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A Colorado mother said her 6-year-old son has “sexual harassment” on his record for kissing a girl he feels mutual affection for on the hand.
Jennifer Saunders said her son, Hunter Yelton, a first grader in Canon City, was suspended from school for the entire day Monday because of an incident that took place in class last week.
“It was during class yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That’s what happened,” Hunter Yelton said.
“She was fine with it, they are ‘boyfriend and girlfriend’. The other children saw it and went to the music teacher. That was the day I had the meeting with the principal, where she first said ‘sexual harassment’. This is taking it to an extreme that doesn’t need to be met with a 6 year old. Now my son is asking questions. … what is sex mommy? That should not ever be said, sex. Not in a sentence with a 6 year old,” Saunder said.
Officials with School District RE-1 said the boy’s actions fit the district’s definition of sexual harassment. They said school records remain within the district.
Yelton, who was previously suspended for rough housing and kissing the same girl on the cheek, was scheduled to return to school Tuesday morning.
Obviously, everyone has been warned to keep an eye on the young Lothario and turn his butt in if he looks longingly at something dearer than a cupcake.
The Nanny State is ready to apply Christian puritanism as the rules governing life regardless of age. Poisonally, if you want to raise your children as if normal life is a den of iniquity – yank them out of public school – and take the teachers and administrators who think the same – with you.
I used to pass through Canon City every other week when I was on the road. Looked like a nice little town seeking nature tourists, folks who enjoyed flyfishing. Good thing I never stopped on the outskirts to pee in the bushes. I might have been arrested for attempted rape of a trout.
Vincent Giannetto and his partner Michael Griffin
A gay teacher says he was fired from his job at a suburban Philadelphia Catholic school after applying for a marriage license with his partner.
Officials at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem said Michael Griffin, who taught Spanish and French at the private all-boys school until he was fired Friday, had violated his contract when he applied for a marriage license with his same-sex partner in New Jersey.
“Today I applied for a marriage license since NJ now has marriage equality,” Griffin posted on his Facebook page. “After 12 years together I was excited to finally be able to marry my partner. Because of that, I was fired from Holy Ghost Preparatory School today. I am an alumnus of the school and have taught there for 12 years. I feel hurt, saddened, betrayed and except for this post, am at a loss for words.”
Griffin said he had sent an email to school administrators informing them of his intentions, not expecting to be terminated given that his relationship had not been a secret among school faculty and staff, WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, reported.
“I’ve been with my partner for more than 12 years, the entire time I’ve been teaching at the school,” Griffin told the TV station. “He’s been to numerous school functions with me…”
The Rev.James McCloskey, the school’s headmaster, confirmed in a statement that Griffin was fired over his application for a same-sex marriage license…”…this decision contradicts the terms of his teaching contract at our school, which requires all faculty and staff to follow the teachings of the church as a condition of their employment.
Of course, if state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court, had the courage to follow our Constitution, they would support the rule that contracts that violate state and federal law aren’t legal and binding.
The crap “tradition” defense is as useless as any other line of bull from bigots. Cripes, I recall passage of the Civil Rights Law freeing up the trade union I belonged to at the time. The national union constitution only allowed the president to be white and male.
Republicans on the Supreme Court are as beholden to the “higher power” of bigotry as today’s Roman Catholic church. Mail me a penny postcard when justice unexpectedly breaks out.
For the second year in a row, a British man with long hair and a beard was banned from attending a darts match in Minehead, Somerset, because he looks too much like Jesus.
Last year, Nathan Grindal was ejected from the Cash Converter Players Championship between Phil Taylor and Kim Huybrechts after “Jesus” chants started sweeping through the crowd and security personnel became fearful that the disturbance would interrupt the players.
This year, Grindal’s looks prevented him from even getting in the door.
He was going to collect his ticket to the event when “two big beef-head security guards, including the head of security, dragged me into the office where they told me they wouldn’t let me watch the darts this year,” he said.
“I felt quite intimidated. The head of security told me they would not be letting me into the tournament, because they did not want a repeat of last year. It’s not my fault I look like Jesus. I’m not trying to look like Jesus, I’m not even religious — I’m just an average Joe. I haven’t done anything wrong.”
Grindal is a laborer from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and he keeps his beard long to hide scars on his face…
Frankly, I would sue their butts from here to Aberdeen. Grindal is a nicer guy than that. However, he’s hoping to be compensated for missing work and buying fuel for the 280-mile round trip.
A Mormon bishop in Utah said he received mixed reactions from churchgoers when he arrived for services disguised as a homeless man.
David Musselman, the bishop of the Taylorsville Fourth Ward, said friend and professional makeup artist Tara Starling helped him disguise himself as a homeless man so he could go unrecognized at his church Nov. 24…
Musselman said some churchgoers were compassionate toward the apparent homeless stranger, while others were less welcoming.
One congregant told him to leave church property, he said…”Many actually went out of their way to purposefully ignore me, and they wouldn’t even make eye contact,” he told the Deseret News.
“I was impressed by the children. I could see in their eyes they wanted to do more,” Musselman said.
Musselman, who revealed his disguise to the congregation, said the stunt was aimed at promoting kindness and acceptance of others.
Judging a book by its cover seems to be a practice still in vogue.
Can you say “DUH” in unison?
A senior State Department official, responding to critics of plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican, said criticism is based on “a series or myths.”…The embassy will be moved to a larger U.S. compound in Rome that houses the embassy to Italy and the U.S. Mission to the U.N. offices, Politico reported.
