Masculinists, Academic Freedom, Gun-Free Vets Day

A report paid for by the taxpayers of Canada says "masculinists" are efforting to discredit feminism and challenge the gains made by women in education, at work and in family life, reports the National Post.

These evil masculinists portray men as victims and link feminism with boys' poor performance in schools, male suicide, loss of male identity and discriminatory divorce and child custody laws. The $75,000 report is titled School Success by Gender: A Catalyst for the Masculinist Discourse.

The report recommends that men's groups on the Web be closely monitored for signs of hate, that inciting hatred on the basis of gender should be a hate crime and that women's groups establish a network to counter the masculinists' views.

The Feminists Would Have Raised Hell

A high school student in Wisconsin who wanted to mention God in a song during graduation was told by school officials that she would have to substitute the words He, Him or His if she wanted to sing at all, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Rachel Honer, a graduating senior at Winneconne High School in Winnebago County, wanted to sing "He's Always Been Faithful," by Christian recording artist Sara Groves, at commencement June 8.

But according to a lawsuit Honer filed, Winneconne High School Principal Jim Smasal told her that allowing references to God would violate the separation of church and state and could be offensive to people attending the graduation.

School officials later relented, but only after Honer’s designation was changed from “graduation speaker” to “graduation performer.”

Irony Alert

To criticize a conference about slavery reparations at Central Connecticut State University for not including participants against the notion is racist and illustrates a “blind hatred against black skin,” reports the Journal-Sentinel.

The Connecticut Association of Scholars, in a letter to the Connecticut State University system decrying a lack of intellectual diversity on campuses, cited the reparations conferences last year as an example of that lack of diversity. The organizers of the conference, however, say the CAS’ criticism is racist.

"The protests against reparations stand on the same platform that produced apartheid, Hitler, and the KKK," said Evelyn Phillips, a professor of anthropology at CCSU. The CSU system's chancellor, William J. Cibes, says the campuses are already diverse. He says academic freedom is about professors expressing their views without interference from the administration and outside parties. "That's really what academic freedom is," Cibes says. "To begin to say there should be enforced diversity is to begin to interfere with academic freedom" (emphasis ours).

Demeaning Lines

A former president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham is suing the school system alleging that being asked to wait in line for tickets to Broadway shows is “sexist and demeaning,” reports the Birmingham News.

W. Ann Reynolds is suing the UA board of trustees alleging she was run out because of her age and sex. Among her complaints are that former UA Chancellor Thomas Meredith treated her in a "demeaning and sexist manner" by asking her to "trudge around Manhattan in the rain to stand in line and purchase him tickets to Broadway's hottest plays."

That's the Spirit

Organizers of a Veterans Day parade in De Pere, Wis., initially refused to allow anyone to carry firearms in it because organizers thought they carry bad karma, reports the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Not even ceremonial guns were allowed in the parade, and some veterans groups were not happy about it. "The [parade organizing] committee felt that kids have been watching war and killing people for the first half of this year and we didn’t need that in a happy event like our parade," said Jason Paul, chairman of the De Pere Kiwanis Memorial Day Parade. After a public outcry, however, the organizers relented.

Ham Update

Officials in Hume, Australia, have reversed a ban on serving ham and pork at public events following a chorus of criticism from all corners of the world, reports the Australian.

The ban was imposed six weeks ago out of sensitivity to Hume's large Muslim community, but Hume Mayor Burhan Yigit said the outcry forced him to rethink the edict. "Some people unjustifiably were feeling excluded as a result of this," Yigit said of the ban. "The intent of this decision was to be more inclusive, so obviously it wasn't working the way we intended."

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Vance C. in Salem, Ore., writes:

Congratulations to Hume, Australia, for banning meat from the Devil's Ungulate. I have to wonder, though, why no one seemed concerned that Jews might have been offended. Perhaps if more suicide bombings were attributable to Orthodox Jews, then their sensibilities would have been taken into account as well.

I assume, too, that the good people of Hume have taken beef off of the menu out of respect for the Hindus in the community. And, certainly, meat must be stricken from the menu altogether on Fridays, since some Catholics still observe the meatless Friday tradition.

