Albemarle County teacher deletes “God” lyric from “We Are The World”

Within weeks of a national scandal at Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham, Massachusetts—where an overzealous government school official removed “God” from Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”—a local teacher has performed her own secular exorcism on another popular song.

For an upcoming 4th and 5th grade performance at Albemarle County’s Broadus Wood Elementary School in central Virginia, music teacher, Jean Flaherty, has altered a key line from the 1985 Michael Jackson / Lionel Richie composition, “We Are The World.” In an effort to avoid offending non-believers, Flaherty overtly removed lyrical reference to “God.”

The second half of the first verse, as composed by Jackson and Richie, reads:

The second half of the first verse, as composed by Jackson and Richie, reads:

We can’t go on pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of God’s great big family
And the truth, you know, Love is all we need

Flaherty’s edited version changed the third line:

We are all a part of one great big family

Seeking to further shelter her students from Biblical assault, Flaherty made an additional exchange. In a semblant reference to Matthew 4:3, wherein the devil asks Jesus to prove his divinity by turning stone to bread (Jesus did not succumb), the original lyric for verse three, says:

Send them your heart so they’ll know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stones to bread
So we all must lend a helping hand

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‘Big Brother’ Black Boxes In All New Cars

A bill already passed by the Senate and set to be rubber stamped by the House would make it mandatory for all new cars in the United States to be fitted with black box data recorders from 2015 onwards.

Section 31406 of Senate Bill 1813 (known as MAP-21), calls for “Mandatory Event Data Recorders” to be installed in all new automobiles and legislates for civil penalties to be imposed against individuals for failing to do so.

“Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part,” states the bill.

Although the text of legislation states that such data would remain the property of the owner of the vehicle, the government would have the power to access it in a number of circumstances, including by court order, if the owner consents to make it available, and pursuant to an investigation or inspection conducted by the Secretary of Transportation.

Given the innumerable examples of both government and industry illegally using supposedly privacy-protected information to spy on individuals, this represents the slippery slope to total Big Brother surveillance of every American’s transport habits and location data.

The legislation, which has been given the Orwellian title ‘Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act’, sailed through the Senate after being heavily promoted by Democrats Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer and is also expected to pass the Republican-controlled House.

Given the fact that the same bill also includes a controversial provision that would empower the IRS to revoke passports of citizens merely accused of owing over $50,000 in back taxes, stripping them of their mobility rights, could the mandatory black boxes or a similar technology be used for the same purpose?

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Atheist Theorist Sigmund Freud Clashes With Famed Christian Author C.S. Lewis

Dr. Sigmund Freud was renowned for his wild theories and offbeat psychoanalysis. Conversely, C.S. Lewis gained esteem as a well-respected literary genius. Freud, an avowed atheist, rejected God’s existence and called belief in the almighty a neurosis motivated by the “longing for a father.” Lewis, on the other hand, embraced Jesus Christ wholeheartedly.

The two, in practically every sense, were polar opposites. Just imagine the sparks that would have flown had they interacted on some of life’s most basic questions. Now, based on a popular stage play in multiple U.S. cities, you can actually see the epic clash unfold.

A ‘Blasphemous Homosexual Play’

The new documentary, “Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption,” follows 108 Productions‘ revival of Terrence McNally’s controversial play “Corpus Christi.” The stage production, which first debuted in New York in in 1998, retells the Christian redemption story, with Jesus Christ being depicted as a gay man living in Texas during the 1950s.

The boilerplate protest message that the America Needs Fatima allows interested parties to send out comes with the following subject: “Stop The Blasphemy!” The letter reads:

I strongly protest against the showing of the blasphemous play Corpus Christi, which includes a Christ-like figure who reportedly has sexual relations with his apostles, and of the movie which promotes it, Corpus Christi: Playing With Redemption.

The Person of Jesus Christ is Sacred and untouchable. To portray Him as a homosexual, or even to insinuate it, is an unspeakable blasphemy which I reject with all my soul.

I ask you to immediately cancel the showing of this movie and play, and to offer a public apology to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to all God fearing Americans.

Big oil!

Another entity that the moochers love to disparage is big oil. Remember that oil is the life blood of capitalism, and libs like Barack Obama despise capitalism. So their next focus group issue is big oil. Yesterday Obama called for another $52 million in spending … or in prog-talk: “investment” … to nail the evil oil speculators. The money would be spent to increase oversight of the oil markets (more regulators/regulations), increase penalties for price manipulators from $1 million to $10 million (if they can prove manipulation occurred) and improve agency technology.

