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An Alabama school district has landed itself in atheists activists’ crosshairs after a high school football coach allowed players to be baptized on the field following a practice session earlier this month.
After a “concerned citizen” reached out to the Freedom From Religion Foundation to complain about the incident, the group sent a letter to officials at Russellville City Schools in Russellville, Alabama, citing “unconstitutional religious activity” and asking the district to investigate.
The atheist organization contends that it is illegal for public schools to host or promote religious activities, claiming that both the head coach, Mark Heaton, and the so-called team chaplain, Tanner Hall, had both subsequently publicized the October 2 baptisms on their social media accounts.
A tweet dated October 3 on an account attributed to Heaton reads, “Three baptized after practice Thursday. Building the Kingdom!!” and it includes accompanying pictures.
A separate social media message from Hall that was posted to Facebook is also cited in the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s letter. He wrote, “Man I love that God allows me to do what I do! Baptized players today after practice.” This post also includes photos of the baptisms.
The atheist activist group made it clear in its letter to the district that it believes these acts were unconstitutional and that a team chaplain cannot be legally employed by public school athletic teams.
“It is … inappropriate for a public school to offer religious leaders unique access to befriend and proselytize students,” Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney Andrew Seidel said in a statement. “Accordingly, public high school football teams cannot appoint or employ a chaplain, seek out a spiritual leader for the team, or agree to have a volunteer team chaplain, because public schools may not advance or promote religion.”
Heaton confirmed with the Franklin County Times that three baptisms did unfold after practice October 2, adding that one of them was his 37-year-old brother; he said that the event was something students had expressed they wanted and that it was not “school-sanctioned.”
“Neither of these kids had a home church, and they had accepted Christ and wanted to be baptized in front of their teammates who also shared their faith and wanted to be there to support them,” Heaton told the outlet. “This wasn’t school-sanctioned. This was something these students wanted to do, and I believe it was important to let them do this because these kids are going through a very important part of their lives.”
The coach, who noted that some players left before the baptism took place and that it was an optional event, said that he felt it was important to support the kids when they came and asked about a baptism.
Superintendent Rex Mayfield added that the football team doesn’t have an official chaplain, despite the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s contentions.
“There may have been people who referred to Tanner Hall as the team’s chaplain, but that isn’t an official position, paid or volunteer, and never has been,” he said.
The atheist group’s letter also took aim at teachers’ official biographies on school district websites, which activists claim contain inappropriate Christian messages.
In a heartbreaking video released by ISIS, a Syrian woman is accused of committing adultery. Within the brutal judicial system of the Islamic State, adultery is a crime punishable by stoning-to-death.
The woman in the video asks her father for forgiveness multiple times. However, her pleas fall on deaf ears as her father says, “I’m not your father anymore” and…”I’m sorry but my heart won’t let me.”
You can feel the pain in the woman’s voice as she continues to ask for mercy. Eventually her father says, “I forgive you.”
But then to add even more sorrow to the woman’s suffering, her father begins to ties her up with a rope and takes her to the stoning pit.
At this point, only the most deceived or grossly uninformed among us do not realize that a devilish enemy regime has taken over our nation. Under Barack Obama (or whatever his name is), we have seen unprecedented lawlessness from the executive branch of the federal government. The laundry list of Obama and company's malfeasance and arguably impeachable offenses continues to grow.
Perhaps the most diabolical advancement of Obama's tyrannical, anti-American agenda is in the area of the radical homosexual movement. From militant homosexual activists, we have seen a full-frontal assault on the rights of Christians and others who oppose the campaign to force on America the acceptance of special "rights" for sexual deviants and the destruction of the definition of marriage. We have seen Obama load his administration with open homosexuals. He has appointed them to federal courts. He has overseen the repeal of the prohibition on homosexuals openly serving in our military. He has used his Justice Department to ignore federal law that correctly defined marriage.
Under Obama, the activists in the radical homosexual movement have become emboldened, drunk on their metastasizing power to crush the rights of the right-thinking people of America. Examples of legal assaults against Christian business owners are piling up faster than ever before, and the most brazen to date occurred last week against pastors in Houston, Texas. The story has been everywhere, as is the outrage of the American people, that city attorneys under the in-your-face homosexual Democrat Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, demanded that local pastors turn over their sermons that relate to the detestable "Bathroom Bill" shoved down the throats of the city's residents. In part, it allows men to use women's restrooms and other private, sex-segregated facilities. This move by the City of Houston is a gross, illegal affront to the God-given, natural rights of Christians who live there.
Many of us have been warning for years now that the natural rights of American citizens who hold proper moral beliefs about sexuality and marriage cannot coexist with the evil homosexual movement. These two world views are diametrically opposed to each other, and one must give way to the other. For far too long, Christians have stood by silently, offering little to no resistance, as degenerates have commandeered our culture and institutions. At this point, the cancer of the sodomite movement is malignant and has deeply infected the places of power and influence in our nation—our schools, our "entertainment" industry, our businesses and corporations, and certainly our federal government. Our freedoms are in peril, and unless there is a massive push-back against the lawless federal judges who are imposing counterfeit marriage on the states and against the foot soldiers of the militant homosexual movement, we will lose our natural rights. In serious jeopardy are our rights of conscience and freedom to conduct our lives and businesses as we see fit, our freedom of speech, religion, and assembly—all these will be subjugated to the new "rights" of sexual perverts if the American people do not rise up to stop this toxic movement.
