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BSL: I hate that when I went to adopt my Border Collie they took one look at my other dog which is an American Bulldog and told me to make sure he always has his collar on because if he get out we would kill him. I asked why because he looked too much like a Pitbull.

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from the Guardian

Northern Ireland’s equality tsar: equal treatment is an article of faith

Michael Wardlow on how a rise in racism has made anti-discrimination legislation more vital now than ever in Northern Ireland

from The Independent

The white man who wants to make racial discrimination legal

"Nigel Farage sparks race row by insisting discrimination in the workplace should be legalised. Sunder Katwala, director of the British Future think-tank, described Mr Farage’s comments as 'quite a throwback'. He said: 'We can debate the content of anti-discrimination legislation, but there is a strong consensus that if you believe in equal opportunities then that means anti-discrimination legislation.'"

from the Guardian

Nigel Farage: British Muslim ‘fifth column’ fuels fear of immigration

Ukip leader also says he would get rid of ‘irrelevant’ anti-discrimination laws in interview with former equality commissioner Trevor Phillips

US: San Antonio passes anti-discrimination law for gay and transgender citizens

from Telegraph.co.uk

Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech

This is the full text of Enoch Powell's so-called 'Rivers of Blood' speech, which was delivered to a Conservative association meeting in Birmingham on April 20

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US: Louisiana anti-discrimination bill shelved for legislative session

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from Salon

GOP lawmaker: Gay people “don’t have a right to be served in every single store”

Oklahoma's Joseph Silk defends anti-LGBT "license to discriminate" legislation

from birminghammail

45 years on: Enoch Powell's Rivers of Blood speech in Birmingham

Enoch Powell's Rivers of Blood speech to the General Meeting of the West Midlands Area Conservative Political Centre on April 20, 1968. ‘‘AS I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood’.’’

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PayPal and Salesforce, two of the businesses that rose up against religious freedom laws in Indiana and North Carolina, are reportedly leading a preemptive strike against similar legislation in 2017. PayPal was the first top-drawer tech company to pull out of North Carolina in 2016 after Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation that blocked local governments from passing religious freedom ordinances or anti-discrimination protection for lesbian, gay, transgendered or bisexual people. "Our dec...