Religious school – Maleny Celtic http://malenyceltic.org/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 08:51:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://malenyceltic.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-25-120x120.png Religious school – Maleny Celtic http://malenyceltic.org/ 32 32 Cops dismiss alleged abuse case at Selangor religious school, complainant accused of filing false report https://malenyceltic.org/cops-dismiss-alleged-abuse-case-at-selangor-religious-school-complainant-accused-of-filing-false-report/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 08:51:39 +0000 https://malenyceltic.org/cops-dismiss-alleged-abuse-case-at-selangor-religious-school-complainant-accused-of-filing-false-report/ Shah Alam Police today said they have dismissed a police report by a 45-year-old mother about abuse suffered by her son at a ‘madrasah’ or Islamic religious school in Selangor. — Photo by Ahmad Zamzahuri By Yiswaree Palansamy Monday, September 26, 2022 4:49 p.m. GMT KUALA LUMPUR, September 26 – Shah Alam Police today said […]]]>

Shah Alam Police today said they have dismissed a police report by a 45-year-old mother about abuse suffered by her son at a ‘madrasah’ or Islamic religious school in Selangor. — Photo by Ahmad Zamzahuri

By Yiswaree Palansamy

Monday, September 26, 2022 4:49 p.m. GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, September 26 – Shah Alam Police today said they have dismissed a police report by a 45-year-old mother of abuse suffered by her son at a ‘madrasah’ or Islamic religious school in Selangor .

The police also said that the complainant has since been charged with making a false police report and providing false information to the police under Section 182 of the Penal Code in the Shah Alam Magistrate’s Court.

“The accused, who is also the plaintiff in this case, has pleaded not guilty to the charge under Section 182 of the Penal Code and the case is due for trial on November 15, 2022.

“The defendant was released on bail of RM2,000 pending the upcoming trial. The trial court judge also cautioned the defendant not to make extreme statements regarding the ongoing trial,” said Deputy Commissioner (ACP) of Shah Alam District Police Chief Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim in a statement.

The woman had filed a complaint on August 21, after visiting her son who had been sent there on August 10.

Police said the son later filed a report on August 23 saying he had not been assaulted there, before stating the opposite in a different report on September 25.

Mohd Iqbal said a medical examination of the alleged victim at Shah Alam Hospital revealed no injuries on his body.

The case was investigated under Section 323 of the Penal Code for willfully causing injury, but the case was ruled ‘without action’ (NFA) after the investigation documents were forwarded to the assistant prosecutor.

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Maine has approved the first religious school to receive public funding since the court ruling https://malenyceltic.org/maine-has-approved-the-first-religious-school-to-receive-public-funding-since-the-court-ruling/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 20:46:00 +0000 https://malenyceltic.org/maine-has-approved-the-first-religious-school-to-receive-public-funding-since-the-court-ruling/ Maine has approved the first religious school application to receive public tuition funds, following a back-to-back U.S. Supreme Court case earlier this year. Portland’s Cheverus High School has been approved to participate in Maine’s “urban tuition” program, according to a document released earlier this week by the Maine Department of Education. Under this program, families […]]]>

Maine has approved the first religious school application to receive public tuition funds, following a back-to-back U.S. Supreme Court case earlier this year.

Portland’s Cheverus High School has been approved to participate in Maine’s “urban tuition” program, according to a document released earlier this week by the Maine Department of Education.

Under this program, families in certain cities without a primary or secondary school can send their children to the public or private school of their choice, with the state reimbursing the tuition fees.

Religious schools had been banned until the US Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that the ban was unconstitutional.

Cheverus describes itself as a Jesuit Catholic school that teaches students to pursue “intellectual, spiritual, physical, and personal excellence for the greater glory of God.”

It remains unclear how many religious schools will choose to apply for the program. To qualify for public tuition, private schools must meet curriculum, health, and safety requirements.

They must also comply with Maine’s human rights law, which Attorney General Aaron Frey said would require some religious schools to eliminate what he says are their “current discriminatory practices.”

