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Army officer fired for teaching truth about Islam

Remember that jihadist US Army psychologist Nidal Hasan who perpetrated the worst shooting ever to take place on a U.S. military base?

On November 5, 2009, armed with a pistol and a revolver, Hasan entered his workplace — the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, where personnel receive routine medical treatment immediately prior to and on return from deployment — shot and killed 13 innocent people and wounded another 29.

Despite internal Army reports indicating Hasan’s fellow officers had reported his outspoken sympathy with radical Islam since 2005, and despite eyewitnesses saying that Hasan had shouted “Allahu Akbar!” before opening fire, the U.S. Army and the POS’s administration refused to call the shooting an Islamic terrorist act or even a hate crime.

Now we have more evidence that the U.S. Army is infested with politically-correct “tolerance” fear of offending Islam. An 18-year veteran Army officer was fired from teaching a course on Islam because he had the temerity of actually teaching the truth.

Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley

Chad Groening reports for OneNewsNow.com, September 20, 2012, that Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley — a highly-decorated 1994 graduate of the US Military Academy who has been deployed to Bosnia, Kuwait, and Iraq for 6 combat tours — was relieved of a teaching assignment because he discussed negative aspects of Islam in an elective course entitled “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism” at the Joint Services Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.

Richard Thompson, President and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, says a letter sent out by 57 Islamist groups to several government agencies, including the Pentagon, had demanded that action be taken against Lt. Col. Dooley’s teaching. “All information that is offensive to Islam is to be removed,” Thompson summarizes the letter. “And any instructors [of the course] should be disciplined.”

Thompson concludes that the U.S. Army’s dismissal of Dooley was a direct result of the Pentagon bending to Muslims’ will: “the Department of Defense is following the instructions they got from these Muslim organizations.”

To please Muslims, the Army has chosen to scapegoat Lt. Col. Dooley. Thompson says Dooley’s career is being adversely affected: “He was slated to become a colonel and assume a command position. But because they did not like the way he taught the class and the way he portrayed Islam, they have stopped this whole procedure. They decided they were going to give him a negative evaluation and red-flagged his promotion.”

The Thomas More Law Center, a law firm that specializes in the defense of the civil rights and liberties of Christians, is considering a federal lawsuit aimed at vindicating Dooley’s rights to free speech and academic freedom.

H/t FOTM’s Christy

~Eowyn

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Tyranny of the Freaks in So. California School

Here’s more evidence that America has come under the Tyranny of the Left.

Exhibit One:

Tiffany Amador, then a sixth-grade student at McSwain Union Elementary School, wore several different pro-life t-shirts to school throughout the year to make known her strong belief that abortion is wrong.  On April 29, 2008, Tiffany donned one of her pro-life t-shirts for National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day.  That morning in school, while attempting to eat breakfast, Tiffany was forcefully directed into the principal’s office and ordered to remove her t-shirt.
The Thomas More Law Center came to Amador’s defense and filed a federal lawsuit on the grounds that the sixth grader’s constitutional rights had been violated. Nearly two years later and before the case ever went to trial, a federal court in California entered a judgment on Thursday, August 12, 2010, in favor of Amador’s right to wear a pro-life t-shirt to school.

Exhibit Two:


On May 5, 2010, four California high school students were sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Live Oak High School students Daniel Galli, Dominic Maciel, Matt Dariano and Austin Carvalho wore red, white and blue T-shirts – some with the American flag and some with flag shorts – to school, which prompted administrators to ask the students to change their clothing or turn their T-shirts inside-out because it could incite a confrontation on Cinco de Mayo. The four students’ parents were called into a conference with Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez and Principal Nick Boden, who sent the students home.
The next day, many more students came to school wearing red, white and blue, in protest against how the four had been treated. Some 200 Hispanic students walked out of Live Oak and another high school in Morgan Hill, chanting “Si se puede” and “We want respect” and disrupting traffic as they marched through the town to demonstrate their support for Mexico.

