Pelosi Calls Supreme Court Ruling Against Affirmative Action In College Admissions A “Step To Rig The Political Process Against Diversity”…
Whatever the hell that means.
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Whatever the hell that means.
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So-called “progressives” are some of the most intolerant people you will ever meet.
GERMANY, March 28, 2014 – As parents in Germany have protested a new pro-homosexual “sexual diversity” curriculum in their schools, homosexual activists have attacked them by hurling feces and destroying their property, according to the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, which documents anti-Christian incidents in Europe.
“Protesters were physically attacked and it was felt that the police failed to protect the parents’ basic right of assembly,” said a statement from the Observatory describing incidents at recent rallies in Baden-Württemberg and Cologne.
According to eyewitnesses, says the Observatory, “Christian parents were shouted at with obscenities.”
“They were spit at, eggs were thrown, and little bags with feces or color. Cables of loud speakers were torn out,” the organization says. “Pages were ripped out of the bible and used to wipe backsides, then formed into a ball and thrown at the parents.”
“Christians were deeply hurt in this process. At least one banner was snatched and destroyed in front of the eyes of the parents. Marshals were target[ed] with pepper sprays. Shouting by counter-demonstrator[s] made the planned public speaking partly impossible.”
No, they don’t have bigger issues to worry about, but thanks for asking.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department launched a program Thursday to train local police departments to better respond to transgender individuals, a population authorities say is disproportionately harmed by violence.
The new initiative is aimed at helping police identify hate crimes and build trust with a community that law enforcement officials say is too often reluctant to report crimes.
“It’s clear that such a training is as necessary as it is overdue,” Associate Attorney General Tony West said at a ceremony unveiling the program. “Because too often, in too many places, we know that transgender victims are discouraged from reporting hate crimes and hate violence due to their past negative interactions with and perceptions of law enforcement.”
The training effort is being overseen by the department’s Community Relations Service, which was established under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and works with communities to prevent and respond to hate crimes.
The initiative comes as police departments face scrutiny over their responsiveness to crimes against transgender people.
The Community Relations Service has regional offices around the country that will offer the training to police departments. The training includes suggestions for confronting bullying in schools as well as lists of do’s — such as asking a person for his or her preferred gender pronoun — and don’ts, such as using the term “transvestite” or asking whether the person has had sex-change surgery.
Try banning gays or minorities from an event and see what happens.
Via College Fix:
The University of Wisconsin-Madison recently hosted a diversity forum that banned white, heterosexual students from attending, The College Fix has learned.
The public university, in advertising the event, declared that the Feb. 28 session was “specifically for self-identified LGBTQ people of color.”
It hosted a second diversity event a day earlier that apparently allowed heterosexuals, but not white ones.
“Both of these sessions are intended for self-identified people of color,” a flier touting the event stated.
The sessions are part of a “Race and the Body” speaker series put on by the taxpayer-funded Institute for Justice, Education and Transformation Multicultural Student Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Its webpage repeated the same admittance requirements as the fliers posted on campus.
“Ignacio Rivera will facilitate two seperate workshops entitled ‘Mapping Your Desires’ for people of color,” the website states regarding the race- and sexual-preference segregated events.
According is his website, Rivera is a ”Two-Spirit, Black-Boricua Taíno, queer performance artist, activist, filmmaker, lecturer and sex educator who prefers the gender neutral pronoun ‘they.’ “
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Via Campus Reform:
A collection of liberal student groups at Dartmouth College who vowed to take “physical action” if its demands were not met has released a statement saying that the $30 million the school has pledged to increase diversity on campus is not enough.
Earlier this month, the groups released a “Freedom Budget,” a list of over 70 demands related to an alleged lack of diversity and “systems of oppression” of “marginalized communities on this campus.” The groups gave the school until March 24 to respond or else face “physical action.”
On March 6, President Phil Hanlon and Interim Provost Martin Wybourne released a statement attempting to appease the students by reminding them of the tens of millions they had pledged toward diversity before the threats and promising to “do more.”
