Military chaplains harassed, mocked for quoting Scripture during chaplain training

Those who serve our country often greet reveilles before the sunrise. They don the uniform. They represent our country, and they continue to make sacrifice after sacrifice. With the onslaught of government intrusion on religious freedom, some of them are dealing with egregious attacks on their personal faith.

A legal group on Friday filed suit on behalf of two military chaplains. According to the suit, a supervisor with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mocked their Christian faith, repeatedly, during a chaplain training program.

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It’s the Chicago (Obama) way: U of Chicago’s pro-life flyers vandalized, destroyed.

CHICAGO, November 8, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – If you’re a pro-life activist at the University of Chicago, be prepared for a tough fight.

That’s the lesson the University of Chicago Students for Life chapter learned on Monday, after numerous flyers around campus were torn down or vandalized. The flyers advertised their Thursday night meeting.

One of the posters read, “What’s the difference between a baby and a fetus? Let’s talk about it.” According to the University of Chicago student newspaper, The Chicago Maroon, another said the pro-life does not mean anti-woman.

“Pro-life students get their displays and flyers vandalized on an almost daily basis,” according to Students for Life National Director of Field Operations Brendan O’Morchoe. “We expect flyers to be torn down or defaced so we train students to print two or three times as many flyers and posters as they plan to hang.”

O’Morchoe emphasized that having posters or announcements torn down is mild compared to other forms of harassment pro-life students around the country face.

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Priest: “I expected more from the only state claiming to be a democracy in the Middle East.”


French Catholic church Maison D’Abraham in east Jerusalem is accusing the Israel Police of failing to investigate robbery and harassment complaints filed by the church recently.

“The Israel Police are not protecting us,” the church’s director, Father Michael O’Sullivan, told Ynet. “Only in the past month we had two incidents with a large Volvo truck which intentionally hit our entrance gate and escaped. After the second incident we filed a complaint with the police, but nothing happened. They didn’t even send a policeman here to look into our claims.”

Maison D’Abraham, a serene oasis in the midst of the Ras al-Amud neighborhood, was founded in 1964 at the request of Pope Paul VI during his visit to the Holy Land. In his vision, the pope saw the church as a place which would fulfill the needs of Christian pilgrims visiting Jerusalem without financial means.

Every year, thousands of tourists from all around the world visit the church, which also serves as a guesthouse. Recently, however, the church and its tenants have been suffering from harassment and theft.

According to Father O’Sullivan, the recent incidents are only a few examples of the lawlessness the church’s tenants are forced to live with. “We suffer from burglaries, theft and harassments, but the police are not doing anything or just pretending to be doing something. About two years ago we caught a thief red-handed, turned him into the police, but he was released the next day. Two months later he began stealing again.”

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School Harasses Minnesota Sixth Grader Wearing Pro-Life T-shirts

School Harasses Minnesota Sixth Grader Wearing Pro-Life T-shirts; Thomas More Law Center Files Federal Lawsuit

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

ANN ARBOR, MI — The Thomas More Law Center, a national public-interest law firm, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced today that it has filed a federal lawsuit defending the Constitutional rights of a sixth grader to wear t-shirts to school that express his pro-life beliefs.  The lawsuit was filed in the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota against the Hutchinson Middle School located in Hutchinson, Minnesota.
 
The sixth grader, referred to in the lawsuit as “K. B.” because of his age, is a Christian who believes that abortion is the wrongful taking of an innocent life and a grave offense to the Law of God.

School officials, including the principal and several teachers, on over a dozen occasions during April 2008, told “K. B.” not to wear the t-shirts, publicly singled him out for ridicule in front of his classmates, removed him from class, sent him to the principal’s office, forced him to turn his pro-life t-shirt inside out, and threatened him with suspension if he did not stop wearing the offending pro-life t-shirts.

 During the period in question, “K. B.” wore three different t-shirts, all produced by the American Life League, a national Pro-Life advocacy group.  The t-shirts contained such pro-life messages as, “Abortion… growing, growing, gone, ” “What part of abortion don’t you understand?” and, “Never Known – Not Forgotten.”

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, commented, “This courageous young Christian was ridiculed and threatened by teachers for expressing his deeply held beliefs.  These school officials clearly violated the U. S. Constitution and the school’s own written Dress Policy which specifically states it is not intended to abridge the rights of students to express political or religious messages.”

The Thomas More Law Center is being assisted by Minnesota attorney Paul Taylor, an affiliated attorney with the Law Center.

Brandon Bolling, the Law Center attorney assigned as lead counsel stated, “The Supreme Court has held it permissible for public schools to limit student speech only when there is an actual and substantial disruption of school activity.  That is not the case here.  The only people who took issue with the Pro-Life t-shirts were the school’s employees — in fact, if any one caused any disruption, it was the school’s employees, by their constant public harassment of our client because they disagreed with his pro-life message.”

The Thomas More Law Center defends and promotes the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life through education, litigation, and related activities.  It does not charge for its services.  The Law Center is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c)(3) organization.  You may reach the Thomas More Law Center at (734) 827-2001 or visit our website at www.thomasmore.org.