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From the desk of:Mat Staver, Founder and ChairmanLiberty Counsel Dakota Ary, a high school freshman Fort Worth, Texas, was ridiculed by his teacher and suspended for merely stating his Christian view on homosexuality in class. The teacher had previously posted a photo of two men kissing in the classroom, telling students that homosexuality is becoming more prevalent in the world and that they should just accept it! Liberty Counsel is defending Dakota. Please see my message below for an important update concerning our legal response to this overzealous teacher's assault on Dakota's rights - Mat. Richard,Last week, Dakota Ary was issued an in-school suspension forstating in the classroom that he believes homosexuality is wrong because of his Christian faith. Dakota was in Kristopher Franks' German language class when the topic of homosexuality arose. Dakota said to one of his classmates, "I'm a Christian and, to me, being homosexual is wrong." Franks overheard the comment, wrote Dakota up foran infraction, and sent him to the principal's office. Franks charged Dakota with "possible bullying" and indicated, "It is wrong to make such a statement in public school." Prior to Dakota's comment, Franks had displayed a picture of two men kissing on an in-class "World Wall" and told the students that homosexuality is becoming more prevalent in the world and that they should just accept it. Dakota didn't "just accept it." Instead, he chose to statehis belief on the issue. Later, his family contacted LibertyCounsel for legal help. My Liberty Counsel team sent a demand letter to the school calling for full vindication and a full retraction of the suspension. Matthew Krause, Litigation Counsel for LibertyCounsel in Texas, then met with school officials. Theschool district reversed the in-school suspension and placed Franks on administrative leave with pay. We are pleased with the school's response thus far. Mr. Franks clearly crossed the line. Teachers cannot use their position to bully students and humiliate them in front of their peers or force their views about homosexuality on their students! It wasn't the so-called "separation of church and state" thatwas violated, as Franks alluded to in the discipline referralform. It was Dakota's First Amendment rights that were clearlyviolated! Once the school's administration gained that understanding,they quickly reversed their decision. Richard, this case is a clear example of why I believethe Liberty Counsel's "Patriot's Handbook of Religious Freedom in Public Schools" is a must-have reference that should be providing guidance in EVERY SCHOOL in America! ++ There are nearly 100,000 public schools in America. Here's my plan! We are undertaking a bold initiative by committing to send20,000 Patriot's Handbooks to 10,000 schools by October 31st.But our long-term goal is to place these powerful Handbooksin every public school in America before the 2012-2013 school year begins next August! But we cannot achieve this vital goal without your help! Through our bulk mail processing center, we can ship 2 books to a school for $3.00. That means, for your sponsorship gift of $30, we can send two copies of the "Patriot's Handbook of Religious Freedom in Public Schools" to 10 schools! We have good contact information and the names of principalsin each school you will sponsor. Click here now to sponsor ten schools, a hundred schools - or even more! http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=51574&CID=337&RID=32862013 The cost of getting these 20,000 invaluable handbooks into 10,000 schools is $30,000. As of this writing, we have more than 2,000 schools sponsored - 20 percent of our goal!I need 800 more Liberty Counsel team members to sponsor atleast ten schools to receive this valuable resource! Please consider becoming one of those 800 thoughtful, pro-liberty Americans to help us meet this important goal! http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=51575&CID=337&RID=32862013 ++ Our rights are not void inside the schoolhouse! Imagine how many other students there are in classrooms across the country who are being ridiculed for theirChristian faith and beliefs - who are being taught by misguided teachers that they cannot express or demonstratetheir Christian views in class or on school grounds withoutfacing suspension or expulsion. Misguided activists are doing everything in their power to push their "alternative lifestyle" agendas while undermining the rights of freedom loving, God-fearing Americans! Consider two recent Liberty Counsel cases: In Santa Rosa County, Florida, teachers were charged criminally for praying at an off-site school- sponsored event. Then, just a few months ago, Jerry Buell, a Florida "Teacher of the Year," was suspended for opposing same-sex "marriage" on a social site, on his own personal home computer, outside of school. Our Liberty Counsel litigators successfully defended these educators who were simply exercising their own constitutionally- guaranteed freedom of speech. These days, hundreds of legal cases on these issues emergefrom schools every year. Instigated by ultraliberal activists, pro-homosexual radicals, and anti-religiousorganizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), such cases arise from the bullying of schoolsystems, teachers, educators, and parents. Imagine the impact our powerful campaign could have! Weknow that if a school principal and assistant principalin each of our nation's nearly 100,000 public schools hadthis Handbook, there would be FAR fewer incidents ofradical activists successfully bullying administrators!Your gift will ensure that each school you sponsor will receive two Patriot's Handbooks.Click here now to make that possible: http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=51576&CID=337&RID=32862013 Your sponsorship of a school could make a profound differencein that school. It could mean an appropriate prayer beforean event...or the ability to display the Ten Commandments in a classroom...or the empowering of a teen to stand up toan educator and say that they believe homosexuality is wrong...or even the simple acknowledgement of the truemeaning of the Christmas season. Please join me in this important campaign! As a nation, we are long overdue in demanding that ourfundamental liberties be fully honored in government-controlled public schools - and in stopping the Orwelliantactics leftists and pro-homosexual activists are using to undermine our values in tax-funded classrooms! We will not cater to two-faced radicals who call for "tolerance" and yet will not tolerate a dissenting opinion if it comes from a religious viewpoint - especially in our public schools. The "Patriot's Handbook of Religious Freedom in PublicSchools" belongs in every school in America! Richard, please consider becoming one of the 800 teammembers I need right now to get two of these bookletsonto the desks of administrators in another 8,000 schools in order to meet our initial goal by October 31st.God bless you as you help take back our tax-funded schools! Mathew D. Staver, Founder and ChairmanLiberty CounselP.S. Dakota Ary fought back! We must empower others to dothe same. We must help misguided administrators to gain legal understanding. Getting Liberty Counsel's "Patriot'sHandbook of Religious Freedom in Public Schools" to these school administrators is an excellent first step.That's why we are starting with 10,000 schools. Please consider sponsoring ten schools - or many more!Thank you and God bless you! http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=51577&CID=337&RID=32862013
Outrage: $770 Million to Rebuild Mosques Overseas!
Americans also may be surprised to learn that the United States has been an active participant in mosque construction projects overseas. In April, U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Alfonso E. Lenhardt helped cut the ribbon at the 12th-century Kizimkazi Mosque, which was refurbished with assistance from the United States under a program to preserve culturally significant buildings. The U.S. government also helped save the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque in Cairo, which dates back to 642. The mosque’s namesake was the Muslim conqueror of Christian Egypt, who built the structure on the site where he had pitched his tent before doing battle with the country’s Byzantine rulers. For those who think the Ground Zero Mosque is an example of “Muslim triumphalism” glorifying conquest, the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque is an example of such a monument – and one paid for with U.S. taxpayer funds.
The mosques being rebuilt by the United States are used for religious worship, which raises important First Amendment questions. U.S. taxpayer money should not be used to preserve and promote Islam, even abroad. In July 2009, the Office of the Inspector General published an audit of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) faith-based and community initiatives that examined whether government funds were being used for religious activities. The auditors found that while USAID was funding some religious activities, officials were “uncertain of whether such uses of Agency funding violate Agency regulations or the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution” when balanced against foreign-policy objectives.
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