Keep Idaho Free https://keepidahofree.org The Last Hope for a Free World Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:24:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://keepidahofree.org/wp-content/uploads/cropped-KeepIdahoFree-logo-04-white-600-32x32.png Keep Idaho Free https://keepidahofree.org 32 32 Idaho Democrats Move to Repeal Code Prohibiting “Plastic Bag” Bans! https://keepidahofree.org/idaho-democrats-move-to-repeal-code-prohibiting-plastic-bag-bans/ https://keepidahofree.org/idaho-democrats-move-to-repeal-code-prohibiting-plastic-bag-bans/#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:13:58 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=688 Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and other leftist utopias are doing all they can to make the lives of local business owners and consumers miserable. It isn’t just the higher taxes ...

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Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and other leftist utopias are doing all they can to make the lives of local business owners and consumers miserable.

It isn’t just the higher taxes that they continue to push, it’s also regulations put in place such as bans on plastic bags, straws, utensils, and other items.

It’s only a matter of time before these leftist ideas start making their way into Idaho.

Well, it’s already begun!

Rep. Ilana Rubel, the Democrat House Minority Leader, is trying to repeal Idaho Code 67-3340 which prohibits local municipalities from banning plastic or auxiliary containers, including plastic bags.

Rep. Ilana Rubel (Democrat House Minority Leader)

Idaho passed the law in 2016 to keep some of these leftist ideas from taking hold here.

The good news is that the bill, HB 338, has been sent to the House Ways and Means Committee which is where many bills go to die.

The committee is run by House Leadership who likely have no desire to let this leftist idea creep into Idaho’s cities.

This is the second year in the row the Democrats have submitted the bill for consideration.

Not only should Idaho keep Idaho Code 67-3340, but it should also be expanded even further to include straws and other “one-time-use” utensils.

Keeping Idaho free means learning from what the leftist states have done and going in the opposite direction.

Contact the House Ways and Means Committee today and tell them to oppose House Bill 338!

Their email is hway@house.idaho.gov which will send the email to all members of the committee.

Suggested language:
 
“Dear House Ways and Means Committee Members,
 
I am writing to you today and asking you to oppose House Bill 338 which would allow local governments to impose “plastic bag” bans.
 
The decision to not use plastic bags should be left to the consumers and business owners who will be impacted if we allow Idaho’s more liberal cities to try and emulate the failed policies in places like Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. 
Thank you for your time.”

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What Idaho Better Learn from the Virginia Democrat Takeover! https://keepidahofree.org/what-idaho-better-learn-from-the-virginia-democrat-takeover/ https://keepidahofree.org/what-idaho-better-learn-from-the-virginia-democrat-takeover/#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2020 06:40:38 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=683 The entire nation watched recently as 20,000 gun owners descended on the capitol in Richmond, Virginia. The Democrats in Virginia just barely gained the statehouse last year and are unleashing ...

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The entire nation watched recently as 20,000 gun owners descended on the capitol in Richmond, Virginia.

The Democrats in Virginia just barely gained the statehouse last year and are unleashing numerous gun control bills. They are fighting to get rid of any other conservative ideal right now.

Virginia is the latest state to fall to the radical progressives and the Democrats, including old Blackface Northam, are not wasting time trying to turn Virginia as progressive as they can.

There is a lesson to be learned from what has happened to states like Virginia and Colorado which were both very strong “red” states years ago.

When Democrats take over, they go for the jugular.

Democrats have long understood that once a party has power, it is very difficult to remove those in power.

Rather than play the “do as little as possible” game, Democrats try to attack conservative ideals as quickly and harshly as they can.

However, when Republicans control or take over a state, they put on the breaks and try to do as little as possible to “piss off the other side. “

This is a monumental mistake.

Republicans, especially in “red” states like Idaho, need to be putting the hammer down on the radical progressives who are trying to ruin our state.

There is no victory is slowly trying to maintain what we have.

Compromise and weakness are only going to embolden the left even more.

We need to ensure that the insane ideas being pushed in other states are not taking hold here.

Idaho must be preventative in the defense of liberty and not reactionary.

Let’s get ahead of these fights and not wait until they rear their ugly heads.

Support legislation and legislators who stick their necks out on the line to stop radical progressives. They need your support because they are going to be attacked and maligned as you have never seen before.

