Anyone But Bush NOTD – 3/18/2004
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By KellyMc - Last updated: Thursday, March 18, 2004 - Save & Share - 2 Comments

File this one under “he appoints bigots”. Scott Bloch, who was appointed to the OSC(Office of Special Counsel) in January, has decided that “federal employees can be discriminated against”: for being gay.

bq. This is new Special Counsel Scott Blochs initial reading of a 1978 law intended to protect employees and job applicants from adverse personnel actions taken against them for reasons unrelated to their job performance. In his interpretation, Bloch is making a distinction between ones conduct as a gay or lesbian and ones status as a gay or lesbian.

bq. People confuse conduct and sexual orientation as the same thing, and I dont think they are, Bloch said in a March 10 interview with Federal Times. …

bq. Bloch earned his law degree from the University of Kansas and was a partner in a Kansas law firm, where he specialized in civil rights law, employment law and legal ethics, according to the White House. Before he was nominated as special counsel, Bloch was deputy director of the Justice Departments Task Force for Faith-based and Community Initiatives.

It’s this last paragraph that really gets my goat. Bush decided that the best appointee for OSC — a department dedicated to ensuring fairness in the government workspace — is a man who thinks giving out church welfare is a good idea. I guess Ashcroft is not the only close-minded lawyer in a prominent position making an ass of himself.

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2 Responses to “Anyone But Bush NOTD – 3/18/2004”

Comment from Jank
Time March 18, 2004 at 2:36 pm

How did you miss this? Im not backtracking. Ill enforce the law equally for everybody. I just wont give special class protection unless the law requires that, he said.

That’s hardly more objectionable than WJC’s “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy, which amounts to the same standard.

Comment from etrigan
Time March 18, 2004 at 4:21 pm

Yep, but if someone get fired for being a fag without offending behavior he won’t stand in their way.

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