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TVs Scotty J
06:21 PM on 07/24/2013
Public schools shouldn't be the venue for any kind of political speeches, no matter who is making them.
08:30 PM on 07/24/2013
This is not a school sponsored event.
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Hillbilly49
If God is your Co-Pilot; let him land the plane.
08:40 PM on 07/24/2013
Apparently it is !
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TVs Scotty J
09:11 PM on 07/24/2013
Doesn't matter. It's still taking place at a public school...
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Hillbilly49
If God is your Co-Pilot; let him land the plane.
11:05 AM on 07/26/2013
"...A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that God prefers some."

— Harry Andrew Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, majority opinion in Lee v. Weisman, 1992
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Poffrono
Fiscal Reform Party
06:18 PM on 07/24/2013
Any scholl that would host Obama, Hillary or "Reverend Al" should allow Tea Party and Libertarian speakers also.
07:21 PM on 07/24/2013
I could possibly be with you regarding Reverend Al. But Obama and Bush (and the First Ladies) have been invited to schools because of their civic status as President not because of any particular political views they hold. Both Bush and Obama stick to neutral topics at these events meant to inspire the students such as the importance of staying in school, etc. Hosting a President is a little bit different than hosting some activist who thinks it is impossible for Muslims to be good Americans. I think we are talking apples and oranges here.
06:18 PM on 07/24/2013
Hahaha, Islamic and civil rights in the same sentence that is the most blatant oxymoron.
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dzj1
Christ was a progressive!!
12:47 AM on 07/25/2013
just like including intelligent Conservative....just don't mix or match...either
09:11 AM on 07/25/2013
Why because they do not want to see the country bankrupted? why because they believe that the country should adhere to the Constitution? Statements from unintelligent liberals like you make me laugh, because you are laughable. Thanks for my morning entertainment.
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wmc519
06:15 PM on 07/24/2013
If the school lets her speak it should have all tax payer funding pulled. Federal and state. Those monies are not to be spent for any religion based speech. Any true TP member that honors the Constitution should agree. If they don't then they are unamerican.
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Cindy Tregan
Proud D.F.H. Lib'rul
10:30 AM on 07/25/2013
Not real good at reading are you? The t-bagger group is RENTING the school building - they are GIVING money to the school. The school did not make arrangements for the gathering, other than to sign the RENTAL agreement with the t-bagger group.

