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  • Arizona Should Protect Freedom of Association for All

    Governor Jan Brewer (R., Ariz.) was correct to veto SB 1062, but she should have done it for a different reason: It did not go far enough. Brewer faced tremendous pressure to kill this measure, which would have let religious business owners refuse to serve gay patrons. Many Americans understandably had a visceral reaction against this legislation that, fairly or not, was seen as a potential green light for homophobia. The fact that this bill would have allowed enterprises to spurn gay clientele due to religious liberty probably sharpened the burrs beneath the saddles of its foes. However, what Brewer...
  • Touchy Topics

    09/03/2013 9:43:19 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 9-4-13 | Walter Williams
    Here's a question: What is the true test of one's commitment to freedom of expression? Is it when one permits others to express ideas with which he agrees? Or is it when he permits others to express ideas he finds deeply offensive? I'm betting that most people would wisely answer that it's the latter, and I'd agree. How about this question: What is the true test of one's commitment to freedom of association? Is it when people permit others to freely associate in ways of which they approve? Or is it when they permit others to freely associate in ways...
  • The Intolerance of Today's Tolerance and the Right of Association

    02/06/2013 6:22:25 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 1 replies
    At a local library a small group of individuals meet on a monthly basis to discuss Russian literature. Over the past ten years they've discussed every author from Pushkin to Dostoyevsky to Tolstoy. At the upcoming meeting they plan to discuss one or two twentieth century Soviet authors. When the date of the meeting rolls around, they find two new people there to participate in the meeting. In short order they learn that these two new participants have no love for Russian authors. In fact, they are two Estonian nationalists that hate everything Russian. They are at the meeting only...
  • Obama, Romney say admit women to Augusta golf club

    04/05/2012 1:45:49 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 71 replies
    http://sports.yahoo.com ^ | April 5, 2012 | Yahoo Sports
    WASHINGTON (AP)—A White House spokesman said Thursday that President Barack Obama believes women should be admitted as members to the all-male Augusta National, home of the Masters golf tournament. White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters that Obama’s “personal opinion is that women should be admitted” to the golf club. Carney said it was “up to the club to decide” but Obama told him he personally thinks women should be welcome. “We’re kind of long past the time when women should be excluded from anything,” Carney said. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Obama’s likely challenger in the fall, said...
  • Romney: Women should be allowed to join Augusta

    04/05/2012 1:27:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 83 replies
    cnn.com ^ | April 5, 2012 | CNN Political Unit
    (CNN) – Mitt Romney added his voice to the chorus calling for women to be allowed to join Augusta National Golf Club. When asked if women should be admitted, the Republican presidential frontrunner responded: "Of course." "I am not a member of Augusta. I don't know if I would qualify. My golf game is not that good," Romney told reporters after an energy-themed event in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. "Certainly if I were a member, if I could run Augusta, which isn't likely to happen, of course I'd have women into Augusta." Earlier Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said President...
  • Homosexual bigots commit hate crimes, Part 11 -- Vanderbilt University

    09/28/2011 2:46:55 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    RenewAmerica.com ^ | Sept. 28, 2011 | Bryan Fischer
    The parade of hate crimes continue. This time the perpetrator is Vanderbilt University which has put five Christian student organizations on provisional status for being, well, Christian clubs. Vanderbilt was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in the 1870s, with a donation from philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt. Thus, as is the case with 106 of the first 108 colleges and the universities in the United States, Vanderbilt was brought into existence by followers of Jesus Christ. Now his followers are being tagged as homophobic bigots and threatened with expulsion from campus because of their sincerely held religious beliefs. Worse, Vanderbilt has...
  • Judge's tentative ruling rejects blocking 'top two' primary

    09/13/2010 8:36:38 PM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/13/10 | Torey Van Oot
    A San Francisco Superior Court judge today issued a tentative ruling denying a request to block the state from implementing the top two primary system created under Proposition 14. A group of candidates and voters have filed a suit challenging the constitutionality of Senate Bill 6, legislation detailing the mechanics of the state's new "top two" primary. Under Proposition 14, approved by voters in the June primary, the two candidates who receive the most votes in an all-party primary will advance to a general election run-off.
  • Supreme Court to Consider Case Against California Law School

