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What will happen when they find out that Israel has a homogeneous Western culture, and is (successfully) protected by massive walls?

Reporter for Windy City Times removed from her position, for uncovering the truth about the Chicago Dyke March.

Gretchen Rachel Hammond of the Windy City Times covered a piece on the “voice of  Chicago’s gay, lesbian, bi, trans and queer community,” the article talked about how some women were asked to leave the Dyke March, as the rainbow flags they were carrying contained Jewish stars on them. It has been noted that during the march on the 24th of June, that three women were kicked out from participating in the march.

Laurel Grauer, was amongst the women that were asked to leave. She stated, “They were telling me to leave because my flag was a trigger to people that they found offensive,” and that, “Prior to this [march] I had never been harassed or asked to leave and I had always carried the flag with me.”

Ellie Otra, another women that was kicked out, stated that the organizers “whispered” and “pointed” at her and that she was asked to either “roll up my Jewish Pride flag or leave.”

“During the picnic in the park, organizers in their official T-shirts began whispering and pointing at me and soon, a delegation came over, announcing they’d been sent by the organizers,” Ellie Otra stated in her post on Facebook. “They told me my choices were to roll up my Jewish Pride flag or leave. The Star of David makes it look too much like the Israeli flag, they said, and it triggers people and makes them feel unsafe. This was their complaint.”

She further stated, “I was thrown out of Dyke March for being Jewish. And yes, there were other Jews there, visible ones even, who weren’t accosted, who had fun, even! And yes, Israel exists in a complicated way. But in this case, it doesn’t matter what Israel does or doesn’t do. This was about being Jewish in public, and I was thrown out for being Jewish, for being the “wrong” of Jew, the kind of Jew who shows up with a big Jewish star on a flag. No matter how much I tried to avoid conflict, to explain. Oh, maybe there was a way I could have stayed, but rolling up my beautiful proud flag for them would have been an even bigger loss.”

In her interview with the Israel Times, Hammond stated that she was moved to the sales department and is currently on the lookout for an editorial job.

“Right now I’m in the sales department,” she told the Times of Israel on Monday. “I’m still a part of the company, and it’s my only source of income. To keep what job I have, I can’t comment on it. As an employee of Windy City Times who has loved the company and loved her role in the company for the past four years, I have to respect my publisher’s decision.”

The Windy Times have confirmed Hammond has been moved, but failed to provide any explanation on as to why the move was made.

Tracy Baim, publisher and executive editor for the paper stated, “I cannot comment on our people, but know that we stand by our reporting on our stories.”

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I distinctly remember being told, "This won't be pushed on you, or your family. It's just about consenting adults in private."

Pastors in Houston were quick to express their discontent with Houston Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Carranza wanted to add LGBTQ studies to school coursework.

In a meeting hosted by the Houston Defender, Carranza said, “The LGBTQ movement in the U.S. has a history, and in many cases, many people would call it a civil rights history in terms of acceptance and in terms of who have been leaders of the movement.” He added, “I think its part of the American history. To include that as part of what kids study is just a bigger picture of who we are as America.”

To this, Rev. Dave Welch expressed his discontent with the proposal and stated that Carranza and all those supporting his idea are in fact trying to use classrooms “as a social experiment of a radical political agenda.”

“Carranza is an import from San Francisco, where this kind of propaganda that attempts to equate sexual lifestyles, gender confusion, and hostility toward the traditional family has become the norm,” Welch said in a statement. “The HISD Board of Trustees needs to remind Dr. Carranza that this is Texas, where the people of all ethnicities still believe that our children are to be protected, nurtured, and educated, not used as a social experiment of a radical political agenda.”

“Dr. Carranza, not in our city and not our children,” he continued. “The former mayor of Houston attempted to turn Houston into San Francisco with this same philosophy. Again, this is Houston, Texas, not San Francisco, California.”

Carranza, on the other hand, made it quite evident during his meeting that incorporating LGBTQ studies is only the beginning of the many changes that you would like to implement in the near future.

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transgender bathroom

Obama’s transgender bathroom policy that allowed students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity may be changed soon.

The White House spokesman, Sean Spicer said that the Trump administration is working to change the transgender guidelines that were created under Obama by the Justice Department.

Liberals are already reacting off of the headlines.

The truth is, Trump wants to make this a state issue according to Spicer.

