Saturday, July 08, 2006

Christians not welcome -- in BRITAIN!

Britain's biggest fun park has sparked a race row - with a MUSLIMS-ONLY day. Up to 28,000 are expected at Alton Towers on September 17 when there will be no music, booze or gambling. Instead there will be prayer areas, Muslim stalls and all food served will be HALAL.

Organisers Islamic Leisure have billed it the First National Muslim Fun Day and tickets can only be bought through their website. Non-Muslims phoning the Staffordshire park have been refused tickets. One, George Hughes, 19, who rang up for 15 tickets for a pal's birthday, said: "I couldn't believe it. "It's the only day we can go, yet I can't because I'm not Muslim. Can you imagine all the fuss if there was a Christians-only day?"

George, of Crayford, Kent, added: "My Muslim friends think it's outrageous. "What's the world coming to when people are being banned from flying the St George's flag yet this sort of day is allowed? If it must be held, then why not on a weekday rather than a busy weekend?"

The event is widely promoted on the internet and the Muslim Public Affairs Committee declared it "exclusively for our brothers and sisters". But some Muslims have condemned the idea. One university student on a Muslim website forum said: "It's hardly encouraging integration." Another said: "What next . . . an all Muslims shopping day out in the Trafford Centre in Manchester?"

Abid Hussan of Islamic Leisure insisted the day was open to all faiths, although Islamic laws would apply. He added: "There will be no smoking, no alcohol and halal food only. "We're trying to get Muslims to go to this day because they wouldn't normally go somewhere like Alton Towers. We're trying to integrate Muslims into the wider community. People can come down and see the way we live. It will be a peaceful family environment."

Alton Towers said any organisation could hire the park for a day. A spokeswoman said "We make no distinction regarding sexuality, religious, ethnic or lifestyle choices." She confirmed tickets for the day were now available only through Islamic Leisure. And Alton Towers would promote the fact that the day had been booked. She added: "As a general rule, there will be no admission on the day to guests who have not booked through the organisation in advance."


City agrees: 'gay' school is open to all

The city and a conservative legal group have settled a lawsuit in which the city was accused of violating laws against segregation by establishing a public high school for gay, bisexual and transgender students. The city and a group calling itself the Liberty Counsel reached the settlement a week ago, agreeing that the Harvey Milk High School was open to students of any sexual orientation, said Kate O'Brien Ahlers of the city's Law Department. "The city is pleased that the litigation involving Harvey Milk High School has been resolved," city lawyer Emily Sweet said in a statement released by Ahlers. "Harvey Milk High School has always been open to all students and the terms of the stipulation are designed to ensure that all Department of Education staff and students are aware of the nondiscrimination policy," the statement said.

The Liberty Counsel and Democratic State Sen. Ruben Diaz of the Bronx filed the lawsuit in August 2003 after the city announced a month earlier that the high school would be a publicly funded school for "gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning" youth. The Liberty Counsel's lawsuit challenged the legality of funding a "gay" high school with tax dollars. In a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, the group said keeping heterosexual students out of the school would violate laws that bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The school was an expansion of a two-room program that began in 1984 and formerly had been managed and financed by the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a gay-rights youth advocacy group.

The Liberty Counsel released a statement yesterday saying that the settlement requires school officials to acknowledge in materials that they cannot discriminate against straight students [That should hamper them!] and to make sure staffers follow nondiscrimination rules. Neither Diaz nor a spokesman for Liberty Counsel could be reached for comment.


Alleged Homosexual Girls Expelled From Christian School Can Sue

So much for freedom of religion

July 6, 2006 - In a case that has serious religious freedom implications, the California Supreme Court has ruled that two girls alleged to be lesbians can sue a private Christian school over being expelled. The case involves California Lutheran School and its explusion of two girls in 2005 over improper sexual behaviors. The Court, however, ruled that the girls can sue the school for being expelled-even though their conduct violated the religious standards of the school.

The girls are demanding to be readmitted to the school, unspecified damages and a demand that the school admit homosexual students. This would violate the religious beliefs of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, which operates the school.

The school claimed that it was exempt from California's anti-discrimination laws because of its religious nature. This latest decision from the California Supreme Court is a direct threat to religious institutions and education.


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