Tuesday, December 3, 2013

nuns kidnapped from the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Thecla

Nuns kidnapped in Christian Syrian town


Staff Reporter
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
2 December 2013

"According to these sources, the sisters and the mother superior, Pelagia Sayaf, from the convent of St. Tecla, have been taken hostage by "terrorists." "

[Read more...]

ADDITIONAL LINKS
A more detailed report from Global Research

and when the Grinch stole Christmas...

Georgia School Confiscates Christmas Cards


Todd Starnes
Fox News
3 December 2013

"For as long as anyone can remember, teachers at Brooklet Elementary School have posted Christmas cards in the hallways outside their classrooms – until Monday."

[Read more...]

NOTES
Bulloch County is in south Georgia. [CORRECTION: Bulloch County is on the eastern side of the state.]

Todd gives a link to their Facebook page, which explains in greater detail what happened and why.

Jonathan Cook, who created the page (which now has 2,131 members), posted the following 21 November 2013:

The AUSCS (Americans United for Separation of Church and State) recently filed a complaint with the Bulloch County BOE. As a result, the BOE has directed teachers and faculty to remove all religious items from their classrooms and desks. They have also told the teachers to remove any scripture reference from the signature line of their email and that they must remove themselves or turn their backs on student-led prayer. We believe that this is a violation of our civil rights and is a misinterpretation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. This group has been created to organize the citizens of Bulloch County to voice their opinion that ALL people and religions should be treated with same fairness and respect. Teachers , faculty, and students have the right to reasonable private expression and should not have right taken away because of a complaint made by an outside entity like the AUSCS. We are fully capable of making lawful decisions on religious expression ourselves and are requesting that the BOE take steps to affirm these rights of everyone associated with our school system. 

For further updates, the following links present both the school system's positions and that of concerned citizens.

Hat tip: Steve Quayle

ADDITIONAL LINKS
Bulloch County School System
News update from Statesboro Herald
Press release from school system
Facebook page for religious liberty with schools

UPDATE [3 December 2013 10:07 PM]
The school board reports the original Todd Starnes article is not true. The FB page, however, has edged over 2600 members. Will continue following this one, and, as always, urge readers to check out the links that present both sides of what was available at the time this was first posted.