Schools often RENT their facilities to outside groups - dance schools for their recitals, religious groups for their larger gatherings.... So you would pull all educational monies from a school that is already no doubt struggling because of "sequestration" - because you don't like what someone who RENTED the building is saying? How do you walk with that stick up your derriere?
owlbreath
ENTER PASSWORD
06:13 PM on 07/24/2013
If the speaker is addressing the students during the school day and the students are required to attend, then they are a captive audience and should not be subjected to a speaker who will denigrate any religion, race and nationality. If the speaker addresses an after school crowd who voluntarily attends, then her performance may be appropriate, depending on the rules of the district concerning outside speakers. But why would a public school want to give voice to someone so divisive and involved in exclusionary philosophy?
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Lupis Noctum
Reality is not democratic.
06:26 PM on 07/24/2013
Sounds like it's time to investigate the political views of the school hierarchy. Any school that would allow a tea bagger to spread propaganda to its students needs a hard look.
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08:12 PM on 07/24/2013
School is not in session and the building is being used at 7pm. She is not a speaker invited in by the school, they are using the building.
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kappello
05:46 PM on 07/24/2013
We can't ignore or not speak about the threat of extremists in the Muslim world and faith. We have to also, those of us in the Christian faith speak out against those of the Westboro Baptist Church, the KKK and all such groups that claim Christianity, but are anything but. We must speak out against any element within our own group and any group, that is militant and that includes atheists, jews anyone!! However, we also have to be careful not to broad brush everyone into one category and I think she does all to often, which is the problem.
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Mark Twainer
CS Major
06:24 PM on 07/24/2013
While I agree we should be aware, this is fear mongering (when's the last time Little Rock was attacked by Islamic extremists again?) and shouldn't be tolerated by public institutions. Americans have killed an almost 30:1 ratio of Muslims to Americans in the last thirty years (these are very low end estimates). This includes obviously every conflict since the 80's until now. Now imagine if that ratio had been reversed. Would it be hard to understand why so many don't like us? Maybe they should be preaching peace and tolerance rather than distrust and hatred, or maybe that's just me.
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DeBartolo
06:27 PM on 07/24/2013
You have just included Athiest and JEWS as extremists? Because these groups are not part of your christian coalition DOSE NOT mean they are extremists. 6 of the Founding Fathers of the Constitution has ZERO religious affiliation, Of the remaing singers 97% of them were demonination which today ARE NOT CONSIDERED CHRISTIAN or part of the Christian Right or Religious Right.
At the signing of the ratified Constituition George Washington and John Adams both said, "The Constitution of these United Statesis in NO SENSE OF THE WORD based upon the christian religion." We are guaranteed the rights to be JEWS, MUSLIMS, BUDIST, or any denomination we choose and we have the right, like 6 of the FOunding Fathers...to choose NOT TO BE PART of ANY Religious organization.
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kappello
03:01 PM on 07/25/2013
Humanity as a whole no matter what group you look at has not been angelic.  I believe we have a right to belong to a faith group or not, but what we don't have the right to do is ridicule each other for what group we do belong to, nor try to coerce each other out of one group or into another. We also must not sugar coat anything, nor exaggerate, nor put out of holistic and historical context anything that any group has done.  It is easy to point fingers and say that a group is evil, that America is the evil empire, capitalist this or that.  I am sick and tired of everyone bashing America, but when their tukkus is against the wall they can't do anything and have to call us in to save the day.  If everyone thinks we are so evil, then how about everyone learn to save their own tukkus, stop taking US money and save themselves, just sayin.
05:38 PM on 07/24/2013
What a joke, Muslims want no go zones in America. Caire goes into schools all the time with their point of view, look at parts of Michigan. Wake up Americans! If people want to be here they should embrace our core values...this is not Egypt, not Aftica, not, Italy. My grandparents are from Italy we assimilated and still maintained our culture. I do not see that from any Muslim group. Just more excuses ......also good for McDonalds for closing up shop in Michigan.
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06:11 PM on 07/24/2013
but what you are forgetting is, just because those Muslim nations don't follow rules of democracy and freedom, it doesn't mean we too have to do the same to their Muslims here. That would make us one of them - we would be following their crude backward rules of extremism.
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Hillbilly49
If God is your Co-Pilot; let him land the plane.
08:42 PM on 07/24/2013
Granddaddy, did you say something? 
10:05 AM on 07/25/2013
Lol..very far from being a grand daddy. Take a look at France, Britain, etc. how's that working out? Just a regular middle class mom.
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SoCalGrandma
Question consumption.
05:38 PM on 07/24/2013
Seems inappropriate for her to be speaking in a public school that is supported by taxes from people of different beliefs. However, she certainly has a First Amendment right to speak at a neutral venue, even if her views are anathema to many.
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Robert Eckert
Anybody looking for a nerd?
01:52 PM on 07/26/2013
The group is renting the space for money, thus lessening the amount of support required from taxpayers.
SARGE70
Don't Be So Open-Minded That Your Brains Fall Out
05:08 PM on 07/24/2013
Where was the outrage when the cat from Iran bloviated at Columbia?
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King Joffe Joffer
Independent, part time ruler of Zamunda
05:23 PM on 07/24/2013
Big difference between a high school and Ivy League university. Universities often give a platform to controversial or unpopular speakers in an effort to have a debate about larger topics. That's not whats going on here.

Apples and oranges.
05:25 PM on 07/24/2013
That's funny, I remember it as being pretty darn controversial. But Columbia is a university and its students are not children. The speaker was an important world figure and college students are expected to be confronted with very controversial views.
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Carl Caroli
I just don't understand people
04:38 PM on 07/24/2013
Totally agree. The school has no right to support hate speech.
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Korean Kat
Digging my claws into religion.
05:19 PM on 07/24/2013
Then I hope they ban all copies of the Bible and Quran. Nobody does hate speech like the god of Abraham.
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Carl Caroli
I just don't understand people
05:52 PM on 07/24/2013
OK by me.  Throw the Torah in too.
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Fenrir Lokison
I luv the sci fi of Evolution and the Big Bang
06:37 PM on 07/24/2013
They need to ban secular ideals too.
08:48 PM on 07/24/2013
Or she is speaking the truth of her life in Lebanon.

That is not hate.
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Robert Eckert
Anybody looking for a nerd?
01:55 PM on 07/26/2013
Others who had traumatic childhoods growing up in the same parts of Lebanon during the civil war years have expressed the opinion that she is exaggerating what went on. I don't know; I wasn't there. Certainly she has very strong emotions about it, and I don't think it would be at all unfair to say she "hates" Muslims.
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mrmyfld1
The phantom
04:22 PM on 07/24/2013
Ban the speaker. She is spouting hate, and death to those that are not christian.

I don't want that kind of speaker talking to my kids.
SARGE70
Don't Be So Open-Minded That Your Brains Fall Out
05:09 PM on 07/24/2013
Then you better take notice of the other side who gives speeches.
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cargofuzz
Who knew tea could taste so sour?
05:47 PM on 07/24/2013
Sarge, please. Your comments are becoming tiresome and predictable.
05:48 PM on 07/24/2013
What other side? I haven't seen any stories of some Muslim speaker who is a christian basher going to a public school and giving speeches. I'd love to see that evidence provided
05:36 PM on 07/24/2013
She is spouting death? I think your rhetoric has gone off the cliff.
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traceymarie
the President is black, deal with it
05:49 PM on 07/24/2013
she is spouting hate