Cheverus officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Funding for SC religious schools unconstitutional, charges new FFRF lawsuit https://malenyceltic.org/funding-for-sc-religious-schools-unconstitutional-charges-new-ffrf-lawsuit/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 20:36:54 +0000 https://malenyceltic.org/funding-for-sc-religious-schools-unconstitutional-charges-new-ffrf-lawsuit/ The Freedom From Religion Foundation is today filing a major lawsuit against South Carolina officials on behalf of four Palmetto State citizens challenging the unconstitutional funding of a private religious school. “An upstate Christian organization raising money to build a $14 million boarding school for disadvantaged and at-risk youth has a surprising benefactor: the state […]]]>

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is today filing a major lawsuit against South Carolina officials on behalf of four Palmetto State citizens challenging the unconstitutional funding of a private religious school.

“An upstate Christian organization raising money to build a $14 million boarding school for disadvantaged and at-risk youth has a surprising benefactor: the state of South Carolina,” reports the Columbia Daily, the capital. “In a move that legal scholars say raises constitutional issues, state lawmakers have included a $1.5 million allocation in this year’s budget to help Christian Learning Centers in Greenville County. to get their new school started.”

The FFRF’s assessment goes beyond what the publication describes: the funding is not only questionable, it is downright unconstitutional.

“The South Carolina Constitution prohibits the use of public funds for the direct benefit of a private educational institution (Article XI, Section 4),” reads the legal complaint that the state watchdog / of the church filed with the Fifth South Carolina Court of Common Pleas. Judicial district. “Additionally, the Constitution of South Carolina contains an Establishment Clause which mirrors the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the General Assembly from making any ‘law respecting the establishment of a religion’. “(Article I, Section 2).”

The case is filed on behalf of four South Carolina ratepayers — Christopher Parker and Ian Whatley, both residents of Greenville County, and Gere Fulton and Michael Brown, both residents of Richland County — against defendants Governor of Carolina of the South Henry McMaster, Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, Treasurer Curtis Loftis Jr. and Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. Three of the plaintiffs are members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Parker, who has children in Greenville County schools, knows of the Christian learning centers’ intent to evangelize students.

Christian Learning Centers of Greenville County is a private religious educational institution whose mission is “to provide free biblical instruction to public school children”. Its faculty is a “group of Christ-centered educators who have a passion for teaching and sharing the Word of God with our young people,” to quote the organization itself. Students are encouraged to “spread the news” to others to “ELECT JESUS”. For 25 years, the Christian group has provided biblical time-release instruction to students in Greenville County schools. Two private Christian colleges in Greenville County — North Greenville University and Bob Jones University (very sadly fundamentalist) — also have ties to Christian learning centers, as reported by The State newspaper.

The organization announced plans to build a boarding school in Greenville County, and its CEO, Janice Butler, sent a proposal to build the “state-of-the-art boarding school” to the Governor of South Carolina in May this year. year. South Carolina’s 2022-23 appropriations bill now includes a $1.5 million payout to the organization in a measure co-sponsored by state officials Mike Burns and John McCravy.

“The South Carolina Appropriations Bill for 2022-23 violates the Constitution of South Carolina, as well as the rights of all citizens and taxpayers of the State of South Carolina, including plaintiffs and those who find themselves in a similar situation,” says the FFRF complaint.

Similar attempts by McMaster in the past to fund private religious entities have come up against the courts.

“The South Carolina Constitution expressly prohibits the state from directly funding religious or other private educational institutions, and the state Supreme Court just two years ago upheld that ban,” reports The State newspaper. “In the 2020 case, Adams v. McMaster, the state’s highest court unanimously found that the governor’s plan to use $32 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to provide student scholarships to attend private schools violated the state constitution.

Due to the state awarding $1.5 million to a local Christian educational institution, the plaintiffs, who identify as atheists, agnostics or secular humanists, feel like outsiders in the community, supports the FFRF. They do not wish to subsidize any religious group that indoctrinates students, including Christian Learning Centers. And the defendants’ financial appropriation directly violates the South Carolina Constitution.

