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Holy war: Louisiana students fight Christian indoctrination at public high school

Baptist pastor and an evangelical Christian high school principal are fighting the ACLU and students over a pattern of intense Christian indoctrination at Airline High School, a public school in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.

According to Slate, Pastor Mike Welch of Bistineau Baptist Church and Airline principal Jason Rowland are angrily retrenching after the ACLU served them notice on Sep. 24, ordering the school to stop aggressively proselytizing students.

At Airline High, students are regularly force-fed Christian ideology. They’re taught Creationism as science and in health classes, teachers drill students in Bible verses. Girls’ gym classes warn against the evils of contraception and a Christian speaker and self-proclaimed “born-again Virgin” was brought in from the local “crisis pregnancy center” to lecture female students about the dangers of sex out of wedlock.

Students and their families have complained that wall-to-wall Christian dogma should not be the cost they pay for receiving a public education. The ACLU sent a letter to the Bossier Parish school board warning that the school’s religious indoctrination plan is in conflict with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which forbids the establishment of an official religion by government officials.

More at http://www.rawstory.com/2015/11/holy-war-louisiana-students-fight-christian-indoctrination-at-public-high-school/comments/#disqus and plenty of good comments.

Legal fees in Alabama's landmark gay marriage case excessive, state says (AL Whine!)

The Mobile attorneys who successfully litigated Alabama's landmark gay marriage decision are asking for an excessive amount of legal fees and costs related to the case, according to the state.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in an Oct. 21 filing in the U.S. District Court of Mobile that the nearly $200,000 in reimbursable costs claimed by the two attorneys is "excessive in light of the work performed and the results achieved."

"The fee they claim is entirely excessive and should be cut dramatically," the filing states.

Instead, Mobile attorneys Christine Hernandez and David Kennedy – who sought a $275 hourly rate – should be reimbursed about $50,000, according to the filing. The state's figure factors in a $150 hourly fee that it claims is more "reasonable" for lesser experienced attorneys working in a smaller practice.

http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2015/11/landmark_gay_marriage_legal_fe.html

Talk about sour grapes.
Posted by Photographer | Tue Nov 3, 2015, 05:17 PM (4 replies)

4 Dead After Colorado’s Open Carry Law Delays Police Response to Shooting

On Saturday, Christian extremist Noah Harpham shot three people to death in Colorado Springs, Colorado before police were ultimately able to take him down. There were no “good guys with guns” around, depriving potential victims of the NRA’s fabled saviors, a recovering alcoholic with violent tendencies. Until police arrived, there was only the shooter and his potential victims… But could the police have arrived a little sooner? According to Mother Jones, the answer is yes.

Pointing to an excerpt from the Denver Post, Mark Follman notes that “police may have had a chance to intervene before the slaughter began—but that a police dispatcher may have reacted without urgency to a 911 call about Harpham because of Colorado’s open carry law.” The Post notes that Naomi Bettis called 911 when she saw Harpham, whom she recognized as her neighbor, wandering around with a rifle and a “distraught look on his face.” However, her report was not taken very seriously by the dispatcher because of Colorado’s open carry laws:

Witnesses watched in horror as Harpham picked his victims off. One of them, the bicyclist, pleaded for his life before being killed.

more at http://www.occupydemocrats.com/4-dead-after-colorados-open-carry-law-delays-police-response-to-shooting/
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