Parents Television Council
Monday, April 24, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Responding to the decision, Erin Mersino, the Thomas More Law Center attorney handling
The plaintiff still has a right to seek review by the U.S. Supreme Court, but hopefully this decision ends the matter.
You can read the 8th US. Circuit Court opinion here.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
AB 569 by Assembly member Gonzales-Fletcher (D-San Diego) claims that reproductive choices—such as abortion—should be no concern of religious employers. The sweeping legislation would therefore require employers—with no listed exceptions—to drop all expectations that employees respect the sanctity of life in their own lives. Thus, a Christian school that teaches life begins at conception or a pro-life advocacy organization would be expected under the new rules to ignore employee conduct that contradicts those stated beliefs.
The Pacific Justice Institute – Center for Public Policy (PJI-CPP) is sending a detailed opposition letter to legislators today. The next key hearing for AB 569 is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. PJI has also prepared an analysis of the bill in question-and-answer format and contact information for all committee members who are expected to consider and vote on the bill. PJI-CPP strongly encourages citizens, church leaders, schools, and pro-life advocates to begin making phone calls to legislative offices in advance of next week’s hearing.
Brad Dacus, the president of PJI-CPP and frequent FOT guest, commented, “This latest attempt by our Legislature to strangle voices of conscience is unjust and unconstitutional. There is no true religious freedom without the freedom to put faith into practice, both as an individual and as a religious community.”
Several months ago, Anastasia developed a large blood clot while in INOVA Hospital in Virginia. The hospital refused to treat her and ordered that Anastasia be discharged. When Yolanda refused to move her sister out of INOVA, the hospital took her took court and had their own guardians appointed to handle Anastasia’s care. The guardians sent Anastasia to a nursing home, where she suffered four injuries in two weeks, including a broken hip.
The guardians have refused to authorize treatment for Anastasia's injuries. Instead, they placed her in hospice care at a Golden Living nursing facility. The guardians obtained a court order prohibiting Yolanda from seeing her sister.
Yolanda has just learned that the facility is trying to starve Anastasia to death.
Here are two videos of Anastasia—one taken before she was admitted to the hospital and one taken at the nursing facility last Saturday showing Anastasia’s shocking decline:
"I miss my sister terribly,” said Yolanda Bell. “I can only imagine what she is going through, she must think I have abandoned her. I have trouble sleeping. I close my eyes and see her being beaten and abused. I hear her crying out in pain begging me to help her."
The family is Catholic and Anastasia has communicated that she wants to live. Yesterday, Yolanda tried to arrange for a priest to visit Anastasia, but the guardians denied the visit.
“Tragically, we are seeing an exponential increase in cases where patients are intentionally starved to death because someone has arbitrarily determined that their lives no longer have value,” stated Alexandra Snyder, Executive Director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, and last week's guest on FOT. “Anastasia is targeted for death simply because she is disabled. But she can speak, feel pain, and fully understand what is happening to her. She is being tortured to death by health professionals who have it in their capacity to provide care and treatment.”
Islamic Society with questionable background joins forces with Justice Department to intimidate citizens opposing mosque
Monday, April 17, 2017
Next FOT: Bill that would protect Christian adoption and foster care agencies from liberal 'anti-discrimination' laws
|Hillary Byrnes, Assistant General|
Counsel for USCCB
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Executive director, Life Legal
In one case the woman who had been placed in hospice care started moving her arms and legs and attempted to get out of bed. Instead of providing medical care, the hospice facility gave her morphine. A close friend of the woman called Life Legal Defense Foundation who began legal proceedings to assist her.
Joining Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll to discuss these cases will be Alexandra Snyder, executive director of Life Legal. FOT airs every Tuesday at 9 a.m. on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM, 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com and on our live app that you can download from the app store. On our website you can also access podcasts of previous programs. The program will re-air at 9 p.m.
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Friday, April 7, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
“The First Amendment requires America’s public colleges and universities to recognize the constitutionally protected freedoms of all students,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox, director of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom. “We commend the university for agreeing to correct its policies so that students no longer have to give up free speech in order to graduate.”
ADF attorneys filed suit against Iowa State officials in October of last year and asked for a court order to strike down the unconstitutional policies and halt their enforcement. University officials had confirmed that if student Robert Dunn, who leads Iowa State’s Young Americans for Freedom student group, or any other student declined to certify that he would comply with the university’s policies, his graduation could be placed on “hold.”
The policies, which concerned student behavior and expression, specified that they “may cover those activities which, although not severe, persistent, or pervasive enough to meet the legal definition of harassment, are unacceptable…” and explained that even “First Amendment protected speech activities” may constitute harassment “depending on the circumstances,” including whether other students believe the speech is not “legitimate,” not “necessary,” or lacks a “constructive purpose.” Violation of the policies could result in expulsion.
“Today’s college students will be tomorrow’s legislators, judges, commissioners, and voters,” Mattox explained. “That’s why it’s so important that public universities model the First Amendment values they are supposed to be teaching to students, and why it should disturb everyone when any university or college communicates to a generation that the Constitution doesn’t matter.”
The settlement agreement reached with university officials in Dunn v. Leath was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, Central Division. Timm W. Reid of Des Moines is local counsel for Dunn and one of nearly 3,200 attorneys allied with ADF.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Planned Parenthood supporter, now state attorney general, files 15 felonies against undercover reporter who exposed PP’s baby-parts sales business; next FOT the defense has the floor
Thomas More Society
Center for Medical Progress
Friday, March 31, 2017
Parents who packed the Cupertino Union School District’s (CUSD) board meeting were in an uproar over a curriculum that CUSD was considering adopting in compliance with the California Healthy Youth Act, which became law in 2016. The law, which requires public school districts to provide comprehensive sexual health education to students in grades 7-12, also requires that (1) such education be age-appropriate, (2) parents be given a full and fair opportunity to review any proposed curriculum materials to determine whether such materials are age-appropriate for their children, and (3) parents be allowed to opt their children out of any portions of sex ed classes that they deem objectionable.
