MI union contract gives “special consideration” to “non-Christian” teachers

posted at 12:41 pm on March 19, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Apparently, no one at the Ferndale Public School District in Michigan took a civics course or bothered to read their own state constitution — and neither did the union representing teachers in the district. Michigan Capitol Confidential found an interesting, and totally unconstitutional, clause in the contract between the district and the Michigan Education Association local that requires the district to provide “special consideration” to “those of the non-Christian faith” in hiring decisions:

The contract ran from 2011 to 2012 but was extended to 2017. The teachers belong to the Ferndale Education Association, a division of theMichigan Education Association.

Regarding promotion to a vacant position, it states on page 22:

Should there be two (2) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications for the position and one (1) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications is a current employee, the current employee with the greatest seniority shall be assigned. Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith. However, in all appointments to vacant positions, the Board’s decision shall be final.

Earlier in the contract is a “no discrimination clause” that states no employee can be discriminated against based on their religion.

Just to make sure readers see the offending clause, MCC screen-capped it.

The intent of the clause seems to be to reinforce equal-opportunity employment practices, but it goes further than just a declaration of non-discrimination. This clause actually requires the district to discriminate in its hiring by using ethnicity, gender, and/or religion as an explicit deciding factor in its hiring choices.  Ethnicity and gender might pass constitutional muster in this clause, although that’s probably debatable, but forcing the district to decide on the basis of religion violates both the state and US constitutions.

I asked Gabriel Malor at AoSHQ to look at this clause, and he agrees that this is very problematic. Not only does this conflict with an earlier clause in the contract forbidding this kind of discrimination, its insistence on blocking review is also troubling:

First, the 10.3 special consideration provision, which also prescribes preferential treatment for women and certain racial minority groups, directly contradicts the instruction at 9.9 that the provisions of the agreement be applied “without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex.” Obviously, if the agreement must be applied without regard to religion, then special consideration could not be given to those of non-Christian faiths.

Second, the contradiction is made more troubling by the very next sentence of 10.3, which provides “in all appointments to vacant positions, the Board’s decision shall be final.” It is the only provision in the Agreement which explicitly provides that decisions are final, with no further review possible.

Third, if a promotion decision were made that gave preferential treatment to a candidate of the “non-Christian faith,” the school district would possibly be in violation of the establishment clauses of both the Michigan and the United States constitutions. No inference of discriminatory intent is required here; the school district provided evidence of it right there in the text of the Agreement. Generally, to survive an establishment clause challenge, the district would have to demonstrate that the discriminatory treatment was narrowly tailored to a compelling state interest. The district would be unlikely to do so in this context.

No doubt the district intended its bias in favor of applicants from non-Christian faiths to increase diversity in schools, and if challenged on this basis would defend it as such. But that’s the trouble with state preferences in favor of diversity. It generally requires discrimination on the basis of race, sex, or–as in this case–religion, which the Supreme Court is increasingly skeptical of.

As a former hiring manager for 15 years, though, this offers yet another point of confusion. It’s impermissible to ask about religious affiliation in an interview process, either for new hires or promotions, thanks to existing prohibitions on discrimination and potential civil liabilities. That’s true even if an employer wants a religiously-diverse workforce. Like marriage and family status, religious affiliation cannot even be queried during the hiring process lest one provide evidence of latent or explicit religious discrimination in that workplace.

Where would the district then find the data to fulfill this requirement? Are they or the union cataloguing this data somehow? The ACLU seems curiously incurious about the implications of this clause:

Rana Elmir, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, said she couldn’t speak to the specifics highlighted in the contract “because it comes down to how it is implemented.”

“There’s nothing wrong with encouraging people from diverse faiths to apply for a position. In fact, doing so recognizes that our classrooms and communities are diverse,” Elmir said. “However, public schools themselves should not be in the business of promoting particular religious beliefs or religious activities over others and they should protect children from being coerced to accept religious or anti-religious beliefs.”

True, except that’s not what this clause does. It presumes that the employer is collecting information on religious beliefs and making employment decisions on that basis. Doesn’t that pique their interest at all?

This isn’t necessarily an earth-shaking issue, but it would be interesting to see how many other MEA affiliates have this or a similar clause in their contracts, too. As for their constitutional illiteracy, Ferndale has no excuses … but Kansas schools might:

The Kansas House of Delegates has passed a bill that would require that students be instructed in the “importance and execution of an effective professional handshake.”

