Archive for July, 2013

AP and MuckRock News Try to “Out” Montana‘s Concealed Weapons Permit Holders

By Jerry A. Kane

A few months back, the Associated Press (AP) and MuckRock News asked the Montana Department of Justice (MDOJ) for the names and the personal information of the people who hold concealed weapons permits (CWPs).

“We’d like all public information included on each permit holder, including, but not limited to: last name, first name, middle, street address, city,  employer, age or DOB, driver’s license number, date of application.”—March 18 email from Matt Gouras, AP reporter

When asked why Gouras requested the highly personal information from MDOJ, AP Rocky Mountain bureau chief Jim Clarke said, “We do not comment on ongoing reporting efforts.”

MDOJ received a similar request April 30 from Boston-based MuckRock News asking for a list of the state’s CWP holders. MuckRock News requests and gathers information from government entities, and helps journalists and news agencies file Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain public records.

MuckRock News also requested a fee waiver from MDOJ. The news agency said the fees should be waived because the personal information on the state’s CWP holders is in “the public interest.”

Republican Attorney General Tim Fox denied the request, saying “that the privacy of permit holders exceeds the public’s right to know.”

Earlier this year, the legislature passed and the governor signed SB 145 to make “all information pertaining to CWP holders confidential.” The law takes effect October 1.

Montana is also the only state that has a constitution that explicitly guarantees the right to privacy.”—Gary Marbut, Montana Shooting Sports Association President

Marbut argues that publishing the names and personal information of CWP holders not only puts them at risk, but it also shows criminals where their guns are located.

“Think of an abused woman who has to take out a restraining order. You don’t want the abuser to know that she has a gun. There is also a tactical advantage to a potential assailant not knowing if their target is armed.”—Gary Marbut

In trying to “out” Montana’s concealed weapons permit holders, AP and MuckRock News have shown that they are fully complicit the concerted jihad against American gun owners.

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see “Associated Press Refuses to Comment on Demand for Concealed Weapon Permit Lists” and “Montana AG Denies Associated Press Request for Records on All Concealed Weapons Permit Holders.”

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Atheists Demand Air Force Punish Chaplain for “Anti-secular Diatribe”

By Jerry A. Kane

In Barack Obama’s transformed military, anti-Christian activists dictate what Christian chaplains are allowed to say.

“When anti-Christian activists like Mikey Weinstein are dictating the rules for what chaplains are allowed to do, then we must ask the question why we have chaplains?”—Jerry Boykin, Lt. General, Ret

Air Force chaplain Kenneth Reyes wrote a column “expressing his beliefs about the role of faith in the lives of service members.” Reyes’ piece, “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II,” has been removed from his “Chaplain’s Corner” column on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson website, and now Weinstein’s Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) wants the chaplain reprimanded for writing the piece.

Colonel Brian Duffy, commander of the Alaska base, pulled the piece after Weinstein butt-boy Blake Page complained in a letter that Reyes’ column publicly denigrated “those without religion.” The 24-year AF veteran capitulated to Page’s demands “out of respect for those who considered its title offensive.”

To set up his piece on faith, Reyes explained the historical context of the “No Atheists in Foxholes” phrase. Reyes did not attack or insult atheists or agnostics in the column, yet Page demanded the chaplain be reprimanded for his “anti-secular diatribe.”

Faith based hate, is hate all the same. Lt. Col. Reyes must be appropriately reprimanded.”— Blake Page, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF)

Page claims that Reyes’ “use of the bigoted, religious supremacist phrase, ‘no atheists in foxholes'” violates military regulations. However, when Fox News asked the Air Force brass to point out the regulation, the military leaders did not respond.

My legal research on this issue uncovered no regulation prohibiting Reyes’ speech, which looks like expression protected by the free speech and religious freedom provisions of the First Amendment.”—Ken Klukowski, author, media contributor, constitutional lawyer

Weinstein, who once described believers in Jesus Christ as “enemies of the Constitution” and the sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military as an act of “spiritual rape,” is using his influence to coerce Air Force officials to punish a military chaplain for referencing a phase coined by a Catholic priest in World War II.

