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Wingnuts To Keep Kids Out Of School During Obama’s Speech To Students

Next Tuesday, President Obama is scheduled to make a televised speech to the nation’s schoolchildren. But the wingnuts of America don’t want their precious snowflakes exposed to our fascist/socialist/communist leader and have launched a campaign to keep good Christian children home that day. Stephanie Klick, Tarrant County Republican Party chairwoman, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that many Texas families are …

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File Under: Truths We Find Self-Evident

A study conducted by the University of Florida finds that education level is five times more predictive of support for marriage equality than race. But you knew that, didn’t you my gentle kittens? The education level of Florida voters, not race, best predicted support for the state’s gay marriage ban, according to a new University of Florida study rebutting conventional …

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76 Monkeys With Trombones Led The Big Parade, With 110 Wingnuts Close At Hand

The marching band of Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, Missouri has had to send back their t-shirts because some parents were outraged that the shirt shows a monkey evolving into a human with a brass instrument. The logo on the shirt says “Brass Evolutions.” “I was disappointed with the image on the shirt,” said Sherry Melby, a band parent who …

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Ohio Student Wins $121K Settlement After Teacher Burns Cross Image On His Arm

A high school student in Ohio has won a $121K settlement from his school district after his science teacher burned the image of a cross on his arm. School board members in Mount Vernon agreed Wednesday night to resolve a federal lawsuit by paying $5,500 to the boy and his family and $115,500 to their lawyers. The family still has …

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Friendly Voices – Linda Ronstadt

“I had moved back to Tucson with my kids because I just thought it was quieter, and my family was there. But Tucson has turned out to be a very conservative place, and I didn’t want my kids coming home from school saying things like ‘That’s so gay.’ So we moved back to San Francisco, and I sent my kids …

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UK: Gay Youth Get Lottery Windfall

The UK’s Big Lottery Fund has awarded more than $600K to a Bristol-based gay youth charity to fight homophobic bullying. A variety of initiatives are planned for the coming years by Bristol-based Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) following a cash award of £391,668 from the Big Lottery Fund. “EACH’s lottery win, in the year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of …

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NYCLU Sues School District Over Harassment Of Gay Student

The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a local school district, alleging that they failed to protect a gay student from physical and verbal harassment. The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against the Mohawk Central School District in Herkimer County for failing to protect a gay student who does not conform …

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Texas Public Schools Begin Bible Classes

A law requiring the offering of Bible education in Texas public schools is about to go into effect. Books are a common sight in classrooms around the nation, but the Bible is one book that is not. Come this fall, a Texas law says all public schools must offer information relating to the Bible in their curriculum. “By the end …

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MN: Student Wins $25K Judgment For Anti-Gay Slurs By Teachers

A Minneapolis-area high school junior has been awarded a $25K settlement after two teacher harassed him and made him the brunt of classroom jokes about his perceived sexual orientation. The boy’s “fence swings both ways,” teacher Diane Cleveland commented during a class in the 2007-2008 school year, according to an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. When the …

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LGBT Online High School Launches

The nation’s first online high school for gay youth has been launched out of the Minneapolis area, aiming to provide educational opportunities to ostracized kids around the country who have left school due to anti-gay tormenting and bullying. Other online schools exist, as do bricks-and-mortar schools that serve gay students. But the Minnesota program is the first to combine the …

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Today In Frivolous Lawsuits

Trina Thompson just graduated from the Bronx campus of Monroe College this April. It’s now August and Thompson’s brand new bachelor’s degree hasn’t gotten her a job yet. So she is suing Monroe College for $70K, the complete cost of her tuition, saying they haven’t tried hard enough to find her employment. Not uncoincidentally, the first payments on Thompson’s student …

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Christian Right Trying To Change Public Education In Texas: God Made The USA

Christianists in Texas are trying to create a history curriculum for public schools that says the United States would not exist were it not for the divine intervention of God. Members of a panel of experts appointed by the [Texas school] board to revise the state’s history curriculum, who include a Christian fundamentalist preacher who says he is fighting a …

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Wisconsin Book Burning Battle Goes On

Remember the Christian group that wants to burn a gay-themed book that they found in their Milwaukee-area library? The battle rages on and the Christianists now want the library to stock books by “ex-gays” in order to “balance” any books that positively depict homosexuality. Residents have sparred for months on blogs, airwaves and at meetings, including one where a man …

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Aussie Activists Angered By “Ex-Gay” Letter Published By Catholic High School

In its alumni newsletter, a Catholic high school in New South Wales, Australia has published a letter from an “ex-gay” former student that local activists say calls for the murder of homosexuals. Xavier High School in Albury printed the letter, written by former student Matt Price, in the latest edition of its alumni newsletter Xavier. Mr Price said he was …

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Sexual Harassment Code Struck Down At Los Angeles City College

A judge has struck down Los Angeles City College’s sexual harassment code, ruling that it violates the students’ right to free speech. Last fall a professor interrupted a student speaking in opposition to marriage equality, calling him a “fascist bastard.” When the student received his paper, the professor had written “Ask God what your grade is” on it. The professor …

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Teachers Say Yes To Marriage Equality

The National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union, has endorsed marriage equality, with a couple of slight dodges. From the “new business items” recap of their national convention: 1. NEA will support its affiliates seeking to enact state legislation that guarantees to same-sex couples the right to enter into a legally recognized relationship pursuant to which they have the …

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NEA Considering Marriage Endorsement

Christianist news site OneNewsNow is first with the word that the National Education Association is considering issuing a resolution in support of marriage equality. The NEA is currently holding its annual convention in San Diego, California. Educator and conservative activist Jeralee Smith called OneNewsNow from the convention to report that the executive council has approved language that will throw the …

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UK: Conservative Party Apologizes For Anti-Gay Section 28 Legislation

In 1988 the UK enacted Section 28, a law which ordered that schools “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.” The law was not repealed until 2003. Yesterday, at a gay Pride event in London, …

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Wingnuts Go After Openly Gay Obama Appointee Kevin Jennings

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council has launched a website in their campaign to depose Kevin Jennings, the former Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network president who was appointed by Obama to head the Office of Safe & Drug-Free Schools. The campaign includes a full page ad in the Washington Examiner. As the former president of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight …

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Randi Weingarten Resigns

Randi Weingarten, the openly lesbian head of the nation’s most powerful teachers union, is resigning as president of the United Federation of Teachers, the group whom she also represents in the union – some say over her long battle with Michael Bloomberg over school control. Randi Weingarten will announce she is stepping from her post as president of the United …

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