An Augusta State University counseling student has filed a lawsuit against her school claiming it violated her First Amendment rights when it told her to change her traditionalist Christian views on homosexuality or get out.
The Alliance Defense Fund filed suit Wednesday on behalf of Jennifer Keeton, 24, seeking to stop the school from expelling her from her master’s degree program.
“They made a cascading series of presumptions about the kind of a counselor she would be and have consequently … tried to force her to change her beliefs,” David French, the ADF attorney representing Keeting in the case, told The Daily Caller. “It’s symbolic of an educational system that has lost its way.”
The suit alleges the university retaliated against Keeton for stating her belief that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice and not a “state of being,” and that gender is not a social construct subject to individual change. According to the suit, the school wants her to undergo a “thought reform” program intended to change her religious beliefs. She faces expulsion unless she complies, and the suit seeks to block the university from throwing her out for noncompliance.
“Is saying there is such a thing as a male and a female as distinct, and that gender isn’t merely a social construct … such a dangerous position that it has to be banned from a profession?” French asked.
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It’s not that we have become a nation of moochers; it’s that the moochers have realized the power of the ballot box .. that their ability to plunder the pockets of the producers can be achieved by one touch on a touch screen. While there may not be an official moocher union, they have collectively collaborated, socialized and maintained mediocrity for years in their government schools. By the time they leave, they are educated enough to know that their classmates will only aspire to do as much as they need in order to get by. This collective understanding permeates throughout their adult lives, throughout communities and throughout their families. With this multiplier effect, they take comfort in knowing that they won’t be challenged. They take comfort in the fact that if they fail, there will be no real consequences .. the government will be there to support them until they can earn just enough to be average again. But just in case, they will make sure to vote for whomever promises them that safety net – the looters. These are the politicians who build their careers around the demonization of wealth, success and hard-work. These politicians legitimize the moocher existence. And the cycle continues, from generation to generation, exponentially growing worse over time. At this point, any odd-balls in the moocher union factories (government schools) are stifled by the sheer force of a tidal wave of mediocrity – their classmates who, day-in-and-day-out, make it nearly impossible to stand out without suffering severe social scorn. There comes a point where most are beaten into submission by their peers, by their educators, by society and by their parents. Hypnotized in unison they all proclaim: There is no need to stand on your own two feet when government provides you with a chair .. paid for by someone else. The current political class may succeed in accomplishing the final push to stamp out these survivors, allowing for this tidal wave of mediocrity to surge on full-force, unhindered by the few who dared to be better.
Looks like it’s time for the Democrat Party to dance with who brung them to so many parties in the past. Midterm elections are on the horizon and the Dems are looking at possibly (I’ve been watching American voters too long to use the word “probably”) losing the House. Obama and his troupe tried the “Summer of Recovery” tour but that went over about as well as a pregnant Nun. It’s hard to convince people we’re in the middle of an economic recovery when businesses keep shutting their doors and unemployment remains high. Something else that didn’t work was Pelosi’s little “we have to pass health care reform so that we can see what’s in it” ploy. Well they passed it … and it seems that every single week we learn something new and wonderful about what an absolutely hideous piece of legislation ObamaCare is. Remember, if you will, the information we gave you last week on the hundreds of 1099s virtually small businesses will have to file starting in 2012.
Well … if you’re a mindless Democrat (a little redundancy there from the Department of Redundancy Department) .. or, to make it simpler … if you’re an uneducated idiot, there’s always one last ploy you can use when election day draws near. You can demonize the rich. The wealth envy has always been there, it’s there now, and it will always be there … so take advantage of it!
So we’re getting some really interesting arguments out of Washington right now. All of them are in efforts to explain why the middle class is worthy of tax cuts and the evil rich people are not. Now our tax cheat Treasury Secretary says that increasing taxes on the rich is “the responsible thing to do.” He says, “It’s responsible to let the tax cuts expire that just go to 2 percent to 3 percent of Americans, the highest earning Americans.” Doing so would show the world that the U.S. is “willing as a country now to start to make some progress” reducing long-term budget deficits. Can you believe this line of BS? Now we have a responsibility to increase taxes on the filthy rich. To whom to we have this responsibility and why? We have to look out for the general welfare of the American public because everyone is concerned about our deficit. So by increases taxes on the rich, that will help alleviate our deficit woes, right? Wrong. This is categorically untrue, as I have already pointed out numerous times. The fact is that the more and more Democrats feed this line about the taxes for the wealthy being linked to the deficit, the more the American public will start to believe them. This is a classic case of using wealth envy to get policy passed … even if you know it is untrue, the American people are too stupid to know otherwise.
