The United States Supreme Court sided with former football Coach Joe Kennedy who argued that the Bremerton School District in Washington state violated his religious freedom by telling him he couldn’t pray on the field after games.
The First Amendment case concerned prayer on the 50’yard line. The Court says the school district violated the coaches free speech and free exercise of rights when it barred him from on the field after games.
In October 2021, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on The Constitution, and James Lankford (R-Okla.) filed an amicus brief signed by 11 other Senators and 14 Representatives in support of Kennedy in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District.
The brief asked the Supreme Court to reverse the Ninth Circuit’s decision that allowed Coach Kennedy to be fired for silently kneeling and praying after school football games.
U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) is co-leading the brief for the House.
The attorney generals of Alaska, Arizona and Texas led a 23-state coalition defending religious liberty for the coach who was unjustly fired for praying after games.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Coach Joseph Kennedy’s religious discrimination claim against the school district, saying that because Coach Kennedy prayed in view of students, his prayers are considered government speech that the district can censor.
The coalition urged the Supreme Court to review and reverse that decision because of the serious First Amendment concerns it raises.
“The Ninth Circuit’s conclusion threatens to make everything a public employee does while on the clock into government speech,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “In turn, that would require public employers to control their employees’ every word in order to avoid liability.”
“Americans do not abandon their religious liberties at the door of their workplace,” Arizona AG Mark Brnovich said in a statement. “Especially at this moment in our country’s history, it is imperative that heavy-handed government be restrained from trampling on our rights to personal expression as recognized and protected by the First Amendment.”
The Ninth Circuit’s decision curtails the First Amendment liberties of public employees, which will deter individuals from seeking public employment to avoid being forced to give up their constitutionally protected liberties.
Senate co-signers included Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and John Thune (R-S.D.).
Abortion was certainly a highly sensitive topic long before January 22, 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized it in the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. Most recently, on June 24, 2022, the Court overturned the ruling which once allowed the federal government to interfere with individual states laws.
While the topic does have varying opinions as to its morality, there is one thing that’s absolute and that’s how abortion stops life.
As a Christian, we know that no matter who we are, there is a reality that we can never deny or run away from and that’s God’s love. The way we talk, act, our personalities, fears, ambitions – All of these were made by God in full details. Not only did He make us with love, but He also accepts and adores every single part of our individuality despite its imperfections.
The World Health Organization reports that 125,000 abortions are conducted daily. These are “induced miscarriages” with consent and acknowledgment of the mother to terminate her child.
In the very first six weeks of pregnancy, a child already develops a breathing, beating, and a fully working heart—a life of its own.
Anything that is able to move, feel, and exist is in fact, “alive”. Therefore, the act of terminating this equates to taking away its life.
Although the Bible doesn’t include the word “abortion,” there are dozens of verses that answer the offense of an opinion that attempts to separate abortion from termination of life.
🔹“You shall not murder.” – Exodus 20:13
🔹“And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” – Mark 7:20-23
🔹“Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child, as infants who never see the light?” – Job 3:16
🔹“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 18:10
🔹“But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 19:14
🔹“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” – Psalm 127:3
🔹“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watching over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?” – Proverbs 24:11-12
🔹”Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’” – Deuteronomy 27:25
🔹“Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked.” – Exodus 23:7
🔹“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” – Proverbs 6:16-19
🔹“And for your lifeblood, I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man, I will require a reckoning for the life of man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” – Genesis 9:5-6
“Innocent” is a word that is repeated in these verses. Clearly, the unborn child inside a mother’s womb is innocent.
🔹“For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”– Luke 1:44
🔹“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5
🔹“On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb, you have been my God.” – Psalm 22:10
Aligning With God
As followers of Jesus, our stance is to live a life that is aligned with God’s Word. Now, more than ever, Dodie and I strive to speak and report truth. The best defense against the greed, fraud and hatefulness of the world and the enemy, is knowing the truth found in the Word of God.
To end life through abortion divides life into the unborn and born, and we learn through Scripture this opposes God’s view of both being equally human.
We both know friends and family members who experienced the tough emotional times after an abortion. It seems it is hard for some to imagine that God can forgive. Shame and regret cloud the view of the path toward God’s amazing grace. The only way to see clearly is forgiveness.
There is forgiveness and restoration.
Through faith in Jesus, God forgives our sins and remembers them no more. Once we receive forgiveness of sins, they are gone.
“As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us” —Psalm 103:12
The sacrifice of Jesus makes such marvelous grace possible.
There is a reason that The Andy Griffith Show, of the 1960s, remains in the list of Top Ten Classic TV Shows of All Time.
Sheriff Andy Taylor (Griffith), his son Opie (Ron Howard), Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts) and a host of others from Mayberry, North Carolina provided great life lessons with both humor and sometimes drama.
One notable episode focused in on the importance of parenting when outside influences come in to disrupt. It’s a wonderful lesson even today.
