TSA Searches Woman’s Feeding Tube

A woman flying to a doctor’s appointment had her feeding tube checked for explosives by Transportation Security Administration agents. Melinda Deaton has the 4-inch tube as a result of complications with a gastric bypass surgery.

Deaton was being strip searched when agents noticed the tube.

“When I pulled my shirt out and they catch a glimpse of it, they go ‘Ugh!’” Deaton recalled.

Her husband, John Deaton, believes that the handling of the tube could have given his wife a fatal infection.

They had physically stripped her and saw the tube coming out of her stomach, and they decided that they needed to check it for explosives, so they had to physically handle the tube. Any time you put a harsh substance on it, you run the risk of contamination. They put stuff on there that we don’t know what it is. She has a weak immune system as part of her medical condition and it can be very fatal to her.

TSA agents also threw away Deaton’s pudding and applesauce, soft foods that Deaton has to eat.

Deaton travels with a USB drive that contains information about her medical condition. This is the first time that agents have harassed her.

TSA issued this statement: “In this specific incident, an investigation was initiated and it was determined that the Transportation Security Officer (TSO) followed standard operating procedures conducted in the presence of a Supervisor TSO. We take the professionalism of our workforce and the integrity of our security procedures very seriously and will address any alleged issues directly with the passenger.”

TSA also said: “We respect the right to privacy of the passenger in question and will reach out directly to her.”

300 Black Teens Storm Florida Wal-Mart

You can find just about anything at Wal-Mart, including out-of-control teenagers. About 300 teens caused $1,500 worth of damages at a Wal-Mart in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday night.

According to police, the black teens were at a party. But when cops broke up the revelry, the teens found somewhere else to go. The party continued at Wal-Mart. Once there, a food fight ensued.

Allegedly, someone was shot when police broke up the house party. Gunshots were also fired in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

“You’re talking about a very chaotic situation, plus a very dangerous situation. You’ve got hundreds of young people that’s wreaking havoc all over the store,” said legal analyst Ken Jefferson.

A video of the action was posted on YouTube by J’quan Jarrell. Within 72 hours, the video had been watched more than 20,000 times. Jarrell says he was not part of the mob, just an innocent bystander who recorded the incident.

“I didn’t throw anything, I just thought it was crazy,” he said. “Pulled out my camera to record because I thought it’d get me a lot of views on YouTube.”

Wal-Mart issued this statement about the incident: “The actions of these teenagers were deplorable and put at risk the safety of innocent bystanders. We’re committed to assisting law enforcement in any way we can to help identify the people responsible for the commotion, including the acts of vandalism and theft that occurred at our store.”

 

Nude TSA Protest Ruled Constitutional

The man who protested the Transportation Security Administration in the nude in April has been found not guilty.

As a way of protesting the TSA’s intrusiveness, John Brennan got naked to prove he wasn’t carrying a bomb. He was arrested after the stunt.

But at a trial Wednesday, Brennan was found not guilty of public indecency. The judge ruled that Brennan’s act was done as a protest, and a protest is protected under the Constitution.

Brennan took the stand and argued his case: “I know the irony of taking off my clothes to protect my privacy. They’re getting close to seeing us naked, so I thought I’d up the ante.”

In an earlier interview, Brennan noted: “The machine went off, and I asked what it was and he said ‘nitrates’ which I know from Oklahoma City is one of the explosive ingredients, and I was not interested in being hassled so I took off my clothes to show them I was not carrying any explosives.”

Brennan is not off the hook just yet. TSA is still investigating him to see if he interfered with the screening process.

Political Correctness Kills

FBI reports reveal that a man who killed 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009 was not investigated because of political correctness. The news comes from a government official who wishes to remain anonymous.

Despite emails to terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki and support of suicide bombings, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan was not investigated because the investigators felt that his being American Muslim was a sensitive issue. Hasan was writing a research paper about the effects of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, so his correspondence with al-Awlaki was overlooked.

Hasan is charged with killing eight soldiers and five civilans, and wounding 32 others.

“It shows you the length of the political correctness stuff going on,” said Republican Rep. Michael McCaul.

The FBI has not commented on the incident.

Al-Awlaki was killed last fall during a drone strike. Hasan is currently being tried. His trial was delayed earlier in the year, because he arrived at court with a beard — a violation of Army regulations.

