LGBT-Promoting Teacher Bans Students From Wearing Crosses in Her Classroom

 

Bob Unruh
Posted with permission from WND

Officials at Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida are being asked to stop the bullying by a math teacher who is an open advocate for the LGBT lifestyle and has, among other things, banned students from wearing cross necklaces in her classroom.

The nonprofit legal group Liberty Counsel said it would prefer for the district to rein in the teacher, Lora Jane Riedas, without the necessity of a court case.

But Liberty Counsel is ready to take action – through a federal lawsuit – if it is needed “to vindicate the parental and student rights.”

The district did not respond to multiple WND calls requesting comment.

Liberty Counsel said the teacher, known for being an LGBTQ “ally” and a member of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Leadership Institute, has gone overboard in her advocacy for her chosen lifestyle.

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She features classroom décor that “blatantly promotes a pro-LGBT agenda,” reportedly retweeted during the school day “favorite queer web series for kids” and prohibited “at least three students from wearing Christian cross necklaces because she views them as ‘gang symbols.'”

 Further, she put LGBT stickers on the notebooks her class uses. Her lesbian partner, also a teacher, “dressed as a nun for a school spirit week, complete with a ‘cross necklace’ made of skulls,’ and she singled out students for “false ‘misbehavior’ allegations” after they removed the LGBT stickers.
Liberty Counsel noted the teacher’s propensity for bringing her outside interests into the public school classroom, such as promoting GLSEN’s “Day of Silence,” a national homosexual advocacy protest in public schools.

“The bullying behavior of Lora Jane Riedas is outrageous and unconstitutional,” said Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel. “A teacher cannot ban students from wearing cross necklaces when other students are permitted to wear secular jewelry. Nor can teachers retaliate against students who refuse to display rainbow stickers on their books to promote an LGBT political agenda. The classroom is for learning, not promoting the LGBT agenda.”

The law firm’s letter to Supt. Jeff Eakins points out that the district’s own policies say a teacher “may not dedicate work time to an outside interest, activity, or association,” and they “may not campaign on school property during working hours on behalf of any political issue.”

“The outside activities Ms. Reidas has promoted on social media during working hours violate all of these restrictions. Her LGBT politically activist classroom environment is just as inappropriate as a teacher decorating her classroom space in Democratic or Republican slogans and campaign literature, or badges stating ‘I love Republican Students;’ ‘I Love Democrat Students;’ ‘I Love Pro-Choice Students;’ ‘I love Pro-Life Students.’

“The totality of Ms. Riedas’ behavior is very concerning: banning cross necklaces on one hand, while promoting wholesale LGBT political activism on the other,” says the letter, which also lists the state board of education’s code of ethics rules that Riedas appears to be violating.

See what American education has become, in “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children.”

“In banning cross necklaces from three different students in her classroom, Ms. Riedas has ‘intentionally violate[d] or den[ied] a student’s legal rights.’ The right to wear a cross necklace is clearly established. There is no question that students have the right to wear religious jewelry, despite any specious claim of ‘gang affiliation’ by Ms. Riedas.”

She even subjected a student “to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement,” the letter states.

Liberty Counsel said the law is clear on several points: “Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the school house gate,” and “Parents, not agents of the state, including Ms. Reidas, and certainly not GLSEN, have the right to direct the upbringing and associations of their children.”

“The Hillsborough County School District is hereby on notice that any further violations of student rights in this fashion will be viewed by Liberty Counsel as sufficient to support a federal lawsuit for civil rights violations.”

The letter was sent to members of the board of education in addition to the superintendent. The board members include Cindy Stuart, Sally Harris, Susan L. Valdes, Melisa Snively, Tamara Shamburger, April Griffin and Lynn Grey.

WND reported last month on another school where a similar agenda was being pursued.

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Faculty and staff members at a charter school in Sandpoint, Idaho, set up a clandestine student “gay” club, recruited students for it and concealed their activism from the affected students’ parents, apparently in violation of federal law, according to letter from Liberty Counsel.

Consequently, Liberty Counsel will “take further action to prevent irreparable harm to the rights of our clients, as well as the parents of other children whom the school is recruiting in the absence of their parents’ knowledge and permission,” the group said in a letter to school officials from Richard L. Mast Jr.

Principal Mary Jensen of Forrest Bird Charter School, which runs middle- and high-school operations, “admitted the secrecy under which school staff and others had operated,” Liberty Counsel said.

School employees even “facilitated kids meeting off-campus at a local library under the supervision of ‘supportive’ third parties.”

“Jensen stated that they wanted to be ‘a progressive school on that sort of thing, but we did not want to be ‘in-your-face’,’ so parents could not prevent their children from attending. She states ‘we’re keeping it kind of on the down low,’ because ‘this is North Idaho,’ and ‘kids who wanted to participate in the club did not necessarily want their parents to know,'” Liberty Counsel explained.