You may be asking yourself, how is this going to lower gas prices? It doesn’t. Dear Ruler himself admits that the proposal by itself won’t bring down gas prices overnight. Even if his proposal passed, the spending, oversight and penalties wouldn’t go into effect until probably after the election in November.

The real kicker? The White House cannot definitively say that market manipulation is even a contributing factor to higher gas prices! In fact, no less than five times during the Obama administration has there been an effort to investigate market manipulation. Five times! And the results of each of these initiatives we can assume is the same, otherwise they wouldn’t have to keep calling for it: illegal market manipulation is not occurring and is not leading to higher gas prices. For example, a multi-agency oil trading oversight panel was established last April by none other than our corrupt Attorney General Eric Holder. White House officials were unable to describe any accomplishments or insights gained from this panel.

It’s all just a gimmick, folks. Obama’s entire energy strategy is a gimmick to pander to the enviro-nut jobs while fulfilling his promises to bankrupt the coal industry and cripple the lifeblood of capitalism: big oil. Do you remember a few weeks ago when Obama made a big to-do about his approval of the Keystone Pipeline? He showed up in Cushing, OK to declare that his “all-of-the-above energy strategy” was working and that he approved of the Keystone Pipeline. The problem was that Obama “approved” the part of the Keystone Pipeline that didn’t need his freaking approval! The part that needs presidential approval is the part that crosses into Canada. How does Obama’s “all-of-the-above energy strategy” apply to THAT crucial part of the pipeline?

The White House on Tuesday said Obama would veto legislation before the U.S. House of Representatives that sought to force approval of the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline as part of a new 90-day extension of federal transportation funding.

President Barack Obama earlier this year put a hold on TransCanada’s $7 billion project, designed to bring crude oil from Canada and North Dakota to Texas refineries, because he said it needed further environmental review in Nebraska.

We’ve been through this dog-and-pony show before and explained that when it comes to the environmental impact of this pipeline, this project has already been through the ringer. Obama’s strategy at this point is a lot of smoke and mirrors … whatever will dazzle the ignoranuses long enough to get them to the polls in November.

President Obama’s ‘anti-American’ and ‘anti-white’ father

In his three years as U.S. president, Barack Obama has been dogged by claims he is not patriotic enough.

Last year he even had to publish his birth certificate to silence doubters who suggested he was not born an American.

Now it emerges that similar fears were expressed about his father, who was categorised with others as ‘anti-American and anti-white’ when he moved to the United States in 1959.

Mr Obama Snr had grown up in Kenya under British rule and aroused the fears of both colonial officers and American officials when he won a chance to study in Hawaii. The officials felt Kenyan students were ‘academically inferior’ with a ‘bad reputation’ for turning anti-American.

A memo from a British diplomat in Washington to Whitehall – released today by the National Archives in West London – sets out their concerns about the young Kenyans.

Dated September 1, 1959, it says: ‘I have discussed with the State Department. They are as disturbed about these developments as we are. They point out that Kenya students have a bad reputation over here for falling into the wrong hands and for becoming both anti-American and anti-white.’

In one of the Foreign Office files, the future president’s father appears on a list of Kenyan students as ‘OBAMA, Barack H’ – they shared the same name.

At the age of 23, he enrolled at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu to study economics with classmates including Ann Dunham, a 17-year-old white American from Kansas. The couple had a short marriage that led to the birth in 1961 of the future president, Barack Obama II.

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Employees Caught Collecting Unemployment While Working

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s administration has fired 61 public employees for collecting unemployment benefits while working for the city, the Washington Post reports.

“The city’s Department of Employment Services [DOES], which oversees the jobless-compensation program, said in February that dozens of current and former city workers had received the fraudulent payments,” the Post report adds.

The scam, which was started in 2009, issued fraudulent checks ranging from a couple hundred to thousands of dollars per employee. All told, estimates put the total amount scammed at about $800,000. So far, Gray’s administration has taken action against 92 employees (including the aforementioned 61 employees who have been let go).

“We’re not going to tolerate this kind of activity in the government,” said Pedro Ribeiro, Gray’s spokesman. “The matter’s been turned over to the Office of the Attorney General, which will use civil litigation to recoup the money,” he said, adding that Attorney General Irv Nathan “is planning to use the full extent of his authority.”

Read more here.

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