Llano Co. librarian fired for not pulling books off shelves – KXAN

KXAN’s Nabil Remadna reports that a Kingsland librarian lost her job because she refused to pull books off the public library’s shelves because some people thought they were “inappropriate.”

We Talk to Interracial Couples 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia – VICE News

50 years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Loving — Mildred and Richard Loving, who successfully sued the state of Virginia, forcing it to recognize their interracial marriage. That landmark case overturned laws against interracial marriages all across the country.

Republican Sen. Mike Braun says Supreme Court was wrong to legalize interracial marriage

Interracial marriage, the Indiana Republican argued, should have been left to states The U.S. Supreme Court was wrong to legalize interracial marriage, Indiana Sen. Mike Braun, a Republican, argued on Tuesday.  Suggesting the historic Loving v. Virginia ruling by the Supreme Court decades ago was a case of improper judicial activism, Braun said the court shouldContinue reading “Republican Sen. Mike Braun says Supreme Court was wrong to legalize interracial marriage”

Former Tenn. deputy accused of raping 14-year-old strikes deal to avoid prison, sex offender status

Brian O. Beck, 47, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to three years of supervised probation, court records show. A former sheriff’s deputy in Tennessee accused of raping a 14-year-old girl struck a plea deal with prosecutors last week that keeps him out of prison and from having to register as a sexContinue reading “Former Tenn. deputy accused of raping 14-year-old strikes deal to avoid prison, sex offender status”

US Far Right Adore​s Vladimir Putin’s Christian Nationalism More Than Freedom and Democracy 

Lauren Witzke, the Republican Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate from Delaware in 2020, gushed with praise for Vladimir Putin this week after the Russian dictator unleashed a military invasion against Ukraine. While somewhat shocking given the timing, Witzke’s admiration of Putin’s “Christian nationalism” has a long precedent among U.S. Christian ​right leaders, who embraced Putin as a “savior ofContinue reading “US Far Right Adore​s Vladimir Putin’s Christian Nationalism More Than Freedom and Democracy “

Democracy in decline worldwide

For the first time since 2004, the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) has recorded more autocratic states than democracies around the world. Civil society activists often represent the last bastion of resistance. Autocracies such as Russia and China on the one hand; democracies like the USA or Germany on the other. Is that the great conflictContinue reading “Democracy in decline worldwide”

The secret plan behind Florida’s “don’t say gay” bill: Bankrupting public education

Republicans seek to use “don’t say gay” bills to gut public education like they did abortion access Republicans widely view the “critical race theory” hoax as a crucial component to regaining the governorship of Virginia in 2021, so it’s not a surprise that the party is rapidly expanding its national war on educators under the guise ofContinue reading “The secret plan behind Florida’s “don’t say gay” bill: Bankrupting public education”

Florida Senate committee passes “Don’t Say Gay” bill that would bar LGBTQ discussions in schools

The Florida Senate Education Committee passed a controversial bill on Tuesday that would bar school districts from encouraging classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity. The Parental Rights in Education bill, commonly referred to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by its critics, would apply to such topics in primary grade levels, as well asContinue reading “Florida Senate committee passes “Don’t Say Gay” bill that would bar LGBTQ discussions in schools”

Michigan: GOP candidate says rape survivors shouldn’t have abortions since rape was God’s plan

The fetus could grow up to “be the next president,” he said, disregarding the victim entirely. Garrett Soldano, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Michigan, is so anti-choice that he believes rape victims who become pregnant should carry the baby to term and give it up for adoption instead. “God put them in this moment,” he told aContinue reading “Michigan: GOP candidate says rape survivors shouldn’t have abortions since rape was God’s plan”

Watchdog finds misogynistic, racist, discriminatory behavior among London police

A London police watchdog documented patterns of bullying, discrimination and harassment among officers in a 15-page report published Tuesday.  The report conducted by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which primarily focuses on officers based at Charing Cross Police Station in the central London area, noted “multiple concerning behavioural themes,” including sexism, toxic masculinity, sexual harassment, aggressive behavior,Continue reading “Watchdog finds misogynistic, racist, discriminatory behavior among London police”

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