Therefore plaintiffs seek a judgment and an order declaring that the financial assignment violates Article XI section 4 and Article I section 2 of the South Carolina Constitution, a temporary restraining order and an injunction statute prohibiting the defendants from providing funding to Christian learning centers. and the granting of attorneys’ fees for the plaintiffs.

“This is a gross misuse of secular taxpayers’ money to benefit an openly religious organization in its quest to indoctrinate and proselytize young students in its sectarian mission,” said the co-chair of the FFRF, Annie Laurie Gaylor. “The project had neither sunlight nor debate. We thank our local complainants for making this important challenge possible.

FFRF lead attorney Patrick Elliott and FFRF legal officer Karen Heineman are co-counsel in the case with South Carolina attorney Steven Edward Buckingham.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a national nonprofit organization with more than 37,000 members nationwide, including hundreds of members in South Carolina. Its purposes are to protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church and to educate the public on matters relating to non-theism.

Photo by: John Wollwerth / Shutterstock

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Kanye West Opens ‘Unaccredited’ Private Religious School, Fans React: ‘Always Do Something Unnecessary’ https://malenyceltic.org/kanye-west-opens-unaccredited-private-religious-school-fans-react-always-do-something-unnecessary/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 05:35:48 +0000 https://malenyceltic.org/kanye-west-opens-unaccredited-private-religious-school-fans-react-always-do-something-unnecessary/ Kanye West is once again making headlines around the world after apparently opening his private religious school Families of students at American rapper’s school are required to sign a nondisclosure agreement, reports say The school is also reportedly unaccredited at this time and the school principal has apparently never held an official teaching position. Kanye […]]]>
  • Kanye West is once again making headlines around the world after apparently opening his private religious school
  • Families of students at American rapper’s school are required to sign a nondisclosure agreement, reports say
  • The school is also reportedly unaccredited at this time and the school principal has apparently never held an official teaching position.

Kanye West would have opened his private religious school. The I can’t tell myself anything The rapper is making international headlines after launching the ‘sleazy’ school.

Kanye West has opened an “unaccredited” private religious school. Image: @kanyewest
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rolling stone reports that two sources revealed that families of students at the school are required to sign non-disclosure agreements.

Take from Twitterthe publication’s reporter, Noah Shachtman, reported that a consultant for the institution claimed that only the parents signed the “informal agreement”.

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He shared that another weird thing about the school is that it’s “not accredited, yet.” Noah adds that the school announced the teaching vacancies two weeks before the start of classes.

“The alleged school principal has never held an official position as an educator,” Noah further revealed.

Social media users took to Noah’s comments section and shared mixed reactions to his story.

@IKE_DEVJI said:

“And yet, it’s somehow even less ridiculous than the idea that…Charlie Kirk runs a school.”

@kathygriffin wrote:

“It’s straight out of the trump/Flynn/maga handbook.”

@rk_tw33ts commented:

“Awaiting the release of the documentary series in 5-10 years covering the inevitable implosion, hidden abuses and epic scams that are sure to happen at this school…”

@NonnaMichele said:

“If Kim can pass a test to become a lawyer, without going to law school, Kanye is equally qualified to run a school. They have enough money to buy whatever they want.”

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@chicagospots wrote:

“The last place Kanye should be is in the education sector.”

@Star5AtNight added:

“Why is Kanye always doing something useless and extra?”

Kanye West has another meltdown and roasts Kim Kardashian

In other entertainment news, Legit.ng reported that Kanye West apparently had another public meltdown. The American rapper followed his timeline and appeared to poke fun at his ex Kim Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner.

In the now deleted messages, the I can’t tell myself anything The hitmaker was apparently asking Kim to send their kids to his new academy, Hollywood Life reported. He opened his own school named after his mother, Donda, and he wants his children to go there.

