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Teacher Under Siege Over Planned Parenthood Debacle

Monday, November 11th, 2013

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Bill Diss has a passion for teaching young students. He has risked and sacrificed much of his life to make a difference in the lives of his students. Parents extol his efforts, youngsters cherish his role as a mentor in their lives. Yet school authorities are making a grandstand effort to tar and feather him. His teaching license is being challenged because he advises his students to make healthy choices which don’t include the agenda being forced upon students by Planned Parenthood and other agencies who promote “free sex” and similar agendas.

Mr. Diss and indeed all teachers who genuinely care about teaching and empowering students with the ability to think, learn and live long and healthy, and productive lives need our help. If you live in the area, please attend the November 14, hearing where charges are being brought against him. If not, please call or write the authorities to demand justice for Bill and his students and their families who appreciate him.

One student wrote: “Mr. Diss has done a lot for me and my family and there is no way that we could ever repay him. I believe that the world is in desperate need of good, honest people. If Mr. Diss gets his teaching license revoked, then that will only take another good source of help from the students.”

My friend Paul Rondeau, noted columnist and commentator writes in Washington Times:

“Bill Diss is an experienced, highly qualified and popular computer science teacher. On November 14, the Portland school district and Planned Parenthood will try to have him declared unfit to teach.

“Diss is the only teacher in Oregon to earn the distinction of being credentialed to teach computer science for college credit at the high school level. Diss is a highly qualified high school educator who has been teaching for more than a decade at a desperate public school that almost closed in 2010 — a school that serves a population which is 75 percent minority.”

Read the story HERE.

Paul goes on to point out that, “Diss earned special recognitions for his work with at-risk black students and for helping to stop gang violence in Portland parks. But, because he refused to allow Planned Parenthood into his classroom, school administrators branded him “unfit to teach” and intend to end his career with Portland Public Schools on November 14.

“Parents and students alike are thankful for his dedication. One parent (who holds an M.Ed.) wrote, ‘[My daughter] found a teacher that achieved tremendous balance between high expectations and accommodating individual needs.’”

“Another mother who says Diss is a gem wrote, ‘The highlight of [my son’s] day however is his math class with Mr. Diss. … It seems he goes to great lengths to make himself available for any student who needs additional help. … Mr. Diss cares enough about his students to have firm boundaries and tell them the truth, even when it hurts.’”

So, my question is this: Why are school authorities trying to destroy Mr. Diss? Why was Planned Parenthood allowed to go in and audit Mr. Diss’ classes?

Feedback to Paul’s article is very telling as a hearty repartee ensues from readers:

Reader A writes, “Mr. Diss brought his religion into the classroom. Mr. Diss’ religion belongs in his church.”

Reader B writes, “There’s a difference between you acting in accordance with your belief system, and you lecturing to a captive audience about it from a position of authority.”

Responding to Reader B, Reader C comments, “You mean like exactly what the PP reps were going to do…without parents’ knowledge? The PP people who make a profit by encouraging youngsters to engage in sex and then give them abortions when sex is not the carefree recreation they promote when things don’t quite ‘work out.’”

Reader B responds, “’[W]ere going to do’ So, we’re talking about something that didn’t happen?
‘profit by encouraging youngsters to engage in sex’ Do PP do that? Or is it our hormones that do that, and PP is just trying to facilitate information.”

Reader D then responds, “PP is trying to facilitate a market. Yes, choices that result only in ‘the choice’.

I was a teacher in a Georgia college for 19 years. I often faced persecution similar to that Bill Diss is currently experiencing. I was ordered to stop telling the students the truth. I reminded my opposition that they couldn’t pay me enough to deceive my students.

Please, let’s pray for Bill Diss, his students and their families, and indeed all educators who are being attacked for exercising their constitutional rights of freedom of speech while their adversaries are being paid by our tax dollars to distribute condoms, easy access to abortions, harmful birth control products and deceptive propaganda that will stunt the intellectual and moral development of the generations to come.

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Turn About is Fair Play in the Pro-Life/Anti-Life Campaign

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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“So you don’t like having the tables turned on you? Well turnabout is fair play.” (Modern translation of an ancient Proverb)

North Carolina anti-life advocates are up in arms over a youth awareness project that shared information regarding abstinence and abortion promoting race targeting tactics. According to Dr. Alveda King, director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and Dr. Johnny Hunter, national director of pro-life research organization L.E.A.R.N., the media and anti-life advocates are trying to stir up racial tension where none was intended.

