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After same-sex couple victory in Collegedale, church ousts gay detective's family

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Collegedale's decision to grant benefits to same-sex couples was a victory for Kat Cooper, a gay detective who championed the months-long effort that made the Chattanooga suburb the first city in Tennessee to offer benefits to same-sex spouses of its government employees.

Cooper's mother, Linda, stood by her side throughout the process. She held tight to her daughter's hand at a July meeting over the issue. And the two embraced after the City Council's 4-1 vote on Aug. 5.

But those small acts of support translated into collateral damage that left Linda Cooper and other relatives separated from their church family of more than 60 years. And one local advocate for gay families says the church's stance was the most extreme he's heard of in years.

Leaders at Ridgedale Church of Christ met in private with Kat Cooper's mother, aunt and uncle on Sunday after the regular worship service. They were given an ultimatum: They could repent for their sins and ask forgiveness in front of the congregation. Or leave the church.



Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/aug/21/repent-or-leave/



Not much more I can say - the church kicked out Cooper's mother, aunt and uncle because Cooper is gay and came out in public to fight for equal rights.

Hardy Elementary School embraces the power of prayer

A host from late breaking news suggested that I post this in this forum. I was a little relunctant to, because I didn't want to start a thread of just "prayer doesn't work" posts. I'm interested in the church and state issue - a church used to meet in this school building, and now they are visiting the building when it isn't school time to bless it. In the photo, the principal and assistant principal are participating. The story says that administrators, teachers, parents and students participate. So what do you think? Can a school host religious ceremonies as long as it is "after hours?" I wonder if by the principal's particiation if there isn't at least subtle pressure to participate for employees as well as families.

Source: chattanooga Times Free Press

Jackie Moore gripped the handle of a classroom door at Hardy Elementary School, bowed her head and asked God to make safe the children who study in that room and in rooms throughout the school. And to help them learn.

As Moore prayed, Principal Anetta Ferguson leaned her head on the door and cried.
"I want the children to have a great day every day regardless of what goes on outside," she said.

Moore, a member of Love Fellowship Baptist Church, and Ferguson were among more than nearly two dozen people who walked the hallways of Hardy Elementary School this week and prayed. The group included teachers, school administrators, church members, parents and students.



Read more: http://timesfreepress.com/news/2013/aug/17/school-embraces-0010the-power-of-prayer/?local
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This happens only after school hours = do you think it is OK?

Hardy Elementary School embraces the power of prayer

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

ackie Moore gripped the handle of a classroom door at Hardy Elementary School, bowed her head and asked God to make safe the children who study in that room and in rooms throughout the school. And to help them learn.

As Moore prayed, Principal Anetta Ferguson leaned her head on the door and cried.
"I want the children to have a great day every day regardless of what goes on outside," she said.

Moore, a member of Love Fellowship Baptist Church, and Ferguson were among more than nearly two dozen people who walked the hallways of Hardy Elementary School this week and prayed. The group included teachers, school administrators, church members, parents and students.



Read more: http://timesfreepress.com/news/2013/aug/17/school-embraces-0010the-power-of-prayer/?local



This happens only after school hours = do you think it is OK?

Sen. Stacey Campfield pushing 'Merry Christmas' bill

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

NASHVILLE — Inspired by Texas legislation, state Sen. Stacey Campfield has introduced a “Merry Christmas bill” for Tennessee that he says will assure schoolchildren and their teachers have a legal right to use what the bill calls “traditional greetings” during “winter celebrations.”

“This stops all these silly lawsuits that say you can’t say ‘merry Christmas’ or ‘happy Hanukkah’ or have a Christmas tree,” said Campfield, R-Knoxville, who has pre-filed SB1425 for consideration by the General Assembly in 2014.

While unaware of a specific case where Christmas has become an issue in Tennessee schools, the senator said he knows of people “afraid of lawsuits” and passage of the bill would provide them with reassurance.

“The ACLU is always freaking out about that stuff,” Campfield said.

