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  • Federal Judge: Cheerleading Is Not a Sport (Saying So Violates Federal Gender-Equality Rules)

    07/21/2010 2:56:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 61 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/21/10 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    Federal Judge: Cheerleading Is Not a SportJudge Says Calling Cheerleading a Sport Violates Federal Gender-Equality Rules By RUSSELL GOLDMAN June 21, 2010 A judge in Connecticut has ruled cheerleading is not a sport -- and universities therefore cannot direct money to the activity to meet federal gender-equality regulations. U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill ruled Wednesday that Quinnipiac University violated the law when it pulled funding from its women's volleyball team to support a competitive cheerleading squad. "I conclude as a matter of law that Quinnipiac University discriminated on the basis of sex during the 2009-10 academic years by failing to...
  • ‘All men are created equal’ is not hypocrisy but vision

    07/04/2010 6:58:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 07/04/2010 | Jeff Jacoby
    HOW IS it,’’ the great English man of letters Samuel Johnson taunted Americans 235 years ago, “that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of Negroes?’’ His fellow Englishman Thomas Day remarked in 1776 with equal scorn: “If there be an object truly ridiculous in nature it is an American patriot signing resolutions of independency with the one hand and with the other brandishing a whip over his affrighted slaves.’’ That America’s founders were hypocrites, above all on the subject of race, is an enduring charge. Examples are legion. At a Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society rally in 1854,...
  • Mark Steyn : Honor-Rolled (We need "Equality Before the Law" First before "Multi-culturalism")

    06/18/2010 8:39:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 548+ views
    National Review ^ | 06/18/2010 | Mark Steyn
    Phyllis Chesler and I weren't the only ones talking about "honor killings" in the western world yesterday. So was John Oakley, the host of Toronto's Number One talk-radio morning show: John Oakley is seriously entertaining the question of whether Canadian judges should give those who commit "honour" killings a break because they have different "cultural practices" and may not be aware of our norms and laws; defence attorney Lawrence Ben-Eliezer thinks judges should take these differences into consideration because we have "multiculturalism". Before we had "multiculturalism", weren't we also supposed to have something called "equality before the law"? When I...
  • Ottawa Soccer League: Score Too High, You Lose

    06/03/2010 5:54:32 AM PDT · by mattstat · 24 replies · 463+ views
    Ottawa has a new rule on the books for kids playing league soccer. Any team that goes ahead by more than five goals loses. Yes, dear reader, your eyes do not deceive you. Parents who used to shout “You can do it!” will now be required to yell, “Equality! Equality!” Kidding! I’m kidding—but only about the cheering. Ottawa club director Sean Cale said “the league’s 12-person board of directors is not trying to take the fun out of the game, they are simply trying to make it fair.” How could this have happened? Well, Ottawa is the home of Canada’s...
  • The Ugly Side of Social Justice

    05/16/2010 4:07:28 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies · 408+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 16, 2010 | Sean Parr
    Behind the social justice banner lurks an ugly choice. Nineteenth century French thinker Frederic Bastiat's summation of free will is quite succinct: "Society has for its element man, who is a free agent; and since man is free, he may choose -- since he may choose, he may be mistaken -- since he may be mistaken, he may suffer." A basic understanding of free will elicits a particular truth about God's ordained relationship with man: that He wishes for us to obey Him, but for us to obey Him freely. Can a comprehension of free will -- of our relationship...
  • Friedman and Sowell on Equality

    04/17/2010 12:36:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 618+ views
    youtube ^ | June 14, 2009
    Milton Friedman gives his brilliant assessment of equality in the context of inherited wealth. Thomas Sowell ...
  • England Invents New Kind of Inequality

    03/08/2010 7:03:29 AM PST · by mattstat · 7 replies · 46+ views
    A female named Harriet Harman at England’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission has discovered a new method of producing inequality under the law. She has codified this method—England’s version of a legal patent—in a Parliamentary procedure called an “Equality Bill.” England, like many European countries, has proudly led the way in producing unequal treatment under the law for its citizens in the name of “Equality.” The law mandates that organizations consider the “impact” of their policies on “minority” groups. This method of inequality was, of course, already well known. Harman’s genius was to insist that any group which holds distinct...
  • Perhaps Just a Smidgen of Discretion