 

 
 

Department Of Energy Can’t Find Equipment Bought With Stimulus Money

Equipment purchased by the Department of Energy with stimulus money seems to have vanished. When the Energy Department’s Office of Inspector General conducted an audit, $500,000 of equipment could not be located.

The report states: “We were unable to locate equipment purchased by one recipient totaling about $500,000.”

The Department of Energy said it would not be appropriate to release the name of the recipient, stating, “The focus of the audit was based on Department of Energy’s policy and implementation. It is not appropriate to disclose company names.”

The audit was conducted because of allegations that “one recipient had unduly influenced procurement decisions and violated conflict of interest provisions.” But the audit was “unable to substantiate the allegation related to a potential conflict of interest.”

The program, Advanced Batteries and Hybrid Components Program, was given about $2 billion. Funds have supposedly been used “to support the construction of U.S. based battery and electric drive component manufacturing plants.”

Boy Scouts Maintain Ban On Gays

After a two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America has decided to keep its policy of excluding gays. According to the organization, a diverse committee reached a unanimous decision.

Bob Mazzuca, chief executive of the Boy Scouts, said that the “vast majority of parents of youth we serve” agree with the policy, and that the issue should be discussed “within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting.”

The Boy Scouts has been criticized for its policy which bans openly gay boys from membership and gay or lesbian adults from serving in leadership roles. Jennifer Tyrrell, a 32-year-old mom, received national recognition after she was banned from leading a troop. On Wednesday, she delivered a petition to the organization with 300,000 signatures.

“With the country moving toward inclusion, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have instead sent a message to young people that only some of them are valued,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights group in the U.S. “They’ve chosen to teach division and intolerance.”

Richard Ferraro, vice president for communications with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, had this to say about the Boy Scouts: “The Boy Scouts of America is one of the last cultural institutions to have discrimination as part of their policy.”

But the 102-year-old organization believes that it should have the freedom to choose who it wants as a member, a position the Supreme Court upheld in 2000.

Sheriff Describes Gypsies, May Face Lawsuit

The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding that a Colorado sheriff apologize after he issued a warning about gypsies.

Arapahoe County Sheriff J. Grayson Robinson recently issued an alert titled “Gypsy Scams” in which he warned citizens about gypsies who target the elderly and commit frauds and burglaries. Allegedly, several homeowners in the area have recently been duped by gypsies.

Robinson’s description of gypsies is what upset the ACLU. He described a gypsy as a “medium to dark complexioned Caucasian” with “dark hair and dark eyes.” In the eyes of ACLU, Robinson’s depiction will cause racial profiling.

Staff Attorney Sara Rich said that Robinson’s warning “can only serve to heighten any preexisting biases that community members may already have against ethnic groups that fit this general description, including Latinos.”

Furthermore, the ACLU believes that the description will subject “countless innocent individuals to the risk of potential discrimination and harassment.”

ACLU attorneys want the sheriff:

  • To retract his warning about “Gypsy Scams.”
  • To publicly condemn discrimination based on physical appearance.
  • To release any records in Arapahoe County related to gypsies.

The ACLU has given the sheriff 10 days to apologize before taking further action.

Fewer Americans Think College Is Important Under Obama

President Barack Obama has harped on the benefits of higher education during his Presidency; but according to a new survey, fewer and fewer people see the advantage of a college education.

The new report reveals that 57 percent of people think college is a good financial investment. That number was 81 percent at the beginning of Obama’s term.

About one in four people said that attending college is not worth the money.

While those with a college degree are more likely to find a job out of college, June’s report showed that 4.1 percent of graduates are unemployed. Also worthy of consideration: The price of college continues to increase. Those two factors are likely behind the new trend.

During a recent speech at the University of North Carolina, Obama said: “College education is one of the best investments America can make for our future.” But the new survey reveals that many Americans don’t agree. Confidence in a college education is plummeting.

Trayvon Martin Memorial In The Works

The city of Sanford, Fla., might pay homage to Trayvon Martin by placing a memorial in the city.

City officials removed memorial items from outside the subdivision where the 17-year-old teen was shot by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26. Residents complained that the makeshift memorial consisting of teddy bears, balloons and silk flowers was an eyesore.

“It had gotten incredibly shabby. It just looked horrible,” said Patty Mahany, a city commissioner. “It was no longer a fitting memorial.”