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Should Idaho Ban Boys from Competing in Girls’ Sports? Yes! https://keepidahofree.org/should-idaho-ban-boys-from-competing-in-girls-sports-yes/ https://keepidahofree.org/should-idaho-ban-boys-from-competing-in-girls-sports-yes/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2020 04:58:49 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=679 A new bill introduced by Rep. Barbara Ehardt (Republican – Idaho Falls) would limit biological high school boys from competing in high school girls’ sports and vice versa. Let the ...

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A new bill introduced by Rep. Barbara Ehardt (Republican – Idaho Falls) would limit biological high school boys from competing in high school girls’ sports and vice versa.

Let the label lynching and “cancel culture” from the left begin.

Radical progressives have launched a smear campaign to try and paint Rep. Ehardt as “transphobic.”

In typical leftist fashion, they want Rep. Ehardt to resign.

Some are going to claim that Idaho doesn’t need such a bill. They claim that Idaho has bigger things to worry about.

If you want to keep Idaho free however, these are the types of issues that you have to defeat now, not after they become a problem.

It’s time for Idaho to begin preempting these radical progressive ideas.

Males have distinct physical advantages. These advantages have already been exploited in other states.

Men are breaking women’s records in track and “winning” championships they would never win if competing with other males.

Where are the radical feminists on this issue?

What better way to protect women than preventing men from dominating their sports in unfair competition?

Rep. Ehardt should be applauded for her efforts to protect women’s sports.

We call on the Idaho legislature to pass Rep. Ehardt’s legislation and for all Idahoans to contact their legislators and let them know they support Rep. Ehardt’s efforts.

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Idaho Pro-Gun Champion Rep. Zito Called “Leaderless” by Former Opponent Oscar Evans! https://keepidahofree.org/idaho-pro-gun-champion-rep-zito-called-leaderless-by-former-opponent-oscar-evans/ https://keepidahofree.org/idaho-pro-gun-champion-rep-zito-called-leaderless-by-former-opponent-oscar-evans/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:58:19 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=651 In a state that takes its 2nd Amendment rights very seriously, it is astounding to see some “Republican” candidates attack champions of gun rights. Oscar Evans seems to have no ...

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In a state that takes its 2nd Amendment rights very seriously, it is astounding to see some “Republican” candidates attack champions of gun rights.

Oscar Evans seems to have no issue doing just that.

He has had a series of disparaging and disgusting attacks on one of the most pro-2nd Amendment legislators in Idaho!.

An odd strategy for someone wanting to become a Republican legislator in a pro-2nd Amendment District.

Before we get to what Oscar said, a little history on his bitterness towards Rep. Zito.

You see, in 2018 Oscar tried to challenge Rep. Zito for her legislative seat in the 2018 Republican Primary.

Rep. Zito crushed Oscar 64.2% to 35.8%.

 This shellacking took place despite Oscar outspending Rep. Zito by over $10,000 and having establishment groups and legislators spending money to try and help him win as well.

Oscar was bitter after the election and inferred that Rep. Zito was a witch and that her supporters were “flying monkeys.”

Over a year after the election and this potential District 23 legislative candidate is still attacking Rep. Zito.

In a recent Facebook post, Oscar said that passing a pro-gun bill would require legislators capable of leading and influencing others.

When Idaho Second Amendment Alliance President Greg Pruett pressed Oscar to name names, he responded by telling Mr. Pruett that anyone who sponsors/cosponsors ISAA legislation would fit in the category of being “leaderless.”

So, despite the successful efforts of the ISAA and Rep. Zito in pushing a solid pro-gun agenda, he is calling her leaderless on the issue!

He followed up that insult by also saying that Rep. Zito, who drives all over her District to meet with constituents, is not a great sacrifice.

Rep. Zito is well-known for being available to her constituents and willing to listen and meet with them. She is known as a fighter for gun rights and for her relentless fight to protect liberty in the state of Idaho.

Perhaps the biggest questions for Oscar are: If you think Rep. Zito is a leaderless witch, how pathetic are you for getting your butt kicked by her in the election? What does that say about how people feel about you?

Oscar, a self-described moderate, would be nothing more than a “yes man” in the capitol. Whatever Republican leadership tells him to do, he’ll do it. Clearly that is not what the voters in District 23 wanted when he tried to challenge Rep. Zito.

Idaho is blessed to have a real leader like Rep. Zito in their corner.

Rep. Zito is currently preparing to run for State Senate in District 23.

