Girl has Bible confiscated by school officials

‘How could this still be happening in America?’

By Bob Unruh

It’s been some 30 years or more since the U.S. Supreme Court established some of the most significant precedents for students in schools, including one that the First Amendment does indeed apply to students in schools.

But still sometimes educators don’t understand, as happened with a recent case in Illinois where officials confiscated a Bible from a second-grader simply because she was reading it during recess, and would talk about it with friends.

The documentation of the situation comes in a report from Francis J. Manion at the American Center for Law and Justice, whose founder, Jay Sekulow, argued some of those precedent-establishing cases at the Supreme Court.

“A little girl had her Bible confiscated by school officials. How could this still be happening in America?” the report wondered, then explaining it’s because “local school officials still don’t seem to have gotten the message.”

“We recently heard from the parents of Gabrielle, a second grader in Illinois. It seems Gabrielle likes to bring her Bible to school and read it during recess. Sometimes she reads it aloud, and sometimes other kids listen in and talk with her about what she’s reading,” the report said. “Constitutional crisis? It shouldn’t be; but little Gabrielle had her Bible taken away by a teacher and was told, ‘You just can’t be doing that.'”

The school then told the little girl’s parents she was not allowed to read the Bible during recess.

They objected, and the school changed its course slightly, determining she “could read it during outside recess but not during inside recess,” the report said.

That was after the school confirmed there were no complaints about the bible reading.

“It was a simple case of public school officials’ hypersensitivity to the specter of a threat from the ACLU or some similar spreader of long-debunked propaganda about ‘separation of Church and State,'” the organization reported.

Her parents then called the ACLJ, and its lawyers sent a letter with an explanation of what the law allows.

“We let them know about the now half-century-old Supreme Court case of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969). In Tinker, students wore black armbands on their sleeves to exhibit their disapproval of the Vietnam War and were sent home and suspended from school. Ruling in the students’ favor, the Supreme Court in Tinker held that students do not ‘shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.'”

The school then reversed itself regarding the Bible reading, the report said.

The Plague of Morally Toxic Public Schools

In too many public schools, leftist indoctrination is corrupting young hearts and minds

Students with arms raised in classroom


What would happen if a child were to spend most of his waking hours, during most of his formative years, in an institution bent on persuading him to adopt certain fundamental beliefs? 

There is no mystery here. Children are easy to manipulate. They are eager to please, especially in a school setting where their grades and future careers depend on it. The child would eventually yield to the days and years of pressure and embrace the beliefs thrust upon him.

But what if those fundamental beliefs were at war with his family’s?

We should be speaking in the present tense, for this is what happens today—every day—to Christian children in America. While their parents sleep.

Many of America’s public school systems have become morally toxic, especially for the hearts and minds of children from religious families. So say authors Mary Hasson and Theresa Farnan in their bracing and deeply researched new book, “Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before It’s Too Late.” The threat does not come from the dedicated teachers who are just trying to do their jobs but from progressive ideologues who have become our nation’s education elites.  

If you wonder why your fourth grader comes home sounding like a “social justice warrior,” you can thank the National Network of State Teachers of the Year for pushing a book list for elementary students with the themes of classism, racism, xenophobia, sexism and transgenderism.

Even while schools are becoming successful instruments for leftist social reform, they are failing at their core mission to educate children in basic academic subjects. The latest national assessment is “devastating,” says Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Two-thirds of American students can’t read at grade level, and reading scores have worsened in 31 states. “This country is in a student achievement crisis, and over the past decade it has continued to worsen, especially for our most vulnerable students,” DeVos says. 

Sex education is the most obvious area for indoctrination. Well-funded international pressure groups have been extraordinarily successful at pushing “Comprehensive Sexuality Education” into American public schools, both in politically liberal and conservative regions. CSE promotes risky sexual behavior to vulnerable teens disguised as sexual “rights” and focuses on LGBTQ sexuality (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) as a victim class. 

