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WorldNetDaily brings us a post where Melissa Hussain, a science teacher for West Lake Middle School in North Carolina, has been suspended with pay after sending students to the office when they questioned the role of God during a teaching on evolution.  The students reportedly left a Bible on Ms. Hussain’s desk with a Christmas card with the word “Christ” underlined.  She and her friends later left inflammatory remarks on her Facebook page criticizing the students and calling their actions a “hate crime”.

Teacher cries ‘hate crime’ over Bible left on desk

‘I can’t believe the cruelty and ignorance of people sometimes’


Posted: February 18, 2010
12:25 am Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

An eighth-grade teacher has accused her students of committing a “hate crime” and being “cruel” because they left a Bible on her desk and a Christmas card with the word “Christ” underlined.

Melissa Hussain, an Apex, N.C., science teacher at West Lake Middle School, is suspended with pay and may lose her job after she purportedly clashed with students on the subject of religion and sent students to the school office when they asked about the role of God in creation during a lesson about evolution.

Hussain wrote on her then-public Facebook page that it was a “hate crime” when her students left a Bible on her desk, according to the Charlotte News & Observer. She complained about students singing “Jesus Loves Me” and wearing Jesus T-shirts.

Hussain said she “was able to shame her kids” over the incidents.

“I can’t believe the cruelty and ignorance of people sometimes,” Hussain wrote on the social networking site.

She said she wouldn’t let the Bible incident “go unpunished.”

The teacher’s Facebook profile did not indicate her religious affiliation. It has been set to private since her comments became public.The teacher also called parents who complain about their children receiving their first “B” grade in middle school “ridiculous.”

According to reports, Hussain’s friends responded by posting comments on the teacher’s Facebook page that talked about “ignorant Southern rednecks” and calling the parents of Hussain’s students “bigoted, stupid and uncaring.”

Another friend suggested Hussain bring a poster to class of NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. with a swastika drawn on his forehead because doing so would be “teaching” students a lesson.

“And without a job,” Hussain replied. “But I like it!”

According to several media reports, parents say they complained to officials with the Wake County Public School System three weeks ago. As of Feb. 12, Hussain is under suspension for five days while district officials investigate the complaints.

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CNSNews is now reporting that Facebook has reversed its decision and apologizes for removing the NoStimulus.com ad established by Americans for Prosperity.  The organization says it will not put the ad back saying that they are going to focus on large outlets like FOX and Drudge since the bill is expected to be signed soon.

Facebook Says It Erred in Removing Conservative Group’s Anti-Stimulus Petition

Thursday, February 12, 2009
By Edwin Mora and Pete Winn

(CNSNews.com) – Facebook has done an about face. The Internet social networking site told CNSNews.com that it made a mistake when it took down an ad for “NoStimulus.com” — a Web site sponsored by a conservative nonprofit group that is running a petition campaign in opposition to the stimulus bill under consideration in Congress.

“As part of our efforts to remove other ads with misleading offers related to the stimulus package, we erroneously removed the ad in question,” Facebook corporate spokesman Matt Hicks told CNSNews.com in an e-mail. “We have since restored that ad. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

The petition says: “Congress should not enact an expensive spending bill under the pretense of stimulus or recovery.  We cannot spend our way to prosperity, and such an expansion of the federal government will put a crushing burden on taxpayers in the long-term.”

CNSNews.com reported earlier that Americans for Prosperity, which sponsored “NoStimulus.com” and its petition to stop the stimulus bill, said it has been told by Facebook that the ad violated Facebook’s rules governing advertising.

Facebook told CNSNews.com yesterday, however, that the ad had been removed because of “user complaints.”

“At Facebook, we strive to create a trusted environment for our users and advertisers,” Facebook spokeswoman Erin Zietler said in an e-mail on Wednesday, Feb. 11. “We encourage users to report any advertisements they find offensive or misleading, and we offer the ability for them to provide immediate feedback on our ads. We have a team dedicated to investigating ads and user complaints.

“In this case, users informed us about misleading offers in many ads with promotions related to the U.S. economic stimulus package,” the spokeswoman said. “We are in the process of removing ads with these types of misleading offers as they are brought to our attention.”

Phil Kerpen, national policy director for Americans for Prosperity said he believed Facebook changed course because of CNSNews.com’s report on the removal of the ad.

“We’re really pleased to see the powerful and solid journalism, and that your story got them to stop doing something that really was indefensible that they thought they could get a way with just because nobody was paying attention,” Kerpen said.

“They were wrong, we didn’t violate their rules, they were capricious in trying to enforce their rules in the first place, and they did the right thing,” Kerpen added. “I think it’s a great victory.”

Ironically, Kepren said his group has decided not to put the ad back up on Facebook.

“We’ve only got a day or two left before they vote on the stimulus bill, and any of the ad dollars we have left at this point we’d rather put toward Drudge or Fox, where we’re getting better ‘clicks’ than we were with the Facebook ad,” Kerpen said.

“But we’re glad, as a matter of political speech that we can make that decision and we’re glad that we have the right to do that without someone taking them down.”

Kerpen said his group has no intention of holding a grudge, and they may purchase ads on Facebook in the future.

“If we can get a good result there and drive people–they offer great targeting and that’s valuable for the things that we do–we’d go back,” Kerpen said.

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