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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How well do you speak Spanish? on: September 24, 2017, 02:52:41 pm
uhhhhhhhhhh yo quiero taco bell
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is it okay to lie to your child about who's President? on: September 24, 2017, 12:21:34 pm
The only president a 4 month old cares about is mommy and daddy.

By the time this kid grows up, he can learn the truth of Jeb!'s ascendancy and great rule over the land of Jeb!merica.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Sports vs Politics on: September 24, 2017, 12:19:41 pm
How does one "watch" politics? Are we talking news? Debates? CSPAN?

In any case, sports are much more entertaining.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE RESOLUTION: Amendment to Article 3 of Senate Rules (Final Vote) on: September 24, 2017, 12:17:57 pm
Aye
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE RESOLUTION: Continuing Resolution (Final Vote) on: September 21, 2017, 03:23:08 pm
Aye
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People's Regional Senate Budget Committee Member Election on: September 21, 2017, 03:21:21 pm
  • Scott
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-126: Protecting Our Students Act (Debating) on: September 20, 2017, 04:16:02 pm
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Protecting Our Students Act
To strip federal funding from schools that do not comply with mandates regarding LGBT students

1. Federal funding for schools that do not comply with mandates regarding LGBT, racial, and religious minority students is hereby revoked.

2. "Mandates regarding LGBT, racial, and religious minority students" shall be defined as mandates, legislative or otherwise, made by the Atlasian federal government that orders schools to protect the interests and rights of students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or any other legally recognized sexuality or gender identity, as well as students of a racial minority, including black, Latino, Asian, Native American, or another legally recognized non-Caucasian race, as well as students of a religious minority such as Islam, Judaism, Atheism, Buddhism, Hinduism, or another legally recognized non-Christian or Christian denominational faith. Schools shall not make dress codes that prevent students from complying with their religion or gender identity.

3. This act does not apply to mandates set forth by the regions regarding the provisions outlined in Section 2, nor will it apply to funding provided by the regions.

4. Schools that do not provide adequate academic experiences for students outlined in Section 2, whether by denying access to a bathroom according to gender identity, time to pray in accordance with a student's religious beliefs, dietary accommodations in accordance with a student's religious or health needs, or any other religious, medical, or cultural standard, shall be subject to revocation of any federal funding they receive. Schools shall also not make policies that exclude students of Christian or Christian denominational faith from praying or fasting in accordance with religious holidays.

5. Accommodations for students shall not extend into unrealistic demands, which may include accommodations not outlined in this act, or any other federal mandate. Accommodations may not be made that give students outlined in Section 2 unfair advantages over other students.

6. Schools that have their federal funding stripped due to a perceived violation outlined in this act may appeal the decision and will be given one hundred eighty (180) days or six (6) months to provide evidence that they are complying with this act. In the event that they are able to prove that they are complying with this act, their funding shall be restored.

7. This act will take effect immediately upon passage.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-126: Protecting Our Students Act (Debating) on: September 20, 2017, 04:07:38 pm
What are the "legally recognized non-Christian or Christian denominational faiths" mentioned in Section 2 exactly? I feel uneasy about potentially granting rights to members of so-called religious minorities but not to students of each and every Christian denomination, no matter whether it's a majority or minority denomination.

I can change the wording to include strictly religious accommodations for all faiths.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: All about yourself! on: September 20, 2017, 02:02:11 pm
Update

Age: 21
Gender: Male
Religion: uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Location: Millersville, PA
Birthplace: Langhorne, PA
Occupation: Student supervisor at my school's library
Political Orientation: Progressive/Democratic Socialist
Education: Junior at Millersville University. Majoring in English, minoring in Government.
Languages: English
Favorite President: LBJ, JFK, LMNOP
Favorite Music: how much time do you have
Favorite Books: Catcher in the Rye, anything about baseball
Favorite Films: Ted lol
Favourite Video Games: Mortal Kombat
Favorite TV Shows: Ugly Americans, Archer, Family Guy, South Park, Bojack Horseman
Favorite Sports: Baseball
Favorite Color: Cobalt blue
Favorite Sports Teams: Red Sox, sometimes Celtics, Devils, and 49ers.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-111: Antineutrino-Simossad Affordable Housing Act of 2017 (Debating) on: September 20, 2017, 10:40:20 am
The amendment is friendly, and I support the premise of allowing access to affordable housing to immigrants.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People's Regional Senate Budget Committee Member Election on: September 20, 2017, 10:38:18 am
I will nominate myself.

Seconded.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-126: Protecting Our Students Act (Debating) on: September 20, 2017, 10:37:03 am
Two concerns.

1. While I am very supportive of protecting religious, racial, and sexual minorities from discrimination, I am not wholly comfortable with the idea of defunding schools for the bad behavior of its administrators.  When ever education funding is cut, it's the students that stand to lose most, and inadequate funding would lower student performance and would not address the root cause of the problem of discrimination.

2. I firmly believe that religious freedom should be enjoyed by students of all faiths.  Christians should be allowed to pray if they desire as should Muslim or Jewish students, and the wearing of religious garb of all kinds (whether it be a cross necklace or a hijab) ought to be permitted in schools.  But I think section 4 does a good job protecting all religious groups as written.

