Saturday, June 17, 2006

Standing Up Against Elite Left Bias

Here we have yet another looney liberal left case that fraudulently attempts to quell the free speech rights of those that they disagree with. The student in the article is to be commended for not backing down on his convictions and his willingness to show those in power at the public schools that their personal bias does not trump the laws protecting free speech!

If you can financially help this young man (who is about to enter into the Marines to help defend you, our country and our Constitutional free speech rights!) then please click on the link below!

God bless Joshua Denhalter! A courageous young man!



Saturday, June 17, 2006

Illegals protester seeks equal time
Student in appeals court after counter-demonstration barred

Posted: June 17, 20061:00 a.m. Eastern

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A California student has filed an emergency appeal claiming high school officials intentionally interfered with his right to speak out on the issue of illegal immigration.

Joshua Denhalter of Jurupa Valley High School in Mira Loma, Calif., alleges he was barred from holding a counter-protest after students March 27, mostly of Mexican-American descent, illegally walked out of school in protest of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would make being in the country illegally a felony.

Denhalter is represented by the public interest firm Lively, Ackerman & Cowles, which filed the appeal yesterday with the California Fourth District Court of Appeal, requesting he be allowed to "express himself freely as to political matters until the end of the school year," June 21.

The student, who plans to begin Marine Corps boot camp June 26, says that instead of walking out and being truant, he chose to organize a legitimate and lawful counter-protest during the lunch hour March 30.

The emergency appeal follows a superior court's refusal to hear Denhalter's demand for relief

June 14

Attorney Richard Ackerman called the school's actions "one of the worst governmental censorship cases I have seen in over a decade of practice."

"It is simply unbelievable that a school district would take sides with those who promote illegal activity over a student wishing to express his protected views in a traditionally and legally acceptable manner," Ackerman said. "These officials must be severely punished for their actions."

The suit says the "peaceable assembly" was to take place across from the school on a public sidewalk, which traditionally is considered a public forum.

Denhalter claims the assembly would not have disrupted school activities because the high school has an "open lunch" period in which students are free to come and go.

Any student, therefore, could have attended the assembly during lunch without disruption or violation of truancy laws.

On the morning of March 30, Denhalter handed out fliers for the event and later was approached by school officials who told him he had to stop.

The student refused and was suspended for "handing out flyers (before school) advocating the disruption of school activities."

The suit argues, however, the school did not punish the dozens of students who walked out in violation of the law several days before.

Denhalter also points out that from March 27-30, the school allowed the radical Hispanic separatist group MEChA to sponsor an on-campus rally in opposition to the House bill.

Denhalter's request to sponsor a similar rally on campus was denied by the school board.

The suit also says that on May 25 school officials barred Denhalter from wearing a "Save Our State T-shirt.

Ackerman says Denhalter, on the verge of entering the Marine Corps, cannot afford the litigation and is accepting tax-deductible donations through the Sacramento-based Pro Family Law Center.


Michael S. Class said...

Right now, across the country, high school students are walking out of their classrooms and marching for "immigrant rights." But, in the United States, immigrants already have rights. So, what are we really witnessing when we see these students march?

Sadly, we are seeing proof that too many high school students don’t know the difference between legal and illegal immigration. But it’s not surprising, because their teachers and the news media call illegal aliens ‘immigrants’ and ‘undocumented workers’. The students don't know that legal immigration means Americans are making conscious choices about who they admit for citizenship, and that illegal immigration is simply an invasion.

The students who are walking out of school and protesting today should really be asking themselves why their cities and states encourage illegal immigration by offering benefits to illegal aliens. That’s a slap in the face to every legal immigrant who waited in line for their chance to come to America. Offering amnesty to illegal aliens cheapens American citizenship: It's like offering a K-Mart "Blue-Light Special" on a valuable treasure. Many of these students are spitting on the memory of their own ancestors: They don't value their own heritage.

My name is Michael Class. I live in the Seattle area with my wife and two children. I am a retired "dot-com" executive who just couldn't sit by and let the mis-education of America's youth go unchallenged anymore. I'm tired of seeing America's next generation being fed a curriculum of politically-correct misinformation, guilt, and shame.

I was appalled at how some teachers presented American history to my own children. My son and daughter learned that Thomas Jefferson had slaves - before they learned that he wrote the document articulating our rights and duties as free people. European settlers killed Native Americans with blankets infected with smallpox, they found out. That “fact” upstaged the stories of courage, perseverance, and curiosity that defined the pioneers. My children knew that more than a hundred thousand people died when the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan, but they were not made to understand the moral context and the enormous scale of the conflict called World War II in which the atomic bomb story fit.

