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FRONT PAGE  |  9/21/2014
TUESDAY, JAN 15, 2013  |  25 comments
Teacher Ordered to Cleanse Christianity From Classroom Under Threat of Termination Files Suit

A teacher that was ordered to cleanse Christianity from her classroom under threat of termination has filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge what she believes in an unconstitutional mandate.

Joelle Silver works as a high school teacher for the Cheektowaga Central School District near Buffalo, and is a born again Christian. In June of last year, Silver received a letter from the district, signed by the superintendent, commanding her to keep religion out of the classroom.

One of the items that she was told to remove was a poster that quoted from 1 Corinthians 6:13-14: “Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong. And everything you do must be done in love.” Silver was also mandated to take down a printout of a quote from former President Ronald Reagan, which read, “Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience . … Without God ...


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News Item1/20/13 3:12 PM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Protected NameFind all comments by Michael Hranek
wrote:
Who's it by Michael?
The Bravehearted Gospel : The Truth is Worth Fighting For
is written by Eric Ludy who lives in Colorado.

Here are some links to clips on YouTube that ought to give you a little idea of where he is coming from as an author and preacher.

The Gospel

Intercession

Depraved Indifference

Eric and Leslie Ludy Talk Honoring Your Future Spo

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News Item1/20/13 1:59 PM
  
Who's it by Michael?
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News Item1/20/13 6:15 AM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Protected NameFind all comments by Michael Hranek
Pelosi and Sebellius have 'em wrote:
"The definition of biblical manhood has been diluted by current American culture. Some men believe their testosterone levels, the size of their bank accounts, or the length of their résumés define their manhood. Some men believe they must surrender their hopes, dreams, personalities, and masculinity at the door of the church. Other men believe that, simply because they were born males, they have a God-given right to bully, intimidate, demand, and dominate.
"These are lies. Thankfully, God offers the truth.
I wholeheartedly agree, The Truth is in the Scriptures, or said another way, Scripture is the Truth, Revelation by God Himself to us.

Question: Will we listen? Will we believe what He says? Will we be obedient to His Word? Or hypocritically tell God what His Word means?

Enough of that for the moment, I want to recommend a book, not a perfect book but a hugely good one for genuine born again Christians to prayerfully read and thoroughly check out with Scripture and treasure the Truth God would show us in His Word in such a study, and more importantly by His grace live out.

The Bravehearted Gospel

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News Item1/19/13 11:08 PM
Pelosi and Sebellius have 'em  Find all comments by Pelosi and Sebellius have 'em
"Grow a Pair" is at Amazon.com:

"The definition of biblical manhood has been diluted by current American culture. Some men believe their testosterone levels, the size of their bank accounts, or the length of their résumés define their manhood. Some men believe they must surrender their hopes, dreams, personalities, and masculinity at the door of the church. Other men believe that, simply because they were born males, they have a God-given right to bully, intimidate, demand, and dominate.

"These are lies. Thankfully, God offers the truth.

"If you ever desire to become a better son, brother, friend, husband, or father, then a re-examination of God’s definition of manhood is absolutely vital. Through the Bible, God reveals that certain characteristics must come in pairs. In order to become a man of God, these characteristics must balance each other out: identity must be attached to integrity … strength must be balanced by wisdom … humility becomes weakness, unless followed by a willingness to learn from mistakes … and both honor and protection must walk hand in hand.

"It’s time to grow a pair."

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News Item1/19/13 10:37 PM
Good question  Find all comments by Good question
Major opium overdose wrote:
What preacher has any hellfire and damnation left in the belly?
Those with no grace, much talk of themselves and precious little of Christ?
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News Item1/19/13 10:31 PM
Major opium overdose  Find all comments by Major opium overdose
What preacher has any hellfire and damnation left in the belly? It's like Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion and Toto all lie overcome in the poppy field. Who's not sleepwalking in pulpit or pew?
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News Item1/19/13 9:12 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Michael Hranek et al. wrote:
it is the "wussification" of our pulpits that lies at the heart of the problem.
I rather think it is "wussification" of our pews instead, for they are supposed to hold church gov't accountable. In my experience, church members complain endlessly about abuses of power in Washington, yet have no spine or discernment when the man behind the pulpit plays the tyrant.
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News Item1/19/13 8:32 PM
Green pastures  Find all comments by Green pastures
Michael Hranek wrote:
IMHO it is the "wussification" of our pulpits that lies at the heart of the problem.
On the one hand too much wussification, and,
on the other hand too much false backbone, false machismo, overarching stridency and unbiblical authoritarianism.

May God send undershepherds who would follow the pattern and example of the shepherd.

