City denying Christians’ right to speak in public park

The city of Duluth, Minn., which was ordered by a judge to allow free speech in a public park, now is accused of ignoring that order in a court filing asking a judge to rule city officials in contempt of court.

An “Emergency Motion to Enforce Preliminary Injunction and Hold Defendants in Contempt” has been filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which a year ago fought the city in a battle over free speech rights.

At that time, the court ordered that the city could not ban the First Amendment when people wanted to talk about their Christian faith at a public park during the so-called “Bentleyville Tour of Lights,” an annual event in the city.

The order was obtained last year after the city banned people from peacefully talking with passers-by and handing out Christian literature.

But police in Duluth, on the orders of city officials, this year have been enforcing the prohibition on speech again, the filing alleges.

“The government cannot ban the First Amendment in a public park just because event officials don’t like the message that a person is sharing,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Jonathan Scruggs, who is co-counsel in the case with Nate Kellum of the Center for Religious Expression. “The court ordered the city to respect the First Amendment, but it is not doing so. We are therefore asking the court to enforce its order and hold the city in contempt. It has disregarded both the court’s order and what the order sought to protect: the constitutionally protected freedom of citizens to engage in non-disruptive speech in a public place.”

ADF reported that Steve Jankowski and some of his friends went to the public property just days ago where the free event was being held and were told by a police officer “that they could only engage in their free speech activities in a designated ‘First Amendment zone’ outside of the area.”

The men were threatened with arrest, ADF said, even though the location, event and city were subject to the court’s injunction at the time. ADF said the city was “ignoring” the court’s instructions.

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Homeless in Nevada City? You’ll Need a Permit for That

In an effort to manage the growing homeless population Nevada City, California, Police Chief Jim Wickham has advocated a new law that would hand out permits to a small group of homeless giving them permission to sleep in public.

“It just basically means you can’t set up a tent. You can’t live in your vehicle. You can’t live in the woods in Nevada City,” Wickham told CBS Sacremento of the new ordinance which the city council has adopted the first reading of. Wickham says the goal of the new law is to keep out homeless who come to Nevada City to commit crimes or have a criminal history.

CBS reports that the chief will give out six to ten permits now to law-abiding homeless, and check back in six months to see if the program is working. If so, he’ll give out more some of the 60 homeless he has identified in the community out of 500 county wide. Those without permits will be arrested.

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Dem operative suspected in serial rapes

An attack by a Colorado man with close ties to the Democratic Party on an elderly petition gatherer for Personhood USA has led to the identification of a suspect in a series of unsolved sexual assault cases, officials have confirmed to WND.

William Costello, a real estate broker with ties to some of the state’s top political figures in the Democratic Party, was charged after his DNA was tied to unsolved sexual assault cases from 2008, 2010 and 2011.

The Denver Post reported Costello was driving the SUV of Democratic political strategist Mike Stratton when he was pulled over and arrested by authorities. Costello was using the SUV to deliver Democrat campaign signs in Durango, Colo.

Costello is also a friend of former Colorado Democratic Gov. Dick Lamm, who once asserted that elderly people have a “duty to die and get out of the way.” Lamm also has called for health-care rationing and complained that many elderly people feel entitled to have taxpayers fund medical procedures that will prolong their lives.

Costello allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in 2008, a 22-year-woman in 2010 and a 49-year-old woman in 2011. Authorities subsequently charged him with two counts of second-degree kidnapping, two accounts of sexual assault on a child and three counts of sexual assault. He was also charged with two counts of impersonating a police officer during two of the attacks.

Costello’s arrest on Nov. 5 came about as a result of an unlikely related event.

On June 30, Everett Stadig, a 69-year-old petition gatherer for Personhood USA, was thrown off his bicycle, allegedly by Costello, while gathering signatures for a personhood amendment outside of a King Soopers grocery story in Denver, resulting in injuries that required surgery to replace part of his hip.

The measure, which would have established in law that personhood begins at conception, narrowly missed being placed on the ballot this year.

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Thanksgiving, 1789

It is hard to imagine America’s favorite holiday as a source of political controversy. But that was the case in 1789, the year of our first Thanksgiving as a nation.

The controversy began on Sept. 25 in New York City, then the seat of government. The inaugural session of the first Congress was about to recess when Rep. Elias Boudinot of New Jersey rose to introduce a resolution. He asked the House to create a joint committee with the Senate to “wait upon the President of the United States, to request that he would recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God.”

The congressman made special reference to the Constitution, which had been ratified by the requisite two-thirds of the states in 1788. A day of public thanksgiving, he believed, would allow Americans to express gratitude to God for the “opportunity peaceably to establish a Constitution of government for their safety and happiness.”

Boudinot’s resolution sparked a vigorous debate. Rep. Aedanus Burke of South Carolina objected on the grounds that a Thanksgiving was too European. He “did not like this mimicking of European customs, where they made a mere mockery of thanksgivings.”

Rep. Thomas Tudor Tucker, also of South Carolina, raised two further objections. “Why should the President direct the people to do what, perhaps, they have no mind to do?” he asked. “If a day of thanksgiving must take place,” he said, “let it be done by the authority of the several States.”