The removal of the items has triggered an uproar. Martin supporters claim that some of the residents and government officials are trying to forget about Martin’s death. Their complaints have prompted the consideration of a permanent memorial.

But if a memorial is built, it won’t be go up without a fight. The United Sanford Alliance is planning to petition the proposed memorial.

“It’s extremely unpalatable to the majority of the residents, it’s disdainful because we don’t know yet who the victim was and who the aggressor was,” said Frank Taffe, a friend of Zimmerman.

The group responsible for the temporary memorial, the Concerned Citizens of Sanford, is considering different ideas for a more permanent memorial.

Francis Oliver, a member of the Concerned Citizens of Sanford, told NBCNews.com that Taffe’s comment is irrelevant.

“We know who’s dead, don’t we?” said Oliver. “Memorials are for the dead, not the living. This was a young life.”

The original memorial items were placed in the Sanford Museum.

Teacher’s Aide Says Huck Finn Is Racist, Gets Fired

A teacher’s aide in Iowa lost her job after insisting that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should not be read by students because the book is racist.

Naiya Galloway first became upset when the Ku Klux Klan was mentioned during a history discussion. Later in the year, she proclaimed that Mark Twain’s classic novel is racist and should not be read. The next day on the bus, she told students again that they should not read the book.

“So when I hear that ‘Huck Finn’ is racist, my immediate response — having studied literature and having studied that particular piece of literature and theory about it — is, ‘Of course it’s racist,’” said administrative law judge Jason Timberland. “Part of the idea was to point out, through that book, that it was racist. It’s about racism.”

Timberland, who has a master’s degree in English, denied Galloway’s request for unemployment benefits.

Allegedly, Galloway also interrupted a math class to inform students that she had been the victim of racism.

Galloway has denied her comments about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but the 31-year-old teacher’s aide did admit to interrupting a discussion about the Ku Klux Klan because it triggered “flashbacks.”

 

The Bible Vs. The Building Code: Which Is More Important?

City officials in Phoenix arrived at the conclusion that Michael Salman was putting people’s lives in jeopardy by conducting a Bible study at his home. He was found guilty of 67 building code violations and sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years of probation. Plus, he was hit with a $12,180 fine.

It all started in 2007 when neighbors complained about the increase in traffic on the street. Salman, a restaurant owner and pastor, began having Bible studies in his home in 2005. After the neighbors’ complaint, Salman was harangued by local authorities on more than one occasion. According to Salman, city officials told him he would need a permit in order to have non-family members into his home for a spiritual purpose.

So in 2009, Salman constructed a building on their 4.6 acre lot and applied for all the permits he thought he would need. “At that point we took our Bible study from our living room — and we moved it into that building,” he recalled. “We started worshipping in that building every weekend.”

But according to Vicki Hill, the chief assistant city prosecutor, Salman fudged the facts. Hill claims that Salman was given a permit to convert his garage into a game room. Therefore, in Hill’s words, any other use for the building would be “expressly prohibited.”

A dozen police along with city inspectors raided Salman’s home on June 11, 2009. Police forced the couple and their five young girls to stay in the living room while the building used to seat 40 Bible students was searched. After thoroughly checking the area, inspectors cited 67 code violations.

“Imagine everything that a public building would have or a commercial building would have,” Salman remembered. “Anything we didn’t have was a violation.”

This included not having handicap parking, handicap ramps and exit signs over the doors.

Hill claims that Salman was operating a church; therefore, he must abide by building codes or face the consequences. But the part-time pastor sees it as an attack on his personal liberty.

“At what point does the government have the right to state that you cannot have family and friends over at your home three times a week? People have a right to gather on their property as long as parking is available, as long as they aren’t parking in the street, as long as they aren’t violating noise ordinances.”

So far, the courts have sided with Hill.

Salman has tried to point out the inconsistencies in the court’s logic.

“If I had people coming to my home on a regular basis for poker night or Monday Night Football, it would be permitted. But when someone says to us we are not allowed to gather because of religious purposes — that is when you have discrimination.”

Because Salman made an effort to abide by the law, he is being punished. Such is the situation we find ourselves in. Those who have no respect for laws and ordinances fly under the radar, while those who make an attempt to abide by them provide the totalitarian state with another name to put on file.

Restaurant Offers Discount For Church Bulletin, Atheist Files Discrimination Suit

It’s common practice in many small towns for a restaurant to offer a discount to the church crowd. Bring a bulletin; get a cheap lunch. Even Chick-fil-A has been known to get in on the action. But that all might change if a man in Pennsylvania gets his way.