The episode, “Opies Hobo Friend,” aired on November 13, 1961:
🔹Deputy Barney remains determined to round up what he is convinced is a Chicago gang on the lam.
🔹A life lesson appears in learning how to tell good from bad.
🔹Andy makes certain that Opie learns that lesson.
🔹Earl Hagen’s evocative theme played on harmonica that captures the slowed-paced and seemingly innocence of small-town America just when the post-war 50s were giving way to the New Frontier of the 60s.
🔹Buddy Ebsen (the original Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz” 1939 movie, before he became ill from the silver body paint), played the guest star role as hobo David Browne. He is dressed just a shade better here than he is when “The Beverly Hillbillies” television program starts its run the following year.
Deputy Barney tells his boss, “Oh, Andy, everything’s breakin’ loose. First, Mrs. Tillman has an apple pie stolen from her window. Now, Jess Crawford just reported a chicken thief. It’s a regular reign of terror!”
David Browne, a hobo, appears in Mayberry and befriends Opie. It becomes obvious that Andy must put away the welcome mat when the likable drifter starts putting Artful Dodger-ish notions into Opie’s head.
David Browne: You know, I’ve grown awful fond of that young fellow. What’s wrong?
Andy Taylor: Well, there seems to be something wrong with his thinkin’. He’s gotten a little twisted on things lately, like bein’ able to tell the difference between right and wrong.
David Browne: Oh.
Andy Taylor: Not that that’s an easy thing. A lot of grownups still strugglin’ with that same problem, but ‘specially difficult for a youngster, ’cause things rub off on ’em so easy.
David Browne: Well, Sheriff, maybe I do look at things differently than other people. Is that wrong? I live by my wits. I’m not above bending the law now and then to keep clothes on my back or food in my stomach. I live the kind of life that other people would just love to live if they only had the courage. Who’s to say that the boy would be happier your way or mine? Why not let him decide?
Andy Taylor: Nah, I’m afraid it don’t work that way. You can’t let a young ‘un decide for himself. He’ll grab at the first flashy thing with shiny ribbons on it, then when he finds out there’s a hook in it, it’s too late. The wrong ideas come packaged with so much glitter it’s hard to convince him that other things might be better in the long run, and all a parent can do is say, “Wait. Trust me,” and try to keep temptation away.
Somehow, along the way, we have lost this basic truth. As parents, we must protect our children from harmful indoctrination and propaganda. Too many people are more concerned about being their child’s friend, than in being a parent.
Far Left educators are forwarding their growing trend among some public schools to keep parents in the dark about their own children’s health and well-being.
Some districts are actually forcing teachers to be complicit in this deception by compelling them to lie or withhold information about students to their parents.
HARRISONBURG, VA. SCHOOLS
Such is the case with Harrisonburg City Public Schools (HCPS), less than a two hour drive to Washington D.C., in Virginia.
HCPS’s policy and practice is that teachers and staff must affirm a student’s gender identity by using any name and pronoun the student requests, while hiding such requests from the child’s parents. The exception would be if HCPS employees determine the child’s parents are sufficiently “supportive” of their child’s “transition.”
A lawsuit was filed this month by parents who are being legally represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) against the school district.
“Parents—not public schools or government officials—have the fundamental right to direct the upbringing, care, and education of their children,” said ADF Senior Counsel Ryan Bangert. “Teachers and staff cannot willfully hide kids’ mental health information from their parents, especially as some of the decisions children are making at school have potentially life-altering ramifications. As the clients we represent believe, a teacher’s role is to support, not supplant, the role of the parent.”
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, assisted by ADF attorneys, are representung two groups of parents in that state.
🔹A group of parents is challenging a Madison Metropolitan School District policy that instructs district employees to exclude parents from children’s health decisions.
🔹Another group of parents is suing the Kettle Moraine School District over its policy that allows minor students to change their name and gender pronouns at school without parental consent.
The Founding Fathers and Framers of the U.S. Constitution recognized that all people have inalienable rights that flow from the Creator.
These rights are grounded in the unique, Judeo-Christian concept of man’s inherent dignity as a creature made in God’s image, endowed with reason, free will, and an eternal soul.
The Founders understood that one of Government’s primary tasks is to preserve the freedom for each person to follow his own conscience, so they enshrined certain fundamental rights in our nation’s constitution to guarantee this freedom.
As secular forces chip away at our nation’s Judeo-Christian roots, religious freedom is increasingly threatened. Yet the First Amendment continues to reflect the Founders’ belief that “[t]he Religion…of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise [religion] as [conviction and conscience] dictate.”
Prior to the 2021-2022 school year, HCPS modified its nondiscrimination policy to add “gender identity” to its list of protected classes. It then developed and issued guidance that detailed new requirements concerning the treatment of transgender students.
While the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) had developed new “model policies” regarding transgender issues, the HCPS policy went beyond VDOE’s already troubling recommendations, using even more radical wording.