"Don't say illegal aliens," my children were told in the classroom. "It's offensive."

I wrote, photographed, and published a book designed to set the record straight, to teach the real lessons of American history, and to prepare our children for the future. My book is called Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame.

In the book, my real-life son, twelve-year-old Anthony, time-travels to 1907 and meets his immigrant great-grandfather at Ellis Island. Anthony listens as officials question the new arrivals and document their intentions in the United States. Anthony witnesses the personal impact of immigration policy: He sees some people turned away at America’s door, causing families to split up.

It's a harsh lesson: The purpose of immigration policy is to discriminate, to make choices about the people we want to admit to the United States.

Even when admitted to the United States, Anthony learns that life in the new land is anything but certain. Anthony’s great-grandfather masters the language of America - English - and works his way through school, only to end up in the trenches of World War I, and then back in America during the Great Depression. Eventually, he starts a business, rises from poverty, and raises a family.

To tell the story of America's earlier immigration experience, I used advanced digital photography to insert Anthony into historical photographs. And I didn’t stop with family history: Anthony meets famous American heroes and witnesses pivotal events of the 20th century. Anthony is pictured in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis with Charles Lindbergh, on the moon with Neil Armstrong, in the laboratories of Thomas Edison and Jonas Salk, and on Normandy beach on D-Day. Throughout the book, historical accuracy rules: Even Anthony’s conversations with America’s heroes are based on things they really said.

While writing and photographing the book, I spoke with relatives of famous scientists and inventors, Holocaust survivors, award-winning biographers, and others who could help me ensure that the facts of the book were both accurate and vivid. The book includes more than 500 footnotes.

But the book goes beyond a simple recitation of historical facts: the book presents the moral lessons of American history. The chapter about Lindbergh’s flight is really about choosing one’s destiny. The story of Lou Gehrig is one of a virtuous life. The chapter about Thomas Edison is really about business. The story of Apollo 11 is about wonder, taking risks, and courage. The story of Dr. Jonas Salk and the cure for polio is really about dedicating one’s life to a higher purpose. Anthony’s observation of D-Day and the liberation of the death camps during the Holocaust is a testament to the reality of evil and the need to fight it.

When Anthony meets his immigrant great-grandfather at Ellis Island, it’s really a story about what it means to be an American. Anthony’s great-grandfather says: “I became an American because I believe in America, and it’s my belief in America that makes me an American.” Anthony comes to realize the simple truth of his great-grandfather's statement, and remarks: “America is an idea as much as it is a place. I am no different than my great-grandfather and all the immigrants who came to this land: I can only be an American by choice.”

It's not an easy book. The book challenges the reader to see the modern world in the light of the lessons of the past. Anthony compares the people and events of the past with the people and events of his own time. Anthony discusses the nature of good and evil, right and wrong, war and peace, what it means to be an American, honor and discipline, success and achievement, courage and destiny, marriage and family, God and purpose.

I hope that you will read the book, remember the truth, and share it with your children.

We can't afford to raise a generation of Americans who do not value their country, their heritage, and their place in the world. As Abraham Lincoln said: America is the "last best hope of earth."

All of the above information can be found in the new book: Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame, by Michael S. Class.

Thank you.

Michael S. Class

Web Site:

Christinewjc said...

Hello Michael,

Thanks for coming over to my blog and telling me about your book. It sounds wonderful! Every high school student should have the opportunity to read your book! But I'm sure that the liberal left loonies that currently rules in the public schools wouldn't allow it. Can you believe that the NEA now wants to endorse same-sex marriage in public schools? I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone with all the craziness that goes on because of the liberals!

Anyway, I think that the correct analysis that your book provides could have helped prevent the hypocrisy that happened during the March "pro-illegal immigration rallies" held by hispanics and their supporters at the public schools.

Get this. My friend's son was originally on the side of the "amnesty for illegals" crowd until he was involved in a fight with a group that surrounded him near the school. These thugs thought it would be fun to "gang up on the white boy" and they proceeded to attack him one by one. "Jack" (not real name) went wild and fought off this gang of 5 by himself!! Then, an hispanic friend he made in a class last year drove up and told the guys in Spanish to leave him alone... he's a "good guy."

This was just one incident of many, I'm sure.

The school closed down the next day (on that Friday) because of all the tension that was brewing on campus. Know why? Because they didn't want those who do not want illegal immigration amnesty to demonstrate their views the next day!

Needless to say, "Jack" no longer believes that amnesty for millions of illegals is a good idea anymore...