The move is to be completed by 2015, and is expected to save more than $1.4 million and increase security, the official…said during a conference call with reporters.
News of the move touched off a flurry of criticism in right-wing media, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush joined in, saying in a Twitter post: “Why would our President close our Embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee created a petition this week asserting, “President Obama plans to close the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican…”
“I think there are a series of myths that are running around out there,” the State Department official said.
He said no country has an embassy in Vatican City, as critics of the move assert, and he said there is no truth to claims that the move will include “changing the residence of the Ambassador to the Holy See. I have seen that as well. The Ambassador’s residence is not part of this at all.”
“The third [myth] is that this represents a downsizing of our presence when this happens,” he said. “That is not true as well. Our diplomatic presence will remain one of the largest missions accredited to the Holy See, and that there is no reduction in our diplomatic staff in this process.”
He said all diplomatic embassies are located in Rome, not Vatican City.
American religious nutballs probably qualify for world leadership in paranoia and lies about being oppressed. Given the amount of energy they dedicate to shutting down civil liberties, civil rights and freedom for every minority they can think of – no doubt they hold the record for hypocrisy as well.
UNHCR officials in Yemen told the BBC Huda’s application was likely to be approved on the grounds that she could face mistreatment, even death, at the hands of her family if returned home.
In Yemen, it is being celebrated as a modern day Romeo and Juliet story.
Huda crossed the border several weeks ago, followed by her boyfriend, Arafat, who was working in Saudi Arabia.
Huda – who is in her early 20s – says she decided they had to elope after Arafat’s marriage proposal was rejected by her family.
The two have been held in an immigration detention centre in Yemen since their arrival.
Huda is charged with illegally crossing the border.
The same charge against Arafat was dropped, but he refused to be freed, wanting to remain with her in prison.
The two get to meet once a week when Huda’s asylum case is heard in court.
At first, her application to do this through the UNHCR was rejected by the ministry of the interior…But UNHCR officials in Yemen say the judge allowed her request last week…
She then filled out a form known as the Refugee Status Determination. While this is being studied, she is under UN protection and cannot be deported.
The UNHCR officials have told the BBC that it is very likely that she will be granted full refugee status in the next few days, which would mean that Huda and Arafat would be freed and able to marry…
For its part, the UNHCR says that if Yemen does for whatever reason bow to Saudi pressure over the case and try to have Huda deported, it has an alternative plan which could see the two lovers united in another country.
Fundamentalist religions of just about any sort drive me up a tree. They seem to exist only to oppress women, stifle love, prevent kindness between human beings and in general make this short life we have as miserable as possible.
My best wishes to the young couple. I hope they manage to find somewhere to marry and continue their love without the interference of state religion.
Earlier this week, voters in Albuquerque voted down a city-wide measure that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks, by a ten-point margin. According to voter data analyzed by ProgressNowNM, the pro-choice side has women to thank for it.
“Eleven thousand more women–almost three times more women than men, in terms of additional turnout–came out in the municipal abortion election than did in the general six weeks earlier,” said Patrick Davis, the group’s executive director…
The result also showed that Latino voters, including Latina women, weren’t swayed by the anti-abortion arguments. They make up nearly half of the city’s population, and ban supporters had pinned their hopes on Catholic and evangelical Latinos. Opponents of the ban have pointed out that their coalition included two groups led by Latinas, Young Women United and Strong Families New Mexico.
Although not all public polling shows a gender gap on abortion, the team behind Virginia governor-elect Terry McAuliffe has said the issue helped account for a 9-point gender gap in his favor earlier this month. He won 59% of voters who said abortion was their top issue.
The anti-abortiion rights crowd is still working hard trying to snatch victory from their defeat. Democracy can be a tough solution for losers who think God is on their side and that’s all they need. Perish the thought that voters pay attention to science, constitutional law and civil liberties in an election.
A cute, humorous commercial. Which means it’s bound to upset a couple kajillion stiffs.
Catholic Bishop leads conservative freak-out. Plans exorcism while Illinois governor signs law affirming same-sex civil rights
A Catholic bishop in Illinois said…he was planning prayers of “supplication and exorcism” to protest the state governor’s plan to sign same-sex marriage into law.
Next week, Illinois will become the 16th U.S. state to extend marriage rights to gay couples, following Hawaii, whose governor signed it into law on Wednesday. The Illinois law will take effect on June 1, 2014.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield, the state’s capital, said that those who contract civil same-sex marriages are culpable of “serious sin.” He planned the service to coincide with the signing of the legislation by Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday.
Without naming names, Paprocki criticized Catholic politicians for their support of the measure…
Both Quinn and powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan are Catholic Democrats. Speaking in support of the legislation in Springfield last week, Madigan quoted Pope Francis, who asked “Who am I to judge?” regarding gay clergy.
Quinn had no immediate comment on the planned exorcism, which will be held at Springfield’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Paprocki made news before the 2012 presidential election by warning his flock in a letter of the “intrinsic evils” of the Democratic platform’s support of abortion and same-sex marriage, and that to vote for someone who promotes such actions is to risk your soul.
The funniest thing is that many polls find Catholic voters tend to support gay marriage a wee bit more than other denominations. Maybe their lifetime of experience with leaders who are hypocrites better equip them to deal with the follies of our nation’s fear of progress.
We’re all witnessing campaigns around the United States from sects of conservative Catholics who are upset that the Pope is querying members of the church for their opinions on matters like equal rights for women, civil rights for LGBT folks, all that far-out democracy kind of stuff.
There actually are Tea Party nutballs who say – gasp – the Pope may be a Liberal.