Parents have a right to direct the upbringing and education of their children. That includes the right to be informed about whether their children are using different names and pronouns at school, and to direct the school not to facilitate that behavior.
Schools cannot require teachers to lie to parents about their children’s circumstances or compel teachers to speak or affirm messages that are contrary to their core beliefs and that they believe harm the students.
Doing so undermines parental rights and destroys the trust among teachers, parents, and schools that serves to facilitate the best education possible for children.
White House Resident Joe Biden signed another harmful executive order issued Wednesday that villainizes and grossly misrepresents religious Americans and others holding to commonsense American values and violates their constitutionally and legally protected freedoms.
“Every American is protected under the Constitution to freely live and work according to their religious beliefs, and President Biden can’t remove those fundamental rights with a stroke of his pen,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Julie Marie Blake.
Blake states that “with this new order, the president is threatening to erase the entire category of women’s sports—egregiously, on the cusp of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the civil rights law designed to protect fair competition for women.”
“The government can’t strip these achievements from women or stop American citizens from living according to their conscience and faith,” Blake continued. “We will continue defending individuals and organizations from this unlawful government violation of their First Amendment and other legal protections.”
Biden’s signature authorizes:
🔹The “Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, use the Department of HHS’s authorities to protect LGBTQI+ individuals’ access to medically necessary care from harmful State and local laws and practices, and shall promote the adoption of promising policies and practices to support health equity, including in the area of mental health care, for LGBTQI+ youth and adults. Within 200 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of HHS shall develop and release sample policies for States to safeguard and expand access to health care for LGBTQI+ individuals and their families, including mental health services.”
🔹 The “Secretary of Education shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, use the Department of Education’s authorities to support LGBTQI+ students, their families, educators, and other school personnel targeted by harmful State and local laws and practices, and shall promote the adoption of promising policies and practices to support the safety, well-being, and rights of LGBTQI+ students. Within 200 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Education shall develop and release sample policies for supporting LGBTQI+ students’ well-being and academic success in schools and educational institutions.”
“It is a gross overreach of his authority, for example, to mandate what Christian counselors can say, or not say, in private conversations with their clients, as is the case with our client Brian Tingley in Washington state, or demand faith-based foster care and adoption homes, like our client Holston United Methodist Home for Children in Tennessee, violate their religious beliefs or lose needed funding to help children find a forever home,” Blake continued.
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.
“You know what woke means. It means you’re a loser,” President Donald J. Trump famously said in August 2021 to a gigantic crowd during a Cullman, Alabama rally. “It’s true. Everything woke turns to sh*t. It’s true. Look at what’s happening.”
Being woke is a “shortcut to losing everything we have,” Trump said after showing a clip of a speech delivered by actor George C. Scott from the movie Patton, recalling the fighting spirit of America in World War II.
Last week, the London Times reported on how the BBC replaced the pronouns in a victim’s quote in order to avoid having her statement misgender her alleged rapist.
The BBC changed the testimony of a rape victim after a debate over the pronouns of her transgender attacker, The Times has learnt.
The woman referred to her alleged rapist as “him” but insiders said that her words were changed to avoid “misgendering” the abuser in an article on the corporation’s website.
The BBC article replaced every reference to “he” or “him” with “they” or “them”. A source said the quote was the subject of heated debate prior to publication. Some journalists argued that the quote should remain intact, while others said it should reflect the trans woman’s preferred she/her pronouns.
London Times, June 2022
This is not the first time the woke BBC altered a news story. In October 2021 they reported on another trans woman physically forcing her to have sex after they went on a date:
“[They] threatened to out me as a terf and risk my job if I refused to sleep with [them],” she wrote. “I was too young to argue and had been brainwashed by queer theory so [they were] a ‘woman’ even if every fibre of my being was screaming throughout so I agreed to go home with [them]. [They] used physical force when I changed my mind upon seeing [their] penis and raped me.”
What the victim actually said was “He used physical force when I changed my mind upon seeing his penis and raped me.”
PIZZA HUT INDOCTRINATION
Such battles over trans issues— including biological males participating in female sports or males allowed in female restrooms— is actually just a leftist social engineering technique to silence the human norm with claims of transphobia and other attempts to silence disagreement of activists and the indoctrinated.
Pizza Hut is the latest example of a business chain going full blown woke. Immediately, American consumers, after learning of their latest absurdity are beginning to boycott the pizza makers.
Since 1984, Pizza Hut has promoted book reading program (Book It!) that rewards children with a free pizza if they read their recommended books and cash in school-issued certificates.
They are now recommending a highly controversial book, aimed at children as young as 4-years-old, to teach them about a little boy who dresses in drag and wears a magical wig.
The book, “Big Wig,” written by Jonathan Hillman, is described by the publisher as:
“When a child dresses in drag to compete in a neighborhood costume competition, he becomes B. B. Bedazzle! A key part of B.B. Bedazzle’s ensemble is a wig called Wig. Together they are an unstoppable drag queen team! But Wig feels inadequate compared to the other, bigger wigs. When Wig flies off B. B.’s head, she goes from kid to kid instilling confidence and inspiring dreams in those who wear her.”
