A Florida school district delivered an “unsatisfactory” response to a legal team representing several Christian students who claimed they were bullied in class by a teacher because of their faith.
Among other things, the teacher repeatedly ordered students wearing cross necklaces to cover them up or take them off.
So lawyers with Liberty Counsel are giving the district another chance, this time in a letter with a specific list of instructions for officials at Hillsborough County Public Schools.
The influential legal organization warns it is willing to “take further action to prevent irreparable harm to the rights of our clients.”
WND reported last month Liberty Counsel officials said the teacher, Lora Jane Riedas, a member of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Leadership Institute, had gone overboard in her LGBT advocacy.
She featured 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.’”
Here are images of two necklaces the teacher banished:
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.
Source: LGBT teacher called out for ‘bullying’ students
TAMPA, Fla. —
Two men were shot to death in Tampa, Fla., allegedly by their teenage roommate, allegedly because the victims were neo-Nazi sympathizers, as was the gunman until his recent conversion to Islam, WFTS reports.
“It’s obviously very shocking. I’m concerned for my safety,” said a nearby resident, who asked to remain fully anonymous, not showing his face or giving his name.
He lives near the apartment where Tampa police found two men shot dead after a teen led them there, admitting he’d killed eh,.
“Things happen, but it’s the proximity to which I am to the event, as well as the details that have been slowly released,” the man said.
Police said Devon Arthurs first went to a smoke shop Friday afternoon, where he took out a gun and told the two people to get on the ground and that he had killed someone.
Police convinced him to let those people go and turn himself in.
According to the police report, he then confessed he’d shot 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneshuck at their apartment across the street from the sop. He told investigators the three shared a common neo-Nazi belief, until he converted to Islam.
Source: Police: Neo-Nazi converts to Islam, kills roommates who don’t approve | abc7chicago.com
The complaint of a single resident of a planned community of hundreds of homes in California prompted the homeowners association board to banish four Christian groups that had been meeting in a common building, some for nearly a decade.But board members Karyl Ralles, Tom Burch, Jim Griffin, Kay Marks and Steve Steiber now face the possibility of a huge liability for what Christian group members describe as a violation of their civil rights.A judge in a California court has refused to dismiss claims for punitive damages against the board members.The Pacific Justice Institute, representing Christians who live in the Solera at Kern Canyon community in Bakersfield, California, said Thursday a judge in Kern County Superior Court has denied four motions on behalf of the association, its board of directors and its general manager to strike a request for punitive damages.“The court observed that the allegations, if proved, would be akin to racism and other forms of civil rights violations justifying punitive damages,” PJI said.
Source: Judge: Homeowners’ board may owe Christians punitive damages
As more and more details emerge concerning Friday’s Ramadan attack on a busload of Christians on pilgrimage, the more it becomes evident that these 29 martyrs died solely because they were Christians.
Survivors of the attack said that the ten masked Islamic State militants did not merely open fire on the bus full of Christian pilgrims on their way to the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confesor, but that the victims were made to descend from the bus and asked one by one whether they were Christians before being shot by the assailants.
According to one of the chaplains of the group, Father Rashed, as each pilgrim came off the bus they were asked to renounce their Christian faith and profess belief in Islam, but all of them—even the children—refused. Each was killed in cold blood with a gunshot to the head or the throat.
Source: Egyptian Christians Killed for Refusing to Renounce Their Faith in Jesus
(AP) — Iris Azulai’s 17-year-old daughter, Carmel, recently attended a large concert in Tel Aviv of the Argentine singer Lali. Given Israel’s history, the fear of terrorism is always lurking, particularly at mass events, but regardless, she would not have prevented her daughter from going.
Source: Parents Fearful to Allow Children Out as Islamist Terror Sweeps Europe
Truth Bombs: Christians are the most persecuted people in History but most people just don’t care anymore. One day Isis will run into the wrong Christians.
Luke 22:36 (KJV)
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
This verse does NOT teach that we live by the sword, that is to say war as a lifestyle, but that we do stand for justice, we help the helpless, and protect the weak.
Article: A team of gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians traveling just south of Cairo Friday, killing at least 26 people, including children, and wounding 25 other people, Egyptian officials confirmed.
Source: Egypt attack: Gunfire on bus carrying Coptic Christians kills at least 26 | Fox News
TRUTH BOMBS: Wow, I am shocked [SARCASM]. You mean to tell me that muslims are following the sayings of it founder? Really? What a surprise [SARCASM]
At least 22 people have died and more than 100 injured after what Theresa May described as an “appalling terror attack” at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande pop concert. Here are the latest updates:
• At least 22 people killed and more than 100 injured, including 12 children
• Suicide bomber had IED around his waist
• Police say male, lone attacker is responsible • Isis has claimed responsibility
• A 23-year-old man has been arrested
Source: Breaking News: ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Manchester concert attack
I received this email yesterday. The subject line, as you could guess, was “Compassion”:Matt, you call yourself a Christian but you have no compassion. The Jesus I believe in just wants people to be compassionate towards each other. We are not told to be judgmental to others because of who they love or what lifestyle they choose to have or what gender they identify as. Who are you to say what is wrong or right? We shouldn’t be focused on talking about “sin” or telling other people that they might be going to Hell. You have no right to say what a “sin” is. Our job is to be compassionate to all! Compassionate isn’t when you’re judging or telling other people about their sins. I pray that you realize the error of your ways.This is a good example of the bland salad of empty feeling and meaningless sentiment that often passes for “Christianity” in this country. You’ll notice that the adherents to this false version of the faith — and they certainly outnumber Christ’s true disciples by a large margin in our culture — have kidnapped, tortured, and destroyed many words that were previously very useful to Christians. A word like “judge,” for instance, has been so often misapplied and misconstrued by the Sentimental Christians that the rest of us almost have to leave off using it.
Source: Matt Walsh: Dear Christians, there’s nothing ‘compassionate’ about helping people get to Hell – TheBlaze
In his new Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves The World, “Science Guy” Bill Nye presents a cartoon in which talking ice cream cones teach viewers about the many different “flavors of sexuality.”
“We are enlightened and forward-thinking, but not everyone sees it this way,” Nye says. “But there are lots of flavors to sexuality.”
In the cartoon, the vanilla ice cream cone is mocked as a representation of heterosexual, monogamous sex. The vanilla cone is presented as a Christian conversion therapist trying to convince the other ice cream cones that monogamous sex is natural, and will help them “get right with the big ice cream in the sky.”
Source: Bill Nye Uses Ice Cream Cartoon to Teach About ‘Flavors of Sexuality’
College-aged millennials today are far more likely than the general population to be religiously unaffiliated. This is true when they are compared to previous generations as well.
In fact, the Pew Research Center documents that millennials are the least outwardly religious American generation, where “one in four are unaffiliated with any religion, far more than the share of older adults when they were ages 18 to 29.”
Just over 60 percent of millennials say that Christianity is “judgmental,” and 64 percent say that “anti-gay” best describes most churches today.
In ministry circles, it has long been reported that of youth raised in homes that were to some degree “Christian,” roughly three-quarters will jettison that faith after high school. Just under half of this number will return to some level of church involvement in their late 20s or early 30s.
It has long been recognized that experience with an earthly father deeply informs the perspective about the heavenly father. In “How the West Really Lost God,” sociologist Mary Eberstadt correctly asserts, “The fortunes of religion rise or fall with the state of the family.”
Why is this? Our most recent research, which includes dozens of interviews with teens, twentysomethings, professed ex-Christians, and religion and culture experts, points to factors like these:
Source: Ten reasons millennials are backing away from God and Christianity | Fox News