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Christian campaigning group VfJUK calls for investigation of Scottish child abuse ring, and immediate release of campaigner, Robert Green

April 14th, 2014 Jill Posted in Injustice Comments Off

From Voice for Justice UK

On February 12, 2014, child rights’ campaigner, Robert Green, was arrested by Grampian Police at his home in Warrington and taken to Scotland. He is currently held at Her Majesty’s Prison Perth. He was not informed of any charge till five days after arrest, when it was alleged he had broken a non-harassment order.

Grampian Police do not have jurisdiction in Warrington, but some years ago Robert Green had taken up the case of Hollie Greig, a Down’s Syndrome sufferer who made allegations of serious and repeated sexual abuse while a child living in Aberdeen. As chief perpetrators, Hollie named her father and brother, but she alleged the involvement of a far wider ring, including a senior police officer, a judge, and a range of highly influential and prominent Scottish professionals. She went on to name seven other children who, she said, had also been subjected to ritual abuse at hands of the same ring.

Despite medical evidence at the time confirming Hollie had suffered sexual interference, treatment for venereal disease at the age of 9, and the reports of two independent clinical psychologists stating that Hollie had been sexually abused, the Grampian police dismissed her as a fantasist. It is reported that they interviewed only two of the named 22 suspects, and refused to interview any of the named victims. Not only that, but legal steps were taken to suppress all mention of the case in the media. Hollie was subsequently awarded £13,500 compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for sexual abuse.

Robert Green demanded an investigation, calling for justice for Hollie. He has already suffered imprisonment for this, but at the time of his current arrest had not been in Aberdeen for over a year. Since arrest he has been diagnosed with a serious heart condition and has now been imprisoned without trial for 60 days.

In recent months the country has been left reeling by the sex abuse scandals surrounding Jimmy Savile and Liberal MP Cyril Smith. VfJUK does not know whether Hollie Greig’s allegations are true or not, but previous failures by the police to investigate have resulted in major injustice for victims.

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Family courts: Six months in prison for a woman who was careful to do the ‘right’ thing

April 2nd, 2014 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Injustice Comments Off

By Christopher Booker, Telegraph

The latest instalment of a curious story speaks volumes about the murky workings of Britain's child-care system

Two years ago, I reported the curious case of a mother threatened with prison because social workers discovered that her 17-year-old son had been chatting on Facebook with his younger teenage sisters. The sisters were very unhappily in foster care, not for anything done to them at home, but for their own safety, because they had been physically threatened by a gang on the estate where they lived. Even though the mother had not broken an order forbidding her to contact them herself, Judge Rundell refused to accept that she had not encouraged her son to do so. He gave her a six-month suspended prison sentence; also, astonishingly, banning her from entering the entire county where her daughters are kept.

The girls recently published on Facebook that the younger one had been sexually abused by an adult. When her complaints about this were not heeded, her sister was bullied by other inmates of the home for standing up for her (a video shows her being dragged against barbed wire, leaving horrible marks on her back). The girls became so desperate that they ran away, to the flat where their brother now lives.

When he rang to tell his mother what had happened, she immediately rang the police, who agreed to inform the social workers. But next day, imagining the girls had left, she went to her son’s flat, to find the police and social workers only just arriving. Her daughters were crying that they didn’t want to be taken back. The son recorded the police telling her to go in to “give them a cuddle”. The social workers were recorded telling her that, if she left, “no further action will be taken”, which she did. Yet next day she was told she would be summoned for breaking the court order.

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Law and ordure

January 29th, 2013 Jill Posted in Injustice, Islam, Political Correctness Comments Off

Judge Michael StokesBy Alexander Boot

Having admitted at his trial to the rape of a 13-year-old girl, Adil Rashid, 18, was facing four to seven years in prison.

Yet Judge Michael Stokes suspended the sentence, for reasons that make one doubt not just his sanity but also that of our whole society. In fact, this case could provide a valuable diagnostic tool in any psychiatric examination. However, lacking medical qualifications, I’ll have to approach the stated reasons behind such lenience from other angles.