Lessons are carefully designed to encourage children to approve homosexual behavior and to reject the beliefs and the authority of their parents.

Examples are almost too graphic to print. Elementary children are taught that some people are born in the wrong body. Young teens are encouraged to experiment with anal and oral sex. High schoolers learn how to get secret abortions.

The indoctrination is not confined to sex ed lessons. The National Education Association wields tremendous power over the culture and character of America’s public schools. 

Last year they invited the largest LGBTQ activist group in the country to co-sponsor their Read Across America day. NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia brought Human Rights Campaign spokesman Sarah McBride, a man who identifies as a woman, to share his transgender journey with kindergartners at a Northern Virginia public school without their parents’ consent. (Parents found out, but the school made no apologies.)

Mission America has researched the various celebrations that public schools now place on their calendars and found 15 for the 2019-2020 school year that involve sexual propaganda. 

The third week of September was Bisexual Awareness Week, followed by Ally Week, during which students are pressured to declare themselves “allies” of students or teachers who identify as LGBTQ. National Coming Out Day was Oct. 11, and Oct. 16 was International Pronouns Day. 

Speaking of pronouns, school policies that force students and teachers to use “preferred pronouns” are on the rise. It can mean forcing students to use “she” for males or invented pronouns like “xe” for the would-be genderless. One fifth grade teacher in Florida wrote a letter to parents explaining that her pronouns were “they” and “them.” “I know it takes some practice for it to feel natural,” she wrote, but the kids will “catch on.” 

But it should never feel natural to call a single individual “they,” and no child should have to practice doing it. The transgender pronoun crusade must be taken seriously. Propaganda expert Stella Morabito says coercive speech practices have historically been used as a form of psychological manipulation. In public schools today, it is about enforcing conformity—conformity of feelings, attitudes, emotions, speech, beliefs and behavior. Nonconformity carries the threat of isolation—a terrifying notion to any child in school. 

But it’s even worse than that for observant Christians. To be forced to use false pronouns is to be forced to declare acceptance of what we know to be untrue—that people can have a gender that is different than their physical body. That is a denial of God’s purposeful creation, which is a denial of God Himself. When government schools force Christian students to do this, it is tantamount to forced conversion.

Marriage and family scholar Pat Fagan sees a disturbing parallel in history. He says Christian kids in public schools today are reminiscent of the Janissaries centuries ago—14th century Christian children who were captured by the Ottoman Empire, forced to convert and turned into an elite army to battle the forces of Christendom. 

Are children being converted and turned against their faith and families? It is difficult to conclude otherwise. Surveys show that college freshmen are less religious than ever—30% claim no religious belief. 

This is not the result of the influence of some radical college professor. These are incoming freshman. It must be the result of factors in their childhood and adolescence. A strong case can be made that it is the result of the cumulative influence of 12 years of American public education. 

Thirty years of surveys of over 100,000 children by the Nehemiah Institute show how decidedly Christian children who attend public schools lose their Christian worldview. 

Fewer than 5% of children in the United States are homeschooled today. Approximately 11% attend private schools. The vast majority of American children are educated in public schools. And from their ranks will come our future teachers, doctors, lawyers, even presidents. 

What happens in public schools really matters, to each student, to each family and to our nation. Because, as Abraham Lincoln said: “The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation is the philosophy of the government in the next.” ©2020 Cathy Ruse

Cathy Ruse is senior fellow for legal studies at the Family Research Council. Her professional experience spans the fields of communication, public policy and law.

I’m a Shooting Survivor. If You’re Going to Pray for Us, Here’s How

We need more than “thoughts and prayers” in the immediate aftermath.

I’m a Shooting Survivor. If You’re Going to Pray for Us, Here’s How.

Ihave a complicated relationship with “thoughts and prayers.”

The phrase has become the familiar refrain after each mass shooting, echoed in tweets and statements offering condolences to families and communities shaken by tragedy. Like many others affected by gun violence, I can’t help but feel frustrated and cynical when I hear another line about “thoughts and prayers.”

