Thousands of Norwegians in Youngstorget Square singing Pete Seeger’s “My Rainbow Race”

Pete Seeger singing it in English

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The N.C. Amendment, the Carolina, and the Holocaust

From Pam’s House Blend: http://pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com/2012/05/06/the-n-c-amendment-the-carolina-and-the-holocaust/

By: Scott Rose
Sunday May 6, 2012

Reposted with permission

News that the neo-Nazi group World Wide White Pride had endorsed Amendment One — the Bigot Ballot — serves as a reminder that even the Holocaust did not eliminate the worst of irrational, religion-based prejudices. The WWWP website routinely re-hashes WWII history, from a point of view sympathetic to Hitler and his aims.

It therefore is profoundly disturbing that in an anti-amendment editorial, the N.C.-based News and Observer alleged that gay-bashing bigots who use religion as an alibi for their gay-bashing “deserve respect.” What is next? Will the News and Observer editors say that the hateful views of religious anti-Semites “deserve respect”?

What are the roots of this anti-human gay-bashing justified through religion?

One root is found in the coincidentally-named Constitutio Criminalis Carolina, promulgated by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor who alleged that his power came from God.

The Carolina, as it is often called for short, was a legal code, which had this to say about homosexuals: “The punishment for fornication that goes against nature. cxvj. When a human commits fornication with a beast, a man with a man, a woman with a woman, they have also forfeited life. And they should be, according to the common custom, banished by fire from life into death.” Be it noted: the etymological roots of the anti-gay pejorative “faggot,” a word which also means “kindling wood for fires,” stems from the practice of burning gay human beings alive.

The Carolina directly influenced later German laws, including the notoriously anti-gay Section 175.  As power shifted among various of the German-speaking regions, the gay-bashing laws would get variously written.  In 1872, the penal code of the North German Federation said this: “Unnatural fornication, whether between persons of the male sex or of humans with beasts, is punished with imprisonment, with the further punishment of a prompt loss of civil rights.” Today’s religious gay-bashing bigots do not even wait for a homosexual to be found guilty before depriving her or him of civil rights.

Throughout the late 1800s, voices of enlightenment endeavored to eliminate these hateful gay-bashing laws. Yet, in 1909, the Reichstag published a “Scheme for a German Penal Code,” which said this: “The danger to family life and to youth is the same. The fact that there are more such cases in recent times is reliably testified. It lies therefore in the interest of morality as in that of the general welfare that penal provisions be expanded also to women.”

Remember that, the next time you hear NOM bigots, or Concerned Women for America bigots, or Tami Fitzgerald the bigot saying that the 1960s brought about the downfall of civilization through increased acceptance of homosexuality.  Remember that. Or if you will, NEVER FORGET.  Already in 1909, there were gay-bashing bigots, acting on the hateful religio-legal inheritance of the Carolina, saying that “The fact that there are more such cases in recent times is reliably testified.”

I am going to presume that readers understand where Section 175 led in the period of the Holocaust, and that they understand the religious justifications used for homo-hate during the Nazi period. However, if any of the editors of the News and Observer who outrageously think — in this day and age — that religion-based homo-hate “deserves respect” — I say, should any of those editors happen to be interested in learning the least thing about the historical basis for religiously-justified persecutions of gay human beings, they should feel free to contact me for a topic bibliography.

By saying that these hate-mongering religious justifications for political gay-bashing “deserve respect,” the News and Observer editors are enabling monsters like Pastor Sean Harris, who instructs parishioners to “crack” the wrists of their non-gender conforming sons, and the neo-Nazi supporters of Amendment One, who think that a gay-bashing version of Christianity goes hand-in-hand with their notions of white supremacy.

The News and Observer titled its op-ed “Just Say No.”  We must not only “Just say no” to approvals of religion-based gay bashing, wherever they occur; we must also look at where religion-based gay-bashing led in the Holocaust, and say NEVER AGAIN! There is no legitimacy to any claim that God has authorized somebody to hate homosexuals and/or to treat them as second-class citizens. Shame on the editors of the News and Observer.