In the upcoming issue of The New Yorker magazine, Jeffrey Toobin has a feature interview with Barack Obama. The piece largely focuses on Obama's flooding of the federal judiciary with his leftist minions. Toobin also notes Obama's satisfaction with the latest Supreme Court outrage in which the Court refused to hear several state challenges to lawless lower courts imposing same-sex "marriage" on those states. Toobin goes on to write:
Obama opposed marriage equality until May of 2012. He told me that he now believes the Constitution requires all states to allow same-sex marriage, an argument that his Administration has not yet made before the Supreme Court. "Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states," he said.
This is sickeningly wrong, but this is what we're facing at the hands of these Godless tools of the devil, as Obama is. No longer will appeals to what's right, good and true be accepted by the degenerates who are ruling our nation. The fact that homosexual behavior is dangerously unhealthy, unnatural, and immoral does not sway the members of this demonic movement. The fact that this perverse behavior was never meant to be protected by any law of the United States, including the "Equal Protection Clause," is meaningless to them. The fact that there is not, never has been and never will be such a thing as same-sex "marriage" matters not a whit to these people who are doing Satan's bidding in their zeal to outlaw Christianity. Yes, that is their goal, and they're well on their way to achieving it.
What we're seeing in Houston and around the nation, with lawsuits against Christian business owners who refuse to lend their work to support counterfeit "marriage," is just the beginning of the war on our freedoms being waged by the soldiers of Sodom West. It is more important than ever that Christians and other right-minded people resist this evil movement. Church leaders must not be afraid to speak boldly against the hellish assault on marriage and the rights of the American people. If we don't fight this movement, we will certainly lose our freedoms. Don't doubt it for a minute.
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/10/homose...
Bush-appointed judge says ‘no harm done’
(Breitbart) – On Thursday, a federal judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia entered an order dismissing a lawsuit filed by True the Vote, a Houston, Texas-based non-profit organization focused on “voters’ rights and election integrity” against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The order alleged that the IRS had improperly delayed granting their application for 501(c)(3) status and targeted them as a conservative organization. The opinion, by Judge Reggie B. Walton, found that the IRS had taken sufficient “remedial steps to address the alleged behavior.”
Breitbart Texas spoke with Logan Churchwell, True the Vote’s communications director, after the court’s ruling was released, and he shared some important details about the timeline of this case. One of the main issues argued in True the Vote’s lawsuit was that the IRS had improperly delayed granting their 501(c)(3) application, which is the section of the IRS code conferring tax-exempt status on qualifying non-profit organizations. True the Vote filed their application during the summer of 2010, and pursuant to the IRS’s own rules, the agency had a duty to send a response within 270 days. That deadline was not met. Instead, years went by, while True the Vote, founder Catherine Engelbrecht, and King Street Patriots, another tea party group with which Engelbrecht was affiliated, all found themselves subject to invasive requests for records and information from not only the IRS, but also the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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In May 2013, news broke that the IRS admitted targeting conservative organizations applying for 501(c)(3) status with “special scrutiny,” and True the Vote filed their lawsuit later that month. “We knew we were getting questions about a lot of things other than tax returns,” said Churchwell, describing the “strange questions” asked by IRS agents that seemed far beyond the scope of what they had expected, including number of Facebook “likes,” membership lists, and content of internal organizational communications.
The IRS finally granted True the Vote’s 501(c)(3) status in September 2013. Almost a year later, in July 2014, while waiting for the judge to issue a ruling on the parties’ initial briefs, more news broke: that emails from Lois Lerner’s computer had been “lost” in a computer crash. True the Vote filed a new motion seeking to begin discovery, arguing that the news meant that there was a real risk that relevant evidence could be lost or destroyed. The court denied that motion and then took no further substantive action until today’s ruling, which dismissed the entire case.
Judge Walton’s opinion stated that because the IRS had finally granted True the Vote their 501(c)(3) status, the case “no longer warrant[ed] the Court’s attention and further use of its resources,” and deemed True the Vote’s lawsuit to now be moot. However, True the Vote had argued specific costs that the IRS’ delay had caused them, including fees for attorneys and CPAs, as well as fundraising losses. A number of other non-profit organizations and other donors had either pledged or donated money to True the Vote with the understanding that the group would have official 501(c)(3) status soon. Some of these groups even had requirements in their organizational documents that they could only give money to other approved 501(c)(3) organizations. According to Churchwell, the IRS’ years-long delay acted as a “functional denial of our application” and True the Vote was forced to return some donations, and other pledges were revoked. Churchwell described the total costs to True the Vote caused by the IRS’ delay to be nearly $90,000.
Churchwell told Breitbart Texas that while today’s ruling was not the result they had sought, they were nonetheless “appreciative of the D.C. District Court’s service and opinion on this matter and is currently considering all legal options,” including possible appeals of the decision. Engelbrecht also released a statement to Breitbart Texas:
“We are stunned by today’s judgment. The notion that the IRS can target Americans for years because of their political beliefs is reprehensible. The Court acknowledges in its opinion that the IRS did in fact target True the Vote for our perceived political beliefs, but then it holds that neither the agency nor the individual IRS agents or officers are responsible for this unconstitutional conduct. Right now, we are considering all legal options and will announce our next steps very soon.”
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