Monday, April 6, 2015

There are 11,020 registered Libertarians in Louisiana.



According to the Louisiana Secretary of State's office, these are the numbers of registrants for all the parties on the Louisiana voter registration rolls as of April 1, 2015:

Democratic 1337557
Republican 805944
No Party 666381
INDEPENDENT 50482
Libertarian 11020
Green Party 2051
Reform Party 1388
OTHER 1369
CONSERVATIVE 772
AMERICANS ELECT 560
TEA PARTY 263
LIBERAL 225
CHRISTIAN 160
CONSTITUTION 129
AMERICAN 108
OPEN 91
MODERATE 84
PRUD ACT RSLTS 82
SOCIALIST 69
UNDECIDED 65
LILBERTARIAN 62
CONSTITUTIONAL 47
TEA 36
MAJOR 35
INDEPENDENCE 30
UNAFFILIATED 29
NON PARTISAN 28
JEDI 25
REPUBLIC 24
COMMUNIST 23
CONFEDERATE 23
NEUTRAL 23
LIBERTAIN 22
MARIJUANA 20
UNDECLARED 18
WHIG 17
PROGRESSIVE 16
ANARCHIST 15
LIB 15
FACIST 14
REFORMIST 14
EARTH FIRST 13
3RD PARTY 12
CENTRIST 12

CONSTITUTIONALI 12
LIBRAL 11
SEGREGATION 11
INDIVIDUAL 10
MODERN WHIG 10
PRESIDENTIAL 8
FEDERALIST 7
NAP 7
PATRIOT 7
PRIMARY 7
DEM SOCIALIST 6
NON-PARTISAN 6
U S TAXPAYERS 6
WARD 6
BULL MOOSE 5
COMMON SENSE 5
CONSERVATIST 5
FREE 5
POPULIST 5
Republitarian 5
SOCIALIST USA 5
TAX PAYERS 5
THIRD PARTY 5
WHITE 5
AMERICAN PARTY 4
BAJEDGOD 4
BAPTIST 4
CATHOLIC REG 4
DEM.REP 4
GDI 4
LIBERALIST 4
NAT SOC 4
PIRATE 4
SOUTHERN 4
STATES RIGHTS 4
AEROSMITH 3
AM INDEPENDENT 3
ANARCH 3
BEST 3
BROWN 3
ChrstnSocialist 3
CIVIL LIBERTAR 3
CONS 3
DEMOC SOCIAL 3
JESUS 3
NATURAL LAW 3

PEACE & FREEDO 3
PRIVATE 3
THEOCRATIC 3
USA 3
AMERICAN INDEP 2
ANARCHY 2
BI PARTISAN 2
BI-PARTISAN 2
BIPARTISAN 2
BLACK 2
BLACK PANTHER 2
COMMITTEE 2
COMMUNITARIAN 2
CONFIDENTIAL 2
CONST CONSERVAT 2
DANSEREAU 2
DEPENDENT 2
FREEDOM 2
HAZAL 2
INDIVIDUALIST 2
JasonJohnLeMair 2
JEFFERSONIAN 2
KINGDOM 2
LA TAXPAYERS 2
LABOR 2
LIBERAL REP 2
MIXED 2
MUSLIM 2
NATIONAL 2
NATIONALIST 2
NATURAL 2
NEW PARTY 2
NON PARTISIAN 2
NONPARTISAN 2
NUNYA 2
NUTRAL 2
PAR 2
PEACE 2
PEACE&FREEDOM 2
PEOPLES CHOICE 2
POLITICAL 2
POSSIBILITARIAN 2
RASTAFARIAN 2
SOC-DEM 2
SPLIT 2
WORKERS 2

AID 1
ALBERTUS 1
AMERICA 1
ANTI-PARTY 1
BANANA 1
BEST CHOICE 1
Best One 1
BILLY 1
CAJUN 1
CENRIST 1
CHOICE 1
CHRIST CO 1
CHRONIC HIWAII 1
CITIZEN 1
CONSERVANCE 1
CONSERVATED 1
CONSTRUCTIONALI 1
CU TAI WOU 1
DEPENDS 1
DISCORDIAN 1
DRUID 1
FAIR 1
FREEDOMIST 1
GALACTIC EMPIRE 1
GOD 1
GOVERNMENT 1
GREEN PEACE 1
GRILLED CHEESE 1
HUMAN 1
HUMANITARIAN 1
IMPERIALIST 1
INTERNETARIAN 1
KINGDOM OF GOD 1
LEAGUE OF SOUT 1
LIB.REPUBLICAN 1
LIBERAL DEM 1
LOYALIST 1
MARIJUANA REG 1
ME 1
MEADOW 1
MILLENNIUM 1
MINIMALIST 1
MODERATE REPUBL 1
MONARCHIST 1
MOOR 1
MOORISH NATIONA 1

MOTHER 1
NATIONAL SOCIA 1
NON-DENOMIN 1
P 1
PARTY OF ONE 1
PEDESTRIAN 1
PENTECOSTAL 1
PRO LIFE 1
PROG DEM 1
PROHIBITION 1
PROPREPRESENPTY 1
PRS 1
RADICAL 1
RAINBOW 1
REALIST 1
RENEW 1
REP-AMERICAN 1
RIGHT 1
RIGHT TO LIFE 1
RIGHTWING WHIG 1
SENSATIONALIST 1
SOUTHERN PARTY 1
SOUTHERN REF 1
SPIRITUAL 1
SUB GENIUS 1
SUPERMAN PARTY 1
TAXPAYERS 1
THEOCRAT 1
THUNDER CRAB 1
UNCLASSIFIED 1
UNION 1
UNITED NEUTRAL 1
UNITED REPUBLI 1
UNITED WE ST 1
VETERANS 1
WINDO 1
WORKING CLASS 1
WORLD PARTY 1
Y 1

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Walnut Hill To Hold Program By Christian Evangelist for All 7th & 8th Graders


Yesterday I posted about explicitly Christian proselytizing being done by the principal at Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School in Shreveport. Later in the day, in response to a complaint, the ACLU of Louisiana sent an open letter to the Caddo Parish Superintendent of Schools regarding those Establishment Clause violations at Walnut Hill.

