Amid lawsuit, school OKs same-sex prom dates, student club

AP

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo school district says LGBT students will be allowed to bring same-sex dates to prom and form a club at a high school that was accused of discrimination.

Superintendent Kriner Cash and Board President Barbara Seals-Nevergold announced the decision Friday, two days after the New York Civil Liberties Union helped a student file a federal lawsuit claiming unequal treatment.

Student Byshop Elliot says administrators repeatedly thwarted efforts to form a Gay Straight Alliance at McKinley High School, where he’s a junior, and prevented same-sex couples from buying couples prom tickets.

The superintendent and school board say it’s district policy to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students are included and accepted throughout the district.

NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman called the district’s response a welcome first step.

Christian Company Does Not Have to Make Gay Pride T-Shirts, Kentucky Appeals Court Rules

Michael Gryboski
The Christian Post

Kentucky-based Christian business does not have to make T-shirts for a gay pride event, declared a three judge panel of the state’s court of appeals.

A three judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Friday that Hands On Originals could not be forced to make T-shirts for an event its owner was morally opposed to on religious grounds.

The panel upheld an earlier decision from the Fayette Circuit Court in favor of HOO and against an LGBT group and the Lexington Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission.

“Nothing in the fairness ordinance prohibits HOO, a private business, from engaging in viewpoint or message censorship,” read the panel’s decision.

“Thus, although the menu of services HOO provides to the public is accordingly limited, and censors certain points of view, it is the same limited menu HOO offers to every customer and is not, therefore, prohibited by the fairness ordinance.”

In his dissent, Judge Jeff Taylor concluded that HOO had indeed violated the local ordinance and thus engaged in unlawful discrimination against homosexuals by refusing to print the shirts.

“The facts in this case clearly establish that HOO’s conduct, the refusal to print the t-shirts, was based upon gays and lesbians promoting a gay pride festival in Lexington, which violated the Fairness Ordinance,” argued Taylor.

“Finally, it is important to note that the speech that HOO sought to censor was not obscene or defamatory. There was nothing obnoxious, inflammatory, false, or even pornographic that GLSO wanted to place on their t-shirts which would justify restricting their speech under the First Amendment.”

In 2012, Gay and Lesbian Services Organization asked Hands On Originals to make t-shirts for their gay pride event in Lexington.

The company refused to do the order, citing their religious objections to homosexuality and the concern that by making the shirts they were in effect endorsing the event.

Hands On Originals was sued and in 2014 found guilty of discrimination by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission.

In April 2015, Fayette Circuit Court Judge James D. Ishmael Jr. overturned the Human Rights Commission’s ruling, arguing that Hands On Originals did have a right to refuse the order.

“The Commission in its oral argument says it is not trying to infringe on the Constitutional Rights of HOO its owners but is seeking only to have HOO ‘ … treat everyone the same.’ Yet, HOO has demonstrated in this record that it has done just that,” wrote Judge Ishmael in 2015.

“It has treated homosexual and heterosexual groups the same. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, HOO declined to print at least thirteen (13) orders for message based reasons. Those print orders that were refused by HOO included shirts promoting a strip club, pens promoting a sexually explicit video, and shirts containing a violence related message.”

Regarding the Circuit Court’s decision, the Washington, DC-based Family Research Council heralded the decision as a victory for religious liberty.

“This ruling affirms our nation’s long history of protecting Americans from being compelled by the government to advocate a message to which one objects,” stated FRC President Tony Perkins on Friday.

“We hope to hear soon that the U.S. Supreme Court will accept the Masterpiece Cakeshop case and ensure that the owner, Jack Phillips, will be free to follow his religious beliefs without fear of punishment by the government.”

81 Percent of Americans Concerned About Declining Moral Behavior in US

Samuel Smith
The Christian Post

More than eight in 10 Americans admit that they have some level of concern that the morality in America is declining, a new survey by LifeWay Research shows.

The Nashville-based Christian polling group’s survey, released Tuesday, found that 81 percent of Americans either agree or strongly disagree with the statement: “I am concerned about declining moral behavior in our nation.”

Forty-six percent of respondents said they “strongly agree” with that statement, while 35 percent said they “agree.” On the flip side, only six percent said they “strongly disagree” and 13 percent said they “disagree” that they are concerned about the declining morality in the nation. Continue reading

MTV Movie Awards shatters gender barriers one trophy at a time

AP

LOS ANGELES — Film hit “Beauty and the Beast” and Netflix newcomer “Stranger Things” were the night’s big winners with two trophies apiece as MTV partied with its Movie & TV Awards show.

