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The California Legislature (search) only narrowly passed a resolution honoring Father's Day because Democrats insisted on inserting inclusive, PC language praising the "wonderful diversity" of America's fathers, reports the Sacramento Bee.
Republicans nearly blocked the resolution because they objected that it had to single out every conceivable contortion of fatherhood. The resolution mentioned "single fathers, foster fathers, adoptive fathers, biological fathers, stepfathers, families headed by two fathers, grandfathers raising grandchildren, fathers in blended households, and other non-traditional fathers."
"If all they'd said was 'we honor all fathers,' and left it at that, then every single father would have felt we were honoring them," said Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Murrieta. "But they have to inject all this extraneous garbage into it."
Black Flag for Britain
An activist in Britain (search) wants to change the flag there by adding the color black in order to reflect the more modern, multi-cultural United Kingdom, reports the BBC. Charity worker Nigel Turner is mounting a campaign, dubbed reFLAG, to have a new flag by 2006.
But Phil Gallie, a representative from the South of Scotland in the Scottish Parliament, ridiculed the idea.
"We should all celebrate cultural diversity in the U.K., but the suggestion that our flag should be redesigned is ridiculous tokenism and would do nothing to stamp out racism," Gallie said.
Some readers say a Florida newspaper's report about an obscure and tiny Hindu cult in India that eats people should never have been published because it makes their faith look bad, reports the Tampa Tribune.
The Tribune published a story in early June about a local man who traveled to India (search) extensively to study the Aghoris, a sect that practices cannibalism. For the article, the man speculated that some tourists who disappeared might have been gobbled up by the Aghoris.
The Tribune received a number of e-mails following publication of the story from concerned readers who took offense at it, saying it defamed the Hindu faith.
The director of Washington's Human Rights Commission has resigned following accusations that she created a hostile work environment for employees under her, reports the Oregonian.
Susan Jordan was accused of describing some male colleagues as "gorgeous" and "cute" and "perky," and touching one man in a way that caused him anxiety. A report also accused her of referring to one employee as "our Native American" and another as the agency's "little receptionist."
"No one should use those terminologies in this enlightened age," said the Rev. Ellis H. Casson, one of the human rights commissioners who accepted her resignation.
Truth and Fiction
Muslims in Britain are urging the BBC not to air a spy drama about a school for suicide bombers at a mosque because it may lead to attacks on women wearing headscarves, reports the Guardian.
An episode of the spy drama Spooks features a fictional mosque in the city of Birmingham where young men are taught to be suicide bombers. An agent of the MI5 is placed in the school to thwart an attack.
"We fear that as a result of this program more Muslims will be attacked, especially women wearing the headscarf," said Sophia Desai, a spokeswoman for Britain's Muslim affairs committee. "But the BBC are refusing to take our concerns seriously."
A pizza guy in Denmark who refused to serve German and French customers because of their countries' position on the war in Iraq was convicted in court of racial discrimination, reports the BBC.
Aage Bjerre, who owns a pizzeria on the tourist island of Fanoe, was fined nearly $700. He said he would appeal the ruling because he feels he was convicted merely for supporting the coalition that liberated Iraq.
In February he put up signs with bars through the images of people colored in the French and German flags.
Sexy = Bad
Billboards in Minneapolis that make fun of everything from Sally Struthers' waistline to Asian accents are drawing complaints from hyphenated Americans but generating business for their sponsors, reports the Star-Tribune.
Ads for fusion restaurant Chino Latino ("Third World Food, Sally Struthers Portions"; "Happy Hour: Cheaper Than a Bangkok Brothel") have drawn the ire of the "print-skirt, gauze-blouse, Birkenstock crowd," said Phil Roberts, chief executive of the company that owns the restaurant.
"There was a petition with a thousand signatures. There was an organized campaign to clog our cell phones," he said. "And business went up, by the way. Noticeably."
Another Minneapolis restaurant raised eyebrows with a campaign that some described as ethnic stereotyping because attractive Japanese women are pictured behind garbled English. An Asian activist group said it was trying to get away from the stereotype of Asian women as sexy.
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Chris M. writes:
Normally I read this column and shake my head at the absurdities. But (last week) really seems like you were out of things to irritate us with.
Why should a speaker for the VA get up and criticize a decision they made? That is our tax dollars at work paying for his speech. I am white and living in the South and frankly, I am sick of all this whining about the poor Confederate 'legacy' and history. The Confederates were traitors and lost. Get over it.
Barbara from Knoxville writes:
"'The students don't want to forget their blackness, their heritage'"
Give me a break! There are no 'Hispanic Culture' classes for me to take, but that does not make me forget the color of my skin or where I came from. I can look in the mirror or down at my arm if I need to be reminded that I am an American of Mexican descent. I can talk to my family, surf the Internet or go to a library if I am curious about Mexican, Spanish or Texas history. It does not take a genius or a whole department dedicated to me to figure that out. How self-centered and segregationist thinking is that?
William J. in Forest, Va., writes:
I respect Sammy Sosa's decision to take the blame for what was obviously a mistake. I also respect his decision to appeal a suspension he felt was unfair for his mistake. I do not respect anyone who says the penalty was motivated by Sosa's race. Jose Canseco needs to look at himself in this case and see what harm he is doing to race relations and the sport of baseball with his remarks.
John V. in Huntington Beach, Calif., writes:
Don't forget that this is the same Jose Canseco who was hit on the head by a fly ball he was trying to catch. Poor Jose. I didn't realize how much damage it did.
Chris L. writes:
I don’t believe in the race card, but the white man has caused most of the suffering of other people in world. Who colonized Africa? Who imprisoned people in their own country, i.e. South Africa? If your forefathers had left other people alone then maybe we would not have this conversation.
Greg A. writes:
I like the Tongue-Tied feature, in a morbid sort of way but I think you're pressing against the bounds of decorum with the WTF? Line.
That sort of lingo is something you'd expect to see in a geek e-hangout, loaded down with gamerz, hack0rz, freaks and miscreats of all kinds like myself. But not in a mass-market news source, especially one as respected as FoxNews.
Jeff T. in Issaquah, Wash., writes:
After reading your report on the pressing business of the UC Riverside Student Senate, I don't feel nearly as bad about all the time I wasted drinking beer in college.