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  • Candid discussion about discrimination: I'm a velociraptor in a wool suit! [Vanity]

    01/16/2012 1:48:07 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 119 replies
    1/16/2012 | By Lazamataz
    ON this Martin Luther King day, it is customary to review the progress African Americans have made in striding towards a level of equality with the majority races.But I wish to speak of the unsung heros of the Civil Rights movement: Velociraptors.I, as a velociraptor in a wool suit, have experienced HORRIFIC discrimination since the day I first poked my snout out of the stout eggshell that served as my womb.The level of discrimination a dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur from the Cretaceous faces, is unreal. Hell, I walk onto a MARTA train ...and everyone screams and runs, and MARTA police are...
  • Mormons 'face more bigotry than black Americans'...

    01/13/2012 6:26:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 98 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 13, 2012 | Staff
    Nearly half of Mormons say church members face significant discrimination in the United States, and a third believe voters are not ready to elect Mitt Romney, or any other member of their church, president. ......................................................... The Pew study found that almost half of Mormons in the U.S. consider themselves more discriminated against than African Americans.
  • Pepsi Beverages pays $3.1 million to settle federal race discrimination charges

    01/11/2012 7:14:47 PM PST · by posterchild · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 11, 2012
    WASHINGTON — Pepsi Beverages Co. will pay $3.1 million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants — even if they weren’t convicted of a crime. The settlement announced Wednesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is part of a national government crackdown on hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics. EEOC officials said the company’s policy of not hiring workers with arrest records disproportionately excluded more than 300 black applicants. The policy barred applicants who had been arrested, but not convicted of a crime, and denied employment to others...
  • Supreme Court Rules for Churches in Landmark Job Discrimination Case

    01/11/2012 2:27:34 PM PST · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Fox News Houston ^ | 11 Jan 2012
    In a landmark religious liberty decision, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that ministers cannot sue churches for employment discrimination after they have been fired. The high court in a unanimous opinion said that religious liberties guaranteed in the First Amendment prohibit the government from serving any role in religious organizations' selection of ministers, thus precluding ministers from suing churches after their termination. "Requiring a church to accept or retain an unwanted minister, or punishing a church for failing to do so, intrudes upon more than a mere employment decision," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a 9-0 opinion. "The...
  • Missing Crawfordsville, IA, Woman's Car Located

    01/08/2012 1:17:40 PM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    KCRG TV ^ | Jan 8, 2012 | KCRG
    WASHINGTON, Iowa – A missing Iowa businesswoman's car has been found near St. Louis, Missouri but the 45-year-old still hasn't been located. The Washington County Sheriff's office said Sunday that Sharon Ruth Hopf's 1999 white Chevy Lumina had been found. Investigators are searching the car for clues that might lead to Hopf. The Crawfordsville woman was reported missing Thursday after she didn't show up for work at a home furnishings company she owns in Kalona. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to contact the the Washington County Sheriff’s Department at 319-653-2107 or 1-800-TIPS-492.
  • A Critical Issue to Be Watchful of And Active About in this New Year

    01/07/2012 2:35:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of ^ | 01-03-12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Critical Issue to Be Watchful of And Active About in this New YearBy: Msgr. Charles Pope It is the first day, back to work for many of us after some delightful holy days, where we have been able to reflect on eternal and heavenly realities.And in this New Year we are going to have many blessings but also some important challenges. Among the challenges we will continue to face and must battle are significant and persistent threats to religious liberty. These issues affect not only Catholics, but people of many religious background. However, the Catholic Church is particularly...
  • Will anti-fat bias affect the 2012 election?

    01/05/2012 7:42:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 4, 2012 | Patrick Hruby
    As if Newt Gingrich doesn’t have enough problems after his disappointing fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses under a barrage of blistering attack ads, here’s one more to consider: his weight. Compared to his primary rivals, the erstwhile Republican front-runner is, well, pudgy. If Mitt Romney is a human Ken doll, then Mr. Gingrich is more of a mini-Stay Puff marshmallow man. And in an image-conscious, fat-obsessed nation that hasn’t elected a truly hefty commander-in-chief since President William Howard Taft in 1909, that may be a serious — and seriously underappreciated — political liability. Call it unfair, call it shallow...
  • Criticism of Islam Could Soon be a Crime in America