Reason One: Since Rashid had gone to an Islamic faith school, he didn’t know that having sex with female children was wrong.

Now, Rashid was born, bred and educated in Birmingham, not in Dar-es-Salaam. Even if his environment could indeed ‘be described as a closed community’, as his defence attorney claimed, surely he must have ventured outside his school enough times to make such ignorance unlikely?

But even assuming for the sake of argument that he was indeed unaware of the difference between a child and a woman, or between a woman and a lollipop, as his lawyer also suggested, since when is that an extenuating circumstance? Certainly not since the Roman jurists first enunciated in no uncertain terms that ignorantia juris non excusat (ignorance of the law is no excuse).

Had Judge Stokes sent Rashid down for the full seven years, he would have therefore asserted a legal principle that operates in the law of every civilised country. More important, he would have sent an important message ‘to encourage the others’, in Voltaire’s phrase.

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Pro-life activist beaten, arrested, and accused of bomb plot by police while handing out pro-life flyers at local town fair

August 25th, 2011 Jill Posted in Injustice, pro-life/abortion Comments Off

Peter D'Attilio's "crime" was passing out these 2-inch wide pro-life bookmark flyers.From Mass Resistance

The open hostility and even vitriol by police against pro-family and pro-life citizens in the public square has reached a frightening new level. We're now seeing pro-life activists innocently passing out flyers considered to be dangerous terrorists by police departments.
 
On August 11, Peter D'Attilio was merely handing out 2-inch-wide pro-life bookmark flyers at a local fair in Franklin, Massachusetts when he was arrested, handcuffed, and beaten by police while his hands were cuffed behind his back.
 
The police then accused him of conspiring to plant bombs at the event, telling him that pro-life people "are known for that kind of thing." They ransacked his truck with "bomb-sniffing dogs" while he was being held in a cell at the police station. He was charged with resisting arrest and disturbing the peace and now faces 2½ years in jail and hundreds of dollars in fines. He strongly denies all of the charges.
 
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Amoral judges, shameless celebrities and a Britain that’s coming close to a police state

April 21st, 2011 Jill Posted in Injustice, justice Comments Off

by Stephen Glover, Mailonline

Every day brings a new lunatic ruling on privacy which curtails not only the media’s right to report the misbehaviour of public figures but also the right of ordinary people even to talk about it.

The more the Press complains, the more judges seem to relish pushing out the boundaries of what can be kept secret in Britain.

On Tuesday the Court of Appeal upheld the right to anonymity of a well-known married figure in the entertainment industry who had enjoyed an extramarital affair with a colleague.

The judgment not only prevented the media from reporting the matter. It also implied a restriction on the right of his workmates to talk about it as they stand by the proverbial coffee machine.

Yesterday another judge issued a landmark reporting ban in favour of a married household figure trying to hush up a secret.

Mr Justice Eady, who has been at the forefront of developing a judge-made privacy law, issued a virtually unprecedented ‘contra mundum’ injunction prohibiting until the end of time the publication of photographs — which we may assume are highly discreditable — of the household figure with a woman who certainly wasn’t the man’s wife or partner. I may have infringed the order even by saying that.

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Church must ’speak out against sexual violence’ in Africa

March 23rd, 2011 Jill Posted in Injustice Comments Off

By Riazat Butt, Guardian

Churches can "no longer remain silent on the issue of sexual violence", according to a Christian NGO, which said religious institutions were failing the communities they were meant to serve by not speaking out against the assault and rape of children.
 
Tearfund, a UK-based Christian relief and development agency, commissioned research on the current and potential role of the church to tackle sexual violence in Rwanda, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It said the results were a "shocking indictment of the widespread lack of a church-based response".
 
In Silent No More, a report launched at a conference on Monday at Lambeth Palace in London with the support of the archbishops of Canterbury, Burundi and DRC, Tearfund said: "The research showed there have been various responses from the church. In many cases the church has remained silent, where the church has spoken out, it has often led to increased stigma towards survivors.
 