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Lou Engle’s Civil War Metaphor on Gay Rights

I’m a yankee, my part of the country wasn’t filled with treasonous racist bastards who so hated America that they tried to destroy it just so they could own African American people as slaves.

Any time I see someone with a Confederate flag on their car or clothes I think there goes some one who hate America and everything it stands for.

When some scumbag embraces Lee or Stonewall Jackson I think they are the sort of people who would embrace Hitler.

This makes Lou Engle one sorry piece off shit in my estimation.

You can’t love America and embrace the Confederacy.

From The Advocate:  http://www.advocate.com/latest-news/2012/05/05/lou-engle-spins-civil-war-metaphor-gay-rights

BY Editors
May 05 2012

Lou Engle, the conservative Christian minister and leader of prayer extravaganza The Call, urged supporters this week to A: show up to his next rally in Virginia, and B: to “restrain” the “homosexual agenda” across the Potomac as confederate military generals fought against the powers-that-be in Washington, D.C.

Right Wing Watch reports:

During his speech at the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “Week of Prayer” yesterday, Lou Engle asked for support of his upcoming The Call: Virginia prayer rally, saying that Virginia should fight back against Washington D.C., just as Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson did during the Civil War. General Lee “had an anointing or something,” Engle said, “he was able to restrain Washington, he took his stand and held back those force.” Engle also pointed to Stonewall Jackson for “rallying the Virginians” against the Union as a model to fight the “homosexual agenda” and the demonic “principalities and powers” behind homosexuality. Engle said, “Raise up a stonewall to restrain the agenda that is coming out of D.C.”

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School refuses comment in dismissal of transgender student-teacher

From LGBTQ Nation:  http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2012/05/ohio-school-refuses-comment-in-dismissal-of-transgender-student-teacher/

By Gary Huffenberger
May 4, 2012

WILMINGTON, Ohio — When an area school district dismissed a Wilmington College transgender senior in January on the second day of a student-teaching placement at Hillsboro High School, the district may have broken federal law.

In a statement to the Wilmington News Journal, the Hillsboro school district superintendent based the dismissal on an alleged violation of the Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators.

When on two separate occasions the newspaper requested he cite an excerpt from the code for his decision, he declined to discuss the matter in further detail.

Title IX federal law, however, “prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes on the basis of failing to conform with gender stereotypes,” said a U.S. Department of Education spokesman. The federal department of education’s press policy is not to use the spokesperson’s name. That department’s Office for Civil Rights enforces several federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

In April, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled transgender people are protected from discrimination in the workplace, The Associated Press reported. The commission’s decision said that a refusal to hire or otherwise discriminate on the basis of gender identity is by definition sex discrimination under federal law.

The 21-year-old student teacher, who at birth was listed as female but who identifies as male and wears men’s clothing, was removed from a Hillsboro High School art classroom and told his placement was over.

Continue reading at:  http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2012/05/ohio-school-refuses-comment-in-dismissal-of-transgender-student-teacher/

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Greek voters reject austerity, turn to radical parties of left and right

From Raw Story:   http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/05/06/greek-voters-reject-austerity-turn-to-radical-parties-of-left-and-right/

By Helena Smith, The Guardian
Sunday, May 6, 2012

Governing parties backing EU-mandated austerity in Greece are on course for a major drubbing as hard-hit voters, venting their fury in elections, defected in droves, according to exit polls.

In a major upset that will not be welcomed by the crisis-plagued country’s eurozone partners, the two forces that had agreed to enact unpopular belt-tightening in return for rescue funds appeared headed for a beating, with none being able to form a government.

After nearly 40 years of dominating the Greek political scene, the centre-right New Democracy and socialist Pasok saw support drop dramatically in favour of parties that had virulently opposed the tough austerity dictated by international creditors.

