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  • Freedom Matters Podcast: Forgotten Victims in The Bathroom Privacy Battle (warning graphic)

    05/17/2016 6:35:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies ^ | May 17, 2016 | Alliance Defending Freedom
    For those millions of women and girls who have been victims of sexual assault and abuse, being confronted by a man in the restroom or locker room is a real trauma trigger. Recent moves by the Obama Administration seem designed to make them silent victims once more. This week on Freedom Matters, Kaeley Triller, a sex abuse survivor, joins Bob, Kerri, and Matt to share her story and talk about the unintended victims of new bathroom and locker room policies. Kaeley was fired by the YMCA for standing up against a new policy that opened its bathrooms and locker rooms...
  • YMCA and "gender neutral" Bathrooms

    07/14/2015 4:11:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    July 14, 2015
    The Young Men's Christian Association, or YMCA as it's been called since 1844, was founded to get poor boys and girls off the streets and into a Christian environment. Today I went into my local YMCA and noticed something right away. The bathrooms that used to say "Female" and "Male", now say "Gender Neutral" instead of Man and Female. They also have a "Gender Neutral" dressing room. This new bathroom designations for homosexual rights crowd are a disgrace and insult to this once great organization founded on Christian principles. I asked one of the young girls working in the Y...
  • Performance of 'YMCA' at talent show by first-grade class cancelled for being 'racist'

    05/15/2014 8:56:37 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 38 replies
    UPI ^ | 05/14/2014 | Evan Bleier
    FARGO, N.D., May 14 (UPI) --A North Dakota elementary school will not be allowing the young men and women in a first-grade class to perform YMCA at a talent show because a parent dubbed the planned performance "racist." Students at Bennett Elementary School in Fargo were supposed to sing the famous Village People song during a May talent show. The kids were supposed to come up dressed up like members of the '70s group - a policeman, a cowboy, a biker, a construction worker and a Native American. Parent Elaine Bolman found it offensive that her daughter or her classmates...
  • Doughnut shop in YMCA won't sell doughnuts

    03/01/2014 6:34:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 27, 2014 |
    A doughnut shop chain won't be selling doughnuts at a new Massachusetts location. Quincy's licensing board this week approved a plan for Honey Dew Donuts to open a shop inside the city's new $30 million YMCA. Sara Trubiano, YMCA spokeswoman tells The Patriot Ledger that the elimination of the sweet treat fit with the the Y's focus on physical fitness. “It’s definitely tailored to the healthy lifestyle the Y supports,” she said.
  • Culture War Has Escalated From Cold to White-Hot

    07/12/2013 6:03:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 12, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Wake up, conservatives -- and Christians. We're getting our rear ends handed to us, and we'll continue to if we don't do a better job of fighting back. I'm not just talking about electoral politics. Liberal and secular activist groups are as aggressive as ever and winning, energized and enabled by this most radical of administrations -- and equally so by deer-in-the-headlights conservatives. The latest episode in this particular series of unfortunate events involves the Y's rolling over to the relentless bullying of pro-abortion activists to evict Students for Life of America from its facilities. These self-depicted arbiters of tolerance...
  • The culture war -- and the showers -- are hot!

    07/11/2013 10:26:45 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    WND ^ | July 11, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    David Limbaugh sounds alarm over Texas Y facility buckling to 'the totalitarian left' Wake up, conservatives – and Christians. We’re getting our rear ends handed to us, and we’ll continue to if we don’t do a better job of fighting back. I’m not just talking about electoral politics. Liberal and secular activist groups are as aggressive as ever and winning, energized and enabled by this most radical of administrations – and equally so by deer-in-the-headlights conservatives. The latest episode in this particular series of unfortunate events involves the Y’s rolling over to the relentless bullying of pro-abortion activists to evict...
  • Texas YMCA Boots Pro-Life Student Group