The requirement was included as an amendment to legislation that would make instruction in financial literacy a requirement for all Kansas high school students.

While Kansas lawmakers deemed a firm handshake as being an important skill for students to acquire, a separate amendment that would have instruction on the Constitution and government institutions was defeated.

Maybe Kansas and Michigan needs to get a grip.


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so old rosa parks was basically pizzed off cause “special consideration” was given to the white riders on that bus.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

and those of the non-Christian faith.

I.e., Muslim. And as most elementary teachers are women, a burka or at least a head scarf will suffice.

rbj on March 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

It’s impermissible to ask about religious affiliation in an interview process, either for new hires or promotions, thanks to existing prohibitions on discrimination and potential civil liabilities.

That’s why I list myself as a Druid-American. That way I can claim religious discrimination if I don’t get the job!

Seriously, it’s the Detroit area. I’m guessing what the target was hiring more Muslims which you don’t have to ask about religion if they are wearing a headscarf.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 12:48 PM

First they came for the bakers, photographers and florists…

Ricard on March 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

and those of the non-Christian faith.

I.e., Muslim. And as most elementary teachers are women, a burka or at least a head scarf will suffice be mandatory.

rbj on March 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

FIFY

hawkeye54 on March 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith. However, in all appointments to vacant positions, the Board’s decision shall be final.

“You whiney Christians are such drama Queens. You’re not being attacked or discriminated against.”

Hot Air atheists/

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 12:50 PM

FIFY

hawkeye54 on March 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Heh.

Thanks

rbj on March 19, 2014 at 12:51 PM

All Christian applicants for teacher positions in this school district should weara burqa and/or scream Allahu Akbar so they will immediately get hired.

redware on March 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

so old rosa parks was basically pizzed off cause “special consideration” was given to the white riders on that bus.

donabernathy on March 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

You do realize that the whole thing was set up in advance by the Montgomery NAACP, right? It’s like the gays who go trolling to find bakers and photographers that “offend” them.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Protected classes of citizens require hiring entities to collect data on those applying. That means that if sexual orientation becomes a protected class, each time someone applies for a job, their sexual life becomes a subject for inquiry or analysis. Remember those forms you filled out listing your race and the clause which said that if you declined to give an answer, the employer will make a best guess estimate. Will apply to sex life too.

jvermeer on March 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM


First they came for the bakers, photographers and florists…

Ricard on March 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

BINGO … WE HAVE A WINNER

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

First they came for the bakers, photographers and florists…

Ricard on March 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

They won’t be stopped until the influence and public presence, practice of and symbols of Christianity are eradicated and all things deemed worthy by the government are required to be accepted and celebrated or be penalized by law for failure to do so.

hawkeye54 on March 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Last time I checked “Lady Justice” was still wearing a blindfold in front of the SCOTUS.

Tater Salad on March 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith. However, in all appointments to vacant positions, the Board’s decision shall be final.

“You whiney Christians are such drama Queens. You’re not being attacked or discriminated against.”

Hot Air atheists/

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 12:50 PM

You completely forgot about the gays. Somehow it always becomes about the gays. Hell, they can’t even march in a St. Patricks day parade without making all about their sexual orientation.

Bottom line here- when minority groups are listed, the gays go to the top of the list for some reason.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM

“You whiney Christians are such drama Queens. You’re not being attacked or discriminated against.”

Hot Air atheists/

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Yeah, keep saying it over and over again, and maybe we’ll believe it.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on March 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Doesn’t Michigan currently have a Republican Governor?

Does this guy have a set, or is he going to get Bullied
like so many other Republicans???

ToddPA on March 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM

“Teech are children wel…”

vityas on March 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Can’t comment. I live in fear of life destroying retribution.

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM

The ACLU is basically an Islam-promotion society now. It’s been completey infiltrated. Don’t expect them to lift a finger on this.