“We need to reach out and reach in to inform young students that abortion and unnatural contraceptives are dangerous,” said Dr. King. “Black-in-reach” according to Dr. Hunter, is a “very effective strategy to stop the womb-lynching that is trying to destroy our generations.”
For decades the pro-abortion/pro-choice/anti-life camp has been targeting middle school, high school and college students as well as African Americans and Hispanics with slick marketing campaigns designed to snooker young people into using harmful chemicals and surgical procedures to prevent natural pregnancies and kill babies. Admittedly, their tactics have been pretty successful. So it isn’t surprising that they cry foul when someone beats them at their game.

Here are the facts. Street Samaritans – a charitable organization whose mission is to provide resources to help the homeless and others in need in the Lexington community were conducting a free speech demonstration near a Wake County school. They were passing out literature regarding abortion awareness when parents at Enloe High School received a call from the school about the demonstration.

Outside students were handed literature, some with a message for boys and girls, some with articles written by leading African American civil rights leaders. Inside that “Did You Know?” pamphlet was a message from Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The local news affiliate questioned the students and reported that some said the literature they received from the “Street Samaritans” was different from what others received.

The ministry group displayed pro-life posters and promoted abstinence as well as passing out materials from Human Life Alliance. Bill Schultz, Street Samaritans’ director, told ABC11 that they separately distributed pamphlets to the ethnic groups in order to reach students in a real way.

“We decided we have to get out ahead of their decision making where they find themselves in a circumstance,” said Schultz.

Reportedly some students told ABC11 they found the tactics very offending, saying they wish the message was promoted across the board and not by race. In response, Dr. King pointed out that “Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider who collects US tax dollars to run their awareness campaigns, also designs various materials to appeal to demographic groups according to age, gender, economic status and ethnicity. While such an approach isn’t unusual, I’m sure that there is nothing in either HLA magazine distributed by Street Samaritans that is designed to offend anyone. In fact, the students have been exchanging the materials and enjoying healthy discussions which surely is the goal of Street Samaritans,” she concluded.

Street Samaritans plans to hold another rally at a Wake County school next month where they will distribute all the materials to everyone, regardless of ethnicity or other human distinctions. They have not yet decided which school they will visit next.

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Dear Ms. Tierce: Abortion is Not Normal

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

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“Today is a day of trouble, insults and disgrace. It is like when a child is ready to be born, but the mother has no strength to deliver the baby.” Isaiah 37:3

Merritt Tierce, executive director of the Texas Equal Access Fund, when asked what the impact of Texas’s new pro-life laws will be, said that more women will use misoprostol to self-abort, but also, “Many women will continue unwanted pregnancies because they have no other options. Because of the shame and stigma that surround abortion, we may not hear these stories in detail; however we know that, historically, this is what happens when abortion access is restricted.”

Ms. Tierce neglected to speak about the millions of women who have been harmed by botched abortions, and the hundreds of women who have died because of abortions gone bad. She didn’t say that Planned Parenthood’s myth of “safe, legal and rare abortions” is an outright lie. And of course she didn’t speak out about the over 55 million babies dead by abortion since the passage of Roe VS Wade which made abortion legal, lethal and large.

She did however add that “the only way to make abortion acceptable” is for post-abortive women who “just [didn’t] want to have a baby right now” to speak up so that abortion is “normalized.” Once again, she overlooks the thousands of women, myself included, who do speak up about how we regret our abortions. She makes no mention of course of the millions of men who regret lost fatherhood.

Abortion and harmful contraceptives are not normal. They are not natural. They hurt people, and kill people, especially babies. We must act now! We must continue to tell the truth about abortion and its impact on our lives. We must connect the dots between abortion, racism and sexual perversion.

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Thank you Senator Graham

Monday, November 4th, 2013

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Can you imagine babies in the womb breathing a sigh of hope hearing that US Senator Lindsey Graham will introduce a bill to protect children from abortion starting at 20-weeks of fetal age (“22 weeks of pregnancy” by the LMP measurement). And yes, studies show that babies in the womb feel pain, and that they respond to stimulus. When there is joy in the environment outside the womb, they dance and wave their hands and kick their legs.

On the other hand, when the abortion knife is after them, they run away. Hear Fred Hammond’s testimony of how he narrowly missed the abortionist’s knife on my website.

One version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has already been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, and has been enacted in 10 states. This legislation identifies the child’s ability to feel pain as the relevant state interest in protecting that child from dismemberment by abortion.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life said, “we have been sounding the alarm about the pain of the child, and the need to end late-term abortion, for the past two decades. For many years we’ve been distributing the diagram that shows what the dismemberment procedure looks like.

