posted by JimK at 7:46 PM
another bitter defeat for the gay agenda:"SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy that aims to turn gay minors straight.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency order Friday putting the law on hold.Licensed counselors who practice so-called "reparative therapy" and two families who say their teenage sons have benefited from it sought the injunction.The California Legislature passed the law and Gov. Jerry Brown signed it in September. It would make mental health professionals who engage in efforts to change their clients' sexual orientations subject to discipline by state licensing boards."
So far it's a temporary ban "until the court can hear full arguments on the measure's constitutionality...The appeals court's order prevents the state from enforcing the law, SB1172, while a different three-judge panel considers if the measure violates the First Amendment rights of therapists and parents.Liberty Counsel President Mathew Staver, whose Christian legal aide group is representing reparative therapy practitioners and recipients in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the law, applauded the court's decision to grant his request to delay its implementation."This law is politically motivated to interfere with counsellors and clients. Liberty Counsel is thankful that the 9th Circuit blocked the law from going into effect," Staver said. "This law is an astounding overreach by the government into the realm of counselling and would have caused irreparable harm."Backers of the ban say the state is obligated to outlaw reparative therapy because the practice puts young people at risk and has been rejected by every mainstream mental health association. After signing SB1172, the governor called the therapies it would outlaw "quackery" that "have no basis in science or medicine."Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which helped fight for the law's passage, said the measure's supporters shouldn't read too much into Friday's order."It's disappointing because there shouldn't even be a temporary delay of this law, but this is completely irrelevant to the final outcome," Minter said.The brief order issued Friday did not explain the panel's thinking. The 9th Circuit has requested briefs on the case's broader constitutional issues but has not scheduled arguments."California was correct to outlaw this unsound and harmful practice, and the attorney general will vigorously defend this law," said Lynda Gledhill, press secretary to Attorney General Kamala Harris.Earlier this month, two federal trial judges in California arrived at opposite conclusions on whether the law violates the Constitution.On Dec. 4, U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller refused to block the law after concluding that the plaintiffs represented by Staver were unlikely to prove the ban on "conversion" therapy unfairly tramples on their civil rights and should therefore be overturned.The opponents argued the law would make them liable for discipline if they merely recommended the therapy to patients or discuss it with them. Mueller said they didn't demonstrate that they were likely to win, so she wouldn't block the law.Mueller's decision came half a day after U.S. District Judge William Shubb handed down a somewhat competing ruling in a separate lawsuit filed by a psychiatrist, a licensed counsellor and a former patient who is studying to practice gay conversion therapy.Shubb said he found the First Amendment issues presented by the ban to be compelling. He ordered the state to temporarily exempt the three people named in the case before him."Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/health/Court+temporarily+blocks+California+that+bans+therapy+intended/7735092/story.html#ixzz2FnikL84w"
Before we start putting people with guns in our schools, everyone should watch this short little video of a cop, in a school, talking about drugs and guns, showing off his “unloaded” Glock 40, bragging about how he was the only one “professional enough” to carry it around just before shooting himself in the leg with it:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b02fDSAGk5sI give him credit though for never pointing the gun in the direction of the children – it was just “professional enough” to shoot himself instead of sending a bullet through a row of kids.‘In his first extensive public remarks since last week’s mass shooting at a Connecticut school, the head of the National Rifle Association called Friday for lawmakers to take action to put police officers in all schools in an effort to curb such violence.“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said at a news conference in Washington. Put ‘armed police officers’ in every school, NRA leader Wayne LaPierre says”Well, Wayne, Adam Lanza already had a semi automatic assault rifle with him. What was to stop him from sitting in car several dozen yards away and picking off the unsuspecting officer “DC sniper” style before going in and doing what he came there for?Clearly a cop in front of a school with a gun isn’t much of a deterrent. You didn’t think this all the way through Wayne – you’re just inviting them to escalate. If you want to get serious about this, you should arm the cops with rocket launchers.I’m sure the NRA wouldn’t mind taxes going up on their guns and bullets to pay for all these cops. It will help boost the employment rate as well.Or better yet, we should have the NRA buy all of our teachers and students bullet proof vests and helmets, so that when the next psycho to get hold of one of their beloved assault rifles heads off to school, the students have a chance to run away.Have a nice day,Cynthia
Right Cynthia. The NRA's solution is to have armed guards in every school, office, store and throughout all public spaces, why simply deprive psychos of guns when you can spend billions turning society into an armed camp.What a pathetic bunch of losers. No member of the public needs a gun, banning them doesn't deprive anyone of anything. Most guns used in crimes are stolen from private homes or bought on the second hand market - keep guns out of the hands of the public and you keep them out of the hands of criminals.