“I think that all you have to do is look at what the president’s view has been for a long time, that this is not something the federal government should be involved in, this is a states’ rights issue.”

Trump is not for or against the rules for the Transgender bathrooms, but is against the federal government’s over reach into personal issues.

In an interview with Fox & Friends in May of 2016, Trump said, “It’s a new issue and right now, I just don’t have an opinion. I’d like to see the states make that decision.”

It looks like his stance during the campaign is exactly his stance as president.

Trump is defending state’s rights and not attacking the LGBT community.

Thoughts? Comment below.

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A federal appeals court overturned the conviction of an Idaho man for wearing military commendations that were unearned.

Elven Joe Swisher was convicted under the “Stolen Valor” law that prohibits individuals from falsely claiming military accomplishments.

The law was signed by George W. Bush in 2006 but struck down in 2012 by the U.S. Supreme Court as a violation of the 1st Amendment.

Swisher was convicted in 2007, before the Supreme Court ruled on the matter.

A Marine Corps veteran, Swisher wore a Purple Heart medal to the stand during a murder case in 2005. The Marine vet had never been wounded in the line of duty.

Since the Stolen Valor Act was struck down by the highest court in the land, Congress went back to the drawing table and passed new laws that prohibited from anyone profiting financially from a false military background. President Obama signed the law in 2013.

Before and after their victory with military service, individuals in the gay community have commonly and falsely wore military uniforms in gay pride events around the nation.

The distinction between legitimate veterans and those simply dressing up was muddled in 2012 when the Department of Defense changed its policy to allow active duty personnel to wear their uniforms in “Pride” events.

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In another blow to military customs, morality and morale, President Obama is continuing his effort to force acceptance of the gay agenda on rank and file soldiers, officer ranks, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and now civilians who control the military by appointing an openly gay activist to lead the Army.

That activist is Eric Fanning.

Fanning’s nomination, which will not take effect unless and until the Senate confirms him, is the president’s latest assault on military traditions, good order and discipline among the troops and the ability of the uniformed services to recruit personnel into an all-volunteer military.

This decision comes hot on the heels of a decision by the president last month to allow transgendered Americans into the armed services without giving the military branches a chance to work out how to quarter troops, train them effectively and even develop protocols for providing medical treatment for transgendered members.

To his credit, Fanning has been a specialist on defense and national security issues for more than 25 years in Congress and the Pentagon. As Army secretary, he would be working with Gen. Mark Milley, who took over as the Army’s top general in August.

In a statement, President Obama – who has no military service and is clueless about the effect of imposing the gay agenda on the nation’s armed forces said:

“Eric brings many years of proven experience and exceptional leadership to this new role,” “I look forward to working with Eric to keep our Army the very best in the world.”

Fanning and General Milly will be working together to gut to Army even further than it already has.

Prior to General Milly’s assent to the status as the Army’s top military commander but before Fanning was nominated to the post of Secretary of the Army, the Obama Administration had already cut 80,0000 soldiers from its ranks in recent years with plans to cut 40,000 before Obama leaves office.

These cuts would shrink the service to its smallest size of the post-World War II era. Greg Jaffe, writing for The Washington Post said:

“…the Army’s outgoing top commander, Gen. Ray Odierno, said that tight budgets and the strain of 14 years of war had badly degraded the Army’s readiness to fight and that only one-third of its brigades were prepared to deploy to a war zone, the lowest readiness rate in decades.

Fanning’s role as Army secretary would give him influence over the generals the Army selects to rebuild the service after a long stretch of counterinsurgency wars in which soldiers dismounted from their tanks and armored vehicles and found themselves leading foot patrols through remote villages.”

Fanning is not without experience.

He served briefly as acting Air Force secretary and has been acting undersecretary of the Army since June 2015 – a status that does not require Senate confirmation. Jaffe writes that:

“Fanning would play a key role in helping the Army, which has struggled to field new combat systems amid the strain of fighting two wars, to upgrade aging tanks, armored personnel carriers and helicopters.

Since 2000, the Army has been forced to cancel virtually all of its major new weapons programs because they ran over budget or didn’t perform as expected.”

President Obama’s decision to nominate Fanning is the clearest indication yet that the president sees the military as a guinea pig for social experiments can be implemented by signing an order – an order issued without regard to the affect it will have on the nation’s ability to defend itself, recruit new troops and retain the best and brightest members of the officer corp.

