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Oregon school district forces LGBTQ student to read Bible as punishment

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An LGBTQ student in Oregon’s public North Bend School District was forced to read the Bible by an administrator as punishment. The district is under fire after that discriminatory act – it does not appear that any other student has received the same punishment – and also under fire after a teacher compared same-sex marriage to bestiality. The World, which first reported the incidents, calls them “serious discrimination allegations.”

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The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) wrote to school superintendent Bill Yester that it “finds that discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual orientation may have occurred.”

The ODE will investigate to determine if the district is in compliance with state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

One student reportedly “said they were hesitant to report discrimination because of the religious beliefs of certain district staff members,” and pointed to the student who was forced to read the Bible as proof. Not only was that student “disciplined” by being forced to read the Bible, they were forced to read the Bible under the supervision of a school resource officer, a police or other sworn law enforcement officer.

“There is substantial evidence to support the allegation that the district subjected LGBTQ students to separate or different rules of behavior, sanctions, or other treatment,” the ODE said in its letter to the superintendent. It also noted the “punishment” could be a First Amendment violation. It had a “chilling effect on LGBTQ students’ use of the district’s complaint process,” the ODE reported.

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In a separate incident a teacher reportedly “in class equated same-sex marriage to marrying a dog,” The World adds. That teacher later apologized to the student who complained. The student is LGBTQ.

The report also says that a school counselor who worked to support and defend LGBTQ students was retaliated against by school administration officials.


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General Motors auto workers call strike in US

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The United Auto Workers union called a nationwide strike against General Motors Sunday, with some 46,000 members set to walk off the job beginning at midnight amid an impasse in contract talks.

The decision, which the Wall Street Journal described as the first major stoppage at GM in more than a decade, came a day after the manufacturer's four-year contract with workers expired without an agreement on a replacement.

Local union leaders met in Detroit "and opted to strike at midnight on Sunday," the UAW said on its Twitter account.

"This is our last resort," Terry Dittes, the union's lead negotiator with GM, told a news conference after the meeting. "We are standing up for the fundamental rights of working people in this country."

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Saudi Arabia races to restore oil supply — drone strike blamed on Iran

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Saudi Arabia raced on Sunday to restart operations at oil plants hit by drone attacks which slashed its production by half, as Iran dismissed US claims it was behind the assault.

The Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, claimed Saturday's strikes on two plants owned by state energy giant Aramco.

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed the finger squarely at Tehran, saying there was no evidence the "unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply" was launched from Yemen.

"The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression," the top US diplomat added.

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Trump flip-flops on meeting with Iran with ‘no preconditions’– then blames it on the media

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President Donald Trump went off on the "fake news media" yet again, after his own appointees announced he was willing to meet with Iran.

"The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, 'No Conditions.' That is an incorrect statement (as usual!)," Trump tweeted.

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In an odd twist, Trump announced just three months ago he'd be willing to meet with no preconditions.

“Not as far as I’m concerned – no preconditions,” the president said in a Meet the Press interview. At another point in the interview, he also said: “I think they want to make a deal. And my deal is nuclear.”

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