Exhibit Three:

Larry King (l); Brandon McInerney (r)


There’s a murder trial in Los Angeles that’s creating quite a stir, but you wouldn’t know that because the case has received little to no publicity by the media.
14-year-old Brandon McInerney is accused of bringing a gun to his middle school and killing gay classmate Larry King, 15. But as the trial unfolds, the school itself has come under scrutiny.
Catherine Saillant reports for the Los Angeles Times, Aug 11, 2011, that one teacher after another has testified in the murder trial about their deep worries that King’s feminine attire and taunting behavior could provoke problems — and that E.O. Green Junior High administrators ignored them.
It wasn’t just that King, 15, had begun wearing makeup and women’s spiked-heeled boots, witnesses testified. It was that he seemed to relish making the boys squirm at his newly feminized appearance and was taunting them with comments like “I know you want me.”
E.O. Green teacher Jill Ekman testified: “They wanted to beat Larry up for what he was doing to them and they came to me because I wanted to keep them out of trouble. I told them that I would work on getting assistance from the office and we would work this out.”
But that didn’t happen, Ekman and others testified. After days of escalating tensions between King and McInerney, McInerney, then 14, brought a handgun to the Oxnard school on Feb. 12, 2008, and shot King twice in the back of the head. King died two days later.
How school officials handled King has emerged as a major theme of McInerney’s defense attorneys, who acknowledge that the boy pulled the trigger but say that he was pushed to the breaking point by King’s taunts.
Assistant Principal Joy Epstein has come under criticism for allegedly being more intent on protecting King’s civil rights than in acknowledging that his dress and behavior were causing problems. Epstein, who testified for the prosecution, denied that anyone on the campus relayed concerns about King’s safety before the shooting.
But English teacher Dawn Boldrin said: “It was reported, more than once, by more than one person. It was documented. There is paperwork on this. [But Epstein] kept saying that she didn’t know and she did. She knew. She did. Everybody knew.”
Other teachers testified about their concerns over King’s willingness to bring attention to himself, even if it was negative. Ekman, a 21-year teaching veteran, had King in seventh grade for reading and English and knew that the school’s special education plan for King urged him not to call special attention to himself.
That was why when she saw him wearing mascara and eyeliner to school in the eighth grade, she told him to wash it off, Ekman testified for the defense. King complied but returned the next day with even more makeup and a message: Epstein, the assistant principal, had told him that it was his right to wear the makeup, she told the court.
Epstein, in her testimony, said she had consulted with Hueneme Elementary School District officials about how to react to King’s dress and makeup. She was told that he had the right to wear girl’s items as long as they were within the district’s dress code, Epstein testified. Another assistant principal, Sue Parsons, sent an e-mail to the staff telling them to leave King alone unless his behavior was disrupting a class.
Ekman said Epstein advised her to teach tolerance if students were upset by King’s behavior. But that wasn’t working, Ekman said. A group of male students in her classroom told her they wanted to beat King up because he would seek them out and follow them into the bathroom. Ekman considered that sexual harassment and went back to Epstein with her concerns, she testified.
Epstein told her there was nothing the school could do, Ekman said. When the teacher attempted to press her case, Epstein shut the door in her face, Ekman told the court. The next day Ekman filed a grievance with the school’s principal, Joel Lovstedt, alleging that her concerns were being ignored. On the following Monday, the grievance was denied by the school’s administration, Ekman said.
King, meanwhile, continued to clash with boys at school and paid special attention to McInerney, according to court testimony. After lunch that day, he passed McInerney in a corridor and mockingly said, “Love you baby!”
History teacher Arthur Saenz testified that on that same Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, he noticed King “parading” back and forth in high-heeled boots and makeup near a bench where McInerney was sitting after school waiting to be picked up. A group of boys was laughing as McInerney grew visibly angry, Saenz testified.
Epstein, the assistant principal, noticed the brewing problem and, from a distance, finger-wagged as if to say “no-no-no” to McInerney, Saenz testified. McInerney’s father then arrived and they left, he said.
The next morning in the computer lab, McInerney took a seat directly behind King. About 20 minutes into class, he drew a handgun and shot him twice in the back of the head.
~Eowyn

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Police Captain Suspended w/o Pay for Refusing to Attend Islamic Propaganda

A police captain in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was demoted and suspended for two weeks without pay because he refused to attend a “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” event at the Islamic Society of Tulsa—an event that was nothing more than Islamic proselytizing.