Read more: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/aug/14/campfield-pushing-merry-christmas-bill/



Stacy Campfield says to teachers "you can't say 'gay,' but you can say 'merry christmas.' just make sure the kids test scores are high enough if they are going to get TANIF."

gop actually makes an honest statement

they said "Tennessee: What America should look like." Well, that reveals the truth of their agenda, right there. Favor the rich, keep the working people in low paying jobs, and forget about quality of life, health care, and education.

Tennessee: What America Should Look Like.

High school graduation rate 42
college graduation rate 42
cancer deaths 45
cardiovascular deaths 44
children in poverty 32
diabetes 44
infant mortality 45
low birthweight 42
preterm birth 40
obesity 35
occupational fatalities 36
physical inactivity 48
poor phys. Health days 42
premature death 43
preventable hospitlizations 46
violent crime 47
heart disease 41
high blood pressure 48
income disparity 41
stroke 43
teen birth rate 41
underemployment rate 32
unemployment rate 34

From a state with one of the most regressive sales taxes in the country, that lost 16.5K jobs in June, that burned through 5.2 billion dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

But some crazy right wing think tank voted us the "3rd freest state," whatever that means.


Donut shop hopes to get President Obama's attention

http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/22937141/donut-shop-hopes-to-get-president-obamas-attention
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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

One local baker is thrilled about President Obama's visit, so much that she's named a donut after him.

"I did a little Google research and found out that he enjoys salted caramel milk chocolate candies. So, we created a chocolate donut that has a salted caramel icing on it in his honor. It's called the Obama," said Julie Davis, Julie Darling Donuts.

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Julie Darling donuts are absolutely incredible - if you are ever in Chattanooga you should go by and have one. They are the best ever.

Hey Bro's, a cool story

my mother in law lives south of Clermont, near walt disney world. If you know the area, we often take a "back road" to the parks, well, its not so back roads anymore as gps has figured it out, down sherberth road. One day in May, we were driving back and around the corner in front of me an SUV flipped over - it was light rain, but the SUV was going to fast. I pulled over immediately, my wife and I hopped out and called 911. The SUV was up on a bank on its side so I was worried it would flip back down if the kids (they looked like teeangers) tried to climb out. So I talked to them through the window and got them to stay calm and still until the police arrived and could help stabilize it. They were really freaked out but held my eye contact and listened to me as we talked and they stayed calm. The police got there very quickly and emergency crews just a minute later. We got the kids out and everybody was OK.

I haven't seen this on the news yet so I thought I should let you all know about it.

Pilot Flying J guilty pleas: Radford, Stinnett, Clark admit to mail fraud counts

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

KNOXVILLE — Three former Pilot Flying J employees pleaded guilty today in federal court to taking part in a conspiracy to defraud customers out of diesel fuel rebates.

That brings the total to five who have admitted their roles in the scheme that became public with a massive raid on Pilot’s West Knoxville headquarters in April.

Earlier this afternoon, co-worker Jay Stinnett entered a similar plea.

This morning, Kevin Clark admitted to one count of mail fraud.

Read more: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/jun/18/pilot-guilty-plea-former-regional-sales-manager/



kee[ going up the ladder, come on come on.

Jason Richwine (the idiot from the pic of the day)

The idiot with the dissertation linking ethnicity and IQ. Here is a video of this guy from 2008 from cspan. He is a racist. He is a smug self-important little racist. I wish that I could have been on his dissertation committee.

NRA official: ’Culture war’ more than gun rights

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

HOUSTON — The National Rifle Association kicked off its annual convention Friday with a warning to its members they are engaged in a “culture war” that stretches beyond gun rights, further ramping up emotions surrounding the gun control debate.

NRA First Vice President James Porter, a Birmingham, Ala., attorney who will assume the organization’s presidency Monday, issued a full-throated challenge to President Barack Obama in the wake of a major victory regarding gun control and called on members to dig in for a long fight that will stretch into the 2014 elections.

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“This is not a battle about gun rights,” Porter said, calling it “a culture war.”

“(You) here in this room are the fighters for freedom. We are the protectors,” said Porter, whose father was NRA president from 1959-1960.

Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/may/04/nra-official-culture-war-more-gun-rights/



the new nra president is an angry old blowhard
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