Dakari Johnson, one of the towering big men on Kentucky’s undefeated team, played with Derrick Gordon at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J. Gordon, who started for Massachusetts this season, announced that we was gay last year.
Asked Friday about a new Indiana law that allows business owners to refuse service to same-sex couples on the basis of religious objections, Johnson cited his former teammate.
“I don’t feel it’s right that people at the store would not sell someone something because of the way that they are,” Johnson, a sophomore, said, adding, “If that’s how people are, I fully support that.”
Seattle’s mayor has joined others planning to boycott Indiana over the passage of the controversial “religious freedom” law this week.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he will not allow work-related city-funded travel to Indiana, after the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which has the potential to discriminate against LGBT people and others based on religious beliefs.
Murray, who is the city’s first openly gay mayor, says Seattleites know that discrimination has no place in their city. He says the new law doesn’t reflect the city’s values. The mayor says Seattle is a leader in the fight to protect civil rights and ensuring equality for all people. For that reason, he says no taxpayer money will support a discriminatory law.
Popular local business review and search site Angie’s List is canceling its expansion plans in response to Indiana’s “religious freedom” law.
Since the year after its 1995 founding, Angie’s List has been headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The $315 million corporation which lets users review local businesses, especially home improvement professionals, has been planning a $40 million renovation of its own, moving its headquarters across town and adding 1000 new jobs over five years.
But thanks to state lawmakers and Republican Governor Mike Pence’s new Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, those expansion plans have been canceled.
“Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents,” CEO Bill Oesterle said in a statement today, adding, the expansion is “on hold until we fully understand the implications of the freedom restoration act on our employees, both current and future.”
A Twilight Zone Moment brought to you by ordinary people in an ordinary place who choose to fear an ordinary couple out taking ordinary photographs. With an extraordinarily dangerous result.
Photographer Marisha Camp and her brother Jessie were recently passing through West Virginia on a nationwide tour for a documentary series when they were reportedly confronted by “a hostile mob.” The residents were suspicious of the photo taking and allegedly harassed and detained the duo until a trooper arrived and escorted the photographers from the scene.
Above is a news report about the incident that aired on local NBC station WVVA, which reports that it received phone calls, emails, and Facebook messages from parents concerned about their children’s safety.
The messages accused the photographers of taking pictures as they traveled through each town — images that included “pictures of some children” that were captured without permission.
Out in public, photography is not a crime. Nor a threat. Nor an invasion of privacy. Lay a hand on or trap a photographer and it could be a crime. Like unlawful detainment, or perhaps assault depending on how far out of control events show. It’s in fact a protected activity. Much to celebrities discomfort when followed by the worst of the paparazzi. BTW video at the link, can’t embed flash.
Reefer Madness meets Night of the Lepus!
Otoh, this could benefit Utah’s numerous defense contractors if the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch can be mass produced.
Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state’s wildlife may “cultivate a taste” for the plant, lose their fear of humans, and basically be high all the time. That’s according to testimony presented to a Utah Senate panel (time stamp 58:00) last week by an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“I deal in facts. I deal in science,” said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who’s been working in the state for a decade. He is member of the “marijuana eradication” team in Utah. Some of his colleagues in Georgia recently achieved notoriety by raiding a retiree’s garden and seizing a number of okra plants.
Fairbanks spoke of his time eliminating back-country marijuana grows in the Utah mountains, specifically the environmental costs associated with large-scale weed cultivation on public land: “Personally, I have seen entire mountainsides subjected to pesticides, harmful chemicals, deforestation and erosion,” he said. “The ramifications to the flora, the animal life, the contaminated water, are still unknown.”
Fairbanks said that at some illegal marijuana grow sites he saw “rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana. …” He continued: “One of them refused to leave us, and we took all the marijuana around him, but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone.”
The upshot is that by challenging his party on one high-profile issue, Bush has to do less to seem moderate elsewhere, in the eyes of both the press and activists, when the general election rolls around. And somewhat fairly so! With the parties as polarized as they are, it is genuinely unusual for a candidate to forthrightly take on the base.
But, as both liberals and conservatives agree, Bush’s overall governing record has very little that’s moderate about it. So, in an interesting sense, Bush’s immigration position lets him have things both ways — it gives the media a peg to hang the moderate label on Bush, but as the right learns more about his record, it lets him tout that he is, otherwise, a down-the-line conservative.
A heavily pregnant woman has been hospitalised in France after being assaulted by two men in what her husband claims was an ‘Islamophobic act’.
One of the attackers hit 29-year-old Kedidja, who was wearing a headscarf, several times and threw her to the ground as she dropped her two children off at school in Toulouse, La Depeche reports.
Her husband Munir says they grabbed her hair and pulled at her veil while yelling ‘none of that here’ at the nine-months-pregnant woman who is due to give birth in mid-April.
She is now recovering and her unborn baby is believed to be unharmed, but her husband revealed that she has not stopped crying since the attack on Tuesday morning.
The woman’s husband, 33, has labelled the attack as Islamophobic, telling French newspaper La Depeche that one of the men grabbed his wife’s hair, pulled at her veil while yelling ‘none of that here’ [pas de ça chez nous].
It is understood the attacker’s friend stopped the attack, before the pair yelled racist abuse, reportedly threatened to kill the woman, and then fled the scene.
Will the #jesuischarlie crew chime in and condemn this crime now?
An organization that claims a statewide teaching plan will instill a “a non-theistic religious Worldview” in Kansas public school students has taken its fight to an appeals court.
Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) is asking the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the organization’s lawsuit that seeks to stop the 2013 plan.
The group contends the plan violates the religious rights of students, parents and taxpayers and is unconstitutional.
A new 64-page COPE filing at the Denver-based court contends that a judge in Kansas City, Kan., erred in December by throwing out the organization’s lawsuit.
A judge in Washington state on Friday fined a florist $1,000 after she refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple’s wedding, officials said.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who along with the couple - Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed - sued florist Barronelle Stutzman in 2013, applauded the ruling in a statement.
“My primary goal has always been to end illegal discrimination,” Ferguson said. “I’m pleased that today’s ruling clearly prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples.”
James Meredith, who integrated the University of Mississippi under federal protection a half century ago, says it’s a shame that state authorities deferred to the federal government to bring charges after a noose was left on a campus statue of him.
The Justice Department said Friday that a former Ole Miss student, Graeme Phillip Harris of Alpharetta, Georgia, has been indicted on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students because of their race or color.