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In-Depth: Beaver Area School District Facing Controversies And Protests Involving “Young Life” Group

A Beaver Area school board protest scheduled for Monday in support of the suspended high school principal is based on an assumption of religious discrimination that school officials wholeheartedly deny. But the kerfuffle has brought new light to the religious organization Principal Steve Wellendorf represents: Beaver Valley Young Life (BVYL), a nonprofit international Christian group…

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Cristen Bridges
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Cristen Bridges

I find it odd that this article mentioned Moriah but didn’t mention the important facts of that situation. Carrie Rowe did try to censor the free speech of a student. (I believe based on her bias against religion). BAHS did change their outdated and illegal policy and extend an apology to Moriah. Instead they chose to give voice to the opinion of a former student who supports Rowe. Easy to see where this writer stands when it comes to fair and balanced reporting. I guess facts just aren’t that important in journalism these days. Another slanted perspective represented in the media. Just what this country (and community) needs. I won’t be surprised if this comment ends up deleted.

kklyneal
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kklyneal

I agree completely. I attended school board meetings for 6 months along with many other taxpayers and parents. Rowe and the board obstinately refused to answer any questions at all. They let us speak and sat their passively hostile and even told us “You can speak, but we wont’ respond.” I personally handed out research to the entire board, including Rowe, with the very clear legal protection of a students graduation speech, reprinting the U.S Constitution, the U.S Board of Education rules, and the PA Constitution, along with PA rules and regulations, ALL OF WHICH ROWE TOOK AN OATH TO UPHOLD in order to become superintendent.
They would not respond, even when I reminded Rowe of her oath and the fact that she had violated it.
Rowe would not back down until First Liberty moved to press charges.
Rowe and the board are most definitely anti Christian. Rowe had NO legal right to censure any Christian students speech. And obviously Wellendorf, as well as other Young Life members, are being pushed out of BHS by Rowe. Beradelli is absolutely right about that. We all know it.

And parents have a right to raise their children as Christian, and to no have their religious rights trampled on by Rowe and the school. There is gay and LBGTQ “normalization indoctrination” going on in all our schools. Common Core is evil.

This has to stop.

buzzkill
Member
buzzkill

Luke is right on target with this situation. Liberals and so called progressives have been tearing down the institutions that have made this country the greatest in the world.

They always love to quote the initial part of the First Amendment to the US Constitution regarding religion:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”

But they hate and ignore the rest of the line :
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.”

They use parts and pieces of the Constitution out of context to push an agenda.
With the new makeup of the US Supreme Court, expect to see recent decisions rolled back.
Two or Three more Supremes will be replaced in coming years. Changing the court composition and attitude toward the liberal agendas even more.

Daedalus
Guest
Daedalus

Sorta like the way that Conservatives always seem to forget that the words “well-regulated” are in the Second Amendment???

kklyneal
Guest
kklyneal

Nope. The right to bear arms is also an INDIVIDUAL right, as our supreme court has already ruled on. Did you forget that this was already challenged? Kinda like you forget the supreme court ruling, eh?

LoveIsLove
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LoveIsLove

I find it disgusting that I live in a community where people like Berardelli and organizations like BVYL are tolerated. And people complaining because their children are being taught diversity and acceptance in school? You are what is poisoning our society with your ugly hatred. Stop using God to justify your homophobia.

Janet
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Janet

I will always stand firm in my beliefs. I do not use God to justify anything. I believe in God and follow His teachings. I realize that not everyone believes in God or has the same opinions that I do, and that’s OK. Everyone is accountable for themselves. I have nothing against any member of the LGBTQ community. Just because I don’t agree with their choice does not mean that I don’t love and respect them as s person, because I do.
I believe that diversity, acceptance and tolerance can and should be taught without an agenda. Children are innocent and should not be put in the middle of political, personal, religious or any other agenda.

klyneal
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klyneal

This is so ridiculous.
From the article:
“One English class already had to do a paper on LGBTQ. When a student said that it’s not normal, the teacher said that he couldn’t say that. My children have moral beliefs and Christian beliefs that we taught them from day one. I do not want the school trying to indoctrinate them that this is the new normal. It is not. It is against God’s will for us. They can do what they want in their own personal life, that’s on them, but don’t try to mess with the beliefs of very impressionable children.”