John Wolff, an atheist, has filed a discrimination lawsuit with Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia, Pa. The locally owned restaurant offers a 10 percent discount to patrons who bring in a church bulletin. Wolff doesn’t think it’s fair.

Wolff is claiming that he has been offered different service because of his religious beliefs.

“I did this not out of spite, but out of a feeling against the prevailing self-righteousness that stems from religion, particular in Lancaster County,” Wolff explained.

“I don’t consider it an earth-shaking affair, but in this area in particular, we seem to have so many self-righteous religious people, so it just annoys me.”

Wolff has never been to the restaurant. He just saw the promotion advertised on Lost Cajun Kitchen’s website. He then informed the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization that is “committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church.”

Co-owner Sharon Prudhomme received two letters from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in 2011, but she blew them off. Wolff then contacted the Human Relations Commission.

Prudhomme can’t ignore the objections any longer. The State of Pennsylvania has written a 16-page complaint, accusing the restaurant of discrimination.

“It’s not a big deal in itself and I have no animosity towards Prudhomme’s, but I do bear a grudge against a religious right that seems to intrude on our civil rights,” said Wolff.

Prudhomme claims that she doesn’t go to church. The tactic is just a marketing ploy. The restaurant has also been known to offer discounts to children and senior citizens.

“I’m an American. This is an independent restaurant. I can do as I wish and I’m going to continue to offer the church-bulletin discount,” says Prudhomme.

Housing Complex Bans The Display Of American Flag

If you live in Wrentham, Mass., you might have to take your flag inside. It’s no longer the Fourth of July, so the flag has to go. At least that’s what the Garden Lane public housing complex told its tenants.

Those living in the complex found a taped note on their door Wednesday morning. The note read: “Wrentham Housing Authority has been informed that the public display of the American flag in common areas is not permitted. …Flags may be visible through the apartment windows, but may not be displayed on the exterior of the buildings or on the ground around the buildings.”

Allegedly, a tenant complained about the display of flags on July 4. So the housing complex took action.

Barbara Marshall, an 82-year-old resident displaying a flag, was devastated. “I’ve always had a flag. I’m very upset. All my family is indebted to the veterans, to that flag,” she said through tears.

Marshall, who has no intention of taking down her flag, is planning to contact Scott Brown, a U.S. Senator and Wrentham resident.

“I don’t care about the gardening, but don’t take my flag,” she asserted.

School Is Too Easy In The U.S.

America was once a Nation that prided itself on its educational standards. It was a country that stayed ahead of the pack through its ongoing quest for knowledge. It was a place to which people from all over the world would come in order to sit at the feet of elite teachers. But those days are a thing of the past, according to a new report.

The report, issued by the Center for American Progress, found that many students think school is too easy. Nearly 30 percent of eighth-graders surveyed said their math curriculum is “often or always too easy.” Almost 40 percent of fourth-graders said the same. Close to 60 percent of eighth-graders said their history work is “often or always too easy.” And about 30 percent of eighth-graders reported reading less than five pages a day.

The findings were consistent at higher grades. About 40 percent of high school seniors said that they “hardly ever or only once or twice a month” write about the things they read during class.

The survey revealed that America is not keeping up with the rest of the world in regard to engineering and technology; 72 percent of eighth-graders are taught nothing about the subjects.

Some of the fault can be placed on the teachers. One out of every four middle school math students does not understand his teacher’s questions. And 36 percent of high school seniors “sometimes or hardly ever clearly understand” the questions posed by math teachers.

It is clear that the United States is no longer a place of educational excellence, especially when compared to other parts of the world. Students in other countries have been known to commit suicide when they don’t get the grade they want. School officials in the U.S. should come to grips with the fact that the image of students lugging around books and pouring over homework in the wee hours is a thing of the past.

Google Plans To ‘Legalize Love’ All Over The Globe

Google is attempting to use its power to “Legalize Love.” The Internet giant plans to change the way social conservatives view gay marriage, starting in Singapore and Poland.

The primary focus of the Legalize Love campaign, which will eventually be launched everywhere that Google has employees, is to promote safer working conditions for those within the LGBT community.

“We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office. It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work,” explained Google’s Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe.

