High School Denies Student’s Request to Start Pro-Life Club, But Allows Animal Rights Group

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It [Gulf Coast High School] recognizes the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Animal Rights Club, the Gay Straight Alliance, and Collier Students for Change, which is affiliated with the Florida Democratic Party, as school clubs.

Below is a report from Micaiah Bilger, Life News about a battle between a Florida High School and a student-led pro-life club.  

A Florida student is fighting for her legal right to begin a pro-life club at her high school this week. Gabrielle Gabbard applied to start a pro-life club, Sharks 4 Life, in August at Gulf Coast High School, but was refused, according to Alliance Defending Freedom, the pro-life legal group that is representing her. The club would be affiliated with Students for Life of America, which has more than 1,200 student clubs across the country.

On Thursday, ADF sent a letter to the Florida school explaining that Gabbard has a right to form the student organization under the federal Equal Access Act.

According to ADF, the school claimed Gabbard’s club would be too “political” and “controversial” — even though it recognizes the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Animal Rights Club, the Gay Straight Alliance, and Collier Students for Change, which is affiliated with the Florida Democratic Party, as school clubs.

“The First Amendment doesn’t permit a public school to play favorites when approving student organizations. Gulf Coast High School must recognize Sharks 4 Life, and Collier County Public Schools needs to update its policies so that this doesn’t happen again,” said ADF Legal Counsel Michael Ross.

According to the legal group, Assistant Principal Catherine Crawford-Brown refused to recognize the club during a meeting with Gabbard and one of her faculty advisors. They said Crawford-Brown also threatened to fire the advisor unless she withdrew her offer to be the club advisor.

“Crawford-Brown made these remarks even though she knew that the club needed a faculty advisor to be approved. Because of these remarks, both of the faculty advisors promptly withdrew as faculty advisors for the club,” according to ADF.

Their letter asks the school district to revise its policy by Nov. 21 to specify that its schools will consider requests for new student clubs in a timely manner and will not discriminate against the club because of its religion, politics, philosophy or other beliefs.
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Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins said students increasingly are facing hostility because of their pro-life position.

“Across the country, we are seeing incredible opposition to the pro-life speech of our student leaders and volunteers as they speak for the defenseless and educate their fellow students on abortion,” Hawkins said. “But the law and the Constitution are clear on the matter: Public schools cannot single out pro-life groups for exclusion from recognition. Officials in Collier County need to do the right thing and do it quickly

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PragerU Fights Google and YouTube in Court After They Censored Its Pro-Life, Conservative Videos

“If a student walks into that public library, goes on the computer, and searches for PragerU videos,” he said “there are over 200 that they will not be able to see” .

Below is an Life News article concerning Prager U. It recounts an ongoing battle they are waging against Google/YouTube for censoring their academic videos. Alexander Hall of Newsbusters authored the report.

One conservative media outlet’s battle over free speech can shake up the country’s future.

On Tuesday August 27, PragerU held a press conference after their hearing at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals during the saga of their lawsuit against Google/Youtube.

Prager is a popular conservative media outlet known for its academic but easy to understand videos which explain conservative ideas.

PragerU had gathered a crowd of students, supporters, and staff, many of whom were holding signs condemning tech censorship with messages such as “Stop Big Tech Censorship” and “YouTube Can’t Silence Us.”

PragerU’s Chief Marketing Officer Craig Strazzeri was one of a handful of speakers who spoke. He pointed across the street to the library as an immediate example of a place where PragerU would be restricted. “If a student walks into that public library, goes on the computer, and searches for PragerU videos,” he said “there are over 200 that they will not be able to see” later adding for emphasis that five of those videos are on the Ten Commandments.

“It’s obvious that YouTube does not like PragerU because we’re effective. Were reaching millions of people every day with conservative idea, and they’re trying to stop that momentum, but thats why were gonna keep fighting. We’re fighters at PragerU.”

PragerU personality Will Witt declared the importance of remaining on YouTube. “We don’t wanna just start our own platform, right? Because we’re trying to reach everyone. There’d be so many leftists, people like me when I was in college, who we’d never reach.”

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He also hammered home the point that PragerU videos changed his life and helped reshape him as a conservative thinker. “Without seeing those videos, I’d never be where I am today.” He added that, without those videos, “I’d never be fighting for the values I believe in and the values that make America the greatest country on Earth.”

Former California Governor Pete Wilson expressed his optimism about the future of this case: “I am very proud of my colleagues and I think they did a terrific job this morning, and I think the prediction that Peter Obstler made, that you will see us again, that we will be back, that I think was a very clear and well spoken prophecy.”