    07/10/2013 11:45:09 AM PDT · by topher · 28 replies ^ | July 10, 2013 | By Todd Starnes
    A group of pro-life students from around the nation who’ve gathered in Austin, Texas this week for an abortion protest at the state capitol has been banned from a local YMCA after pro-choice activists complained about the students using the facility’s showers. Students for Life of America (SFLA) had made arrangements with the Town Lake Branch of the Austin YMCA to use their showers during their week-long pro-life protest, the group’s spokesperson Alexa Coombs told Fox News. About 56 members of the group are being housed in local churches that don’t have showers. The Washington, D.C.-based pro-life organization had received...
  • Former Hostage Back in Beirut, Willing to Meet Captors (Terry Waite)

    02/17/2004 3:15:14 AM PST · by Prodigal Son · 6 replies · 138+ views
    Reuters via ABC ^ | February 17, 2004 | Lin Noueihed
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Terry Waite, back in Lebanon for the first time since he was freed from years of captivity at the hands of Islamic militants, says he would gladly meet his erstwhile kidnappers. "I wouldn't mind meeting with them at all," the former Church of England envoy said on arrival at Beirut airport. "I'm sure that they have changed, that they have grown and developed, just as much as I have." Waite, who had helped free Western hostages held by extremists in Libya, Iran and Lebanon, came to Lebanon in 1987 to negotiate more releases. Accused of being a...
  • Boy Scout Director Sentenced to 95 Years for Child Pornography

    01/21/2012 7:27:42 PM PST · by Larry381 · 22 replies
    Dept Of Justice ^ | January 06, 2012 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Michigan
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI—Scott Allan Herrick, 40, of Twin Lakes, Michigan, was sentenced to serve 95 years in prison, U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced today. Herrick surreptitiously videotaped boys as they were dressing in the boys’ locker room in the YMCA in Muskegon and kept a massive collection of 100,000 images of child pornography with him at the Gerber Boy Scout Camp in Twin Lakes, Michigan. He was convicted at trial of three counts of attempting to produce child pornography. On the first day of trial, Herrick pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of...
  • WaPo: Muslim Brotherhood ‘Inspired’ By YMCA

    02/03/2011 8:42:33 AM PST · by combat_boots · 13 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 2/2/2011 | Dana Loesch, Ed.
    I can’t make this up. Inspired by the YMCA when it was founded in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood has been under a ban since 1948, and its real size is difficult to gauge. The group was brutally repressed by President Gamal Abdel Nasser in the 1950s and 1960s. Since then, it has at times been propped up as a foil – especially for Western audiences – with periodic crackdowns that have sent many of its members to prison. In what way was the Muslim Brotherhood “inspired by” the YMCA?
  • YWCA loses Christianity from title ( to better reflect its role in society)

    01/07/2011 4:10:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | January 7, 2011 | no attribution
    The YWCA, which was set up in 1855 to help young women going to London for the first time, has now become "Platform 51". The name was chosen because 51 per cent of people are female and "women use us as a platform for having their say and for helping them into the next stage of their lives". The rebranding is likely to raise questions among the charity's donors, many of whom give to it because of the organisation's Christian links. However, officials at the World YWCA headquarters in Geneva told the Daily Mail that none of the 124 branches...
  • YouTube-The Amazing Christopher

    01/04/2011 7:33:19 PM PST · by mkmensinger · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-19-07 | YouTube
    YMCA puppet performance.
  • YMCA axes Santa Claus for Frosty - (NYC)

    12/12/2010 7:54:58 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 52 replies
    NY Post ^ | Dec. 12, 2010 | SUSANNAH CAHALAN and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    He's a lost Claus. A politically correct West Village YMCA has fired Ol' St. Nick in favor of Frosty. Kids who once thrilled at sitting on Santa's lap at the 14th Street McBurney YMCA's wildly popular annual holiday luncheon will now suffer the icy embrace of a talking snowman and his sidekick, an anonymous penguin, at today's event. Forget about bringing a list or checking it twice -- Frosty doesn't take gift requests, and doesn't care if you're naughty or nice. YMCA officials, who say they are in the midst of "rebranding" the Young Men's Christian Association to "The Y,"...
  • MSNBC’s ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ Slates Live Shows At 92nd Street Y