    04/17/2010 6:42:42 PM PDT · by wastedpotential · 14 replies · 625+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2010 | Robert Barnes
    At the oldest law school in the West, law is being made this semester, not just taught. In a case that carries great implications for how public universities and schools must accommodate religious groups, the University of California's Hastings College of the Law is defending its anti-discrimination policy against charges that it denies religious freedom. The college, which requires officially recognized student groups to admit any Hastings student who wants to join, may be well-meaning, says the student outpost of the Christian Legal Society. But the group contends that requiring it to allow gay students and nonbelievers into its leadership...
  • Sharia cab in New York City: Muslim cabbie kicks out gay couple

    11/04/2009 10:15:39 AM PST · by La Lydia · 64 replies · 2,150+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | November 4, 2009 | Robert Spencer
    A few years ago when the Muslim cabdrivers at the Minneapolis airport were refusing to carry passengers who had alcohol, several people pointed out that it would set a dangerous precedent to allow cabbies to select passengers according to Sharia rules. If a cabdriver could reject a passenger who was holding a bottle of whiskey, he could reject a passenger who was eating a ham sandwich, or an unmarried couple, or, as here, a gay couple. And the American principle of equality of access would be overthrown in favor of a religious discrimination that would enshrine Islamic law as a...
  • Brazilian law would prohibit Christian teaching on homosexuality

    07/16/2008 9:54:30 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 25 replies · 183+ views
    The Catholic News Agency ^ | Jul 15, 2008 | Catholic News Agency
    Americas Brazilian law would prohibit Christian teaching on homosexuality Rio de Janeiro, Jul 15, 2008 / 01:36 pm (CNA).- The Brazilian Senate is considering a bill approved unanimously and without debate by the country’s House of Representatives that aims to promote homosexuality and prohibit Christian teaching on the issue, under the guise of combating discrimination. According to the Association of the Defense of Life, the bill would make it crime punishable by five years in prison to impede expressions of “homosexual affection” in public places or private places open to the public. It would also punish those who deny employment...
  • Cbristian Photographer Hauled before Commission for Regusing Same-Sex Job

    06/16/2008 11:25:53 AM PDT · by gallaxyglue · 121 replies · 204+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Jan 30, 2008 | John Jalsevac
    Christian Photographer Hauled before Commission for Refusing Same-Sex Job By John Jalsevac New Mexico, January 30, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The case of a Christian photographer who refused to photograph a same-sex "commitment ceremony", was heard before the New Mexico Human Rights Division on Monday. A same-sex couple asked Elaine Huguenin, co-owner with her husband of Elane Photography, to photograph a "commitment ceremony" that the two women wanted to hold. Huguenin declined because her Christian beliefs are in conflict with the message communicated by the ceremony. The same-sex couple filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Division, which is...
  • Houston Landscaper Refuses To Work For Gay Customers

    10/21/2006 11:38:45 AM PDT · by fhlh · 135 replies · 5,046+ views
    KPRC Channel 2 ^ | 10/20/2006 | unknown
    HOUSTON -- An e-mail from a Houston-area landscaper that said he chose not to do work for homosexuals has spread nationwide, KPRC Local 2 reported Friday. Michael Lord wanted to spruce up the outside of his home in the Heights, so he asked the "Garden Guy" to create an outdoor work of art. But he was rejected based on his sexual orientation.... More at http://www.click2houston.com/news/10124161/detail.html video of the report http://www.click2houston.com/video/10124116/index.html
  • Baptist Church Sued When Active Homosexual Barred from Wedding Party

    03/14/2006 6:57:44 PM PST · by NYer · 149 replies · 2,208+ views
    LifeSite ^ | March 14, 2006 | Hilary White
    SARNIA/LAMBTON, March 14, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Observer, the local paper for Sarnia/Lambton Ontario, reports that the pastor of a local church is in hot legal water for his defence of Christian principles.   Tamara Bourgeois, 29, and Jerry Condie, 34, were to marry in June 2007 at Sovereign Grace Community Church and have told the Observer that they are considering legal action against Pastor Glenn Tomlinson when he refused to allow an active homosexual to be part of the wedding party.   Tomlinson said he believes that allowing an unrepentant homosexual in the ceremony is tantamount to sanctioning homosexuality....
  • ACLU opposes creation of 'Catholic town'

