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Pentagon bans Bible verses on dog tags, while Pres. Trump upholds right to pray in public schools

No Bible Verses on Soldiers’ Dog Tags

The Pentagon caved in to (((Mikey Weinstein))) of the atheistic Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) again.

Caleb Parke reports for Fox News, Dec. 3, 2019, that for the past 20 years, U.S. military members have been able to wear dog tags with Bible verses on them, giving them light and hope in some of their darkest times. For some Gold Star families, this is one of their most cherished possessions to remember their loved one who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Founded by Kenny Vaughan in 1998, Shields of Strength is a Texas-based company that makes Christian jewelry, beginning with a dog-tag with a Bible scripture which Vaughan had made for himself. The company now makes dog-tags with Bible verses for military members and their family, as well as other Christian-theme jewelry and apparel.

After Fox News reported on Shields of Strength last July, Weinstein complained to the Department of Defense (DOD), demanding the DOD ban the Bible verses dog-tags. “Soon after,” each military branch pulled or threatened to pull the trademark licenses that had been issued to Kenny Vaughan from Shields of Strength.

Berry, a Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, told Fox News: “Just when I didn’t think Mikey Weinstein could stoop any lower, he pulled a stunt like that. He’d rather take it away from them just to raise his own publicity than support our service members … that’s pretty cowardly and that’s cruel.”

Vaughan said he’s seen soldiers, who have to leave their Bible behind, carry their Shields of Strength dog-tags with them; oftentimes, the soldiers would stand in line for hours just to get one: “The love of Jesus changed my life forever. It’s the most valuable thing I have to offer anyone is God’s Word. No one needs it more than a young man or woman fighting for our freedom and we’re going to fight for them.”

An acquaintance of mine who’s a Constitutional Law attorney, says:

“While I would absolutely oppose the military issuing such tags (even with a request from the servicemember) it is outrageous that servicemembers can’t voluntarily inscribe their own tags. From a legal point of view, if the military allows any inscriptions at all (like “I Love Mom”) then banning religious ones is content discrimination. That triggers strict (constitutional) scrutiny.”

Prayer in School

Meanwhile, on January 16, 2020, President Trump followed through on his promise to the Evangelicals for Trump rally in Miami on January 3 to “safeguard students’ and teachers’ First Amendment rights to pray in our schools” through a directive from the Department of Education.

As reported by the AP and Christianity Today, the Department of Education issued a guidance on school prayer, the first updated guidance since 2003. The directive orders states to verify that school districts have no policies limiting constitutionally protected prayer, refer violators to the Education Department, and provide ways for making complaints against schools.

From the Department of Education’s press release of January 16, 2020:

[F]or the first time since 2003, the Department will …issue today updated guidance on constitutionally protected prayer in public elementary and secondary schools. The Department is required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, to update this guidance every two years. The guidance explains the ESEA’s requirement that states report which local educational agencies have not certified that they do not have any policy that prevents, or otherwise denies participation in, constitutionally protected prayer. The ESEA also requires states to report complaints against a local educational agency that allegedly denies a person, including a student or employee, the right to engage in constitutionally protected prayer. The guidance clarifies that the ESEA requires states to provide a clear process for students, parents, and teachers to report violations of their right to pray. Under the ESEA, states must fulfill these reporting requirements by November 1 of each year.

Christianity Today reminds us that public schools have been barred from leading students in classroom prayer since 1962, when the Supreme Court said it violated a First Amendment clause forbidding the establishment of a government religion. Later decisions extended the ban to school graduation ceremonies and, under certain circumstances, school athletic games.

Civil liberties groups say the firewall protects religious minorities and ensures fair treatment of all faiths. But many Christians say courts and schools have pushed too far against the right to free religious expression. Surveys find that Americans remain largely in favor of prayer in public schools:

  • According to General Social Survey data analyzed by political scientist Ryan Burge, just 20–35% of Christians support a ban against requiring reading the Lord’s Prayer or the Bible in public schools, and the religiously unaffiliated are evenly divided on the question.
  • A 2019 Pew Research Center survey found 41% of teens in public schools, including 68% of evangelicals, said they view teacher-led prayer in class as appropriate. A majority of teens in general (82%) and evangelical teens (64%) say there are no religious support or prayer groups that meet in their school.

South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem, 48, is also fighting back against the Left’s tyranny.

In March 2019, Noem signed a law requiring every public school throughout the state to display an “In God We Trust” sign on their premises beginning in the fall semester. The law went into effect last July. (H/t Tom Wigand)

~Eowyn

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Savage: President Trump’s admin rolls back Michelle Obama’s school lunch program – on her birthday!