    12/06/2010 3:18:09 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 6 replies
    TV Newser ^ | Dec. 6, 2010 | Alex Werpin
    MSNBC 9 PM host Rachel Maddow will host her eponymous show live from the 92nd Street Y in New York December 20-22, according to the non-profit’s website. 92Y has been home to critical public discussion of the most important issues for nearly 140 years. We’ve come together to create a unique series of exciting live conversations about where we are today and where we are headed as a country. Each night, Rachel covers a different topic, which she will discuss with a very special guest. MSNBC is still trying to line up the guests for that week, although tickets are...
  • Ground Zero Mosque Imam: No, This Isn’t a Mosque, It’s an Islamic YMCA…

    09/01/2010 10:40:44 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 24 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | August 14, 2010, at 1:29 PM | "ZIP"
    "...Imam Rauf’s project is better known here now as the “Ground Zero mosque,” after the term for the World Trade Center site. Families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and conservative politicians have mounted an emotional campaign to block it, claiming that locating it only two blocks north of the site was a provocation. “We repeatedly say we are neither a mosque nor within Ground Zero, but they just shout back ‘Ground Zero mosque,’ ‘Ground Zero mosque,’” Imam Rauf, 61, told Reuters in an interview. The planned building will have a prayer room for Muslims, he said, but...
  • Y _ _ _

    08/23/2010 7:45:32 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 23, 2010 | Deborah Lambert
    In a move described as a new “branding strategy,” the YMCA recently decided to change its name to simply the “Y,” which prompted Conan O’Brien to comment that “You know times are tough when even letters are getting laid off.” When YMCA CEO Neil Nicholl rolled out the new name this past summer, he noted that the organization’s goal, “changing lives for the better” . . . “will only come about if we work together to improve our health, stress, then our families and support our neighbors. Our hope is that more people will choose to engage in the Y.”...
  • The 'C' Should Stay in the YMCA

    08/22/2010 5:55:30 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | August 6th | John Murray
    Last month, the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) unveiled a new brand strategy to address America's needs, as well as a name change to "the Y." After surveying "a cross section of Americans to learn more about the most pressing issues and challenges facing their communities today," the Y had found that only 51% of Americans were optimistic about the future while 49% were not. "This is a very important, exciting time for the Y," said Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA. "For 160 years, we've focused on changing lives for the better… . People are...
  • [PayPal, Girl Scouts]Newly Identified Corporate Supporters of Planned Parenthood Named

    08/11/2010 10:18:26 AM PDT · by topher · 26 replies · 1+ views ^ | Wednesday, August 11, 2010
    Wednesday August 11, 2010 Newly Identified Corporate Supporters of Planned Parenthood Named FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, August 11, 2010 ( - Life Decisions International (LDI) has released a revised edition of The Boycott List identifying corporations that support of Planned Parenthood, the world's primary abortion-advocacy group."As a direct result of the commitment, action and prayers of pro-family people, at least 256 corporations have stopped funding Planned Parenthood," said Kenneth C. Garvey, LDI's Director of Communications. It is estimated that the boycott has cost Planned Parenthood more than $40 million since the Corporate Funding Project (CFP) began nearly 18 years ago....
  • Is the YMCA's name and logo change a good idea? Vote here

    07/20/2010 2:01:30 PM PDT · by jackspyder · 28 replies · 1+ views ^ | July 13, 2010 | Rene Girard
    The YMCA has decided to change it's name and it's company logo. It will no longer be known as the YMCA as evidenced in the statement released July 12, 2010. Here is an excerpt from that statement for you to read, then you can vote on whether you think the name and logo change is a good idea ... Switching the name to "The Y", even though it is easier (same number of letters but two less syllables) and already in common use as street slang for the YMCA, provokes the question: What does it stand for? "The Young"? Or...
  • Y.M.C.A. Is Downsizing to a Single Letter

    07/12/2010 9:19:53 AM PDT · by clawhammer · 80 replies
    New York Times ^ | Stephanie Strom
    Note to the Village People: The lyrics in your biggest hit need an update. The organization previously known as the Y.M.C.A. is henceforth to be called “the Y.” One of the nation’s most iconic nonprofit organizations, founded 166 years ago in England as the Young Men’s Christian Association, is undergoing a major rebranding, adopting as its name the nickname everyone has used for generations. “It’s a way of being warmer, more genuine, more welcoming, when you call yourself what everyone else calls you,” said Kate Coleman, the organization’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer.
  • Trouble on the treadmills: Y members object to Fox

