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THIS ACTION ILLEGAL UNDER U.S. DEPT OF ED – Funding Islamic Course called “Access Islam”

From the Department of education web page; Laws and Guidelines: What Is Not Part of the Department of Education’s Role?

No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, over any accrediting agency or association, or over the selection or content of library resources, textbooks, or other instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, except to the extent authorized by law. (Section 103[b], Public Law 96-88)

Thus, the Department does not
  • establish schools and colleges;
  • develop curricula;
  • set requirements for enrollment and graduation;
  • determine state education standards; or
  • develop or implement testing to measure whether states are meeting their education standards.

     Dump “Access Islam” from Public Schools

    Martin Mawyer United States
    The United States Department of Education has introduced an Islamic indoctrination program for the public schools, called “Access Islam.”
    The program contains 10 lesson plans that have students answering such questions as: “What do Muslim prayers sound like?” “What do the movements look like?” and “What are some of the things Muslims say during prayer?”  Classroom instructions have children learning the Five Pillars of Islam where students must “focus on learning about the core duties of Muslims” and are asked to “read about what it means to proclaim faith or belief as a Muslim.”
    The Education Department offers no similar learning material for Christianity, Judaism,  Hinduism or any other major world religion.  Just Islam.   This petition demands that the U.S. Department of Education dump its “Access Islam” program and acknowledge that it is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.  The program, written for Grades 5 – 12, has students learning verses from the Quran and Hadith. Students must not only learn the verses, but give the religious “meaning” of those verses and explain how they use them in their daily lives.
    The program also includes a video presentation on how to perform a Muslim prayer, use a prayer rug and wash prior to praying.
    Students are also shown a video of a Muslim who converted from Christianity and claims Islam “is the true worship of God.” The video instructs children to “submit yourself” to Allah.  “Access Islam” is promoted to teachers through PBS LearningMedia.
    Students are assigned a project to “create posters about the Five Pillars of Islam for classroom display.”  Doing so, the instructional material says, will “help educate their schoolmates about Islam.”  “Access Islam” is nothing short of a Sunday school class on Islam and fails to meet any constitutional criteria for permissible education of religion in the public schools.
    In addition to the examples above, students are told to, “Describe the process of praying in Islam” and “Understand the importance of the Quran in daily worship.”  Clearly, none of these lesson plans, activities, questions or instructions would be permitted in the public schools if the subject was Christianity.
    Public schools would never have students reading the Bible, asking them to interpret scripture, demanding they use biblical scripture in their daily lives, have them examine what Christians say during prayer or instruct them to understand the Christian proclamation of faith.
    “Access Islam” is unconstitutional and should be dumped immediately by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Christian Action Network has issued a legal “Letter of Demand” asking the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to remove the material from public school use and to declare the program a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
     

AFP Freedom report & Policy Priorities

freedomreport

Hi John,As you may have heard, President Trump issued an executive order this week to begin the process of rolling back the so-called “Clean Power Plan” — an unprecedented regulatory overreach by the Obama Administration to increase the price of affordable, reliable energy from traditional sources. Americans for Prosperity believes this is a great step forward for lifting undue burdens on business and workers and ensuring government does not pick winners and losers in the marketplace.

Moving into next week, one of AFP’s projects, Concerned Veterans for America, is continuing to drive grassroots support for confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. A confirmation vote is slated for Monday.

Below is a more detailed report on these and AFP’s “Top 3” policy priorities for the coming days. Please let me know if you have any questions.

For Freedom,

Luke

Luke Hilgemann
Chief Executive Officer
Americans For Prosperity
1310 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 700 Arlington, VA 22201  

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AFP POLICY PRIORITIES: WEEK OF MARCH 27, 2017

#1: SUPPORTING CLEAN POWER PLAN EXECUTIVE ORDER

  • Overview :
    President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday, March 28 unraveling the Clean Power Plan. “The clean power plan, which aims to cut emissions of CO2 and other emissions and was implemented in 2015, has been on hold since last year while a federal appeals court considered a challenge by Republican-led states and more than 100 companies. (EPA Secretary) Pruitt sued to halt the order while in Oklahoma. Trump’s intention, he said, was to bring back coal mining jobs and reduce the cost of electricity.” ( The Guardian , 03/26/2017)
  • Previously Released :
    • AFP letter of support for a CRA resolution disapproving of the Clean Power Plan, 10/29/2015 ( Link )
    • AFP letter of support for the CRA resolution disapproving of NSPS, 11/17/2015 ( Link)

#2: CONFIRMATION OF JUDGE GORSUCH TO THE US SUPREME COURT

  • Overview :
    Judge Gorsuch’s nomination will likely go to a vote early next week (Monday, April 3). Last Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Democrats will filibuster the Gorsuch nomination. In support of the confirmation effort, AFP has:

    • Made over 300,000 calls under the AFP and CVA brands to citizens in target states asking them to contact their Senators and urge them to confirm Neil Gorsuch without delay
    • Combined, activists have helped make over 20,000 direct constituent-to-legislator contacts using our digital platform, which allows citizens to utilize Facebook, Twitter, and email to contact their Senators in support of Gorsuch
    • Tens of thousands of activists tuned in to listen to CVA’s ” Future of the Courts ” tele-town hall series with Senators Ben Sasse, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Joni Ernst
    • CVA has dropped two big waves of direct mail and launched a series of targeted web ads in support of Judge Gorsuch.
  • Previously Released :
    • “Gorsuch Passes the Test, It’s Time to Confirm Him,” CVA Post , 03/24/2016
    • “Nine Times Progressive Senators Made the Case for Quick Gorsuch Confirmation,” AFP Post , 03/03/2017 (Includes Senators’ Statements)
    • FPCC Video
  • See Also :
    • “Inside the Koch Network’s Push for Gorsuch,” National Review , 03/06/2017