Ye also made serious allegations about the Kardashian/Jenner family. Taking to Twitter, American journalist Philip Lewis shared screenshots of Kanye’s Instagram rants.

Source: Briefly.co.za

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Kanye West reportedly opened Donda Academy as a private religious school, parents must sign NDAs https://malenyceltic.org/kanye-west-reportedly-opened-donda-academy-as-a-private-religious-school-parents-must-sign-ndas/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 02:54:47 +0000 https://malenyceltic.org/kanye-west-reportedly-opened-donda-academy-as-a-private-religious-school-parents-must-sign-ndas/ Kanye West is said to have opened a private school based on the teachings of Christianity. The school – Donda Academy – is based in Simi Valley, California. The school’s website states that Donda Academy’s mission is to “preparing students to become the next generation of leaders” Passing by “an ethic of integrity and care.” […]]]>

Kanye West is said to have opened a private school based on the teachings of Christianity.

The school – Donda Academy – is based in Simi Valley, California.

The school’s website states that Donda Academy’s mission is to “preparing students to become the next generation of leaders” Passing by “an ethic of integrity and care.”

As of this writing, the school is not accredited and Brianne Campbell, Executive Director of the Main Program and Choir at Donda Academy, has never held a formal teaching position.

via Rolling Stone:

West returned to Instagram earlier this month to share photos of students dressed in school uniforms made entirely of his Yeezy and Gap designs. He also complained about his four children not attending school, apparently suggesting to his ex-wife Kim Kardashian that the children should divide their time between Donda and their current school.

But despite its famous founder, curiosity around the school, flashy celebrity visits and West’s plans to open campuses across the country alongside a Donda University, the school has shared little information. about its academics beyond what is on its sparse website – an anomaly when compared to the top private schools in the region that detail their staff, classes, and other programs. The academy’s website simply notes that the students’ daily schedule includes “full school worship; basic courses in language arts, mathematics and science; lunch and recreation; enrichment classes including world language, visual arts, film, choir and parkour.

Two sources tell Rolling Stone that families are required to sign nondisclosure agreements; a school consultant says only parents sign and described it as an “informal agreement”.

Additionally, the school is not yet accredited and was still looking to hire instructors shortly before the start of the school year. It has been difficult to determine exactly who attends and works at the school. Donda’s listed administrators and athletic program management did not respond to Rolling Stone’s multiple inquiries about the school. A representative for West also did not respond to requests for comment. Many people associated with the school have been reluctant to respond to interview requests, as have parents whose children attend the school. Even attempts by the local Simi Valley newspaper noted in a June article that it could not reach anyone.

The school’s ostensible leader listed on its website is Principal and Executive Director Brianne Campbell, who also runs the school’s choir program. But Rolling Stone learned that Campbell had never held an official position as an educator. According to her resume, Campbell’s closest brush with a teaching job appears to run her own piano, guitar and vocal tutoring business headquartered in her apartment. The 28-year-old only enrolled in a Masters of Education program at Pepperdine University in January and is expected to complete the course by next August. (Campbell did not respond to an interview request.)

Malik Yusef, a longtime West producer and collaborator who says he helped shape the concept of the school, tells Rolling Stone that West is serious about Donda Academy, and that the school is not being done in any way. case on a whim. It’s part of West’s long-term vision, with Yusef saying the rapper’s five-year plan is to have multiple campuses across the country.

“I want to emphasize that there was never a time when Kanye West didn’t want to do this,” he says. “I think people don’t understand the seriousness of this. This man always wanted to start a school in his mum’s name… Look what we’re doing with the choir and fashion at school – I don’t think there’s a venture capitalist or anyone who had such a clear vision of what education can look like to you.

With plans for national schools and a college, Donda Academy will serve as a test of whether West and his team can succeed in forming a successful celebrity-backed college institution. Otherwise, they risk jeopardizing the education of the children entrusted to their care.

