Monday, September 30, 2013

Another legal victory for the Thomas More Law Centre and Pastor Terry Jones

Ohio Mom Teams-up With TMLC to Remove Islamic Proselytizing Video from 7th Grade History Class

The Olmsted Falls City School District, located in Olmsted Falls, Ohio has agreed to remove the video “30 Days: Muslim and America” from the 7th grade World History Curriculum. The action was taken to avoid a constitutional challenge by the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which filed a series of requests for public records concerning the video on behalf of Jenny McKeigue, a mother of three children who attend schools within the district.
McKeigue first became concerned about the history curriculum in 2011 when her son, then in 7th grade, was required to memorize the 5 Pillars of Islam (the requirement was later discontinued). After a deeper look into the 7th grade history curriculum, McKeigue became concerned about the content of the “Muslims and America” video to which the school had exposed her son. She asked the School District to remove the video from the curriculum and replace it with an objective video relevant to the history of Islam, not one that taught children how to become a Muslim. Her request was denied. Subsequently, Mrs. McKeigue began the escalation process to the Superintendent and the School Board.
After over a year and a half of denied requests for information, including requests for the class syllabus, from the School District, McKeigue reached out to the Thomas More Law Center for assistance. TMLC agreed to help. Ohio attorney Michael S. Goldstein acted as an affiliated local counsel.
The questionable video features a Christian (Dave) agreeing to embrace the religion of Islam and the Muslim culture by living with a Muslim family for 30 days in Dearborn, Michigan. Dave was required to live, dress and eat as a Muslim, study the Koran daily and participate in Muslim prayer. The video features several instances of Muslim prayer and even a look at a “how to pray in Islam” sheet complete with Dave practicing how to pray and reciting lines such as “I testify that there is no God other than the Almighty” and “I testify that Mohammad is the messenger of God.”
The video is also set up in a manner that portrays non-Muslims as uneducated bigots and Muslims as persecuted victims. At one point in the video, 7th grade students are told that if they hear someone say something wrong about Islam, it is their responsibility to fix it.
The video was being used as a part of the Ohio 7th Grade Social Studies Standards Expectations for Learning which requires students to “describe achievements by the Islamic civilization and how these achievements were introduced into Western Europe in the time period between 750 BC – 1600AD.” As such, “Muslims and America” is clearly irrelevant to Ohio Social Studies Standards.
Mrs. McKeigue felt the video, in addition to being irrelevant, also violated several Board Policies with regard to the promotion of religion in the classroom and the fair representation of all ethnic and religious groups. Additionally, she questioned the accuracy of the video as well as the applied double standard as no other video was shown nor instruction given demonstrating how to perform the religious exercises of other religions.
In response to McKeigue’s criticism, the school district invited Olmsted Falls pastors to review the video. To the school district’s chagrin, several pastors agreed with McKeigue and also questioned the accuracy of the video. Dr. Todd Hoadley, school superintendent at the time, disregarded their concerns. At a March 2013 Board meeting, and in private conversations, he defended the video with the astonishing argument that the inaccuracies of the video proved its value.
Richard Thompson. President and Chief Counsel of the TMLC commented: “Teachers may not constitutionally show video tapes that violate the neutrality they must maintain toward religion or that engages in religious instruction. Showing “Muslims and America” violated those principles and the Establishment Clause of our Constitution. Under the guise of teaching the history of Islam to seventh graders, history teachers were proselytizing students to the Islamic faith. Although I applaud the school district for resolving this issue without litigation, I was disappointed to discover internal communications from one history teacher ridiculing and disparaging Mrs. McKeigue, and even suggesting she should be fired from her part time job as alumni director for the school because of her criticism of the video.”
Thompson continued, “Teachers may provide instruction about a particular religion, but they are not constitutionally permitted to provide religious instruction. The education of our children is too important to be left to teachers and school administrators alone. Parents have a duty to be personally involved as well. Mrs. McKeigue was exercising her constitutional right to free speech in fulfilling her crucial duty and responsibility as a parent.”

Sant Egido pro Freemasonry meeting underway in Rome : pope sends greetings

The inter religious meeting based on the Freemason model and values and organised by the Catholic St. Egidio community (Sant Egido) is underway in Rome. Yesterday (Sept 29) there was Holy Mass at the Basilica of St.Paul Outside the Walls, at which the chief celebrant was Cardinal Augustine Vaillani, Vicar General of Rome. There were representatives at the Mass, from the Christian communities and ecclesial communities, according to the leaflets distributed by the organisers.
The meeting from Sept-29-Oct 1 is titled 'Il Coraggio della Speranza'. Religion and culture in dialogue is the theme.
Sant Egidio promotes the Jewish Left values within the Catholic Church, they are higly recommended by the pro Israeli rabbi in Rome.
Their founder Andrea Riccardi agrees with the ADL and says there must be no Catholic mission as it was traditionally done.They have also discarded the doctrines. They encourage a theology of religions,which is now being taught by the Left in Pontifical universities, including Urbaniana University, which was formerly a Catholic university specializing in Mission.
The meeting underway in many churches and sites in Rome, where discussion is encouraged, uses the popular Cushing interpretation of Vatican Council II.The present gathering, which it is being claimed is being held in the 'spirit of Assisi',  is another event, contributing to a Freemason 'one world religion', which will include pagan worshippers and Catholics comfortable with homosexuality, abortion, atheism, communism etc - and in which people will not know about sin or Hell, until after they die.
The meeting is also one of many, which is a preparation for the coming of a false messiah, Lord Maitreya, as he is known in the Theosophical Society, an old front-organisation for hard core Masonry.
With the use of irrational Cushingism ,they are all able to reject the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus, Vatican Council II (AG 7- all need faith and baptism for salvation) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (846- all need to enter the Church as through a door).So the liberals from different religions and communities meeting in Rome, will not be presented with the true Catholic teachings.
Based on falsehood and leftist priorities, they will conduct meetings in the name of peace, solidarity, unity and other similar slogans.Rabbi David Rosen is participating and Pope Francis has sent a message.
David Rosen has been intolerant of the SSPX and the traditionalists and along with others has also objected to Catholic mission being part of inter-religious meetings.When one considers the hidden aims of such meetings and the people participating in them and the values which they enforce with political and military threats, such meetings could be the work of Satan.
-Lionel Andrades