Non-discrimination is fine, but this rule actually gives a hiring preference to non-Christians, which in Michigan means Muslims. So a white Muslim would get a hiring preference over an equally qualified black Christian. And as has been pointed out, you don’t need to ask, you just have to see the hijab.

rockmom on March 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Seriously, it’s the Detroit area. I’m guessing what the target was hiring more Muslims which you don’t have to ask about religion if they are wearing a headscarf.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 12:48 PM

When I left the Detroit area Ferndale was trying to become the gayest town in Michigan. This is probably more a pro-queer thing than a pro-terrorist thing.

Flange on March 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

You know, I’m as appalled about this as the next guy, but…

Why exactly is this supposed to be somehow offensive and objectionable, not to mention unconstitutional, but denying someone a position because he’s a white male is okay? I mean, Ed even mentions in his post that the racial and gender based criteria might pass constitutional muster.

It’s no more offensive to offer, or refuse to offer, someone a job based on their religious beliefs than it is to do so on the basis of their ethnicity or gender. It’s just that we, as a society, have been programmed to accept racial and gender-based discrimination in the name of “diversity” — itself a worthless goal, BTW. Adding religious discrimination to the list isn’t any worse.

What we should be outraged about here is not that this union is specifically promoting hiring based on religion. We should be outraged that, as a society, we’re encouraging the use of ANY factors, other than the qualifications of the applicant, in hiring decisions.

Shump on March 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM

“Teech are children wel…”

vityas on March 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Something tells me that finding non-Christians was more important than anything to do with the education of the collective.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith

…if you are a WASP…you don’t even bother applying for government jobs in the Detroit are… for the last couple of decades!

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Detroit are

area

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith.

White male christinas need not apply!

D-fusit on March 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith.

White male christians need not apply!

Auto correct BS.

D-fusit on March 19, 2014 at 1:09 PM

When I left the Detroit area Ferndale was trying to become the gayest town in Michigan.

Flange on March 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I thought that was Ferrysburg.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 1:09 PM

For liberals the “separation of church and State” simply means it is ok to discriminate Christians.

pat on March 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Glad to see discrimination in favor of women too. It kills me that we’re stuck at only 90% female teachers K to 8. Hopefully we can get to 95% and 5% gays in a few more years.

G. Charles on March 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

More discrimination

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Remember those forms you filled out listing your race and the clause which said that if you declined to give an answer, the employer will make a best guess estimate. Will apply to sex life too.

jvermeer on March 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

So if I wear fabulous shoes, I’m not getting the job?

CurtZHP on March 19, 2014 at 1:11 PM

“Unions OUR my cup of tea”?

Apparently non-faith in Jesus Christ is a qualifying factor for teachers in Michigan, but mastery of English spelling and grammar is not.

Y r r childs so dum?

Steve Z on March 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM

OT, maybe…NASA’s latest mission, redistribution of wealth

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM

I thought that was Ferrysburg.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Either way they’ll probably all wind up in Hell. Hell, Michigan that is.

Flange on March 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM

The intent of the clause seems to be to reinforce equal-opportunity employment practices, but it goes further than just a declaration of non-discrimination.

All of which is positively Orwellian.

These clauses, by definition are discriminatory and have nothing to do with equal ‘opportunity’, but rather are entirely about forcing a desirable ‘outcome’.

Midas on March 19, 2014 at 1:20 PM

so old rosa parks was basically pizzed off cause “special consideration” was given to the white riders on that bus.

donabernathy on March 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

You do realize that the whole thing was set up in advance by the Montgomery NAACP, right? It’s like the gays who go trolling to find bakers and photographers that “offend” them.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

1. Yes, Mrs. Parks was “pizzed off” that special consideration was given to white riders of public transportaion, and justifiably so. Just as you are justifiably angered by this act of hiring preference in a public job.

2. So what if it was set up in advance? Please, do explain. And how is a, at the time, 42 year-old married lady being forced to the back of the bus on taxpayer-funded transportation in any way like forcing a private business person to operate against his beliefs within the context of a private business transaction? Please, do expain.

Or check yourselves.

M240H on March 19, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Ferndale teacher to superintendent:

You need to fire Ms. Smith. I saw her go to church last Sunday!

Steve Z on March 19, 2014 at 1:21 PM

LOL. Your secular humanistic utopia is going to be awesome.

Murphy9 on March 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

MI union contract gives “special consideration” to “non-Christian” teachers

Does Bishop know about this? Probably not would be my best guess. He’ll never read or see this.