God (and I use the term in a non-offensive, non-religion-specific kind of way) help them if Vegans ever form their own religion ... or people on the Atkins diet.

Jodi H. writes:

At what point is enough enough when it comes to the South? 

Every week I read about different schools that are having to change their mascot due to the old ones being perceived as "too Southern." As a Southerner, should I demand that all images of General Sherman and Abraham Lincoln be removed from schools?  After all, Lincoln did allow General Sherman to march to the sea, burning homes and killing 50,000-plus innocent women and children along the way, some of which were my ancestors. So should their images be removed? Obviously not. Any image anywhere is offensive to someone somewhere ... we should collectively get over this.

John C. in Joliet, Ill., writes regarding the "Blessed Day" item:

Love the column, but you flubbed this one bad. John Kass of the Chicago Tribune covered this story before the Sun-Times. He wrote two columns on this, and I would presume was instrumental in the man being allowed to use the offensive greeting.

Laurie writes:

About your item titled, 'Ambiguous genitalia?'

Your quotation marks seem to imply that the phrase is unbelievable, or a buzz word for transgender issues. Well, here's the flip side.

My daughter is one of thousands of little girls born with ambiguous genitalia. She has a medical condition known as CAH (21-hydroxylase Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia); although genetically female (and possessing womb and ovaries), she was exposed to large doses of male hormones in the womb, causing some ambiguity in the appearance. Reconstructive surgery was performed when she was 4 months old and today she is a healthy normal girl.

'Ambiguous genitalia' is a real medical condition — despite the transgender community's attempts to co-opt it. Reconstructive surgery continues to be controversial to them, in part because most 'ambiguous' little girls who have the surgery grow up completely heterosexual.

Ralph K. in Boston writes:

First it was "No Cane-Do."

Now it's "All Bottled Up."

The timeless tradition of giving bottles to a baby in one Massachusetts town is being quashed because some babies said the bottle was an offensive symbol of age, reports the Inane East Daily News.

Since time began, folks in Ashland, Mass., have been giving bottles to their youngest residents each year. But no more!  It is claimed that babies are discriminated against and can't be taken seriously while sucking on bottles.

Al, 6 months, was the first to complain. He will not be receiving a bottle. Instead, said Baby Affairs Director Joanne Bluffy, "We're coming up with a new non-traditional way to feed them that won't make them feel like second-class citizens."

Larry K. in Moon Twp, Pa., writes:

I'm a 20-year-old college student. In my college biology class, we had to watch Inherit the Wind. As a Christian myself, I actually learned a few things from that movie. My biology teacher even said that this movie was rated very high and needs to be shown in biology class. This lady from Kansas should sit down and watch the movie before she blasts it as "intentional offensive bigotry against Christians." This movie is not offensive to Christians. It gives both points of views in a court of law and in a way is like Fox News, fair and balanced. It gives the evolution side of the theory and it mentions the Bible. Actually, I'm surprised that it was even shown because it mentions the Bible and verses are being read from it.

Jimmy S. in Warner Robbins, Ga., writes:

Opposing the teaching of evolution in a high school classroom is not about political correctness. It's about correctness. Many scientists today who have 'objectively' studied the evidence are beginning to reluctantly admit that there must have been intelligent design involved in the creation of this universe. Even if the world doesn't agree with the Johnson's Christian views, it seems that they would still reject the teaching of a completely unproven theory filled with guesses and unfounded conclusions. Americans (and the rest of the world) are so eager to replace Christianity and its teachings that they require no qualification for its replacement.

Kevin in Cincinnati writes:

Why don't you people just say what we all know you think? You are uncomfortable around non-whites, non-heterosexuals, and non-Christians. Just admit it already and use this segment of the webpage for something else, like reporting on President Bush's latest verbal mishap or various senators' connections to hate groups? Those usually prove to be more humorous, and would help stave off the "baseless" accusations that Fox News is nothing but  the Republican party's voice in the cable news arena. Just a thought. Go ahead and ignore this entirely, since you're all so close-minded that you cry out of your mouths.

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