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  • Phoenix council subs opening prayer for moment of silence

    02/03/2016 9:08:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 11:27 PM EST | Paul Davenport and Felicia Fonseca
    The Phoenix City Council voted Wednesday to replace a longstanding tradition of prayer before meetings with a moment of silence prayer, preventing an address by a group with "Satan" in its name and averting a lawsuit over constitutional rights. The moment of silence prayer was offered as an alternate motion to a measure that would have allowed the mayor and councilors to take turns in selecting who gives the invocation. That measure would not have blocked The Satanic Temple's prayer scheduled for Feb. 17, city attorney Brad Holm said. More than 50 people, including religious leaders, gave emotional testimony, invoking...

    09/12/2013 5:35:39 AM PDT · by 7thson · 9 replies
    I heard - one time only - on Chris Plant's program, that Obama talked over the momemt of silence yesterday at the Pentagon. Can anyone confirm this?
  • NBC’s ‘Today’ Skips 9/11 Moment Of Silence For Kardashian Interview (Not from The Onion)

    09/11/2012 10:14:56 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 22 replies
    TV Newser ^ | September 11, 2012 | Alex Weprin
    At 8:46 AM, in New York City and at the White House in Washington DC, there was a moment of silence to remember when the first plane hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. In New York, the NYPD, FDNY, Port Authority Police and the families of the victims were present, while in Washington the President and the First Lady led the moment. The cable networks all carried it, with ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning” carrying it as well. The only national general news program to not carry the moment of silence was NBC’s ‘Today,”...
  • N. Korea: UN tribute to Kim leads to walkout of diplomats

    12/24/2011 11:39:11 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 12/24/11
    UN tribute to Kim leads to walkout of diplomats Dec 24,2011 The UN General Assembly yesterday paid a silent tribute to the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, sparking a walkout of ambassadors of Korea and other countries. At the start of the assembly Thursday, its president, Qatar’s Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, told the diplomats, “It is my sad duty to pay tribute to the memory of the late Kim Jong-il.” The president asked North Korean Ambassador Sin Son-ho to “convey condolences” and called on all envoys “to stand and observe a minute of silence in tribute to the memory of...
  • Occupy San Diego Holds Moment of Silence/Soladarity for White House Shooter

    11/17/2011 10:07:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Big Gov't ^ | 11/17/11 | MRC TV
    Just when you thought you’ve seen it all from the “Occupiers,” last night Occupy San Diego held a moment of silence “for the guy who shot at the White House” during a protest outside of the San Diego Police Department headquarters. (Apologies for the bad video quality; this seems to be the only version out there.)
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, November 17, 2011

    11/17/2011 9:05:10 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 106 replies
    EIB Network ^ | November 17, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • Student defies ACLU at graduation, leads public prayer

    05/21/2011 2:20:41 PM PDT · by Ira_Louvin · 110 replies · 2+ views
    <p>A student who objected to prayer being part of Bastrop High School's 2011 graduation ceremonies enlisted the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. However, another student whose role was to call for a moment of silence during Friday's ceremony led the audience in prayer despite the ACLU objections.</p>
  • President Obama Observes Moment of Silence at White House in Remembrance of 9/11 - Video

    09/11/2009 7:19:27 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 14 replies · 853+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 11, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of President and Mrs. Obama observing a moment of silence this morning at the White House in remembrance of September 11, 2001. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Appeals court hears challenge to Texas schools' moment of silence

    02/03/2009 12:11:19 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 4 replies · 318+ views ^ | 02/03/09 | KATHERINE LEAL UNMUTH
    A lawsuit challenging the minute of silence that Texas schoolchildren observe every morning will be argued today in a federal appellate court.
  • Illinois Moment of Silence in Schools Ruled Unconstitutional

    01/22/2009 5:42:03 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 25 replies · 594+ views
    Fox ^ | 1/22/2009 | Fox
    CHICAGO — A federal judge has ruled that a state law requiring a moment of silence in public schools across Illinois is unconstitutional, saying it crosses the line separating church and state. "The statute is a subtle effort to force students at impressionable ages to contemplate religion," U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman said in his ruling Wednesday. The ruling came in a lawsuit designed to bar schools from enforcing the Illinois Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act. It was filed by talk show host Rob Sherman, an outspoken atheist, and his daughter, Dawn, a high school student.
  • Illinois law requiring moment of silence in public schools ruled unconstitutional