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

It’s impermissible to ask about religious affiliation in an interview process, either for new hires or promotions, thanks to existing prohibitions on discrimination and potential civil liabilities.

Does “impermissible” mean illegal?

. . . I guess this bit about “certify you aren’t a prog by checking this box” won’t fly either.

Crap. Fine, I’ll start over.

Axe on March 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

What our K-12 system really needs is a hiring and promotion program that favors MALES, because they are desperately needed as substitute Fathers.

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

About Rana Elmir

“As the ACLU’s deputy director, Elmir says that her focus will also include helping staff lead successful campaigns, related to the ACLU’s efforts to protect privacy; fight for poor people; immigrant rights; children’s rights, including the right to an education; and the rights of the LBGT community.’

lineholder on March 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

When I left the Detroit area Ferndale was trying to become the gayest town in Michigan. This is probably more a pro-queer thing than a pro-terrorist thing.
Flange on March 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Still is. It’s a very hipster, pro-gay area. Not surprising that the union contract is like this.

Doesn’t Michigan currently have a Republican Governor?
Does this guy have a set, or is he going to get Bullied
like so many other Republicans???
ToddPA on March 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Yeah, Snyder is Republican, but he’s very moderate. It’s an all Republican legislature too.

I’d be surprised if this contract held up though. No way it’s legal.

NotThatBillFord on March 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Um, has anyone read all the Obamacare provisions? Lots of this stuff about special preference tucked in the lawyer-ese. It’s what they do.

Fallon on March 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Sue the muslim pants off them.

ultracon on March 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

From same source

“Longtime social justice advocate and local Arab American, Rana Elmir, was recently appointed to the position of deputy director of the Michigan office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the country’s most prominent civil liberties organization. Elmir, 30, was promoted to the position about a month ago, by ACLU Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss. Elmir has served the ACLU Michigan as its communications director since May 2006.”

lineholder on March 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

You do realize that the whole thing was set up in advance by the Montgomery NAACP, right? It’s like the gays who go trolling to find bakers and photographers that “offend” them.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

You mean like the Scopes Monkey Trial?
I didn’t know that, thanks.

Mimzey on March 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Does Bishop know about this? Probably not would be my best guess. He’ll never read or see this.

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I’m out of the loop. Again. What happened to Bishop? I loved his fishing expeditions.

ClownsToTheLeftOfMe on March 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

OT, maybe…NASA’s latest mission, redistribution of wealth

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Pretty transparent. The problem with trying to get someone to lend prestige to something without prestige is that you can only do it once.

Biblical reference: You take something holy and something base, and you touch them together — you get two things that are base, not two things that are holy.

Axe on March 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Correction: Ferndale Public Indocdrination Center for Marxist Principles in Michigan

Conservative4Ever on March 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Last time I checked “Lady Justice” was still wearing a blindfold in front of the SCOTUS.

Tater Salad on March 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Not anymore, she’s wearing a burqa now…

PatriotRider on March 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

White male christinas need not apply!
D-fusit on March 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I’m sure they’d take any male Christina regardless of race.

Akzed on March 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM

What about the GAYS? The four letter word community was completely left out, why are they not protesting?

Sven on March 19, 2014 at 1:41 PM

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

Constitution of the United States, Article VI, paragraph 3

Need anything more be said?

No Truce With Kings on March 19, 2014 at 1:42 PM

“Unions OUR my cup of tea”?
Apparently non-faith in Jesus Christ is a qualifying factor for teachers in Michigan, but mastery of English spelling and grammar is not.
Y r r childs so dum?
Steve Z on March 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM

She could have pluralized the sign and made it a real classic:

“UNIONS OUR ARE CUP OF TEA!”

Marcola on March 19, 2014 at 1:43 PM

White male christians need not apply!

Auto correct BS.

D-fusit on March 19, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Ha ha.
I thought you were making a double entendre gay joke about Christinas!

freedomfirst on March 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Is that woman holding the sign a teacher?

lonestar1 on March 19, 2014 at 1:54 PM

If one is hired.. will they make them sew a cross on their clothes?

JellyToast on March 19, 2014 at 1:56 PM

White male christinas need not apply!
D-fusit on March 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I’m sure they’d take any male Christina regardless of race.

