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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Trump Defends His Witness Intimidation of Ukraine Ambassador He Fired by Demanding He Have ‘Total’ Freedom of Speech
President Donald Trump is defending himself from strong and sharp criticism being fired from Democrats an Republicans alike, after he posted tweets attacking former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch Friday as she was testifying before Congress. Even Fox News anchors called it witness intimidation, as did Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.
Asked Friday afternoon if he was intentionally trying to intimidate the diplomat he fired and had ordered “on the next plane” out of Ukraine, Trump launched into a rant.
“I just want to have a total – I want freedom of speech, that’s a political process,” Trump, trying to defend himself, told reporters.
The President went on to falsely claim Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have been blocked from asking questions of Yovanovitch. They have been granted equal time, but Chairman Schiff has not broken the rules enough to their liking to favor their outbursts.
Q: “Were you trying to intimidate Ambassador Yovanovitch?”
President Trump: “I just want to have a total — I want freedom of speech.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 15, 2019
Trump Considered Firing ‘Disloyal’ Inspector General for Reporting Whistleblower Complaint to Congress
President Donald Trump has considered firing the Intelligence Community Inspector General for reporting the now-infamous whistleblower complaint to Congress. Trump appointed Michael Atkinson in 2017 but now sees him as “disloyal,” according to The New York Times.
“Mr. Trump first expressed his dismay about Mr. Atkinson around the time the whistle-blower’s complaint became public in September. In recent weeks, he has continued to raise with aides the possibility of firing him,” the Times reports.
Mr. Atkinson’s handling of the anonymous whistle-blower’s complaint was a major factor in the decision by House Democrats to initiate an impeachment inquiry. After conducting an investigation that led him to believe the complaint was credible, he forwarded it to the government’s top intelligence official, Joseph Maguire, who did not provide it to Congress in the time frame required under the law, but did allow Mr. Atkinson to alert lawmakers about the existence of the complaint.
Atkinson worked for the DOJ for 15 years before Trump appointed him IG.
You can read the Times full report here.
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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
Image via Shutterstock
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