Tag: Discrimination

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Kevin D. Williamson writes this in the April 20 National Review article, “A Place for Conscience:” All discussion about discrimination in the United States has as its template the case of discrimination against African Americans, from slavery through the Jim Crow era to the civil-rights movement. This is an understandable intellectual tendency for the same […]

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The Libertarian Podcast: Indiana, Discrimination, and Religious Liberty

 

This week on The Libertarian podcast, Professor Epstein takes on the controversy over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Is it a vital protection for religious liberty? Is it an overbroad statute that needlessly opens the door to discrimination? Exactly how far should government be able to go in forcing individuals to interact with others against their will? And what are the limits to religious exemptions to broadly applicable laws? Those are just a few of the topics that we cover in this week’s episode. Listen in below or subscribe to The Libertarian via iTunes or your favorite podcast app.

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Foxconn makes 70% of all iPhone 6 phones as well as an unknown percentage of iPhone 6S units. Foxconn has more manufacturing plants in the People’s Republic of China than in any other country. Further, Apple does big business selling in China selling hardware, running Apple Stores (18 in China vs 2 in Indiana), as […]

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The Tolerance of Intolerance

 

Germany Comet Landing ShirtMany of y’all have heard of the furor over the tacky — and I think, unprofessional — shirt worn by the Rosetta comet mission’s Project Scientist. Various feminists took offense at the cartoon women on the man’s shirt as being misogynistic and claimed that this kind of thing is what keeps women from going into the physical sciences as a career. The pile-on got so heavy that the man was nearly reduced to tears in an on-camera apology.

Yet even now, it hasn’t stopped. Among my fellow astronomers, there is a lot of talk about writing an official condemnation of Matt Taylor by the American Astronomical Society on the issue, as the Astronomical Society of Australia has done. While I think the shirt was in poor taste, the volume of ink being spilled talking about it is way out of proportion to the offense, and the claim that this is evidence of astronomers’ “misogyny” is ridiculous.

Now, a few days later, our biggest professional discussion group had someone post a link from Media Matters to a joke making fun of Fox News. While the joke is mildly funny and only made me roll my eyes a little, it demonstrates the comfort my fellow academics feel in making fun of those of different beliefs. In the discussion that followed, we were told that it’s actually justifiable for us professionals to openly make fun of people of particular political beliefs or religions. (For the record, this joke didn’t bother me; I’m really talking about much worse behavior I have seen in this crowd.)

A Campus Ministry With A Christians-Only Leadership Policy? That’s Discriminatory!

 

shutterstock_169103090Should a Republican be allowed to sue if he can’t be chosen to lead the local Democratic Party? If you answered “yes,” then perhaps you can explain the logic behind the California State University decision that that InterVarsity — a national Christian campus ministry — can’t require the leaders of its campus Christian clubs be Christian:

California State University has told the campus ministry that “no exemption can be made” to a new non-discrimination policy that requires leadership positions be open to all students, InterVarsity announced in a monthly prayer letter. Now 23 student chapters are no longer recognized by their universities as official student groups, losing free access to rooms for meetings and student activities fairs for recruiting…

“This could be the tipping point of other university systems moving in this direction, so that’s why we are concerned,” InterVarsity president Alec Hill told CT earlier this summer. While only a handful of universities have enacted such policies, Cal State’s 450,000 students on 23 campuses could tip the scales “in the sense of public policy and other university systems moving in this direction,” he said.

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On this week’s podcast, Judith lamented the desire of many to make Israel like any other Western nation. Even on the Right, not everyone accepts the premise that Jews uniquely need a state of their own. Some would destroy Israel through demographics, Judith said. Indeed, Israel might even destroy itself one day through its acceptance […]

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Don’t Bother Me With Your Hypotheticals — Frank Soto

 

Ever have a conversation with a friend that just leaves you ready to scream by the end of it? I just had one of those myself and my faith in humanity is falling fast.

As the topic of Donald Sterling came up, I made an off-handed remark that it is scary that everything private can be used against you publicly these days. A friend — who we will call Bob — replied that he didn’t see anything wrong with it.