Akzed on March 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM

LOL. But seriously, this country is going down the tubes.

Punchenko on March 19, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Yeah, I wouldn’t even waste my time appealing to the ACLU of Michigan on this one.

According to their website, their primary emphasis is on LGBT issues, racial profiling, and (apparently) trying to dig up dirt about potential cases of “women’s health discrimination” on the part of those evil, liberty-denying religiously-affiliated hospitals in the state.

Especially Catholic hospitals

lineholder on March 19, 2014 at 1:57 PM

If one is hired.. will they make them sew a cross on their clothes?

JellyToast on March 19, 2014 at 1:56 PM

One won’t be hired.

Murphy9 on March 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM

I asked Gabriel Malor at AoSHQ to look at this clause, and he agrees that this is very problematic.

Can we please stop saying “problematic?” It’s one of those faux-academic terms people use to legitimize bogus social “science” and other nonsense. Needless to say, its been festering in leftist academia for the last decade and, for some unholy reason, just recently emerged mainstream (hell, I even hear Rush use it.)

Not saying Ed is using it similarly here, only that it seems to have escaped its confines.

Dirt McGirt on March 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM

So what if it was set up in advance? Please, do explain. And how is a, at the time, 42 year-old married lady being forced to the back of the bus on taxpayer-funded transportation in any way like forcing a private business person to operate against his beliefs within the context of a private business transaction? Please, do expain.

M240H on March 19, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Well somebody sure has a stick up their behind. Check the moral outrage at the door you moron.

The point is that the myth that has been told for years was that Rosa Parks was dog-tired from work and just wasn’t going to give up her seat to some cracker. The reality was that it was all planned in advance with reporters in tow so that they could point out the inequities (complete with pictures of Parks being arrested). Not from a strategic standpoint for the civil rights movement but hardly the pack of lies that have been told about the origins of the Montgomery Bus Boycott either. It was fomenting outrage in just the way that gay “activists” troll for businesses that won’t make their damned wedding cake or take their wedding photos so that they can sue on the basis of discrimination. It’s dishonest faux outrage just as disgusting as your snotty attitude.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM

You completely forgot about the gays. Somehow it always becomes about the gays. Hell, they can’t even march in a St. Patricks day parade without making all about their sexual orientation.

Bottom line here- when minority groups are listed, the gays go to the top of the list for some reason.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM

you’re absolutely right, however there’s one problem with leftists ability to get groups of minorities to vote together, and that’s that many don’t like each other. so yes, they want more muslims, but muslims don’t really like gays.

If this whole rule was really about diversity, you’d think they would want more white males. aren’t most school teachers female? and in that district I’m guessing that white is the minority.

jetch on March 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

“Diversity” is the new discrimination. How about we hire people based on skill and capability?

Some people can’t figure out why many children are failing in school. That’s largely easily answered. When you don’t hire the most qualified person- you get predictable results.

But keep cheering for so-called “diversity” over common sense. Meanwhile my children will go to a private school and get a “predictably” better education.

Marcus Traianus on March 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Can we please stop saying “problematic?”

Dirt McGirt on March 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Well then I vote for using sticky, knotty, or awkward instead.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority

Aren’t something like 90% of K-12 teachers women? Why would they need “special consideration” in the first place?

If this district really wanted to promote diversity, they’d be giving “special consideration” to male candidates, since they are the identity class that is significantly under-represented in teaching. Of course, favoring males wouldn’t be politically correct, and as we know, PC nonsense trumps common sense and logical reasoning every time.

AZCoyote on March 19, 2014 at 2:17 PM

In Michigan, that means Muslim.

I’m sure that’s the intent, to solidify another minority voter base.

PattyJ on March 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM

If this whole rule was really about diversity, you’d think they would want more white males. aren’t most school teachers female? and in that district I’m guessing that white is the minority.

jetch on March 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

I’m guessing it is some bureaucrat’s mindless way of trying to force diversity into the school system. It’s just a really blunt (and illegal) way of doing it. And I’m surprised the MEA went along with it since their membership is more apt to be older, white, and Christian.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:20 PM

We should do the same with all pilots. All Muslims to the font of the line.

newportmike on March 19, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Unions can go to hell..

