Religious Freedom in Elementary School


John R. Houk

© December 1, 2016


Just the other day I had a conversation with my 3rd grade grandson about his reading regimen. He was trying to squirm out of his daily reading by telling me he forgot to bring his book from school.


I told him to get a book from home. He tried to tell me we didn’t have any. I knew better. So I told him we many versions of the Bible to read.


He told me his teacher said he couldn’t read religious books.


I said, “Tough! Get a Bible. I’m going to have to talk to your Public School teacher about Religious Freedom in the First Amendment.”


My wife saved our grandson’s bacon by assigning something I can’t recall right now. BUT it really chapped my hide that a Public School teacher said reading the Bible was unacceptable.


It’s a good thing I didn’t fly-off the handle. I checked my email later in the day and had received an email from the 3rd grade teacher. Lo and behold – she was asking why I hadn’t been turning in my grandson’s reading record.


Oops, my bad I had not kept up with that. Reading the email further reading suggestions were included. Guess what. Religious literature was a part of the approved reading. Now the word “Bible” was not used specifically, but as far as I am concerned “religious” included the Bible.


I wish my grandson was as bright in doing homework as he is in slipping out of homework.


I was thinking about all this Religious Freedom vs. the mythical Separation of Church and State (See Also HERE and HERE)and I ran into the article I am cross posting below from United Families International about preserving Religious Freedom for our children or in our case grandchildren that we are raising.


JRH 12/1/16

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By Diane Robertson

November 30, 2016

United Families International


This week I received an email from Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of lawyers who defend religious freedom, that began thus:


“Dear Diane,


Do you ever wonder what the future will look like for your children and grandchildren?


We live in a world where religious freedom for future generations cannot be assumed. It must be fought for—every day.”


As I have studied the issues, written for UFI, discussed the issues with friends, family, and strangers, and written and spoken with lawmakers, I have often thought, “Have we so little compassion for the destinies of our own children that we can feel just about ignoring the destruction of the freedoms we have enjoyed?”


There are so many reasons people give to ignore the current erosion of religious freedom– we are too busy; losing our freedom is inevitable; religious freedom marginalizes people with other beliefs; religion itself is bigoted and old fashioned, and so on. The fight for religious freedom is not a friendly fight.


It’s true that those on the side of religious freedom are continually disparaged. They are told that their views are based on bigotry and hate for certain groups of people. It’s hard to stand up against such demeaning accusations. And it is certainly not true for most. Most people fighting for religious freedom do so because they believe that everyone should be allowed to live and work according to the dictates of their conscience. They believe in property rights, freedom of belief, and freedom of conscience. They oppose laws that limit the ability of people to live, work, and worship as they believe.


In the same email mentioned above, ADF reported that their:


“Clients are regular people who were going about their daily business—work, school, church—until they were confronted by a culture intolerant of their faith. A Christian printer faced a boycott and lawsuit because he politely declined to print t-shirts promoting the local ‘pride’ festival. A decorated firefighter was suspended because of a Christian book he wrote in his spare time. A college student was threatened with expulsion because of her Christian beliefs. A church was told that their house of worship is no longer sacred, but just another public accommodation.”


These are a few of the ways religious freedom is eroding in North America. It has hit some individuals hard. There are forces working to establish laws that would limit what churches can do in their buildings and even what religious leaders are allowed to preach. There are forces working to regulate private property as if it were public or government property.


To help our children and grandchildren enjoy the same freedoms we have enjoyed, we must study the issues, understand current events, and speak up. Losing our religious freedom is only as inevitable as we allow it to be. If enough people act, freedom can still be preserved for the generations to come.



Religious Freedom in Elementary School

John R. Houk

© December 1, 2016





Strengthening and defending:



Family is the foundational unit of society



Marriage between a man and woman, is founded on chastity before marriage and fidelity in marriage



Life is sacred and should be protected including the life of unborn children.



Parents have the right and obligation to love, protect, provide for and teach their children.


Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty emphasizes the right to live our lives according to our religious convictions, and the importance of religion to individuals and society.

Murderers Typically Claim Innocence

Cecile Richards before House Oversight Committee – photo from

Murderers Typically Claim Innocence

John R. Houk

© October 7, 2015

By now most of you have seen the Planned Parenthood exposé videos or at least have heard the fall-out from the news media and the denial propaganda from the Democrats (supporters of baby killing) and Planned Parenthood itself. Thank God for the folks at the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). The CMP guys became aware of the dark practices of Planned Parenthood. Americans had for decades been anesthetized to abortion as birth control and so by the 21st century Americans do not view abortion as baby-killing but as woman getting rid of an unwanted organ-growth inside of them.

Somewhere in the course of Leftist propagandizing of Americans a picture of a living soul inside of a woman twisted into a body-appendage that can be removed like it was cancer. God help Americans who had their minds so warped into being okay into killing a living being dependent on the nutrients a mother’s body provides until a live birth occurs.

If abortion is dark, we Americans if we are going to buy the Leftist spiel that Planned Parenthood services are essential to female health? The Leftists and Planned Parenthood connect their statistics based on what public funds actually pay for. In the abortion realm public funding is typically used in cases of rape, incest or some other vile path to a pregnancy. HOWEVER the problem isn’t public funding and abortions, but the baby-killing itself. What is the percentage of Planned Parenthood receives for performing abortions whether privately (cash or insurance) or public (American taxes)? The point is the murder for profit – period. I don’t care how the abortion bill is paid, the point is there is a profit onus for killing human lives before birth and now thanks to the CMP exposé, live birth body parts.

