was issued two days before Iran’s commemoration of the start of the November 4, 1979 seizure of the US embassy in Tehran by radical Islamic students that led to a 444-day hostage crisis and a break in diplomatic relations between the two countries lasting up to the present day.
In the aftermath of the July 14 nuclear deal with world powers, “the government and the Majlis (parliament) should act carefully in line with the honourable leader’s wise guidance”, the legislators said, referring to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The leader has endorsed the deal which curbs Iran’s nuclear drive in return for a lifting of sanctions, but has repeatedly warned against US “infiltration” of the values of Iranian society.
“America is the main part of the problem in the region, not part of the solution,” he said on Sunday, citing US support for “the Zionist regime” in Israel.
US regional “policies differ 180 degrees with the policies of the Islamic republic”, he added.
Iran’s moderate President Hassan Rouhani, however, tried in a US television interview in September to reassure the American public that when crowds in Tehran chant “Death to America!” they don’t mean it personally.
“This slogan that is chanted is not a slogan against the American people. Our people respect the American people,” he insisted.
“But … the policies of the United States have been against the national interests of Iranian people (so) it’s understandable that people will demonstrate sensitivity to this issue,” he said.
New Deutsche Bank Chief Warns of Looming Economic Slowdown
Oct. 30, 2015
Deutsche Bank has warned of two tough years of dividend cuts, pay restraint and thousands of job cuts as new chief John Cryan admitted to grave problems in implementing strategic and cultural change at Germany’s biggest lender.
Cryan, who took charge in July, is under pressure to overhaul Deutsche, which is struggling to end costly litigation from past scandals and adapt to tighter banking rules.
The bank will slash 15,000 jobs and shed businesses employing some 20,000 staff, and will sacrifice its 2015 and 2016 dividends as it seeks to bolster its finances and retain money to pay for sins of the past.
“I do not think that 2016 and 2017 will be strong years,” Cryan told a news conference on Thursday.
The extended recovery period was taken negatively by many in the market. “That’s a long time and shareholders are wondering why they should stay invested,” said a Frankfurt-based trader.
Deutsche Bank declined to comment on its profit goals, but a source familiar with the bank said it had set itself internal pretax profit targets of 7 billion euros ($7.7 billion) for 2017 and 10 billion for 2018.
Deutsche Bank shares, which had risen last week to a two-month high, slid 7.7 percent to 25.35 euros by 1445 GMT.
“Deutsche Bank does not have a strategy problem. We know exactly where we want to go. But we have had a grave problem in implementing it,” Cryan said, addressing reporters in German, in contrast to his predecessor Anshu Jain who regularly drew criticism for never mastering the language.
Nicholas Melhuish, head of global equities at Amundi Asset Management, one of Deutsche’s 10 largest investors, said Cryan is doing the right things and with greater conviction than his predecessor. “But as we all know, anything involving profound culture change often turns into a life’s work and is difficult to execute consistently,” he said.
“This is going to be a long haul.”
Co-CEO Juergen Fitschen acknowledged the bank has not yet done enough to reform. “Cultural change … needs to be filled with content. What we have brought about is only the beginning,” Fitschen said.
Deutsche Bank’s staff will feel the pain in their pay packets, with remuneration linked more to profits and less to revenue. “I have said that it would not be all sweetness and light,” Cryan said, adding it would be unacceptable not to share some of the cost of the settlement of interest-rate rigging and consequences of poor past behavior.
Asked about prospects for bonuses for the board in the face of an expected full-year loss in 2015, Cryan said it was up to the supervisory board to decide on payouts.
In its second-biggest job cuts ever, the lender is to ax 9,000 full-time jobs and 6,000 external contractor positions. Three quarters of the other 20,000 jobs to go are at retail unit Postbank, which Deutsche Bank is spinning off.
“We were concerned that our shareholders thought cost-cut goals were not ambitious enough. We think they are realistic based on the need to remain competitive,” Cryan said.
Deutsche Bank had said late on Wednesday it would not pay a dividend for this year and next, the first time it has not done so since its post-World War Two re-establishment in 1952.
As part of the overhaul, Deutsche Bank is splitting its investment bank in two and downsizing operations, severing ties with 50 percent of its clients to concentrate on the relatively small portion that produce most of the revenue.
While Credit Suisse, which also intends to slim down its investment bank, plans to raise 6 billion Swiss francs ($6 billion) from investors to bolster its capital, Deutsche has not so far signaled it is considering such a step.
“It would be a very positive signal if Deutsche Bank ruled out a capital increase as part of the strategy plan,” said fund manager Helmut Hipper at Union Investment, a large shareholder.
Deutsche posted a 20 percent rise in revenue at its lucrative bond trading business in the third quarter, helping take the sting out of a record 6 billion euro group pretax loss.
The bank is exiting 10 countries, including most of its Latin American operations, and moving Brazil trading activities to other hubs.
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