May 072018
 

Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mike Shumann

resigned from the KGO-TV sportscasting gig he has held for almost a quarter-century after allegedly stealing a jacket belonging to Golden State Warriors director of team security Ralph Walker, the Bay Area TV station announced over the weekend.

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May 072018
 

Greg Pittman,

an American history teacher at Stoneman Douglas, is under investigation by the Broward County School District for remarks he allegedly made in class comparing pro-Second Amendment student Kyle Kashuv to Adolph Hitler, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Friday.

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Apr 272018
 

In August, Idaho’s Lordship Church landed on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s annual list of hate groups.

The label was decried by the church’s leaders, Pastor Warren Mark Campbell,

who denounced the SPLC as a “biased, liberal hate group” and said that their anti-Gay, Anti-Muslim, pro-gun, pro-homeschooling church was not that far outside mainstream Christianity. The subject was tackled by the local daily newspaper, The Statesman, which said the group seemed “less menacing” than other groups on the list and that while “most of Idaho’s hate groups proclaim racist or anti-Semitic views. Lordship Church is different.”

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Apr 272018
 

Mary Hassell,

a coroner who operated a “cab rank” system for burials, has been told by the High Court to drop her policy and release the bodies of Jews and Muslims first.

Marie van der Zyl,

president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said Ms Hassell must “consider her position”.

Judges said the “equality protocol” policy introduced by Mary Hassell, the senior coroner for inner north London, was “discriminatory” and “incapable of rational justification”.

The protocol said that “no death will be prioritised in any way over any other because of the religion of the deceased or family, either by the coroner’s officers or coroners.”

This meant cases were assessed and bodies released for burial by the coroner’s office in order of when they were received, taking no account of any religious requirements.

Ms Hassell introduced the policy at the end of October last year, prompting protests from Jewish and Muslim groups, whose beliefs require a funeral to take place as soon as possible after death.

She told the court that she was concerned about the “negative impact that prioritisation of one sector of the community above others has had upon the families of those other deceased”.

She also relied on guidance issued in 2014 by the Chief Coroner which said “the law does not allow the Coroner to give priority to any one person over another”.

But in a judgment released on Friday Lord Justice Singh and Mr Justice Whipple said her understanding of the law was “misguided” and the guidance was incorrect.

“What on its face looks like a general policy which applies to everyone equally may in fact have an unequal impact on a minority.

“In other words, to treat everyone in the same way is not necessarily to treat them equally.

“Uniformity is not the same thing as equality,” they said.

They ruled that the policy was unlawful and said she should introduce a new one.

Religious groups welcomed the ruling.

Rabbi Asher Gratt, speaking on behalf of the Adath Yisroel Burial Society, a charity which arranges burials for Orthodox Jewish people in north London, and which originally brought the case, said: “This legal victory will bring immense relief for grieving families to bury their loved ones with respect and dignity, preventing further unnecessary anguish at the darkest moment of their lives.”

Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said Ms Hassell must “consider her position”.

“She has previously said that she does not believe that using her discretion to order cases, which she needs to do to uphold the religious freedom of the diverse communities she is meant to serve, is ‘fair’.

“If she cannot carry out this basic function of her role, she must vacate her position.”

A statement issued by Ms Hassell’s office said that she would implement a new policy following a consultation process.

The Chief Coroner is also expected to issue new guidance reflecting the ruling.

“In future, instead of considering no family for prioritisation, the Senior Coroner will consider every family for prioritisation.

“In deciding the order of priority, she will take into account all relevant considerations, including the special needs of each individual family,” the statement said.

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Apr 252018
 

Controversial German rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang,

alongside BMG label head Hartwig Masuch, face accusations of illegal hate speech in the wake of the controversy, which has led the German music association to scrape its Echo music awards.

The German music association is scrapping its top music honor, the Echo Awards, following a scandal involving one of this year’s Echo winners.

At the 2018 Echos two weeks ago, gangsta rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang won best rap album. But the duo came under fire for lyrics in which they compared themselves to Holocaust survivors, saying their muscles are “more defined than Auschwitz prisoners” and lines such as “I’m doing another Holocaust, coming with a Molotov.” They have since apologized, but have been dropped by their label, BMG.

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Apr 212018
 

Video footage recorded on student Joey Smith’s cell phone  shows professor Howard Finkelstein

telling conservative student Christopher Lyle to “f*ck your life”—prompting accusations of “liberal indoctrination”. During the altercation Lyle was insisting “both men and women can be victims of sexual harassment,” NJ Advance Media reports.

 Asked if he’d taken the time to consider the impact of his argument, Lyle offered a “real-life example” to prove his point.

“F*ck your life!” Finkelstein replied

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