Colorado Springs

Christian Student Group Wins Lawsuit with University of Colorado

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) has settled a lawsuit with a Christian student group which forces the university to recognize the group as an official student organization. Breitbart News reported in February that a Christian student group at UCCS had filed a lawsuit against their university over its refusal to recognize them as an official student organization. This week, UCCS settled with the Ratio Christi student group. The original legal complaint against the university claimed that administrators told students that they could not require their group leader to be a Christian. “It has refused to do so specifically because this religious organization seeks to ensure that its leaders share its beliefs and that its members support its mission, even though other student organizations do the same,” the complaint read. According to a report from The College Fix, Ratio Christi settled with UCCS. As a result of the settlement, the University of Colorado will be forced to recognize the group as an official student organization. Additionally, the students will now be permitted to choose their own leaders. Alliance for Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Travis Barham said that he is pleased with the outcome of the settlement. Barham claims that the settlement included an admission by the university that they failed to uphold the students’ right to free association. “It would be absurd for the university to require the vegan student group to appoint a meat-lover as its president,” Barham said. “Thankfully, the university has acknowledged its error and announced a policy that respects students’ rights to free association, no longer forcing Christian students to let atheists or other non-Christians to lead their Bible studies in order to become a registered club.”

Congrats to Ratio Christi for taking on the bully’s at UCCS in court…and winning!  Outstanding!!  🙂

‘Racist’ Incident That Sparked Air Force Viral ‘Bigotry’ Speech Proven a Hoax

Air Force Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria was quick to react in September to allegations of racism at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. But now the incident that sparked the general’s reaction has been proven a hoax. Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria delivered a video on Facebook that quickly went viral after reports of “racism” on campus. In the video the Gen. addressed his cadets, saying, “If you can’t treat someone from another race or different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out”: According to the Washington Post, the message “Go home,” followed by the N-word, was written in black marker on the message boards of five black cadet candidates. The academy pledged to launch a full investigation into the incident. But now, it appears that the incident was a hoax all along. Investigators found that one of the black students himself had written the “racist” message, the Associated Press reported. The cadet who reportedly admitted to writing the obscene message is no longer at the school. Authorities have declined to say whether he was expelled or if he withdrew of his own volition. Officials have also declined to identify the student. Lt. Gen. Silveria defended his widely seen response video by saying the sentiment was still relevant even though the incident has proven to be a hoax. “Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed,” the general told the Gazette newspaper. “You can never over-emphasize the need for a culture of dignity and respect — and those who don’t understand those concepts, aren’t welcome here.”

Talk about CYA..   Wow…  The whole thing was a hoax, and yet the Superintendent didn’t walk it back one bit upon learning that.  It’s probably the safe, politically correct, thing to do for someone who probably aspires to get his 4th star.   But, it’s poor leadership.  After all, if you’ve seen the video (if not, click on the text above), he reams his people assuming they were part of this “racist” act.  Come to find out, it never happened!  Instead of being stubborn and sticking to the liberal, pc, talking points, the general should have had a team huddle ..and addressed this latest twist, with a little humility.  Maybe say he’s “grateful” to learn that nobody here was part of anything like that, and that the person who was, has left the school.

 

Colorado professors advise students to drop class if they question climate change

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is coming under fire after three professors warned their class that there would be no debate on human-caused climate change, and that any students who disagree should drop the course. The professors, who are team-teaching the fall online course Medical Humanities in the Digital Age, issued the memo after some students expressed concerns about the first online lecture on climate change, according to the College Fix, which obtained a copy of the email. “The point of departure for this course is based on the scientific premise that human induced climate change is valid and occurring,” the professors said. “We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change, nor will the ‘other side’ of the climate change debate be taught or discussed in this course.” “Opening up a debate that 98% of climate scientists unequivocally agree to be a non-debate would detract from the central concerns of environment and health addressed in this course,” they added. For those who disagree with the course’s premise, “we respectfully ask that you do not take this course, as there are options within the Humanities program for face to face this semester and online next.” The report on Wednesday generated hundreds of comments critical of the professors’ decision on the College Fix website. “If these professors feel they have such a case for man-made global warming, shouldn’t they be able to take all comers?” said Douglas J. Hale, an assistant professor at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri. “Perhaps they aren’t qualified to defend it and simply choose to eliminate the debate from their curriculum. How sad.” UCCS spokesman Tom Hutton told College Fix that the faculty had clearly stated the “class focus,” which allows students “to choose if they wish to enroll in the course or seek an alternative.” “Additionally, the faculty who are leading the course have offered to discuss it with students who have concerns or differing opinions,” Mr. Hutton said. An online reading list posted by the professors — Wendy Haggen, Rebecca Laroche and Eileen Skahill — shows that the class also plans to address the “health effects of fracking.” The reading includes articles by EcoWatch, Frack Free Colorado, and Physicians for Social Responsibility as part of a section on “how marginalized communities (in this case class disparities) disproportionately suffer in our energy consumptive society in the age of climate change.”

Wow…  Not exactly a “fair and balanced” discussion in this class.  More like extreme-liberal, fascist, enviro-wacko indoctrination by liberal academia at UCCS where challenging the liberal dogma is forbidden.

