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Boner Fight for October 22, 2020

BONER FIGHT

Boner Candidate #1: NO SOCIAL SERVICES FOR YOU GAYS

Texas social workers are criticizing a state regulatory board’s decision this week to remove protections for LGBTQ clients and clients with disabilities who seek social work services. The Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners voted unanimously Monday to change a section of its code of conduct that establishes when a social worker may refuse to serve someone. The code will no longer prohibit social workers from turning away clients on the basis of disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. Gov. Greg Abbott’s office recommended the change, board members said, because the code’s nondiscrimination protections went beyond protections laid out in the state law that governs how and when the state may discipline social workers. “It’s not surprising that a board would align its rules with statutes passed by the Legislature,” said Abbott spokesperson Renae Eze. A state law passed last year gave the governor’s office more control over rules governing state-licensed professions. The nondiscrimination policy change drew immediate criticism from a professional association. Will Francis, executive director of the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, called it “incredibly disheartening.” He also criticized board members for removing the nondiscrimination protections without input from the social workers they license and oversee.

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Boner Candidate #2: A VISIT FROM THE KLAN

Calling cards purporting to be from the Ku Klux Klan have stirred up fear in Joe Biden supporters in a small Tennessee town. Shelbyville resident Breana Green said on Sunday she found 20 of the KKK cards littering the lawn of a neighbor who had displayed a Biden/Harris campaign sign. ‘You Have Been Paid A Social Visit By The Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan,’ the cards read. ‘Don’t Make The Next Visit A Business Call.’ An illustration depicts a hooded horseman holding a flaming cross. Shelbyville resident Breana Green said she found 20 Ku Klux Klan calling cards strewn about a neighbor’s yard Sunday. The cards were dropped in a yard displaying a Biden campaign sign. Police say the cards, which have been found in at least two Biden supporters’ yards in Shelbyville, don’t seem to be evidence of a pattern of racial targeting. Green said she saw tire tracks on the lawn that displayed a sign for the Democratic presidential ticket.

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