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Category Archive: Discrimination

Jul 22 2014

No Religious Exemption in Obama Anti-Discrimination Order

President Obama is set to release a new executive order forbidding discrimination against LGBT people for companies that get federal contracts and the White House announced that it will not contain any exemptions for religious beliefs by the company’s owners.

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Jul 12 2014

ENDA and the Hobby Lobby Decision

I recorded an interview for the Reasonable Doubts podcast Wednesday evening and they asked me about the decision by several gay rights groups to withdraw support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I had seen headlines all day about it but hadn’t actually read the articles so I wasn’t clear on why they did so and …

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Jul 02 2014

Poll Shows Support for Equality, Opposition to Discrimination

A new poll by the First Amendment Center finds that a majority of Americans not only support marriage equality, they also support non-discrimination laws for businesses that provide marriage services and reject the idea that religious beliefs can justify such discrimination.

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Jun 25 2014

Perkins Lies About Poll on Workplace Discrimination

Tony Perkins is lying, which means this must be a day that ends in Y. This time the lie is about a new poll that shows the exact opposite of what he claims it shows. And he uses that lie to spin a tale of Obama using executive orders to overrun the will of the …

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Jun 25 2014

Possible Outcomes in the Hobby Lobby Case

The Supreme Court should hand down its ruling in the Hobby Lobby case Wednesday, Thursday or Monday. The New Republic has a rundown of some of the possible outcomes if the court rules in favor of the company. As is often the case, much will depend on how broad or narrow the ruling is.

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Jun 24 2014

New Poll on LGBT Discrimination

YouGov has a new poll of 1000 Americans that reveals a lot about the limitations of such polling, how just a slight change in the wording of a question can dramatically change the results. The poll was about workplace discrimination against LGBT people. Here was the first question:

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Jun 15 2014

EEOC Sues Company Over Forced Religious Practices

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against a company in New York for forcing a variety of religious exercises on its employees and firing them if they don’t take part. This is blatantly illegal under the Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination on the basis of religion.

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Jun 13 2014

Staver Can’t Explain Differences in Discrimination

Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, testified before a House committee about anti-discrimination law and same-sex marriage and was questioned by Rep. Jerrold Nadler about the difference between a religious objection to serving a same-sex wedding vs serving an interracial or interreligious wedding.

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Jun 04 2014

Anti-Atheist Discrimination in Virginia

Hemant has the story of a couple in Virginia who were told by a court-appointed marriage officiant that he would not do their wedding ceremony because they didn’t believe in God, a rather blatant and almost certainly illegal act of anti-atheist discrimination. And they got it on tape. Here’s the conversation:

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Jun 03 2014

Bigoted Texas Restaurant Now Popular Gay Bar

Remember that Texas restaurant that threw a gay couple out because they “don’t serve fags here”? According to many people on Yelp, they are now the most popular gay bar in the area. That’s what activists have done in retaliation for the owner’s vile bigotry.

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Jun 01 2014

Gay Couple Kicked Out of Texas Restaurant

Here’s a story that serves as a perfect reminder of what the Christian right is currently fighting for, the “right” to refuse to serve gay people in their businesses because of their “religious freedom.” A gay couple was tossed out of a Texas restaurant after being called bigoted slurs.

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May 30 2014

The Christian Right Started Over Segregation

The story we always hear about how the Christian right began organizing and became a political force is that it was inspired by Roe v Wade, but Randall Balmer has an article in Politico Magazine that debunks that idea. The real root, he documents, is in the fight to preserve school segregation. The first part …

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May 11 2014

Cruz Would Void All Discrimination Laws

Sen. Ted Cruz says that Christian business owners should be allowed to discriminate against LGBT people. That’s no surprise. But the argument he makes for that position quite plainly would void all anti-discrimination in the Civil Rights Act completely.

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May 09 2014

Prayer Ruling Used in Marriage Equality Case

Monte Neil Stewart, the attorney defending Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage, is making a truly breathtaking argument based on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Greece v Galloway. In a letter to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, he says that that ruling on prayer applies to same-sex marriage as well for this astonishing reason:

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May 01 2014

AFA: Not Discriminating is Bullying

Some businesses in Mississippi have responded to the passage of a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people by putting stickers in their windows saying “We don’t discriminate: If you’re buying, we’re selling.” For some weird reason, the American Family Association thinks this amounts to the bullying of Christians.

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