The initiative seems to be as much about business as it is humanity. In some countries, Google claims it has been unable to hire the best person for the job. “We operate in many countries and have a very globally mobile workforce. We have had a number of instances where we have been trying to hire people into countries where there are these issues and have been unable to put the best person into a job in that country,” said Palmer-Edgecumbe.

But Google also wants to help “Gayglers” (gay Google users) by quashing homophobia around the world.

Harry Gaskell, an advisory managing partner for Ernst & Young and LGBT advocate, said: “The fact that Google is so virtual and its appeal is very wide and young demographically means it can help spread messaging very, very quickly.”

Google’s “Legalize Love” strategy has resulted in the American Family Association urging people to boycott the company. The organization recently boycotted Oreo cookies. Buster Wilson, a spokesman for the American Family Association, admits that the Google boycott will be difficult.

This is going to be hard for a lot of us. A lot of us are so integrated into Google and Google products. This is going to be a tough one. This is more than just a search engine. Many of us have Android phones. …many of us use Google Calendar, Google Tasks, and Gmail… YouTube, and all the other things, it’s not just the search engine. …I guess we’ll test the meat of our convictions.

Governor Chris Christie Has A Message For Obama

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, known for his willingness to speak his mind, relayed a message to the President on Monday.

“Please don’t send me any more money to hire more public employees. Please don’t,” begged Christie. “I’ve got plenty as it is, and I don’t need any more, and they’re expensive.”

Despite failing the first time around, the government has been planning another round of stimulus spending which would include hiring more teachers, firefighters and police officers.

Christie argues that employing people in that fashion causes long-term harm and the money would be better spent building up infrastructure. “Where’s this money going to come from to pay these folks afterwards?”

Some believe the Governor’s most recent speech is another way to increase his presence on the national scene and get his name on the ticket in November.

Christie also said that he will wait until after the election to decide whether his State will accept the Obamacare expansion to Medicaid.

Miami School Says ‘No’ To Michelle Obama Visit

The first lady is the last person that some Florida school board members want to see. Obama has become well-known for her stops that are intended to educate the young on healthy living and her husband’s politics.

But conservative school board members are asking that Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami close its doors to Obama. Reneir Diaz de la Portilla is a school board member who is also running for State House as a Republican. Another board member, Carlos Curbelo, has worked as a Republican strategist.

“Allowing the first lady of the United States to use one of our schools explicitly to benefit the president’s reelection campaign is inappropriate and sends the wrong message to our students, employees, and to taxpayers — even if the president’s campaign is willing to pay for all costs resulting from the event,” said Curbelo. “There’s a difference between official visits to schools by elected leaders and events that are for the sole purpose of advancing the interests of a political campaign.”

Some don’t see what the fuss is all about. School is out for summer, so the kids don’t have to attend.

Essentially, the Obama campaign is renting the facility.

“I could not be more proud that first lady Michelle Obama has chosen to speak at Barbara Goleman Senior High School, and believe that our schools should encourage students to debate ideas and become engaged in our democratic process,” said board member Wilbert Holloway.

The Democrats Are Watching

It’s not unusual for campaigns to keep tabs on their opponents, but Democrats are taking the tactic to a new level. Several videos have surfaced online that show the homes of Republicans. The videos have some candidates feeling as though their life is becoming a real-life version of George Orwell’s novel 1984.

In the minds of some, the privacy invasion is not as bad as the safety risk that presents itself when everyone knows where a politician lives.

“I feel it’s totally inappropriate,” said Representative Reid Ribble (R-Wis.). A silent clip featuring Reid’s home appeared on the Internet on June 18. “It was disturbing to me that they would put that online. I don’t understand any political benefit that can be achieved with that.”

 

 

“I’m more creeped out about this than Reid is, just because I’m home more,” said the Congressman’s wife, DeaNa Ribble.

Representative Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) was informed by a neighbor that someone had been hiding in his bushes and filming his house.

“I think your family or your personal life should be off-limits unless it enters the campaign. It’s hard for my neighbors or my family to get comfortable when someone is in the bushes,” he said.

Couple Arrested For Dancing While On Date

Prison is a hop, skip and a jump away. Just ask a New York City couple. George Hess, 54, and Caroline Stern, 55, were arrested after dancing while waiting on a train.

The couple was at the Columbus Circle subway station, along with a musician playing the steel drums. The couple, who were on their way back from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: A Midsummer Night’s Swing, decided to pass the time by dancing.