A recording of her comments were posted online.

“Principal Jensen also stated that starting this club was one of her goals, saying, ‘The adults … we spent months trying to do this thing.’ Incredibly, Ms. Jensen also claims that ‘we don’t want the kids to be ‘excluded’ from ‘developing the [club’s] mission statement, because it’s their club.’ She also states ‘One of the members of the adult crew wanted us to be the activists, doing the parades, you know, be in-their-face kind of stuff.’ ‘We decided not to do activism at first, because that’s a big step.’ She stated, ‘I didn’t want to do that … because this is North Idaho,'” according to Liberty Counsel.

See what American education has become, in “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children.”

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by Anup Shah

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The first sweetened cup of hot tea to be drunk by an English worker was a significant historical event, because it prefigured the transformation of an entire society, a total remaking of its economic and social basis. We must struggle to understand fully the consequences of that and kindred events for upon them was erected an entirely different conception of the relationship between producers and consumers, of the meaning of work, of the definition of self, of the nature of things.

Sydney Mintz, Sweetness and Power, quoted by Richard H. Robbins, in Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism, (Allyn and Bacon, 1999), p.208.

The consumption of sugar and its history gives a great insight into various inter-related issues, such as economics, human rights, slavery, environmental issues, health, consumerism issues and so on. We also see a hint at the hidden costs and impacts to society. Continue reading “Sugar”

Is This What You Mean By Equality?

I did not intend to write about this story, but when I saw a picture of the teenager in question, I had to.

He is 15-years-old, clearly a biological male. Look at his picture for yourself, mustache and all.

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As Joy Pullman notes on The Federalist, he has “not taken drugs nor undergone surgery to mimic femininity.”

Yet he was allowed to compete against other girls in a recent sporting event, and to no one’s surprise, he won – quite handily, at that.

Is this what is meant by “equality”? Continue reading “Is This What You Mean By Equality?”

Christian group: Department of Education ‘indoctrinating’ kids into Islamic beliefs

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“Much of this so-called educational material is nothing more than indoctrinating students into Islamic religious beliefs, duties and actions,” said Martin Mawyer, president of CAN.

A Christian advocacy group is claiming the U.S. Department of Education is “indoctrinating” students into believing Islamic beliefs.

The Christian Action Network sent a letter demanding DOE “cease its Islamic education program for the nation’s public schools,” according to a report by CBN News.

CAN claims students and teachers are being encouraged to promote Islamic beliefs through the LearningMedia website, a site operated by the Public Broadcasting Service that provides free learning materials to students and teachers. PBS is supported by donors and taxpayers.

Continue reading “Christian group: Department of Education ‘indoctrinating’ kids into Islamic beliefs”

Poll: Democrats Think Christianity Is As Violent As Islam. Here Are 7 Facts Disproving This Stupidity.

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According to a new CBS poll, only one in seven Democrats believe that Islam is more violent than Christianity. In sharp contrast, six in ten Republicans believe that Islam is more violent.

So, are Democrats delusional? The short answer is yes.

It’s quite frankly absurd that this has become a topic of debate. Any human being capable of common sense should be able to discern the stark difference between the two monotheistic faiths.

Here are 7 facts disproving this stupidity: Continue reading “Poll: Democrats Think Christianity Is As Violent As Islam. Here Are 7 Facts Disproving This Stupidity.”

I Know You’re Mad at United but… (Thoughts from a Pilot Wife About Flight 3411)

I think this makes a number of good points. The media has made this into a MAJOR story, yet it does not deserve this type of hysteria and attention. Amazing that with all of the news worthy issues the media plays this up into a shark feeding frenzy.

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If there’s one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that there are always two sides to every story.

On April 9th, a very unfortunate incident played out on United Flight 3411, the video of which has since gone viral causing a mass social media uprising with an ‘off-with-their-heads’ mentality. I mean, across the board. Fire ’em all and let the gods sort it out later.

Look, I get it. When I first saw the video I was appalled too. To say that it was inflammatory would be putting it mildly. But it was also a situation that was escalated far beyond the boundaries of necessity.

If a federal law enforcement officer asks me to exit a plane, no matter how royally pissed off I am, I’m going to do it and then seek other means of legal reimbursement. True story.

Knowing what I know about airport security, I’m

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Time, Nat Geo Push ‘Astonishingly Perverse Covers’

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Paul Bremmer
Posted with permission from WND

“Why Amnesty Makes Sense” reads the cover of a June 2007 issue of Time magazine, teasing an immigration story inside. “Is Your Baby Racist?” asks a 2009 Newsweek cover. And “Gender Revolution” blares a January 2017 National Geographic cover featuring a “transgender child.”

These three magazine covers, and many others like them, have something in common: They all reflect the increasingly irrational “progressive” worldview, according to journalist and best-selling author David Kupelian.