PatriotRider on March 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Interesting. OK, if racial discrimination in violation of the Constitution was a sufficient provocation such that the Black urban riots of the 1960′s were justified and legitimate; can we then assume that discrimination against Whites and Christians by the government in violation of the Constitution also justifies a violent response?

Which carries the implication that power and rights are now allocated in our society based on ability to effectively use violence and the threat thereof. Cool! Now we know what the rules are.

Subotai Bahadur on March 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Well somebody sure has a stick up their behind …
Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM

That the civil rights cause has been appropriated by charlatans and has devolved into a grievance/extortion racket does not at all change the reality that the movement of the 1950s and ’60s was morally imperative, justified, and frequently executed by people with great courage. That you would equate that history with the jackassery that passes for a ‘rights movement’ today only reveals how little courage you have, and, by displaying that cowardly ignorance here, only hands ammunition to those who wish to defame the conservative cause as rooted in racism.

And you can pull that sitck out of my behand with your lips.

M240H on March 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

A word of two about “Fabulous Ferndale.” “Fabulous Ferndale” is an inner core suburb that borders Detroit on the north. For the past 25 years “Fabulous Ferndale” has been the most pro-gay suburb in the metropolitan Detroit area. Ferndale High School’s enrollment is 57% black/ 33% white, according to greatschools.org.

bw222 on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

That you would equate that history with the jackassery that passes for a ‘rights movement’ today only reveals how little courage you have, and, by displaying that cowardly ignorance here, only hands ammunition to those who wish to defame the conservative cause as rooted in racism.

M240H on March 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Wow, I bet you’ve given that little rant of yours more than a few times now.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

and those of the non-Christian faith.

Gabriel Malor seems to get a chuckle out of this illiteracy. Which non-Christian faith are we talking about here? Buddhist, Jewish, Mormon, Hindu, Wiccan, or do they mean atheists or agnostics, satanists?

If I didn’t know smart, responsible teachers, I’d swear they were all retarded. .

Jaibones on March 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM

To steal a meme from Michele Malkin, this is Reason 2,143,986 why the separation of church and state is healthy and beneficial to religion rather than state. Christians pretend that they are the dominant (go ahead…I don’t care of the numbers…I said DOMINANT) force in the population, but the current PC culture is against anything that has been historically (past 50 years) the visibly dominant force.

Therefore, white men are the scourge of the planet, and Christianity is the evilness of the past 200 years.

If you have been presumed to be the leader or dominant force, you are the scum of the Earth. Officially. Government-sanctioned.

I’ve always said mixing the personal with the political was instant ruin. Behold before your eyes.

/smug atheist

thejackal on March 19, 2014 at 2:39 PM

…and just so we’re agree of my definition of dominant, remember South Africa. Less than 10% of the population were white, but they controlled everything.

Numbers are a joke. Power is everything.

thejackal on March 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Democrats have a long history of discriminating starting with slavery, KKK, discrimination. Media has been able to rewrite history and making Republicans bad guys. But Dems own slavery, KKK, segregation etc so don’t let them forget it.

Herb on March 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Maybe Kansas and Michigan needs to get a grip.

need?

mankai on March 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Look at the sign. These “teachers” can’t even spell!
Unions accept anyone!

Delsa on March 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Women are the “dominant” gender in America… so we should give preference to men in hiring?

Just askin’

mankai on March 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Apparently, no one at the Ferndale Public School District in Michigan took a civics course or bothered to read their own state constitution

Who cares? What’s that got to do w/ sharia?

vlad martel on March 19, 2014 at 2:52 PM

I’m sure they’d take any male Christina regardless of race.

Akzed on March 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Killin’ it, Akzed. Killin’ it.

Jaibones on March 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM

I wonder where “white hispanics” fit on that list?…

DimsdalePiranha on March 19, 2014 at 3:06 PM

The Michigan ACLU chapter has always had a…situational concern with respect to Establishment violations.

They were remarkably unlitigious when taxpayer funds were spent to install foot-washing stations for Muslims at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/07/world/americas/07iht-muslims.4.7022566.html?_r=0

It’s almost like there’s a common thread for their religious litigation, but I can’t put my finger on it…

DRPrice on March 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Sign Carrier in Pix:

Must be an English Teacher.