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Trafficking Directive – Time to Act

January 21st, 2011 Jill Posted in Injustice, Petitions Comments Off

From CARE

The final text of the European Union Trafficking Directive is likely to be adopted by the EU in the next few weeks. Once this takes place, the UK Government will have the opportunity to rethink their original decision and choose to opt-in. Now is the time to contact your MP, asking them to urge the Prime Minister to opt-in to this vital piece of legislation.

Go to CARE's website here for more information.

Please also consider signing the 38 Degrees petition here.

Prayer: Please pray that the PM and Home Office ministers would recognise the need for stronger action on trafficking and would decide to opt-in to the Directive.

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The state imposition of Satan worship

January 20th, 2011 Jill Posted in Injustice, Intolerance, Religious Liberty Comments Off

From Cranmer

[...]  But in the popular narrative discourse surrounding religion, ‘bigotry’ has become synonymous with contrariety: mere dissension is equivalent to a ‘closed mind’; to question religious doctrine connotes sectarianism; the ‘bigot’ has become the one with whom we simply disagree.

Which brings His Grace back to the the judgment in the case of Peter and Hazelmary Bull.

The speech being made today by Baroness Warsi would not be made by any Anglican on the Conservative benches. To talk of the marginalisation of Christianity and the diminution of Christian liberties would have the secularists and humanists foaming at the mouth.

But as His Grace has considered this judgment, he wishes his readers and communicants to consider that Labour’s Equality Act 2007 amounts to the provision for the state imposition of Satanism under your own roof.

The judgment in favour of Martin Hall and Steven Preddy was correct and fair in the sense that Mr and Mrs Bull appeared not to make their policy on the sanctity of the marital bed clear at the time of booking: if you journey hundreds of miles for a holiday, only to discover on arrival a restrictive regulation about which you had not previously been informed, then compensation is indeed due.

But the judge went further: he ‘clarified’ the definition of marriage beyond that decreed by Parliament in the Church of England’s liturgy; and he imposed a severe limitation in the right of a homeowner to determine what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in one’s own home, where that home also constitutes a business.

Mr and Mrs Bull did not refuse Mr Hall and Mr Preddy a room on the basis of their homosexuality: indeed, a twin room would have been offered had one been available. This would have provided them with accommodation to enjoy their holiday. As the Judge observed: ‘Putting it bluntly the hotel policy allows them so to do albeit in the confines of a smaller bed.’

Much has been written about the potential implications of this case (eg here, here, here and here).

The rights of homosexuals, it appears, trump the rights of Christians.

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Roman Polanski’s get out of jail free card

July 23rd, 2010 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Injustice Comments Off

By Jeremy Prichard, MercatorNet

Survivors of child sexual assault internationally may feel unsettled by the treatment of Roman Polanski, who was released from house arrest in Switzerland last week. It is the attitudes of celebrities on both sides of the Atlantic, more so than the decision of the Swiss authorities, which have sent messages that are out of step with both modern perspectives of sexual crimes and jurisprudence.

For instance, apparently some months ago Woody Allen publicly advocated for lenience towards Polanski on the bases that “It happened many years ago. He has suffered. He's an artist, he's a nice person.” Many others, including Allen, Terry Gilliam, Martin Scorcese and Pedro Almodovar, signed a petition containing a different complaint, which related to the circumstances surrounding Polanski’s apprehension last year as he travelled to a film festival. Among other things, the petition argued that there was a “tradition” for filmmakers to travel “freely and safely” to what amounts to an “international cultural event”.

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Gao Zhisheng’s Life in Danger – Please Help Now!

June 16th, 2010 Jill Posted in Injustice, Petitions, Politics, Religious Liberty Comments Off

From China Aid

Supporters around the world were shocked on March 27, 2010, when Gao Zhisheng spoke with his family for the first time since he was abducted on February 4 last year. Media buzzed with news of his reappearance, as Gao Zhisheng connected with friends, family, reporters and colleagues. But even this brief reprieve from silence was not free.