#3: STOPPING BORDER ADJUSTMENT TAX

  • Overview :
    Many speculate that with the Obamacare vote finished for now, Congress will turn to tax reform. The border adjustment provision in the current version of the House Republican tax plan is a corporate rate reduction that will be passed through as a $1 trillion tax increase on struggling American families. Americans for Prosperity was the first (c)(4) organization to publicly oppose border tax adjustments and is leading the charge in states across the country and on Capitol Hill against these tax increases.
  • Previously Released :
    • “Tax Reform Can Happen Without Border Adjustments”: AFP identified $2 trillion in wasteful spending, unnecessary programs, and tax giveaways which can be considered before any tax increase on Americans. ( Link )
    • “Holtz-Eakin: Trillion-Dollar Tax on Consumers Is Unnecessary for Pro-Growth Tax Reform,” FPCC Blog Post , 03/03/2017
    • “Border Adjustment: Myth vs. Fact,” FPCC Blog Post , 03/09/2017 ( PDF )
    • “Border Adjustment Tax Facing Trouble in the Senate,” FPCC Blog Post , 02/15/2017 (Includes statements by Senators re BAT)
    • “Fed Chairwoman Casts Doubt On ‘Border Adjustment’ Tax Wishful Thinking,” FPCC Blog Post , 02/21/2017
  • Research :
    • “Will Republicans Acquiesce to Liberal Principles?” Veronique de Rugy , 01/19/2017
    • “Why Trump is Right to Oppose Part of the House GOP Tax Plan,” Veronique de Rugy , 01/18/2017
    • “Why I’m Wary of the GOP’s ‘Border Adjustable Tax’ Plan,” Daniel Griswold , 01/10/2017
  • See Also :
    • “Why the Border Adjustment Tax Should Be Killed,” Barron’s , 03/18/2017
    • National Retail Federation: “Border Adjustment Tax Would Cost American Households Up to $1,700 In First Year Alone,” NRF , 02/03/2017 (Lays out specific stats for costs for families
    • Border Adjustment Tax: What You Need to Know,” CNN Money , 02/27/2017

Freedom Caucus poised for pivotal role in infrastructure fight

TheHill.com

Freedom Caucus poised for pivotal role in infrastructure fight

Freedom Caucus poised for pivotal role in infrastructure fight

President Trump is escalating his feud with the conservative House Freedom Caucus, with his $1 trillion infrastructure package hanging in the balance.
The conservative caucus is sure to play a role in the legislative fight over rebuilding the nation’s roads, bridges and highways, something Trump promised to deliver during his campaign.
Massive federal spending on transportation has long given fiscal conservatives heartburn.
And Freedom Caucus lawmakers who support Trump’s infrastructure push may have to work extra hard now to convince fellow members to support the president’s proposal, especially after Trump stepped up his attacks on some lawmakers in the group this week.
But transportation leaders warn it would be a mistake to count out the support of the Freedom Caucus on infrastructure, assuming the measure is fully paid for with a palatable offset.  Numerous members sit on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and some are even lead sponsors on infrastructure investment bills — including one related to tax reform that appears to be gaining steam.THE HILL – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>

 

 

President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address to the Nation – April 1, 2017

 The White House
WEEKEND EDITION
President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address to the Nation
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Standing with Israel, Our Most Cherished Ally
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President Trump Restores Confidence in the American Economy
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President Trump meets with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen
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President Trump and the First Lady Host the Women’s Empowerment Panel
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UPCOMING EVENTS
April 3rd: President Trump welcomes President Al Sisi of Egypt to the White House
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April 5th: President Trump welcomes King Abdullah II of Jordan to the White House
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April 6th: President Trump hosts President Xi Jinping of China at Mar-a-Lago
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April 17th: President Trump and the First Lady host the 139th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn

Senator Marco Rubio’s Weekly Newsletter Week Ending March 31, 2017

Marco Rubio - U.S. Senator for Florida E-Newsletter

This week in the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio:

Watch Marco’s remarks here.

Marco’s Meetings:

Marco’s legislation:

  • Marcowelcomed Senate passage of the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act (H.R. 353), which includes the  Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act he first introduced in 2015. The bill now heads back to the U.S. House of Representatives for further consideration. ” During the most recent hurricane season, we were again reminded of how imprecise our forecasting can be and the improvements we can still make to our storm tracking,”  said Rubio. “Getting the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act passed will help families, business owners and others better prepare for approaching hurricanes, and reduce unnecessary disruptions to their lives. I encourage the House to swiftly pass this bill and send it to the president’s desk to be signed into law.”

Marco in the news:

  • Marco tells Haiti, other nations, to defend democracy in vote on Venezuela Read theMiami Herald story here.
  • Marco discussed combatting the opioid epidemic in Florida and the OAS vote on Venezuela with Russell Rhodes onFOX 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay.

Watch Marco’s interview on FOX 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay here.

For more ways to stay connected with Marco’s office, be sure to “like” his Facebook page, follow his office’s Twitter and Flipboard, check out his mobile apps, and subscribe to hisYouTube channel. You can also follow Marco on Twitter, @MarcoRubio.

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