    02/12/2010 9:07:41 AM PST · by bsaunders · 3 replies · 160+ views
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | B. Saunders
    In a World gone mad with diversity, perhaps it is time to introduce a modicum of discretion. Perhaps in a World of universal acceptance, the time has come to find a place for discrimination. Before anybody starts screaming, “Bigot, hater, racist, Neanderthal, knuckle-dragger,” or whatever epithet is in vogue for those refusing to fall before today’s universal thought police, let me point out that once upon a time having a discriminating taste for certain things was considered prudent and the sign of sophistication. By discrimination I mean setting standards to be met, another concept that has died in this equal...
  • ‘Fairness’ in Education (At a Berkeley high school, “equality” means fewer science teachers)

    02/10/2010 9:11:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 612+ views
    National Review ^ | 02/11/2010 | Thomas Sowell
    A recent flap in a Berkeley high school reveals what a farce “fairness” can be. Because this is ultra-liberal Berkeley, perhaps we should not be surprised that a proposal has been made to eliminate four jobs as science teachers and use the money saved for programs to help low achievers. In Berkeley, as in many other communities across the country, black and Latino students are not performing as well as Asian and white students. In fact, the racial gap in academic achievement at Berkeley High School is the highest in California — no doubt a special source of embarrassment in...
  • Pope Benedict Scores Victory in Britain

    02/03/2010 9:53:46 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 348+ views
    NC Register ^ | February 3, 2010 | Edward Pentin
    Pope Benedict XVI speaks with Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown during their meeting at the Vatican Feb. 19, 2009. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) Pope Benedict XVI has again shown just how necessary and effective it can be to speak out in the face of unjust legislation against the Church. The British government today backed down from pursuing parts of its Equality Bill, legislation which would have removed the Church’s right to refuse employing certain lay staff including, for instance, the right of a Catholic school to employ a Catholic as a head teacher. The government’s decision came after a...
  • San Diego Mayor Says Gay Marriage Views Changed

    01/19/2010 1:03:58 PM PST · by steve-b · 28 replies · 1,008+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/19/10 | Lisa Leff
    The mayor of San Diego testified Tuesday that his views on same-sex marriage evolved after he learned one of his daughters was a lesbian. Mayor Jerry Sanders took the witness stand on behalf of two same-sex couples suing to overturn Proposition 8... "I had been prejudiced," he said. "I was saying one group of people did not deserve the same respect, did not deserve the same symbolism of marriage, and I was saying their marriages were less important than those of heterosexuals."... Sanders, a Republican, now believes it's in the interest of government to support same-sex marriage. A former police...
  • Professions To Become Less Elitist In England

    01/18/2010 9:46:12 AM PST · by mattstat · 9 replies · 390+ views
    England is about to—it hurts to type this—Unleash Aspiration! According to the Daily Mail: Labour will declare war on the benefits of a middle class childhood today as Gordon Brown spells out the latest steps in the government’s equality crusade. Top lawyers, accountants, bankers and doctors will be ordered to draw up plans to make sure that their professions become less elitist – so they employ fewer middle class children. Professionals will be told that poor children must be helped into the top jobs, at the expense of those who have benefited from their personal connections or education. Universities will...
  • Fewer Americans think Obama has advanced race relations, poll shows

    01/17/2010 9:56:56 PM PST · by Saije · 15 replies · 613+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1/17/2010 | Jennifer Agiesta
    Soaring expectations about the effect of the first black president on U.S. race relations have collided with a more mundane reality, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. On the eve of President Obama's inauguration a year ago, nearly six in 10 Americans said his presidency would advance cross-racial ties. Now, about four in 10 say it has done so. The falloff has been highest among African Americans. Last January, three-quarters of blacks said they expected Obama's presidency to help. In the new poll, 51 percent of African Americans say he has helped, a wider gap between expectations and...
  • Equality vs. Sameness in American Political Society

