Thursday, July 1, 2010

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Traditional Marriage

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— The Wisconsin Supreme Court Wednesday unanimously refused to tear down a state constitutional amendment adopted by voters that affirms marriage as the union of one man and one woman and prohibits the state from manufacturing other legal relationships that masquerade as marriage. Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund filed a friend-of-the-court brief last year on behalf of the Wisconsin Family Council in defense of the amendment, which a lower court upheld as constitutional.

“Voters adopted the marriage amendment in Wisconsin for one clear and simple reason: to protect the institution of marriage,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Jim Campbell. “We should be strengthening--not undermining--marriage, which is one man and one woman. Once again, activists tried to use the courts to force something on the people that they have repeatedly and overwhelmingly rejected.”

Son of Hamas Founder/Former Israeli Spy Found Not Guilty of Terrorism

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SAN DIEGO — An immigration judge tentatively granted asylum Wednesday to the son of a Hamas founder who turned his back on his father's terrorist group and became a spy for Israel.

The ruling came after the federal government abruptly dropped concerns that Mosab Hassan Yousef was a terrorist threat.

Yousef, 32, was greeted by a small group of cheering supporters as he left an immigration detention center where the 15-minute hearing was held under heavy security.

He had argued that he would be killed if he was deported because he spied on Hamas for Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency and abandoned Islam after becoming a Christian.

"I will keep fighting the ideology that is behind terrorists because I know how they think," he told reporters in the parking lot. "I know that this is the real danger that is facing liberty, facing freedom, facing humanity."

Link to Bio and Conversion to Christianity

Mosab Hassan Yousef (Arabic: مصعب حسن يوسف; now known as Joseph;[1] born 1978 (age 31–32))[2] is a Palestinian and son of a Hamas founder and leader who spied for Israel from 1997 to 2007.[3] Israel's internal security service, Shin Bet, considered Yousef the most valuable source within the Hamas leadership.[3]

The information Yousef supplied prevented dozens of suicide attacks, the assassination of Israelis, and exposed numerous terrorist groups.[3] Yousef has since converted to Christianity and moved to California, in the United States.[1] In March 2010, he published his autobiography, Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices


His request for political asylum in the United States was granted pending a routine background check on June 30, 2010.[4]

Conversion to Christianity

In 1999, Yousef met a British missionary who introduced him to Christianity.[1] Between the years 1999 and 2000, Yousef converted to Christianity and was baptized in 2005. He left the West Bank for the United States in 2007 and lived some time in San Diego, California, where he joined the Barabbas Road Church.[1] .

In August 2008, Yousef publicly revealed his conversion to Christianity and began denouncing Hamas and the Arab leadership, thereby endangering himself and exposing his family in Ramallah to persecution.[1] Yousef said his goal in revealing the evil nature of the leadership to the world was to bring peace to the Middle East. He still hopes to return to Israel/Palestine when there is peace.[1]

Massachusetts School Outlaws Pledge Of Allegiance

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When Sean Harrington entered his freshman year at Arlington High School, he noticed something peculiar: There were no American flags in the classrooms, and no one recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

So Harrington enlisted the aid of his fellow students, and now, three years later, they have succeeded in getting flags installed in the classrooms. But the pledge still will not be recited.

The Arlington, Mass., school committee has rejected the 17-year-old's request to allow students to voluntarily recite the Pledge of Allegiance, because some educators are concerned that it would be hard to find teachers willing to recite it, according to a report in the Arlington Patch.

Harrington had presented school officials with a petition signed by 700 people, along with letters of support from lawmakers including Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.

But the request to have the pledge recited failed when the committee's vote ended in a 3-3 tie.

"I was really heartbroken," Harrington told FOX News Radio. "It's hard to think that something so traditional in American society was turned down."

His fight has received quite a bit of support from the community. "When I was going to school, it was an honor and a privilege to pledge allegiance to the flag," Francis De Guglielmo, 55, told the Patch. He called the ban an "absolute travesty" and a "disgrace."

Harrington, who will be a senior in the fall, said he will continue to fight. "I'm not a person who quits and I don't back down. It's a very righteous cause and needs to be followed through until the end."


JMC Ministries Response

Written By Miranda Caverley

YES, it is a travesty and a disgrace that in America we cannot say the Pledge of Allegiance in this school! We are in AMERICA! We are thankful that at least the American flags were put back into the classrooms, which should NEVER have been taken out in the first place. What kind of Country have we become when schools don't even allow anything that symbolizes our Country that we live in to be in the classroom. Where children are suppose to be taught about our Country and the history of The United States Of America.

Sadly the more stories like this that keep coming to light the more we see that the United States of America is becoming a Socialist, Marxist Run Country and no longer a Democracy.

I applaud this young man for continuing to fight to have the Pledge of Allegiance placed back into the classrooms of his school. When I was a child we said the Pledge of Allegiance every morning before class started. But once I got out of elementary school we no longer said it, and I still don't know why. But at least I had the chance to learn the pledge of allegiance and I am happy that I know and proud to stand and say it. Because sadly most children in that school more than likely haven't been taught it and don't even know it. This must stop teach the children the truth so that when they grow up they will be educated and know their rights and know How their country became the greatest freest nation on earth.