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Ask Not for Whom the Mob Brays / Opinion
Amid the current season of activism, young people have enthusiastically taken both to the streets and the internet, participating in the national discussion over race relations in America.
The New York Times recently reported about a new front in what feels increasingly like a political war: high schoolers creating social media accounts to call out classmates for alleged "racist" speech. Students post screenshots of comments, videos and posts they deem to be hateful, identify the authors through crowdsourcing, and then mercilessly "cancel" them online—sometimes with assistance from social media personalities with millions of followers. Obviously, no effort is made to examine context, understand the commenter's mindset or offer an alternative point of view; the point, after all, is to ruin someone's life for an indiscretion.
Bishop: North Carolina priest kept on leave on abuse claims
A Catholic priest in North Carolina will remain on administrative leave after allegations of sexual abuse against him were revealed last year, the Charlotte diocese's bishop said.
Bishop Peter Jugis made the announcement to St. Matthew parishioners in a letter Wednesday, writing that he had accepted the recommendation of the diocese’s Lay Review Board to keep the Rev. Patrick Hoare out of ministry, The Charlotte Observer reported.
Hoare was originally put on administrative leave in December after the diocese received “an allegation against him of child sexual abuse that was said to have occurred in Pennsylvania more than 25 years ago, before Father Hoare entered ministry” the Charlotte Observer quoted Jugis as writing.
Man sues Allentown Diocese, Hellertown school, says teacher molested him
Fox News Host Newly Fired For Sexual Misconduct Had Prompted Earlier Warning
Child marriage is "extremely prevalent" in U.S.: "The cycle perpetuates across generations"
Outrage as Indian judge calls alleged rape victim 'unbecoming'
Netflix's 'controversial' erotic drama '365 Days' sparks backlash: Here's why people are talking
California Abandons Equality under the Law
Here are some unexpected developments: In Mississippi, Republicans have decided to excise the Confederate flag; in California, Democrats have decided to legalize racial discrimination.
Who had that on their 2020 bingo card?
In 1996, California voters by a substantial margin enacted a constitutional amendment reading: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group, on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” The Democrat-run state legislature has just voted to repeal that amendment.
California had a long struggle with race-based admissions practices in its public universities, most famously with the Bakke case, in which the Supreme Court upheld race-based policies. The 1996 amendment was an attempt to sort that out in the most straightforward fashion, by insisting that the state take no notice of race at all in its policies. That was, for some generations, the great aspiration of most good-hearted Americans, who took it to be the dream of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech.
California Democrats such as Assemblyman Todd Gloria insist that eliminating rules against racial discrimination are necessary to “advance true racial and gender equity in this state.” That is, of course, nonsense. It is, in fact, self-refuting nonsense — the fact that the ethnic makeup of California’s state universities does not reflect the ethnic makeup of the state is not an indictment of colorblind university policies but an indictment of the state’s K–12 education system and other institutions. Racial preferences do not create equality — they camouflage inequality.
A racist who refused to wear a mask in a Lyft threatened to crush the skull of his gay driver
A white man who got so upset at being asked to wear a mask in a Lyft driver’s car ended up going on a racist and homophobic rant and was later banned by the service.
In a video recorded on May 28 by the driver Edgar, the man who identified himself as Richard entered the car without a mask. Edgar asked Richard to put on a mask or lift his shirt over his mouth and Richard refused.
“Do you believe in that shit?” Richard said incredulously, referring to either coronavirus prevention measures or coronavirus itself.
“Yes, I do,” Edgar responded, “because I have family that is sick of that.”
Anti-LGBT+ evangelist Franklin Graham says the right to fire people for being LGBT+ is a ‘freedom our nation was founded on’
In a landmark six-to-three ruling on Monday (June 15), the court affirmed that LGBT+ people are entitled to protection from employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity under Title VII, an existing sex-based civil rights law.
Naturally, the decision has not gone down well with the anti-LGBT+ evangelical lobby, who have spent much of the past four years plotting to stack the court with conservatives in order to roll back the tide on queer rights.