    03/01/2006 8:05:15 AM PST · by grundle · 74 replies · 1,644+ views
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | Feb. 22, 2006
    ACLU opposes creation of 'Catholic town' Domino's Pizza founder wants to build new town with 'Catholic values' ACLU opposes creation of 'Catholic town' Feb. 21: The Situation's Tucker Carlson asks Howard Simon, the Executive Director of Florida's ACLU, why his group is trying to stop the founder of Domino's pizza from building a town with Catholic values, and pharmacies that may not stock contraceptives. TRANSCRIPT MSNBC Updated: 3:45 p.m. ET Feb. 22, 2006 If you could build a town from scratch, what would it look like? Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino‘s Pizza, wants a towering Roman Catholic Church at...
  • Frist Joins Boy Scouts To Call For Passage Of Scouts Act

    12/26/2005 11:20:10 AM PST · by Coleus · 38 replies · 1,203+ views
    The Chattanogan ^ | 12.17.05 | ELIZABETH WEILL-GREENBERG
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN) today praised the pending passage of the “Support Our Scouts Act of 2005,” which is included in the Department of Defense Authorization bill and the Defense Appropriations bill. Sen. Frist authored the legislation, which was co-sponsored by over 50 other senators, "to ensure that the Boy Scouts of America receives equal access to public facilities, programs, and forums and that the Defense Department will continue its support of Scouts and their Jamborees." “The passage of this legislation is a victory for the Boy Scouts of America and the many other organizations that...
  • Lesbian couple claims Calif. country club discriminated

    05/26/2005 8:28:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 562+ views
    AP ^ | 5/26/5 | Bob Egelko
    The California Supreme Court took a look today at a lesbian couple’s claim that a golf country club discriminated against them by charging them higher membership fees than spouses pay. The case could be a preview of how the court approaches the same-sex marriage issue. By granting family memberships only to married couples, the San Diego country club “chose criteria that same-sex couples could not possibly meet," said Jon Davidson, legal director of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and lawyer for the couple who filed the suit. His argument – that a spouses-only policy amounts to discrimination against...
  • GOP sues to have 'top two' system tossed

    05/20/2005 11:56:49 AM PDT · by lilylangtree · 9 replies · 595+ views
    Associated Press/The Spokesman Review | 5-20-2005 | Gene Johnson
    SEATTLE--The state Republican Party filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to have the state's new "top two" primary declared unconstitutional--thus creating more upheaval in an election system still reeling from last fall's contested governor's race. The federal court lawsuit argues that the new system violates the party's First Amendment right to association by stealing its ability to select its own candidates for office. The Democratic Party sought Thursday to join the lawsuit, which names nine county auditors or elections managers as defendants. "We have nominating rights under the statutes of the state of Washington," said state Democratic Party Chairman Paul Berendt....
  • Court to rehear bartender's lipstick lawsuit (Coyote Ugly?)

    05/16/2005 9:41:59 AM PDT · by new cruelty · 82 replies · 1,844+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 13, 2005
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal appeals court agreed on Friday to reconsider the case of a female bartender who was fired from her job at a Nevada casino for refusing to wear lipstick, blush and other make-up. Alleging sex discrimination, Darlene Jespersen sued her employer, Harrah's Entertainment Inc., after it dismissed her in 2000 for refusing to comply with a policy that required women to wear makeup. In December, Jespersen's case was dismissed by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the policy was legal. Without comment, the court reversed the ruling on...
  • Judge: Christian frat can ban homosexuals