“It is a sad day for the Air Force and for our country when officers obey every command from Weinstein to silence even chaplains from talking about their faith.”—Ron Crews, executive director, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty

I.M. Kane

For more on this story, see “Chaplain Ordered to Remove Religious Essay From Military Website” and “Military Censors Christian Chaplain, Atheists Call for Punishment.”

Here’s the “anti-secular diatribe” that put Weinstein’s atheist ass-hats in such an uproar:

No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II

By Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes

Many have heard the familiar phrase, “There is no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole.”

Where did this come from?

Research I verified in an interview with former World War II prisoner of war Roy Bodine (my friend) indicates the phrase has been credited to Father William Cummings.

As the story goes, Father Cummings was a civilian missionary Catholic priest in the Philippines. The phrase was coined during the Japanese attack at Corregidor. During the siege, Cummings had noticed non-Catholics were attending his services. Some he knew were not Catholic, some were not religious and some were even known atheists.

Life-and-death experiences prompt a reality check.

Even the strongest of beliefs can change, and, I may add, can go both ways – people can be drawn to or away from “faith.”

With the pending surrender of allied forces to the Japanese, Cummings uttered the famous phrase “There is no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole.”

In one of my many discussions with Roy, he distinctly remembered a period on the “Hell Ships” – these were ships the Japanese used to bring POWs from the Philippines back to Japan. They were unmarked and thus ‘fair game’ for attacks from the allies from the air and sea. Of the 3,000-plus POWs listed on the ships, only 180 survived the journey.

“When our own planes were attacking us,” Roy said, “I remember Father Cummings calming us down by reciting the Lord’s Prayer and offering up prayers on our behalf.  For a brief moment I did not hear the yells and screams of dying men as our boat was attacked by our own men.”

He went on to say, “There was a peaceful quiet during the attack that I cannot explain nor have experienced since.”  Later on during the trip to Japan, Cummings, after giving his food to others who needed it more, succumbed to his own need and died of starvation.

Everyone expresses some form of faith every day, whether it is religious or secular.

Some express faith by believing when they get up in the morning they will arrive at work in one piece, thankful they have been given another opportunity to enjoy the majesty of the day; or express relief the doctor’s results were negative.

The real question is, “Is it important to have faith in ‘faith’ itself or is it more important to ask, ‘What is the object of my faith?’”

Roy never affirmed or expressed whether his faith was rooted in religion or not, but for a moment in time on the “Hell Ships,” he believed in Cummings’ faith.

What is the root or object of your faith?

Is it something you can count on in times of plenty or loss; peace or chaos; joy or sorrow; success or failure?

Is it something you can count on in times of plenty or loss; peace or chaos; joy or sorrow; success or failure?

What is ‘faith’ to you?

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San Antonio Ordinance Would Ban Critics of Homosexual Lifestyle from Working for City

By Jerry A. Kane

An ordinance drafted by the San Antonio City Council would ban anyone who has spoken out against the homosexual/transgender lifestyle from serving on a city council, a city board, or working on a city project.

“No person shall be appointed to a position if the City Council finds that such person has, prior to such proposed appointment, engaged in discrimination or demonstrated a bias, by word or deed, against any person, group or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, or disability.”—Sec. 2-552. (b)

The council’s draft ordinance, which would revise and update the Texas city’s anti-discrimination policy, would also ban contractors and subcontractors from working on municipal projects if they “demonstrated bias against a member of a protected class,” which would include homosexuals and he/shes.

According to Reverend Charles Flowers, the council’s ordinance to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories does not explain “what a bias is or who will determine whether or not one has been exercised.”

Flowers has asked the Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based legal firm, to look over the council’s proposed ordinance. “They said they’ve never seen this kind of language in any other ordinance in any other city that they’ve dealt with,” Flowers added.

Flowers says it’s up to the citizens of San Antonio to stop the ordinance, but he is hoping that Americans nationwide will phone the council members and politely voice their opposition.

The City of San Antonio Mayor & City Council Office homepage is here, and their office phone number is 210-207-7040. The names and phone numbers of the San Antonio City Council are:

District 1, Diego M. Bernal, 210-207-7279;

District 2, Ivy R. Taylor, 210-207-7278;

District 3, Rebecca J. Viagran, 210-207-7064;

District 4, Rey Saldana, 210-207-7281;

District 5, Shirley Gonzales, 210-207-7043;

District 6, Ray Lopez, 210-207-7065;

District 7, Cris Medina, 210-207-7044;

District 8, Ron Nirenberg, 210-207-7086;

District 9, Elisa Chan, 210-207-7325; and

District 10, Carlton Soules, 210-207-7276.