To add insult to injury, the court’s opinion was penned by justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee who sided with the liberal justices.
Franklin Graham is fuming that businesses can’t fire people for being gay anymore.
IKEA sacked a homophobe who told co-workers gay people should be killed. Now, it’s being threatened with a lawsuit
The former IKEA employee, identified as Tomasz K, said he was fired last year after he refused to take down a homophobic comment he posted on the firm’s internal site.
“Acceptance and promotion of homosexuality and other deviations is scandalous,” he wrote, alongside several anti-gay Bible verses.
IKEA said at the time that the employee had expressed an opinion “in a way that could affect the rights and dignity of LGBT + people”.
“In addition, the employee actually used quotes from the Old Testament about death, blood in the context of what fate should meet homosexual people,” it added. “Many employees raised by this entry contacted our HR department.”
Homophobes don’t even try to hide their bigotry as they rage over Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Andrew Christian bag
Hammer-wielding woman arrested after screaming racist tirade at Latino couple
Dr. Lia Francoand and her husband, Arturo Cordovez, recorded a terrifying encounter with a woman yelling a racist tirade at them, telling them to "go back to your (expletive) country!" KPRC's Phil Archer reports.
Religious exemptions are gutting civil rights protections, advocacy groups warn
The Trump administration's expansion of religious exemptions is undermining civil rights protections and codifying discrimination against marginalized groups — particularly LGBTQ people — according to a report released Monday by three research and advocacy groups.
Using a combination of new rules, legal interventions and newly created divisions, the departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor and State have all taken steps to advance "religious liberty," often at the expense of LGBTQ rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for American Progress and the Movement Advancement Project argue in their report.
The proposed rules — from the departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Agriculture and Education, along with the U.S. Agency for International Development — would undo several Obama-era regulations, including those that require federally funded religious organizations to inform beneficiaries about certain rights.
For example, if a homeless LGBTQ teen sought help from a faith-based provider and the provider was not accepting of the teen's sexual orientation or gender identity, the provider would no longer have to inform the teen under the new rule about alternative providers that may be more accepting.
"These rules would be harmful to LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities and others during the best of times, but they're particularly unconscionable during a public health crisis when even more people than usual are relying on social services," said Rachel Laser, president of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, which was not involved with Monday's report.
The ‘gender critical’ feminist movement is a cult that grooms, controls and abuses, according to a lesbian who managed to escape
“TERF is a slur used to sexually harass, threaten, and silence lesbians,” continued Amy’s viral Medium post, which was liked more than 4,300 times.
Back then, Amy was connected to an international network of powerful lesbians.
She believed, like many people in the “gender critical” feminist movement do, that the lesbian community to which she belonged was under attack from trans-rights activists.
She believed that lesbian identity itself was being infringed on and erased by trans women, and that the media didn’t care – more than that, she believed that the media was being controlled by trans people.
She believed that she was part of the fight back against trans-rights activists – part of the fight back against homophobia.
Amy, who is based in Seattle, doesn’t believe those things any more. Looking back on her time in the “gender critical” feminist movement, she is unequivocal: it’s a cult.
White Supremacists Have a Disgusting New Code for the N-Word After Ahmaud Arbery's Death
Extremists are celebrating Arbery’s killing in the worst places on the internet, and turning his assailants into white supremacist folk heroes.
White supremacists have a new code for the n-word.
A black man in Vermont says he was threatened and told to leave the state, police say
Catholic bishops are calling for the US federal government to crack down on porn, claiming it causes “pain” and “ongoing harm”.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter US attorney general William Barr on April 30, calling on the Trump administration to “confront the ongoing harms wrought by the pornography industry”, especially as use of porn sites has spiked during the coronavirus pandemic.
In the letter, the bishops wrote: “The current pandemic is exacting a heavy and widespread emotional, social, and financial toll in our communities.
“In the face of the pandemic, the Church expresses her solidarity with all who are struggling or alone.”