“Most ‘mainstream media’ editors and journalists today are left-wing progressives and therefore share the deep progressive contempt for traditional white Christian America and its values – which they consider ignorant, bigoted, racist, patriarchal and anti-science,” said Kupelian, who serves as WND’s vice president and managing editor.

Breitbart editor Raheem Kassam tweeted out an image of the three aforementioned magazine covers, along with five others, earlier this week, writing, “Time to start questioning what is going on in the minds of these editors …”

His tweet has since gone viral.

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Alex Newman, an international journalist and educator, attempted to explain what is going on in the minds of these editors. In his view, they have sold out both their morals and their country for the sake of advancing a dark agenda. Continue reading “Time, Nat Geo Push ‘Astonishingly Perverse Covers’”

Politically Correct Child Abuse

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By Juliane K. Appling/ Wisconsin Family Council President

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http://wifamilycouncil.org/

Child abuse of any sort is wrong. The Bible tells us it is better that a millstone be hung about a person’s neck and he or she be cast into the sea than that a person offend a child.  So why do we tolerate and consider as politically correct a certain form of child abuse today?

I’m talking about parents who foster in their children the idea that their biological sex is wrong and worse, these parents sign off with medical personnel to start their kids on hormone treatments for gender dysphoria or gender confusion and even will permit irreversible surgeries to be done on their children.  I’m also talking about other adults in positions of authority or other influential positions with children—like teachers or counselors—who encourage them to question their biological sex and push them to live a lie and to deny reality.

First let’s rehearse some truths. God created male and female. That’s it.  It’s a binary system. That’s the biological reality. With very, very few exceptions, we all have either xx chromosomes, making us female, or xy chromosomes making us male.  Because of the Fall and the curse of sin falling on everything, chromosomal abnormalities do happen, but this is exceedingly rare,[i] as is ambiguity of the external reproductive organs.[ii]

The next truth: God is too wise and too kind to trap a man in a woman’s body or a woman in a man’s body. That sense or thought that someone may have is just that—a thought or a sense. It’s not physiological; it’s psychological.  Physiological changes won’t “fix” a psychological issue. Continue reading “Politically Correct Child Abuse”

How and Why the Senate Must Reform the Filibuster

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Tom McClintock has served as the U.S. Representative for California’s 4th congressional district since 2009. He received his B.A. from UCLA. He is a senior member of the House Natural Resources Committee, where he chairs the Subcommittee on Federal Lands, and serves on the House Budget Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, he served for 22 years in the California legislature and ran for governor in California’s recall election in 2003.

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The following is adapted from a speech delivered on January 11, 2017, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series.

The Senate prides itself as being the greatest deliberative body in the world. When Jefferson asked Washington why the Constitutional Convention created the Senate, Washington compared it to the hot tea Jefferson cooled in a saucer. “We pour legislation into the senatorial saucer to cool it.”

The Founders designed the two houses of Congress to have different perspectives and temperaments. The House, representing smaller constituencies and constantly up for re-election, would reflect the hot passions of popular will. This is a vital component of representative government, but more is required in making good decisions. The Founders knew, as Benjamin Franklin put it, that “Passion governs, and she never governs wisely.”  The Senate, with longer terms and generally larger constituencies, was designed to temper passions with reason, which requires deliberation. A lot of deliberation.

Central to ensuring this deliberation is the unfettered freedom of debate accorded in the Senate. While the House rations time parsimoniously, often to just a single hour of debate even on major legislation, the Senate insists on giving all its members the widest possible latitude to hold a question up to every light.

A popular aphorism in the House of Representatives is, “The other party is the opposition; the Senate is the enemy.”  As a member of the House myself, I find the Senate’s byzantine rules frustrating; but after all, frustrating House members is part of the Senate’s mission. Yes, the Senate is a pain, but where would we be without it?

On the other hand, deliberation is a means to an end, not an end in itself. It is a means to achieve wise and enlightened legislation with the consent of the people. And this is where the Senate is on the verge of dysfunction.

Over the last several congressional elections, and most conspicuously in the recent presidential election, the American people have sent a clear signal that they want a major change in public policy. It is the duty of Congress to respond. To do so, it needs to deliberate wisely and in good faith, with all sides participating and all voices heard. But then this deliberation must result in laws that accord with the people’s will.

Some in the new Congress have set a positive tone, but we have also heard reactionary elements vow to thwart the popular mandate. It is natural for the minority to use every available means to try to change the majority’s mind or temper its fervor, and our system offers it many ways to do so. But that’s different from obstruction, which is why these vows by some senators are as disturbing as they are credible.

They are credible because the modern Senate filibuster has become a tool for the minority to block any meaningful legislation from being enacted or even considered. Given its record of abuse in recent years—by both parties—the Senate needs to repair its rules regarding the filibuster if it is to have any hope of performing its constitutional duty. Continue reading “How and Why the Senate Must Reform the Filibuster”

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