The latest figures showed New Democracy leading with between 19 – 20.5% of the vote, followed by the radical leftist party, Syriza, with as much as 17% and socialist party Pasok with between 13 – 14 %. And for the first time since the collapse of military rule, ultra-nationalists were also set to enter parliament with polls showing the neo-Nazi Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) capturing as much as 8%.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/05/06/greek-voters-reject-austerity-turn-to-radical-parties-of-left-and-right/

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A Rising Tide Against Class-Action Suits

From The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/your-money/class-actions-face-hurdle-in-2011-supreme-court-ruling.html

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Published: May 5, 2012

IN 2007, Matthew Wolf returned his Nissan Infiniti about a year into his 39-month lease. For most people, that would mean a hit to the wallet, including the loss of the few hundred dollars he paid in advance to lower his monthly payment.

But Mr. Wolf was a captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the Army Reserves, and he had been called to active duty in Afghanistan. Under a provision of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, he was entitled to get back the $400 he’d paid toward future monthly installments.

That didn’t happen, and in 2010, his lawyer filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in New Jersey on behalf of Mr. Wolf and any other service member with a similar claim against Nissan.

A year later, the lawsuit hit a brick wall. In April 2011, the Supreme Court ruled in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion that corporations could write consumer contracts that blocked class-action lawsuits. To do so, the corporations need only draft a contract that a.) requires unhappy customers to settle disputes through arbitration, and b.) prohibits unhappy customers from arbitrating as a collective.

When the ruling was issued, Brian T. Fitzpatrick, a law professor at Vanderbilt University, described it to The New York Times as “one of the most important and favorable cases for businesses in a very long time.” He called it “a game changer.”

A year later, we’re starting to see how much the game has changed. On April 25, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen released a report titled “Justice Denied” that said that since Concepcion, judges had cited the decision at least 76 times as a reason to prevent potential class-action lawsuits from moving ahead. In some of those cases, the judges made clear that they were ruling against the plaintiffs through gritted teeth, explaining that Concepcion basically made it impossible to come to any other decision.

Take Mr. Wolf’s case. The contract he signed with Nissan included a forced arbitration clause along with a class-action ban. His lawyer, Thomas T. Booth Jr., argued that the terms of the lease were “unconscionable,” which is legalese for “totally uncool, under the circumstances.” In his ruling, Judge Noel L. Hillman of Federal District Court in New Jersey said Mr. Wolf’s “argument and authority are persuasive,” but he ultimately tossed out the lawsuit, citing Concepcion. An appeal is pending.

Continue reading at:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/your-money/class-actions-face-hurdle-in-2011-supreme-court-ruling.html

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Georgia County Sheriff Evicts Four-Generation Family In Raid Resembling ‘Drug Bust’

From The Nation:  http://www.thenation.com/blog/167718/georgia-county-sheriff-evicts-four-generation-family-raid-resembling-drug-bust

Allison Kilkenny
on May 4, 2012

One of Occupy Wall Street’s enduring legacies is the Occupy Our Homes movement that successfully managed to protect families from evictions at a time when not even the government of the United States seemed overly concerned with an epidemic of foreclosures.

In February, Helen Bailey, the 78-year-old former civil rights activist who was threatened with foreclosure by J.P. Morgan Chase while the company trumpeted its efforts to uphold Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, was able to stay in her home following a successful campaign by Occupy Nashville.

A Detroit husband and wife who spent months worrying they could be evicted from their home of twenty-two years received the news that they would be permitted to stay after an aggressive campaign that was led by members of Moratorium Now, Occupy Detroit and Homes Before Banks and included the family’s supporters blocking the contractor from placing the dumpster.

Occupy Atlanta prevented the eviction of a family when two dozen protesters encamped on the family’s lawn, and Occupy Our Homes delayed another foreclosure in Rochester, as did Occupy Cleveland in November.

And the list goes on.

These kinds of Occupy victories used to receive a fair amount of news coverage, though never at the same level as the more dramatic aspects of the movement, such as violent camp evictions and mass arrests. However, as of late, the work done by Occupy Our Homes has almost entirely dropped off the media radar.

Continue reading at:  http://www.thenation.com/blog/167718/georgia-county-sheriff-evicts-four-generation-family-raid-resembling-drug-bust

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