Anti-LGBT+ Christian group accused of ‘actively promoting gay conversion therapy’ while masquerading as a charity
Britain's biggest Islamic authorities say child sexual abuse in Muslim communities is 'underreported' because young victims are too scared to tell anyone about it
Anti-LGBT+ Catholic activists just found out what a ‘glory hole’ is and they are not OK
Former Pope: Same-Sex Marriage Comes From the Antichrist
The former Pope Benedict XVI has called same-sex marriage a product of the Antichrist and said society has become so hostile to Christian doctrine that it will shun anyone who opposes equal marriage rights.
The statement comes in a new authorized biography of Benedict by German journalist Peter Seewald. Titled Benedict XVI: The Biography: Volume One, it came out Monday in Germany, the former pope’s native country.
Televangelist Jim Bakker claims religious freedom laws allow him to sell fake coronavirus cure
This guy claims he wasn’t allowed to shop in Sainsbury’s with his boyfriend because they’re gay
Trans Woman Nina Pop Stabbed to Death in Missouri
N.J. Councilwoman Calls Trenton's Gay Mayor a 'Pedophile' in Rant
LGBTQ organizations are calling on a Trenton politician to resign after she delivered an antigay tirade during a coronavirus briefing.
During the Saturday meeting of the Trenton City Council, held by phone, Councilwoman Robin Vaughn called the gay mayor of New Jersey’s capital, Reed Gusciora, a “motherfucking drug addict pedophile.” She added that "the only thing [Gusciora] brought into City Hall is a bunch of young boys, and they’re sitting up there in the mayor’s suite,” according to excerpts from the transcript published in The Trentonian.
Franklin Graham says “we will all die” anyway as NYC closes anti-LGBTQ field hospital
Anti-LGBT+ preacher Robert Jeffress says fewer straight people are getting married because gays have ‘cheapened the real thing’
Black, gay ex-police officer claims homophobia and racism is a ‘cancer’ in the force. Trust him, he should know
This church kidnapped, beat and traumatised gay people to turn them straight. Now its leader has fallen victim of gun crime
LGBT+ domestic abuse victims are staying with perpetrators in lockdown because no refuge spaces are available
‘Go to Holland’ is the bizarre new homophobic slur in Turkey after Muslim cleric curses LGBT+ people
Homeless trans sex worker found after being brutally beaten to death with concrete blocks
Baltimore turns to aerial surveillance as homicides continue
Starting Friday, the roughly 600,000 people living in Baltimore will be constantly recorded whenever they step out under the open sky.
Marvin L. Cheatham Sr., for one, knows he could be watched as he goes to a doctor’s appointment or visits friends. He’ll be spied upon in his back yard, and as he steps into his car, and when he drives around the city, his entire trip will be recorded, too.
All his movements will be captured, and he’s OK with this — even though police will have no search warrant, and the overwhelming majority of Baltimore’s citizens will have committed no crimes — because the city is so besieged by violence.
“I am so upset and angry about all these people that have died, I’m willing to give up some of my rights, as bad as that sounds, and I’m a staunch civil rights person,” said Cheatham, who led his local NAACP chapter in the 1990s. “I had 19 homicides two years ago in my neighborhood.”
Georgia family demands justice for black jogger who was shot dead in broad daylight after being chased down by two white men who thought he was a burglar before one pulled the trigger
3 men sue Montana Council of Boy Scouts, claim sexual abuse
Aberdeen man admits sexually abusing young girl more than 16 years ago
Sexual harassment including indecent exposure has got worse since lockdown, say women
People are dying, LGBT+ folk need a vital lifeline. Meanwhile, the White House gift shop is busy selling coronavirus coins
There have been more than a million coronavirus cases in the US and more than 60,000 deaths, with LGBT+ people disproportionately affected, but the White House gift shop is busy selling commemorative COVID-19 coins. No, really.
Furloughed gay teacher fired during pandemic after being outed to his employer
Russian YouTuber forced to flee her homeland for the simple crime of inviting a gay man on to her show