Parents throughout the US are describing Pizza Hut’s Gay Pride Month selection differently.
“Just before my daughter’s last day of school for the summer, Pizza Hut comes out with this piece of woke indoctrination to brainwash our children,” Gloria Fuentes from San Antonio, Texas, announced. “That’s it. No more Pizza Hut for our family! Boycotting. We have been talking about homeschooling her as some of our family and friends are doing.”
Consumer reaction has cost millions of dollars in revenue to businesses supporting woke, socialist and indoctrination causes. Some of these include:
A woke Wake County North Carolina preschool teacher has been caught using LGBTQ flash cards, including one featuring a pregnant man, to teach the young children their colors.
State Rep. Erin Paré (R), who was notified by email about the flash cards by a concerned parent, contacted the principal at Ballentine Elementary School.
“The principal found the stack of cards in a preschool classroom and verified with the teacher that they had been used by the teacher in the classroom to teach colors. The principal confirmed that the flash cards were not part of approved curriculum and that she was unaware that they were being used,” North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore said in a statement.
“The principal immediately took possession of the cards, contacted the WCPSS area superintendent, and engaged human resources,” Moore continued. “The principal expressed appreciation for the constituent’s information via Rep. Paré, as she would not have known about the flash cards otherwise.”
The playing cards are made by a now-defunct company known as ByUs Box, which additionally made units of flash playing cards showcasing non-binary and transgender animals, gender impartial nursery rhymes and a ‘Blackness Collection.’
The cards “clearly do not meet the standard for a pre-school classroom,” Paré noted. “Schools should only be using age-appropriate materials, and these flashcards clearly do not meet that standard for a pre-school classroom. I hope schools across Wake County and the State of North Carolina will follow the example of Ballentine and respond swiftly when a parent expresses concern and ensure that materials like this are not being used to teach young students.”
Moore’s office revealed that in a poll released in May, 2022, North Carolina voters (57%) overwhelmingly supported passing legislation that would “make parents the primary decision-makers regarding their child’s health and medical decisions and provide parents with opt-out options regarding controversial surveys or age-inappropriate classroom materials.”
“The members of the North Carolina General Assembly are currently reviewing legislation to address this very concern. Parents deserve to know exactly what and how their children are being taught,” Moore said.
Over time, criminals have deviated from their modus operandi according to the development of forensics, technology and science.
🔹At one time we didn’t use fingerprints or DNA samples.
🔹The developments in biology, criminology, psychology, brain technology, and neuroscience have come together in the emergent field of neurocriminology.
For instance, if a cold case includes fingerprint evidence from 1990, it is worthwhile resubmitting for laboratory analysis because Next Generation Identification systems have expanded the power of its analysis. DNA analysis from ten years ago showed a good mitochondrial DNA profile, but the nuclear DNA was a little light, so it is prudent to re-test since the scientific capabilities have improved over the years.
Today, there is now a growing inclination on the part of this emerging field to predict, prevent and manage violent behavior. The developments in brain imaging technology is undoubtedly an emerging gateway to reducing crime rates.
In the same way criminology has played its part, it is likely neurocriminology will be able to positively assist in the world of criminology.
🔹Knowing the social and environmental factors creates an incomplete picture in criminology without familiarizing and fully understanding the biological factors.
🔹With knowledge expansion of the biological factors that relate to criminal behavior, we can focus and trace back to childhood development and how this plays a huge role in the making of a violent individual.
🔹In essence, as long as politics does not get in the way, we can use this information to predict the individuals likely to go down this unpleasant route in their life. We may be able to help them AND PREVENT CRIME.
How do we best reduce crime?
🔹We have learned that crime does cluster in hot spots.
🔹We have learned that there is stability in these hot spots over longer periods of time, but far less stability when looking at short periods.
🔹We also know that the public is leery and that we know very little about how traditional strategies affect individuals, their neighborhoods, and the larger community.
It is easy to blame politics, social engineering, advertising, special interests and media of all of all kinds: television programing, Internet social media, newspapers, magazines, etc. They are directly involved with societal norms, fads, propaganda, music and fashion changes. Most movies are not worth watching for societal value anymore. The bottom line is most indicators for the state of societies mental health are not that good.
The links between mental disorders and rates of crime are visible and significant in many ways.
🔹Having a mental disorder does not label you an offender.
🔹An idea that persistently emerges within public perception is that people with a mental disorder are more likely to commit criminal acts.
🔹In actual fact, people with mental disorders are more likely to be the victims of violent crime.
People with mental disorders can be viewed as vulnerable preys to cruel predators or bullies. Mental disorders are prevalent in all aspects of the criminal justice system – from offenders to victims and their families.