Another Drew on March 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Well somebody sure has a stick up their behind …
Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM

That the civil rights cause has been appropriated by charlatans and has devolved into a grievance/extortion racket does not at all change the reality that the movement of the 1950s and ’60s was morally imperative, justified, and frequently executed by people with great courage. That you would equate that history with the jackassery that passes for a ‘rights movement’ today only reveals how little courage you have, and, by displaying that cowardly ignorance here, only hands ammunition to those who wish to defame the conservative cause as rooted in racism.

And you can pull that sitck out of my behand with your lips.

M240H on March 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Except it might be time for you to get off your hi horse because it has become abundantly clear that the majority of blacks were not opposed to racism and discrimination per se…..they were just opposed to not being the ones doing it. The anti white racism, virulent hate attitude and demand for more and more draconian discrimination…its gone far beyond affirmative action in hiring and education and now medical care (yah read obamacare…its in there), the knock out game, the lock step voting for a black candidates over any other candidate no matter what, and the call to apply laws more stringently to whites than blacks or only apply certain laws to whites, and white children being taught in public schools to be ashamed of their culture and race, and black leaders that decry what is happening in their communities and don’t go along with this are absolutely eviserated. So please save your moral outrage. What’s going on is bad for everyone and should not be just dismissed or brushed aside as understandable or just a few outliers. Its a horrible path we are heading down and it’s coming straight from the top.

Caseoftheblues on March 19, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Democrats have a long history of discriminating starting with slavery, KKK, discrimination. Media has been able to rewrite history and making Republicans bad guys. But Dems own slavery, KKK, segregation etc so don’t let them forget it.

Herb on March 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I am so glad that you typed that, because it gives me a perfect opportunity to share one of Zombie’s essays with my fellow readers. Here it is:

Progressive Racism: The Hidden Motive Driving Modern Politics

http://pjmedia.com/zombie/

RushBaby on March 19, 2014 at 3:16 PM

jackassery that passes for a ‘rights movement’ today

M240H on March 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Why are you claiming that rights movements today are jackassery? I think it’s important that people continue to push back against eroding rights.

blink on March 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Some reasons:
a. Jesse Jackson
b. Gays that think they have the “right” to turn a St. Patricks Day parade into a pageant of sexuality
c. Abundant federal, state, and local statutes that permit anyone who is not a white, male heterosexual to step in front of any white, male heterosexual who may be standing in line for a job, housing, educational opportunity, federal or state or local grant for any project
d. Arson and other terrorism performed in the furtherance of “animal rights”
e. The anti-rights movements against gun ownership, free speech, white heterosexual males

I could go on, but it’s too depressing …

M240H on March 19, 2014 at 3:20 PM

The attempt to define Democrats as “the real racists” historically is amusing but ultimately silly.

vlad martel on March 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Caseoftheblues on March 19, 2014 at 3:11 PM

In my posts I very clearly distinguished between the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century and the movements of today. You either did not read them or you are incapable of comprehension. in either case, GFY.

M240H on March 19, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Should there be two (2) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications for the position and one (1) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications is a current employee, the current employee with the greatest seniority shall be assigned. Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith.

OK Union MEMBERS, how can you possibly defend this policy?

If Union MEMBERS are not speaking out against this policy, then YOU are part of the problem.

It is long past time for Union MEMBERS to stop blindly following their Union “leaders”!

Wake up, Union MEMBERS!

wren on March 19, 2014 at 3:26 PM

“Forced out by fanatics: Head teachers reveal how they’ve been bullied, smeared and driven from their jobs for resisting Islamic extremists,” by Sue Reid and Lucy Osborne for the Daily Mail

Just a coincidence, I’m sure.

vlad martel on March 19, 2014 at 3:28 PM

RushBaby on March 19, 2014 at 3:16 PM

HA needs more Zombie.

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Can I get the job if I say in my head I’m a black Muslim transgendered lesbian trapped in a middle-aged white male body?

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2014 at 4:25 PM

The attempt to define Democrats as “the real racists” historically is amusing but ultimately silly.

vlad martel on March 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Tell us why.

Del Dolemonte on March 19, 2014 at 4:29 PM

The attempt to define Democrats as “the real racists” historically is amusing but ultimately silly.

vlad martel on March 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

You’re right, of course.
It should be common knowledge by now and not have to be explained.

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2014 at 4:29 PM

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