It's been more than three weeks since former Cardinal Gibbons teacher Mark Zmuda was fired from his vice principal position at Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Washington, for marrying a man. But despite a lengthy winter break, support for Zmuda has not lost momentum.
Photo via Reddit Students staged a sit-in protest when they learned of Zmuda's termination.
Students continue to protest the decision to terminate Zmuda. More than a hundred gathered outside the Seattle archdiocese two weeks ago, and students are currently organizing a nationwide "Z-day" on January 31. Students will wear orange and use the hashtag #KeepMrZ2013 over social media to show their support for Zmuda.More »
The parents claim that the book contains too much information about Islam and not enough about Christianity and other religions. There was even a call by organizers asking students to go home and tear the section on Islam out of their books.
Because tearing up (or burning?) books is always the proper response to such things.
The county district was forced to postpone a Tuesday meeting "in the interest of public safety."More »
When Sarah Orzechowitz walked through the doors at Nova Southeastern University on the first day of classes in winter 2012, she had her hopes pinned on a career as a nurse. But as the mother of two went through the Davie university's program, higher learning turned out to be a hellish gauntlet of harassment, she claims.
Broward officials have called for a review of whether the Jewish-oriented Ben Gamla charter school violates the separation of church and state.
Founder of Ben Galma charter schools, former Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch
After an article that appeared in the Israeli newspaper, The Times of Israel, written by JTA, a Jewish wire service, about Ben Gamla founder, former Democratic Congressman Peter Deutsch, appeared in their July 21 issue, Hollywood civic activist Charlotte Greenbarg contacted Broward board members.
And now, a district official has asked for a review of the matter, reports Broward Bulldog's William Gjebre.More »
You know, with all the crazy things going down in Florida, such as a law that makes it perfectly legal for a person to shoot and kill another person because they feel threatened, and with all the internet cafés being shut down to keep them dastardly old people from gambling, and with people with serious medical conditions that can be alleviated only with marijuana having their homes raided by cops like they're the leader of a drug cartel, it's good to know our elected officials are out there tackling the truly important issues.
The flag screams: HERO. The haircut screams: SEXY.
Like, for example, all that damned secret Islamic indoctrination upon our children in schools' textbooks!
Well, fear not, good citizens! For Florida Rep. Ritch Workman -- the same guy who bravely stood up for Floridians' right to throw little people around, because jobs -- is fighting the good fight to make sure kids don't learn about Islam as much as they learn about Jesus because, if you haven't noticed, the FCAT scores have dipped lately and that's because of history books that teach too much about a religion that we Americans barely understand, therefore automatically making it super scary.
WE MUST THINK OF THE CHILDREN.More »
The timing couldn't have been better for the shenanigans local activist Aaron Jackson and his non-profit, Planting Peace, pulled off in Topeka, Kansas yesterday.
If you managed to avoid social media or the internet in general over the last 24 hours, the Destin-based activist, along with friends and partners involved in his organization, converted an average-looking two-bedroom house, located across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, into a symbol of gay pride. This rainbow-colored "Equality House," which will serve as a base of operations for Planting Peace's antibullying intiative, now sits as a direct and visible challenge to the infamous compound's hate and bigotry.
The "God Hates Fags" clan will have to look at it every. single. day.
Jackson, who purchased the house about a year ago through Planting Peace and had been keeping the plan under wraps, knew the response would be swift and sizable. But he didn't expect it to be so massive that he'd hear from international media outlets within the first few hours.
"A lot of papers I've never heard of called," Jackson said Tuesday night.More »
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Seeing Miles stand up to hate, Aaron Jackson got inspired. Jackson is a Florida activist who founded a charity called Planting Peace and who, after being featured in New Times for his work helping children in Haiti when he was just 23, went on to win a CNN Heroes award.
Sitting at a computer at his family home in Destin, Florida, Jackson loaded Google Earth and started poking around the hate group's neighborhood. He located the church's Kansas headquarters in a quiet residential area a few miles outside of Topeka's downtown and zoomed in and panned around.
A hundred and 80 degrees later, he saw it: a for-sale sign directly across the street from the church's entrance.
"I knew right away what I wanted to do with the house," Jackson said Monday from Planting Peace's new Topeka address, where the organization is kickstarting a new antibullying initiative.
"Paint it the colors of the pride flag."More »
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