    03/12/2005 11:27:57 PM PST · by John Lenin · 64 replies · 1,675+ views
    © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com But university president still supporting 'non-discrimination policy' A federal court has ordered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to reinstate a Christian fraternity which had been denied recognition because its officers refused to sign the university's nondiscrimination policy requiring the group to allow homosexuals to join. The preliminary injunction, issued by U.S. District Court Judge Frank W. Bullock Junior, will permit Alpha Iota Omega access to student funds and university facilities, like other fraternities on campus. The order will remain in force until the issue of compliance with the university's policy against discrimination is settled,...
  • ACLU threat causes Boy Scouts to drop public school ties; churches urged to fill void

    03/10/2005 9:23:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 74 replies · 1,828+ views
    BP News ^ | 03.09.05 | Jeff Robinson
    ACLU threat causes Boy Scouts to drop public school ties; churches urged to fill void NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Boy Scouts of America is removing the charters of thousands of scouting units from public schools after an American Civil Liberties Union threat to sue taxpayer-funded institutions that charter BSA units. The ACLU sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America in February threatening legal action against public schools and other governmental agencies that charter Boy Scout groups on grounds that their sponsorship amounts to religious discrimination and violates the separation of church and state. Boy Scouts open their meetings by...
  • Casino Stands Firm On Firing Waitresses Who Gain Weight

    03/03/2005 3:35:59 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 84 replies · 1,759+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | March 3, 2005 | The Associated Press
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The battle over bulge continues at an Atlantic City casino. The "Borgata Babes" aren't getting a break on their weight. The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., won't budge on its new weight requirements. The Borgata has rejected a union grievance challenging the casino's imposition of weight limits on cocktail servers -- known as "Borgata Babes" -- and costumed bartenders. It said they are performers whose personal appearance and grooming are a key part of Borgata's image. The babes have to squeeze into skimpy costumes. Last month casino officials announced that the Borgata...
  • Motorcycle club sues Rochester (MN) bar for discrimination

    02/19/2005 1:29:26 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 56 replies · 1,285+ views
    KAAL TV ^ | 02-19-2005 09:01:02 AM
    Motorcycle club sues Rochester bar for discrimination Updated: 02-19-2005 09:01:02 AM ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - A Rochester bar is being sued by a motorcycle club whose members were told they are not welcome there. The lawsuit against the North Star Bar was filed in Olmsted County Court. The attorney representing the Sons of Silence motorcycle club says its members were refused entrance to the bar because they were wearing their "colors," or motorcycle apparel. He sent a letter to the bar warning of legal action, saying a 1998 state law prohibits that kind of discrimination. The lawsuit says some of...
  • Fair housing, job proposals target anti-gay discrimination

    02/13/2005 3:35:16 PM PST · by DBeers · 14 replies · 594+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | February 11, 2005 | Christopher Burbach
    Nebraskans call the Fair Housing Center in Omaha from time to time seeking help, saying they believe landlords won't rent to them because they're gay. The answer? That's discrimination. But it's not against the law. Center staffers tell the callers that, under Nebraska and federal law, they have no legal protection, said Jill Fenner, Fair Housing Center director. A legislative proposal would change that. Introduced by State Sen. David Landis of Lincoln, Legislative Bill 50 would prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Fair Housing Center, a division of Fair Housing Advisory Services, doesn't take positions on legislative proposals....
  • Law forces churches to hire homosexuals

    01/22/2005 8:26:13 AM PST · by ViLaLuz · 135 replies · 2,224+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | January 22, 2005 | World Net Daily
    Illinois churches are protesting a new state law that bars them from "discriminating" against homosexuals, contending it robs Christians of their First Amendment freedoms. Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the bill into law yesterday amid a demonstration led by the Illinois Family Institute, or IFI, a non-profit group affiliated with Focus on the Family, Family Research Council and Alliance Defense Fund. The measure adds "sexual orientation" to the state law that bars discrimination based on race, religion and similar traits in areas such as jobs and housing. The bill was signed to loud cheers and a standing ovation from about 150...
  • Right-Wing Party Declared Illegal in Belgium

