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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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WorldNetDaily is reporting that, apparently, some States have laws that forbid their citizens from carrying firearms in public if an emergency is declared.  This happened in February in North Carolina.  When a city council declared a state of emergency during one of this year’s heavy snowfalls, N.C. State law became active and effectively banned all firearms from being carried in public, even if the person was licensed.  Other States have similar laws.

No guns allowed, declares city, it’s a ‘snow emergency’

Hidden state laws ban firearm sales, even possession, during crises


Posted: February 16, 2010
12:06 am Eastern

By Drew Zahn
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Residents of King, N.C., were startled earlier this month when a declared snow emergency triggered a law forbidding the possession of firearms in public.

Furthermore, North Carolina isn’t the only state where authorities can ban gun sales, or even possession, upon declaration of “emergency,” even though what constitutes an “emergency” might be deemed questionable.

According to North Carolina statute 14-288.7, when a municipality declares a state of emergency in which “public safety authorities are unable to … afford adequate protection for lives or property” – such as during the recent East Coast record snowfall – “it is unlawful for any person to transport or possess off his own premises any dangerous weapon.”

In other words, when the cops can’t get through on the roads, the citizens can’t take guns off their own property.

“This has to be the most ridiculous event of the century!” protested a commenter on the website of Winston-Salem’s WXII-TV, which reported the ban. “This is the ultimate denial of liberties for the most asinine reason … bad weather!”

But King Police Chief Paula May told the station that when the City Council and county authorities declared the emergency, regardless of the reason, state law took over.

“By law, statute 14-288.7 automatically went into effect,” May told WXII. “And that law, which goes into effect when there’s a state of emergency, prohibits the transportation, purchase, sale and possession of firearms other than on one’s own premises.”

Other states also have laws restricting firearm use that lie dormant until a declared state of emergency, a fact that worries some gun rights activists.

Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act, for example, states in Article G, Chapter 61, Statute 6017, that “no person shall carry a firearm, rifle or shotgun upon the public streets or upon any public property during an emergency” unless that person is defending their life or property from immediate attack.Currently in Colorado, State Senator Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, has introduced Bill S10-51, which would strike “firearms” from a list of items the governor may suspend sale, dispensing and transportation of during a declared emergency. The bill, however, has been postponed indefinitely in committee.

Georgia State Senator Preston Smith, R-Rome, has filed Senate Bill 342 in his state for the same purpose.

“Personally, I think [North Carolina’s] law is unconstitutional to start with and stupid public policy,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of Second Amendment Foundation.

“It reminded me of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when New Orleans confiscated guns,” Gottlieb told WND, “and we went to court to stop that.”

Indeed, following the firearm controversy in Katrina’s wake, gun rights advocates pushed first Louisiana, then several other states, to pass laws limiting gun-control grabs during times of declared emergency. State Senators Renfroe and Smith of Colorado and Georgia, respectively, are simply among the most recent to take up the cause.

Gottlieb told WND a federal law was also passed that would deny federal disaster aid to towns and states that actually confiscate guns from people, as was done in New Orleans.

“This move in North Carolina may violate that [federal law], and we may look into that,” Gottlieb said. “We’re looking at seeing how we can stop them from doing this in the future.

“This is the first time I’ve seen it done for a snow emergency,” he continued. “It surprised us that they did this. There was no reason to do it, nothing to trigger it. No one was doing anything wrong.”

The King, N.C., state of emergency – which was coupled with a curfew and a corresponding ban on alcohol sales during the snow crisis – was in effect for less than 24 hours over a Sunday evening, until roadways could be cleared.

But some residents were still upset by the sudden imposition of government restrictions.

“I thought it was ridiculous,” area resident Andrea Williams told WXII-TV. “I think it crossed over into our Constitutional rights and our civil liberties.”

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WorldNetDaily reports that the North Carolia divorce judge that ordered a mom to cease homeschooling her kids moved the final day for objections to his ruling from Monday, March 16 to Sunday, March 15, the day the mother observes the Sabbath.  The judge originally moved the date to Monday, March 16 after he had to cancel a previous deadline after his dog fell ill.

The mother’s lawyer said, “Of course, he is well aware of Venessa Mills’ religious beliefs that hold Sunday to be a sacred day, a day of rest and worship unto God, and the most important day of the week for her and her children. So, again, we can understand that Judge Mangum considers his dog to be important, but what is obvious is that he has no concern for what Venessa Mills’ considers important – the Sabbath.”

In Texas, no civil processes can be carried out on Sunday.

Homeschool-denying judge sets case on mom’s Sabbath

Previously reconvened hearing because of problem with his dog


Posted: March 15, 2009
8:08 pm Eastern

© 2009 WorldNetDaily

The judge who ordered a North Carolina homeschooling mother to place her children in public school demanded all objections to his order to be filed today – the day the mom in the case observes the Sabbath.

Venessa Mills says she was unable to meet the deadline for two reasons – because it was Sunday and because she was up until midnight assisting her estranged husband to move out of the house as part of the judge’s order.

