Sunday news roundup (updated)

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On a Tuesday, but hey, whatever works!

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Forsyth County prayer appeal

  • Forsyth County (which is the county Winston-Salem is in) used to allow sectarian prayers before county government meetings. In 2007, citizens opposed to this practice filed suit against the county.
  • The argument was that although any prayer was allowed on a first-come, first-prayed basis, most prayers were of the Christian variety. The plaintiffs said that the county was advancing Christianity in violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
  • In January 2010, the district court ruled against the county, the county appealed, and in July 2011 an appeals court upheld the ruling.
  • The county appealed again and asked the SCOTUS to take up the case. As of this morning, they refused.
  • No more prayer before Forsyth County government meetings.

Tennessee Conservatives seek protections for religious bullies

  • Following the suicide of a teen who was bullied for being gay, the Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT) is promoting legislation that would protect bullies who harass students for being gay (following the suicide of a gay youth…legislation will protect bullies who harass others…for their sexual orientation? Yes);
  • The legislation, HB 1153, protects speech made on the basis of religious, philosophical or political views that may be unpopular;
  • Specifically, the bill will “make the characteristics of the victim the focus rather than the conduct of the person engaged in harassment.”

This just in… ABC cancels “Work It”

  • ABC canceled their mid-season show “Work It,” mostly because it had low ratings, but I hope also because folks spoke out against it;
  • The show featured two out-of-work men who find out that a certain company was hiring only women, so they dress as women and get the jobs; and
  • The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), GLAAD and just about everyone else spoke out against the negative stereotypes about transgendered people the show promoted.

LEGO Friends Petition: Parents, Women And Girls Ask Toy Companies To Stop Gender-Based Marketing

  • After LEGO started marketing a separate set of the beloved toys for girls, a pair of 22-year-old started a petition for LEGO to commit to gender equality on their marketing;
  • The article discusses the debate around children’s toys then and now and how overtly (and completely) gender-stereotyped everything is;
  • The slide show at the end is awesome!

In case you didn’t know… it might actually be getting better

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