    11/09/2004 2:29:33 PM PST · by quidnunc · 27 replies · 1,229+ views
    The Corner' in National Review ^ | November 9, 2004 | John Derbyshire
    -snip- Right-Wing Party Declared Illegal in Belgium [John Derbyshire] In a nasty little example of what the Left would like to do to anyone that refuses to toe the PC line, a Belgian court has just ruled Vlaams Blok "racist," effectively making the party illegal. Vlaams Blok is the most popular party in Flanders (the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium). Last June they got almost a quarter of the votes in regional elections. The Belgian establishment hates them, however, since they have at various times advocated (a) the secession of Flanders from Belgium, (b) the repatriation of non-European immigrants. The lights...
  • FEC May Regulate Web Political Activity

    10/13/2004 1:45:08 AM PDT · by kattracks · 128 replies · 3,589+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/13/04 | SHARON THEIMER, AP
    WASHINGTON - With political fund raising, campaign advertising and organizing taking place in full swing over the Internet, it may just be a matter of time before the Federal Election Commission (news - web sites) joins the action. Well, that time may be now. A recent federal court ruling says the FEC must extend some of the nation's new campaign finance and spending limits to political activity on the Internet. Long reluctant to step into online political activity, the agency is considering whether to appeal. But vice chairwoman Ellen Weintraub said the Internet may prove to be an unavoidable area...
  • Alpha Iota Omega Files Suit Against UNC Chapel Hill [Christian Fraternity banned]

    08/25/2004 1:17:08 PM PDT · by TaxRelief · 8 replies · 694+ views
    FIRE Press Release ^ | August 25, 2004 | David French
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C., August 25, 2004 A federal lawsuit was filed today against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) by Alpha Iota Omega (AIO), a Christian fraternity that was denied recognition by UNC because it would not agree to open its membership to students of different faiths. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which is fighting on behalf of AIO in its conflict with UNC administrators, is now joined by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), which brought the suit against the university. "For too long, UNC has denied religious groups the basic rights that all...
  • Ban the Christians, kill the Bushites!

    08/24/2004 11:50:52 AM PDT · by TaxRelief · 51 replies · 2,190+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2004 | Mike S. Adams
    When I recently learned that UNC officials had ordered the funds of a Christian fraternity frozen just because they refused to admit non-Christians, I was shocked.  When I found out later that the funds never even belonged to the state I was outraged. The idea that the state of North Carolina could freeze the privately raised funds of a Christian fraternity made me wonder whether UNC equated Christian student groups with terrorist networks like al-Qaeda.After I made that very suggestion to my friend Jon Sanders at the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in Raleigh, he showed me that I...
  • Christian Frat Rejected by University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

    08/20/2004 8:30:06 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 6 replies · 728+ views
    Christian Frat Rejected by UNCA Christian student group that refused to sign a non discrimination policy has been denied official recognition by the University of North Carolina.Alpha Iota Omega would not follow university policy requiring membership to be open to all, because it wanted only those with similar beliefs to join in.Without official recognition, the frat cannot recieve student fee money.
  • We don't serve your kind

    04/17/2004 1:12:00 AM PDT · by thegreatbeast · 51 replies · 305+ views
    GlobeAndMail.com ^ | Friday, Apr. 16, 2004 | AP
    Key West, Fla. — Three heterosexual couples said they were kicked out of a hotel in Key West because of their sexual orientation. The six were vacationing with a homosexual couple and had reservations at a hotel called Big Ruby's when the three heterosexual couples were kicked out. “The manager literally said: ‘We don't want you here,”' Jim Pirih, who was vacationing with his partner and heterosexual friends, said. The group was already settled in their rooms Wednesday when the manager told them they would have to leave, citing a policy of not allowing heterosexuals on the property, Mr. Pirih...
  • Expelled gay teen OK'd to sue Jupiter Christian School [Florida]

    02/13/2004 10:50:58 AM PST · by george wythe · 27 replies · 156+ views
    tcpalm.com ^ | Feb 13, 2004
    A judge cleared the way for a gay teenager to try to prove in court that the school he attended expelled him for admitting his sexual orientation to a teacher. Palm Beach Circuit Judge David Crow turned down a demand for arbitration by Jupiter Christian School on Wednesday. The order appears to allow Jeffrey Woodard and his mother, Carol Gload, to pursue their suit against the school. The school says it asked him to leave because he was a low-achieving student with behavioral problems and his fees weren't paid.
  • Religious-rights lawsuit by student actress is back