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Things are going to get awkward when President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis next week–due to the guest list Obama has in store.

In a show of incredible disrespect, Obama has invited a group of people who directly stand counter to the Catholic Church’s primary teachings: a pro-abortion nun, a transgender man, an openly gay Episcopal bishop, and two Catholic gay activists, among others.

Mateo Williamson, the former co-chairman of the Transgender Caucus for Dignity USA who was born a woman but now identifies as a gay man, received an invite to the White House.

As did Gene Robinson, the now-retired Episcopal bishop who came out in 2003, as they first openly gay bishop in America.

And Sister Simone Campbell, an abortion activist who famously sparred against Catholic bishops over ObamaCare in 2009, will also be invited both to listen to Francis’s speech to Congress and to the private reception hosted by the White House.

Pope Francis has loosened some of the more stringent and, at times, dated rules of Catholic Church–but he’s not nearly as liberal as liberals like to think. Under Francis, the Catholic Church remains unshakably pro-life–and the Pope himself once compared gay marriage to the work of the devil.

Sticking a finger in the eye of both the pope–and American Catholics who support his teachings–is an unprecedented insult.

While Obama is certainly able to invite anyone who he wants to a reception in his own house with a foreign head of state, he’s clearly forgotten that the pope is the spiritual leader of the plurality of Americans.

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Annise Parker is a glutton for punishment.

For the fourth time, the courts have reprimanded Houston’s lesbian mayor for her deceptive practices in pushing the LGBT agenda. This time, the Texas Supreme Court called out the Houston City Council too.

Parker initially made national headlines last year, when she tried to subpoena the sermons of local pastors in an effort to control speech from the pulpit. Rush Limbaugh at the time called it “one of the most vile, filthy, blatant violations of the Constitution that I have seen.”

Parker’s latest brush with the law stems from an ordinance, dubbed the “Equal Rights Ordinance,” designed to allow transgenders to use public restrooms based on their gender identity rather than their sex.

After the City Council initially passed the ordinance, a determined group of citizens – led by the same pastors the mayor tried to censor last year – started a petition to repeal the measure, and quickly gathered the 50,000 signatures that statutorily bind the city to either repeal the bill or put it to a ballot referendum.

Parker and the City Attorney didn’t like that move, so they arbitrarily disqualified signatures from the petition. The problem being, the city Secretary had already certified the signatures, and nobody else involved had the authority to gainsay that.

Parker made her intent to flout the rules clear, when she declared that the entire conversation about LGBT rights is, for her, personal. “The debate is about me. It’s not academic. It is my life that is being discussed,” she said.

With those words, Parker indicated that the courts rebuked her personally when they ruled that the petition was in fact legitimate, and the Council must obey its statutory obligations to either repeal the law, or put it on the ballot. Parker and the Council instead chose their own (illegal) path again.

Instead of a repeal, or a referendum on the ballot, the Council decided to put the repeal of the statute on the ballot.

Cue the state Supreme Court: “The charter clearly requires the vote to be on the ordinance itself rather than its repeal.

“Here, the city council determined that voters should choose between ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ regarding the repeal of the ordinance. The charter, however, when read in conjunction with the Election Code, requires a choice of ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ (or ‘For’ or “Against’) as to the ordinance itself.

“Because the charter clearly defines the city council’s obligation to submit the ordinance – rather than its repeal – to the voters and gives the city council no discretion not to, we hold that this is a ministerial duty,” the court said.

The ruling as stated, in addition to compelling the Council to honor its duties, has the effect of suspending the law.

“If the city council does not repeal the ordinance by August 24, 2015, then by that date the city council must order that the ordinance be put to popular vote during the November 2015 election,” the court ruled. “‘The power of . . . referendum . . . is the exercise by the people of a power reserved to them,’ and this power should be protected.”

With the Court’s rebuke fresh in their minds, the Council members finally drafted a ballot referendum that, although still misleading, actually passes legal muster: “Are you in favor of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Ord. No. 2014-530, which prohibits discrimination in city employment and city services, city contracts, public accommodations, private employment and housing based on an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or pregnancy?”