Many concerns faced by the American criminal justice system will not subside unless we can identify how much blame can be placed on people with mental disorders for their actions.
Neurocriminology is an emerging field which adds assistance and value to the prediction of crime.
🔹Scientific predictions are not always supported without facts; they rely on evidence and knowledge of social, environmental and biological factors in the making of offenders, and the causes of criminal behavior.
To determine the seriousness and level of responsibility someone has for their actions, we can look up to the criminal justice system. The evidence determines the fairness of the judge’s sentence. Sometimes, the sentence is too lenient or too exaggerated. This is how neurocriminology can assist in determining the level of blame an individual has for their actions. In some cases, neurocriminology can assist in finding a suitable rehabilitation program for ex-offenders.
Just like the use of forensics, we cannot solely rely on neurocriminology to give us all the answers, but we can use neuroscience with the evidence to present a more accurate account of the crime.
Neuroscience can provide further explanations for the way some individuals react to crime and their mental capacity.
🔹An example of this is the lack of emotions or fear sometimes expressed on these individual’s faces which can occur as a result of reduced ability to emotions, such as fear and aggression (amygdala functioning).
My wife, Dodie, a neonatal nurse for years, tells me that during fetal development, brain development is a significant factor.
🔹This makes up for a large proportion of prediction related to people who commit violent acts.
🔹The changing structures of the brain help us to determine the making of offenders.
Crime psychology and studies reveal that the likelihood of criminal behavior can start during fetal development and can be traced back to the mother’s pregnancy.
Factors that come into perspective are the mother’s habits.
🔹Did they smoke, drink alcohol, take drugs?
🔹Were there any genetic disease predispositions?
🔹How about injuries during birth or later that could affect the brain?
🔹What are the indications of any dysfunctional brain mechanisms in the fetus?
🔹What was the mother’s nutrition (which is absorbed into the bloodstream) like?
It is important to know how the general welfare of both mother and baby was.
For criminals, hurting others can be a form of pleasure and gratification.
🔹Research suggests that people with triple morbidity (those with severe mental disorder, substance use disorder, and antisocial personality disorder) are far more likely to be violent than someone with a severe mental disorder alone.
🔹A severe mental disorder on its own does not form a violent individual.
🔹It takes multiple disorders alongside other social and environmental factors to produce a violent individual. This is the trend that we have seen in many notorious killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy.
🔹Having a mental disorder is relevant.
🔹However, it may not always be a valid excuse for committing criminal acts. It could be a disservice to target those with a mental disorder as future offenders. This is not how neurocriminology works.
Brain imaging technology can help to track the development of people with brain deficiencies. Most people who have a severe mental disorder do not go on to behave violently. There are many factors that contribute to the making of an offender which are also influenced by a wider social, environmental and biological context.
Sometimes, when we hear that a perpetrator has a severe mental disorder, it becomes a central focus for the cause of the crime. The mental disorder becomes an excuse for their behavior. However, a mental disorder cannot be the sole cause of a crime.
🔹A pre-existing mental disorder is completely different to substance abuse and intoxication because your mental capacity level is permanently reduced rather than on a temporary basis.
Before you undergo the acts of substance abuse or intoxication, you have the choice to either go ahead or walk away, knowing the consequences, knowing how much of an impact this will have on your mental capacity and whether you are capable in such a state of committing a criminal offence.
The most likely fear that the general public has most is an act of violence that is out of the blue. One of the first reactions is that reasonless and being so unpredictable must automatically be associated with those that have a severe mental disorder.
Where my trouble is with neurocriminology, is that different stimuli activate different functions of the brain. Similar to a weather forecast, which we rely on every day for our general activities, neurocriminology is predictable in an unpredictable way.
Weather forecasters can and do make mistakes. We can predict the weather forecast, but we cannot predict the exact severity of it and how it differs in different locations. Similarly, we can predict whether someone is likely to commit a crime, but we cannot predict the type or location of the crime or the severity of the crime.
Moreover, opportunistic crimes are also difficult to predict. However, we can try and place mitigation efforts within our power to prevent someone from committing a violent act in the future.
Perhaps an emphasis on positive mental health can transform an individual’s destiny or planned route to violent behavior. This is why neurocriminology is the future and adds huge value to the world of criminology; in supporting to reduce violence and crime.
Children in Uvalde, Texas live in a community where a crime occurs every 11 hours 38 minutes on average.
On Tuesday, May 24,2022, the city experienced one of the most horrific crime events in Texas history. After executing his grandmother in her home that morning, Salvador Ramos, a troubled 18-year-old Uvalde High senior, sped to the nearby Ross Elementary School and shot multiple terrified students and adults with a handgun gun and rifle. By the end of mid-day, Ramos was killed by a Border Patrol officer (who chose not to wait for backup help), leaving over 20 people dead.
ESCALATING WAVES OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin warned us last year that his small city was especially plagued with growing problems caused by escalating waves of immigrants crossing illegally from Mexico.