    01/21/2009 10:57:50 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 56 replies · 1,769+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 1-21-09 | Michael Peabody
    CHICAGO - Today, Judge Robert W. Gettleman of the federal U.S. District Court in Chicago ruled that a state law mandating a moment of silence in Illinois public schools is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. He had previously put the Illinois Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act on hold while he considered the case filed by an atheist parent on behalf of his daughter. The Illinois General Assembly had passed the law to allow students the choice to simply reflect on the day’s activities or pray, and proponents argued that this did not compel religious practice. However, the court found...
  • PATRIOT DAY Moment of Silence 8:46 am EDT

    09/11/2008 5:35:25 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 7 replies · 167+ views
    USDA | 09/11/2008 | Office of the Secretary, USDA
    From: [] Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 7:02 AM To: ALL-USDA-2K Subject: Patriot Day. September 11, 2008 UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY WASHINGTON, D.C. 20250 In observance of Patriot Day, the United States Flag will be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Thursday September 11, 2008. September 11, 2001, lives in America's memory since 19 terrorists attacked our homeland. On Patriot Day, we cherish the memory of the thousands of innocent victims lost, extend our prayers for their families, and honor the heroic men and women who risked and sacrificed their lives so...
  • School 'Moment of Silence' ban extended in Ill.

    05/29/2008 7:29:53 PM PDT · by rawhide · 30 replies · 235+ views
    Att.Net US News ^ | 5/29/08 | MIKE ROBINSON
    CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday barred school districts statewide from holding the daily moment of silence suitable for prayer that is required under state law. U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman said he had given school districts time to object to his March 28 preliminary injunction on enforcement of the moment of silence law but received no objections. He therefore extended to the entire state the preliminary injunction originally designed to apply only to suburban Buffalo Grove District 214. The law passed by the Illinois General Assembly says every school district in the state must hold a...
  • IL Moment Of Silence Threatened By Tribune's Eric Zorn, Liberal Judge + Buffalo Grove Atheist

    04/05/2008 12:25:28 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 2 replies · 234+ views ^ | April 03, 2008 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    How The Few Can Put Their Values Ahead Of The Many And Hurt Our Nation In the Process: Religious Liberty Again Under Attack Commentary by Daniel T. Zanoza It was a wonderful moment for the state of Illinois and, hopefully, a precursor to a wave that might sweep the nation. Late last year, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill titled the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act. Then, state legislators overrode a veto by a Democratic Governor with an overwhelming bipartisan margin. It was something special. Elected officials overcame politics, and then the influence of special interest groups,...
  • Federal court upholds [Texas] state's moment of silence law

    01/05/2008 9:20:59 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 3 replies · 53+ views
    KLTV ^ | 1/04/2008
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  • Disquiet over schools' moment of silence

    12/24/2007 6:18:30 AM PST · by wintertime · 96 replies · 167+ views
    LA Times ^ | December 24, 2007 | P.J. Huffstutter
    When high school freshman Dawn Sherman learned that Illinois had a new law requiring public schools to provide a moment of silence each day for "reflection and student prayer," she was outraged. Not because the law meant lost learning time in her honors math class -- which would be 15 seconds shorter -- but because "it was clear that we're supposed to sit and pray, or sit and watch other people pray," said Dawn, who is an atheist. Along with her father, Rob, the Buffalo Grove High student has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law, which some...
  • Poll: Do you think the "moment of silence" law for Illinois schools is unconstitutional?

    11/16/2007 4:19:41 PM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 16 replies · 124+ views
    State Journal Register ^ | November 16, 2007 | the eagle has landed
    Do you think the "moment of silence" law for Illinois schools is unconstitutional? Yes 44.1% No 55.9% Total votes: 3282 Enforcing moment of silence blocked Lawyer: All school districts may be added to lawsuit By CARLA JOHNSON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published Friday, November 16, 2007 CHICAGO - An atheist talk show host's attorney said Thursday he may try to add all Illinois school districts as defendants in a lawsuit challenging a mandatory moment of silence in classrooms. Suing all 871 districts may be the best way to get a clear answer about the new state law's constitutionality, attorney Gregory Kulis...
  • IL: Court allows Ill. moment of silence (Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act)