    09/13/2009 7:17:04 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 38 replies · 2,049+ views
    Salem (MA) News ^ | 09/12/09 | Julie Manganis
    IPSWICH (MA)— An apparent effort to avoid controversy over the current health care debate led employees at the Ipswich YMCA to stop showing Fox News Channel on televisions in the gym this week, after several members complained that it was promoting "hate speech." But the decision, made while the director of the County Road facility was on vacation, has been reversed, said Jack Meany, executive director of the YMCA of the North Shore, which includes six facilities in Essex County. "We're very careful as an organization to be apolitical," Meany said yesterday, shortly after learning of the situation. "The Y,...
  • Flanagan Reportedly Under Criminal Investigation (Vermont State Senator (D) naughty in YMCA)

    08/20/2009 12:31:05 AM PDT · by past_present · 9 replies · 1,655+ views
    WPTZ ^ | 8-18-09
    Chittenden County State's Attorney Thomas Donovan said the allegation that Flanagan was seen masturbating in a men's fitness area at the Y has been referred to a police sex-crimes unit. Sources inside the YMCA told Totten of several instances that concerned them, including one incident where Flanagan allegedly was running on a YMCA treadmill wearing only shoes, socks and a watch. Totten also outlines a previous story published by Seven Days in December. That story outlined some of Flanagan's statehouse behavior
  • ["]Hate Crimes["] Laws, Anti-["]Gay["'] Views, and Public Accountants.

    07/30/2009 1:18:44 PM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 10 replies · 628+ views
    Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 07/30/2009 | Eugene Volokh
    1. In 2001, Kevin Allen Ake was living at a YMCA in Illinois, apparently "so that he could assist an elderly member of his church who lived there." Several months after moving in, he was evicted, in his view because of his "efforts to begin a bible study program at the YMCA." As a result, he left a bunch of messages on the voice-mail of the YMCA's executive director, who was a lesbian; he denies that the messages contained explicit threats, but says he "basically shared what the Bible talked about was -- with that kind of unnatural lifestyle --...
  • State Senator Faces Lewd Conduct Allegations (Guess Flanagan's party)

    07/30/2009 12:41:31 AM PDT · by tlb · 14 replies · 1,355+ views
    WPTZ ^ | July 29, 2009 | BURLINGTON, Vt. -
    A longtime state lawmaker and current candidate for Vermont lieutenant governor has been accused of masturbating in the locker room at the Burlington YMCA. Archambeau said he and another patron saw Flanagan masturbating Friday on a bench between the YMCA sauna and nearby showers. According to Flanagan, the accusation is completely false and on Wednesday, he dismissed the claim but did offer an apology. "If I did anything to offend anybody, I'm very sorry," said Flanagan. The Chittenden County Democrat denies the allegations and told NewsChannel 5 he will not be returning to the YMCA. YMCA President Mary Burns would...
  • [Detroit] YMCA Offers Free Summer Camp (For kids with a military or unemployed parent)

    06/19/2009 3:33:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 319+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | June 19, 2009
    The YMCA is offering up a free week of summer camp for the first 150 kids whose parents are unemployed or serving in the military. The children would be treated to a free week at Camp Nissokone in Oscoda. It's a $500 value, per child, being offered at no cost to qualified families on a first come, first-served basis. Parents and guardians are encouraged to follow the guidelines and register on the YMCA Web site at Children must be 9 to 16-years-old. Camping sessions begin the week of June 28 and go through August 15. You can also get...
  • YWCA Backs FOCA Bill for Unlimited Abortions