I remember when this program was rolled out. The kids HATED it and A LOT of food went to waste.

Happy Birthday Moochelle!

From Daily Mail: Donald Trump’s administration proposed new school lunch guidelines Friday that would undo several changes made by Michelle Obama to get more fruit and veggies on the menu: a move that comes on the former first lady’s birthday.

The Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Food and Nutrition Service, said it is proposing new rules ‘to simplify meal service and reduce food waste.’ That would include ‘increasing flexibility in the “vegetable subgroups” requirements for school lunches.’

But the changes would allow schools to cut the amount of vegetables and fruits required at lunch and breakfasts while giving them the ability to offer more pizza, burgers and fries instead.

It would also undo rules championed by Michelle Obama as part of her Let’s Move initiative and The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.

Friday is the former first lady’s 56th birthday.

Michelle Obama made healthy eating a signature issue during her time in the White House. ‘I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition,’ she said.

Trump, however, is known for his love of fast food. He often ate McDonalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken on the campaign trail. One of his favorite meals is a hamburger with a side salad consisting of an edge of iceberg lettuce covered in blue cheese. Apple pie with ice cream is his favorite dessert.

Consumer groups slammed the proposed school meal changes. (#OrangeManBad!)

‘The proposed rule would allow anything that might be allowable as an entrée on any one school day to be served as an a la carte item every single day. In practice, if finalized, this would create a huge loophole in school nutrition guidelines, paving the way for children to choose pizza, burgers, French fries, and other foods high in calories, saturated fat or sodium in place of balanced school meals every day,’ Center for Science in the Public Interest Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs Colin Schwartz said in a statement.

Read the whole story here.

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Are they on crack? Elle Magazine writes, “I Only Want To Dress Like Bernie Sanders From Now On”

Elle Magazine tweeted this yesterday with an adoring article entitled, “Grandpa Slacks Are the New Dad Jeans.”

The author of this crap is Justine Carreon, Market Editor for Elle. She starts out as follows:

“When you think of style icons, Bernie Sanders is probably low on your list. I’m not referencing campaign trail Bernie, with his hypebeast parka and sleek navy suit. I’m all about Bernie off-duty: the one who visits Ariana Grande concerts or walks around in stained button downs. His style should be dissected with the same fervor we approach female politicians. Feel the Bern, because at a second glance, his style is, looks at notes, cool. Canceling student debt is nice and all, but let’s praise his presidential crusade for the next it-pant: grandpa slacks.”

More of this garbage:

“But let’s talk about his slacks. These are of the pleated-front variety, much to the dismay of modern menswear enthusiasts. Fabrics vary, but they are often itchy wool or military-grade gabardine. The color of said pants should be muted, nothing garish or loud; stay in the range of easy-to-chew shades and by that I mean oatmeal, meatloaf, or roasted squash. These are not, and I cannot stress this enough, sexy. These tailored trousers are perfect, but they aren’t exactly flattering. The wide-leg fit should flow away from the body, and in no way will your ass be supported. Grandpa would never.”

You can read the whole amazing article here.

There’s only one reason for this nonsense: A socialist-loving millennial is so delusional about all the “free” stuff Bernie is promising, that their sense of fashion style has been “berned.”

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God’s Creation: 17 y.o. NASA intern discovers circumbinary planet 1,300 light-years from Earth

A 17-year-old student, Wolf Cukier from Scarsdale High School in New York, was just three days into a summer internship at NASA’s Goddard’s Space Flight Center in Goddard, Md., when he made a remarkable discovery that should make us lift our heads from our human disposition of navel-gazing, look up in wonderment, and realize how puny we and Earth are in the unimaginably vast Universe.

Wolf Cukier

According to NASA, Cukier’s “job was to examine variations in star brightness captured by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and uploaded to the Planet Hunters TESS citizen science project.”

TESS monitors millions of stars with four cameras, which each take a full-frame image of a patch of the sky every 30 minutes for 27 days. Scientists use the observations to generate graphs of how the brightness of stars change over time. When a planet crosses in front of its star from our perspective, an event called a transit, its passage causes a distinct dip in the star’s brightness.

As recounted by Cukier:

I was looking through the data for everything the volunteers had flagged as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars circle around each other and from our view eclipse each other every orbit. About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338. At first I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet.

TOI 1338 b, as it is now called, is TESS’s first circumbinary planet, a world orbiting two stars. NASA’s Kepler and K2 missions previously discovered 12 circumbinary planets in 10 solar systems, all similar to TOI 1338 b.