It has been six years since I was shot when a gunman opened fire at New River Community College in Virginia. With the news of each mass shooting, each child dead after finding a loaded weapon in their home, and each suicide or senseless gun death, I wonder if action from those in power will ever follow the thoughts and prayers.

As a shooting survivor, I believe in action. At the same time, I believe in the power of prayer. I know firsthand what living through a shooting does to a mind and what a bullet does to a body, and I believe that my recovery and healing is a direct result of prayers that were prayed for me.

It is easy to feel powerless in the aftermath of a mass shooting. As we mourn the lives lost in El Paso, Dayton, and every other community where gun violence is an everyday reality, it can seem impossible to find the words to pray.

Being a survivor doesn’t mean I can singlehandedly solve the crisis of gun violence. What I can offer, though, is insight into some specific ways to pray for survivors as one part of our response to gun violence.

Pray for physical wounds, pain, and future treatments.

Managing bullet wounds is often a process of trial and error, where it can take days for doctors to figure out how to provide comfort. Many survivors face years of recovery, including surgeries and physical rehabilitation. Pray that they would experience a relief from the physical pain, that the lasting effects of the wounds would be minimal, and they would have the strength to persevere through the treatments to come.

Pray for their invisible wounds.

Survivors have witnessed the unimaginable, oftentimes seeing people they love also wounded or killed. These are images that will never leave their minds. Whether or not they were wounded, they are processing their near-death experience and wondering what their new reality will be. Many survivors will deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression. Pray for the emotional trauma they are dealing with. Pray that they would have access to counseling, therapy, and whatever type of mental health treatment that they need.

Pray for wisdom for doctors, nurses, and all medical specialists they encounter.

Medical staff face a weighty task as they are asked to treat and care for victims. Pray for wisdom as they make medical decisions, steady hands as they perform surgeries, kindness as they talk to their patients, and for stamina and endurance as they provide care.

Pray for shielding from photos and information of the shooter.

I will never forget waking up and seeing the face of the person who shot me next to my picture on the front page of the newspaper or seeing my name scroll across the ticker on the national news. As videos and photos make their way into the coverage, pray that the survivors are shielded from hearing about the shooter and reliving their trauma over and over again.

Pray against nightmares and for the ability to sleep and rest.

For me, one of the hardest things in the days following the shooting was sleeping. I was terrified to close my eyes, and when I did, I suffered through nightmares. After a significant trauma, the body needs sleep. Pray that the survivors are able to able to rest without fear.

Pray for financial provision for medical costs and other needs.

The financial impact of being shot is devastating for families, especially if the person hurt was the family wage-earner or will live with a lifelong disability. Please pray for financial provision for hospital bills, ongoing care, materials needed to function well, and ongoing mental health treatment.

Pray for guidance and support during the legal process.

In incidents where the shooters are taken into custody, survivors face a long and tedious legal process full of court proceedings. They will be asked to testify about the worst day of their lives and forced to listen to the traumatizing details. I know firsthand how overwhelming this process can be. Pray they would have support and guidance as authorities work to bring shooters to justice.

Pray they would have a strong support system for the long haul.

Supporting a shooting survivor is not a short-term endeavor. Please pray that each survivor will have an unbreakable support system, full of people who will love them and care for them and not abandon them if it gets difficult. Pray that the survivors will not feel like a burden to those around them but instead will allow others to serve them.

Pray for support from other survivors.

Having a support system of friends and family is critically important for a survivor. However, there is a special type of support that can only come from being able to lament with a fellow survivor who can fully understand their suffering and experience. Pray they would be able to make connections and get support from people who have been through it themselves.

Pray against re-traumatization after other shootings.

For a survivor, it can feel impossible to experience healing when we are constantly having to relive our experience with each new mass shooting that happens. Every time we are flooded with the memories of our experience. For a lot of us, this includes things like PTSD symptoms and panic attacks. Pray that God would provide a peace that surpasses all understanding and strength when they are weak.

Keep praying.