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Obamacare Funding Planned Parenthood Sex Education Program

Taxpayers — through Obamacare — are funding Planned Parenthood to allow the organization to expand its sexual education and “risk reduction” program for ninth graders in places like southeastern Virginia.

Critics say the program does more to glorify and encourage sex than educate about its risks, even though Planned Parenthood has insisted the program teaches that “abstinence is the best and safest choice.”

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia has received money from a $75 million pool set aside as part of Obamacare to teach the “Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP).

The introductory lesson, written by ETR Associations, teaches ninth graders that abstinence “means choosing not to do any sexual activity that carries a risk for pregnancy or STD/HIV” instead of abstaining from sexual acts.

The lessons also teach students how to “avert pregnancy and STDs in situations ranging from drinking and going for a ride with one’s boyfriend, to being alone at your boyfriend’s house in the absence of parents for several hours, and when your ‘boyfriend begins to kiss you and tries to take off your clothes.’”

The manual instructs students to refuse or list an alternative to such scenarios but does not encourage students to avoid those situations in the first place.

LifeNews also notes the teacher’s guide also contains role-playing activities, where two students discuss condom use. In the scenario, one student plays the role of a friend who does not like using condoms because intercourse feels better without one and is scripted to say, “I just don’t like to stop what’s going on.” The student then is prompted to decide that condoms are, in the end, necessary to do “everything we’re planning to do in high school and then afterward.”

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Thanksgiving Celebrates Our ‘Original Sin,’ ‘Views Virtually Identical To Nazis,’ Journalism Prof Preaches

Forget all that turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, today should be a day of fasting and atonement for American “sin.” That’s according to Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Jensen, known for his hard-left politics, also calls Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday.”

Jensen’s opinion piece “No Thanks for Thanksgiving,” appeared on the far-left, Soros-connected website Alternet on Thanksgiving eve. In it, he wrote how Native Americans suffered because of the “European invasion of the Americas.” He went on to compare the Founding Fathers to Nazi Germany. “How does a country deal with the fact that some of its most revered historical figures had certain moral values and political views virtually identical to Nazis?” he asked.

According to Jensen, Thanksgiving is “at the heart of U.S. myth-building. “But in the United States, this reluctance to acknowledge our original sin — the genocide of indigenous people — is of special importance today,” he explained.

Jensen has a long career in both working journalism and academia, including work as a copy editor at The St. Paul Pioneer Press and the St. Petersburg Times, as well as “volunteer editing and writing for the Texas Triangle, Austin (weekly statewide lesbian/gay paper).”

This wasn’t the first time Jensen has bashed America. He does so on a regular basis. Other Alternet pieces include headlines like “The Painful Collapse of Empire: How the ‘American Dream’ and American Exceptionalism Wreck Havoc on the World” or “What White People Fear.”

Alternet is part of the George-Soros-supported Media Consortium. It is one of 58 left-wing media operations that aim to create a progressive “echo chamber.”

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Tim Allen Slams Government: ‘You Better Give Your Money Away Before It Gets Taken From You’

Last Man Standing star Tim Allen had some harsh words Wednesday for how our government is currently operating.

Appearing on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Allen said, “You better give your money away before it gets taken from you”

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Obama will fire 20,000 Marines so he can give $6 billion U.S. taxpayer dollars to Muslims for ‘green’ energy

There are many things Obama hates, but only two things he really loves: Green energy and Muslims. And finally he’s found a way to put both together at the same time. And it will only cost U.S. taxpayers $6 billion dollars.

FrontPage Magazine 20,000 Marines are to be fired and the money is being used for Obama’s Green Energy companies and his Muslim empowerment program.
Sure for that $6 billion, we might not have to fire those 20,000 Marines that Barry Hussein has decided to get of, and we wouldn’t have to cut their healthcare, the way his Center for American Progress has pushed him to do… but Muslims with Green Energy count more.

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PA College Slashes Instructors’ Hours to Avoid Obamacare

Pennsylvania’s Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare.

“It’s kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don’t have the money to pay for it,” said adjunct biology professor Adam Davis.

On Tuesday, CCAC employees were notified that Obamacare defines full-time employees as those working 30 hours or more per week and that on Dec. 31 temporary part-time employees will be cut back to 25 hours. The move will save an estimated $6 million.

“While it is of course the college’s preference to provide coverage to these positions, there simply are not funds available to do so,” said CCAC spokesperson David Hoovler. “Several years of cuts or largely flat funding from our government supporters have led to significant cost reductions by CCAC, leaving little room to trim the college’s budget further.”

The solution, says United Steelworkers representative Jeff Cech, is that adjunct professors should unionize in an attempt to thwart schools seeking similar cost-savings efforts from avoiding Obamacare.

“They may be complying with the letter of the law, but the letter of law and the spirit of the law are two different things,” said Mr. Cech. “If they are doing it at CCAC, it can’t be long before they do it other places.”

Under the new CCAC policy, adjunct professors will only be allowed to teach 10 credit hours a semester. Adjuncts are paid $730 per credit hour.

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