Circumbinary planets orbiting two stars are more difficult to detect than those orbiting one star. In the case of TOI 1338 b, it is even more difficult to detect because the planet’s transits are irregular, between every 93 and 95 days, and vary in depth and duration because of the orbital motion of the two stars it orbits. TESS only sees the transits crossing the larger star; the transits of the smaller star are too faint to detect. This explains why Cukier had to visually examine each potential transit.

The planet, TOI 1338 b, is the first circumbinary planet that has been spotted using TESS data. After eagle-eye Cukier notified NASA of what he saw, scientists used a software package called eleanor, named after Eleanor Arroway, the central character in Carl Sagan’s novel “Contact,” to confirm the transits were real and not a result of instrumental artifacts.

Around 6.9 times larger than Earth, or between the sizes of Neptune and Saturn, TOI 1338 b is the only known planet in its system, which lies 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Pictor.

A light-year, which measures distance in space, equals 6 trillion miles, which means TOI 1338 b is 7,800 trillion miles from our Earth.

The planet TOI 1338 b orbits in almost exactly the same plane as the stars, so it experiences regular stellar eclipses. The two stars orbit each other every 15 days. One is about 10% more massive than our Sun, while the other is cooler, dimmer and only one-third the Sun’s mass.

Cukier’s discovery was featured in a panel discussion on Monday, Jan. 6, at the 235th American Astronomical Society meeting in Honolulu. A paper Cukier co-authored with scientists from Goddard, San Diego State University, the University of Chicago and other institutions, has been submitted to a scientific journal.

However, Cukier will not get the opportunity to name his discovery. As he explains to the New York Post: “New planets discovered by TESS get a TOI number if they don’t have another significant name already.”

H/t Fox News

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Bernie Sander’s effect on millennials: Doomsday, economic warfare and MASSIVE stupidity

I don’t know why I do this to myself. Sometimes I get on Twitter and peruse the tweets of Bernie Sanders supporters.

It’s hysterical at first, then dumbfounding and then you realize it’s really, really sad. It’s a reflection of our government indoctrination system and the cesspool that is social media.

It’s also a reflection, I think, of a couple other areas: 1) Demorat’s desire to be stuck in perpetual victimhood mode, 2) a lack of personal drive and responsibility for creating your own wealth and happiness, 3) a fanatical interest in being able to control how other people use their money and 4) when you combine the first three factors you have to come up with a fourth: envy.

So I stumbled upon the Twitter account the other night by a millennial who goes by the name of “electronic piss.”

Here’s her gem of a tweet: “2020 the year we make it completely socially unacceptable to stan/look up to people who are literally committing genocide by choosing not to redistribute their wealth.”

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“Electronic piss” had retweeted a Time editor’s tweet with the following pictures and caption, “Nothing more needs to be said:”

Pro tip: Don’t go to the “electronic piss” Twitter timeline unless you are willing to read extremely sexual tweets and a serious amount of stupidity.

First of all, can you demorats pick a firm number of years for when we are to expire without a complete redistribution of everyone’s money? Is the world ending in 12 years or 20 before rich people cough up enough money for your scam? I’d like to mark the end date on my calendar, thanks.

Secondly, there’s a LOT of demorats on the list of the richest folk in the world. There’s even one white, demorat man running to be your president! Why aren’t you demanding those demorats give up all their monies in the name of your climate emergency cause?

Third: Since there’s a lot of Chinese people on that list of the evil rich who must redistribute their wealth to save the planet, when are you (and take that selective-mute Greta with you) going to go to Hong Kong to protest climate change?

If Bernie Sanders and his supporters truly believe in the “great planetary crisis we now face,” then how do they justify his owning three homes? By his “offsetting” carbon emissions?

Remember: Any answer given will be mental gymnastics because liberal logic isn’t designed to make sense.

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Politicians working hard in Illinois: Over 250 new laws take effect next year

Lawmakers have to find a way to promote themselves in order to get re-elected. One way is to make new laws that they can tout in re-election fundraising efforts.

Or they find a way to bring in more “revenue” so they can give voters more free stuff, courtesy of taxpayers.

Along with legalized recreational marijuana, here are some of the over 250 laws set to take effect in Illinois in 2020, as reported by MyFoxChicago:

• Families will have more access to diaper changing tables when they’re on the go. A new law says any building with restrooms open to the public are required to have at least one “safe, sanitary and convenient” diaper changing table in each of the women’s and men’s restrooms.
• Every baby born in Illinois a jump start on saving for college. The Illinois treasurer is authorized to set up a program in 2020 giving every baby $50 in a college savings plan. The program will require roughly $10 million of taxpayer money, which will require either legislative approval or private donations.
• Graduate-student research assistants will be able to unionize and collectively bargain under an expanded state law.
• A new law requiring a gender-neutral option on drivers’ licenses.
• A new law requiring all single-occupancy public restrooms not specify a gender.