For the 2021-2022 school year, Donda Academy launched its All-Star Donda Doves basketball team alongside 21 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, according to the California Department of Education. At the end of August, the institution opened its doors to around 100 students, with the proud parents posting images of their children heading to class in their all-black uniforms.

Yusef described some of the students as the children of West collaborators, designers and other celebrities, while Keyshia Cole posted a photo of her son in a Donda uniform and a popular YouTube family also posted a photo. photo of their child on the first day of school in an all-black uniform.

Elsewhere, footage circulated of children gathered in an empty warehouse, eating a nutritious meal on folding tables and meeting Celtics player Jaylen Brown, who said three children gave him their autographs. “[They] says they will be famous,” he wrote on Instagram after his visit. “I believe them.”

Is it a school or is it a sect? Only time will tell…

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A “religious” school deprived of the right to openly discriminate… Maybe? Time will tell us. https://malenyceltic.org/a-religious-school-deprived-of-the-right-to-openly-discriminate-maybe-time-will-tell-us/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 15:13:08 +0000 https://malenyceltic.org/a-religious-school-deprived-of-the-right-to-openly-discriminate-maybe-time-will-tell-us/ For those who follow the nuanced case of Yeshiva University’s fight for the right to discriminate against gay people, there has been quite a development. The highest court in the country has ruled on the matter. And while it’s really about ‘understanding before you come to our door’, the breakdown of the ruling is making […]]]>

For those who follow the nuanced case of Yeshiva University’s fight for the right to discriminate against gay people, there has been quite a development. The highest court in the country has ruled on the matter. And while it’s really about ‘understanding before you come to our door’, the breakdown of the ruling is making waves.

The Supreme Court has rejected a bid by Yeshiva University to prevent an LGBTQ+ student organization from forming on campus and returns the matter to New York courts.

In a 5-4 decision against the Jewish college on Wednesday, the Supreme Court denied Yeshiva’s request to stay a New York County Supreme Court decision, and the school will now have to go through the New York court system. York.

Now we have a lot of readers at Above the Law. Chances are many of you will be confused as to how a case that went through the New York Supreme Court should go “through the rest of the system.” What?! Supreme über alles, isn’t it? You, my dear reader, are one of today’s lucky 10,000!

A fun New York idiosyncrasy. The New York Supreme Court is actually one of its lower those. New York’s court of last resort is the Court of Appeals – which I think seems like the middle tier rather than the ultimate tier, but I’m not the legal architect here. Anyhoo, back to gratuitous discrimination in the name of Yeshiva.

With the Supreme Court’s refusal – the federal court of last resort without accountability, not New York’s – Yeshiva will have to work its way through the appellate levels of the New York court system before it can enjoy its day in the sun. with the Christian Six. If school returns to Guns For Jesus Court, it would create a pretty interesting fact pattern. Sure, SCOTUS’ ruling in favor of Yeshiva would be a boon for nationwide religious discrimination – well, schools will be the focal point for the right to be a bigot instead of damned pastries – but unless some of the Tories change their minds, or the conversion rules become much more lax very quickly, it will be much harder for them to pray with the defendants before they award them a completely impartial victory.

Speaking of Alito, Clarence, Gorsuch and Barrett, not everyone was happy with the decision.

Alito’s dissent states that the First Amendment allows Yeshiva University to freely exercise its religion, and added that a return to state court is unlikely to be successful for the school.

“I doubt Yeshiva’s return to state court will be successful, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t grant a reprieve at this time. It is our duty to defend the Constitution even when it is controversial,” Alito wrote.

New York County Supreme Court Judge Lynn Kotler ruled on June 14 that because the university is licensed as a non-religious organization, it must comply with the state’s human rights law. New York City.

Do not worry. Given the relative success of this evidence-based model, it is only a matter of time before a similarly situated Christian “non-religious organization” decides to violate a city of New York works its way through the “Supreme Court” to the Supreme Court proper. . Take advantage of the fundamental right to gather in non-religious organizations as long as you can, LGBTQ+ people. And the rest of us too. You may not be the target right now, but no heart is free from sin.

