Student Ordered to Remove Cross Necklace

‘Political correctness got out of hand’

By Todd Starnes      FoxNews

A Sonoma State University student was ordered to remove a cross necklace by a supervisor who thought other students might find it offensive, in a case that prompted even one campus official to speculate that “political correctness got out of hand.”

Audrey Jarvis, 19, a liberal arts major at the northern California university, said she had no choice but to seek a “religious accommodation” in order to wear the cross. Her lawyer said she deserves an apology, and the school seems ready to oblige.

“It’s amazing in this day of diversity and tolerance on university campuses that a university official would engage in this type of obvious religious discrimination,” said Hiram Sasser, an attorney with Liberty Institute, which is representing Jarvis.

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Neighbor protests Marine’s American flag

Iraq-war veteran ordered to remove banner

A U.S. Marine who served overseas in Iraq has been ordered to remove the American flag and flagpole he erected outside his Hypoluxo, Florida home.

Within days of installing the banner in his front yard, Gregory Schaffer was slapped with a citation after an anonymous neighbor filed a complaint with the town.

 “It’s disgusting that anybody should have to go through that. I fought for the flag, now I’m paying for the flag,” Schaffer told WPTV-TV.

The town’s top building official told the TV station the flag is not the issue and that Schaffer should have secured a permit to erect the flagpole because it is considered a structure. If he fails to do so, the flag has to come down.

“I would love to see the guy be able to do this. To me it’s not personal, it’s strictly my job,” Tim Large told WPTV-TV.

As for the neighbor who complained? Schaffer says he has no hard feeling because petitioning the government is a freedom he fought for while serving in the military.

“I respect their right to be able to file a complaint and handle things the way they did. Do I respect what they did? No. I respect their ability to do so,” he told the TV station.

Schaffer has 30 days to comply with the citation. The town says it will work with Schaffer to make sure he has every opportunity to fly his flag.


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Anti-religion group demands removal of Jesus portrait from Ohio middle school   –  Eric Owens

A church-state separation kerfuffle has erupted over a portrait of Jesus Christ that has hung inside a southern Ohio middle school since 1947 when a student group, the Hi-Y Club, presented it as a gift.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit based in Madison, Wisc., is pressuring Jackson Middle School in Jackson, Ohio to remove the image.

In a Jan. 2 letter, the watchdog organization warned local school district officials that the display of the portrait in a public school setting is unconstitutional, the Mansfield News Journal reported.

“If a large portrait of Jesus were to hang in Jackson Middle School, an objective observer would have no doubt that it had the district’s stamp of approval,” wrote Rebecca Markert, a staff attorney for the liberal organization, according to WKKJ-FM.

According to Markert’s stern letter, the anti-religion group learned from an unnamed source alleging that the portrait is located near an entrance to the school.

Markert called the placement of the image inside the school “an egregious violation of the First Amendment.” She demanded that officials “remove the picture at once.” She also sought a prompt report of the district’s progress “in writing.”

Markert cited rulings by the United States Supreme and lower federal courts in which displays of religious iconography were found to violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

Jackson City Schools Superintendent Phil Howard told WKKJ radio in Chillicothe, Ohio that he doesn’t plan on backing down.

“I’m certainly not going to run down there and take the picture down because some group from Madison, Wisconsin, who knows nothing about the culture of our community or why the picture is even there, wants me to take it down,” he said.

“A lot of things are permissible so long as they are student-led or student-initiated,” Howard added.

He believes the Jesus portrait is permissible under the Establishment Clause because it originated as a gift from a student group, and because it’s one of many images in a larger collection featuring illustrious alumni and other famous people.

“It actually hangs there amongst many other pictures,” Howard told WKKJ. “It’s in the middle of what we call our ‘Hall of Honor.’”


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