“Remember Sodom and Gomorrah, and the nearby towns, whose people acted as those angels did and indulged in sexual immorality and perversion: they suffer the punishment of eternal fire as a plain warning to all.”Jude 1:7 (GNT)

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see “‘Unprecedented’ language targets those with traditional values” and  “Unprecedented ordinance bans Christians from serving on city council.”

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DoD’s Subtle War on Christianity

By Jerry A. Kane

Barack Obama’s Department of Defense (DoD) has been waging a subtle war against Christianity. DoD announced it would no longer allow military edition Bibles to be printed with Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force insignias, and it will remove all Bibles containing the military emblems from exchange stores on military bases.

Moreover, DoD had blocked military bases from accessing the Southern Baptists’ website because of its “hostile content.” The website contained information opposing abortion and homosexual “marriage.”

Since Obama has been president, Christians are finding it increasingly difficult to serve in America’s military. Military personnel and chaplains could face court martial for proselytizing their Christian faith, or for sharing it too aggressively.

Last year the Air Force published new rules warning members to be careful in talking about their personal religious beliefs.

“When on duty or in an official capacity, Air Force members are free to express their personal religious beliefs as long as it does not make others uncomfortable.”—Captain Jody Ritchie, US Air Force public affairs officer

Other examples of a growing intolerance for Christianity in the military include:

To years ago the Chief of Staff of Walter Reed Hospital established guidelines prohibiting visitors from giving Bibles to wounded patients;

An Army Reserve training brief included Evangelical Christians with the Ku Klux Klan and al Qaeda as examples of religious extremism;

The US Army removed a cross outside a chapel on an isolated military base in northern Afghanistan;

The US Army ordered soldiers to erase Bible passages and verses inscribed by the manufacturer into the serial numbers of Trijicon rifle scopes that were issued to troops;

A Pentagon war game identified Christian groups as an enemy; and

The Pentagon recruited Michael L. Weinstein to shape the military’s policies on religious tolerance even though Weinstein views a Christian-themed bumper sticker on an officer’s car or a Bible on an officer’s desk as evidence of forcing fundamentalist Christianity on subordinates. Earlier this year the anti-Christian extremist persuaded military officials to withdraw their invitation to Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, to participate in the national day of prayer for the troops. Weinstein also sued to cancel the national day of prayer in 2010.

Well, the moral of the story

The moral of this song

Is simply that one should never be

Where one does not belong

I.M. Kane

For more on the story see, Christian troops — and even military chaplains — could face court martial for sharing their faith,” “EDITORIAL: Pentagon prejudice The military declares war on Christians,” and “Gays in, Bibles out in the new American military.”

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Atheist Group Wants Star of David Removed from Proposed Holocaust Memorial

By Jerry A. Kane 

An atheist activist group wants to bar the Star of David from the proposed Ohio statehouse Holocaust memorial. Two officials from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) organization claim that the Judaic symbol on the proposed memorial would violate the idea of separation of church and state in the U.S. Constitution.

“Permitting one permanent sectarian and exclusionary religious symbol … [would amount to a] constitutionally problematic endorsement of religion.”—Dan Barker, FFRF co-president

FFRF officials object to architect Daniel Libeskind’s design of the memorial because it symbolically excludes homosexuals, Roma Gypsies, the disabled, and others killed in the Holocaust.

Libeskind says he included the star in his design because “one cannot separate the Holocaust from the star.” Supporters of the proposed memorial argue that Libeskind’s design includes special wording that represents not only all victims of the Holocaust but also the Ohioans who helped to liberate the prisoners from the Nazi concentration camps.

A final vote on the memorial is scheduled for July 25 at 10 a.m. at the Statehouse.

The Star of David was used by Nazis to identify Jews from German citizens. The six-pointed star is a symbol commonly associated with the Jewish people, but it doesn’t have any religious significance in Judaism. It adorns the headstones of Jewish soldiers who died to uphold American freedom and is a unifying symbol appropriate for any Holocaust Memorial in this country.