Supreme Court Rejects Yeshiva University’s Bid to Block LGBTQ+ Student Organization, Refers It to New York Courts [Fox News]


Chris Williams became Social Media Manager and Associate Editor for Above the Law in June 2021. Prior to joining the team, he moonlighted as an underage Memelord™ in the Law School Memes for Edgy Facebook group T14s. He endured Missouri long enough to graduate from Washington University at St. Louis School of Law. He’s a former boatbuilder who can’t swim, a published author on critical racing theory, philosophy and humor, and has a love for cycling that sometimes annoys his peers. You can reach him by email at cwilliams@abovethelaw.com and by tweet at @WritesForRent.

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Religious school pushes to uphold right to keep LGBTQ group off campus https://malenyceltic.org/religious-school-pushes-to-uphold-right-to-keep-lgbtq-group-off-campus/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 22:01:38 +0000 https://malenyceltic.org/religious-school-pushes-to-uphold-right-to-keep-lgbtq-group-off-campus/ Most of the religiously discriminatory spotlight of late has been on Christians trying to turn the United States into a theocracy. This should not be confused with the fact that they are the only ones fighting for the right to freedom from discrimination as a religion; Yeshiva University also stands for religious freedom – and […]]]>

Most of the religiously discriminatory spotlight of late has been on Christians trying to turn the United States into a theocracy. This should not be confused with the fact that they are the only ones fighting for the right to freedom from discrimination as a religion; Yeshiva University also stands for religious freedom – and they are ready to go to court about it.

I’m surprised things went this far to begin with. Although I’m not a fan of their wishes, Yeshiva is a private religious institution and it’s generally the case that these groups can discriminate on religious grounds as long as they don’t take money from the state or something of the kind. If that happens in the Supreme Court, the school probably won’t be required to recognize the club.

The request comes as the court’s conservative majority ruled in favor of religious conservatives in two cases last season. Additionally, in 2021, the court sided with a Catholic foster care agency that refused to consider same-sex couples as potential adoptive parents.

My only real concern is that a court decision might introduce some prefiguration into its justification by pointing to Oberefell and Brown in Dobbs. The silver lining is that students interested in forming the group will likely be able to find a space more conducive to their right to assemble. This is New York, after all.

EDITORIAL UPDATE 8/31/2022 1:07 PM: There’s a bit more nuance to the story than how I’ve presented it here. Although Yeshiva University describes itself as “the world’s premier Jewish institution of higher learning”, it is technically, as the lower court found, a secular institution. This places Yeshiva in a strange liminal space where they apply religious values ​​in a secular context, making the legal consequences of their actions more obscure in a post-war context.Bremerton America.

Yeshiva University asks Supreme Court to let it block LGBTQ student club [CNN]


Chris Williams became social media manager and associate editor for Above the Law in June 2021. Prior to joining the team, he moonlighted as an underage Memelord™ in the Law School Memes for Edgy Facebook group T14s. He endured Missouri long enough to graduate from Washington University at St. Louis School of Law. He’s a former boatbuilder who can’t swim, a published author on critical racing theory, philosophy, and humor, and has a love for cycling that sometimes annoys his peers. You can reach him by email at cwilliams@abovethelaw.com and by tweet at @WritesForRent.

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FFRF Exposes Tax-Funded Florida Religious School Bigotry https://malenyceltic.org/ffrf-exposes-tax-funded-florida-religious-school-bigotry/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 13:39:36 +0000 https://malenyceltic.org/ffrf-exposes-tax-funded-florida-religious-school-bigotry/ The Freedom From Religion Foundation finds the anti-LGBTQ policy recently announced by a religious school in the Sunshine State detestable. “A Florida religious school says it will only refer to students by their sex assigned at birth, while gay, transgender, or gender-nonconforming students ‘will be asked to leave school immediately,’ NBC News reports. “The correspondence […]]]>

The Freedom From Religion Foundation finds the anti-LGBTQ policy recently announced by a religious school in the Sunshine State detestable.