    02/05/2004 10:31:16 AM PST · by Lurking Libertarian · 10 replies · 194+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | WEDNESDAY February 04, 2004 | Elizabeth Neff and Celia R. Baker
    Religious-rights lawsuit by student actress is back By Elizabeth Neff and Celia R. Baker The Salt Lake Tribune A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit brought by a former University of Utah student who claims she was forced out of the school's Actor Training Program (ATP) for following her religious beliefs. Christina Axson-Flynn, a member of the LDS Church, refused to take God's name in vain or use the f-word while performing scripted monologues in class. She claimed in a lawsuit that being required to set aside her religious beliefs violated her First Amendment rights, but the allegations...
  • [Atlanta's Druid Hill Golf] Club's policy called anti-gay

    01/12/2004 10:50:37 AM PST · by madprof98 · 11 replies · 428+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/12/04 | CHRISTINE VAN DUSEN
    Domestic partners don't qualify for perks given to spouses at Druid Hills Golf Club Lee Kyser put down $40,000 and pays about $475 in monthly dues at Druid Hills Golf Club, just like most other senior members of the 91-year-old Clifton Road country club near Emory University. Kyser, a clinical psychologist, golfs there with her significant other, and plans to enroll their 2-year-old twins in swimming lessons there next year. "We're just like any other family," Kyser said, "except that we happen to be lesbians." This fact sits at the center of a dispute pitting Kyser and another gay couple...
  • The right to deal

    09/23/2003 11:45:34 PM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 159+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 9/24/03 | Walter E. Williams
    Suppose you want to deal with me but I don't want to deal with you. Should I be forced to? You might ask, "What are you talking about?" Here's a short list. Suppose you want to marry me, but I don't want to marry you. Or, suppose you want to play tennis with me, but I don't want to play with you. Or, suppose you want to be in my club, but neither my fellow club members nor I want you. The question is, how much do we Americans value freedom of association? Keep in mind that freedom of association...
  • Gay couple protests after Catholic school denies daughter's entry

    08/30/2003 7:04:03 AM PDT · by I_Love_My_Husband · 214 replies · 2,883+ views
    The Olympian ^ | 8/30/03 | AP
    <p>EUGENE, Ore. -- A lesbian couple alleges that O'Hara Catholic School refused admission to their 4-year-old daughter because of their sexual orientation.</p> <p>The couple has complained to the Eugene Human Rights Commission and the Oregon Child Care Division.</p> <p>One of the women, Lee Inkmann, said O'Hara Principal Dianne Bert told her in mid-August that having a family with two mothers at the school would confuse other children, and that gay unions are in conflict with Vatican teachings.</p>
  • Lesbian couple protests school's decision

    08/29/2003 1:08:25 PM PDT · by bicycle thug · 134 replies · 753+ views
    registerguard.com ^ | Aug 29, 2003 | By Anne Williams
    A lesbian couple has complained to the Eugene Human Rights Commission and the Oregon Child Care Division, alleging that O'Hara Catholic School refused admission to their 4-year-old daughter because of their sexual orientation. One of the women, Lee Inkmann, said O'Hara Principal Dianne Bert told her in mid-August that having a family with two mothers at the school would confuse other children, and that gay unions are in conflict with Vatican teachings. Bert declined to comment, as did a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Portland. O'Hara issued a statement that said the school does not discriminate on the basis of...
  • Playing the bias card

    01/05/2003 9:32:41 AM PST · by Jean S · 8 replies · 267+ views
    U.S. News ^ | 1/13/03 Issue | John Leo
    Is it reasonable for a university to insist that campus Christian groups accept non-Christian or anti-Christian students as group leaders? Ask a hundred ordinary Americans and you would very likely get 99 or 100 noes. Ask Rutgers University, though, and you'd get an answer that would earn a summa cum laude for political correctness. In September, Rutgers banned a Christian group from using campus facilities and stripped the group of university funding because it selects leaders on the basis of religious belief. Rutgers is punishing the InterVarsity Multi-Ethnic Christian Fellowship for violating the university's nondiscrimination policy. That policy states that...