What you’re seeing here is the how critically important government schools are to Democrats. I doubt that one out of a thousand parents in this country have ever seen fit to study the origins of government-controlled education in this county. If they had they would have run across some of the writings of the people directly involved with the creation of today’s system of government schools. Reading some of those letters, articles and studies would have revealed that it was never the intention of these people, or of the schools that they created, to fully educate America’s children.
Why am I suddenly ranting about government schools? Simple — because with any education at all the people of this country would understand, or would have the means to discover some basic truths about taxing the snot out of the filthy, disgusting, insipid filthy rich.
You always get more of the behavior you reward and less of the behavior you punish. Taxes are punishment. When you punish those who work harder with higher taxes you dampen their desire to put in the extra effort. The higher taxes get less willing productive people will be to go the extra mile, make that risky investment in a new business or otherwise work to increase their earnings. Conversely .. the lower taxes are the more willing you will find productive high-achievers to be to take those extra steps that lead to more income. These basic human traits – to work harder when rewarded and to work less when punished – have proven themselves time and time again as taxes rise and fall.
Now here’s the part that the Democrats really don’t want the American dumb masses to understand: When you increase taxes on the high-achievers they slow down their economic activity resulting in lower tax revenues. When you decrease taxes on high-achievers they work even harder because the reward is greater, resulting in higher tax revenues. There is no arguing this point. The historical record proves the point. Democrats would lose a powerful weapon … their “tax the rich” pandering to wealth envy … if the American people understood this. Hence our government schools.
The very people Obama and his anti-capitalist cadre are targeting with their higher taxes are the people our economy depends on to create new jobs. Between 70 and 80% of all existing jobs and all new jobs being created are jobs created and provided by America’s small businesses … and the owners of these small businesses are the VERY ONES Obama and the Democrats are targeting with tax increases. Thanks to our woefully inadequate government schools most Americans have no understanding of this fact. Ask them and they’ll tell you that most Americans work for major corporations and financial institutions. If Americans really DID understand that the very people Obama and the Democrats want to bring down to size with more taxes are the people we’re depending on for new jobs … Democrats would be hiding under their beds.
Yesterday I detailed Thursday night’s NAACP forum and bemoaned the lack of participation by challengers. However, several different sources have chimed in to comment that these same candidates were unaware of the event.
It’s noteworthy to mention that, aside from the various Central Committee posts, there are 13 incumbents running for county office and I believe all but one was in attendance. (I honestly don’t recall seeing Karen Lemon, who is running unopposed for Register of Wills – but she may have been there.) On the other hand, only 8 of 16 challengers were there and none of them were what you would consider “Tea Party” candidates. (For the purpose of this discussion, these would be County Executive candidate John Wayne Baker, County Council at-large candidates Mike Brewington and Chris Lewis, and District 2 challenger Mike Calpino. In the group you have two Democrats, a Republican, and a Libertarian, so it’s not exclusionary by party.)
Allow me to contribute my two cents to the story. I only heard about the event because I peruse candidate calendars to create my weekly Election Calendar, and it was on Joe Ollinger’s website that I saw the note about the NAACP forum being held. In fact, my original mention of the event had it beginning at 6 p.m. and not 7:00 because there was no time listed and I was going from memory of similar forums in 2006.
I received my personal invitation from the e-mail account of Orville Penn (who was the moderator) on Monday last – it was sent late Sunday night. The addressee was NAACP Wicomico (a common tactic to verify the e-mail got out) and it was cc’d to 20 candidates, mostly Central Committee members but also aspirants for State’s Attorney, Judge of the Orphans’ Court, Register of Wills, Clerk of Courts, amd Sheriff. It also appears that Penn received the information from the Board of Elections website, so if a candidate did not list an e-mail he or she was skipped.
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