CUSD had only made the curriculum materials available during working hours over a span of roughly three weeks, preventing many working parents of CUSD’s roughly 18,000 students from reviewing the materials. Furthermore, the curriculum materials included graphic descriptions of vaginal, oral, and anal sex, along with material on homosexuality—all of which, many parents felt, is too “adult” for their teen and pre-teen children. One parent even accused CUSD of essentially presenting porn to a PG-13 audience.
Finally, CUSD admitted on its website that it would be very difficult for parents to opt their children out of portions of sex ed courses that they considered inappropriate.
“In enacting the Healthy Youth Act, the California Legislature explicitly recognized that students’ parents and guardians are the best judges of what is and is not age-appropriate for their children,” said PJI staff attorney Ray D. Hacke, who sent a legal opinion letter to CUSD’s board prior to the meeting and spoke on behalf of a group of concerned parents at the meeting. “The Legislature thus empowered parents to help make that call. CUSD may have been complying with part of the law in attempting to adopt the curriculum. However, the district apparently forgot the part about enabling parents to play an active role in their children’s education.”
Ultimately, CUSD’s five-member board deadlocked in a 2-2 vote, with one member abstaining. A majority was needed for the curriculum to be adopted.
“Waiting on adopting the curriculum was the right call,” PJI President Brad Dacus, and frequent FOT guest, said. “Hopefully CUSD will give parents more of a chance to review the materials and recognize that when it comes to children’s education, parents are their partners, not their adversaries.”
Thursday, March 30, 2017
New Jersey middle school students are taught that Islam is the true faith; two mothers pilloried for making it public
Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer, with sons in different classes in the seventh grade, detailed their concerns in person to the Chatham Board of Education at their February 6, 2017 public meeting. Superintendent Michael LaSusa indicated that any change to the curriculum was unlikely, and the next day also refused their request to meet privately with him to discuss their concerns.
Students had been shown a subtle propaganda cartoon video, 5 Pillars, which opens with two boys, one of them a Muslim, kicking a soccer ball. The Muslim teaches the non-Muslim the 5 Pillars of Islam. Additionally, a subtitle of bright, multi-colored words of various shapes pronounces a form of the Islamic conversion creed: “There is no god except Allah and Prophet Muhammad is His messenger.” The cartoon ends with a sad non-Muslim boy, who suddenly smiles when the Muslim boy invites him to join him at the mosque for noon-day prayers. Something the teacher can’t personally do, but does through the cartoon. Clever!
See the 5-minute video here.
Clearly, seventh graders had been presented with a sugarcoated, false depiction of Islam. They had not been informed of the kidnappings, beheadings, slave-trading, massacres, and persecution of non-Muslims, nor of the repression of women — all done in the name of Islam and the Koran.
Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer were subjected to personal attacks throughout their campaign to stop Islamic indoctrination at the Chatham Middle School. They were defamed as “bigots” and “Islamophobes”, “hateful”, “ignorant”, “xenophobes”, “intolerant”, “racist”, “closed minded”, “sad and ignorant” in social media, and the list goes on. The attacks significantly intensified after their appearance on the Tucker Carlson Show.
Commenting on the community’s reaction, Nancy Gayer stated: “It’s just not fair that within this unit of study the Chatham school district taught one religion to the exclusion of all others, and for the community to be so unkind and unwelcoming towards us, just for having raised legitimate questions as concerned parents.”
Libby Hilsenrath added, “One of my fundamental obligations as a parent is to guide the religious and secular education of my children. That’s why I will continue the fight against the Islamic indoctrination now taking place at Chatham, regardless of the personal attacks.”
Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer asked the board to review the curriculum and requested that either the Islam lessons be removed or that the school spend equal time on the study of Christianity and other religions.
Nancy Gayer contrasted the World Cultures and Geography lessons on Islam to her son’s previous experience in fourth grade when he was precluded from including a short quote from the Bible, "he who lends to the poor, lends to the Lord.” (Prov 19:17) The quote was a part of his video presentation related to gathering warm clothes for underprivileged children. Nancy said that her son’s teacher informed him that the brief Biblical quote "belongs in Sunday school, not in the classroom." Obviously, based upon the World Cultures and Geography lessons being taught to children within the same school district, this abridgment of religious speech does not apply to Islam.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
The mandates on long-term care facilities, their employees and even non-employees are set forth in Senate Bill (SB) 219, proposed by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). The bill is set for hearing on Tuesday afternoon, March 28, in the Senate Human Services Committee which Sen. Wiener chairs. The Pacific Justice Institute Center for Public Policy sent a letter to the committee on Friday opposing the bill.
In the letter, Kevin Snider of the PJI-CPP details a number of concerns with the bill, including religious freedom, pronouns, names and compelled speech. Among other things, the bill contains no exceptions for religiously-operated institutions, which means nuns caring for the elderly and disabled in covered facilities would be expected to embrace the State’s gender ideology. The bill also fails to account for the sad reality that many residents of long-term care facilities are not in their right minds and may have delusions that should not be imposed on caregivers.
Brad Dacus, the president of the PJI-CPP and a frequent FOT guest, noted, “Radical gender theory has real, negative consequences for society. All of us should be alarmed by the attempt to now criminalize the use of legal names and grammatically correct pronouns in nursing homes. We believe this bill is not only unconstitutional, but unconscionable.”