    12/01/2008 10:26:09 AM PST · by julieee · 11 replies · 442+ views ^ | December 1, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) may have been a Christian group at one point, but the organization has abandoned that view by supporting abortion. Now, the YWCA is going further and says it would be fine if Barack Obama signed the so-called Freedom of Choice Act. That's the Congressional legislation that would make unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason the national law. Full story: ACTION: Contact the YWCA with your complaints about its pro-abortion position at YWCA, 1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 1100 - Washington, DC 20036, call 202-467-0801, fax 202-467-0802, or email
  • Muslim gunmen crushed gates, set Christian building ablaze (more Palestinian Islamic Apartheid)

    10/16/2008 10:22:39 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 5 replies · 322+ views
    wnd ^ | Oct 14, 2008
    'Peace partner' accused in YMCA attack Muslim gunmen crushed gates, set Christian building ablaze Posted: October 14, 2008 8:23 pm Eastern © 2008 WorldNetDaily JAFFA, Israel – Members of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization were arrested yesterday for allegedly leading a 2006 anti-Christian attack in which gunmen set fire to the Young Men's Christian Association in the West Bank city of Qalqiliya, WND has learned. Following the arrest of four militants in conjunction with the attack, Rabih Elkhangy, the Fatah mayor of Qalqiliya, held a press conference yesterday in which he claimed the arrested attackers were from the...
  • Dover man accused of playing 'shower game' with 11-year-

    08/27/2008 9:01:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 174+ views
    star ledger ^ | 08.27.08 | MARGARET McHUGH
    A former youth director accused of playing a "shower game" with an 11-year-old boy failed to persuade a judge yesterday to dismiss an indictment charging him with sexual assault and child endangerment. Police accused Donald Hertel, 42, of Dover of dousing the boy's private parts during a Nov. 18, 2006, outing at the West Morris YMCA in Randolph. At the time, Hertel was volunteer director of the Lenape Valley Municipal Alliance, which offered recreational programs for youngsters from Stanhope, Byram and Netcong. When his mother picked him up, the Byram boy proudly told his mother he had broken a record...
  • Caption

    04/15/2008 11:46:53 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 19 replies · 142+ views
    Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., listens to Dorothy Johnson-Speight as she hold photos of her son Khaalia Johnson, 24, left, and Justin Donnelly, 19, who both died from gun violence in Philadelphia as Clinton makes a campaign stop at the Westside YMCA in Philadelphia, Friday, April 11, 2008. Barack Obama and Clinton are gingerly threading their way between two of the most politically charged numbers in Pennsylvania: the state's almost 1 million licensed hunters and Philadelphia's nearly one-a-day rate of gun murders. Gun control arouses deep emotions in the state. US Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama...
  • America Supports You: Indiana YMCA Offers Guard Families Free Membership

    03/31/2008 4:46:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 132+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Spc. William E. Henry, USA
    INDIANAPOLIS, March 31, 2008 – The Greater Indianapolis YMCA is offering family members of state National Guardsmen an affordable way to stay active and healthy while their loved ones are deployed. Jaxon Curtis, 3, entertains Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman (left) and Army Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Indiana National Guard adjutant general, while they wait to address spectators and media at the YMCA in Noblesville, Ind., on March 11, 2008. Jaxon and his sister, Chloe, 1, are the children of Capt. Maurice Curtis, who is deployed to Iraq with 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry Brigade Combat...
  • Palestinian Christians live in constant fear {Islamic apartheid}

    02/19/2008 7:27:02 PM PST · by PRePublic · 13 replies · 278+ views
    nationalpost ^ | 02-18-2008
    Palestinian Christians live in constant fear National Post, Canada ... The problem is not their behaviour but, in the eyes of the violent Islamist jihadists, their very presence. They must simply live in hope that some faraway event does not inflame the anti-Christian wrath of their neighbours. Is it any wonder that Christians in such situations desire to emigrate? Could anyone judge harshly the few thousand Christians in Gaza if they were to leave entirely?... and the fact that it [the YMCA attack] was not big news, illustrates the dire situation faced by many Christians living in the Palestinian territories....
  • Threat Matrix: February 2008