PragerU’s attorney Peter Obstler commented that he feels strongly about this case, “to suggest that PragerU’s content is obscene, violent, hate speech… is an absolute insult!” He added: “We will be back, but I am optimistic that we got a fair hearing.”

“Keep the faith, we’re moving forward, and we’re never giving up” he said to a quick response of cheers from the crowd.

According to PragerU’s outreach to the MRC, over 200 of its videos are restricted on YouTube. During the trial, the lawyer representing it specifically addressed how absurd it was that PragerU’s tame videos are listed as “restricted” in the same manner as videos which contain violence or explicit content.

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Quotes on Mother’s Day

On behalf of the bloggers of Voices for Life, we want to wish all of the mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.

I have compiled a list of quotes about motherhood from many staunch pro-lifers. Enjoy.

Mother Mary

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to Your word.

From Mary, we learn to surrender to God’s will in all things. From Mary, we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary, we learn to love Christ her son and the son of God. – JPII

The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the love of a Mother. -St. Therese of Lisieux

In the evening when you go to sleep, hold your beads, doze off reciting them, do like those babies who go to sleep mumbling, “Mamma! Mamma!” – St. Bernadette

Motherhood is more than a stage— it’s a lifelong calling from God. With it, He gives us hearts that love deeply, hands that serve tirelessly, and vision to see His blossoming image in the precious ones entrusted to our care. Unknown

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

“There is no love like a mother’s – she who carries the child that God knits in the womb, she who nourishes and guides, she who teaches and inspires, she who gives of her heart and soul and self for the good and the happiness of her children and her family.” Ronald Reagan

“When liberals say ‘family’, they mean ‘Big Brother in Washington.’ When we say ‘family,’ we mean ‘honor thy father and mother.'” Ronald Reagan

“By abortion, the mother does not learn to love but kills her own child to solve her problems” St. Teresa of Calcutta

“Anything that destroys God’s gift of motherhood destroys His most precious gift to women—the ability to love as a woman.” St. Teresa of Calcutta

There are countless quotes on motherhood, but I know these are the core of what it means to choose life.

Big Tech Suppressing Pro-Life Message?

Terry Beatley’s Hosea Initiative claims Big Tech suppressing opposing viewpoints through non-profit gatekeeper TechSoup.

Tech Soup declines non-profit application on the basis that the pro-life organization “discriminates”

Hosea Initiative is a pro-life non-profit organization with a mission – to fulfill a promise made to repentant NARAL Pro-Choice America founder Dr. Bernard Nathanson. (www.Hosea4You.org )

Terry Beatley of Hosea asks, “Why would Tech Soup reject the one pro-life, non-profit organization dedicated to Dr. Nathanson who so deeply regretted unleashing abortion onto America and who wanted to set the record straight?”

Tech Soup serves as gatekeepers of billions of dollars in the assistance offered by many of the big tech companies including Google, Microsoft, Dell, and Cisco. These companies make organizations register to Tech Soup before giving out these perks. It seems to Terry, that this has become a way for big-tech companies to suppress opposing viewpoints. Hosea went through this registration process before receiving a rather Orwellian rejection.

I feel this is just part of a wider censorship effort, says Beatley. “We have seen a pattern of social media and tech giants attempting to silence anyone who holds views other than their own.” Last November Facebook removed a pro-life ad supporting Tennessee Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn and more recently Twitter suspended Unplanned movie’s account only to reinstate it after a national outcry.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) held a Senate hearing on this very subject and proposed several solutions to Silicon Valley’s censorship practices: regulation, antitrust, and policing big tech’s fraud.

Hosea is seeking donations to help get around this embargo.

About Hosea Initiative: Terry Beatley who founded Hosea, promised Dr. Nathanson after he awoke to the evil he helped unleash, that she would reveal the eight-point scheme he used to deceive America.

In a rare interview in 2009, Terry Beatley accepted the pro-life mantle of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the regretful cofounder of NARAL (National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Law, currently known as NARAL Pro-Choice America – a pro-abortion political action organization). He was once known as America’s “Abortion King” and is the father of America’s abortion industry.

Terry promised Dr. Nathanson that she would reveal the truth of how he deceived America’s media, courts, legislators, doctors, clergy and public with the insidious lie that abortion is synonymous to “women’s healthcare.”

Right before his death, Dr. Nathanson asked her to tell America the co-founder of NARAL says Abortion is not love – the world needs more love, stop the killing and love one another.

To help fulfill this promise, Terry established Hosea Initiative, an educational 501(c)3 organization. She named the organization after the Bible verse Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

Company Contact: P.O. Box 56, Lancaster, Virginia 22503 info@hosea4you.org www.hosea4you.org