A Christian news website is outraged after a high schooler in Ohio was given a suspension for posting Bible verses around her school in the belief that they would “heal” some of her LGBTQ peers.
According to Faithwire, Gabby Helsinger was suspended by Lebanon High School principal Scott Butler over the verses she shared in response to rainbow flags flown by her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club.
In a video posted to Facebook by her mother, the teen said she was called in after responding to the GSA while at the same time saying she had no idea what the club was.
“On Thursday when I got to school, I see that there were pride flags, posters around my school,” Helsinger explained in the video, adding, “And I felt the need to write down some Bible verses so I could put them around my school. And I wrote them down and I put them around the lockers, the walls.”
According to the teen, she later saw school officials taking them down.
“The next day, I got called to the office and there is a letter that says that I have an ISS, which is an in-school suspension, and the reason why I have it is because ‘abuse of others, disrespect, rudeness’ because I put Bible verses up ‘targeting the GSA organization,’” she continued. “I did not know what the GSA organization was or meant.”
She then accused the school of being anti-Christian, and said she only wanted to share the “word of God” with gay students whom she feels are in need of “help.”
“Seeing that there [were] people in my school that needed help … ,” she confessed. “They don’t need to be living in the confusion of wondering if they should be gay, bi, lesbian, trans — anything like that. And I know that God is the only way that they can be healed by that, and that’s why I did it. I was not targeting any kind of organization.”
According to Faithwire, “The question that remains, then, is why Gabby received the suspension to begin with. If the student’s testimony stands, and she was not ‘targeting the GSA organization’ as Principal Scott Butler allegedly claimed, then it appears her only offense was not receiving prior approval to post the verses, which is a far cry from the accusations of ‘abuse’ toward other students.”
“The concept of same-sex ‘marriage’ and transgenderism’s denial of God-given biological sex are in direct conflict with Scripture,” the piece editorialized. “But if a school claims to allow for these incompatible belief systems to coexist with equal protections, people are bound to get offended every now and then. That is the price of such freedom of expression.”
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Anti-Gay Hate Group Is Suing to Force Boston to Give Special Right to Fly Christian Flag at City Hall
An anti-gay hate group is suing the City of Boston on behalf of its client to force the “City on a Hill” to allow the Christian flag to be flown at City Hall.
Liberty Counsel, which appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-gay hate groups, is accusing the City of Boston of religious discrimination. Boston says it cannot fly non-secular flags.
Hal Shurtleff, the director and co-founder of Camp Constitution, the organization that wants to fly the Christian flag, claims the city’s refusal is unconstitutional.
“There’s no question that it is an unconstitutional act and originally said it was a violation of the First Amendment, which I find ironic,” Shurtleff, who wants to see the flag fly for one hour in September, told Fox News. “I’m optimistic the lawsuit will go our way.”
Shurtleff, according to Fox News, says if they had just told the City the flag wasn’t a Christian flag but the flag for his organization he could have gotten way with it.
Camp Constitution, which appears to be an actual camp, claims its mission is to “enhance understanding of our Judeo-Christian moral heritage,” and “the genius of our United States Constitution.”
But it also says its mission is to “expose some of the abuses and perversions that have brought our nation and economy so far down.”
Just in case there’s any confusion about Shurtleff’s mission, he posts tweets like this:
— Hal Shurtleff (@Freedominboston) June 24, 2019
And despite Shurtleff’s claim to revere the Constitution, this tweet, with an image from a far right wing website, shows the Christian flag flying over the American flag – something that is considered highly disrespectful to America.
— Hal Shurtleff (@Freedominboston) May 12, 2019
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Trump Expands Executive Overreach – Ends Asylum Protections for Migrants in Central America Coming to US
In a new and expansive executive action President Donald Trump has created a new rule that ends asylum protections for migrants traveling from Central America to the United States.
Those seeking asylum who pass through another country before applying for U.S. asylum will be deemed automatically ineligible for asylum protections.
The Associated Press reports the new rule is “expected to go into effect on Tuesday, also applies to children who have crossed the border alone.”
There are a few exceptions, including for those who have been victims of trafficking.
The problem is that U.S. law states that those seeking asylum must be on U.S soil in order to do so. U.S. law also states it is not illegal to enter the U.S. to apply for asylum.
“To obtain asylum through the affirmative asylum process you must be physically present in the United States,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s own website states. “You may apply for asylum status regardless of how you arrived in the United States or your current immigration status.”
Affirmative asylum simply means requesting asylum before a deportation order.
The move will likely be challenged in court and may be blocked since it appears to violate U.S. law.
Image by USCIS via Flickr
Mnuchin Defies Subpoena: Says No to Lawful Request for Trump’s Tax Returns
Says Treasury Is ‘Unable’ to Release Trump’s Tax Returns to House Chairman Despite Law That Says IRS ‘Shall’
Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin has responded to House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal’s legal and lawful subpoena for the IRS to turn over six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns, and his response is no.
“We are unable to provide the requested information in response to the Committee’s subpoena,” Mnuchin said in his letter to Chairman Richard Neal, as The Hill reports.
Mnuchin repeated his claim that the Chairman’s request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose,” despite the law that authorizes the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to request the tax returns of any U.S. person, for any reason.
Chairman Neal says his next step is to pursue legal methods.
“I think that the better option for us is to proceed with a court case,” says Neal.
Sec. Mnuchin’s full letter is here.
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