    02/01/2008 6:55:58 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,614 replies · 19,265+ views
    Is the U.S. Failing in Afghanistan? It was malice in wonderland at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday as Bush Administration envoys insisted things are getting better in Afghanistan, while angry lawmakers from both parties cited facts and figures showing just the opposite. Even the senior Republican on the panel, Senator Richard Lugar, found the Administration's claims wanting. "I'm not sure that we have a plan for Afghanistan," he said. Long seen as the "forgotten war" eclipsed by Iraq in U.S. priorities, Afghanistan is in the Washington spotlight this week with the release of three independent reports concluding...
  • ['Palestinian' Islamic Apartheid'] Gunmen destroy Gaza Strip's YMCA library, kidnap guards

    02/18/2008 1:44:57 AM PST · by PRePublic · 1 replies · 126+ views
    Jpost ^ | Feb 16, 2008
    Gunmen destroy Gaza Strip's YMCA library, kidnap guards Jerusalem Post, Israel - Feb 16, 2008 Hamas policemen who rushed to the scene discovered another bomb in the library that had not exploded. Although no group claimed responsibility, ...
  • OIC Warns of ‘Bigger Conflict’ Over Cartoon

    02/17/2008 1:40:58 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 16 replies · 83+ views
    Arab News ^ | 16 February 2008 | Staff
    ISTANBUL/JABALYA, Gaza Strip — The Organization of the Islamic Conference denounced yesterday the reprinting of a blasphemous Danish cartoon, warning it could lead to confrontations between Muslims and Christians. “By reprinting these cartoons we are heading toward a bigger conflict and that shows that both sides will be hostages of their radicals,” OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told AFP in Istanbul. “It is not a way of improving your rights and exercising your freedoms when you use these rights for insulting the most sacred values and symbols of others and inciting hatred,” he said. “This is a very wrong, provocative way...
  • Muslims destroy YMCA, Christian books

    02/16/2008 8:54:14 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 27 replies · 90+ views
    Worldnet Daily ^ | February 15, 2008 | Aaron Klein
    In the latest attack on Christians in Gaza, 16 Palestinians forced their way into the YMCA library, stole everything but Christian books and then burned down the building. According to Palestinian terrorist sources in Gaza, the attack was carried out by Hamas and its ally, the Popular Resistance Committees. Israeli security sources said Hamas knows exactly who was behind the attack. Sheik Abu Saqer, leader of Jihadia Salafiya, an Islamic outreach movement that recently announced the opening of a "military wing" to enforce Muslim law in Gaza, told WND the YMCA had Muslim children in its nursery program. "Gaza is...
  • Muslim Terrorists Destroy YMCA, Christian Books(Gaza)

    02/15/2008 10:24:36 AM PST · by kellynla · 30 replies · 83+ views ^ | February 15, 2008 | Aaron Klein
    In the latest attack on Christians in Gaza, 16 Palestinians forced their way into the YMCA library, stole everything but Christian books and then burned down the building. According to Palestinian terrorist sources in Gaza, the attack was carried out by Hamas and its ally, the Popular Resistance Committees. Israeli security sources said Hamas knows exactly who was behind the attack. Sheik Abu Saqer, leader of Jihadia Salafiya, an Islamic outreach movement that recently announced the opening of a "military wing" to enforce Muslim law in Gaza, told WND the YMCA had Muslim children in its nursery program. "Gaza is...
  • Former YMCA Employee Arrested

    12/19/2007 10:58:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 97+ views
    digtriad ^ | 12/16/2007 | Carrie Hodgin,
    A former ymca worker is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a child. Wake Forest, NC -- 27-year-old, Justin Taylor faces one charge of Indecent Liberties with a Child. Investigators say the abuse happened last month during a YMCA after-school program at an elementary school in Wake Forest. Taylor was suspended from the YMCA and the seminary in Wake Forest, where he is studying to be a minister. related video   Watch  
  • Vets call off picket line for Fonda's visit

    12/10/2007 9:17:30 PM PST · by STARWISE · 27 replies · 302+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 12-7-07 | Jose Lambiet
    Thirty-five years after she straddled an enemy cannon in defiance of the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War, Jane Fonda has vets in a frenzy about a visit to Palm Beach for a fund-raiser next week. Some of the 7,000-plus members of the American Legion in Palm Beach, Martin and Okeechobee counties were expecting to be called to picket Tuesday's luncheon of the YWCA at The Breakers. The silver-screen legend is scheduled to speak before 300-plus, who plunked down 300 bucks each for the Y's shelter for battered women, Harmony House. Cops and hotel honchos were preparing. But just...
  • Alligator Found Swimming In YMCA Pool