🔹According to the most recent data from the FBI, the total crime rate in Uvalde is 4,249.1 per 100,000 people.
🔹That’s 81.12% higher than the national rate of 2,346.0 per 100,000 people.
🔹It is 57.87% higher than the Texas total crime rate of 2,691.5 per 100,000 people.
🔹In Uvalde you have a 1 in 24 chance of becoming a victim of crime.
🔹Uvalde is safer than only 5% of the cities in the United States.
🔹Since Joe Biden has been in office, crime in Uvalde has increased by 12.4%.
During a press conference in the nearby border city of Del Rio last October, McLaughlin spoke about his city’s troubles. He was particularly concerned about children and family safety.
“We’ve had to put our schools on lockdown 48 times this year since Jan. 1, so this (2021-22) school year, every school has officers in it,” he revealed. “The school district went out and hired more police officers, and now they’re at every school.”
‘BIDEN ILLEGAL ALIEN CRISIS’
Crime rates have exploded up in border towns due to what locals call “The Biden Illegal Alien Crisis.”
🔹Crimes are up in Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, Laredo, Eagle Pass and Del Rio.
🔹Cities not directly on the border, like San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Uvalde are experiencing similar crime surges.
A San Antonio veteran police officer, who asked not to be identified, was upfront about the causes.
“Our Chief (William) McManus is owned by Democrat operatives,” he said. “It’s common knowledge he aids and abets illegal alien transports here. He was caught a few years back helping a tractor trailer full of them escape behind a Wal-Mart and is supposed to being investigated by the Attorney General, but we don’t hear much about that anymore.”
“We know it’s all due to Democrat immigration policies to defund police, ICE, Border Patrol and squelch our ability to serve and protect,” he continued. “It’s all bullcrap. F**ck Joe Biden.”
Perhaps the Uvalde Mayor explained the key difference between border towns and inner cities best.
“Ours is not the same as y’all’s here in Del Rio,” McLaughlin said at the October meeting. “Ours is the ‘got-aways,’ the ‘get-aways,’ the people that are walking around cutting our ranchers’ fences.”
“They’re trashing houses. Our crime rate is up in Uvalde. I’m not saying 100 percent of it is from the migrants, but it’s up considerably,” the mayor added.
McLaughlin knows the increase in criminal activity in Uvalde is due, at least in great part, to the immigrant surge.
“I believe it, and so does my sheriff and the chief of police. We think at least part of it is the migrants coming through and trying to break into places,” McLaughlin said.
A big surge has been experienced in “bailouts.”
“At first, our problem was high-speed chases, and we were having three or four of those every day. Now we’ve got the chases stopped, but they come into town, and we run the license plates or DPS runs the license plates, and they don’t match the car. Then they speed up for two blocks, and everybody in the car bails out, and you’ve got 10 or 12 people that were in the car now running through town,” he said.
“My concern is, what are we going to do to stop this? With the surge you all had here in September, we were wide open,” he said. “There wasn’t a Border Patrol agent to be found in Uvalde. They even shut the checkpoint down.”
McLaughlin noted challenging issues with immigrants “riding the rails” east after they cross the border illegally.
‘PEDOPHILES, RAPISTS, MURDERERS’
“We have the trains that we stop in Uvalde every day, and we’re getting anywhere from 10 to 50 (immigrants) a day. On some days, 100,” he explained. “And now we’re finding out that some of those people are pedophiles, rapists, murderers.”
“They’re coming back on that train, and thankfully, Border Patrol is catching most of those people, but we really can’t get any information about what they’re doing with those people, where they’re taking them, and that’s concerns us,” the mayor said.
“We’re not against immigration, but there’s a right way to do it, and the way we’re doing it, the way this (Biden) administration is letting it take place, is wrong,” he noted.
For years, those who investigate and study ballot harvesting and election fraud rings know that “mule gangs” or “rings” do much of the dirty work.
Such crimes are additionally perpetuated by postal employees, nurses, assisted living workers, homeless shelters, and voter impersonators (especially in jurisdictions where voter identification is not required).
🔹Big Media, Big Tech, Big Pharma and other propagandists routinely swear by, and use CDC, FDA, FBI and other manipulated/ever-changing databases for their slanted narratives. (The VAERS is a classic example for vaccination injuries).
However, they stay far away from the most accurate database of proven instances of election fraud:
🔹As of May 22, 2022, the Heritage Foundation Election Fraud Databasecontains 1,357 proven instances of election fraud, a number that continues to increase almost weekly.
🔹Americans are turning away from the fake news–who flagrantly dismiss the issue of election fraud– and remain opposed to all prudent and intelligent efforts to improve the security and fairness of the election process.
🔹2000 Mules and the Heritage Fraud Database prove the media wtong in their persistent stance that voter fraud is merely a myth.
🔹Not included in that database are the 156 criminal referrals made by Florida election officials in the state’s nine largest counties in cases connected to the 2020 election.