David Welch, a spokesman for the coalition responsible for the petition, was frank in his assessment of the ruling and the mayor. “Recognizing that Mayor Parker has attempted every possible means of silencing the voters of the city, repeatedly violating the law while doing so, we are pleased that ‘We the People’ will finally have the opportunity to speak on whether Houston should criminalize people of faith, suppress religious freedom and allow men in women’s restrooms,” he said.

State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) called out Parker for her four-loss streak, saying the mayor refuses to “get straight with the law.”

“Taxpayers have a right to know that their money is not being spent to circumvent the law,” he continued. “The recent ruling by the Texas Supreme Court continues to show that Houston does indeed have a problem.

“It is now more than clear that the city of Houston is forcing taxpayers to spend their personal money against the government simply to get Mayor Annise Parker and the city to follow the law. It is not the role of local government to spend taxpayer money to actively ignore lawfully collected petition signatures and suppress petitions signed by those they are sworn to represent, much less use deceptive ballot language, per a Supreme Court ruling,” he said.

The end result is that, after several attempts at heavy-handed dictatorial tactics, the citizens of Houston have gotten at least some of their voice back.

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In a matter of months dozens of kids—some younger than 9—received taxpayer-funded, sex-change therapy in a state that earlier this year made it legal for minors to undergo radical treatment for “gender dysphoria” without parental consent.

Judicial Watch has obtained documents from the Oregon Health Authority that show 56 minors have received assessments or therapy related to “gender dysphoria” under the state’s taxpayer-funded health plan since January. Seven of the children were aged 0-9, according to the records obtained by JW, 22 were between the ages of 10 to 14 and 27 were 15-17 years old. The publicly-subsidized Oregon Health Plan delivers treatment that can include hormone-suppressing drugs and surgery for those who claim to have gender identity disorder.

Seventeen of the minors received hormone treatments or other drugs since January, the records show. This is described in the state documents as “medications to suppress puberty in gender questioning youth.” It may seem insane, or even criminal, for a licensed medical professional to administer drugs to a child who may be questioning their gender in order to suppress that child’s puberty. The medications as well as psychotherapy and doctor visits are all covered under the state measure, according to the records.

Publicly-funded, sex-change therapy is quite popular in Oregon and state officials evidently wanted to promote the benefit among children even if it means excluding parents. To qualify for the perk, also known as “cross-sex hormone therapy,” under the state-run insurance plan patients must show that they “have any significant medical or mental health concerns reasonably well controlled.” This may seem incredibly subjective, especially for youngsters in the throes of puberty.

Those who want to have sex-change surgery must also complete 12 months of hormone therapy appropriate to their “gender goals,” the documents state. An agency called the Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) is responsible for setting the standards and changing the state’s policies to allow for the administration of “medications to suppress puberty in gender questioning youth,” according to the records obtained by JW as part of an ongoing probe into the matter.

As of July 438 people—adults and children combined—received services for “gender dysphoria” in Oregon, the records say. Ten adults have received sex-change surgeries since January but no minors so far. The cost to Oregon taxpayers for the procedures, officially known as “gender reassignment surgery,” during this seven-month period was $29,900. JW will continue monitoring Oregon’s program to obtain updated figures as they become available.

The cost of sex reassignment operations are also being passed along to taxpayers at the federal level. Last year JW reported that Medicare, the government’s health program for the elderly and disabled, changed its longtime policy to cover the procedures for transgender patients. For decades Medicare automatically denied requests for sex reassignments surgeries, but the agency committed a shocking about-face last summer by acknowledging the procedures as medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who don’t identify with their biological sex.

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A California public high school will teach a course on gay history starting this fall–the first one in the country.

The Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco recently announced an LGBT social studies course, which will cover the gay rights movement, the AIDS epidemic, and the lives of gay activists. Roughly 30% of Ruth Asawa students identify as gay.

The course will be eligible as a college preparatory class for the University of California system–meaning it will count towards elective credit for those students applying to any of the UC schools.

“This is history,” explained Ruth Asawa teacher Lyndsey Schlax, who will teach the class. “This is an experience that happened. How can we not teach history? That’s what we do.”

Schlax plans to look at historic eras through a gay lens, analyzing the role of gay men and lesbians in history–and is determined to make sure this class is available to every school in the school district.

But Schlax made clear that this class is a history course–it won’t include some of the most controversial parts of sex education.

“People always think it’s about the sex. It’s not about sex,” she said. “What drove those movements was making the world a better place, a more peaceful place.”