    09/28/2007 9:07:07 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 16 replies · 121+ views
    local6 ^ | September 28, 2007
    An alligator was found swimming in a Central Florida YMCA on Friday morning. The gator, which was about 4 feet long, was discovered by a swimmer in the pool, which is located on the campus of Brevard Community College on Clearlake Road in Cocoa. It is not known how the alligator got into the facility. A YMCA worker joked that the alligator was targeting her because she was wearing an Auburn Tigers sweatshirt. The Florida Gators play Auburn on Saturday. Officials who removed the alligator said it will be released into the wild.
  • Sound and fury, signifying something (Ebonics?)

    08/31/2007 6:25:26 PM PDT · by Coleus · 25 replies · 942+ views
    north ^ | August 30, 2007 | TIM NORRIS
    I'm eavesdropping on a locker room conversation, one guy showing another his girlfriend's picture on a cell phone, a younger man talking about how he struggles to find reliable help for his restaurant, another talking about his nephew playing in a big all-star game in Las Vegas, three others piping about woman trouble, an older man cautioning against contradicting an officer of the law. And I'm lost. Everybody in the locker room in this YMCA is speaking English, and, at times, I feel as if I can't understand them. "I'm telling ya, bruh, both y'all's messed up." "Turn up the...
  • Nonprofit NJ health clubs welcome tax repeal, 44 YMCAs statewide fought 7 percent levy

    08/21/2007 7:05:33 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 330+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 16, 2007 | ELIZABETH MOORE
    Health advocates wrote to the governor, lobbied legislators and worked closely with the New Jersey League of Municipalities. And their efforts have paid off. Earlier this summer, a 7 percent state tax on gym memberships and health clubs was repealed by the state Legislature -- giving a sigh of relief to health clubs around the state. Rick Gorab, president and CEO of the Metropolitan YMCAs of the Oranges -- which has branches in Livingston, Maplewood, East Orange and Sussex County -- said 44 YMCAs banded together statewide to repeal the tax, which was passed last October. "We are a charitably-based...
  • New Hampshire YMCA Official Fired After Taking Students to Abortion Center

    06/19/2007 4:05:52 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 502+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/19/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Manchester, NH ( -- A YMCA official who took students at a public middle school to an abortion center has been forced to resign by the community agency. The students were part of an at-risk program YMCA coordinates with the Manchester school district and they were taken to Planned Parenthood without their parents knowing. Harold Jordan, the YMCA's president, told the Associated Press that employee Joyce Palmer, the group's community outreach director, has admitted she was wrong to take the students to an abortion business. Palmer "takes full responsibility for the decision and realizes it was inappropriate to include Planned...
  • School Board Upset Over(Abortion)Clinic Visit

    06/13/2007 8:17:35 AM PDT · by nckerr · 5 replies · 361+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6-13-2007
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - The city school board ordered an investigation into an after-school program run by the YMCA in which some middle school students were taken to visit a Planned Parenthood clinic. New Hampshire Right to Life, an abortion opponent, is now asking for equal time with the seventh and eighth grade students, as well. The visit was part of the YMCA's STAY program, for students considered at risk of dropping out of school, abusing drugs or getting into trouble with the law. The trip, a week ago, was part of a tour of several social service agencies in the...
  • Public School Students in New Hampshire Taken to Abortion Center

    06/10/2007 6:32:30 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 11 replies · 667+ views ^ | June 10, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Manchester, NH ( -- Parents in New Hampshire are outraged after learning that the YMCA, in partnership with a local school district, took a group of junior high school students to a Planned Parenthood abortion business. The Manchester school district has come under fire for the trip and promises students will never go there again.The Manchester school district has partnered with the YMCA to put together a program for at-risk students who are in danger of dropping out of school. YMCA took the students to various places around town to show them summer programs and places to get involved in...
  • Muslim Anti-Jewish Crusade Also Pursues Christians