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News Item1/19/13 4:24 PM
Kyle | Tucson  Find all comments by Kyle
Mike, point taken. The Federal government has no legal right to have anything to do with public school, except by a laughable stretching of the commerce clause. It's a state government issue.

Yes, the first amendment is a restriction on government, but the public schools are government institutions, albeit illegally so.

If we're gonna fight government encroachment, let's be fair about it.

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News Item1/19/13 1:50 PM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
The first amendment has been twisted by the federal court system. The prohibition is not on the people, it is on the government. There is no separation of church and state clause, there is only a restriction on the power of the federal government to infringed on the rights already possessed by the individual. The state is pushing the religion of secular humanism that man is the measure of all things. They are trying to teach there are no absolutes EXCEPT you absolutely cannot practice your Christianity. This is a sign of the end times when men who are professing themselves to be wise are become fools exchanging the truth of God for a lie.
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News Item1/19/13 12:19 PM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Protected NameFind all comments by Michael Hranek
crime in progress wrote:
Did the Pill cause their male anatomy to fall off?
CIP
If there was a 'crime', a conspiracy of Satan, it began before the Feminist Movement in the 60s or 70s, IMHO in things like the BGEA's non-judgmental, inclusive, ecumenical crusades bringing tares into the church among the wheat giving false teachers false credibility and purging churches of those daring to warn people about them.
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News Item1/19/13 11:57 AM
crime in progress  Find all comments by crime in progress
Michael Hranek wrote:
"wussification" of our pulpits
Did the Pill cause their male anatomy to fall off?
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News Item1/19/13 11:42 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Kyle wrote:
The public school is funded directly by tax dollars. I think the school has a point. The signs are an endorsement of religion.
That said, I don't think they are really interested in purging religion. I'm sure they will continue to enforce atheism without batting an eye
It's NYS taxes, not Fed. That being said, I don't see Congress making any law regarding an establishment of a religion in what the teacher is doing.
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News Item1/19/13 11:25 AM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Protected NameFind all comments by Michael Hranek
Mr. B wrote:
It's not only that, it's the wussification of America, example, oh don't say this , you might offend somebody, don't speak out that homosexuality is a sin, you might offend someone, I got bullied and won't stand up for myself so I harm myself, you speak about Jesus you might offend somebody, don't call Islam and Mormonism and other religions that don't see Jesus as the way the truth and life it's offensive. But don't offend the Muslim , don't offend this one don't offend that one. BY GOD WE'VE LOST OUR BACKBONE!!!!!!!
Mrs B
I appreciate your post.

IMHO it is the "wussification" of our pulpits that lies at the heart of the problem.

Where is the Fear of God in our pastors?
Where is the Holiness of God in their (I hate to use the word) preaching?
Where is the desperate prayer meetings in our churches of those professing to be born again for the Mercy of God, both for our own wretched selves and the lost we know, love, are friends with, or even who are complete strangers to us that God would save them?

AND where are the saints standing up for one another in matters like this news thread.

I think I'll go do some repenting and seeking the Lord what I should be doing and His wisdom and grace to do it.

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News Item1/19/13 10:45 AM
Kyle | Tucson  Find all comments by Kyle
The public school is funded directly by tax dollars. I think the school has a point. The signs are an endorsement of religion.

That said, I don't think they are really interested in purging religion. I'm sure they will continue to enforce atheism without batting an eye

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News Item1/19/13 9:53 AM
Stand for God | IN  Find all comments by Stand for God
God bless Ms. Silver. I will continue to pray for her!
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News Item1/16/13 7:59 PM
Mr. B | Long beach new York  Find all comments by Mr. B
Unprofitable servant, like your comment because it is a true comment. I couldn't agree more with you. Some people would bash me for what I wrote. But I'm radical because I'm tired of the powers that be enforcing their anti Christ ways upon me. America is far from God , politically correct, hangs on big mouth bill mahers every word, and extremely light sensitive, like effeminately sensitive and I'm tired of it. We need to wake up as Christians and Americans .
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News Item1/16/13 9:08 AM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
One could imagine, Mr. B, that if she was a Muslim, nothing would have been said
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News Item1/16/13 9:03 AM
  
The nation needs to be restored by God!
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News Item1/16/13 7:25 AM
Mr. B | Long beach new York  Find all comments by Mr. B
It's not only that, it's the wussification of America, example, oh don't say this , you might offend somebody, don't speak out that homosexuality is a sin, you might offend someone, I got bullied and won't stand up for myself so I harm myself, you speak about Jesus you might offend somebody, don't call Islam and Mormonism and other religions that don't see Jesus as the way the truth and life it's offensive. But don't offend the Muslim , don't offend this one don't offend that one. BY GOD WE'VE LOST OUR BACKBONE!!!!!!!
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