Air Force Thunderbirds fighter jet crashes in Colorado Springs after flyover at Air Force Academy graduation

A Thunderbirds fighter jet crashed south of Colorado Springs on Thursday afternoon just after the team had performed at the Air Force Academy’s graduation. The crash happened just minutes after the Thunderbirds’ F-16 jets flew over President Obama and others at the academy graduation. Maj. William Russell, with Peterson Air Force Base, confirmed the jet crashed, but said information on the situation is still preliminary. “I can confirm the pilot was safely ejected,” Russell said. The pilot was able to walk away from the crash unhurt, Air Force officials said. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kennitzer told The Denver Post they were informed of an F-16 fighter jet crash south of Colorado Springs. “Local authorities say that only the pilot was aboard,” Kennitzer said. The Air Force’s Air Combat Command said in a tweet the plane that crashed was No. 6 in the fleet. Air Combat Command also said the plane’s pilot is undergoing medical checkup, which is standard procedure following an ejection. The Thunderbirds’ website says plane No. 6 is flown by Maj. Alex Turner. He earned his commission in 2005 and has logged over 1,200 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 270 combat hours over Libya and Iraq, according to the site. Major Turner is in his first season with the team and hails from Chelmsford, Mass. Officials, however, have not identified the pilot who was flying the jet that crashed. Firefighters in Colorado Springs said about 1:30 p.m. they were responding to a plane crash. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office told media to stage in Security-Widefield near the intersection of Bradley Street and Fontaine Boulevard. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Photos from the scene showed a crashed military jet in a field. Witnesses reported it was near the intersection of Fontaine and Powers boulevards. The crash happened just after the Thunderbirds performed at the Air Force Academy’s graduation in north Colorado Springs where Obama spoke to the graduating cadets. According to a White House press pool report, Obama was headed to Peterson Air Force Base — near the crash site — at 1:33 p.m.

Glad the pilot seems to be ok.  This story is developing…

Sanctuary sentinels: Churches establish armed security teams as shootings rise

The Rev. Brady Boyd believes there is no safer place to be Sunday morning than inside his church. When Boyd takes to the pulpit at New Life Church, in Colorado Springs, Colo., he and the faithful are well protected. The 30-acre grounds are patrolled by uniformed police officers and an armed safety team made up of about 20 people, including Special Forces soldiers from one of four nearby military bases. One of Boyd’s personal secuirty guards is a 24-year veteran Green Beret. “It’s not like Soviet Russia,” he said. “But you plan for the worst, and pray for the best.” New Life is one of a growing number of churches around the country that embrace armed security to protect the flock as they worship. A disturbing increase in shootings inside churches, including the shooting last Sunday of a pastor in Dayton, Ohio, and the tragic killing of nine last year at a South Carolina church has prompted extreme measures. New Life was one of the first in the nation to embrace armed security, and it has already proven provident. Boyd was in his office at the church following Sunday services Dec. 9, 2007, when a gunman killed two people outside and then entered the building armed with an assault rifle, two handguns and up to 1,000 rounds of ammunition. The 24-year-old killer, Matthew Murray, was about 80 feet inside the building when his rampage was brought to an end by Jeanne Assam, an armed volunteer security guard. “I saw him coming through the doors, and I took cover, and I waited for him to get closer,” Assam said afterward. “I came out of cover, I identified myself and engaged him and took him down.” No one can say how many lives Assam saved, but there were several thousand people on the church’s campus after Sunday’s services. But Boyd estimated that over a hundred lives were saved. “I love the people that I pastor,” Boyd said … “I want to protect them.”

Good for you, Reverend!  I used to drive by this New Life Church to and from Colorado Springs when I was on active duty with the Army several years ago..  This is an unfortunate sign of the times.

Black man admits to posting threatening signs outside black Colorado church

A black man was arrested and charged Tuesday after posting dozens of racial and threatening signs in downtown Colorado Springs, including outside a predominantly black church. Vincent Broughton, 44, admitted to posting the signs in an interview with a local ABC affiliate. Police charged him with a bias motivated crime, disorderly conduct, harassment and littering. “I did it. Probably about 100 or so, I’d come downtown everyday and put up the posters,” Mr. Broughton told ABC. The signs were first posted outside the New Covenant Church of God in Christ near downtown Colorado Springs. Many referenced the KKK. “Black men beware, you are the target,” one sign read. The messages, posted less than two weeks after nine black congregants were fatally shot in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, had New Covenant on edge. “We locked our doors this morning, so we were inside, but it shouldn’t be that way,” Pastor Roland Joyner told a local CBS affiliate. “You shouldn’t have to lock your doors in the church, it’s just … I’m speechless.” On Monday morning, three signs were found outside the Relevant World Christian Cultural Center, a culturally diverse church near downtown Colorado Springs. One sign read, “this church works for the KKK,” ABC reported. “I want people to know how corrupt these people that run the town are, the police department, city council and people in the community,” Mr. Broughton told ABC. The man said he’s had a bad experience with city officials, but he did not tell police why he targeted the churches.

This is so rich… First of all.. What a nutcase! Glad he was caught, and at least had the integrity (however crazy and deranged he is) to admit that he was the nutcase behind all of this. Assuming he did all of this, hopefully he’ll get a VERY steep fine, and do some jail time. That’s the very least he deserves for stirring up Colorado Springs. And, the local media needs to get this story out to everyone. They need to know that, no, the Klan didn’t do this; a crazy black guy did this.

Colorado boy, 6, suspended for threatening classmate with finger gun: ‘You’re dead’

A 6-year-old Colorado boy was suspended from school Monday after he pointed his finger in the shape of a gun at another classmate and said, “You’re dead.” Austin Thurston, whose son, Elijah, attends Stratton Meadows Elementary School in Colorado Springs, says he believes a one-day suspension for a make-believe gun is too extreme. “I know they have zero tolerance, but more of a maybe no recess,” he told a local ABC affiliate. “Going as far as a one-day suspension is a little extreme for a 6-year-old in a first-grade class.”

No kidding!!  Poor kid..  This is what happens when political correctness takes over.  This whole thing is ridiculous!