A New Jersey town has been forced to remove a popular banner used to support its local high school football team after a small handful of residents complained that the banner's message referenced God.
The sports banner was hung from a train trestle in the downtown Waverly Place section of Madison, New Jersey by Dodger Nation, a local fan group for the town's high school football team, known as the Dodgers. The red and yellow sign read in large letters "Dodger Domination," and written below in smaller letters "One Nation Under God." The popular fan group, started in 2010, is not officially affiliated with the high school due to its practice of consuming alcohol at tailgate parties prior to games.
The banner's presence on the trestle resulted in a number of complaints from local residents, and they ultimately led to city supervisors deciding to take down the banner. Madison Mayor Robert Conley told NJ.com that he believes the fan group didn't consider the kind of ramifications such a banner would have in the community. more >>
Former ESPN Broadcaster and one-time NFL player for the New England Patriots, Craig James, says he was "shocked" after Fox Sports Southwest fired him over two weeks ago for publicly declaring his Christian views opposing gay marriage.
"I was shocked that my personal religious beliefs were not only the reason for Fox Sports firing me, but I was completely floored when I read stories quoting Fox Sports representatives essentially saying that people of faith are banned from working at Fox Sports," James told Breitbart News in a report on Monday. "That is not right and surely someone made a terrible mistake."
In an announcement on Aug. 30, 2013, that has since been removed, Fox Sports Southwest stated that James would be joining its Fox College Saturday studio team rounded out by Erin Hartigan and Ex-NFL quarterback Tony Banks. more >>
A disturbing Facebook page disparaging all things Christian has called Mary the mother of Jesus a whore, Jesus a bastard and is advocating a page that says she should have aborted Christ.
The hate-filled page shockingly called "Jesus F**king Christ. Sl*t Mary's Bastard" supports online communities offensive to Christians such as: "Christianity Is A Plague That's Begging For A Cure;" "I Love Abortions;" "Virgin? Mary Should Have Aborted;" and "Freedom From Religion Foundation" and other unmentionables.
The Facebook group, "1,000,000 Supporting Traditional Marriage" publicly highlighted their opposition to the page in a post nearly two weeks ago where they explained that they reported the page as offensive to Facebook. The company, however, replied that the page and similar offensive types had not violated the company's standard on hate speech. more >>
Arizona Senator and former presidential hopeful John McCain had an opinion column published in a Russian publication Thursday in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's New York Times op-ed last week.
In his column, published by Pravda.ru, McCain addressed the Russian populace and wrote that he is "more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today." "I make that claim because I respect your dignity and your right to self-determination. I believe you should live according to the dictates of your conscience, not your government," wrote McCain.
"I believe you deserve the opportunity to improve your lives in an economy that is built to last and benefits the many, not just the powerful few." more >>
Last week, I spent Thursday night at a Teacher Town Hall hosted by StudentsFirst and the Alabama Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO).
Before the event began, the Alabama Education Association (AEA) was out in force protesting the event. I spoke to several of the protesters who said they opposed StudentsFirst's stance on charter schools. When I suggested that they come inside and be part of the conversation, they informed me that they knew "what they were going to say in there." AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry's remarks about Michelle Rhee, the Founder of StudentsFirst, gave the distinct impression that Rhee has the same effect on public education that Godzilla has on Japanese cities.
No sooner had members of the AEA gathered than a smattering of Tea Party activists also appeared to protest the event, presumably because of StudentsFirst's support of Common Core education standards. more >>
A Tennessee high school has decided to revise its field trip policy after a group of freshmen were taken to an Islamic mosque where they were given copies of the Koran and while a student who opted out of the trip was given a worksheet that alleged Muslims treated their conquered people better than the United States treated minorities.
The students were in an honors world studies class at Hendersonville High School and the field trips to the mosque as well as a Hindu temple were part of a three-week course on world religions.
But some parents objected to the trips and wondered why the school would tour a mosque but not a Christian church or a Jewish synagogue. more >>