If I can convince you to do just one thing on this list, I hope it is this one. Keep praying. For many survivors, including myself, the day of the shooting is not the hardest day. The hardest day comes later, when you are confronted with your new reality in the aftermath. When the cards stop coming, when people stop asking how you are, and when the news cycle changes, you begin to feel forgotten and isolated. People praying for you months and years after the shooting is a significant way to show support.

God knows the needs of survivors, so I don’t believe it is necessary to know exactly what to pray for in order to pray. However, when we acknowledge the specific needs of others, we are better able to empathize with them, love them, and serve them. We are also better able to recognize the deep and ongoing trauma of gun violence that lasts long after the news cameras are gone.

I hope that this list helps you pray for victims in El Paso and Dayton. And while I pray there isn’t a next time, I hope it’s helpful then, too.

Taylor Schumann is a writer, shooting survivor, and contributor to the forthcoming book If I Don’t Make It, I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings. She lives with her husband and son in Charleston, South Carolina.


Much of what the author says applies to other victims of violent crime such as a  rape, domestic violence, or stabbing [which I am].

The main issue is not the tool used to commit the crime, it is rather the condition of the heart of the one who committed the crime.

The historical event that began the cultural slide into depravity was when the Supreme Court removed God from schools in 1962. The “offensive”  prayer  was:  “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.”

We would do well to earnestly pray: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.”



An Envelope Full of Kindness

Exceptional Blog 07/11/2019

by Tulika Prasad

It was a routine end of the school and I was was checking my son’s backpack as I did everyday. There, in a corner of the back was a small white unassuming envelope that almost went unnoticed. I pulled it out not thinking much. It was a little crumpled and seemed like it had been waiting for it to be opened for a while. The front of the envelope read: from :Ricky

To: Vedant

Straws inside for Vedant to use.

It was getting hard for me to see anything as my eyes blurred with tears. I’ve no idea who Ricky is. I have no clue what’s inside the envelope which, by now , has already turned magical for me. Who stuffs straws inside an envelope !!! it might look silly to an onlooker but I knew what status does a straw enjoy in my household. It’s the most precious thing in my home. We don’t leave our house without it. There’s always a bunch in my purse and if we forget , we suspend everything until we buy one from the closest store.So, for someone, that too a classmate who has all but 9 yrs of wisdom, to think about sending my son some straw was heartwarming !

As I tore open the envelope, out tumbled a neatly folded piece of paper, folded just right to fit perfectly in that little envelope. As I opened it I had all kinds of thoughts in my mind, why this letter, who is this boy, why my son, what would it say…I knew the letter was going to bring a smile to my face, the envelope had built up enough prelude for that.

The letter was obviously addressed to my son . It was sent before the holidays and probably , the school, in all the holiday craziness forgot all about it and only got about sending it to us now. There was not much in the letter. It asked him if he wanted to play together, and what he would do over the holidays. A mere 5 lines. But those 5 lines had so much warmth and so much love that it lit up my face and warmed my heart. These 5 lines said “I see you Vedant”. They said “ I know you’re alone and I want to be your friend”. They said“ Your autism does not define you.” They said“ I’ll reach out to you if you are unable to “ and they said “it’s ok to be different”. Kindness wrapped the letter all around. Sometimes, you don’t need hefty words and long essays to say something profound. Sometimes, all you need is a heart. A heart like Ricky.

That afternoon, I smiled a little more. I had joy delivered to me in a little white envelope.

Tulika Prasad is mom to Vedant, a handsome young boy who was diagnosed with autism when he was 3. Among other things that have changed after the diagnosis is her perspective towards life. Together with her spouse, Ravish, she is enjoying bringing up her son who is teaching them new lessons every step of the way. She shares her family’s experiences, stories and tips on this unique journey with autism on her blog at

An Envelope Full of Kindness

Student expelled from university for quoting Bible

Now court issues stunning ruling in fight over social media



The Court of Appeal in the United Kingdom has issued a landmark victory for a Christian student who was expelled from Sheffield University for citing the Bible’s view of sexuality and marriage in social media conversations.