If you wish to contact Rep. Zito or contribute to her campaign, you can visit her website at http://christyzito.com/

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“Conservative” Idaho Surrenders its Capital City to Radical Leftist https://keepidahofree.org/idaho-surrenders-capital-city-radical-leftist/ https://keepidahofree.org/idaho-surrenders-capital-city-radical-leftist/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2019 05:00:32 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=612 In a moment that will feel eerily familiar to students of American history, a long-time conservative state is once again watching its urban centers fall to the most radical fringe ...

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In a moment that will feel eerily familiar to students of American history, a long-time conservative state is once again watching its urban centers fall to the most radical fringe of the progressive movement.

Boise’s new mayor is Lauren McLean, a far-left Democrat who has made a spectacle of her unflinching support for the most tyrannical forms of gun control and who was enthusiastically endorsed by Planned Parenthood.

Despite Idaho voters overall having supported Trump by 59.3% versus just 27.5% for Hillary Clinton in 2016, the city of Boise and even Ada County have now fallen to gun-grabbers, abortion cheerleaders, and advocates of higher taxes, increased regulations, and an ever-expanding nanny state.

With the specter of redistricting looming in the near future, the loss of additional legislative districts to the leftist mob seems all but certain. Idaho’s urban areas are growing far faster than their rural counterparts, and the swing of power that accompanies these demographic shifts is pushing this once deeply conservative state ever further to the left.

What does all of this mean for Idahoans and the freedoms they hold dear? What of our gun rights, our liberty to homeschool, and our health freedom? Make no mistake, the party of gun confiscation, state supremacy, and vaccine mandates has Idaho squarely in its sights, and McLean’s victory gives them a significant stronghold in Idaho’s largest city.

Does this mean that Idaho’s electoral votes or control of the legislature are up for grabs in 2020? Probably not, but what of 2024 or 2028? The trajectory of the state over the next decade looks to mirror the liberal conquests we have witnessed in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and other once conservative states that have fallen to the progressive onslaught.

It is almost impossible to overstate the extreme danger that we are facing here in Idaho. As tens of thousands of Californians flood into the state and entitled millennials embrace the failures of socialism with open arms, our shrinking conservative contingent is quickly losing ground.

What can we do?

The sad truth is that conservatives will never have more influence or opportunity than they do today, yet they are largely squandering these chances through compromise and apathy. Instead of enshrining our rights in the state constitution and working to stymie progressive schemes like ballot initiatives, many Republicans are just twiddling their thumbs even as their majorities shrink and their counties and cities fall like dominoes before the leftist assault.

If we do not man up and work diligently to vanquish our leftist foes, Idaho will be lost forever. It cannot be stated any more plainly than that.

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Communist Sculpture Erected in Idaho? Yes! https://keepidahofree.org/communist-sculpture-erected-in-idaho-yes/ https://keepidahofree.org/communist-sculpture-erected-in-idaho-yes/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:01:50 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=580 There is a rather large uproar in northern Idaho right now over a piece of “art” that was erected bearing the hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union. This “art” ...

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There is a rather large uproar in northern Idaho right now over a piece of “art” that was erected bearing the hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union.

This “art” was not on display in Seattle, Portland, or San Francisco. It was on display in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

And this wasn’t just a poster or flyer randomly posted for the public to see.

This was a full-blown sculpture known as “Marker #11.”

Communist Russia was responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of people under Stalin’s brutal regime.  The hammer and sickle don’t represent anything that Idahoans care about, and never should have been approved for display.

It’s interesting that at a time when progressives insist on tearing down monuments and art of the Founding Fathers, we are erecting monuments to communism. And it is happening in Idaho!

So, who’s responsible for this sick display?

According to the Coeur d’Alene Press the art was donated to Coeur d’Alene’s “Art Commission” who approved the display on city property. The Mayor is denying having any involvement in the process of approving the art and told the Press that he opposes its display.

Some local residents became infuriated with the display and decided to take action.

Political activist Casey Whalen lead the charge to get the sculpture taken down. Other conservative leaders such as Kootenai County Republican Chairman Brent Regan also became involved in pressuring the city to remove the sculpture.

Online comments, Letters to the Editor at the CDA Press, and phone calls to the Mayor’s office were overwhelmingly in opposition to the display.

Once the pressure poured in, the sculpture came down.