"Gao was being held under tight security during the time he spoke with his family," says President of ChinaAid Bob Fu. "When I spoke with him on the phone in March, he was being closely monitored, not at liberty to give details about his location or condition."

 

On April 15 and 16, Gao Zhisheng visited his in-laws in Xinjiang, telling them he would be flying home to Beijing at 10 AM on April 20. Gao never arrived home at his apartment, and has not been seen or heard from in more than 8 weeks. See the media reports on Gao Zhisheng's forced "Re-Disappearance."

 

Now that he has disappeared again, it is clear that Gao's life is in danger as long as he is in the custody of the Chinese government. During this complex and difficult time, efforts are already in progress to push for Gao's release from China and for a safe reunion with his family in the United States.

 

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St. James Church Petitions California Supreme Court to Protect Its Constitutional Right to Defend Its Property in Court

May 5th, 2010 Jill Posted in Injustice, TEC Comments Off

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – May 4, 2010 – St. James Anglican Church today filed a petition in the California Supreme Court seeking to protect a constitutional right that Americans take for granted – the right, as a defendant, to defend itself in a court of law without being deprived of the opportunity to call witnesses, present evidence or have a trial.

But that is exactly what a March opinion by two justices of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Third Division, has done, by interpreting a prior California Supreme Court decision called Episcopal Church Cases as having finally resolved the property dispute between the Episcopal Church and St. James in favor of the Episcopal Church, thus depriving St. James of any opportunity to defend its property with evidence in the Orange County Superior Court.

Calling the majority’s opinion “revolutionary,” “unprecedented” and “without any basis in law,” in a stinging dissent Court of Appeal Justice Fybel said that this was “the only case in the history of California where entry of judgment has been ordered upon overruling a demurrer and denial of an anti-SLAPP motion.” In the opinion, both the Court of Appeal majority and Justice Fybel urged the California Supreme Court to step in and clarify what it meant in its 2009 decision entitled, Episcopal Church Cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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The NY Times and the facts of the Kiesle case

April 21st, 2010 Jill Posted in Injustice, Pope Benedict Comments Off

From MercartorNet

Law professor John Coverdale wrote this letter to the New York Times. It has not been published.

"Like many other people, I have felt in recent weeks that some news outlets have unfairly targeted Pope Benedict XVI in connection with sexual abuse by priests.

In part this is a question of emphasis, with daily coverage of what may or may not have been minor mistakes in judgment decades ago and almost no attention to the major efforts Pope Benedict has made to remedy what is undeniably a horrible situation.

With some frequency, however, I have observed what strikes me as deliberate distortion of the facts in order to put Pope Benedict in a bad light. I would like to call your attention to what seems to me a clear example of this sort of partisan journalism: Laurie Goodstein and Michael Luo’s article “Pope Put Off Move to Punish Abusive Priest” published on the front page of the New York Times on April 10, 2010. The story is so wrong that it is hard to believe it is not animated by the anti-Catholic animus that the New York Times and other media outlets deny harboring.  Read here

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Archbishop Nichols takes legal advice over newspaper’s allegation

April 15th, 2010 Jill Posted in Injustice, Roman Catholicism Comments Off

By Mark Greaves, Catholic Herald

(Clip)  Mr Steel said: "The person who has been most responsible for trying to sort out [clergy sex abuse] is our present Holy Father. Why aren't they trying to support him rather than look for a smoking gun that isn't there?"

Brendan O'Neill, the humanist editor of Spiked Online, described the campaign against the Pope as "a secular Inquisition". He said it had acquired "a powerfully pathological, obsessive" character in which "scaremongering supersedes facts".

Fr Timothy Radcliffe, a Dominican theologian, said the reporting of the abuse scandal had been "unjust".