Judge Ned Mangum’s ruling that it would be in the “best interests” of the three children, ages 12, 11 and 10, to be placed in public school in compliance with the wishes of the husband, Thomas Mills, in a divorce case, has raised concern throughout the homeschool community nationwide since it was first disclosed by WND last week.

Ms. Mills is accusing the judge of insensitivity to her plight, especially since Mangum recessed a December hearing in the case because of an emergency involving his dog. Originally the deadline for filing the objections was set for Monday, March 16. Following the national publicity the case received, the judge changed the deadline to today – Sunday.

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“We can sympathize with Judge Mangum’s concern for his dog,” said Adam Cothes, who is assisting Ms. Mills with her case. “We really can. But did Judge Mangum compensate Venessa Mills for her emotional distress and wasted money that resulted from his decision to cancel court? No, when he finally got around to issuing a judgment, it was to leave Venessa without any adequate financial support to afford everyday needs, let alone a proper defense of her rights.”

At a court hearing last week, Mangum conceded the children are “thriving” under Mills’ instruction but said they need to be exposed to the “real world.”

“It will do them a great benefit to be in the public schools, and they will challenge some of the ideas that you’ve taught them, and they could learn from that and make them stronger,” the judge said.

Mangum, when contacted by WND, explained his goal in ordering the children to register and attend a public school was to make sure they have a “more well-rounded education.”

“I thought Ms. Mills had done a good job [in homeschooling],” he said. “It was great for them to have that access, and [I had] no problems with homeschooling. I said public schooling would be a good complement.”

The judge said the husband has not been supportive of his wife’s homeschooling, and “it accomplished its purposes. It now was appropriate to have them back in public school.”

Mangum said he made the determination on his guiding principle, “What’s in the best interest of the minor children,” and conceded it was putting his judgment in place of the mother’s.

In her court filing, Venessa Mills said her children already interact with other children at organized homeschool activities. A website about the case has now been set up.

Mangum’s ruling and reasoning sparked public outrage after WND’s story, reported the News & Observer – including an organized campaign to have the judge removed from the case. District court officials received more than 25 calls Thursday complaining about the decision while other court offices also reported being contacted.

Mangum said that while he expressed his opinion from the bench in the court hearing, the final written order had not yet been signed.

Cothes said he and Venessa Mills believe the switch in dates for objections in the case was a result of the judge’s concerns over national publicity in the case.

“Of course, he is well aware of Venessa Mills’ religious beliefs that hold Sunday to be a sacred day, a day of rest and worship unto God, and the most important day of the week for her and her children,” said Cothes. “So, again, we can understand that Judge Mangum considers his dog to be important, but what is obvious is that he has no concern for what Venessa Mills’ considers important – the Sabbath.”

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WorldNetDaily reports that a North Carolina judge, during divorce hearings, has removed the right of the mother to decide what is best for her children and ordered her to stop homeschooling her children and have them sent to public school during the next school year.  The kids routinely test two grade levels above their current grade and are active in team sports and clubs.

The father, who admits to his adultery as the reason behind the divorce, has refused to support the mother’s homeschooling efforts.  The suggestion to have the kids removed to public school was filed by the attorney of the father.  The children were originally removed from public school by the mother because the children weren’t performing well.

The judge had also ordered the mother to undergo psychiatric evaluation, but did not require the father to do so.

A website dedicated to this case can be found here.

Judge orders homeschoolers into public district classrooms

Decides children need more ‘focus’ despite testing above grade levels


Posted: March 11, 2009
11:25 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

A North Carolina judge has ordered three children to attend public schools this fall because the homeschooling their mother has provided over the last four years needs to be “challenged.”

The children, however, have tested above their grade levels – by as much as two years.

The decision is raising eyebrows among homeschooling families, and one friend of the mother has launched a website to publicize the issue.

The ruling was made by Judge Ned Mangum of Wake County, who was handling a divorce proceeding for Thomas and Venessa Mills.

A statement released by a publicist working for the mother, whose children now are 10, 11 and 12, said Mangum stripped her of her right to decide what is best for her children’s education.

The judge, when contacted by WND, explained his goal in ordering the children to register and attend a public school was to make sure they have a “more well-rounded education.”

“I thought Ms. Mills had done a good job [in homeschooling],” he said. “It was great for them to have that access, and [I had] no problems with homeschooling. I said public schooling would be a good complement.”

The judge said the husband has not been supportive of his wife’s homeschooling, and “it accomplished its purposes. It now was appropriate to have them back in public school.”

Mangum said he made the determination on his guiding principle, “What’s in the best interest of the minor children,” and conceded it was putting his judgment in place of the mother’s.

And he said that while he expressed his opinion from the bench in the court hearing, the final written order had not yet been signed.

However, the practice of a judge replacing a parent’s judgment with his own regarding homeschooling was argued recently when a court panel in California ruled that a family would no longer be allowed to homeschool their own children.

