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Despite orders, Washington HS coach prays on field after game

Despite orders, Washington HS coach prays on field after game

Posted 6:12 pm, October 17, 2015, by , Updated at 06:18pm, October 17, 2015
 As Joe Kennedy knelt to pray at the 50-yard-line Friday night he felt a presence around him.

And it grew.

The assistant football coach at Bremerton High School in Washington state was being joined by some of his opponents and fans — some of whom had come to the game to pray with him.

After the Knights’ homecoming loss to the Centralia Tigers, Kennedy walked to the middle of the football field, hoping to say his usual thanks to God by himself.

He had been told not to do it. The Bremerton School District had said if he prayed while on duty as a coach he would be violating federal law.

Kennedy, as he has done after most games for seven years, prayed anyway, defying the order. He opened his eyes to find a huge crowd of supporters around him.

It was overpowering. The coach cried as he spoke to reporters.

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Fine, gag order not deterring Christian bakers

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Aaron and Melissa Klein are pushing back against the punishment imposed on them for simply living out their Christian faith.

The Portland, Oregon, couple operated “Sweet Cakes by Melissa,” but when they declined to bake a cake for a homosexual “wedding” in 2013, a complaint was filed before the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Last week, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a fine of $135,000 against the Kleins, ordering them to pay two lesbians for “emotional damage.” Continue reading

Student suspended for saying ‘Bless You’ in class

American Family Association

Posted 8/21/2014

When a fellow student sitting next to her sneezed last Monday, high school senior Kendra Turner responded with a gentle “bless you.”

For this common courtesy, Kendra was corrected in front of her class by the Dyer County High School typing teacher. The teacher told Kendra, “We will not have Godly speaking in my class!”

At the first of the school year, the teacher specifically prohibited the words “bless you,” along with other words such as “stupid,” “dumb” and “boring” in her class.

When Kendra tried to explain that this automatic response is simply part of her Christian upbringing, the teacher sent her to the office where she was served with an in-school suspension.

Read Kendra’s own words on what happened here.

AFA has learned that while many students are supporting Kendra, some students, a few school personnel and social media sites are speaking against her.

In addition, the administration has changed her schedule and expressed their disapproval of her defending her kind actions toward a fellow student.

American Family Association has  urged citizens to TAKE ACTION.

Contact Dyer County High School superintendent Dwight Hedge and urge the following actions be taken by the school:

  1.       Remove “bless you” or any other courtesy phrases from teacher’s list of banned words.
  2.       Restore Kendra to her class position and erase her record of any wrong-doing.
  3.       Make a public apology for allowing this incident to get out of hand by cavalier administrators.

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Government in full force to corral cattle, First Amendment

Editorial By JOHN L. SMITH

I pulled the Subaru past the orange temporary fencing next to a trash-strewn Interstate 15 overpass Saturday morning and into a government-issued “First Amendment Area.”

You know, just to get a sense of what such a place would feel like. At the risk of grabbing for easy irony, I suppose it was a little like being one of hardheaded rancher Cliven Bundy’s wayward steers.

Perhaps I’ve led a sheltered life, but until that moment, I had never set foot in a First Amendment Area. On Saturday, the lot was otherwise empty. There were no fiery voices of libertarian protest, no throng of angry Nevada ranchers with rifles in their pickups, not even a gaggle of curious tourists or a covey of head-scratching reporters. Continue reading

Crowd storms World War II Memorial


Posted 10/13/2013

WASHINGTON – Thousands of people converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday morning and tore down the barricades blocking it off, protesting the closure of the memorial during the federal government shutdown.

Beginning at about 9:30 a.m., Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as well as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, were among the luminaries in a crowd that chanted “Tear down these walls!” and sang “God Bless America” as well as other patriotic songs as they entered the memorial, which has been closed since the government shutdown that began Oct. 1. Continue reading

‘Barrycades’ torn down, Dumped at White House


Obama, you can’t call on the SEALs because the SEALs are already there’
Posted 10/13/2013

Thousands of Americans have taken the government shutdown into their own hands, literally, as they stormed into the nation’s capital, tearing down barricades blocking off the World War II Memorial on the National Mall Sunday morning.

“Barrycades are down,” tweeted Sherry Lucas, a reference to President Barack Obama’s childhood nickname of Barry.

Many of the barricades were then hand-carried by the protesters and dumped in front of the White House.

This weekend has seen the convergence of U.S. veterans and truckers on the nation’s capital, as many protest the closure of public memorials as well as the president’s policies. Continue reading

Christian bakery owner refuses service based on beliefs, faces ACLU lawsuit


The owners of a Colorado bakery could face up to a year in  prison for refusing to make a cake for a gay couple. Dave Mullins,  28, and Daniel Craig, 33, filed a discrimination complaint against  Jack Phillips, one of the owners of Masterpiece Cakeshop, for  denying them a cake for their Massachusetts wedding.

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University Tells Student to Remove Cross Necklace

Todd Starnes |

Jul 02, 2013

A Sonoma State University student has filed a religious accommodation request after she said she was ordered to remove her cross necklace because it might offend other students.