    01/14/2010 10:51:38 AM PST · by · 5 replies · 379+ views
    Barack Obama’s quest and campaign promise to “fundamentally change the United States” is in full swing. It is not a new effort and the change has been underway for years. The changes are simple; what is underway is a redefinition of the term equality in the American psyche. Equality is defined as a state of being essentially equal or equivalent; equally balanced; “on a par with the best.” Our founding documents are sprinkled with the sentiment of equality. On par with the best, particularly, harkens to the development of a society where no matter your station of birth one could...
  • Definitions of equality

    01/05/2010 4:49:17 AM PST · by mattstat · 4 replies · 204+ views
    A philosophically contradictory, but the most desired, definition of equality is with respect to outcomes. Applied to individuals unconditionally, equality fails immediately for the obvious reason that no two individuals can be identical, and therefore they can never be equal. For example, and trivially, they cannot occupy the same space simultaneously. Sensing, but not explicitly acknowledging this, equality mavens shift the burden from individuals to groups of individuals. Equality, or the lack of it, then becomes a statistical phenomenon, and logically possible, however unlikely. Suppose we are interested in the equality of outcome for some specific measure, say, a score...
  • English, Welsh bishops say Equality Bill redefines who can be priest (Ruh-ro alert!)

    12/09/2009 12:55:29 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 1,119+ views
    cns ^ | December 9, 2009 | Simon Caldwell
    LONDON (CNS) -- The Catholic bishops of England and Wales said they could be at risk of prosecution under a proposed law unless they accept women, sexually active gays and transsexuals as candidates to the priesthood. They made their claims in a briefing for Catholic members of the House of Lords, Britain's upper political chamber, ahead of a scheduled Dec. 15 debate on the Equality Bill, which aims to stamp out discrimination in the workplace. The bishops said the bill defines priests as employees rather than officeholders. Under the terms of the bill, the church would be immune from prosecution...
  • Racism obsession interferes with school discipline - ALAN KEYES

    09/23/2009 9:50:00 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 21 replies · 1,168+ views
    Loyal to Liberty ^ | September 23, 2009 | Alan Keyes
    WND reports that "A school district in Arizona has come under fire after a newspaper columnist highlighted the district's newly adopted racial policy and called it a "two-tiered form of student discipline: one for black and Hispanic students; one for everyone else." According to the columnist [Doug MacEachern] "TUSD [Tucson Unified School District] principals and disciplinarians…are being asked to set two standards of behavior for their students…Some behavior will be met with strict penalties; some will not. It all depends on the color of the student's skin." School district officials claim they are just trying to correct racial discrimination in...
  • Obama to world: Don't Expect America to fix it all

    09/23/2009 8:49:28 AM PDT · by Personal Responsibility · 31 replies · 894+ views
    Yahoo News via AP ^ | Sept. 23 2009 | Ben Feller, AP
    In an era where our destiny is shared, power is no longer a zero-sum game," Obama said. "No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. That is the future America wants."
  • Lenin on America part 18:a liberal professor on Equality

    09/21/2009 9:18:54 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 3 replies · 440+ views
    Mainestategop ^ | V Lenin
    Liberal Professor Mr. Tugan-Baranovsky is on the war path against socialism. This time he has approached the question, not from the political and economic angle, but from that of an abstract discussion on equality (perhaps the professor thought such an abstract discussion more suitable for the religious and philosophical gatherings which he has addressed?). "If we take socialism, not as an economic theory, but as a living ideal," Mr. Tugan declared, "then, undoubtedly, it is associated with the ideal of equality, but equality is a concept . . . that cannot be deduced from experience and reason." This is the...
  • Racial Equality Long Way Off, Say Speakers Led by Skip Gates

    08/28/2009 4:06:52 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 29 replies · 1,347+ views
    Vinyard Gazette ^ | 8/21/2009 | LAUREN MARTIN
    Nodding to Professor Henry Louis (Skip) Gates Jr. at his Whaling Church panel discussion Achieving Equality in the Age of Obama last night, Princeton professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell shook her head and said: ”If you had told me this time last year, when we were all pretty emotionally up and excited, even though George W. Bush was still our President, that we would actually feel worse a year later, when Barack Obama was our President, about questions of race in America, I would have told you you were lying.” Yet Mr. Gates acknowledged his part in bringing down the mood nationwide...