“A Florida religious school says it will only refer to students by their sex assigned at birth, while gay, transgender, or gender-nonconforming students ‘will be asked to leave school immediately,’ NBC News reports.

“The correspondence of June 6 to parents [from Grace Christian School] quoted from the scriptures and says students will be referred to by ‘gender on their birth certificates’ during the school year beginning this month,” the story adds. “‘We believe that God created mankind in his own image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal dignity,’ the email read.

Already, the parents of a 16-year-old LGBTQ student at the school have decided to withdraw her due to the sectarian statement.

Policies like this are common in private religious schools (a Christian school in Louisiana recently asked a same-sex married couple to withdraw their kindergarten), even though they would be illegal in public schools. However, the distinction between private and public is much less clear-cut than many think. Grace Christian School has received over a quarter of a million dollars in PPP funding from the federal government, and discriminatory private schools receive taxpayer funding across the country through various state and federal programs — despite their sometimes brazen bigotry . Just two weeks ago, the Biden administration unfortunately made it easier for religious schools to discriminate against LGBTQ people while remaining eligible for federal money for student meal programs.

And the Supreme Court of the United States has further confused the issue. He ruled in his recent decision Carson v. Makin that if states choose to fund private schools, they must include religious schools. By acting contrary to the country’s fundamental constitutional principles, the Court essentially ensured that secular taxpayers will be forced to fund private religious schools (like Florida’s) with odious policies.

“The line between public and private has become increasingly blurred lately,” says FFRF co-chair Annie Laurie Gaylor. “Religious schools that exhibit despicable behavior are often not only a moral concern, but also an undue financial burden on well-meaning taxpayers.”

Public funds must go to public schools, concludes the FFRF. If private schools insist on discrimination, they should not be eligible for taxpayer funds (religious or not). Taxpayers should not be forced to fund discrimination. Period.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a national nonprofit organization with more than 37,000 members and multiple chapters across the country, including more than 1,800 members and the Central Florida Free Thought Community chapter in Florida. Its purposes are to protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church and to educate the public on matters relating to non-theism.

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Singer Gülşen imprisoned for religious remarks at school https://malenyceltic.org/singer-gulsen-imprisoned-for-religious-remarks-at-school/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 09:13:38 +0000 https://malenyceltic.org/singer-gulsen-imprisoned-for-religious-remarks-at-school/ ISTANBUL A Turkish court jailed a pop star on August 25 for “inciting hatred” over a comment about religious schools. class=”cf”> Singer Gülşen Bayraktar Çolakoğlu – a 46-year-old woman known by her first name on stage – has been detained at her Istanbul home and brought to justice. A judge then remanded her in custody […]]]>
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A Turkish court jailed a pop star on August 25 for “inciting hatred” over a comment about religious schools.

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Singer Gülşen Bayraktar Çolakoğlu – a 46-year-old woman known by her first name on stage – has been detained at her Istanbul home and brought to justice.

A judge then remanded her in custody pending an investigation into comments she made on stage in April about Imam Hatip religious schools.

Footage from the August 24 Gülşen concert where she said, “He had already studied with Imam Hatip, his perversion comes from there,” sparked scorching criticism for the famous singer.

The Department of Education responded by initiating legal proceedings and issued a statement regarding the incident. “We condemn the singer for her remarks which contain insults and slander against a community by accusing our high school imam hatip during her concert.”

“It is never acceptable to make derogatory and marginalizing remarks towards these institutions raising generations with national and spiritual values ​​or any of our types of schools,” the ministry added.

In his post on a social media account condemning Gülşen, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said: “Using the language of hatred, hostility and discrimination and provoking one part of the public against the other is also disrespectful to art and artists.

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No one has the right and freedom to sow hatred, enmity and discrimination among our people, Bozdağ added.