    10/29/2007 7:41:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 139+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/29/07 | Mike Robinson - ap
    CHICAGO - A federal judge refused Monday to temporarily bar schools from observing a brief period of prayer or reflective silence for students, but he allowed a lawsuit contesting the practice to move forward. U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman told talk-radio host Rob Sherman, who filed the suit, and attorneys for school District 214 and the state to come back to court on Nov. 14 to explore the issue further. Sherman's 14-year-old daughter, Dawn, is a student in the district at Buffalo Grove High School. She and her father maintain that the new law is just another round in...
  • Landmark Illinois Legislation Requires "Moment of Silence" in Public Schools

    10/25/2007 4:18:15 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 2 replies · 243+ views ^ | October 21, 2007 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Commentary by Daniel T. Zanoza, National Director, Despite an attempted veto by Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, the state's General Assembly passed legislation requiring public school teachers to call for a "moment of silence" at the start of each school day. The landmark legislation was upheld when the state's General Assembly overrode Blagojevich's attempted veto of the bill by a vast margin. The law went into affect last week, but will not be implemented until the Illinois State Board of Education lays out guidelines for educators to follow. The new Illinois law is seen by many as the first...
  • Texas family is suing Gov. Rick Perry

    08/09/2007 4:53:14 PM PDT · by Baladas · 13 replies · 374+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | August 09, 2007 | Audrey Bright
    A Texas family is suing Gov. Rick Perry and a school district over a state-mandated moment of silence in schools, according to The Dallas Morning News. David Wallace Croft and his wife, Shannon, of Carrollton, Texas, have three children at Rosemeade Elementary and argue that the moment of silence is unconstitutional and amounts to state-sanctioned school prayer. The couple has a history of complaints against religious-affiliated words and images in schools, having previously complained about Boy Scout rallies held during school, fliers sent home about Good News Bible Club meetings and the inclusion of "Silent Night" and a Hanukkah song...
  • Texas Parents Sue Governor, School District Over Moment of Silence

    08/09/2007 7:56:29 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 71 replies · 1,906+ views
    fox news ^ | 08/08/07 | AP
    A Texas family is suing Gov. Rick Perry and a school district over a state-mandated moment of silence in schools, according to The Dallas Morning News. David Wallace Croft and his wife, Shannon, of Carrollton, Texas, have three children at Rosemeade Elementary and argue that the moment of silence is unconstitutional and amounts to state-sanctioned school prayer.
  • Society's Greatest Hope: "A Moment of Silence"

    03/21/2007 6:22:54 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 1 replies · 181+ views ^ | Given originally on 10/8/'85 | The Rebbe
    While parents may have failed in their moral responsibility to train their children in the faith in the Creator -- the schools cannot look aside and circumvent the issue. If we want the next generation of children to grow up as productive, moral humans, they must be given the opportunity -- during school hours -- to meditate on matters of vital importance -- their purpose in life, and the belief in the Creator and Ruler of the World. Our democratic form of government and the principles of our republic provide for the freedom of religious practice and faith. This basic...
  • A Moment of Silence for New York's Schools

    03/21/2007 6:09:14 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 4 replies · 303+ views ^ | Unknown |
    A wholesome breakfast, a signed homework sheet and warm clothes can help your children start each school day right and can set them off in a positive frame of mind. But how will you be guaranteed that your child will become an ethical person? How will your boys and girls relate to the laws of justice and morality? That’s why we're strongly advocating a Moment of Silence each morning, in every classroom across the state of New York. It’s a time when kids of all ages can contemplate – with their parents’ guidance – about their own contribution as responsible...
  • Bush lets silence fill Ground Zero (TRUE, HEARTFELT GESTURES)

    09/10/2006 2:32:31 PM PDT · by paulat · 98 replies · 2,137+ views (Financial Times of London) ^ | 9/10/06 | Caroline Daniel
    Bush lets silence fill Ground Zero By Caroline Daniel in New York Last updated: September 10 2006 20:27 President George W. Bush has spoken 22,000 words in the past week in a series of speeches on the “war on terror” but on Sunday he let a carefully posed silence remind Americans of September 11 2001 as he laid a wreath at Ground Zero. Faced with criticism from Democrats that he was politicising the day, the White House said Mr Bush would make no prepared remarks on Monday, as he marks the fifth anniversary of the attacks with a meeting of...
  • Parents file suit challenging schools' moment of silence