the ideas of cinco and nasty-pri are laughableviolence happens where itis unlikely to be met with resistanceevil people who want to draw attention to themselves almost always do it somewhere where there are no gunsthat why this has been happening more and more at schoolsNRA has proposed taking guns away from psychos as opposed to the assertion of our vile and disgusting Canadian "commenter"Canada, btw, has higher rates of homocide by gun than France, Britain, Norway, Netherlands and Fairfax County, Va for cryin' out loud!!the pathetic kid who did these evil act was from a broken home, being raised by a single motherjust like so many violent kids in our inner citiesit's the attack on families that has brought these random violent actsand the gay agenda is part of the attack on the family"VATICAN CITY — The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people eschewing their God-given gender identities to suit their sexual choices – and destroying the very "essence of the human creature" in the process.Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas address to the Vatican bureaucracy, one of his most important speeches of the year. He dedicated it this year to promoting traditional family values.In his remarks, Benedict quoted the chief rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, in saying the campaign for granting gays the right to marry and adopt children was an "attack" on the traditional family made up of a father, mother and children."People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being," he said. "They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.""The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man's fundamental choice where he himself is concerned," he said.In his recently released annual peace message, Benedict also said gay marriage, like abortion and euthanasia, was a threat to world peace. Church teaching holds that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered," though it stresses that gays should be treated with compassion and dignity. As pope and as head of the Vatican's orthodoxy watchdog before that, Benedict has been a strong enforcer of that teaching: One of the first major documents released during his pontificate said men with "deep-seated" homosexual tendencies shouldn't be ordained priests.For the Vatican, though, the gay marriage issue goes beyond questions of homosexuality, threatening what the church considers to be the bedrock of society: a family based on a man, woman and their children.In his speech, the pope cited Bernheim as lamenting how a new philosophy of sexuality has taken hold, whereby sex and gender are "no longer a given element of nature that man has to accept and personally make sense of: it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society."He said God had created man and woman as a specific "duality" – "an essential aspect of what being human is all about."Now, though, "Man and woman as created realities, as the nature of the human being, no longer exist. Man calls his own nature into question. From now on he is merely spirit and will.""When freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God," Benedict said."
OUTSIDE BALTIMORE, MD -- UPDATED (1:50 p.m.)— Something remarkable happened at a local Starbucks Friday morning. During the morning rush at the new Starbucks at the Waugh Chapel Towne Centre, someone decided to by a coffee for the person behind them in line. Then that person did the same, and the trend continued all morning, with more than 150 customers taking part. "I was #137," Dayna Ostler said on the Crofton Patch Facebook Page. "I bought for the 2 people behind me!"According to employees and customers on Facebook, the chain involved people using Starbucks' drive-thru window, though the generosity did take place inside also.And then there's our "Anonymous," who can only obsessively bloviate about the hatred for God's LGBT creations he holds deeply inside.Merry Christmas
http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/2012/HIV-Infections-2007-2010.pdfIt is the behavior
When the behavior is unprotected promiscuity with partners of unknown HIV status, that's the problem, regardless if the sex act is vaginal, oral or anal.CDC reports:"Take control — You have the facts; now protect yourself and your loved ones. Effective strategies for reducing HIV risk include: Abstinence: The most reliable way to avoid infection is to abstain from sex (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral). Mutual monogamy: Mutual monogamy means that you agree to be sexually active with only one person, who has agreed to be sexually active only with you. Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner is one of the most reliable ways to avoid HIV infectionReduced number of sex partners: Reducing your number of sex partners can decrease your risk for HIV. It is still important that you get tested for HIV, and share your test results with your partner.Condoms: Correct and consistent use of the male latex condom is highly effective in reducing HIV transmission. Use a condom every time you have anal, vaginal or oral sex.New, sterile needles: HIV can be transmitted by injecting drugs through needles, syringes and other works if they are contaminated with the blood of someone who is HIV infected. It is vital that individuals who inject drugs use only new, sterile needles, syringes and other works — and never share them.Put yourself to the test — Knowing your HIV status is a critical step toward stopping HIV transmission, because if you know you are infected, you can take steps to protect your partners. Also, if you are infected, the sooner you find out, the sooner you can receive life-extending treatment. In fact, CDC recommends that all adults and adolescents be tested at least once in their lifetime and those individuals who practice more risky behaviors be tested more frequently. Call 1-800-CDC-INFO or visit to find HIV and STD testing locations near you."
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