Targeting a certain part of society with the allegation of ‘perversion’ and trying to separate Turkey is a hate crime and a disgrace to humanity,” said the spokesperson for the Justice and Development Party ( AKP), Omer Celik.

Moreover, Ali Erbaş, the head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs of Türkiye (Diyanet) reacted by condemning the singer.

“It is unacceptable to insult the imam hatip schools and their members, who were created to call for good, spread good and eliminate evil, and who have been leading this cause for 70 years.”

Moreover, Özgür Özel, vice-president of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) group, reacted by saying: “A joke broke hearts. We will follow the incident closely.

Gülşen issued an apology on social media before his arrest. “A joke that I shared with my colleagues that I worked with for many years (…) was presented and published by those who aim to polarize society,” she said.

In her testimony at the police station before she was imprisoned, Gülşen said the clip showing her making these comments was a misunderstanding as it was shot during a prank she made on her colleague. “It wasn’t a speech I made to concert attendees or the media,” she said.

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This clip was shared months later for provocative purposes, according to Gülşen.

“I am an artist who loves her country, believes in equal opportunities, cannot ignore anyone and respects all the values ​​and sensitivities of the country. I do not accept the accusation,” she said.

Gülşen’s lawyer, Emek Emre, has vowed to appeal the star’s arrest and demand his immediate release. “Our client has committed no crime,” he told reporters.

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South Carolina lawmakers must rescind $1.5 million donation to religious school https://malenyceltic.org/south-carolina-lawmakers-must-rescind-1-5-million-donation-to-religious-school/ Wed, 24 Aug 2022 20:27:20 +0000 https://malenyceltic.org/south-carolina-lawmakers-must-rescind-1-5-million-donation-to-religious-school/ The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly condemns as unconstitutional and irresponsible a $1.5 million budget in South Carolina to help start a Christian school. Greenville Christian Learning Centers, which indoctrinated public school students through Bible teaching at the time of liberation, now want to build a $14 million boarding school for 32 at-risk students, with […]]]>

The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly condemns as unconstitutional and irresponsible a $1.5 million budget in South Carolina to help start a Christian school.

Greenville Christian Learning Centers, which indoctrinated public school students through Bible teaching at the time of liberation, now want to build a $14 million boarding school for 32 at-risk students, with public funds for start-up costs.

As The State newspaper (based in the capital Columbia) asks: “Why is the state giving $1.5 million to an organization that seems less concerned with teaching geography than Sodom and Gomorrah?

“Let’s be honest: these lawmakers are not sponsoring education with this $1.5 million,” the editorial continued. “They sponsor Christianity. With little state control over private schools, there is no way to ensure that the curriculum will teach these children anything. What do these legislators need? For stone tablets to fall from the sky with the words “Thou shalt not give public funds to private schools”.

The newspaper’s point is very much rooted in South Carolina law. The State Constitution explicitly prohibits direct aid to religious or private educational institutions: “No money shall be drawn from the public funds and credit of the State or any of its political subdivisions cannot be used for the direct benefit of a religious or private educational institution. institution.” (article XI, sections 4 and 5)

No wonder the evangelists sought the support of Governor Henry McMaster. Two years ago, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously against his plan to use $32 million in federal Covid relief funds to provide tuition grants to students attending private schools.

“We believe the Governor’s decision constitutes the use of public funds for the direct benefit of private educational institutions within the meaning of and prohibited by Article XI, Section 4 of the South Carolina Constitution,” the high court said. of State.

The current proposal does not even state how many administrators, teachers or staff would be employed or include an estimate of annual operating expenses. Bob Jones University, which notoriously banned interracial dating until 2000, has financial ties to the organization.

“This mess is not only an insult to constitutional principles, but a direct injury to taxpayers, teachers and underfunded South Carolina public schools,” said FFRF Co-Chair Dan Barker.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a national nonprofit organization with more than 37,000 members nationwide, including hundreds of members in South Carolina. Its purposes are to protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church and to educate the public on matters relating to non-theism.

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