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Thor L. Halvorssen Reviews You Can’t Say That!: The Growing Threat to Civil Liberties from Antidiscrimination Laws by David E. Bernstein

April 1, 2004

Thor L. Halvorssen

A judge in Pennsylvania ruled that by printing Christian-themed verses on company paychecks, a trucking company had “harassed” a Jewish employee. In Ohio, a Dairy Mart manager was fired for removing from store shelves Playboy and other periodicals that had offended her Christian sensibilities. With the support of a religious conservative foundation, she sued for religious and sex discrimination, claiming that the magazines subjected her to a “hostile workplace environment.” The plaintiff received hundreds of thousands of dollars in an out-ofcourt settlement. In California, Krissy Keefer, a self-described “radical feminist,” filed a complaint against the San Francisco Ballet for “height and weight discrimination” when her daughter Fredrika was not admitted to ballet school. The school requires successful candidates to be healthy children with a “well-proportioned body,” “supple spine,” “slender legs and torso”; Fredrika was judged not to meet these requirements. The matter of Fredrika’s corpulence versus the ballet company’s First Amendment rights is still pending and may cost the Ballet the grant it receives from the city....

Thor L. Halvorssen Reviews "You Can't Say That! The Growing Threat to Civil Liberties from Antidiscrimination Laws"  


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