    12/09/2011 6:14:07 AM PST · by bayouranger · 46 replies ^ | 12-08-11 | Clare M. Lopez
    When President Obama delivered his much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University in June 2009, the free world trembled while the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) gushed with praise and begged for a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The OIC is the largest head of state organization in the world after the United Nations (UN) itself and comprises 56 Muslim countries plus the Palestinians. It claims to be the “collective voice of the Muslim world,” i.e., the ummah, and speaks on its behalf in effect as the seat of the next Islamic Caliphate. In 1990, the...
  • SF picking on pro-life centers

    11/21/2011 11:35:10 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | 11-21-11 | Charlie Butts
    San Francisco's new ordinance leveled at pro-life pregnancy centers will face federal court scrutiny. The core of the lawsuit is First Amendment viewpoint discrimination. First Resort is a chain of pro-life centers filing the case. The group's CEO Shari Plunkett claims the Pregnancy Information Disclosure and Protection Ordination was "crafted to target one or two specific organizations and carefully shelter from its scope all groups whose viewpoints the city agrees with." Paul Suis, a longtime board member for First Resort, explains to OneNewsNow that two layers of the ordinance ensure it could only be applied to pro-life pregnancy centers and...
  • Columbia Association to hold woman-only swim times

    11/14/2011 7:19:42 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies ^ | Nov.14, 2011 | Jessica Anderson
    When Shehlla Khan's husband became ill, it fell on her to take their three children to the pool. But for Khan, who is Muslim, the task was difficult. The Columbia resident said she was concerned about people watching her swim in the conservative, cover-all dress required by Islamic dress codes, and thinking: "What's wrong? Why can't you take it off?" So Khan, 39, brought the issue up with members of her Dar Al-Taqwa mosque in Ellicott City. The mosque, along with members of a faith-based county group, People Acting Together in Howard, met with the Columbia Association to create a...
  • Nurses Say Hospital Gave Them Choice: Assist Abortions or Lose Job

    10/31/2011 10:05:09 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 31, 2011
    Lorna Jose Mendoza has been given a choice. She can either assist in an abortion this week at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, or she could refuse and risk losing her job. Mendoza is one of a dozen nurses who filed suit today against the hospital – accusing them of violating federal and state law by forcing them to assist in abortions against their religious and moral objections. “The hospital told the nurses they have no regard for their religious beliefs,” said Matthew Bowman, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund. “They were going to be assigned...
  • Diane Sawyer: "Moderate" Islamists government in Tunisia - What the heck is that?

    10/24/2011 4:46:46 PM PDT · by Righting · 12 replies
    Newsround: ABC TV / PBS NewsHour
    Diane Sawyer: "Moderate Islamists" government in Tunisia - What the heck is that? This ("moderate Islamists") was D. Sawyer's invented language today [Oct. 24, 2011]. (World News With Diane Sawyer - ABC) --- PBS NewsHour - Oct. 24, 2011 Gwen Ifill had guests: Michelle Dunn (Atlantic Journal) and Hisham Melhem, Washington bureau chief for Al-Arabiya TV. Surprisingly, it was Michelle Dunn that typically was caught up in the media romance-with-Arab-spring frenzy and lied/said that defended the 'Sharia' legalization in Tunisia. Whereas the Arab Muslim Hisham of al-Arabiya that was more defining it in clarity, 'Islamic law' being the main Vs...
  • 'Arab Spring': The chilly cruel winter reality of Arab racism and Islamic bigotry

    10/23/2011 2:57:37 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 15 replies
    'Arab Spring': The chilly cruel winter reality of Arab racism and Islamic bigotry Not that ethnic racism and religious bigotry weren't rampant before the so-called "Arab spring" sprung about. But the intolerance tide seems to be only worsening, and without an Arab dictator to "hold" various factions together, vulnerability expand, risks rise. --- RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY: As the D.B. puts it: "Violence Against Egypt's Copts in an Intolerant Arab Spring.. The elephant in the room of the Arab Spring is now the mistreatment of minority communities—Christians and others—across the Arab world." FPM asks: Hillary Clinton Promises to Save Egypt's Christians? ......
  • Landlords face no punishment for discrimination in online ads (Muslims Only)