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see “Atheist Group Seeks to Block Star of David on Holocaust Memorial” and “Freedom from Religion Foundation objects to Star of David in Holocaust memorial.”

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MSNBC Host Dons Tampon Earrings to Show Solidarity with Protestors of Texas‘ Late-Term Abortion Law

By Jerry A. Kane

On her MSNBC Sunday morning show, Melissa Harris-Perry put on tampon earrings to show solidarity with the “Hail Satan” chanting orange-clad demonstrators protesting Texas’ recently-passed legislation outlawing late-term abortions.

I just have to show these. My producer Lorena made for me last week some tampon earrings because of course you’re remember that the Texas state legislature said that you couldn’t bring tampons in when they were going these women to in fact stand up for their own reproductive rights. You weren’t allowed initially to bring tampons. So, just in case that ever happens again ladies, you can just bring them on your earrings.”—Melissa Harris-Perry

During a second special session of the Texas legislature, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers confiscated props including tampons and pads because of reports that late-term abortion advocates were planning to throw used tampons and pads at the state’s pro-life senators in the Capitol building’s rotunda to disrupt the debate.

“[DPS] Officers said in the course of their inspections, they discovered ‘one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint.‘ They also confiscated feminine hygiene products, glitter and confetti.”

It looks like DPS wasn’t just confiscating tampons, but when the facts don’t fit the media narrative, they ignore them.

Harris-Perry’s orchestrated stunt reminds me of a scene from To Sir, With Love. Upon entering his classroom, high school teacher Mark Thackeray sees smoke rising from a smoldering feminine hygiene pad. He tells the boys to leave the room; then he addresses his female students:

“I am sick of your foul language, your crude behavior and your sluttish manner. There are certain things a decent woman keeps private, and only a filthy slut would have done this and those who stood by and encouraged her are just as bad. I don’t care who’s responsible – you’re all to blame. Now, I am going to leave this room for five minutes by which time that disgusting object had better be removed and the windows opened to clear away the stench. If you must play these filthy games, do them in your homes, and not in my classroom!”

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see “MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Dons Tampon Earrings To Protest Texas Abortion Bill,” “Cosmopolitan magazine says protesters may throw menstrual blood on Texas legislators,” and “News Release: DPS Enhances Inspections at Texas Capitol.”

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Family members applaud a camper as he makes his way down the fashion-show runway.  Lindsay Morris

Family members applaud a camper as he makes his way down the fashion-show runway.
Lindsay Morris

Slate Features Camp for Crossdressing Boys Ages 6-16

By Jerry A. Kane

Camp “You Are You,” featured in Slate magazine, is not a traditional summer camp. The “only camp of its kind in the country” is an annual four-day camp created for gender-confused boys ages 6 to 16 and their families.

Photographer Lindsay Morris has attended the camp for crossdressing boys for the past three years, and has recently published on her website a “You are You” photo-essay of young boys dressing up as girls during the camp.

Morris’ photos on Slate show boys applying makeup, rehearsing their “ta-dah” moment, and strutting across the stage in high heels and dresses for the camp’s talent and fashion shows.

Some practice for the talent show all year, and others create their own gowns with their mothers or friends of the family.”—Lindsay Morris, photographer

According to Morris, the camp is for parents whose 3-year-old boy likes “to wear high heels and prefers to go down the pink aisle in K-Mart and not that nasty dark boys’ aisle.”

People demonize these kids. But this is who they are. The other choice for many of them is going to be suicide.”—Nick Teich, founder and director Camp Aranu’tiq a.k.a. Camp You Are You

As a privacy and safety precaution, the camp’s location is kept secret from the parents until the child is enrolled. Also, campers, staff, parents, and visitors are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

I feel pretty

Oh so pretty

I feel pretty and witty and bright

And I pity

Any girl who isn’t me today

As legendary talk-radio host Bob Grant used to say, “It’s sick out there folks, and getting sicker.”

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see “A Boys’ Camp to Redefine Gender,” “Crossdressing camp for boys as young as six draws criticism from Christian leaders” and “Camp unites transgender kids on outskirts.”

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