Yesterday, the authors of the budget said in a campus-wide email that these efforts were not enough.
“We realize your message is unrelated because after a careful reading of your message we were not able to find points relevant to the Freedom Budget proposal,” the email stated.
Shockingly, this didn’t go over so well.
Via King 5 News:
A group of employees at South Puget Sound Community College sent out an invitation to all 300 staffers.
The “Staff, Faculty and Administrators of Color” encouraged employees to reply to the invitation to find out the confidential date and time of what was being called a “happy hour” to “build support and community” for people of color.
The invite made it clear white people were not invited.
The email read: “If you want to create space for white folks to meet and work on racism, white supremacy, and white privilege to better our campus community and yourselves, please feel free to do just that.”
Nice to see Fineman doing his best Tingles impression.
Then again, academia is packed with 1960-70s leftist radicals so she will be welcomed with open arms.
Via Campus Reform:
Angela Davis, former Communist Party USA leader and Black Panther, will be delivering a keynote address for the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s (UMD) Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism today, according to the school’s website.
Davis is most notorious for being charged as an accomplice to a courthouse murder/kidnapping case in August of 1970, which involved the murder of a California judge. Several of the weapons used were registered in her name and she was charged as an accomplice under state law. In the aftermath of the crime, she was put on the FBI’s most wanted list as she fled.
She was captured by the FBI three months later at a motel in the middle of New York City. During her trial, Davis claimed she was innocent, despite evidence that showed she purchased two of the weapons used in the crime. Moreover, Davis was found to have written letters to a man named George Jackson, a Black Panther prison organizer; the kidnappings were meant to gain leverage for his release. The letters Davis wrote expressed romantic feelings for Jackson and support for political violence. However, she was acquitted of all charges in 1972.
Because Christians don’t deserve to have their rights protected.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature gave final approval to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal “state-sanctioned discrimination” and an embarrassment.The 33-27 vote by the House Thursday evening sends the legislation to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and puts Arizona back at the forefront of a polarizing piece of legislation four years after the state enacted an immigration crackdown that caused a national furor.
Similar religious protection legislation has been introduced in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma, but Arizona’s plan is the only one that has passed. The efforts are stalled in Idaho, Ohio and Kansas.
Republicans stressed that the bill is about protecting religious freedom and not discrimination. They frequently cited the case of a New Mexico photographer who was sued after refusing to take wedding pictures of a gay couple and said Arizona needs a law to protect people in the state from heavy-handed actions by courts and law enforcement.
The legislation prompted a heated debate on the floor of the House, touching on issues such as the religious freedom, constitutional protections and civil rights.
Opponents raised scenarios in which gay people in Arizona could be denied service at a restaurant or refused medical treatment if a business owner thought homosexuality was not in accordance with his religion. One lawmaker held up a sign that read “NO GAYS ALLOWED” in arguing what could happen if the law took effect, drawing a rebuke for violating rules that bar signs on the House floor.
According to this article, “the LGBTQ community” uses the term “they” to describe a gender-neutral person. You learn something new every day.
Via The Oregonian:
A former catering worker who identifies as neither female or male is suing Bon Appetit Management Co. for $518,000, claiming co-workers referred to the employee as a female though repeatedly being asked to stop.
Valeria Jones alleges in a lawsuit that co-workers repeatedly called Jones “miss,” “lady” and “little lady” despite explanations that Jones “was not a female or a male and that the term was unwelcome.”
Workers also directly said Jones looked like a woman and made female celebrity comparisons, the suit states.
The lawsuit, filed this week in Multnomah County Circuit Court, says Jones preferred to be addressed by a general neutral pronoun. The suit doesn’t identify the term.
The term “they” — rather than “he” or “she” — is sometimes used to refer to a gender-neutral individual in the LGBTQ communities.
The suit was filed by Portland attorney Donel Courtney, who declined Friday to share more details about the case.