In fact, it took less than three days after the initial pressure started to remove it. This is perhaps the fastest the government has ever moved to rectify a very bad decision.

Communist and socialist symbols and policies have no place in the United States and certainly not here in Idaho.

The question is, who is going to be held accountable for the decision to erect the sculpture in the first place? How much taxpayer money was used to put it up?

That is what the citizens of Coeur d’Alene should be asking themselves.

Demand accountability or they will do it again.

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3 Bold Ideas to Keep Idaho Free! https://keepidahofree.org/3-bold-ideas-to-keep-idaho-free/ https://keepidahofree.org/3-bold-ideas-to-keep-idaho-free/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:00:00 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=568 There is no doubt that Idaho is changing. We are the fastest-growing state in the country. The urban areas of our state are seeing a massive number of newcomers. Some ...

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There is no doubt that Idaho is changing.

We are the fastest-growing state in the country. The urban areas of our state are seeing a massive number of newcomers. Some of those from out of state and some from the more rural parts of Idaho.

While it is easy to blame Idaho’s current condition on Californians, the reality is Idaho faces a problem that transcends out-of-staters moving in: apathy.

Yes, there are some “bad” Californians moving to Idaho who want to change Idaho. There are also a number of them who are escaping the insanity of California and want a better and freer life in Idaho.

You see, in states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California it wasn’t just the new progressives moving in that were a problem, it was the lazy and apathetic native voters who didn’t believe their state was being taken over by progressives.

They waited until it was too late to do something

The apathy of conservative voters and the ridicule heaped upon those sounding the alarm bells will ultimately lead to Idaho’s demise if something isn’t done. We are going to lose our beautiful state if radical changes are not made to protect Idaho from the progressive movement.

I am proposing three ideas that will severely curtail the rise of radical progressivism in Idaho.

IDEA 1: ABOLISH BALLOT INITIATIVES

Progressives in Idaho have figured out that ballot initiatives are their future. They know that their radical ideas will not make it through the legislative process. With the recent success of Prop 2 (Medicaid Expansion), the progressives have become emboldened to do more.

They are already pushing more initiatives to raise taxes and raise the minimum wage in Idaho.

How long before they turn their sights on your gun rights? Michael Bloomberg is already pushing gun control initiatives in red states like Florida and Ohio. He has funded numerous others in states like California, Washington, and Oregon.

Higher taxes, big government healthcare programs, and environmental regulations are just a few of the areas they will use the ballot initiative process to crush Idaho.

Keep Idaho Free has written a series of articles, the first of which will be released on November 24th which will detail why conservatives should abolish ballot initiatives completely.

I will defer the remainder of this discussion to those articles.

Needless to say, if Idaho does not remove the ballot initiative process from our state constitution, we will live to regret it years from now.

The only way to do this is through an amendment to our state constitution and that is no easy task.

IDEA 2: STRENGTHEN ARTICLE 1 SECTION 11 (RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS)

There is no more important right than the right to keep and bear arms.

Without the ability to defend yourself from criminals and tyrants, all other rights become meaningless. This is why the defense of gun rights is so important.

Every state that has gone from red to blue or red to purple has seen their 2nd Amendment rights take a major hit. Washington state is just the latest to see massive gun control implemented, primarily through the ballot initiative process.

Idaho’s own protections on the right to keep and bear arms (Article 1 Section 11) are fairly solid but need to be updated.

Protecting Idahoans through a Constitutional Amendment from Red Flag Laws, bans on certain arms and magazines, and other progressive gun control ideas will solidify Idaho’s place as the best state in the union for gun owners.

Some may say that a Constitutional amendment should be rare and only for absolute necessities. Given the extreme importance of the right to keep and bear arms, and the constant attack on gun rights nationwide, what could be more important than updating Article 1 Section 11?

If at some point Idaho turns purple, or God forbid “blue,” we will wish that the ability to change it does not lie in the hands of a progressive legislature. The 2nd Amendment should be all that we need for the protection of this right, but as we all know, numerous infringements already exist.

This change will greatly increase our ability to maintain this right but does require an amendment to Idaho’s constitution.

IDEA 3: MAKE CITY ELECTIONS PARTISAN

 This may seem like an unusual plan given the fights we are already facing in the state capitol, but what conservatives don’t understand is that progressives love local elections.

While most conservatives only focus on big elections like Presidential or Gubernatorial fights, the progressives are taking over your cities.

