The week in fundie . . .
The Abercrombie and Fitch poster that caused a fit of mass-apoplexy in a family-friendly town in Virginia.
- In the UK, some female Muslim medical students are refusing to remove their arm coverings in surgery or roll up their sleeves when they wash their hands–both measures required by hygiene regulations–because Islam regards bare arms as “immodest.” (via Fundies Say the Darndest Things)
- Conservative political correctness: senators in the US state of Washington have introduced a bill purporting to promote “intellectual diversity” on university campuses by requiring institutions to “Develop a procedure in which a student may present his or her objection to a classroom assignment due to its opposition with the student’s conscience.” (via Pharyngula)
- According to the administrators of a Florida high school, the use of symbols expressing support for gay rights is evidence of membership in “secret/illegal organisations,” and suspended students for wearing them. They wore them in support of another student who, after being subject to bullying by her fellow students for being a lesbian, was then subject to a dressing-down by the principal for being a lesbian. The principal then invited an anti-gay preacher to speak at the school at a mandatory “morality assembly.”(Dispatches from the Culture Wars)
- Meanwhile, in South Carolina, two heterosexual teenagers have been expelled for kissing on a school bus. (via Morons.org)
- The UK’s Centre for Social Cohesion has released a report on honour killings and other “honour”-based crimes against women in the UK. A summary is provided at The Guardian.
- James Dobson, head of the Christian Right thought-free-tank Focus on the Family, is not–I repeat–not trying to influence the Republican nomination. (Huffington Post)
- The slightest hint of bum-crack on a couple of posters sees the manager of an Abercrombie and Fitch outlet charged with obscenity. (via Morons.org)