🔹Many (George Soros bought) prosecutors have refused to investigate or prosecute those cases, as reported by the Public Interest Legal Foundation.
🔹In August 2017, the New York Post interviewed a ringleader in the New Jersey/New York area with decades of experience in ballot fraud.
“You have a postman who is…working in Bedminster or some Republican stronghold,” the tipster revealed. “He can take those [filled-out] ballots, and knowing 95% are going to a Republican, he can just throw those in the garbage.”
He indicated they paid nurses in assisted living centers and gathered up the homeless in shelters to fill out false ballots. Even Democrat election officials were privy to “bends on ballot” corners or marks to tell them to pass them on through the system.
SIMPLE INTRODUCTION TO BALLOT CHEATING
Ballot harvesting occurs by gathering illegal mail-in ballots from shelters, nursing homes, apartments and dormitories. In the documentary 2000 Mules, security camera footage and cellphone ping tracking revealed “mules” were used to traffick mail ballots into drop boxes, typically under the dark cover of night by those commissioned to deliver hundreds, if not thousands, of ballots each over weeks of the period allotted for returning mail ballots.
🔹Ballot harvesting is the collection and return of ballots by someone other than the voter.
🔹Ballots are picked up at pre-designated headquarters and sent by “mules” throughout the surrounding counties.
🔹Each “mule” ring has assigned areas for dropping off ballots, often crossing state lines, and designed for the purpose cheating the election.
How many instances has your children’s school been in lockdowns because of danger on or near the campus in the past two years?
In Uvalde, Texas, the city where over 20 lives were taken by a high school senior during the May 23 shooting at Robb Elementary School, lockdowns have been a frequent occurance in 2021 and 2022.
During a press conference in the nearby border city of Del Rio last October, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin warned about his city’s troubles. He was particularly concerned about children and family safety.
“We’ve had to put our schools on lockdown 48 times this year since Jan. 1, so this (2021-22) school year, every school has officers in it,” he revealed. “The school district went out and hired more police officers, and now they’re at every school.”
Crime rates have spiraled up, and especially in border towns, due to what many South Texans call “The Biden Illegal Alien Crisis.”
COLUMBINE STYLE MURDERS PLANNED
In April 2018, Uvalde Police released a statement indicating two boys, aged 13 and 14, “were discussing and planning an attack on the Uvalde High School during their senior year, on the anniversary of the Columbine shooting.”
“Recently, however, one of the students began to convince the other that they needed to move the attack up to this year.”
“One of the students had numerous writings and drawings which depicted weapons capable of causing mass destruction. He wrote about being “God-like” and killing police and other persons. He had an academic analysis of one of the Columbine shooter’s journal.”
“It appears the two were planning on detonating the IEDs at the start of the mass casualty event. After the IEDs, they would begin killing students from a list they developed where they had ranked student victims by priority. After that, they were going to kill as many students as possible before taking their own lives.”
The students, who attended Morales Junior High School, were detained by police on April 25, 2018 for conspiracy to commit murder. Their original plan was to enact the shooting in 2022 for the anniversary of the Columbine tragedy.
The two planned to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs) similar to the Columbine School killings just before their intended school shooting at Morales Junior High after stealing weapons from a neighbor’s home.
“According to the Uvalde Police Department, the pair was infatuated with the Columbine High School shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, often referring to themselves using the shooter’s names,” according to a report in the local newspaper at the time.
MAJOR JUVENILE CRIMES
Even prior to this current illegal immigration surge, Uvalde was plagued with high rates of serious juvenile crimes.
On June 6, a visiting judge is due to be presiding in the 38th Judicial District Court for the capital murder trial of juvenile accused of killing 24-year-old boxer John Van Meter.
In January 2019, police arrested a 12-year-old student of Flores Elementary School who now faces up to 40 years of incarceration.
Van Meter, his girlfriend, Sammy Chapa and her two children heard loud kicking noises on their front door on Boone Street.
When Van Meter opened the door, Chapa heard a gunshot and called 911. Van Meter received a single shot to his head and was rushed to Uvalde Memorial hospital and pronounced dead at approximately 8:43 p.m.
Law enforcement officers, including Texas Rangers, arrested the 12-year-old suspect from an Elizabeth Street residence, roughly seven-tenths of a mile from the scene of Van Meter’s murder. He was subsequently transported to and held at a juvenile detention center in Jourdanton.
HIGH SCHOOL LOCKDOWN
In September 2021, parents learned of a potential serious threat to their children in a letter issued to parents from Uvalde High School Principal Miguel Castillo:
“Uvalde High School was placed under lock down to ensure the safety of staff and student athletes still on campus. The staff and students were safely evacuated following district safety protocols. After investigating the threat, our students and staff were never in immediate danger by the threat.”
A 16-year-old female was charged for her multiple calls threatening violence at Uvalde High School on the evening of Sept. 9.