I see your first point. It's why I included a provision to give those administrators six months to comply. I believe that's plenty of time for those students (and their parents) to put pressure on those administrators to comply. At the end of the day, the administrators are supposed to serve the students. They will not allow their schools to fail because of stubbornness.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-126: Protecting Our Students Act (Debating) on: September 19, 2017, 10:35:14 pm
Oh is "dietary accommodations in accordance with a student's religious or health needs, or any other religious, medical, or cultural standard" meant to apply to just the dietary part? I was thinking it was in addition to the dietary stuff in order to cover something that was left out of the language or something.

Maybe dress is something that should be included since that seems to be an issue in Islam, Judaism, and some other religions.

Another thing that I just thought of is are all of these things accommodations that would also be made to Christian students?

I could write up an amendment for dress codes.

Since Christianity is considered a majority religion in Atlasia (if we're going based off of figures for the RL USA) then it wouldn't fit into the scope of this bill. It seeks to strictly protect racial, sexual, gender, and religious minorities.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-126: Protecting Our Students Act (Debating) on: September 19, 2017, 08:21:51 pm
I like the idea of being open to all of the minorities listed here, but I wonder if some of the parts in section 4 and 5 are kind of overboard. Or maybe I'm not reading it right?

In the last sentence it sounds like schools are meant to make almost any accommodation someone could ask for as long as they have a medical, religious or cultural reason. So like... to make a horrible analogy from an overdone issue... if little Mary Mapleton is having a bake sale at the school to raise money for the yearbook. She makes a batch of her famous maple syrup and brown sugar cookies, which she sells to any students who want them. However, Sammy Swansong is an open lesbian who brings her younger brother Jeb! Swansong to school. Sammy wants to purchase one of Mary's delicious cookies to support her fundraiser, but Mary says that her religious beliefs mean that she is prohibited from offering the fruits of her labor to cretin sinners like Sammy. Is that a religious accommodation that schools can make for Mary?

Maybe it's an unrealistic demand like it says in section 5, but how do we determine what is an unrealistic demand and what isn't? I'm a little worried that schools in different parts of Atlasia might have different ideas about what counts as an accommodation and what counts as an unrealistic demand.

The section outlines accommodations strictly based on religious custom for non-Christian religions. Opposing homosexuality seems to be a result of religious interpretation, not strict religious doctrine. It's supposed to accommodate things like fasting standards for Muslim students and so on, not what religious leaders condemn as "sin".

Section 5 was tough. I tried to use the last sentence to clarify that accommodations not give students an advantage, like allowing transgender students to have special bathrooms with gold plated toilet seats and toilet paper made from $100 bills. That would be frivolous.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Lincoln Assembly Legislation Introduction Thread on: September 19, 2017, 08:18:18 pm
I suggest that you folks propose a bill modeled after this one that I introduced in the Senate.
16  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban Coraxion on: September 19, 2017, 06:20:37 pm
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-126: Protecting Our Students Act (Debating) on: September 19, 2017, 06:18:56 pm
Thoughts? Comments? Questions?
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: white lady thinks she saw racism, gets Brit conductor fired on: September 19, 2017, 06:16:53 pm
Are we sure she didn't report it for being racist against white southerners?

THE JOKE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE....if she wanted to take regional offense to it, fine.  She'd still be an idiot, but at least it would make sense because he was making fun of how goofy southerners sound.  Just like people from Northeast....they just sound silly.  And how us normals sound silly to Americans with goofy accents.


and it would still be a stupid reason to fire someone.

Gonna go out on a limb and guess that Harry was being facetious.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you have any ridiculous political ideas when you were a kid? on: September 19, 2017, 01:00:04 pm
lol this thread was made for me

inb4 libertarian jake then communist carl

The #SocialistsForChristie legacy lives on.

#Never4get
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you have any ridiculous political ideas when you were a kid? on: September 19, 2017, 11:49:19 am
lol this thread was made for me

inb4 libertarian jake then communist carl
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: white lady thinks she saw racism, gets Brit conductor fired on: September 19, 2017, 09:01:45 am
This is borderline Onion-worthy. White people suddenly know more about racism than actual minorities do. Okay.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE RESOLUTION: Amendment to Article 3 of Senate Rules (Debating) on: September 19, 2017, 08:59:53 am
As an English major, I'm on board.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-125: Deregistration is for Real Act (Debating) on: September 18, 2017, 09:35:54 pm
Grammar nazi note: the description of the bill should read "enacted" and "clearer" instead of "in acted" and "more clearer." The second "enact" is also redundant. It's also worded in a really strange fashion. I could clean it up tomorrow when I have a little time, but if someone wants to do it now, that'd be great too.

About the bill: I like the idea of setting some standards for deregistration and subsequent re-registration. I think 60 days is a little lengthy, though. I'd prefer 30.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-122: Harvey Aid Relief Act (Final Vote) on: September 18, 2017, 09:32:30 pm
Aye
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-126: Protecting Our Students Act (Debating) on: September 18, 2017, 09:31:47 pm
I'm very open to suggestions on this one. The main idea is to protect vulnerable students who may be subject to discrimination at school. While I recognize the concerns of folks who don't want to see minority students given unfair advantages solely for being minorities, this bill outlines reasonable provisions to prevent students from being outcast in a place of scholarly inclusion.

Schools should foster equality. We see students of varying social and economic classes coming together in one place for a common goal: education. We should not turn our backs on the students whose identities are misrepresented in the media and therefore are considered "abnormal" by administrative policies. Making all students feel safe at school should be a top priority of this nation, and I believe we have to begin to set the tone vis a vis this issue.
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