But attempting to “mess with the beliefs” of children is exactly what critics of Young Life say it is working to achieve in the district.
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What the author of this article doesn’t seem to realize, even AS the author is writing it, is that the Young Life group is in line with what the parents want for their children. The school is not.

The Young Life group helps especially at risk children, and deals with them as individuals.

THE YOUNG LIFE GROUP DOES NOT SEND ANNOUNCEMENTS OUT TO THE ENTIRE STUDENT BODY TO SUPPORT “VERY POSITIVE” PRO LGBT RALLYS.

How can the author contradict themself so clearly and not know it? And the author himself is showing anti Christian bias.

Do the writers of these articles actually read what they wrote before they publish it?

Being gay was never an issue for Christians, Conservatives or the Young Life group. They will befriend and support any child that needs a friend, regardless of their beliefs.

Rowe’s pro gay agenda was very clearly laid out when she made the school wide pro LGBT announcement, then called the media to film her orchestrated events and her pre-prepared anti Christian/pro gay “coming out” speech for the evening news.

These people clearly show what their agenda is with every action and word, then say “I don’t have an agenda.”

right. And I’m batman.

kklyneal
Guest
kklyneal

“Where people like Beradelli and BVYL are tolerated????” And just what are “these people” like?
Mmmm?
Why shouldn’t they be tolerated just as much as you are?
Christians are diverse, and they are tolerant of other views. You just don’t like their views, so YOU are being intolerant with YOUR ugly hatred. “People like that” really, quite hateful and intolerant of you. There is nothing wrong with “people like that” but there is something wrong with your ugly attitude.

Christians don’t agree with your views. You don’t agree with theirs. Welcome to American, dear.

mileage may vary
Guest
mileage may vary

After reading the above story, I now, more than ever, believe this quote: “If God were alive today, He’d be an atheist.”

kklyneal
Guest
kklyneal

Your quote is an oxymoron. But ok. Whatever floats yer boat!

Raven
Member
Raven

This whole matter began as an enforcement of the Establishment Clause by the district. They enforced the law. And, neither the liberals, conservatives nor anyone else picked and chose the parts to be applied. All of these issues have been argued, litigated and written into the Constitution and are encoded into state law and the PA Dept. of Education.

Don’t like the law? Change the law, don’t shoot the messengers.

That said, in my humble opinion, their champion seems again to be a local loudmouthed gadfly for the woefully self-pitying disenfranchised, and he never seems to be happy unless he is stroking his lance to tilt at windmills.

Don Quixote
Guest
Don Quixote

Did you just make a Don Quixote reference?? Yes.. yes you did. Brilliantly done.

kklyneal
Guest
kklyneal

Brilliantly? I suggest you people google “First Liberty Moriah Bridges.” The only person rushing at windmills was Rowe, and she ended up having to publicly apologize and promise to clarify the rules so that no other Christian student was illegally discriminated against anymore.

Fact. Go read it.

kklyneal
Guest
kklyneal

?? How did this matter start with an enforcement of the Establishment Clause?

And if you actually READ “First Liberty Moriah Bridges, ” you’ll find that the Establishment clause specifically states that a students graduation speech is PROTECTED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT.

And the establishment clause was enforced when Rowe had to issue an apology to Moriah Bridges for violating her first amendment rights by illegally censuring her speech.

And yes, these protections are clearly written into the U.S Constitution, the PA Constitution, and the FEDERAL BOARD OF EDUCATION RULES. ALL of which Rowe took an oath to uphold when she became superintendent.

Rowe VIOLATED all these rules, and a students religious rights.

If YOU or Rowe don’t like the laws that made us the FREEST nation to every exist, you can try to change them. And good luck with that. Especially since our supreme court is not comprised of liberal activist judges anymore. You’ll only be charging at windmills yourself.

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