A Texas high school student who claimed her student identification was the “Mark of the Beast” because it was implanted with a radio-frequency identification chip has lost her federal court bid Tuesday challenging her suspension for refusing to wear the card around her neck.
Radio-frequency identification devices are a daily part of the electronic age — found in passports, and library and payment cards. Eventually they’re expected to replace bar-code labels on consumer goods. Now schools across the nation are slowly adopting them as well.
Northside Independent School District in San Antonio began issuing the RFID-chip-laden student-body cards when the semester began in the fall. The ID badge has a bar code associated with a student’s Social Security number, and the RFID chip monitors pupils’ movements on campus, from when they arrive until when they leave.
Sophomore Andrea Hernandez was notified in November by the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio that she won’t be able to continue attending John Jay High School unless she wears the badge around her neck. The district said the girl, who objects largely on religious grounds, would have to attend another high school that does not employ the RFID tags.
shopper who brandished a handgun during a Black Friday scuffle at South Park Mall was within his rights, according to San Antonio police.
Officers were dispatched to the mall’s Sears store about 9 p.m. Thursday in response to a call about a shooting, according to an incident report. When they arrived, they detained Jose Alonzo Salame, 33, who was holding a black 9 mm semi-automatic handgun with a black holster.
“We don’t see this very often,” Officer Matthew Porter said, adding that Salame did not break the law by displaying the weapon. “He was within his rights.”
Read more: mysanantonio.com
Thanks to all who have helped with this excellent project, this year and the 6 before. A link to the donation page is in the first line of the article. Laptops and other supporting electronics are making their way into the hands of those in need!
So far, the Project Valour-IT Fundraising competition resulted in over $15,000 in new funds for adaptive laptops and iPads for wounded troops! It’s already going to work, with over 25 laptops distributed since the fundraising began on July 4, and more to come as the donations continue. Have you donated yet? Have you told a friend or family member who can help? You have the power to change a hero’s life!
This last weekend, five laptops were shipped for distribution at the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, and several more were sent to the hospital at Camp Pendleton. At Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and the Soldiers’ Angels Support Center (SASC) in San Antonio, 11 laptops and iPads were hand-delivered to wounded warriors who will use them to reconnect with the world, address their TBI-related challenges and transition to post-military life. These bits of electronics and plastics are powerful—they change flesh-and-blood lives.
I hope this is nothing…
SAN ANTONIO - The old Bexar County Courthouse was buzzing with FBI agents and a bomb squad after two men were found inside the building early Wednesday morning.
Investigators said two men allegedly climbed a fire escape to the downtown courthouse and entered an unlocked door on the fourth floor around 2 a.m. The men told police they were visiting from out of town, trying to get a tour of the city.
Police said another suspect was found in an RV parked outside the courthouse. All three were arrested for burglary. Two other suspects were detained for questioning.
Investigators said the men spoke French and had Moroccan passports.
Investigators said other documentation found inside the RV showed the suspects have done extensive traveling to high-level security facilities around the country.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement were called to the courthouse overnight.
A board meeting in City Council chambers focusing on dangerous structures in San Antonio was canceled Monday morning — and the historic room was evacuated — after small chunks of plaster fell with a thunk near city inspectors.
Well this is an eye-opener. I was under the impression that most present-day Christians, even Evangelicals, feel that the New Testament abrogates the harsher laws of the Old. Looks like I was wrong—not only do these folks embrace the Old Testament, they seem to take every word literally. Sounds familiar.
It’s an interesting read.
Note: I slightly modified the title of the original article.
The stay-at-home-daughters movement encourages young girls and single women to forgo college and employment in favor of training as “keepers at home.”
November 29, 2010 | “Daughters aren’t to be independent. They’re not to act outside the scope of their father. As long as they’re under the authority of their fathers, fathers have the ability to nullify or not the oaths and the vows. Daughters can’t just go out independently and say, ‘I’m going to marry whoever I want.’ No. The father has the ability to say, ‘No, I’m sorry, that has to be approved by me.’”
There’s a lot of talk in American mainstream media lately about the diminishing role of men — fathers, in particular. Have feminism and reproductive technology made them obsolete? Are breadwinning wives and career-oriented mothers emasculating them?
No such uncertainty exists in the mind of Doug Phillips, the man quoted above. The San Antonio minister is the founder of Vision Forum, a beachhead for what’s known as the Christian Patriarchy Movement, a branch of evangelical Christianity that takes beliefs about men as leaders and women as homemakers to anachronistic extremes. Vision Forum Ministries is, according to its Statements of Doctrine, “committed to affirming the historic faith of Biblical Christianity,” with special attention to the historical faith found in the book of Genesis, when God created Eve as a “helper” to Adam. According to Christian Patriarchy, marriage bonds man (the symbol of Christ) to woman (the symbol of the Church). It’s a model that situates husbands and fathers in a position of absolute power: If a woman disobeys her “master,” whether father or husband, she’s defying God. Thus, women in the Christian Patriarchy Movement aren’t just stay-at-home mothers — they’re stay-at-home daughters as well. And many of them wouldn’t have it any other way.
The stay-at-home-daughters movement, which is promoted by Vision Forum, encourages young girls and single women to forgo college and outside employment in favor of training as “keepers at home” until they marry. Young women pursuing their own ambitions and goals are viewed as selfish and antifamily; marriage is not a choice or one piece of a larger life plan, but the ultimate goal. Stay-at-home daughters spend their days learning “advanced homemaking” skills, such as cooking and sewing, and other skills that at one time were a necessity — knitting, crocheting, soap- and candle-making. A father is considered his daughter’s authority until he transfers control to her husband.