For this, the 26th edition of what was formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards, TV was added to the mix. “Stranger Things” was decreed the Show of the Year, and its cast member, Millie Bobby Brown, was named Best Actor in a Show.

“Beauty and the Beast” was the Movie of the Year, with its star, Emma Watson, the Best Actor in a Movie.

But the awards had another trick up its sleeve, introducing a policy of breaking down gender barriers, as men and women competed jointly in the acting categories. Continue reading

“Emergency Alert” Declared At Nuclear Facility In Washington; Evacuation Ordered, No-Fly Zone In Place

Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge

Update 3: Images of the hole in the roof of the tunnel have been released…

Update 2: An aerial survey midmorning Tuesday showed an opening about 20 feet by 20 feet into the tunnel, which had been covered with about eight feet of soil. As Tri-CityHerald.com reports , the breach could expose the highly radioactive material disposed of in the tunnel to the atmosphere.

No airborne radiation had been detected as of about 10:30 a.m. Radiological surveys were continuing.

Instructions for people to shelter in place were expanded from central Hanford to all of Hanford, including LIGO and the reactor areas along the Columbia River, after the aerial survey. No one is being allowed to enter the site beyond the security barricades.

Earlier in the morning workers near Purex had noticed a 4-foot-by-4-foot depression that was 2 to 4 feet deep over the tunnel.

Workers in Purex were evacuated when the depression was noticed.

About 3,000 workers in central Hanford initially were told to take shelter indoors, including about 1,000 workers at the vitrification plant construction site. Ventilation systems at the vit plant have been turned off as part of the emergency procedure and equipment that could generate heat have powered down.

The DOE announced that secretary Perry is aware of the incident and that there is no initial indication of any worker exposure or an airborne radiological release.

Meanwhile, Private pilots in the area have been told to avoid flying over Hanford. The Hanford Patrol is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to put a formal air restriction in place until the FAA can confirm there is no danger.

Update 1: A robot is being used to sample the contaminated air and soil in the area around the collapse…

And here is a chart of current windflows…

As we detailed earlier, the U.S. Department of Energy activated the Emergency Operations Center Tuesday due to a tunnel collapse at the Hanford nuclear site.

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Pope Condemns US for using “Mother” in MOAB. Popery is MOAB: Mother Of All Blasphemers; Mother Of Abominations Blasphemies; Mother Of All Beasts

Andrew & Hilkary Henriques
Saved to Serve

As the representative of what many claim to be the “Mother” church, Pope Francis has publicly decried the United States’ biggest non-nuclear bomb being called a mother (Mother of All Bombs or MOAB). He further stated that a deadly weapon should in no wise be labeled “mother.” He then designates what a mother is, “‘I was ashamed when I heard the name…’ A mother gives life and this one gives death, and we call this device a mother. What is happening?’”[1]

Indeed the church Pope Francis sits at the head of is a mother and is verified in scripture—but not as the mother of Christendom, but the mother of harlots—the mother of apostate churches. “…I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” Revelation 17:3-5.

“Protestant church leaders have expressed their disappointment at a document issued by the Vatican which reaffirms the Catholic stance on other churches. The Dominus Iesus declaration, which has been written by a close aide of Pope John Paul II, says that the Roman Catholic church is the ‘mother’ of all Christian denominations and that it is incorrect to refer to the Church of England and other Protestant churches as ‘sister’ organisations on a par with Rome.” [2]

It is unmistakable what power these verses bring to view based on the varied specifications.  According to verse 5 of Revelation 17, Roman Catholicism is not only the mother of harlots, but is also a MOAB of its own—Mother Of Abominations Blasphemies, or simply Mother Of All Blasphemers. This is an accurate representation of this entity considering the anti-Biblical, clearly pagan rituals, idolatry, belief systems and observances that can be described in no other way but as abominations and blasphemies. Revelation 17 is not the only scripture that delineates Roman Catholicism as a blasphemous and abominable power; in fact, every time this power is described in scripture, these identifying marks are highlighted so there can be no ambiguity as to who this power represents. Riding upon a scarlet colored beast, this power could also be classified as the Mother Of All Beasts (MOAB), as she is seen in control over the beasts of the earth(riding upon, holding the reins and directing); which beasts represent nations or kingdoms (Daniel 7:17 and 23).