He said: "Of course we need the scrutiny of the media. They have been necessary to make us face this terrible failure. But often facts are misreported, innuendo is used to undermine innocent people's reputation, as with the case of Archbishop Nichols and the Pope, in ways that are simply unjust. The media rightly demand that the Church be accountable for its failures, but the media, too, must by accountable for the way that they can undermine the very people who are doing everything possible to confront this scandal."

James Bogle, chairman of the Catholic Union of Great Britain, said the attempt to draw Pope Benedict into the abuse scandal was "irresponsible journalism".

He described recent attacks on the Pope in the Times, notably by columnist India Knight, as "sick-making".  Read here

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Judge Gives Miller 30 Days to Transfer Daughter to Former Lesbian Lover or Face Arrest

January 30th, 2010 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Injustice Comments Off

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSite News

Ex-Lesbian Lisa Miller has been given 30 days to transfer custody of her daughter to her former lesbian partner, or possibly face criminal penalties.

Although Vermont Judge Richard Cohen has so far refused to issue an arrest warrant for Miller, he has set a deadline of February 23rd for the transfer to take place.

If Miller does not appear during that time, Cohen said on January 22, "I will consider all possible sanctions under the law," according to the local Rutland Herald.

Such sanctions could include arrest and imprisonment for up to five years, a punishment that has been repeatedly requested by Miller's former partner, Janet Jenkins.

Miller disappeared following a December order by Cohen to turn her daughter Isabella over to Jenkins on January 1. 

Miller gave birth to Isabella through artificial insemination while in a civil union with Jenkins in 2003. Her daughter has no biological relationship with Jenkins.

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Free Speech and Common Sense Wins In England

November 14th, 2009 Jill Posted in Freedom Of Speech, Injustice, Religious Liberty Comments Off

By Randy Thomas, Exodus

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Last spring I visited a London to go to a conference held by True Freedom Trust which has a similar ministry as Exodus.  I went simply to listen, learn and fellowship.  I did not ask any political questions but one day at lunch I was shocked at the number of people sharing how they had been persecuted at work and in general for their own testimonies.
 
They weren’t the stereotypical bible thumpers by any stretch of the imagination and yet some , when asked by others for their opinion, these humble folk were run off from their job or put on probation/suspension (in their work setting) for holding to a biblical view of sexuality.  One man deleted his blog, which was anonymous to begin with, out of fear that the government might harass him and he would lose his job.
 
It wasn’t just about a Christian who had never had a gay thought in their lives talking with a gay person at work.  These were same sex attracted Christians (in the past or current) talking about their own views for their own lives and biblical sexuality in general.
 
It would be good to emphasize that freedom of speech also has great responsibility.  For Christians it is a very high responsbility because the scriptures are very clear that every word we speak matters to God.
 
Given the hard line dogmatic approach of some gay or pro-gay politicians/activists, it is important to speak out of honesty, integrity, clearly and directly.  Informed by truth, contextualized by grace and empowered by love for those who have no interest in loving you back.   While this is a “win” for this public policy battle, remember, we aren’t called to “win.” We are called to be faithful.
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New hate crimes law is a mistake

November 4th, 2009 Jill Posted in Injustice, Politics Comments Off

By Star Parker [right]  OneNewsNow

President Barack Obama has signed into law the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Actually, he signed into law the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act tacked onto which was the hate crimes legislation.

Sen. Harry Reid, our brave Democratic majority leader, slipped the hate crimes bill into the defense authorization bill to avoid having to have our senators consider the controversial hate crimes bill on its own.

It’s for good reason that our Democratic legislators wanted to hide under a rock while passing this terrible piece of legislation. It may help them with the far left-wing of their party. But weakening and damaging our country is not something to be proud of. And that is exactly what this new hate crime law does.

The bill adds extra penalties to violent crimes when they are deemed motivated by gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. It’s the first major expansion of hate crimes legislation originally passed in 1968, targeted then to crimes aimed at race, color, religion, and national origin.

After signing this new law, Obama celebrated it by saying that in this nation we should "embrace our differences."