“It’s amazing in this day of diversity and tolerance on university campuses that a university official would engage in this type of obvious religious discrimination,” said Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser. Continue reading

Pentagon Changes Mind, Says Soldiers Can Share Faith

Written by  Dave Bohon
The New American

Posted 5/6/2013

Following an uproar over a Defense Department statement saying that military personnel could be court-martialed for sharing their faith, the Pentagon has backed down on that position and now says soldiers are free to proselytize, as long as they don’t harass others. “Service members can share their faith,” clarified Navy Lieutenant Commander Nate Christensen in a statement, “but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one’s beliefs.” Continue reading

WA State: Firearms registry, social networking measures approved as key deadline passes

April 17, 2013

Wednesday marked another key legislative deadline in Olympia as lawmakers faced a 5 p.m. cut-off to move bills out of the opposite chamber. Here’s a roundup of key bills that made the cut and those that are likely dead this year.


Firearm offender registry: House Bill 1612 would require the Washington State Patrol to create the database of felony firearm offenders. Offenders would be required to register with the sheriff in their county of residence. The database would not be available to the public and the offender’s name would be removed after four years if no other firearm offenses are committed. It is one of the few bills dealing with gun control approved by both chambers during the 2013 legislative session. A number of proposals, including a bill that would require background checks for private gun sales, never made it to the floor for a vote. Continue reading

WA Florist Sued for Beliefs About Marriage

by Joseph Backholm |
Fmily Policy Institute of Washington

April 9, 2013

Yesterday, newly elected Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against a florist in Richland, Washington because she declined to provide floral arrangements to a same-sex wedding ceremony.  Arlene’s Flowers is a small busines whose owner, Barronelle Stutzman, had served this customer for years.  She knew he was gay, and it was never an issue, because she’s happy to serve everybody.

But she isn’t willing to lend her services to every activity, and when it came to a same-sex wedding, she just couldn’t do it.   According to her statement, she explained herself, he said he respected it; they hugged and he left. Continue reading

Local governments deal with avalanche of records requests

The Olympia Report
by Jeff Rhodes

Posted 1/15/2013

State and local governments continue to struggle with the need to balance transparency against the increasing costs of records requests, and according to authorities testifying Tuesday on both sides of the issue, there’s no easy answer.

“It isn’t simply that the number of records requests we’re getting these days is mind-boggling,” Brian Enslow, senior policy director at the Washington Association of Counties told the House Government Operations and Elections Committee in Olympia. “It’s that the number of records being generated is even more mind-boggling.”

He said over-burdened records-keepers are simply unable to keep up with the volume of requests and local governments are rapidly approaching the breaking point.

That view was shared by Roland Thompson, executive director of Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington, whose reporters depend on prompt access to public records in order to effectively cover government. Continue reading

How Washington State is using Legislative privilege to stifle Right to Know

by Jason Mercier
for Sunlight Foundation

Posted  Nov. 16, 2012

In 1972, Washington State voters overwhelmingly enacted Initiative 276, providing citizens with access to most records maintained by state and local government. The new law created the Public Records Act (PRA). The preamble to the PRA says:

“The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created. Continue reading

Majority of Americans Recognize Christ in Christmas

Liberty Counsel
for Canada Free Press

Posted 12/4/2012

Orlando, FL – While some “grinches” try to secularize Christmas and remove any mention of Christ from Christmas, the majority of Americans still celebrate the “reason for the season.” According to Rassmusen Reports, 78% of Americans believe that Jesus is the Son of God who came to earth to die for our sins; 79% of Americans say religious holidays should be celebrated in public schools, and 70% prefer “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” on store signs. Continue reading

Judge Upholds Pennsylvania Voter ID Law in the Face of Flawed Attacks by the American Civil Liberties Union

Legal Experts Praise Decision as a Victory for Voter Integrity, Pennsylvania Citizens

News release from The National Center for Public Policy Research

Posted 8/16/2012

Washington, DC – Legal experts with the National Center for Public Policy Research, home of the Voter Identification Task Force, are lauding Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson’s decision to uphold Pennsylvania’s voter ID law that will protect all Pennsylvanians from voter fraud and will result in just and free future elections.

“Today is a victory for free elections and voter integrity,” said National Center General Counsel Justin Danhof. “Voting is a privilege that many Americans hold sacrosanct. Now Pennsylvania voters can be assured that their votes will not be stolen, and can be confident that election results are fair and accurate.”

Judge Simpson upheld Pennsylvania’s voter ID law over a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU argued unpersuasively that the law would disfranchise more than a million Pennsylvania voters – specifically black, Latino and elderly voters. Continue reading

ACLJ Urges New York School to Remove Ban on “God Bless the USA” at Kindergarten Graduation

The Sacramento Bee


WASHINGTON, June 12, 2012 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on student speech and constitutional law, today sent a letter to New York school officials – including Mayor Michael Bloomberg – urging that a ban prohibiting kindergarten students to sing “God Bless the USA” at an upcoming graduation ceremony be reversed.

Principal Greta Hawkins of P.S. 90 pulled Lee Greenwood’s patriotic ballad from the graduation program saying the song is not “age appropriate” and could end up “offending other cultures.” Continue reading

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