    03/13/2006 6:56:20 PM PST · by ChessMan · 35 replies · 734+ views
    Parents file suit challenging schools' moment of silence 07:15 PM CST on Monday, March 13, 2006 By KATHERINE LEAL UNMUTH / The Dallas Morning News An atheist couple whose children attend a Carrollton-Farmers Branch elementary school have filed a complaint in federal district court arguing that the state’s mandated moment of silence in public schools is unconstitutional. David and Shannon Croft named the school district and Gov. Rick Perry in their complaint, filed Friday. In it, they say one of their children was told by a teacher to be quiet because the minute is a “time for prayer.” “I do...
  • Passengers aboard plane salute fallen 'hero'

    09/26/2005 6:23:52 AM PDT · by cwiz24 · 66 replies · 2,887+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/26/2005 | Adrienne Samuels
    When Delta Flight 1880 landed late Saturday at Logan International Airport, the pilot went on the intercom to make a request of the passengers preparing to grab their carry-on bags: Sit for a moment and honor a fallen soldier. ''The pilot said, 'We have a hero on this flight and sadly, he isn't with us, but his mother is escorting his remains,' " said Barbara Bell, sister of Sergeant Pierre A. Raymond, 28, an Army reservist from Lawrence who died Tuesday in Germany after being wounded in Iraq. The normal bustle of an emptying airplane immediately ceased, she said. ''He...
  • Air Force Football Coach Drops Pre-Game Prayer

    09/02/2005 4:55:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies · 632+ views
    AP ^ | September 2, 2005
    Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry will reportedly forgo his customary team prayer before Saturday's game against Washington. The Gazette of Colorado Springs reported that the team will observe a moment of silence in the locker room instead. It's one of the first visible changes brought on by a new policy on public displays of religion. The Air Force issued guidelines Monday that discourage public prayer at official functions and urge commanders to be sensitive about personal expressions of religious faith. DeBerry has led pregame prayers in his previous 21 years as Air Force's coach. Last year, academy officials told DeBerry...
  • Roberts Backed Efforts for School Prayer

    08/15/2005 10:26:12 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 22 replies · 625+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8/15/05 | Hope Yen
    As a young government attorney, John Roberts advised the White House to support congressional efforts to allow school prayer, arguing that a Supreme Court ruling striking down the practice "seems indefensible." In a Nov. 21, 1985 memo released Monday by the National Archives, Roberts was responding to a move by Congress to permit "group silent prayer or reflection in public schools." He said he would not object if Justice Department officials announced that President Reagan had no formal role in passing an amendment to that effect, but said he would support such a move. The Supreme Court's conclusion that "the...
  • In NYC, hundreds mourn Madrid victims

    03/13/2004 7:59:41 AM PST · by thoughtomator · 7 replies · 142+ views
    NY Journal News (Westchester) ^ | 3/13/04 | Franziska Castillo
    In NYC, hundreds mourn Madrid victims By FRANZISKA CASTILLO THE JOURNAL NEWS (Original publication: March 13, 2004) NEW YORK—Standing under a Spanish flag lowered to half-staff, several hundred Spanish nationals and New Yorkers gathered in midtown Manhattan yesterday to grieve for the victims of Thursday's terrorist attacks in Madrid. At 1 p.m., the demonstrators hoisted aloft sheets of paper bearing printed black ribbons and waved homemade signs denouncing terrorism. The group fell silent for several minutes, interrupted only by the sounds of traffic passing along East 49th Street. Both men and women steeled their jaws to keep tears from flowing,...
  • Spanish Consulate is organizing a silent demonstration NYC

    03/12/2004 7:43:22 AM PST · by boxerblues · 8 replies · 911+ views
    email | Spanish Consulate
    I just got this in reply to my email I sent to the Spanish Consulate yesterday The Spanish Consulate is organizing a silent demonstration to take place today at 1pm at the Cervantes Institute, located at Amster Yard, 211-215 East 49th Street, New York City. We hope you will convey your solidarity and support to the victims and their families in this demonstration. Sincerely, Consulate General of Spain in New York.
  • A New York Moment of Silence For Madrid

