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Is Banning Native American Team Names Discriminatory?

For the past decade or so, there has been a concerted effort to remove team names from schools, clubs and other sports teams that are based upon Native Americans.

In some ways, changing the logos and imagery is a good thing. We have always been troubled by cartoon-ish logos and depictions that include imagery such as the retired “Chief Noc-A-Homa” the Atlanta Braves used.

Yet in many ways, the history of Native Americans / American Indians is one that should be revered and honored. There can be much learned when a school decides to take on the that responsibility while naming a school after a tribe or individual.
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Teen Sues School After Being Suspended For Speech.

A freshman student at Exeter High School in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, is suing the School District and the Assistant Principal after he was suspended for saying “there are only two genders.”

The unnamed student was suspended from participating in a football game after he expressed the idea that there are “only two genders,” which may be in conflict with the School District’s policy pertaining to gender-nonconforming students.

The incident started out innocently enough.

During a Spanish class in September, the teacher asked students to identify themselves using the pronoun of their choice.

One student asked to be referred to as “they” as they identified as “non-binary.”

No in-school disruption occurred and the student suing and the “non-binary” student had no interaction that day or since.

No harm, no foul.

Case closed, right?

If it were closed, we would not be writing about it.
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US Marshal Service VS Judge VS Vaccination Mandates.

In June of 2021, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Kormann asked / demanded to know whether the US Marshals who were transporting people in and out of his courtroom were vaccinated against COVID.

The Marshals declined to answer.

Judge Kormann kept pressing the issue saying he would cite the Marshals for contempt.

The Marshals responded by removing their prisoners from the courtroom and taking them back to jail, a move the Judge called a “kidnapping.”

According to Judge Korman:
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Use “Correct” Pronouns Or Else You Fail.

California’s Loyola Marymount University is a private institution located in Los Angeles. At it supposed core, it is a university based on Jesuit traditions and beliefs.

The University is institutionally committed to Roman Catholicism and takes its fundamental inspiration from the combined heritage of the Jesuits, the Marymount Sisters, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. We invite men and women diverse in talents, interests, and cultural backgrounds to enrich our educational community and advance our mission of the encouragement of learning, education of the whole person, and the service of faith and promotion of justice.

That link to the past and beliefs tied to the Roman Catholic church are being tested by a professor at the school:
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Possibly the Coolest Monument Ever.

At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.
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“We’re A Church First.”

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Brookings, Oregon is caught in the crossfire because of their desire to feed people, including the homeless.

Since 2009, the church has been feeding the the homeless as part of the City approved “Community Kitchen Project,” where various churches and organizations banned together to feed the needy. Each member would offer food several times a week, and the different days allowed people to be getting food.

For years, St. Timothy’s and other churches and charitable outfits in Brookings have been providing free meals to the area’s poor through their joint Community Kitchen Project. Each participating organization took one or two days a week to serve food to the needy from their own property.
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Proud And Fierce? Nope.

The South Carolina University are known as the “Chanticleers.” If you are wondering what a “chanticleer” is, it is defined as a “proud and fierce rooster,” according to the school.

One would think that with a mascot like that, the University would be diligent and fierce in defending things like freedom of speech.

And you’d be wrong.

The school’s lack of moral and ethical spine begins with a visiting artist teaching a class in the school’s Theatre Department.

FIRE describes what happened next:

On Sept. 16, a visiting artist was working with two students of color after class, and one student expressed that she felt isolated and would like to get to know other non-white students in the department. The visiting artist asked about whether it might be helpful for non-white students to connect as a group, and she and the students wrote out the names of other non-white students on the classroom whiteboard while brainstorming ideas.
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Veterans Day 2021.

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It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

Author: Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

Today is Veterans Day, a day in which we in America should pause and recognize the service of the men and women who protect our freedoms, defend the innocent, and act as a deterrent to evil in the world.

As long as there are people and nations seeking to deny rights and basically enslave others, there will be a need for the military to stand up and say, “no. Not today. Not on my watch.”

You have to admire, appreciate and honor that stance – that devotion – that willingness to lay your life on the line so others can live in freedom.

Today, we take time to thank veterans for their service.



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