Bible prophecy foretells a time in which Roman Catholicism will again wield the control she once had over the nations and will lead the nations to enforce her decrees and sustain her abominable and blasphemous institutions beginning in America (see Revelation 13:11-18). In Pope Francis’ statement concerning the use of the word “mother” to describe a bomb, he states that mothers give life, and that the “mother of all bombs” gives death.  Interestingly, it will be the “mother” church that gives life to the image of the beast and causes it speak and then destroy, not only liberties, but life itself.  Just notice the dichotomy: in giving life to the image, it causes those who do not worship the image to be killed. “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Revelation 13:15 (emphasis supplied).  Oh yes, the Papacy is a “life-giving” mother, but it is at the same time a destroying/murderous mother, a deadly killing machine, just as it has ever been since the days of its reign from 538-1798; truly a MOAB. 

Pope Francis has not a few times publicly criticized the actions and policies of Donald Trump; and neither has Mr. Trump been silent about his disagreement with Pope Francis. However, Pope Francis did send a congenial congratulatory message to Mr. Trump after his election as president, extending the “olive branch,” albeit for the self-serving motive of having greater influence over US politics. The two leaders are set to meet May 24 at the Vatican, the “mother’s” house. It has been just over 100 days since Donald Trump was inaugurated and already he is meeting with Pope Francis on his very first foreign trip as US President; and one purpose of the meeting is to fight “extremism.” This first meeting will likely set the stage for future encounters and greater cooperation moving forward to fight “common enemies.” While many journalists and others are expecting awkward and heated exchanges based on their history of pubic antagonism towards one another, prophecy foretells that the Papacy will dictate to the civil leaders of America (and other nations) to have Papal laws and principles carried out, and she will be successful in achieving this end. It must be remembered that before Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis, he was a sworn, high ranking Jesuit. He has never renounced his oath and allegiance to that organization. It is the purpose and practice of Jesuits to not only destroy Protestantism and reestablish Popery, but also, under various disguises to work “their way into offices of state, climbing up to be the counselors of kings, and shaping the policy of nations.” [3]

The time is not far distant when the “Mother Of All Beasts,” the “Mother Of Abominations Blasphemies, Roman Catholicism, will control the nations and religions by uniting them in a one-world system to fight what she defines as “extremism” and other world evils such as climate change, immorality and poverty.  Those who oppose and refuse to join this grand movement, will be targeted and detonated on by this MOAB and her allies. How shall we stand?   

1.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-bomb-idUSKBN1820LJ

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/910612.stm

3 White, Ellen.  The Great Controversy (1911), page 235

Chicago Police Issue Bulletin on Gangs, High-Powered Weapons

AP

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police issued a bulletin Monday warning its officers about gangs armed with high-powered weapons, after three people were shot to death over the weekend – including two attending a memorial for the earlier victim.

Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the three people who were killed in the shootings Sunday were all members of the same street gang. Continue reading

Middle School student suspended for “liking photo of gun on Instagram

FOX19 Cincinnati

An Edgewood Middle School student was handed a 10-day suspension for “liking” a picture of a gun on Instagram with the caption “ready.”

The parents of Zachary Bowlin posted a picture of the intended suspension notice which read, “The reason for the intended suspension is as follows: Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.”

“I was livid, I mean, I’m sitting here thinking ‘you just suspended him for ten days for liking a picture of a gun on a social media site,” father Marty Bowlin said. “He never shared, he never commented, he never made a threatening post… anything on the site, just liked it.” Continue reading

Rand Paul: Obama Spied On Me Using NSA Intercepts

Tyler Durden
Zero Hedge

Authored by John Solomon via Circa.com,

Sen. Rand Paul, the former Republican presidential candidate and vocal champion of civil liberties, has received allegations that the Obama administration sought intercepted intelligence from the National Security Agency on him and other members of Congress and has asked President Donald Trump to conduct a formal investigation, Circa has learned.

Paul quietly asked for the probe nearly a month ago in a letter to Trump that was obtained by Circa. Continue reading

“Boomerang Kids”: Adult Millennials Returning Home Is Crushing Baby Boomer Budgets

Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge

We’ve noted several times in recent months that, despite the ‘economic recovery’, a record number of young ‘adults’ are moving back home with mom and dad after college and staying there well into their 30’s.

Now, as confirmed by a recent study conducted by Fidelity and the Stanford Center on Longevity, the added stress of caring for all those ‘adult’ children is putting a severe emotional and financial strain on Baby Boomers with over 75% saying their adult children are cutting into their budgets and over 50% saying they’re generally less happy about life.  Per Fidelity: Continue reading