I am joining Father Frank in asking the public to join us in asking each Senator publicly whether he or she thinks that dismemberment of a child in the final months of pregnancy should be allowed. For the record, President Barack Obama voted against the pain capable measure during his term in the U. S. Senate. Most people never knew his position on this crucial question when they elected him to the office of President.

This project will help constituents “put their Senators on record whether there is ultimately a vote in the Senate or not. People can indicate that they want to know their Senators’ answer to this question at Priestsforlife.org/AskWashington. Then, we will let the Senators know that these people from their own states are joining us in asking that question. Finally, we will publicize their answer — or lack thereof,” Fr. Pavone explained.

“Some Senators, of course, will be running for re-election in 2014. If they are not already thinking about fetal pain, they might be forced to do so by considering electoral pain as well,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

In just a few months America will observe the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. It seems fitting that efforts like addressing the fetal pain capable act will be a step in the right direction of including all human beings, from conception/fertilization until natural death under the civil rights, and ultimately human rights banner. I want to thank Senator Graham for having the courage to further address this vital issue.

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Priests for Life Calls on Senators to Support Pro-life Bill

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 4, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, welcomed the news that later this week, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will introduce a bill to protect children from abortion starting at 20-weeks of fetal age (“22 weeks of pregnancy” by the LMP measurement). He also described some of the things Priests for Life will do to support that bill.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has already been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, and has been enacted in 10 states. This legislation identifies the child’s ability to feel pain as the relevant state interest in protecting that child from dismemberment by abortion.

“We at Priests for Life have been sounding the alarm about the pain of the child, and the need to end late-term abortion, for the past two decades,” Fr. Pavone pointed out. “And for many years we’ve been distributing the diagram that shows what the dismemberment procedure looks like: http://www.priestsforlife.org/resources/medical/de.jpg.

“We will make sure that every Senate office in Washington is given these diagrams,” Fr. Pavone explained. “Moreover, we will urge Senators to become co-sponsors of this bill, will demand action by Senate leadership to allow a vote, and will urge our grassroots supporters to communicate with their Senators.

“We are also asking the public to join us in asking each Senator publicly whether he or she thinks that dismemberment of a child in the final months of pregnancy should be allowed. This project will put each Senator on record whether there is ultimately a vote in the Senate or not. People can indicate that they want to know their Senators’ answer to this question at http://www.priestsforlife.org/AskWashington. Then, we will let the Senators know that these people from their own state are joining us in asking that question. Finally, we will publicize their answer — or lack thereof,” Fr. Pavone explained.

“Some Senators, of course, will be running for re-election in 2014. If they are not already thinking about fetal pain, they might be forced to do so by considering electoral pain as well,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Precious Moments with Mother, Remembering Daddy

Friday, November 1st, 2013

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“Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise… Ephesians 6:2 NLT

God is so amazing. He can take a trail of tears and make those tears into a beautiful testimony. Such is the case with my mother Naomi Ruth Barber King and me. You may know that I was born on January 22, 1951 after being rescued from abortion because my grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. saw me in a dream three years before I was conceived and convinced my mother to change her mind about aborting me through a D&C. You can read all about that in my testimony and book HOW CAN THE DREAM SURVIVE IF WE MURDER THE CHILDREN.

Recently, Mother and I took a few trips to interesting locations. One was with Steve Strang and members of his family to Gibbs Park in North Georgia. Of course my mother, whose nickname is “The Butterfly Queen” spent precious moments chasing a lovely butterfly. I bought her a butterfly umbrella to take home. Mother shared some of her “memories” about the Civil Rights Movement. You can see the video HERE.

Mother’s favorite flowers are yellow roses. We brought some home from my granddaughter’s lunch with parents’ day. That little baby and her mother avoided the abortion mills and we are enjoying life together. Praise the Lord! In the picture, Mother is wearing a blue blouse because Daddy’s favorite color was blue; which is why Mother also often wears blue butterflies in her hair.

She and my other daughter spend a lot of time together. The other day, I joined them for lunch at Chick-fil-A. On the way to lunch, Mother told us that the favorite thing I’ve ever given her was “a Chick-fil-A fried sweet potato pie.” Needless to say, she left the meal with some to take home.

I’ve tried to capture the memories in the photos you see; but needless to say, a picture may be worth a thousand words, but who can capture time in a bottle or a photo frame?

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