WND reported extensively when the ruling was released in February 2008, alarming homeschool advocates nationwide because of its potential ramifications.

Ultimately, the 2nd Appellate District Court in Los Angeles reversed its own order, affirming the rights of California parents to homeschool their children if they choose.

The court, which earlier had opined that only credentialed teachers could properly educate children, was faced with a flood of friend-of-the-court briefs representing individuals and groups, including Congress members.

The conclusion ultimately was that parents, not the state, would decide where children are educated.

The California opinion said state law permits homeschooling “as a species of private school education” but that statutory permission for parents to teach their own children could be “overridden in order to protect the safety of a child who has been declared dependent.”

In the North Carolina case, Adam Cothes, a spokesman for the mother, said the children routinely had been testing at up to two years above their grade level, were involved in swim team and other activities and events outside their home and had taken leadership roles in history club events.

On her website, family friend Robyn Williams said Mangum stated his decision was not ideologically or religiously motivated but that ordering the children into public schools would “challenge the ideas you’ve taught them.”

Williams, a homeschool mother of four herself, said, “I have never seen such injustice and such a direct attack against homeschool.”

“This judge clearly took personal issue with Venessa’s stance on education and faith, even though her children are doing great. If her right to homeschool can be taken away so easily, what will this mean for homeschoolers state wide, or even nationally?” Williams asked.

Williams said she’s trying to rally homeschoolers across the nation to defend their rights as Americans and parents to educate their own children.

Williams told WND the public school order was the worst possible outcome for Ms. Mills, who had made it clear she felt it was important to her children that she continue homeschooling.

According to Williams’ website, the judge also ordered a mental health evaluation for the mother – but not the father – as part of the divorce proceedings, in what Williams described as an attack on the “mother’s conservative Christian beliefs.”

According to a proposed but as-yet unsigned order submitted by the father’s lawyer to Mangum, “The children have thrived in homeschool for the past four years, but need the broader focus and socialization available to them in public school. The Court finds that it is in the children’s best interest to continue their homeschooling through the end of the current school year, but to begin attending public school at the beginning of the 2009-2010 instructional year.”

The order proposed by the father’s lawyer also conceded the reason for the divorce was the father’s “adultery,” but it specifically said the father would not pay for homeschooling expenses for his children.

The order also stated, “Defendant believes that plaintiff is a nurturing mother who loves the children. Defendant believes that plaintiff has done a good job with the homeschooling of the children, although he does not believe that continued homeschooling is in the best interest of the children.”

The website said the judge also said public school would “prepare these kids for the real world and college” and allow them “socialization.”

Williams said the mother originally moved into a homeschool schedule because the children were not doing as well as she hoped at the local public schools.

In last year’s dispute in California, the ruling that eventually was released was praised by pro-family organizations.

“We’re pleased the appeals court recognized the rights of parents to provide education for their children,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice. “This decision reaffirms the constitutional right that’s afforded to parents in directing the education of their children. It’s an important victory for families who cherish the freedom to ensure that their children receive a high quality education that is inherent in homeschooling.”

“Parents have a constitutional right to make educational choices for their children,” said Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. “Thousands of California families have educated their children successfully through homeschooling. We’re pleased with the court’s decision, which protects the rights of families and protects an avenue of education that has proven to benefit children time and time again.

The North Carolina ruling also resembles a number of rulings handed down against homeschool parents in Germany, where such instruction has been banned since the years of Adolf Hitler’s rule.

As WND reported, Wolfgang Drautz, consul general for the Federal Republic of Germany, has commented previously on the issue, contending the government “has a legitimate interest in countering the rise of parallel societies that are based on religion.”

“The minister of education does not share your attitudes toward so-called homeschooling,” said a government letter in response. “… You complain about the forced school escort of primary school children by the responsible local police officers. … In order to avoid this in future, the education authority is in conversation with the affected family in order to look for possibilities to bring the religious convictions of the family into line with the unalterable school attendance requirement.”

WND also reported recently when a German appeals court tossed out three-month jail terms issued to a mother and father who homeschool their children. But the court also ordered new trials that could leave the parents with similar penalties, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association.

The case involves Juergen and Rosemarie Dudek of Archfeldt, Germany, who last summer received formal notices of their three-month sentences.

The 90-day sentences came about when Hesse State Prosecutor Herwig Muller appealed a lower court’s determination of fines for the family. The ruling had imposed fines of about 900 euros, or $1,200, for not sending their children to school

Muller, however, told the parents they shouldn’t worry about any fines, since he would “send them to jail,” the HSLDA reported.

HSLDA spokesman Michael Donnelly warned the homeschooling battle is far from over in Germany.

“There continue to be signs that the German government is cracking down on homeschooling families,” he reported. “A recent letter from one family in southern Germany contained threats from local school authorities that unless the family enrolled their children in school, they would seek fines in excess of 50,000 euros (nearly $70,000), jail time and the removal of custody of the children.”

HSLDA officials estimate there are some 400 homeschool families in Germany, virtually all of them either forced into hiding or facing court actions.

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