But law isn’t about embracing our differences. It is about providing equal and non-arbitrary protection to all citizens.

Equal protection for every individual American under the law is what the 14th Amendment to our Constitution, passed after the Civil War, guarantees. That this nation takes this guarantee seriously — that there are no classes of individuals treated differently under the law — has been a justifiable obsession of blacks.

A society in which all life is not valued the same, where murder of one citizen is not the same as the murder of another citizen, is a horror that black Americans have known too well. [emphasis added]

So it is a particular irony that this major expansion of the politicization of our law has been signed by our first black president.

What could it possibly mean that the penalty for the same act of violence — for murder — may be different depending on what might be deemed to be the motivation?

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More Abortion Killings

September 15th, 2009 Jill Posted in Injustice, pro-life/abortion Comments Off

By Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

Yet another abortion-related murder. The controversial issue of abortion has resulted in more killing. And as usual the media is having a feeding frenzy on this story. All over the world the news of this latest shooting is being reported.

The above story is true, except for a few items. Yes, there was a shooting, but not as you might expect. Over the years a handful of abortionists have been killed for various reasons. The mainstream pro-life movement has always roundly condemned the use of violence in stopping abortion.

But this shooting was different. This time a pro-lifer was shot dead. And one other item needs to be mentioned. Unlike the shooting deaths of abortionists, wherein the mainstream media goes ballistic and runs the story for days, calling on authorities to make pro-life activism illegal, this story has hardly been touched upon in the MSM (mainstream media).

Indeed, not only is it almost impossible to find any coverage of this story in the international media, but where it occurred – in the US – there is also frightening silence. Because this is a pro-lifer who has been shot, the MSM has basically decided that this is not a news-worthy item to carry.

So it is largely the alternative media that has been running with the story. Thus I too will write this up, to allow some more public exposure to this important news item. The details are as follows: Michigan man Jim Pouillon was outside of a High School where he was shot three times and died on September 11.

As one press report puts it, “Locals say that the victim, James Pouillon of Owosso, was well-known in the area for his pro-life activities. Columnist Doug Powers wrote on his blog that Pouillon, called ‘the abortion sign guy’ by Owosso locals, was known for standing on street corners holding up signs with pictures of aborted children.

“Pastor Matt Trehella of Missionaries to the Preborn said today that Pouillon had joined his organization for a few stops of a pro-life tour less than a month ago. ‘Jim was a selfless, soft-spoken, kind-hearted man. All who knew him, knew this,’ he said. ‘Please pray for Jim’s family.’ Trehella said that Pouillon was an elderly man who needed constant use of an oxygen machine.”

At this point it is not clear what the motivation of the shooting was. So we cannot say for sure if this was related directly to the abortion issue. Of course when a pro-abortionist is shot, the media is all over the story, even before it is clear who did the killing and why.
 

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Orissa: Thousands still homeless one year on

August 29th, 2009 Diana Posted in Injustice, News, suffering church Comments Off

by Michelle A Vu, Christian Post

A year after the worst anti-Christian violence in India’s democratic history, more than 4,000 Christians are reportedly still stuck in squalid refugee camps, too scared to return to their villages.

If they return to their homes, these Christians risk death or forcible conversion to Hinduism by extremists, reported persecution watchdog Open Doors.

The government, even after one year, has failed to establish security in the northeastern state where last fall at least 120 people were murdered, 250 churches, destroyed and over 50,000 individuals, displaced.

Moreover, out of the more than 750 cases filed by Christians against Hindu attackers, only six people have been convicted in two cases.

“The situation is still bleak for Christians in Orissa,” said Open Doors USA President/CEO Carl Moeller in a statement Thursday, ahead of the one year anniversary this Sunday. “Many of our brothers and sisters remain homeless. The area simmers with tension and fear that major violence could resume at any time. Christians are still being persecuted. They need your prayers.”