    04/17/2007 9:01:46 PM PDT · by fishhound · 3 replies · 572+ views
    Arutz Sheva Isreali National News ^ | April 18, '07 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    ( Muslim fundamentalists, aligned with Al Qaeda, bombed a Christian bookstore and two Internet cafes in Gaza on Saturday following previous attacks on churches as part of its religious crusade to replace the secular Fatah faction. The "Sword of Islam" terrorist group took responsibility for the bombings of Internet cafes and music stores, which they consider an offense to the Muslim religion because they represent Western society. The same group has issued warnings to Gaza women not to hang out in Internet cafes. The Swords of Islam has bombed more than a dozen Internet cafes in several weeks and destroyed...
  • Palestinians torch Qalqilya YMCA

    09/11/2006 12:31:55 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 23 replies · 708+ views
    WND/YNOT ^ | 09.11.06 | Aaron Klein,
    Prior to attack, Christian groups warned to vacate Hamas-controlled West Bank town; identities of attackers known to local government, but no repercussions likely Palestinian gunmen Saturday attacked and set fire to the Young Men's Christian Association headquarters in Qalqiliya, a large West Bank city controlled by Hamas. Local government sources identified the attackers as members of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups, saying the identities of the gunmen are "well known" to Qalqiliya's security forces, which are controlled by the Hamas government. Saturday's arson follows a series of warnings by the Muslim leadership of Qalqilya accusing the city's YMCA...
  • The Battle for the Soul of the YMCA

    09/08/2006 4:34:39 AM PDT · by paudio · 15 replies · 705+ views
    christian post ^ | Sep. 07 2006 | Chuck Colson
    Do you know what the C in YMCA stands for? You may know it stands for “Christian,” but I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t. The YMCA has come far from its founders’ intent when it was organized in 1844—so far that many people have forgotten its roots as a Christian organization established to disciple young men. Today, as John Alexander of the Danville, Illinois, YMCA says, “Unfortunately, people look at us and just see a swim and gym.”
  • "Lifting up the 'C'"

    09/07/2006 4:33:43 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 18 replies · 702+ views
    Townhall ^ | 9/7/06 | Chuck Colson
    Do you know what the C in YMCA stands for? You may know it stands for “Christian,” but I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t. The YMCA has come far from its founders’ intent when it was organized in 1844 — so far that many people have forgotten its roots as a Christian organization established to disciple young men. Today, as John Alexander of the Danville, Illinois, YMCA says, “Unfortunately, people look at us and just see a swim and gym.” Sadly, over the years the YMCA has redefined its original mission right out of existence. At first, the YMCA’s...
  • "High-Roller" Gets Prison for YMCA Theft

    07/19/2006 6:02:42 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 2 replies · 375+ views
    Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 07-19-06 | Rule, Juliette
    'High-roller' gets prison for Y theft Susan Miller's charges from embezzling $20,000 from the YMCA is prefaced by a 17-year criminal history that brought her more than $300,000 in financial gain. By Juliette Rule Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE - Because she didn't learn her lesson the first time, the woman convicted of stealing money from the Cheyenne Family YMCA to support her high-roller gambler status will spend six to nine years in prison. Susan J. Miller, 42, heard those words from Laramie County District Judge Nicholas Kalokathis at her Tuesday morning sentencing hearing. In a fairly complicated...
  • Bring on 6$ a Gallon Gas

    05/10/2006 7:56:48 PM PDT · by Tzimisce · 50 replies · 2,161+ views ^ | Mark Morford
    No wait, not six. To hell with that. Make it 10. Ten bucks a gallon, no matter what the going rate for a barrel of light sweet crude. That would so completely, violently, brilliantly do it. Revolutionize the country. Firebomb our pungent stasis. Change everything. Don't you agree? Here's what we could do: Give gas discounts to cab drivers (at least initially) and metro transit systems and low-income folks, those who have to drive their busted-up '78 Honda Civics to their jobs scrubbing restaurant toilets and flipping burgers and vacuuming the residual cocaine from the seat cushions of numb SUV...