By the time you realize your city is being run by radicals, it is too late.

While I certainly understand the concern of more partisanship in our election process, requiring a candidate to disclose their party affiliation (if any) increases your ability to know more about the candidates running in these races.

If I know that a candidate running is a Republican versus a Democrat, I at least have some idea how they are going to vote on important city issues that arise.

Democrats love non-partisan elections because it allows them to go into “red” parts of Idaho and change the dynamics of a city. And when crucial votes on Urban Renewal or other social issues arise and your city votes progressive, you are left wondering how it happened.

That isn’t to say that all Republicans are going to be Constitutional loving conservatives, but at least going into the election you have more knowledge of the candidates and what their potential style of voting may be.

This plan isn’t flawless and would need some additional support. You will get some candidates who simply put an “R” next to their name to garner more votes. Yet another reason for the Republican Party members to hold their candidates accountable.

This change can be done through the normal state legislative process and needs to happen fast.

CONCLUSION

 While a more in-depth discussion needs to be had on these issues, I believe the time is now for Idahoans to seriously consider implementing these ideas.

Of course, some will mock me and those who advocate for these changes.

They will say that we are “fearmongering” or that “Idaho is too red.”

I recently spoke at an event in Spokane to discuss the battle for gun rights in Washington state. After the meeting was over, several Washingtonians approached me and said, “Greg, we didn’t realize how bad it has become, but we are ready to fight now!”

Sadly, it may be too late for Washington.

Don’t be “that guy.” Don’t be the person who sticks his head in the sand because you believe it isn’t possible in Idaho. Don’t be the guy who says it can never happen here.

The fight has already begun. Do you want to help save Idaho?

Implement these three ideas as soon as possible.

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The Social Justice Agenda is too Divisive and Expensive https://keepidahofree.org/social-justice-agenda-divisive-expensive/ https://keepidahofree.org/social-justice-agenda-divisive-expensive/#respond Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:00:19 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=564 Guest Editorial by Victoria Mayer, Boise State College Republicans President I recently organized a campus debate, “The Future of American Higher Education” regarding diversity and inclusion programs at Boise State ...

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Guest Editorial by Victoria Mayer, Boise State College Republicans President


I recently organized a campus debate, “The Future of American Higher Education” regarding diversity and inclusion programs at Boise State University. It was a joint effort between College Republicans and Young Democrat clubs. Over 450 people attended. The discussion featured Republican Reps. Barbara Ehardt and Bryan Zollinger, Democrat Rep. Mat Erpelding, and Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb. By the end of the evening, it was clear that diversity is important to everyone. However, social justice agendas are incompatible with both the cost and purpose of higher education.

This discussion began when BSU Interim President Martin Schimpf outlined the school’s left-leaning social justice agenda that included initiatives such as racial quotas to guide hiring decisions, and the elevation of DACA students above Idaho residents for scholarship considerations; to name just a few.

In Schimpf’s proposals, he failed to address the root problem of college access: affordability. BSU’s tuition has risen from just $3,520 per year in 2004-05 to $7,694 in 2018-19. If the cost had only accounted for inflation, it would have been just $4,647 in 2018-19. BSU’s tuition has exceeded inflation by 66 percent.

Between state and federal funding over a 14-year span, BSU’s budget has more than doubled, growing from about $251 million to $548 million, though full-time student enrollment has only grown by 21%. Spending per student has increased by nearly 81%.

A recent study found that BSU graduates leave school with more than $27,000 in debt.

So why has BSU continued to raise the cost of tuition of students despite the massive funding increases? Why don’t they seek to reduce student debt?

These programs and initiatives place more cost on students and put education further out of reach for all Idahoans. Coming from a well-intentioned position, BSU leadership wants to continue these programs that run contrary to the purpose of education. Additionally, they want you, the taxpayer, and students, to foot the bill. These programs only serve to further divide students through facilitating to a few select groups instead of all students.

When did institutions of higher learning become havens for political agendas? What happened to the primary goal, academic excellence? Countless students have shared stories with me of their professors pushing some form of left-leaning political bias in the classroom. Out of fear of retaliation on their grades, students who disagree feel they cannot speak up. Professors are alienating and indoctrinating students with political views in courses across all fields of study at BSU.