Bon Appetit declined to comment on specifics of the case because of the pending litigation and because it involves a personnel matter, but vice president Maisie Ganzler said, “I can say we are an equal opportunity employer that embraces diversity of all kinds.”
More on this absurd non-story.
Jerry Seinfeld wants to stay out of the conversation about diversity in comedy, but he may not be able to stay blasé for much longer. In an interview published by BuzzFeed Brews and CBS This Morning, the iconic comedian was asked about the lack of diversity among the guests on his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Web series — and his answer is now driving the latest controversy over the racial and gender makeup of the comedy world.
Here’s what happened: when asked about the homogeneity of his guests, Seinfeld derided critics for paying attention to whether comedy programming like his series accurately represents the makeup of the population. “Who cares?” he said, elaborating that he has “no interest” in gender or race but feels that “PC nonsense” about diversity is “anticomedy” because it focuses on something other than whether or not a person is funny.
The interview has already sparked a debate over whether, as Gawker put it, that statement combined with his overwhelmingly white male slate of guests means he thinks “any comedian who is not a white male is also not funny” — or, on the other hand, whether Seinfeld’s statements are forward thinking, reflecting a desire for true meritocracy among comedians.
He may come to regret being so flip. The conversation about diversity in comedy has reached a boiling point in recent months, focused largely on Saturday Night Live. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is no SNL — it’s a conversation-based Web series rather than a sketch show, so there’s no need for him to find comedians who can do a varied set of impressions and characters — but the arc of SNL’s recent challenges with diversity illustrates why his comments can’t be written off.
“Diversity” has taken on a cult-like following among the left.
Via Campus Reform:
The University of Tennessee (UT) is spending at least $25,500 on a Sex Week which will include events such as a masturbation workshop.
According to the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beacon, the school’s official newspaper, the school will pay for the event using $20,000 in student fees, $500 from the history department and $5,000 from the school’s Ready for the World campaign, an initiative which aims to “transform the campus into a culture of diversity.”
As a public university, UT receives both federal and state funding.
“The state gives money to the university, which gives it to the schools and the schools are giving it to Sex Week,” state Senator Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, said in an interview with Campus Reform Monday.
“Last year they had bondage BDSM [experts], they have porn stars coming in … is that really what the best use of our tax dollars to educate children is?” he said.
Talk about pandering to the left, gays make up 2% or less of the U.S. population. Note: I missed this when I posted about Coke’s ad last night.
Via NBC News:
In the second quarter of the Super Bowl, Coke became the first advertiser to show a gay family in an ad for America’s big game.
The snippet appeared as one of many vignettes in a sweeping ad that celebrated America’s collection of diverse creeds, codes and individuals. In the five-second clip, two male partners and their daughter go roller-skating while a chorus of children sing “America the beautiful.”
The hashtag #AmericaIsBeautiful went trending on Twitter shortly after the spot aired.
Gay rights organization GLAAD praised the ad, calling it “a step forward for the advertising industry.”
Coke has been under fire for its marketing lately. A social marketing effort that allowed customers to give each other digital coke bottles with words written on them backfired after the site wouldn’t allow users to put the word “gay” on them.
You’d never know gays make up only 2% of the population if you went by the non-stop pandering from the Dems/media/Hollywood.
Via Daily Mail:
The Disney Channel has gone all Glee, introducing its first-ever lesbian couple on the family series, Good Luck Charlie, on Sunday.
In the groundbreaking episode, parents Amy and Bob Duncan, played by Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer, set up a playdate for preschooler Charlie (Mia Talerico) and one of her new friends, who, it turns out, has two mothers.
Disney broke the news of the same sex couple last June.
‘This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors,’ a spokesperson told TV Guide at the time.
‘Like all Disney Channel programming, it was developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness.’
Reggie and Obama next?
(Reuters) – U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney of New York will become the second-ever sitting member of Congress to marry a same-sex partner, confirming plans on Tuesday to wed his companion of 21 years.