Check out the reality of this 2009 statistic:

… Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions in 2009.1 At an average cost of $625 per abortion,2 that means they made more than $200 million on abortion alone. And that doesn’t include the $363 million they received in government grants or the $209 million from private donations3– much of which is ideologically tied to abortion.

Planned Parenthood likes to claim that abortion only represents 3% of its operations, but this is a numeric sleight of hand. According to their own published figures, 11% of their clients have an abortion,4 and abortion may account for up to half of their health center income. More to the point, of the pregnant women who come to Planned Parenthood for counseling, almost 98% have abortions.5 Two percent receive prenatal care.6 Less than half of one percent are referred for adoption.7 In light of these numbers, isn’t it remarkable that Planned Parenthood thought itself credible enough to publish such a list in the first place? Believing that Planned Parenthood wants to prevent abortion is like believing that Philip Morris wants to prevent smoking.

… (Birth Control and Abortion; From; last updated November 28, 2012)

Planned Parenthood is a typical disingenuous Leftist spiel maker as the obfuscation in the House testimony demonstrated from the baby-killing organization’s CEO Cecile Richards:

VIDEO: Mr. Meadows – Planned Parenthood’s Taxpayer Funding


Posted by oversightandreform

Published on Sep 29, 2015

Learn more at http://Oversight.House.Gov

Planned Parenthood needs defunded not necessarily due to the misuse of public funds which only a criminal investigation will succinctly reveal, but because this publicly funded organization makes money for profit in baby-killing and now revealed also harvesting live babies then killing them to harvest more viable organs for research. Being aware of this kind of nefarious action must bring joy to Margaret Sanger burning in hell with her racist agenda to make a better race of productive intelligent people.

I like the words written by Diane Robertson that I found on The United Families International Blog comparing Planned Parenthood to a clandestine modern Auschwitz. Have forgotten or never heard of Auschwitz?

VIDEO: Short Story of Auschwitz, Amazing Story Telling About the Horrors of Auschwitz


Posted by History and Beauty of Planet Earth

Published on Dec 18, 2014

A short documentary about the Holocaust.

Auschwitz concentration camp (German: Konzentrationslager Auschwitz [kʰɔnʦɛntʁaˈʦi̯oːnsˌlaːɡɐ ˈʔaʊ̯ʃvɪt͡s] ( listen)) was a network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. It consisted of Auschwitz I (the original camp), Auschwitz II–Birkenau (a combination concentration/extermination camp), Auschwitz III–Monowitz (a labor camp to staff an IG Farben factory), and 45 satellite camps.

Auschwitz I was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners, who began to arrive in May 1940. The first extermination of prisoners took place in September 1941, and Auschwitz II–Birkenau went on to become a major site of the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish question”. From early 1942 until late 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp’s gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe, where they were killed with the pesticide Zyklon B. At least 1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz, around 90 percent of them Jewish; approximately 1 in 6 Jews killed in the Holocaust died at the camp.[1][2] Others deported to Auschwitz included 150,000 Poles, 23,000 Romani and Sinti, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, 400 Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, and tens of thousands of people of diverse nationalities. Many of those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments.

I used videos from the following:

Attribution: Video Creator: William Reid
Link to video:

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Friends – that was Auschwitz up to 1945. How will history paint the butchery of baby-killing abortion of the late 20th century and early 21st century?

JRH 10/7/15

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Planned Parenthood–Today’s Auschwitz

By Diane Robertson

October 7, 2015 7:46 am

The United Families International Blog


All of the videos about Planned Parenthood have come out publically. Many people have seen them. Congress has investigated. Some states took Medicaid funding away from Planned Parenthood because of this illegal practice. And now, judges are stepping in.

After some states defunded Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood and others sued.

In Utah, Governor Gary Herbert saw the videos and decided that state Medicaid money would be better used at other clinics that service women. Federal Judge Clark Waddoups issued a temporary order to stop the Governor’s directive, and scheduled a hearing for Oct. 15 to consider an injunction that would put the governor’s order on hold pending the outcome of the lawsuit. Judge Waddoups said that it’s in the public interest to maintain the services Planned Parenthood provides.

In Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson decided to withhold Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood as well. Three citizens sued and Federal Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction mandating the state to pay for family planning services for these three women. Judge Baker said that if the women went without Planned Parenthood’s services, they would “incur irreparable harm.”

The public does not have a serious interest in the services that Planned Parenthood provides. There are many, many health clinics that provide the exact same services and more. It does not harm Medicaid patients to seek medical care at places other than Planned Parenthood, any more than it harms Medicaid patients to have to use only the providers listed as part of Medicaid services.

States should have the right to decide where tax payer money is being spent without the interference of the federal government. Yet, beyond that, the federal government clearly should not have the power to force states to fund any businesses engaging in illegal practices. The duty of a judge is to stop criminal activity not fund it.

So what can be done? Don’t put up with it. Speak out against these judges. Speak out against abortion. Go to the rallies. Write to your Senators and Representatives. Write to your Governors. Do everything you can to stop the killing and mutilation of the millions of unborn babies Planned Parenthood slaughters every year. Do not be the person standing outside Auschwitz looking at the dead bodies and asking whether or not a crime has been committed.


Murderers Typically Claim Innocence

John R. Houk

© October 7, 2015


Planned Parenthood–Today’s Auschwitz


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