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October 12, 2005

When did Mexico take Ohio from us?!?

From WCMH-TV in Columbus (or is that Columbia?), Ohio...

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission has ruled a sign in the window of a southwest Ohio tavern declaring, "For Service, Speak English," is discriminatory.

The panel said Thursday the Pleasure Inn on U.S. 42 in Mason, northeast of Cincinnati, violated the state civil rights law.

Commission spokeswoman Christia Alou White said the tavern could be ordered to remove the sign, to pay for advertisements about nondiscrimination, and its staff could be ordered to undergo diversity training or cultural sensitivity training.

The business has 10 days to ask the commission to reconsider. The tavern owner's lawyer declined to comment.

Ohio law says it is unlawful for any proprietor of a place of public accommodation to deny the full enjoyment of the accommodations based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or ancestry.

The commission said the English-only rule serves no purpose other than to discriminate against non-English speaking individuals.

Apparently Ohio also has a policy of not discriminating against illiterate people when choosing members for their Civil Rights Commission. But surely someone could have explained to these morons that the law, nowhere, mentions discriminating based on LANGUAGE! It clearly says “race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or ancestry” so where is language in that list?

Oh, so you think “national origin” infers language? People from some foreign nations practice polygamy. Does that mean the state is discriminating against them by making polygamy illegal—I mean, it is an aspect of their “national origin”? Of course not. It would be prejudiced to assume people of national origins other than America are incapable of learning and speaking English.

This is the United States and the language we speak is English. If you don't like that, well who's keeping you here?

Posted by Danny Carlton at October 12, 2005 06:09 AM

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