On August 23, 2008, Hindu extremists began attacking Christians in Orissa after the murder of Hindu fundamentalist leader Laxmananda Saraswati. Maoist rebels later publicly claimed responsibility for the assassination, but the militants adamantly accused Christians of the murder. Indian church leaders have claimed that the mobs were just using the murder as an excuse to attack the minority Christian population.

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Judge rules in favor of LACC student defending traditional marriage

July 31st, 2009 Jill Posted in Injustice, Intolerance, Religious Liberty Comments Off

From Examiner.com (Hat Tip: IMaPP)

A California court has ruled in favor of a Los Angeles Community College student who said he was called a "fascist bastard" by his teacher for defending traditional marriage.

The court also ordered LACC to strike from its website a sexual harassment policy that censors speech deemed "offensive" to homosexual people.

Saying it violates students’ free speech rights, a federal judge has barred the Los Angeles Community College District from enforcing a sexual harassment policy that bans "offensive" remarks in and out of the classroom, the Los Angeles Times reports.

U.S. District Judge George H. King granted a preliminary injunction against pressing the policy at the request of Jonathan Lopez, an L.A. City College student who in February filed a suit accusing a professor of censoring his classroom speech about his religious beliefs, including opposition to gay marriage.

Lopez said his professor called him a “fascist bastard” and refused to let him finish his speech against same-sex marriage during a public speaking class last November, weeks after California voters approved the ban on such unions.

When Lopez tried to find out his mark for the speech, the professor, John Matteson, allegedly told him to “ask God what your grade is,” the suit says.

Lopez also said the teacher threatened to have him expelled when he complained to higher-ups.

The district disciplined the professor, John Matteson, and Lopez received an A in the course. His suit sought financial damages and a ban on enforcing the sexual harassment code, according to the LA Times.

King said the policy’s use of "subjective" terms such as "hostile" and "offensive" discouraged students from exercising their 1st Amendment rights.

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‘Hate crimes’ bill is full of swill

May 7th, 2009 Jill Posted in Freedom Of Speech, Injustice Comments Off

By Matt Barber, OneNewsNow

Senate sponsors and liberal activist proponents of the federal "hate crimes" bill, S. 909, have been caught in a series of bald-faced lies. So confident am I of this, that if they can prove me wrong (for real I mean – you know, with evidence and such) I’ll join their little soirée, don a very large pink evening gown and publicly voice support for the legislation.
 
To the express exclusion of other identifiable groups – including veterans, the elderly and the homeless – S. 909, in its current form, would grant special federal resources and preferred minority status to pedophiles, homosexuals, cross-dressers and – as Democratic sponsor Alcee Hastings recently admitted on the House floor – a host of other APA recognized "sexual orientations" (i.e., deviant sexual fetishes and perversions).

Not only is this legislation constitutionally dubious on First Amendment grounds, and a prima facie violation of Fourteenth Amendment required "equal protection of the laws;" it also flies in the face of the Tenth Amendment, which explicitly limits the federal government’s authority in such matters to those powers delegated by the U.S. Constitution.
 
Here’s how they’re doing it:
 
In order for the feds to usurp the States’ police power, liberals in Congress have had to openly place, within the very language of the bill, a series of transparent lies. To get around that pesky old Constitution and accomplish this brash federal power grab, they’ve been forced to misuse and abuse the Commerce Clause.
 
In a feeble attempt to constitutionally justify federal interference with local law enforcement, S. 909’s sponsors have made – within the bill’s "Findings" section – several outlandish and unsustainable claims relative to "interstate commerce." So outlandish are these claims, in fact, that the same language was intentionally withdrawn from the House version before it was passed and referred to the Senate.
 
But since the bill’s Senate sponsors recognize that failure to include these fantasy "findings" immediately renders the legislation unconstitutional, the interstate commerce language has quickly and quietly found its way home.
 
First, while addressing "hate crimes" allegedly motivated by so-called "sexual orientation" bias, the bill asserts that existing law is "inadequate to address this problem." This is patently untrue.

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