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Boner Candidates for September 18, 2015

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Boner Candidate #1: BONEHEAD CHRISTIANS IN ARIZONA

A proposal under consideration by the city council in the Arizona city of Coolidge would allow only Christian prayers before its meetings. The council voted 4-2, with one member absent, on Monday to amend a resolution so it no longer allows prayers from a variety of faiths before meetings. Councilman Rob Hudelson moved to amend the proposal, saying Christianity is in the country’s history. Attorney Denis Fitzgibbons warned, however, that the city was opening itself to discrimination lawsuits by only allowing Christian prayer. Hudelson said Fitzgibbons is paid “to avoid us getting into these problems.” “Oh, you’ll get into this problem,” said Fitzgibbons, who is rewriting the resolution to include the changes sought by the council and expects to bring it back for further consideration. Victoria Lopez, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, said allowing Christian-only prayer raises constitutional issues. “We are of the opinion it would violate the Constitution and send a really bad message to folks that live in the town of Coolidge that, if they’re not Christian, then they are excluded from participating in government affairs,” Lopez told The Associated Press. “This is a striking take on this issue, one that you think we wouldn’t see in 2015,” she said.

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Boner Candidate #2: MOHAWK HAIRCUT; ARROWHEAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; HE’S NATIVE AMERICAN!

Washington County school administrators have backed away from their demand that an American Indian student cut his hair. Arrowhead Elementary School staff on Monday removed 7-year-old Jakobe Sanden from his classroom and told him his Mohawk hairstyle violated school policy, the boy’s father, Gary Sanden, said. “They wanted Kobe to come home until we cut his hair,” Sanden said. “That’s who he is. That’s part of his culture.” Sanden was traveling on business at the time, he said, and negotiated with the school district over the phone to confirm his son’s cultural roots. He obtained a letter from tribal leaders of the Seneca Nation of Indians, based in New York, which explains that it is a Seneca custom and tradition for boys to wear a Mohawk. “It is common for Seneca boys to wear a Mohawk because after years of discrimination and oppression, they are proud to share who they are,” Seneca Nation Tribal Councilor William Canella wrote. Sanden’s son was eventually allowed to return to class, he said, but only after sitting by himself in the principal’s office for a portion of the day. “That’s the sad part of the whole situation,” Sanden said. “To ostracize him like that — that’s stuff from the ’50s.”

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Boner Candidate #3: WHATS WRONG WITH ERADICATING HOMOSEXUALS?

A mayoral candidate in a small Charlotte suburb wants to “eradicate” homosexuality and throw LGBT people in jail, the Kings Mountain Herald reports. Eugene Holmes, who is running for mayor of Kings Mountain, says he doesn’t want to be mayor, but he’s running because of his anti-gay views. He views Kentucky clerk Kim Davis as something of a role model. “In my administration I would do just like Mrs. Davis did in Kentucky,” Holmes said. “If you elect me, I’ll uphold the law of the state of North Carolina. I would get the D.A. to swear out a warrant on any man who says he’s gay. Sodomy is a crime, a felony in the state of North Carolina.” Holmes said he’s a member of the Church of God and also the Promise Keepers, a men’s religious organization. “What’s wrong with eradicating homosexuals? We should jail them, throw them all in jail!” Holmes told the Herald. Holmes has been jailed plenty himself. He was arrested in March for disorderly conduct and trespassing after he went to the Family Worship Center church in Kings Mountain and shouted derogatory and inflammatory things about the LGBT community, then refused to leave when asked, reports the Shelby Star.

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