As recounted by Bob Unruh for World Net Daily, June 3, 2011, Tulsa Police Captain Paul Fields is suing his chief and the city after he was demoted and targeted by an internal investigation for refusing orders to attend an event featuring lessons in Islam, a tour and a prayer service at a mosque linked to an unindicted co-conspirator in a terror financing trial.

The legal action has been brought by attorneys with the Thomas More Law Center on behalf of Fields. Named as defendants are the city, police chief Charles W. Jordan and deputy chief Alvin Daryl Webster.

At issue is a solicitation by officials in the Tulsa Police Department for officers to attend a “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” organized by the Islamic Society of Tulsa. The invitation said the officers would be given tours of the mosque, meet the mosque’s leadership, be given presentations of “beliefs, human rights, women” and “watch the 2-2:45 weekly congregational prayer service.”

While at first the police administration’s recommendation for attendance at the event appeared to be voluntary – there was a voluntary signup list – the law firm said when officers refused to respond, the managers made it a required event.

The Thomas More Law Center explained that the day “had nothing to do with any official police function. It clearly fell outside of the police department’s policy on community policing, and based on comments made by police department officials in a closed door meeting, it was not ‘community outreach’ as it has been previously portrayed. Rather, it included a mosque tour, meetings with local Muslims and Muslim leadership, observing a ‘weekly prayer service,’ and lectures on Islamic ‘beliefs’. The event was scheduled for Friday, March 4, 20011 – Friday being the ‘holy day’ or ‘Sabbath’ for Islam. In fact, the event was originally voluntary, but when not enough officers were willing to attend, it became mandatory.”

Read the rest of Unruh’s article HERE.

Please read and sign a petition by Act! for America, calling for Captain Fields’ reinstatement, and then forward it to everyone you know. Let’s expose to America the unconstitutional and politically correct actions of Captain Fields’ superiors!

At the appropriate time Act! for America will hand deliver the petition to the Tulsa police department. If the response to the petition is strong enough, there’ll be a rally and news conference in front of police headquarters to put the heat on them. So please sign the petition today!

So where is the ACLU? And where are the “separation of church and state” atheists?

[sound of crickets chirping….]

H/t beloved fellows Barbareno & Tina.

~Eowyn

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Christian Convicted of Filming Missionaries Proselytizing Michigan Muslims

Help me out here:

If I do something that is perfectly legal, but a policeman orders me to stop and I continue doing the thing that’s perfectly legal, did I do something illegal?

