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Still adhering to the lie perpetuated by mainstream media and various powers that be about red states and blue states? All those red states we’ve been told about now since the 2000 national election are conservative and good folks live there? And evil only resides and works in those liberal leftist blue states? Or believing the existence of the mythological American Bible Belt in Middle America, especially in the middle southwest and south? Or the lie told today that America is a Christian nation and somehow vastly different than any other nation on earth? Our people somehow purer? Holier in the sight of God [Who is a respecter of no persons and judges purely, without exception — there is no American exceptionalism in God’s sight and judgment, and in reality, those who contend to be so holy and are not are judged more severely. You can find these truths in a book called the Holy Bible. The Word of God]? Somehow we’re less sinful? We’re in like flint with God due to being American citizens and registered Republican voters?
Oklahoma is considered by those espousing the misdirection and propaganda as being not only red but DEEP RED.
The Bible Belt has been loosed, tossed away in the trash bin and now the region wears leisure pants with a very elastic waistband to accommodate the expanding obesity of sin being ingested.
Until and unless each individual breaks away from the distracting delusion it’s about politics, about political parties and it’s all about America and comes to their spiritual sense and awareness that IT’S ALL ABOUT GOD. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HOLY BIBLE, AND THAT IT’S ALL ABOUT THE INTENSIFYING SPIRITUAL WAR TAKING PLACE AROUND AND WITHIN EVERY INDIVIDUAL THOSE INDIVIDUALS REFUSING THE LIGHT OF TRUTH WILL REMAIN DARKNESS, IN DARKNESS, SERVING DARKNESS AND THIS WORLD.
Yes, emphasis must be made because so few appear to see, to hear, to understand. Especially so many professing to be disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, children of God — Christians!
Not in the Light, living the Way, according to the Truth, leading to the Life. Serving the Lord rather than serving all the noise, rebellion, war of words, unsound doctrines, out and our lies and constant distractions put before them of politics, political parties, elections, and America as this exempt from sin and judgment and the wrath of God place where it’s all cut and dry with regard to folks due solely to their political beliefs — rather than their spiritual, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, and Bible beliefs!
Ken Pullen, A CROOKED PATH, Wednesday, January 11th, 2023
Oklahoma State University sued over policies that punish students for ‘opinionated’ views
January 10, 2023
By Kendall Tietz
Reprinted from FOX News
A college free speech advocacy organization is suing Oklahoma State University (OSU) over policies that they argue deter, suppress and punish students for constitutionally protected speech regarding political and social issues.
Speech First filed a lawsuit Tuesday against OSU challenging three of its speech policies they claim are designed to chill and silence student speech, which is in turn a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendment rights of students, according to the lawsuit.
“These policies not only force students to censor themselves when they interact with one another, but they also put students in the mindset that they should be offended by the opinions of others they disagree with, and that by committing the offense of being ‘bias,’ or what most of us may just call ‘being opinionated,’ warrants disciplinary action against you,” Executive Director of Speech First Cherise Trump said.
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One of the policies at issue in Speech First’s lawsuit is the bias-incidents policy that allows students to file reports against their peers for their “bias” and includes speech both on and off campus, as well as on social media, according to the lawsuit. Bias is defined by OSU as “a disproportionate weight in favor of or against an idea or thing, usually in a way that is close-minded, prejudicial, or unfair.”
Because bias is defined so broadly, “speech is often labeled ‘biased’ based solely on the listener’s subjective reaction to it,” Speech First said in a press release.
Students have been reported for actions like, writing a satirical article about “safe spaces,” tweeting “#BlackLivesMatter,” chalking “Build the Wall” on a sidewalk and for expressing support of President Donald Trump, according to the lawsuit. Members of bias-response teams are responsible for logging the incident, investigating the situation, meeting with relevant parties and attempting to “reeducate” the “offender,” which can result in formal or informal discipline, according to the lawsuit.
Trump told Fox News Digital that Speech First often refers to these teams as “censor squads,” but they are “essentially the thought police” that asks students to report fellow students “for anything that goes against the university’s orthodoxy of their policy prescriptions.”
“These are the same types of tactics that we have seen in regimes across the world in the past, and it is disconcerting to see those tactics being practiced on campuses,” she added.
The lawsuit also challenges OSU’s Harassment Policy, which disciplines students for speech deemed “intimidating” or “verbal abuse,” as well as any actions that are “persistent, severe, or pervasive” or actions that “threatens or endangers the mental … health” of another student, according to the lawsuit. Speech First said the policy is “so vague that it can easily be applied to a wide swath of protected speech.”
In the age of microaggressions, where students regularly talk about how violence has been committed against them because of something someone has said, “you kind of ask yourself what is considered to threaten and endanger someone’s mental health” because the definition is so broad, Trump said.
The third policy challenged is OSU’s Computer Policy which “forbids students from using their student email accounts for protected political speech,” according to Speech First’s press release.
Clubs on campus, like the College Republicans or the College Democrats for example, are unsure if an event they advertise over email would be included in this policy, Trump said.
“It [the policy] doesn’t tell you what counts and what doesn’t,” she said. “Students don’t actually know if they send something that’s political in an email, whether or not they might lose access to their emails later on.”
The “vague” policies restrict constitutionally protected speech, which in turn, “chills protected speech and expression,” according to the lawsuit. Some examples of actions that could result in student punishment include a comment made in class, a written comment, “incorrect name or pronoun usage” or an “offensive picture or image.”
“Oklahoma State’s policies are clearly designed to monitor, investigate, and restrict student speech all together,” Trump said. “The fact that students can’t even express an opinion without worrying that another student can use a campus policy to report on them shows us that the school’s administrators have no interest in protecting students’ rights.”
Speech First argues that these policies will lead students to self-censor their speech, which in turn, will impact the college experience where student’s ideas should be challenged, shared, and vigorously debated.
“Universities should focus their efforts on fostering and promoting debate and open discourse” and “encouraging students to engage with ideas they find challenging,” Trump said. “Oklahoma State’s policies have the opposite effect and violate their students’ First Amendment rights.”
“These policies are stopping students from exchanging in robust debates,” she added. “Instead, it’s creating enmity among students and their peers.”
Trump said that student members of Speech First who attend OSU want to be able to discuss political and social issues that are important to them, but because of these policies, they don’t have the opportunity for fear of retaliation.
“It is evidence of a prevailing trend across the country on college campuses that needs to be stopped,” Trump said. “University officials have created a series of rules and regulations on campuses that restrain, deter, suppress and punish speech based on anything that’s political or social.”
Speech First has challenged similar bias-response teams at the University of Texas, the University of Michigan and the University of Central Florida, which have now been disbanded as a result.
OSU did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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