The Houston Chronicle reports that the local major league soccer team will change its name from "Houston 1836" following pressure from the Hispanic community.
The name is meant to commemorate the year Houston was founded. But many Latinos in town said the date carries an "anti-Mexican sentiment," as it is also the year Texas gained its independence from Mexico. The famous battle was fought at the Alamo and Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna's Mexican army was defeated by Gen. Sam Houston in the Battle of San Jacinto.
A Canadian brewer pulled an ad in the satirical weekly, The Onion, after some women complained that it demeaned them by implying they talk too much, according to the Montreal Gazette.
Moosehead Breweries of Brunswick apologized profusely, promising not to "tolerate this type of sexism and tasteless work again."
The ad read: "The average woman speaks 10,000 words in a day. Roughly 9,950 too many."
Gay activists are starting to gang up on the new president of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, claiming that his refusal to allow them to parade around Warsaw in black leather and bottomless chaps makes him an evil homophobe.
Human Rights Watch claims that Kaczynski's openly Catholic views, and those of his party, have contributed to an increasingly intolerant attitude in Poland, according to the AP.
"Kaczynski opposed the right of lesbian and gay people to basic freedoms and equal respect," said Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. "As president, he will determine whether Poland protects rights or chips away at them. Europe is waiting for the answer."
Serious Act of Discrimination
Mexican President Vicente Fox is catching hell from some of his compatriots for referring to two-legged washing machines, according to El Universal, a remark that was interpreted as sexist.
In a speech last week, Fox said that 75 percent of Mexican families now have washing machines, "and not with two legs and feet, but metal washing machines."
Opponents of the president called the remark "insulting, offensive, denigrating and defamatory" and said it constituted linguistic violence.
Lawmaker Cristina Portillo said that "Fox reduced women to objects, to house appliances, comparing them and considering them of less worth than metal washing machines, this ... constitutes a serious act of discrimination against women."
Heroes of the Week
Following the lead of the Iranians, a group of Israeli graphic artists has announced their own contest for the best anti-Semitic cartoon.
"We'll show the world we can do the best, sharpest, most offensive Jew-hating cartoons ever published!" said organizer Amitai Sandy. "No Iranian will beat us on our home turf!" Among the prizes: the famous Matzo-bread baked with the blood of Christian children.
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Brian B. writes:
I'm a Mormon. Or rather, a Latter-day Saint. Or rather, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We were first called Mormons in the 1830s by Protestants and criminals and government officials who wanted to demean us and mock us. But guess what? That wasn't a bad name and it stuck. We decided we weren't going to lose sleep over it.
Today we prefer to be called Latter-day Saints, but we'll take Mormons if you really want to call us that. Just don't call us late for dinner, because we have bigger pot lucks than the Baptists, or whatever they want to be called.
Bob L. writes:
Perhaps we should spend less money on murals in McDonough, Ga., and more money on education, since Ms. Vincent was incorrectly taught we had slavery in 1920. By the time the decade in the proposed mural occurred, slavery had been ended for 55 years.
Walt C. in Wyoming wonders:
Why is it that if a Muslim cleric incites a riot and burns an embassy he's identifying an outrage against Muslims, but if an American flies a Danish flag in protest of said embassy burning, he is being insensitive? And why doesn't the media give any coverage to moderate Muslim leaders that are publicly condemning the violence?
Sachi P. writes:
I think the mayor of Stoughton, Mass. made a mistake in flying the Danish flag outside the town hall. He put it under the U.S. flag when it should have been flown at an equal height. Is he saying the U.S. is superior to Denmark? How insensitive! The Danish should be outraged!
Ross W. writes:
I find it ironic in the extreme that most of us here are saluting Denmark for standing up to totalitarian demands to limit free expression in the same week that you reprinted news items about Americans making similar totalitarian demands regarding: 1] a Baltimore school using a story that is interpreted as denigrating blacks; 2] a poem that spoke about a convicted murderer as if he were, like, a murderer or something; 3] a planned mural in McDonough, Ga., that would depict its historic place in the cotton industry; and 4] a high school student who wants to include the confederate flag in his school's multiculturalism festival.
We've got no stomach for freedom, it would seem.
Alicia in Texas writes:
As a Texan, I see the confederate flag every day. As an African American Texan, I cringe at the sight of it. Why is it so hard to understand that the confederate flag is a symbol of hatred and racism? That flag was flown when a large population of the United States of America were treated worse than cattle. That flag was flown while hate groups such as the KKK burned crosses and lynched African Americans less than 50 years ago. What kind of 'culture' are people remembering when they fly that flag today?