That’s exactly what happened in Dearborn, Michigan.
A Christian woman (a) was convicted for (b) not obeying a policeman’s order to (c) stop filming her fellow missionaries proselytizing to Muslims, but (d) the policeman admits that her filming is not a crime.
In other words, she is convicted of a non-crime! Which doesn’t make sense, not to mention is against the U.S. Constitution, which sure suggests that the “crime” of which the woman is convicted is really (c)— that she filmed Muslims being proselytized by Christian missionaries — doesn’t it?
~Eowyn
Thomas More Law Center Appeals Conviction of Young Christian Missionary Arrested at Dearborn Arab Festival
February 3, 2011
People - Negeen MayelStanding barely 5 feet tall, 18-year old Negeen Mayel, whose parents escaped from Afghanistan after the Russian invasion, could not escape the clutches of the Dearborn, Michigan Police Department.  Her crime: she was a Christian publicly filming her fellow Christian missionaries discussing the Gospel with Muslims at last year’s annual Dearborn Arab Festival, and she didn’t turn off her camera quick enough after a police officer ordered her to do so. 
Negeen Mayel was convicted in the Dearborn District Court of failure to obey a police officer’s order.  Astonishingly, at the trial, the officer admitted that the filming by Mayel was in fact not a crime. 
Last week, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) filed its opening brief with the Wayne County Circuit Court, seeking to overturn her conviction.  Mayel was one of four Christian missionaries originally arrested for preaching the Gospel at the 2010 Arab Festival in Dearborn, Michigan. 
All four Christians were charged with Breach of the Peace for discussing their faith with Muslims at the Festival.  All four were acquitted by a jury.  However, Negeen Mayel was also charged with “failure to obey” for not turning off her video camera when told to do so by a Dearborn police officer.  The officer then forcefully grabbed Negeen’s arm and camera, placed her in handcuffs, and had her locked-up in the city jail.
Religious - Christians Do Not EnterDearborn is considered home to the largest Muslim population in America.  As a result, many City officials, including the Mayor, engage in official action solely to please this significant voting bloc.  In this case, police effectively replaced our constitutional guarantees of Free Speech with Sharia law, which forbids Christians to proselytize Muslims.
The Law Center’s brief argues that the conviction must be overturned because the arresting police officer lacked any information that Mayel was involved in criminal activity when she was seized by the officer, in violation of the Constitution.  According to the brief filed with the Circuit Court, the police officer’s order “to shut off her camera and remain with him for questioning directly violated constitutional rights.  Consequently, cannot be criminally charged nor convicted for disobeying an unconstitutional—and thus unlawful—police order.”  
Read the Law Center’s brief here.
Robert Muise, TMLC’s Senior Trial Counsel who is handling the matter, stated, “The arresting officer’s actions and the actions of the Dearborn police department are textbook examples of civil rights violations of the highest order.  Consequently, when a conviction is based on the actions of a police officer that violate fundamental constitutional rights, as in this case, that conviction must be reversed, lest our constitutional freedoms be rendered meaningless platitudes subject to the will of police officials.”

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Got a TSA Grope or Porn Scan Story?

Were you forced to submit to a full-body porn scan or a grope-down by a TSA agent? Do you have a first-person horror story to tell? The Thomas More Law Center that is in the forefront on so many constitutional rights issues, including Obamacare, wants you to contact them!
~Eowyn

TMLC Collecting First-person Accounts of TSA Assaults
Monday, December 1, 2010
People - Enhanced Pat downThe Thomas More Law Center encourages any American who either was forced to submit to a full body scan or was assaulted by TSA agents during an “enhanced pat down” to email the Law Center about the incident.
“We believe that the enhanced pat-downs are a violation of the 4th Amendment and an unnecessary invasion of privacy,” said Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center. “We understand that there is a need for national security. It’s important for the government to protect the public; however, these enhanced pat-downs don’t increase public security. Instead, the TSA, which currently considers every American as a suspected terrorist, should focus their attention on appropriate profiling and intelligence analysis.”
Email your TSA story to the Law Center at info@thomasmore.org, subject line: “TSA Complaint.”
Read WorldNetDaily’s article about the Law Center’s TSA coverage.

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New Jersey Schools Ban "Silent Night"


At the same time as public schools in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will close down one day a year as a Muslim holiday, “Silent Night” and other “religious” Christian songs will be banned at holiday concerts in New Jersey’s South Orange-Maplewood schools.
Jeanette Rundquist of the Star-Ledger reports on October 4, 2010 that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal of the ban by deciding not to hear the petition brought by Michael Stratechuk, a parent who sued the school district in 2004. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld the ban last year, and Stratechuk attempted to take the case to the higher court.
Stratechuk’s attorney, Robert J. Muise of the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., said: “There’s nothing more, short of the school district changing its policy. There’s no other legal avenue to take. I’m sure he will be disappointed, but he put up the fight, and I think it was the right fight.”
Stratechuk, a musician whose two sons were in 7th and 9th grades when he brought the case, could not be reached for comment.
In a statement, school Superintendent Brian Osborne said “We have always felt our policy was constitutional and are pleased with the outcome” and that the policy “was adopted to promote an inclusive environment for all students in our school community.” Blah, blah, blah.
~Eowyn

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