“We have dealt with her before here, she went to school here in 2018. We had problems with her back then,” said Lt. Mariano Pargas Jr. with the Uvalde Police Department.
The threats were identified as coming from Puerto Rico and serious enough to escalate investigations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation out of San Antonio, Texas Rangers out of Austin, the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division out of Eagle Pass, the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office and the Sabinal Police Department.
In particular, the girl was threatening members of the volleyball and spirit teams, three football players and staff members that were on the Uvalde High School campus, according to Anne Marie Espinoza, executive director of communications and marketing for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.
“On Wednesday evening [Sept. 9] right after 6 p.m. calls started coming in that there was going to be a shooting at several schools here in Uvalde,” Lt. Pargas said.
Police officers contacted Uvalde Consolidated School District Police Department Chief Pete Arredondo and worked to secure campuses.
“While they were working that, dispatch started getting more calls. At that point they started making threats towards several of our officers, one of our elected officials and a Texas Ranger,” Pargas said.
He said the calls continued throughout the night, and on Thursday morning more calls came in, this time adding threats to destroy the Uvalde Police Department.
Formal schools and homeschooling may both be good education systems, however more parents are recognizing the advantages for their children attending non-government run schools.
🔹In the spring of 2019 there were about 2.5 million homeschool students in grades K-12 in the United States.
🔹The homeschool population is continuing to grow (at an estimated 2% to 8% per annum over the past few years).
🔹By March 2022, there were an estimated 5.1 million homeschool students in grades K-12 in the United States. This represented about 9% of school-age children.
Linda C., a 28 year-old mother of two elementary age children in central Texas, recently decided after the 2021-22 school year to make changes. Her husband, Javier and she have elected to join a growing group of families in their area to homeschool “beginning immediately.”
“With so much politics, indoctrination and questions about curriculum–like critical race theory and teaching sex education to 6 year olds–we are happy with our decision to homeschool,” Linda said.
“We waited for the school term to be over to make this move,” Javier explained. “We believe in prayer. These schools may teach basics like math, reading, writing and stuff, but the soft skills of manners, getting along and figuring out things for yourself is important.”
In their research, the couple found “the homeschool opportunities are endless,” Linda continued. “We have a wonderful library, the internet is rich with information and curriculum. There are opportunities to learn from field trips. The local farmers, ranchers, the emergency management services, are some that came to mind.
Other parents they have talked with point out that for them, “homeschooling is more flexible in educating, especially soft skills,” Linda continued. “Because there are so many kinds of soft skills it takes time to learn them then teach them gradually. We’re talking about things like time management, team work, communication, leadership, critical thinking, decision making.”
“Homeschooling, by its very nature, teaches soft skills,” says Laura Young, a Christian homeschool teacher who has former students now homeschooling children. “Students learn time management when they aren’t restricted to certain class periods, but still need to finish their work by the deadline.”
They learn “teamwork when they finish a household project together (such as making dinner), communication through being part of the family and learning to get along, leadership when they are placed in charge of a project, critical thinking through everyday life that isn’t planned in advance, same with decision making,” she expressed.
“All these things are an important part of why homeschooling is superior to any other method. And the beauty of it is that these skills are taught organically through doing life together instead of artificially using workbooks.”
Research on homeschooling show that the home-educated are doing well, typically above average, on measures of social, emotional, and psychological development.
According to National Home Education Research Institute, measures include peer interaction, self-concept, leadership skills, family cohesion, participation in community service, and self-esteem.
The most common reasons given for homeschooling is to provide a safer environment for children and youth, because of physical violence, drugs and alcohol, psychological abuse, racism, and improper and unhealthy sexuality associated with institutional schools.
Other reasons given for homeschooling include:
customize or individualize the curriculum and learning environment for each child,
accomplish more academically than in schools,
use pedagogical approaches other than those typical in institutional schools,
enhance family relationships between children and parents and among siblings,
provide guided and reasoned social interactions with youthful peers and adults,
provide a safer environment for children and youth, because of physical violence, drugs and alcohol, psychological abuse, racism, and improper and unhealthy sexuality associated with institutional schools, and
as an alternative education approach when public or private institutional schools are closed due to acute health situations such as related to disease (e.g., Covid-19, Coronavirus)
protect minority children from racism in public schools or lower expectations of children of color (e.g., black) (e.g., Fields-Smith, 2020; Mazama & Lundy, 2012).
teach and impart a particular set of values, beliefs, and worldview to children and youth.
The home-educated typically score higher on SATs and ACT than their public-school counterparts. Homeschool students are increasingly being actively recruited by colleges.
Homeschool students score above average on achievement tests regardless of their parents’ level of formal education or their family’s household income.
Whether homeschool parents were ever certified teachers is not related to their children’s academic achievement.
Degree of state control and regulation of homeschooling is not related to academic achievement.
Home-educated students typically score above average on the SAT and ACT tests that colleges consider for admissions.
Homeschool students are increasingly being actively recruited by colleges.
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