Thank you for breaking this story almost a week ago. This is an issue that is a lot bigger that just Charleston Birth Center, but the center is a well deserved rallying point. The next few days are going to be interesting. I am looking forward to your coverage!
Is it April 1st? The title might as well read "Mt. Pleasant school adopts program from organization that thinks the sky is blue and the Earth is round". the SPLC is a great organization and the fact that this appears to be the first time this "journalist" has ever heard of the group is sad...very very sad.
This is a shame full indictment of the Bible Belt's views sex education and teaching condom use. The religious and political leaders know that using condoms effectively prevent the transmission of AIDS and other STDs but continue to their demagogy to pander instead of lead.
I think if Travel+Leisure is talking about it, it's all over.
Honesty about the history begins with you and your column first. Doing five minutes of research should have made you think about another subject on Our Holiday.
"When colonists from Dorchester settled Connecticut in 1635 (pushing out the Plymouth men who had gotten there first) or New Haven in 1637, the common tradition of providential holidays was present in the new colonies.
The first occasion for a providential holiday in Connecticut was the successful conclusion (from a colonial point of view) of the Pequot War in 1637. The war and the terrible massacre at the Mystic village was the result of events stirred up by Massachusetts Bay and its Connecticut settlements for which the unfortunate Pequots got the blame.
The Puritan colonies were immensely heartened by the “victory” and declared a day of thanksgiving and praise for October 12. 1637, which was observed in Massachusetts, and in Scituate in Plymouth Colony as well.
This event has sometimes been mis-identified as the “first New England thanksgiving” by modern anti-colonial partisans.
It was the first Connecticut thanksgiving, however, and was followed by other fast and thanksgiving days after the manner of the other Puritan colonies.
Far from initiating a tradition or influencing the actual evolution of the New England Thanksgiving, the 1621 harvest celebration was a unique event that had no effect on history until it was recast as a myth of Victorian invention.
The American Thanksgiving holiday evolved out of English Calvinist practices quite independently of Pilgrims and harvest festivals.
Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution.
As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.
From the time of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln, the date Thanksgiving was observed varied from state to state.
Thanksgiving was first celebrated on the same date by all states in 1863 by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln proclaimed the date to be the final Thursday in November in an attempt to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states.
Because of the ongoing Civil War and the Confederate States of America's refusal to recognize Lincoln's authority, a nationwide Thanksgiving date was not realized until Reconstruction was completed in the 1870s.
Lets be honest, This is just another attempt for you to push your agenda.
The FRC and Focus on the Family
propagate the pedophilia equals homosexuality myth and a leader of the former group has called for the mass deportation of gay Americans. They more than deserve their bigoted label by the SPLC.
Our "agenda" is not to be treated like crap by our own local,state,and federal government. How shocking!
If that's " extremist" to
you then you are just as bigoted as the groups mentioned in your column.
How about not sitting in judgment of someone else? Your kids can't catch the the dreaded "gay" by being near us or GASP!! saying the word itself.
Yep, the apology and criticism usually followed some time in the re-education programs. Brings back memories of the cold war, watching the favored ones live in the workers paradises.
I chose Charleston Birth Place because I wanted to deliver in a calm environment and with midwives who support natural birth. I did not want to be treated as if I was sick because I was having a baby. I had the best prenatal care and support during my pregnancy from all of the midwives at CBP. Unfortunately, I did have to deliver at Trident at 35 weeks gestation, but I did so with a midwife by my side. Thank you Laurie! It was an amazing experience. My husband, daughter, and I had the best birth experience and the best prenatal care from the midwives at CBP. I continue to receive regular care at CBP and plan to deliver my future babies there. It is a woman's right to choose! Please help save Charleston Birth Place!
Ah good, his re-education is now finished, complete with public apology and self-criticism.
The Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum parties are so deeply entrenched and their machines are so strong that I'm not sure if a 3rd party can succeed in the US, no matter what their positions are.
Having said that, a socially liberal (or at least non-Jesusy) yet fiscally conservative party which respects Constitutional freedoms would seem attractice to many, myself included. I don't think there's much of a market for socially conservative but fiscally liberal.
There has never been any racism of any kind by any Democrat, elected or otherwise, ever in the history of the good old United States. Lets be honest first so we can address the larger issues at hand.
It's a shame the writer of this piece assumes all Republicans and conservatives are bigoted gun toting religious fanatics bent on doing harm to the free world. It would be easy to dig into the background of many Democrats who have served or intend to serve and describe them as a failed business person or extremist in some way. It serves no purpose to beat people down who wish to serve with good intention. Should we really be speaking so negatively about everyone? Lets hear them out. You may be stating your opinion, however you may also be part of the larger problem.
Thanks to the City Paper for continuing to cover what's important to many of its readers!! Well done.
Charleston Birth Place adheres to the highest standards and if DHEC wants to truly serve the best interests of SC women they will not close them down for even one day. I wanted a natural birth and CBP made it possible while keeping mine and my baby's health as the top priority. As a woman with a healthy pregnancy and normal delivery, I was very happy to have a much lower cost than I would have been billed at a hospital, literally saving thousands of dollars. With the healthcare crisis going on in this country, we would do well to copy the CBP model nationwide, not make it more difficult for them!
Just what we need, a centrist party in SC.
Now if we could just get a centrist columnist in the CCP.
I had my first child at CBP in 2009. Lesley Rathbun was there through my entire labor, she was completely adept and made me feel incredibly secure during my pregnancy and labor, especially as a very young first-time mom. Although my daughter's father and I were reluctant about ultrasounds, Lesley sent me to an obstetrician for an ultrasound 3 weeks before my due date, and again one week before my due date as she had concern I was placenta previa. It turns out that I was not, but I still value her insistence that I have it checked out even if the result had meant I could not give birth in the birthing center. She also helped encourage my labor to begin, it finally did at 11 days late but would have been unable to birth at the center if I had passed my due date by 14 days. She was very clear and concise about this policy from the beginning. Everything about our experience there was professional and safe. We love our birth story- our experience was beautiful, full of love and trust! We have even joked about moving back to Charleston for 2 months before our next child is due this May just so we can experience birth there again. I cannot think of a more ideal place to bring a new person into this world than CBP!
Jack Hunter: "I need to work again. The vitriol I spewed and believed in for years (for money) is something I can easily turn my back on for money now."
Your tax dollars at work. Forget about the Cracky McCrackalots....we have illegal bike parking to attend to. Cracky won't generate $$'s (cept for himself) and his paperwork takes so long to fill out when hes arrested - so annoying...but that dumb freshman from COFC who just chained up outside on King has some Daddy with deep pockets to pay his fine. By the way, Cracky votes yes! on these racks, makes it easier to steal a group at one time instead of having to wander around looking for lone bikes chained to trees and signs.
Thank you for covering this story! People need to know, and we all need to do what we can to preserve our freedom to choose where we birth, with whom we birth, and how we do it! Its a human rights and small business issue. DHEC needs to fix it, and issue an official apology!
Government Goverment everywhere.
Nothing is sacred, not even a women's Right to give a natural birth where she choose's.
Rights are NOT Rights if they can be taken away!
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