The gay history course comes at a time where more traditional ways of teaching history are under attack.

Last year, the College Board–the nonprofit that manages both the SATs and the Advanced Placement courses–replaced its AP U.S. History course outline with a new framework that attracted immediate criticism for taking a cynical, anti-American view of United States history.

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Zach Silk makes no bones about it: His side won the gay marriage fight, and now he’s looking for the next battle. Silk says he’s found exactly the right issue – gun control.

“There is a moral element to the thing that has similarities to marriage,” Silk said, before going on to detail to the New Yorker how he and his lackeys plan to co-opt the language used by gun rights advocates and pervert its meaning, just as they did with marriage verbiage.

Silk helped spearhead the successful gay marriage fight in Washington state by taking the words right out of the traditional marriage playbook and using them for gay marriage, words like love, family, and commitment. Following the Supreme Court decision last month, Silk said he saw gun control as the natural next step in his activism.

Similar to the gay marriage battle, Silk and his ilk are looking for small, piecemeal victories in the states, one state at a time, to slowly shift perception over time. Silk himself has been fighting for stricter background check regulations in Washington for several years.

The gay activists won by essentially relying on the slippery slope. There was the Supreme Court striking down anti-sodomy laws, then there was tax benefits in several states, then hate crimes legislation, then gay adoptions, all of which eventually led to gay marriage.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito warned of further damage from this phenomenon in a wide ranging interview with Bill Kristol published earlier this week, noting that the Obergefell decision wipes away clear understanding of laws generally, and sets the stage for further distortions of law to suit the views of particular justices rather than the rule of law.

“Well, the decision was based on, really, one word in the 14th Amendment. The Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment prohibits the deprivation of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. So this was all based on liberty and on a substantive protection of liberty, not a procedural protection…”

“The idea of substantive due process has been very controversial throughout the Court’s history… the New Deal Constitutional Revolution tried to either kill off substantive due process completely or relegate it to very, very minor role.”

“But it has experienced a revival in more recent years, not in the area of property rights, but in the area of some non-property individual rights, including same-sex marriage. So the jurisprudential question is what limits the definition – how do we determine what liberty in the 14th Amendment means? Liberty means different things to different people…”

“The Court’s conception, I said in this opinion and I believe to be true, is a very postmodern idea; it’s the freedom to define your understanding of the meaning of life. Your – it’s the right to self-expression. So if all of this is on the table now, where are the legal limits on it?

“If a libertarian is appointed to the Supreme Court, is it then proper for the libertarian to say, ‘Well, I think that there is a right to work less than the minimum wage? I think there is a right to work as many hours as I want without being limited by the government. I think I have the right to build whatever I want on my property irrespective the zoning laws and so forth.’

“If a socialist is appointed to the Supreme Court, can the socialist say, ‘I think that liberty and the 14th Amendment means that everyone should have a guaranteed annual income or that all education through college should be absolutely free,’ or whatever. There’s no limit…

“But the Obergefell decision… did not claim that there was a strong tradition of protecting the right to same-sex marriage, this would have been impossible to find. So… we are at sea, I think. I don’t know what the limits of substantive liberty protection under the 14th Amendment are at this point.”

Alito is correct in pointing out that the decision subverts previously understood clear meanings in the amendment, and thus weakens the position of law in every associated area – and in the discussion of equal protections, every area can be associated.

This describes exactly the tactics the Zach Silks of the world now want to employ in the gun control fight. Win small battles here, redefine a word there, and send the whole country sliding down the slippery slope to tyrannical gun laws that don’t allow for an individual’s right to defense.

“Community. Safety. Responsibility. Protecting my family.” These are the new buzzwords Silk hopes to take from the opposition and employ on behalf of the radical left, asserting that protecting a family is the responsibility of the community as a whole instead of individuals, ignoring that the community isn’t present to stop, say, a rape in a dark alley.

In his new fight, Silk is convincing the old guard of gun control to join with him and use his tactics. “We have more momentum than this issue has had in decades,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “I do think you can make the strong case that this is the next big issue.”

Given the success of these tactics in completely redefining a huge portion of our culture, gun rights advocates need to take this threat seriously. This will not be a short fight, or a simple one. The radical left is re-organizing, and then they are going to come to your statehouse, and keep coming. Constant vigilance will be the price to maintain our freedoms.


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