Read the whole MyFoxChicago story here.

WGN TV has the full list of the news laws, see it here. Some of the other laws WGN TV mentions:

• Minimum wage increases to $9.25/hour.
Evidence of a person’s immigration status is inadmissible in a civil proceeding unless it is essential to prove an element of case or is voluntarily given by the person.
• Requires students to take three years of math to graduate high school but provides local school districts with flexibility over required classes to remove barriers to graduation for some students.
• Allows a minor of 12 years of age or older to give consent for health care services or counseling related to the prevention, rather than only for diagnosis and treatment, of STDs.
Permits noncitizen students to be eligible for State financial aid at all institutions of higher education in the state of Illinois.

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Professor says gender is a “social category” hence her study result: Trans children sense their gender identities at young ages

A bunch of junk science in this selective study.

The lead author of this study, Selin Gulgoz, is an assistant professor whose research interests “lie at the intersection of social and cognitive development, with emphasis on children’s reasoning about the social world.”

You can see on her bio that she defines everything about gender in a “social” construct. Her bio states, “I’ve been studying children’s beliefs about the nature of social categories like gender, their understanding of status hierarchies and how they might correspond to differences between people of different genders, and how children’s essentialist beliefs about gender might relate to their attitudes and behaviors toward gender in-groups and out-groups.”

So you can imagine the predicted outcome of a study she recently led for the University of Washington.

Apparently transgender children may start to identify with toys and clothes typical of their gender identity from a very young age. The NBC story states that the confidence of “trans” children in their gender identity is generally as strong as that of cisgender children, whose identity matches their sex assigned at birth. Excerpts from the propaganda:

Trans kids are showing strong identities and preferences that are different from their assigned sex,” lead author Selin Gulgoz said in a press statement. “There is almost no difference between these trans- and cisgender kids of the same gender identity — both in how, and the extent to which, they identify with their gender or express that gender.”

For the study, researchers interviewed 317 transgender children, ages 3 to 12, and 189 of the children’s siblings. They also interview 316 cisgender kids.

Researchers asked the children how much they felt like a boy or girl or something else. They also asked about preferences for toys and clothes that are stereotypically associated with one gender.

The transgender kids showed strong preferences for toys and clothing typically associated with their gender identity, not their assigned sex, the study found. Their preferences didn’t appear to differ based on how long they had lived as their current gender.

The similarities among transgender and cisgender children were surprising, researchers said, because early in life, the transgender kids had been treated as a gender other than the one they currently identify as.

“These findings suggest that children might not be simply learning about gender based on what their parents tell them about their own gender or how they treat them early on (which would be about the gender associated with their assigned sex),” Gulgoz told Reuters Health by email.

“Instead, the findings suggest that children may be selectively attending to broader social messages regarding the gender they feel they are, from early ages,” said Gulgoz did the work at the University of Washington in Seattle and will start a new position this winter at Fordham University.

One limitation of the study is that all the transgender kids lived in families that affirmed their current gender identity, the study team notes. Their experiences might not reflect what would happen for transgender youth who lived in less supportive environments.

Researchers also only looked at children at one point in time. Gender expression or identity for some of them might shift in the future, or their level of support and affirmation might change.”

Read about the “study” here.

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More evidence that Sandy Hook Elementary School was closed before shooting

A major contention of Sandy Hook skeptics is that Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) had been closed for some time before the shooting massacre on December 14, 2012. The skeptics point to the following evidence:

  1. Years before the massacre, the school was reported to be in disrepair and contaminated with environmental toxins, including the deadly asbestos.
  2. Absence of legally-required designated handicapped parking spaces and signage in the many aerial photographic and video images of the school’s parking lot taken by news media on the day of the massacre.
  3. Testimony from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine of the school’s lack of Internet activity from the beginning of 2008 through all of 2012.
  4. Refusal on the part of the State of Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission to provide Halbig with documents he’d requested invoking the Freedom of Information Act: SHES maintenance orders and emails from SHES principal Dawn Hochsprung to food services provider in the months immediately preceding the “massacre”.
  5. Photographic evidence of an abandoned school from the State of Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection — of a dangerous, exposed metal rod on an exterior staircase; and classrooms and hallways jammed with furniture and office supplies in clear violation of the fire safety code.
  6. Evidence obtained by Wolfgang Halbig of SHES’s closure and the removal of its teachers and students to Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe, CT, months before the massacre:
    • An email exchange between SHES’s principal and school custodian on moving the school.
    • An invoice from Dean Foods of a food delivery to SHES at Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe, CT.
    • A spreadsheet listing invoices of Dean Foods deliveries to SHES in Monroe.
    • An email from an employee of Dean Foods confirming that the food deliveries were sent to SHES in Monroe.
    • A USAC form indicating that services were provided Chalk Hill Middle School although that school hasn’t been used by the Monroe school district since June 2011.
    • FCC Form 471 for the funding year 2012 of Newtown Public Schools includes Chalk Hill Middle School (CHMS) although CHMS is not in Newtown and was closed in 2012.

For images of the above evidence, see:

Now, Halbig has found more photographic evidence that Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) was in such disrepair, it could not have been a functioning school on December 14, 2012, the day of the shootings. The photos were taken on Dec. 13, 2012, a day before the shootings (source: Dropbox):

(1) An article in Newtown Bee on SHES being so contaminated with asbestos and other environmental toxins that it must be completely torn down and replaced with a brand new building:

(2) Huge cracks in the sidewalk in front of the school:

(3) The entire ceiling of the overhang canopy at the front entrance of SHES was full of mold, mildew and rotten wood:

(4) A side wall outside SHES’s front entrance had water stains from rain pouring through the roof line to flood the entrance:

(5) March Into Reading was a nationwide reading campaign in U.S. public schools which was promoted in March 2012. But a photo taken on December 13, 2013 shows a giant sign inside Classroom 12 of SHES, which says “March Into Reading Centers” — 9 months after the campaign.

(6) The wooden door of Classroom 6 was eroded by termites; the tiled wall next to the door was filthy:

(7) The interior of a classroom is in disrepair, with a broken thermostat, an empty paper-towel dispenser, and a rotted cabinet bottom:

(8) The interior of another school room shows rusty cabinet doors and a stained wooden door (circled in yellow); a microwave oven and a printer are next to a sink (see yellow arrow), which is a hazard:

 

(9) Restrooms for the handicapped and special-needs schoolchildren were used for storage and had no ADA-compliant grab bars or even toilet paper:

(10) The kitchen inside SHES was filthy and devoid of stove, washer, dryer and other kitchen equipments:

(11) Although the school was in disrepair, the 5-year (2011-2016) budget plan for SHES’s building and site maintenance projects shows nothing (zero $) for Year 1: 2011-2012:

Fellowship of the Minds thanks Mr. Halbig for his permission to post the above images.

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Pandering: Obama says every country should be run by a woman

The Hill published an article yesterday in which former President Obama said the following:

“I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything… living standards and outcomes.”

According to Obama, women are “undisputably better leaders.”

Read the whole article here.

One could find a great woman leader in the US and around the world yet let’s take a look at some US women leaders to see if their constituents have seen a “significant improvement” on just about everything, shall we?

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan: A city run amok with homeless criminals, drug needles, repeat offenders, and downtown businesses closing due to criminal activity and inefficient police response times (if they actually respond).

Liberal utopia of Seattle/Q13 Fox photo

Seattle Socialist Council Member Kshama Sawant: While the city is overrun by homeless criminals and repeat offenders, this councilmember whines that a record $6.5 BILLION budget isn’t enough to address deep inequality and racism. As if THAT will improve living standards.

The streets of San Francisco…

San Francisco Mayor London Breed: I don’t need to detail all the problems in San Francisco. Everyone knows it is LITERALLY a sh*thole of a city.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown: Just like other west coast, progressive-run cities, Portland has a major problem with the homeless and their criminal activities. But here’s another bonus under the womyn governor: The state was ranked 49th in U.S. graduation rate in 2017.

The street of LA…

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor District 1 Representative Hilda Solis: Los Angeles saw a 12% increase in homelessness despite spending $619M in tax payer dollars. Bonus: Typhus and leprosy!

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf: A city that has obtained $9 million taxpayer dollars to build affordable housing yet has delivered ZERO units. Yet if you are an illegal alien you’re entitled to early warnings so you can avoid ICE raids.

While there are some brilliant women leaders around the world, to state that every nation would thrive under the leadership of women is just flat-out inaccurate. Especially if they are a “progressive” woman.

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Michigan teacher under investigation for assaulting female student over her #WomenForTrump pin

If this turns out to be true, this unhinged teacher shouldn’t be allowed to teach ANY children.

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