Students in a Kinesiology class are being assigned papers requiring they state that they are privileged because of their skin color, gender, and sexual orientation; regardless of socio-economic backgrounds. One student was verbally abused and slandered in a lecture hall by a professor for wearing a “MAGA” hat the day after the election.

Students should be able to speak freely in the classroom offering opinions and ideas their professors may not agree with without fear of repercussion. They should be studying and learning about their future careers and be able to practice rational thought and inquiry that challenges others’. Academic excellence is repressed when the perceived expectation is to regurgitate political views of a professor, with the intention of maintaining a favorable grade.

A well-rounded society flourishes with diversity. No one group has a monopoly on ideas or solutions that we need, to improve the human condition for years to come. These programs, no matter how well-intentioned, are divisive and expensive. Schools must teach the skills necessary for students to thrive in an ever-evolving market at the lowest possible cost to ensure that all students can enjoy the blessings of education.

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Fed-up Idahoans Signing Petition to Decrease Boise State Funding https://keepidahofree.org/fed-up-idahoans-signing-petition-to-decrease-boise-state-funding/ https://keepidahofree.org/fed-up-idahoans-signing-petition-to-decrease-boise-state-funding/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2019 02:00:16 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=546 The petition by Ryan Edwards on StandUnited has already garnered several dozen votes and is being widely shared on social media. Titled “Idaho State Legislature: Decrease Boise State Funding,” the ...

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The petition by Ryan Edwards on StandUnited has already garnered several dozen votes and is being widely shared on social media. Titled “Idaho State Legislature: Decrease Boise State Funding,” the petition makes a simple demand.

To Idaho State Legislature:
The signers of this petition demand that funding for Boise State University be decreased by 10% for their inappropriate misuse of public funds.

More information is also offered regarding the reasons for the demand.

Going to college should be a time where you focus on gaining the best education you can receive. Many universities receive state funding. These state funded universities should not be implementing biased and special interest classes or events.

President Marlene Tromp, the recently hired president of Boise State University, has created or maintained these classes and events. She has maintained the creation of “white privilege classes”, attempted to implement race and LGBT specific graduation ceremonies, implemented special prayer rooms for Muslim students, maintained transgender friendly restrooms, and hosted the Council for American Islamic Relations which has ties to HAMAS and the Muslim Brotherhood. These are all being done with taxpayer dollars.

Taxpayer dollars should not be used to implement these policies, events, and classes. They are places of higher education, not indoctrination. The Idaho State Legislature is not constitutionally bound to fund Boise State. Sign this petition if you believe Boise State’s funding allotment should be decreased by 10%.

We have reported before on issues relating to Boise State University’s leftist agenda.

Just last Friday, (October 4th) the university’s “Muslim Student Association” held a “Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Outreach Event” in their 435-seat Special Events Center. The invitation cited “Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry” in “media, politics, and public schools” as one of the reasons for the event.

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Boise State to create “permanent prayer space,” but is it really for “all”? https://keepidahofree.org/boise-state-permanent-prayer-space/ https://keepidahofree.org/boise-state-permanent-prayer-space/#comments Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:00:22 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=481 What is the real purpose of Boise Sate’s planned “permanent prayer space”? The Boise State University newspaper, The Arbiter, might offer a few clues. Students from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait ...

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What is the real purpose of Boise Sate’s planned “permanent prayer space”? The Boise State University newspaper, The Arbiter, might offer a few clues.

Students from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait make up a sizeable percentage of Boise State’s population. With this in mind, construction on the second floor of the Student Union Building (SUB) means that a permanent prayer space can be foreseen in the fiscal school year of 2020, according to Nicole Nimmons, the executive director of student services.

For all, huh?

“A few years ago, we had a dramatic influx of new students from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait,” Salinas [the director of student diversity and inclusion] said. (As) students joining our campus, part of their daily activity is finding a place to pray on campus, especially with the growth of the International Student Association and the Muslim Student Association. Through membership, we noticed an uptick in the need for this kind of a space.”

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) President Muhammad Kamrin Latif has been attending Boise State for five years, growing accustomed to finding places to pray. Latif has felt supported by Nimmons and her efforts to make sure students have spaces available and the equipment needed during a congregation for free.

“As Muslims, you have to pray five times a day. So two to three prayers will be during school time,” Latif said. “Right now, I have seen people praying (in) whatever space they have. Probably finding space in a building where there’s a wall next to it, so they’ll just pray over there.”

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