This morning someone sent me a scan of the announcements distributed yesterday to Walnut Hill faculty:

The relevant part is that announcement at the bottom:
Apparently, Walnut Hill will be having a mandatory assembly for all 7th and 8th graders tomorrow morning during school hours. The assembly is being sponsored by a church and will feature a Christian evangelist/rapper. I suppose it's possible that Curvine Brewington will keep his message secular since he's performing at a public school. However, given what we have already seen from this school, I have my doubts.

UPDATE (4/2/15): I don't know how Curvine's presentation at Walnut Hill went yesterday. If anybody has a video, please post it.

According to Curvine's instagram on Wednesday he also "crashed lunch at 2 public schools." Apparently, those schools were Byrd and Southwood.


In the video on Curvine's instagram post, you can hear a bit of his lunchtime freestyling, which includes lyrics such as "Yeah, these guys, they love the Lord. I'm riding with them."

(I wonder if Greydon Square would be allowed to crash lunch at these schools and freestyle with the kids.)

Here's how Curvine's "homie" Zac Rowe instagrammed it:


"All in your schools with it! Lol Curvine will be throwing a concert for 1NE Student Ministry tonight! @ 6pm see you there !!"

Zac Rowe is a children's pastor at Word of God Ministries, the church that sponsored Curvine's visit to Walnut Hill.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Caddo Parish Public Schools Have an Establishment Clause Problem




Last night someone I know posted the above images on Facebook. These are flyers which were distributed by Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School, which is a public school in Shreveport.

When I looked up the school's website, I found the following in the "Principal's Message" section:

Our school may be old of age, but it is cleaned, well-maintained and free of debris and graffiti.  Our faculty may not be monetarily rich, but they care, share and give to our students a wealth of knowledge that will help them become our country's doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, nurses, and yes, even presidents.  Our students come from all economic levels, communities, races and origins, but at our school they unite and become one indivisible student body under the Walnut Hill banner of excellence, fairness, and quality for all.
     The sun may not shine outside, but inside our laughter, smiles, encouragement, praise and love for our children dazzle the day.  Although cloudy days are sometimes evident, the light of optimism, the rays of hope and the joy of teaching and helping our students brighten these cloudy days.
     Our parents may not visit our school each day, but their support, compliments, quick response to our cry for help and love for their children and school is unwavering.
     Although all children may not blossom at the same time, our faculty continues to fertilize their minds, water their thoughts, nourish their spirit, pull back the blinds so that the light can stream in, and soon, they bud, grow, and prosper.
     On mornings when the sun is beaming or hidden, our student prayer group, "Hornets for Hope", pray and give thanks to the Son of God for carrying our school over the thorns of negativity and the thistles of discord and setting it gently on the petals of harmony and the lily of tranquility.  Our "Hornets for Hope" thank God for giving us a school that believes in God, family, and education.
     We thank God for helping us to realize that if we removed Christ, family, and teachers from the lives of our children there is no way that adding more police officers, legislating more laws, building more jails, requiring more testing, mandating more parental involvement, earning more money, or purchasing more things could ever replace the blessings of God, the love of our family, and the knowledge imparted by our teachers.
     A hundred years from now it will not matter what type of house we lived in, what color our skin was, how much money we had or what brand of clothes we wore, but what will matter is that we steadfastly walked in the ways of Christ, that we honored and loved our parents, family, and fellow man and that we lived by our school motto"
"Work for the Best - Accept only the Best - Be the very, very Best."
And that in itself is truly a Blessing!         
Albert Hardison, Principal                                     


Obviously, those flyers and the last three paragraphs of the "Principal's Message" cross the church/state line. That principal has opened his school up to a lot of legal trouble. (Also, the person who wrote the flyer misspelled "Philippians," which raises other questions about the school.)

However, the Establishment Clause problem may extend to other schools in Caddo Parish. The photograph below appears in a slideshow on the main page of the www.caddoschools.org site.



Note that there's a citation below "In God We Trust" on the team's t-shirts. It says, "Phil. 4:13" (which is the same bible verse mentioned in the Walnut Hill flyer). By adding that citation, they have turned the national motto, which is supposedly an example of ceremonial deism, into an explicitly Christian statement. They've also helped show a pattern of Establishment Clause violations by this school district.


Interestingly, the Walnut Hill principal added the words "In God We Trust" after his name at the end of a school security memo which was sent to parents.

Just a quick look around the Caddo school system's website turned up at least one other potential Establishment Clause problem. A principal at another school says on the school's website that she "attributes her success to a strong faith in God." (Also, the school's website misspells the word "principal," but at least that's not unconstitutional.)





UPDATE: Within a day of the ACLU of Louisiana sending an open letter to the Caddo superintendent of schools, the "Principal's Message" on the Walnut Hill website has been changed to comply with the Establishment Clause.