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America’s One Remaining Bigotry: “We Don’t Want to Be Around Anyone Who Disagrees With Us.”

America’s One Remaining Bigotry: “We Don’t Want to Be Around Anyone Who Disagrees With Us.”

“America has come so far,” Bill Clinton said during an interview on The Daily Show last week. “We’re less racist, sexist, homophobic and anti specific religions than we used to be.” I’m not a Daily Show viewer, but I caught his remarks online after the fact, and I thought he expressed a refreshing sentiment in this era when so

Movie Review: How Capitalism Ended Racial Segregation In Baseball

Last night my wife and I went to see 42, the Jackie Robinson story. It was an enjoyable enough movie (as they said in Moneyball , it’s hard not to be romantic about baseball), though the story was more fairy tale than reality. But what do you expect when a movie about real people doing

Is Housing Discrimination Really A Problem For Homosexuals?

Over the weekend, in reading reports about Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s decision to support gay marriage (made, conveniently, after election day) I saw where Senator Heitkamp claimed that concern over discrimination was a big part of her motivation. Earlier this year we had a debate in the state legislature over adding homosexuals as a protected class

SAB On Television: School Choice And Higher Ed

Chris Berg was kind enough to invite me on to his 6:30 POV program again last night opposite John Strand of the High Plains Reader. It was a fun discussion covering higher education issues and school choice bills. Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks Strand said my complaints about the anti-Catholic religious bigotry

ND Dems Uphold Anti-Catholic Constitutional Language To Protect Against School Choice

I’ve written before about North Dakota’s “Blaine amendment” language in the state constitution. The language prohibits the use of tax dollars raised for the purposes of public education being used for “sectarian” or religions schools. It was born of the anti-Catholic bigotry of the 19th century, the era of the “Know Nothing Party,” and unfortunately

It's Time To Remove The Remnants Of Religious Bigotry From North Dakota's Constituiton

So-called “Blaine amendments” are changes made to state constitutions around the turn of the 19th – 20th century which prohibited public dollars being used for “sectarian” or religious schools. The amendments were born of the rampant anti-Catholic bigotry of the era – this wasn’t so long after the era of the Know Nothing party –

Bill In ND Legislature Would Divert Public Education Money To Private Schools

HB1466, introduced by Rep. Mark Dosch, is a major piece of education policy reform which would allow parents choosing private schools to divert as much as 25% of their student’s share of public dollars to the private school. The amended version of the bill (read it here) would require that parents opting for a private

Whatever Happened To The Freedom Of Association?

The North Dakota legislature is considering SB2252 which would add gays to the list of classes protected from discrimination under state law. If the law passes, it would be illegal for employers, lenders and landlords to discriminate based on sexual orientation. Religious organizations, however, get an exemption. Gay activists are testifying in favor of the

Obama: The Boy Scouts Should Admit Gay Members

The President weighs in on the Boy Scouts and homosexuals, and I find myself agreeing with him. The Boy Scouts are, of course, a private organization and set whatever membership standards they want, but they seem to be moving toward acceptance of gays and that’s a good thing. Because there’s no good reason not to,

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