    03/12/2004 1:27:22 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 7 replies · 187+ views
    WINS News ^ | 3/12/04
    Hundreds of transplanted Spaniards and sympathetic New Yorkers gathered on a Manhattan street Friday to observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Madrid terrorist attacks that killed 199 people. Teary-eyed and hugging, people along East 49th Street went silent at exactly 1 p.m., coinciding with a similar observance throughout Spain. "A lot of people here are not Spanish, but we are civilized, and whoever did that is an animal," said Lee Nolan, a Manhattan attorney whose wife is from Barcelona. For security reasons, the moment of silence was observed in front of the Cervantes Institute, a Spanish...
  • Texas family sues over "under God" reference in pledge - sues congress, Bush, more

    09/17/2003 10:22:30 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 337 replies · 429+ views
    Texas family sues over "under God" reference in pledge By The Associated Press (9/17/03 - ABILENE, TX) — An Abilene family is fighting against the Pledge of Allegiance over the phrase "under God." In February, an 11-year-old girl refused to say the pledge with the phrase in class. A substitute teacher told the girl she'd no right to live in America. The girl's father decided to file a lawsuit in Taylor County against the current Abilene school superintendent, the school district, the state of Texas, the US Congress and President Bush. The suit seeks no monetary damages, but does...
  • Teacher sits out 9/11 rather than skip lesson (Middle school deems material too disturbing)

    09/12/2003 12:20:00 AM PDT · by garmonbozia · 16 replies · 175+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | Friday, September 12, 2003 | Romi Pekarek
    Two years ago, as Jason Ritter watched the footage of the crumbling World Trade Center towers, he vowed to spend every Sept. 11 in the classroom helping his students understand and remember the tragedy. Instead, Ritter, 26, an eighth- grade teacher at Falcon Creek Middle School in Arapahoe County, spent the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks alone at home after administrators deemed his lesson plan "inappropriate" and advised him to rethink it. He said he was told not to talk about the tragedy - or else leave for the day. Thursday morning, the educator chose to go home. The...
  • Bush to Mark 9/11 With Ceremonies in D.C. (Cheny in NYC)

    09/04/2003 10:17:35 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 19 replies · 368+ views
    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE - President Bush (news - web sites) will attend a prayer service of remembrance and observe a moment of silence to mark the second anniversary of the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. AP Photo   While Bush will be in Washington, Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) will attend a memorial service at Ground Zero in New York City and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld will take part in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Interior Secretary Gale Norton will attend a ceremony at Shanksville, Pa., the site where one...
  • Citadel drops pre-meal prayer after VMI court ruling

    08/16/2003 4:47:41 PM PDT · by Brian S · 31 replies · 327+ views
  • Shock and awe of a resurgence in school prayer

    05/02/2003 7:41:10 AM PDT · by bedolido · 22 replies · 332+ views ^ | 04/30/03 | KELLY J. COGHLAN
    The prayer wars have ended and students are the winners. In early February, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (available at, a seven-page set of rules that junior high and high schools must follow to receive federal funds. The guidelines clarify that public schools are not religion-free zones, school officials are not prayer police and students of faith are not enemies of the state. Now students will be able to open their school activities with prayer. Out loud. And without fear of punishment by their schools....
  • ACLU asks for review of U.S. Naval Academy meal prayer

    04/30/2003 2:16:30 PM PDT · by berserker · 26 replies · 802+ views
    Annapolis Capital ^ | April 30, 2003 | AP
    The Naval Academy should review its practice of leading students in lunchtime prayer, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland said yesterday. A federal appeals court decision involving the Virginia Military Institute raises serious legal questions about the practice, the group said. VMI's suppertime grace violated the First Amendment because of a "coercive atmosphere" that gave students little choice about participating, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction covers Maryland, Virginia and three other states, ruled Monday. "The logic of the decision applies directly to the Naval Academy practice," said Rebecca Glenberg, legal director of the ACLU of...
  • 1,500-gallon whiskey spill prompts facility's evacuation

    07/15/2002 8:21:10 AM PDT · by 2Trievers · 78 replies · 262+ views
    The Courier-Journal ^ | July 15 2002 | Andrea Lee Fanta
    <p>The whiskey flowed more freely than anyone wanted yesterday morning when 1,500 gallons of Southern Comfort flooded a portion of the Brown-Forman Corp.'s bottling-supplies warehouse on Garland Avenue, forcing the facility's evacuation.</p> <p>''There are going to be some happy rats tonight,'' said Bud Schardein, executive director of Metropolitan Sewer District, which reported no problems with the water supply downstream of the warehouse after the liquor was washed into the sewers.</p>