Principal, After Being Told Students Can Sit During the Pledge, Tells Employee to “Say It Loud, Make Them Mad”

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 15-12-2014

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We know some students have it rough when it comes to sitting down during the Pledge of Allegiance, but rarely have I seen a principal become as unhinged as Gerard LeBlanc of Thomas Jefferson High School in Gretna, Louisiana did.

On December 5, 2014… the school principal Gerard LeBlanc made a morning announcement stating that all students are required to stand for the Pledge of Alliance.

… Principal LeBlanc told [a student] that she is required to stand for the Pledge and that she should also do so out of “respect” and “courtesy.”

As a punishment [for not standing], Principal LeBlanc told [the student] that she would be required to report to the principal’s office every morning that she refuses to participate in the Pledge. [The student] reluctantly said “okay” to which Principal LeBlanc replied, “Where you will stand with me.” She once again informed him she would not be standing for the Pledge. At that point, Principal LeBlanc demanded that [the student] bring her mother into school on Monday December 8, 2014, for a meeting with the principal. Another student similarly reports that the principal announced that all students will have to stand for the Pledge or else they will be punished.

At that point, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center stepped in and sent the district a letter warning them of the legal consequences of continuing to push students to stand. The AHA requested that the meeting essentially be canceled (since there was nothing worth discussing), and that the school remind teachers and students that no one has to stand for the Pledge.

Problem solved? Not quite.

Late last week, the AHA heard from that student again. Things had only gotten worse:

Yesterday [the student] was in the principal’s office to turn in some papers and observed the principal “yelling” the words to the Pledge. She then observed the principal instruct a nearby school employee: “say it loud, make them mad.”

That resulted in a second letter to the district (they never responded to the first one).

Today, the district finally got back to the AHA and promised this shit wouldn’t happen again:

Today, the Jefferson Parish Public School System made written assurances to the legal center that the matter is being addressed. School officials stated that “No disciplinary or retaliatory action will be taken against any JPPSS student who exercises his or her constitutional rights.”

We’ll see if the principal acts in accordance with that. Administrators who get that visibly upset over a student not standing for the Pledge need to rethink their career choice.

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Bertrand Russell ::: A History Of Western Philosophy ::: 103 Pythagoras

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 06-12-2014

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A History of Western Philosophy is a 1945 book by philosopher Bertrand Russell. A conspectus of western philosophy from the pre-Socratic philosophers to the …

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Radical Islam Makes Most of Its Victims Among Other Muslims; Female Nigerian Bombers Offer the Latest Example

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 04-12-2014

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In Islamic countries, and by swaths of the political left in the West, condemnations of radical Islam are often rejected as attacks by bigoted Westerners on a culture and religion that these critics do not understand. This is then presented as prima facie evidence of Islamophobia and racism.

One of the things that habitually gets lost in that tiresome trope is that the people who suffer the most at the hands of Muslims are… other Muslims. While we rightly deplore the relatively rare atrocities that radical Islamists carry out in America and Spain and Russia and the U.K. and France, the day-to-day death-and-misery toll inflicted on non-Islamic countries by Muslim terrorists pales in comparison to the violence that these radicals rain down on fellow followers of Islam.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram is almost the poster child for this horrible phenomenon. Via the New York Times:

A wave of attacks across northern Nigeria, including two on Monday — a suicide bombing at a market and an assault on security facilities — showed that the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram remained able to strike at will in the region, especially against civilian targets. … The attacks followed a bombing on Friday in a central mosque in Kano, the principal city of northern Nigeria; 120 people were killed in that attack.

[I]n Maiduguri, … women detonated suicide bombs in the city’s biggest market. A similar bombing by two women last Tuesday killed at least 45 people.

Good to know that in the thoroughly misogynistic cult of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, women are still good for some important tasks, such as blowing up the wrong kind of Muslims.

The bombing in Maiduguri was apparently carried out by two women wearing traditional Muslim clothing. Witnesses said one woman in a hijab carrying a bundle was stopped and questioned by civilian vigilantes as she approached a busy area where chicken vendors have their stalls. The vigilantes insisted on checking her bundle, and as she protested and shoppers gathered to see what was going on, she detonated two bombs.

A second woman who was entering a shop at the market at that time detonated another explosive, witnesses said. “There were two women, both of them dressed in Muslim hijab,” The police at first said that only a half-dozen people had been killed, but witnesses reported seeing many more bodies. The Nigerian authorities routinely understate casualties in their reports. A worker at Maiduguri Specialist Hospital said 25 wounded people and 16 corpses had been brought there.

The mosque that the terrorists bombed on Friday

… is next to the palace of the emir of Kano, one of the highest-ranking figures in Nigerian Islam. Kano is one of Africa’s largest predominantly Muslim cities, and it is outside the usual zone of Boko Haram attacks. The emir — Lamido Sanusi, a former governor of the country’s central bank — has been outspoken in his criticism of the federal government in Abuja, the capital. He recently urged citizens to defend themselves against Boko Haram, in the absence of an effective military.

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Bertrand Russell – David Hume (1/3)

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 03-12-2014

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From ‘A History of Western Philosophy’, Book Three, Part I, Chapter 17.

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Bertrand Russell ::: A History Of Western Philosophy ::: 104 Heraclitus

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 26-11-2014

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Christopher Hitchens – Politics and Prose [2007]

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 21-11-2014

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Christopher Hitchens discusses his book ‘god is not great: How religion poisons everything’.

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The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell – FULL Audio Book

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 21-11-2014

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Bertrand Russell ::: A History Of Western Philosophy ::: 127 The Epicureans

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 18-11-2014

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In Sharia-Happy Malaysia, Not Being a Muslim Might Cost You Your Kids

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 12-11-2014

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A marital spat over religion cost one Malaysian Hindu woman her baby. Her husband insisted his spouse become a Muslim; when she refused, he grabbed their 11-month-old daughter and disappeared. That was more than five years ago. Though a civil court granted the mother custody, she never saw her child again, because her legal victory was canceled out by the father gaining custody in an Islamic (Sharia) court. As reported by the Associated Press,

Police have been unwilling to enforce the civil court’s decision.

Religion and politics are heavily intermingled in Malaysia: the country has

… [a] divided legal system, where majority Muslims use Sharia courts for religious and family issues such as conversion, divorce and death. The other 40 percent of the country — mainly Christians, Buddhists and Hindus — use a secular legal system inherited from the Southeast Asian country’s British colonial rulers.

Critics accuse the ethnic Malay Muslim-dominated government of doing too little to resolve problems when those legal systems collide. The government has become increasingly reliant on support from Islamist and right-wing pressure groups as other constituencies flock to the opposition.

In Malaysia, everyone is equal. It’s just that some are more equal than others.

Some lawyers and legal experts say spouses in especially bitter custody battles sometimes convert to Islam to gain an upper hand. A Muslim with a non-Muslim spouse who seeks custody from the Sharia court is almost certain to win because the spouse has no standing. … [A] cabinet decision in 2009 to allow minors to be converted only with both parents’ consent has yet to be made legally binding.

This is what happens when a religious majority doesn’t stop at simply worshipping, but seeks to legislate and impose its will as well.

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Why I am not a Christian by Bertrand Russell

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 08-11-2014

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Full text at http://www.users.drew.edu/~jlenz/whynot.html.

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