The university learned of Felix Ngole’s social media posts through an anonymous complaint.

The new court ruling reversing the punishment is a “statement of the law likely to be relied upon in hundreds of cases,” according to the U.K. activist group Christian Concern.

The decision affirmed the rights of British Christians “to freely express their faith,” the group said.

Calling it a “major development of the law,” Christian Concern said it’s “now clear that Christians have the legal right to express Biblical views on social media and elsewhere in public without fear for their professional careers.”

“This is the first Court of Appeal judgment regarding freedom of expression of biblical views which sets limits on the rights of professional regulators to limit free speech on social media,” the group said.

Ngole was expelled in 2016 from his social-work studies at Sheffield University after quoting Bible verses on Facebook that were deemed critical of homosexuality, the organization said.

The year before, Ngole engaged in a discussion on Facebook about Kim Davis, the Kentucky registrar jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

During that debate he quoted Bible verses regarding marriage and the sin of homosexual activity.

The anonymous complaint to the school, apparently from a fellow student, came months later. Sheffield officials held a “Fitness to Practice” hearing because of his social-work studies.

“He was informed that he had brought the social work profession into disrepute and was then expelled from the course, losing the career he had worked so hard for,” Christian Concern said.

School officials later tried to justify their actions by claiming Ngole lacked “insight” into his social media posts.

They said that expressing Christian views was unacceptable.

“In some shocking exchanges from the High Court hearing, [which preceded the Court of Appeal decision] the University of Sheffield implied that Felix was not allowed to express the Christian viewpoint on same-sex marriage or homosexuality on any public forum, including in a church,” Christian Concern said.

But the Court of Appeal’s decision means it was the university that was “lacking insight” into the Christian viewpoint.

The Court of Appeal condemned the position of the university, which would have people fearing they would become the target of an anonymous complaint.

“The mere expression of views on theological grounds (e.g. that ‘homosexuality is a sin’) does not necessarily connote that the person expressing such views will discriminate on such grounds,” the judgment said.

It noted Ngole never was shown to be acting with discrimination.

“The outcome of this case will have significant implications not only for Christian freedom of speech, but in relation to all free speech. For example, comments made by people on social media (often many years ago) have recently been arbitrarily used to silence viewpoints that people dislike or disagree with,” Christian Concern explained.

Ngole said: “This is great news, not only for me and my family, but for everyone who cares about freedom of speech, especially for those working in or studying for caring professions. As Christians we are called to care for and serve others, and publicly and privately we must be free to express our beliefs, especially when asked, without fear of losing our livelihoods.

“I have suffered tremendously as a result of how I was treated by the University of Sheffield and I feel that four years of my life have been taken away from me. Despite all this, I feel overwhelming joy that what I have lost will be so much gain to Christians today and in the future as a result of this important ruling for freedom.”

Andrea Williams of the U.K.’s Christian Legal Centre called it a “watershed case for Christians and a resounding victory for freedom of speech.”

“We are delighted that the Court of Appeal has seen the importance of this case and made a ruling that accords with common sense. It is shocking that the university sought to censor expression of the Bible in this way, and we hope this sends out a message of freedom across all universities and professions that Christians and others should be allowed to express their views without fear of censorship or discipline.”

Williams said the case now returns to the university which must review its actions in light of the new precedent.

VIDEO God Bless America, A Lesson Our Kids Need to be Taught

May 23, 2019 by David Jolly

Recently, on our local news, they showed commentary from a conservative and then rebuttal from a liberal. The contrast between the two were striking and revealed the blinded views of the liberal.

The conservative spoke about the importance of teaching students the importance of the phrase ‘God bless America’. He emphasized that our kids need to know about the millions of Americans who have sacrificed life and limbs to first win our countries freedom and then to preserve that freedom.  For nearly 250 years, many men and women have fought to defend the concept of God bless America.

