Teacher Fired for Premarital Sex

From UPI:

ST. CLOUD, Fla., June 9 (UPI) — A Florida teacher’s lawsuit against her old school says she was fired because administrators found out her baby was conceived before her wedding.

Jarretta Hamilton, a former fourth-grade teacher at Southland Christian School in St. Cloud, said she approached administrators in April 2009, shortly after her wedding, to tell them she was pregnant and request maternity leave for the coming fall, WKMG-TV, Orlando, reported Wednesday.

“That’s when the question was posed to her, ‘Did you conceive prior to marriage?'” said Edward Gay, Hamilton’s lawyer.

He said Hamilton told administrators the truth, the baby was conceived about three weeks before the wedding, and she was fired one week later without being allowed to finish the school year.

(via Joe My God)

‘Women-Friendly’ Mosques Directory Launched

From The Guardian:

A directory of the 100 most “women-friendly” mosques in England is launched today, claiming to be “the start of the process to broaden and deepen the engagement of Muslim women in British mosques”.

Fifty mosques were found to meet all five of the requirements set out by inter-faith organisation Faith Matters, while a further 50 are listed as meeting four of the criteria, which include providing a separate prayer space for women.

(via Boing Boing)

Timelapse Vid of 1800 Canoes at Point State Park

Pittsburgh breaks the world record for Largest Raft of Canoes/Kayaks.

The official count not yet released – but an estimated 1,800 took part in the event.

Kayakers launched their boats from downtown and formed a raft near Point State Park. Once arranged, each pulled up his or her paddle and held onto an adjacent boat for 30 seconds—long enough to satisfy the record’s time requirement.

(via DoobyBrain)

The Mosque at Ground Zero Protests

From NorthJersey.com:

At one point, a portion of the crowd menacingly surrounded two Egyptian men who were speaking Arabic and were thought to be Muslims.

“Go home,” several shouted from the crowd.

“Get out,” others shouted.

In fact, the two men – Joseph Nassralla and Karam El Masry — were not Muslims at all. They turned out to be Egyptian Coptic Christians who work for a California-based Christian satellite TV station called “The Way.” Both said they had come to protest the mosque.

“I’m a Christian,” Nassralla shouted to the crowd, his eyes bulging and beads of sweat rolling down his face.

But it was no use. The protesters had become so angry at what they thought were Muslims that New York City police officers had to rush in and pull Nassralla and El Masry to safety.

“I flew nine hours in an airplane to come here,” a frustrated Nassralla said afterward.

The incident underscores how contentious — and, perhaps, how irrational — the debate over the mosque has become.