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In this era of political correctness, has freedom of association become invidious discrimination?

What is "fair housing training"?

 

From Fox News October 22, 2010:

 

" Fair Housing Center of West Michigan

 

A civil rights complaint has been filed against a woman in Grand Rapids, Mich., who posted an advertisement at her church last July seeking a Christian roommate.

 

The ad "expresses an illegal preference for a Christian roommate, thus excluding people of other faiths," according to the complaint filed by the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan.

 

"It's a violation to make, print or publish a discriminatory statement," Executive Director Nancy Haynes told Fox News. "There are no exemptions to that."

 

Haynes said the unnamed 31-year-old woman's case was turned over to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Depending on the outcome of the case, she said, the woman could face several hundreds of dollars in fines and "fair housing training so it doesn't happen again."

 

Harold Core, director of public affairs with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, told the Grand Rapids Press that the Fair Housing Act prevents people from publishing an advertisement stating their preference of religion, race or handicap with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling.

 

"It's really difficult to say at this point what could potentially happen," he told the newspaper, noting that there are exemptions in the law for gender when there is a shared living space.

 

But Joel Oster, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, which is representing the woman free of charge, describes the case as "outrageous."

"Clearly this woman has a right to pick and choose who she wants to live with," he said.

 

"Christians shouldn't live in fear of being punished by the government for being Christians. It is completely absurd to try to penalize a single Christian woman for privately seeking a Christian roommate at church -- an obviously legal and constitutionally protected activity."

 

Haynes said the person who filed the initial complaint saw the ad on the church bulletin board and contacted the local fair housing organization.

 

The ad included the words, "Christian roommate wanted," along with the woman's contact information. Had the ad not included the word "Christian," Haynes said, it would not have been illegal.

 

"If you read it and you were not Christian, would you not feel welcome to rent there?" Haynes asked.

 

Oster said he hopes the case will eventually be dropped and that he's sent a letter to the state asking the authorities to dismiss the case as groundless.

 

"The First Amendment guarantees us Freedom of Religion," he said. "And we have the right to live with someone of the same faith. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is denying her rights by pursuing this complaint."

 

But Haynes said officials plan on pursuing the matter.

"We want to make sure it doesn't happen again," she said. "

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But Haynes said officials plan on pursuing the matter.

"We want to make sure it doesn't happen again," she said. "

 

The tell tale sign of a zealot, they double their efforts after losing the principle of the matter.

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This is the kind of utter, ominous political correctness that sends a nauseating shiver up my spine. cwm31.gif

 

Once we lose our freedom to freely associate, we have lost everything. I would love to hear the chronic defenders of the indefensible defend this nonsense. cwm13.gif

 

I wonder if the bleeding hearts who support this clap trap would object to a Klansman desiring to room with an African American, or a member of the Westboro Baptist church rooming with a homosexual? headscratch.gifcwm13.gif

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The stupidest part is that the ad was posted at church. Why would you (and since you saw the ad, are most likely a member of that very church)have a problem with a Christian looking for a fellow Christian to live with? It's not like she posted on Craigslist.

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The word "roommate" implies cohabitation in a common space, not an offer for rent or lease of real property. One would believe that is different, IMHO, than putting up a "For Rent, Christian only", sign.

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View PostAnd still, a property owner should be free to rent or dispose of that property in whatever means he chooses. Even if that means being a bigot.

 

 

as long as you don't advertise, you can rent to whoever you want- once you advertise it, you can't discriminate

 

but somebody wanting a frickin' roommate should be able to choose whoever she is comfortable with

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View PostThat girl in high school who turned me down for a date because I was not Jewish is going to get a letter from my lawyer

 

 

try her husband...oh, wait- he's a doctor

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View PostAnd still, a property owner should be free to rent or dispose of that property in whatever means he chooses. Even if that means being a bigot.

 

Like we talking about the other day wrt rights. Free association n all.

 

a property owner IS free to rent or dispose of that property in whatever means he chooses.

That is your right. That is a right being denied.

 

The only people that can decide who is on my property are people carrying a warrant signed by a judge. And me.

 

And my wife. Mostly her. But me too.

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