The liberal countered with the typical defense of not wanting to offend anyone. She spoke of being sensitive of everyone’s feelings and the need to be all inclusive.

Hearing that makes one begin to yell at the television at the liberal and ask her what about offending the majority of Americans who still identify as Christians? What about including them?

What this liberal and every other liberal really means is that they want special rights and privileges for everyone who holds the same liberal views while at the same time, removing the rights and freedoms of everyone who disagrees with them. Folks, this is nothing more than pure socialism and/or political dictatorship.

This really hit home when I recently listened to Lee Greenwood sing his hit song, God Bless the USA. I listened to the lyrics and thinking about America today, it almost made me weep in despair. Take a few moments to listen to the song and follow along with the lyrics below:

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I worked for all my life
And I had to start again
With just my children and my wife

I thank my lucky stars
To be living here today
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can’t take that away

And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I’d gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota
To the hills of Tennessee
Across the plains of Texas
From sea to shining sea

From Detroit down to Houston
And New York to L.A.
Where’s pride in every American heart
And it’s time we stand and say

That I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I’d gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I’d gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.


This is what students need to be taught, but sadly, they are taught the exact the opposite. They are not taught to be proud to be an American and they aren’t taught about the men and women who died to give them the rights they have.

Parents need to demand that their kids are taught the truth and not the socialist leftist lies that are being taught to them every single day. If parents value their kids, the future of their kids, grandkids and on, and if they value America, they need to start standing up and making demands of the public education system to start teaching the truth.


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School pays massive fine for attacking Christians

Believers ‘should be free to choose without the government meddling’

(Image courtesy Pixabay)

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A lawsuit that charged officials at the University of Colorado branch in Colorado Springs illegally discriminated against the members of a Christian club has been settled with a formal change to the school’s policies and a payment of more than $20,000 to the students.

Officials with the Alliance Defending Freedom revealed on Tuesday that UCCS settled a lawsuit that was triggered when they refused to grant registered status ot a student group.

“As part of the settlement, the university agreed to grant Ratio Christi registered status, pay over $20,500 in damages and attorneys’ fees, and update its policies to ensure that a student club may require its leadership to promote the purposes of the club and hold beliefs consistent with the group’s mission,” the ADF reported.

“We commend the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs for quickly implementing this common sense policy reform,” said ADF Senior Counsel Travis Barham. “It would be absurd for the university to require the vegan student group to appoint a meat-lover as its president.

“Thankfully, the university has acknowledged its error and announced a policy that respects students’ rights to free association, no longer forcing Christian students to let atheists or other non-Christians to lead their Bible studies in order to become a registered club.”

Ratio Christi is a Christian apologetics organization and seeks to defend the Christian faith and explain how the Bible applies to life.

It always has had the policy that all students can attend and join. But it “requires that those who lead the Christian organization share its religious beliefs.”

Because of that, the school had refused to allow it to participate on campus like any other student group.

“Like any other student group at a public university, religious student organizations should be free to choose their leaders without the government meddling,” said Tyson Langhofer, the chief of the ADF’s Center for Academic Freedom.

“Today’s university students will be tomorrow’s legislators, judges, university presidents, and voters, and we’re grateful the University of Colorado, has chosen to correct course, encourage diversity of thought, and protect students’ constitutional freedoms.”

The case developed late last year when the school made known its demand that the Christian group would have to be accepting of an atheist or other non-Christian should they want to lead.

The lawsuit challenged the school’s assumption that it can deny registered status to groups if they select leaders that share the group’s religious perspectives.

It also pointed out other discriminatory actions by the school against the Christian group, including that “non-religious groups are allowed to select members who support their purposes. And the university allows fraternities that admit only men and sororities that admit only women to continue as registered student organizations, in contradiction to the university’s policy against ‘discriminating based on sex.’”

The school policy now concedes, “All student clubs are permitted to require their leadership to promote the purposes of the club, to ascribe to sincerely held beliefs of the club, and/or to act in accordance with club standards.”