    10/06/2011 3:54:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    national post ^ | 10/6/11 | Sarah Boesveld
    There’s a two bedroom basement apartment for rent in Toronto’s northwest end —one bathroom, newly painted and renovated with a side entrance. The ad, posted on popular classified site, comes with the typical caveats —no pets allowed, no smokers. And then, a less common request: Only Muslims need apply. It’s the exact kind of specifications the Ontario Human Rights Commission recently warned landlords against putting in their online classified ads —any denial of a prospective tenant due to race, ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age and disability, among other things, is grounds for discrimination according to the Ontario...
  • Stripper-turned-hedge funder sues ex-bosses for sexual harassment

    10/06/2011 11:43:41 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:36 PM on 6th October 2011 | By Meghan Keneally
    Strippers with sob stories or hookers with hearts of gold are often the way that Hollywood glamorizes the career paths of exotic dancers. One combination that you don't hear about often is the stripper turned Wall Street trader. Niki Marx, 27, is that case.
  • Racist Cupcakes? Berkeley Erupts over Affirmative Action Satire

    09/28/2011 9:19:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 9, 2011 | Zombie
    <p>The U.C. Berkeley College Republicans struck a national nerve today by holding a bake sale with racially discriminatory pricing: Higher prices for white and Asian students, lower prices for black, Hispanic and female students. Why the intentional discrimination? To protest a pending new statewide law which attempts to re-introduce Affirmative Action into university admission standards, something that was been banned years ago with California’s popular Constitutional amendment requiring race-neutral admissions.</p>
  • BREAKING: Obama proposes letting the jobless sue for discrimination

    09/28/2011 7:52:11 AM PDT · by Scythian · 102 replies
    Advocates for the unemployed have cheered a push by the Obama administration to ban discrimination against the jobless. But business groups and their allies are calling the effort unnecessary and counterproductive. The job creation bill that President Obama sent to Congress earlier this month includes a provision that would allow unsuccessful job applicants to sue if they think a company of 15 more employees denied them a job because they were unemployed. The provision would ban employment ads that explicitly declare the unemployed ineligible, with phrases like "Jobless need not apply." As The Lookout has reported, such ads appear to...
  • Commentator breaks Australian discrimination law

    09/27/2011 10:50:21 PM PDT · by quantim · 5 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Sep 28, 12:56 AM EDT | ROD McGUIRK
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A popular right-wing commentator was found guilty Wednesday of breaking Australian discrimination law by implying that fair-skinned Aborigines chose to identify as indigenous for profit and career advancement. Federal Court Justice Mordy Bromberg ruled that fair-skinned Aborigines were likely to have been "offended, insulted, humiliated or intimidated by the imputations" included in columnist Andrew Bolt's two articles published by the Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne in 2009. Bromberg ruled out Bolt and his publisher's defense under a clause of the Racial Discrimination Act that exempts "fair comment" because the articles "contained errors of fact, distortions of...
  • Invisible Men

    09/22/2011 1:59:42 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 9 replies
    The Dartmouth ^ | September 22, 2011 | Roger Lott
    This Tuesday, I attended a panel discussion called “What I Wish I Knew As A Freshman Girl.” The female upperclassmen speakers talked very frankly about their mistakes as freshmen and offered their warm support to the assembled first-year women. The event seemed highly valuable, and I was left wondering why no similar opportunity existed specifically for first-year men. Female Dartmouth students have access to more support than their male peers. Female advocacy groups at Dartmouth include Women in Business, the Society of Women’s Engineers, Women in Leadership and the Women in Science Program, which provides faculty mentors and paid internships...
  • PICKET: Dem Congressman - 'If it takes lawsuits to get work opportunities, then so be it'

    09/21/2011 3:17:24 PM PDT · by paltz · 12 replies
    Washington Times Water Cooler ^ | 9/21/11 | Kerry Picket
    The push from federal lawmakers to protect the unemployed from discrimination has heated up considerably since Congressman Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican, went to the the floor of the House last week and highlighted a portion of President Barack Obama's jobs bill that prohibits employers from discriminating against potential employees as a result of one's unemployed status. "We are adding in this bill a new protected class called 'unemployed.' Titled on page 129 prohibition of discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual's status as unemployed and it says right here in the findings, '...that we find the denial of...