A new blog for New Directions

Wendy Gritter's New Direction ministry has started a blog called, Bridging the Gap. The blog may have the sound of a Bridges Across the Divide but aims for a more relational tone.Go by and give Wendy a shout, eh? … [Read more...]

Irish legislator embroiled in controversy over comments about homosexuality

Iris Robinson, the "first lady" of Ireland and also a MP (member of Parliament) from Northern Ireland has stepped into controversy with comments about her oppostion to homosexuality and her beliefs that gays can change with counseling. With what should seem in hindsight to be a very poor sense of timing, she made her negative comments about homosexuality in response to a question about a hate crime in Belfast, Northern Ireland directed toward a gay man. Taking a page from the Sally Kern … [Read more...]

Court says Texas had no right to keep children

Testing the intersection of religious liberty and child protection, the state of Texas removed over 460 children from a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) in April, 2008.Today, an appeals court said the state of Texas was in error given that Texas law requires imminent danger as a test for removal. The authorities appealed to the "pervasive belief system" of the cult as one reason to take all children. The court indicated that the beliefs of the cult was … [Read more...]

Principal to resign over GSA

Of all the things that could be covered, I am surprised that FOXNews picked up on this story.Here is a situation where the First Amendment Center guidelines would be helpful I think... … [Read more...]

WND Day of Silence incident reports – The rest of the story

Yesterday, WorldNetDaily filed a report about Mission America’s efforts to keep kids out of school on the Day of Silence. I noted that the WND article reproduced the Golden Rule Pledge card and called it a “popular poster used to promote the Day of Silence.”However, reading further, I became curious about some of the bullet-point reports from various schools labeled by the WND article as Day of Silence “incidents.”This post is the follow up of two allegations. First, from a Kirksville, MO … [Read more...]

WorldNetDaily. Golden Rule Pledge. Day of Silence.

I couldn't think of a good title for this one so I just assembled the players, so to speak.Check out this Worldnetdaily article banging away at the Day of Silence and then scroll about half way down the page and check out the "popular poster used to promote the Day of Silence."I was saddened to see that Linda Harvey believes her efforts were successful. But I had to smile a bit to think that the Golden Rule Pledge card was considered a promotion for the DOS.Maybe next year we'll have … [Read more...]

Rev. Hutcherson plans (another) Day of Silence protest

The SnoValley Star reports that Rev. Ken Hutcherson plans to protest his daughter's high school again next year on the Day of Silence.At a May 8 school board meeting, the Rev. Ken Hutcherson vowed to continue to protest the Day of Silence in coming years if the Mount Si High School Gay Straight Alliance holds it during school hours.In fact, Hutcherson, who led about 100 protestors during the annual event late last month, vowed an even larger presence in the future.“As parents, next y … [Read more...]

David Scasta talks on NPR about the APA symposium

On NPR's Bryant Park Project, David Scasta talked about the cancelled symposium. You will need to listen to the audio to get the discussion since the article is not a transcript.I will have some comments about this as the day goes on... … [Read more...]


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