A man in the United Kingdom has been formally chastised by a court for labeling his parking lot a "porking yard" and offending Muslims from a nearby mosque in the process, according to the Scotsman.
Leroy Trought, owner of the Swan With Two Necks pub in Bristol (search), was ordered by a court to change the sign in his car park to the more proper "parking yard" and not to display any more signs that could be considered threatening, abusive or insulting at his establishment.
Apparently, Muslims attending a nearby mosque told police that the sign was racially and sexually offensive. The reference to pork was also deemed provocative and insulting.
Speaking of Hostile Environments
A group of womyn at the University of New Hampshire gathered at a campus and openly advocated physical violence and hatred against another group on campus without intervention by school officials, reports The New Hampshire.
At the Patriarchy Slam, organized by the Feminist Action League (search), some 40 womyn gathered to denounce men as rapist oppressors hell-bent on subjugating women. Many wore scissors around their necks and sang a "lighthearted" song about castration.
David Huffman, a contributor for UNH's conservative publication "Common Sense," was asked to leave the event lest his presence make the womyn uncomfortable. He called his exclusion discriminatory.
"[This] was an evening of man hating. This is no different than any other extremist organization that ... promotes stereotypes," he said.
The Saga Continues
Students at Harvard University have a little more sense than their professors if a recent vote on the suitability of Larry Summers for his job is any indication. But not much more.
The Harvard Crimson says a vote by several hundred students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences came out in favor of Summers, with 699 saying they do not lack confidence in Summers for raising provocative ideas during a speech in January.
Unfortunately, 608 students said they did lack confidence in Summers and a second motion expressing regret in his statements about women in science passed.
"We would still have thought that the Earth is flat if scientists had worried that their ideas might offend somebody," said one student, Andrei Goureev.
Errors In Judgment
A high school near Chicago is denouncing as inappropriate and a huge error in judgment an opinion piece in the student newspaper there that questioned the need for Black History Month, reports the Chicago Daily Herald.
Students and officials at Wheaton North High School are outraged at the piece in the Falcon Flyer that called the annual event racist against Caucasians.
"Black History Month is a good idea ... but why are African-Americans the only ones honored with a month about their history?" the column said in part. "Caucasian Americans are not being accepted into the college of their dreams because a less qualified minority has taken their place."
School officials said the piece sparked racial tension in the school and brought to light the need for diversity and sensitivity training for all students.
A Wisconsin high school student says he was prevented from using the phrase "God Bless America" in an all-school announcement after other students complained that it was inappropriate, reports the Fond du Lac Reporter.
Fond du Lac High School junior Calvin Freiburger says he wanted to use the phrase, along with the Pledge of Allegiance, in an announcement about a DVD drive supporting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan called Take a Soldier to the Movies.
School officials, however, say Freiburger, a member of the high school's Republican Club, was never told he couldn't say the pledge, only to hold off after other students complained about the phrase with the G-word in it.
The New York Times says some IMAX theaters in America are shunning a new film because it presents evolution as fact and doesn't sufficiently take into consideration the feelings of creationist viewers.
Viewer comments following a test screening of "Volcanoes" in Ft. Worth led officials there to shy away from a general release. Carol Murray, spokeswoman for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, said audience statements such as "I really hate it when the theory of evolution is presented as fact" and "I don't agree with their presentation of human existence" led to the rethink.
"If it's not going to draw a crowd and it is going to create controversy, from a marketing standpoint I cannot make a recommendation [to show it]," she said.
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Richard R. writes:
If the editors at the Crimson are so concerned about "services at Harvard that sharpen the differences between socioeconomic classes," perhaps it would be more appropriate if they called for a boycott of Ivy League education.
John D. writes:
The boycott of Harvard sophomore Michael Kopko's Dormaid service is absurd. Here we have an entrepreneur and Harvard, home of the Harvard school of Business, wants to boycott his efforts? I thought being an entrepreneur was a high ideal of our society. I guess they would rather pay him what he needs to level the field. That would be a form of welfare which is nobler than working for a buck in these people's minds.
Steve Q. writes:
Hmmmm, so a Black singing group can't perform at the University of Illinois during Black History month because they are using the word "GOD" in one of their spirituals. They would not want to offend anybody who does not believe in God I suppose but they stubbornly cling to their racist mascot when real Natives have complained. As usual the Left has no intellectual integrity whatsoever.
Barb U. writes:
While reading this column for the first time, I was astounded at the number of individuals who pressure others to conform to their beliefs and disrespect others' rights to voice their own thoughts. Of particular note is the mother who felt pressured to breast feed her child by a group advocating breast-feeding.
I've often mused what our society would be like if we, the people of this great country, spent our time focusing on running our own lives (rather than others), on working toward bettering ourselves (rather than others) and looked to ourselves to take responsibility for ourselves rather than placing blame elsewhere (at others).
Billy R. writes:
Lately, I have become aware of how oppressed I am, and depressed I should be. As a descendent of European ship-jumpers who illegally migrated here in the late 1600's, took ethnically and culturally deprived Indian wives, migrated south only to be surpressed and robbed by a vicious Civil War that left the homeland devasted and looted by a supremist moralist Federalist society that leaped at every opportunity to spread their occupational ideology to the far corners of the western world. It is a wonder I have survived this long without an advocacy group of lawyers.