“We were doing the Charleston,” Stern said.

According to Stern, two cops arrived on the scene and wanted an explanation.

“They said, ‘What are you doing?’ and we said, ‘We’re dancing,’ ” remembered Stern. “And they said, ‘You can’t do that on the platform.’”

According to the couple, the police asked for ID, but Stern had only a credit card. Hess began to record the incident; but the cops became hostile, called for backup and tackled Hess.

The couple was arrested and taken to jail, where they spent 23 hours.

Obama Refuses To Arm Wrestle For Vote

President Barack Obama walked away from a challenge to arm wrestle at Ziggy’s Pub and Restaurant in Amherst, Ohio. The President’s stop at the bar, whose WiFi code is “DRINKBEER,” was not announced on his public schedule.

New York Times reporter Mark Landler was at Ziggy’s and detailed the action.

According to Landler, Jeff Hawks, a patron of Ziggy’s, entered the bar and noticed that Fox News was on TV. “You’re in a building that has Fox News on,” Hawks said to Obama.

Obama told Hawks he could ask for the channel to be changed, noting: “The customer is always right.”

It was then that Hawks challenged Obama to an arm-wrestling match for his vote. “No,” Obama responded. “I’ll play basketball for your vote.” Landler noted that Obama’s response was made in jest.

Obama, the self-proclaimed basketball junkie, has come under scrutiny for his seeming lack of expertise about the game. In March, during an appearance on CBS, he said that Western Kentucky does not normally get into the NCAA tournament. The Hilltoppers have made 22 appearances in school history, and have gotten in three times in the past five years. In June, he referred to the Miami Heat as the “Miami Heats.”

Morgan Freeman Says Obama Is Not First Black President

In an interview with NPR, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman expressed dislike for the fact that most Americans consider President Barack Obama the first black President.

During his appearance on “Tell Me More,” Freeman said, “Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America. There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet. He’s not America’s first black president — he’s America’s first mixed-race president.”

Obama has proudly worn the mantle of America’s first black President. In 2010, the White House confirmed that Obama opted to check the census box that says “Black, African Am., or Negro.”

In 2009, comedian Wanda Sykes made an apt observation during a dinner at the White House. “The first black president! I’m proud to be able to say that. That’s unless you screw up. And then it’s going to be, ‘What’s up with the half-white guy?’”

Freeman conveyed that he is unhappy with the reluctance of Republicans and Democrats to work together, and he is disheartened by the current state of the country.

The Fight Against Frosting: Classroom Celebrations Must Be Healthy

Kids in Easton, Mass., might have to celebrate their birthdays with a cracker or a raisin. The public school system is proposing a policy that will eliminate cupcakes, frosted cookies and candy from classroom celebrations. The policy-makers want the traditional celebration fare to be replaced with fruit, applesauce, crackers or raisins — items that will be on a list of “safe foods.”

The proposal is part of an effort to update an existing wellness program that is connected to food allergy policies.

“We want to get the focus off junk food,” said policy-maker Lori Han. “You can celebrate a birthday without a cupcake.”

Students will still be allowed to have homemade sweets in a packed lunch, but the policy-makers would prefer that classrooms avoid food altogether during celebrations.

“The healthiest foods to eat are foods from the earth,” added Food Service Director Penny Spellberg. “Our goal is to make our community healthy.”

Atheists Claim ‘Religion Is Unpatriotic’

Fireworks weren’t the only thing in the sky on Independence Day. The American Atheists flew a banner over New York City that read, “Atheism is Patriotic — atheists.org.”

The organization wanted people to take a picture of the banner as it flew by New York City landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. The best photo will be used on the cover of American Atheist Magazine.

Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, said in a press release: “Religion is unpatriotic at its core, because it places its law above the law of the land. Indeed, religion abhors civil law, which is why we see attacks against science and privacy coming from our religious politicians. Religion asserts itself on the population at large by infiltrating the political system with true believers who will then use the political system to do the church’s bidding.”

Last year, “American Atheists attempted to fly a banner in all fifty states on July 4th, but ran into discrimination from companies that refused to fly the banner.”

The group cites the First Amendment in its defense: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

“Since Patriotism is loyalty to one’s country, which is much more about its laws than its geography, religion is at its core unpatriotic to the American Way,” wrote Blair Scott on atheists.org.