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Judge Allows Ten Commandments Monument To Remain On Public School Grounds

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A District Judge in Pennsylvania allows a Ten Commandments monument to remain on public school grounds because the plaintiffs in the case could not prove they were harmed enough.

A monument of the Ten Commandments will be allowed to stay in front of Valley Junior-Senior High School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of separation of church and state.

According to TribLive, the Fraternal Order of Eagles donated the large stone Ten Commandments tablet in response to the release of the movie, “The Ten Commandments” back in the late 1950s. Because of this, the school district argued that the religious monument had a historic and secular purpose. Marie Schaub and her daughter, along with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, claimed the monument’s presence on public school grounds amounted to government endorsement of a particular religion, thus violating the Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion.

Schaub testified that she eventually pulled her daughter from the New Kensington-Arnold School District to avoid contact with the monument, but U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry wouldn’t take that into consideration because her daughter left the school after the lawsuit was filed. The judge also decided that the plaintiffs had not proven they were harmed enough by the monument to have standing in the case because, according to Schaub’s testimony, she could only recount two or three times when she had seen the monument.

“Plaintiffs Schaub and (her unidentified daughter) … have failed to establish that they were forced to come into ‘direct, regular, and unwelcome contact with the’ Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of Valley High School,” McVerry wrote in his opinion.

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State explain that the judge focused on the wrong facts.

“While it is fair to say that many are offended by a Ten Commandments display on government property, that is not the main legal issue. The reality is this Decalogue is unconstitutional because it gives the impression that government is endorsing belief over non-belief. Whether or not anyone is offended by the specific display is secondary.”

The plaintiffs, represented by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, are currently considering an appeal.

In a similar case last week, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision Monday that a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds was unconstitutional and must be removed.

 

Image by Freedom From Religion Foundation via Facebook

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Man Shoots and Kills Atlanta Supermarket Cashier, Wounds Guard Over Mask Policy: Police

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A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store’s mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.

“The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location,” DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. “The individual is deceased.”

“Although details are not complete, authorities say that the male suspect was involved in a dispute with a young woman before he began firing at her inside the store,” the spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.

There apparently was an altercation over the mask policy, which is clearly posted on the store’s door.

“A witness, identified as Alan Williams, said a man walked into the store, struck the woman with a gun, then shot her. That’s when the deputy and the suspect exchanged gunfire.”

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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'CAN’T HANDLE COLD OR HEAT'

#AbbottFailedTexas Trends as State Electric Authority Warns of Possible Power Outages Again – This Time in Heat Wave

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Over the winter at least 151 Texans died as 4.5 million homes and businesses went without power in a massive failure created by poor planning, lack of regulation, and sheer greed.

Last week Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott promised he had fixed the problem.

On Monday, less than seven days later, ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, urged customers to turn air conditioning to no cooler than 78 degrees and to conserve power, as it expects more blackouts throughout the week – this time during extreme heat.

In a statement ERCOT also asked Texans to not use ovens, washing machines, or dryers.

“If you don’t need something – we are asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible.”

Many Texans, and many Americans, are furious.

 

 

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THE GOP IS NOW THE QANON PARTY

FBI Warns Congress of More Possible QAnon Violence Targeting Democratic Lawmakers

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The FBI has briefed members of Congress that QAnon “digital soldiers” may become violent and engage in more acts of domestic violent extremism, like the January 6 insurrection. In an unclassified version of the threat assessment delivered to top lawmakers in April the Bureau warns that Democrats may be targeted.

Rather than walking away from the far right wing conspiracy movement that paints some top Democrats as part of a dark cabal of cannibalistic Satan-worshipping pedophiles being fought by Donald Trump, some QAnon cultists think “that individuals need to take greater control of the direction of the movement than before,” CNN reports in an exclusive.

The shift is fueled by a belief among some of the conspiracy’s more militant followers that they “can no longer ‘trust the plan” set forth by its mysterious standard-bearer, known simply as “Q,” according an unclassified FBI threat assessment on QAnon sent to lawmakers last week, which was obtained by CNN.

This might lead followers to seek to harm “perceived members of the ‘cabal’ such as Democrats and other political opposition — instead of continually awaiting Q’s promised actions which have not occurred,” according to the assessment.

CNN also reports FBI Director Christopher Wray “made clear the bureau is not investigating” the QAnon movement, but only crimes committed by its adherents.

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