Maloney, 47, a Democrat who represents a district about 70 miles north of New York City, got engaged to his partner, Randy Florke, on Christmas Day, according to the congressman’s spokeswoman Stephanie Formas. They have three children together, she said.
The couple from Cold Spring, New York, issued a statement saying how exciting it is to take the next step in their relationship.
“For decades, we’ve fought to ensure that all families can experience the joys of loving commitment and we are proud to have our friends and family share this special moment with us in the near future,” the statement said.
— Ava Marinelli (@admarinelli) January 13, 2014
— Miss Representation (@RepresentPledge) January 13, 2014
— Susan Campbell (@campbellsl) January 13, 2014
— Sarah Warn (@sarahwarn) January 13, 2014
A new study finds universities and colleges with the whitest student bodies use the most minorities in their brochures to sell “diversity.”
Diallo Shabazz was a student at the University of Wisconsin in 2000 when he stopped by the admissions office.
“One of the admissions counselors walked up to me, and said, ‘Diallo, did you see yourself in the admissions booklet? Actually, you’re on the cover this year,’ ” Shabazz says.
The photo was a shot of students at a football game — but Shabazz had never been to a football game.
“So I flipped back, and that’s when I saw my head cut off and kind of pasted onto the front cover of the admissions booklet,” he says.
This Photoshopped image went viral and became a classic example of how colleges miss the mark on diversity. Wisconsin stressed that it was just one person’s bad choice, but Shabazz sees it as part of a bigger problem.
“The admissions department that we’ve been talking about, I believe, was on the fourth floor, and multicultural student center was on the second floor of that same building,” he says. “So you didn’t need to create false diversity in the picture — all you really needed to do was go downstairs.”
Even without Photoshop, colleges try to shape the picture they present to prospective students, says Tim Pippert, a sociologist at Augsburg College in Minnesota.
“Diversity is something that’s being marketed,” Pippert says. “They’re trying to sell a campus climate, they’re trying to sell a future. Campuses are trying to say, ‘If you come here, you’ll have a good time, and you’ll fit in.’ ”
Pippert and his researchers looked at more than 10,000 images from college brochures, comparing the racial breakdown of students in the pictures to the colleges’ actual demographics. They found that, overall, the whiter the school, the more diversity depicted in the brochures, especially for certain groups.
“When we looked at African-Americans in those schools that were predominantly white, the actual percentage in those campuses was only about 5 percent of the student body,” he says. “They were photographed at 14.5 percent.”
Phil Robertson: “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me.” So true…
Via Entertainment Weekly:
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is making anti-gay comments in the January issue of GQ.
In statements that threaten the A&E reality hit’s wildly popular and uplifting brand of faith, family and hunting, the Robertson patriarch said: “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” Robertson then paraphrased Corinthians from the Bible: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
And if that wasn’t explicit enough, the “Duck Commander” added: “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
The magazine suggested Robertson’s son Jep endorsed his family’s beliefs: “We’re not quite as outspoken as my dad, but I’m definitely in line. If somebody asks, I tell ’em what the Bible says.”
GLAAD quickly condemned the quotes. “Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” said spokesperson Wilson Cruz. “He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans – and Americans – who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”
UPDATE: A&E released this statement from Phil Robertson addressing the controversy: “I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.” Beyond that, A&E had no comment.
Update: The Diversity Police get their scalp.
(THR) — A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ.
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” A&E said in a statement. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
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Via Washington Examiner:
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday dodged questions about whether President Obama was sending a message about Russian anti-gay rights laws by tapping two openly gay athletes for the U.S. Olympic delegation.
Carney said only that the Olympic delegation which will attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in Russia highlighted the “diversity” of the United States.
The White House announced on Tuesday that the delegation will be led by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and includes two openly gay athletes, including tennis star Billie Jean King. [...]
Carney said the president is “very proud of the delegation and the diversity it represents.”
“We’re proud of each and every one of them and think they will serve as great ambassadors,” said Carney. “This delegation represents the diversity that is the United States, every member of the a delegation is accomplished.”