Iowa Sup. Ct. rules man can fire woman for being too hot (thank the rel. rt.)

Abominable.  And brought to you by the National Organization for Marriage, America’s anti-gay bigots in the religious right, and our very own Republican party.  They replaced three Iowa Supreme Court justices because they ruled in favor of gay marriage, and therefore had to be destroyed and replaced with far-right religious right nuts.

As a result, the Iowa Supreme Court just ruled that men can fire women for being too hot.  And, what’s worse, it’s actually a family values kind of thing, firing women for being “too hot,” because that way take away the temptation for adultery.  From AP:

Court via Shutterstock

Court via Shutterstock

A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong. Such firings may be unfair, but they are not unlawful discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act because they are motivated by feelings and emotions, not gender, Justice Edward Mansfield wrote.

An attorney for Fort Dodge dentist James Knight said the decision, the first of its kind in Iowa, is a victory for family values because Knight fired Melissa Nelson in the interest of saving his marriage, not because she was a woman.

Just to remind who you can thank for the effort to replace three fair-minded justices on the court with religious right nuts, and who we can thank for today’s misogynist decision by the all-male Iowa Supreme Court, here’sa list:

* National Organization for Marriage

Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King

U.S. Rep. Steve King embarked on a statewide bus tour to rally “no” voters.

The American Family Association:

Bob Vander Plaats, who made opposition to same-sex marriage a centerpiece of his unsuccessful run for governor in Iowa, is leading the ouster campaign on behalf of the political arm of the American Family Association, a conservative Christian organization based in Tupelo, Miss.

Newt Gingrich:

Gingrich said that Iowa is at “ground zero.”  He said that Iowans can “turn out and vote no on the three judges who betrayed the people of Iowa.”  He also said that there is “no better place to send a clarion call” to the left-wing legal secular elite.

* Additional religious right groups:

It was marriage that inspired the campaign to oust the judges, and it was prominent national anti-gay organizations that bankrolled the effort. Led by Mississippi-based American Family Association, the effort was aided by groups such as Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council, Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund, Georgia-based Faith & Freedom Coalition and New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage.


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  • http://twitter.com/hopee73 Hope Thacker

    I am a christian and have NEVER told nor heard anyone tell their daughters to dress or act in a certain way. The christians that I know only expect their kids to wear tasteful clothing like any other parent raising teens. Most parents know how that goes. I do not know where some of the people who commented get their information about how christians think or feel but I can tell you that this christian thinks that this story and situation is absolutely unjust. I personally take offense to this and I know how this kinda thing works. I have seen this go on and have been on interviews where I have been made to feel like something was wrong with me cause I didn’t look like the rest of the staff and wouldn’t fit in. I am disgusted and would love this story to be in every paper and on every tv channel. This is wrong…and this dentist and his wife both need more love in their hearts. Obviously, they had the problem and are the problem. I dont care what the court said.

  • Ann Stauner

    American Taliban!

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    It’s amazing to me to see Newt taken seriously at all when he mentions marriage.

  • cole3244

    because some men are too weak and act like high school boys all their lives a woman has to suffer the consequences, can a woman fire a man because he is too hot, no, why, because women are adults and don’t think with their sex organs.

    the religious con rw in america are scum as are all rw religious con worldwide, they all should be renamed taliban and face those consequences.

  • Butch1

    It wouldn’t hurt my feelings and would be an improvement on his personality.

  • baldand50

    You have obviously never seen russian women…at least, not the ones who emigrate to the US. Their ONLY redeeming quality is that they dress like sluts. The major reason I attended “Back to School Nights” when my kids were in school was to see all the russian mommies. We were in an area that was just swimming in ruskie immigrants.

  • Baldand50

    I see your point…I remember Tammy Faye Bakker.

  • nicho

    Or we could always cut his nuts off. That would curb his sinful desires.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “layers of loose fitting clothing, nun shoes, bad makeup and a manicure that butchers the nails..” Sounds like Russia

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “if his pants were bulging”
    Front or back?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I can hardly wait for the Rapture when all these sick F**ks will be taken out, e,r away.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “Modesty” is huge in all of evangelical Christianity”—-that’s why their preachers all stay at the Marriot, so they can pay to porn.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “the Iowa Supreme Court just ruled that men can fire women for being too hot.” How’s that Sharia law working out for ya Iowa?

  • Stev84

    I’m not talking about politics, but evangelical culture in general. You can read about it here for example:
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/

    The site also goes into great detail about the whole submission/patriarchy thing. Written by someone who grew up with that crap. Here are some specific articles:
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2011/08/the-problem-of-lust.html
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2012/12/how-the-modesty-doctrine-fuels-rape-culture.html
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2012/03/how-the-purity-culture-made-me-afraid-of-men.html
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2012/05/missing-the-point-sex-maniacs-and-shamed-boys.html
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2012/02/yes-the-modesty-doctrine-hurts-men-too.html

    Control of women and people generally is one thing, but the rape stuff you hear is really just an outgrowth of them throwing all sexual things into the same “sin” bucket. It’s why they equate having sexual thoughts, homosexuality and rape. There truly is no degree of difference for them and consent doesn’t matter. It’s all just “sin”.

  • lynchie

    No women are put in a box boys can do anything. You must have heard the crap during the election. legitimate rape, a female can shut down a pregnancy, etc., etc. The bible is all about getting women to submit to whatever treatment the man thinks is proper. Catholics don’t want contraception they want men to decide who and when a female gets pregnant.

  • colleen2

    This ruling has nothing to do with what the employees does or says at all. He could have hired a celibate nun or a lesbian and, if he felt attracted to her, his inability to deal with his own sexual desires is grounds for firing her. It’s a Sharia Law ruling.

  • AnitaMann

    Correct. It’s right to work/AKA right to be fired for any damn reason that applies here. As disgusting as it is, the court had to rule on those narrow grounds, not sexual harassment. Her real mistake was being an employee, in a country where being an employee means being a disposable piece of toilet paper.

  • Stev84

    The rape thing is just a small part and mostly meant to scare them. But the real issue goes a lot deeper. Both boys and girls are effectively taught to be asexual. Even sexual thoughts are forbidden and girls are supposed to stop boys from thinking about sex. Because that’s a terrible sin according to the Bible.

  • Naja pallida

    It’s the same here in Texas. Pretty much all the large tech companies here are forcing out anyone with more than 10 years on the job, without any kind of severance, so they can hire on people fresh out of college at a fraction of the salary, or outsource the job to Mexico. Except they’re running up against a knowledge/experience wall. Replacing people with extensive experience on certain products with someone who knows nothing, and then wondering why productivity and quality is plummeting. When productivity and quality plummets, revenues go down, so they end up having to lay off more people. It’s a never ending death-spiral that so many in management just can’t seem to grasp. All the while, executive pay and bonuses keep increasing. Something has to give, and when it does, it’s going to make shit hitting the fan seem humorous.

  • lynchie

    that is for damn sure./

  • lynchie

    I disagree boys are taught to do anything they want and girls are taught no suggestive clothing because you might get raped and then you would be asking for it.

  • lynchie

    In Pennsylvania they can and do fire for no reasong. the company I work for is firing everyone over 55. One of the staff was called from her desk last week. They gave her a piece of cake and was told to get out. No severence, no notice and then had the gall to tell her they would not fight her claim for unemployment. The middle class has been reduced to not saying a thing about mistreatment because they are afraid they will be fired. The Repubs want to shorten UI benefits. the revolt is coming I can see it in what the people are talking about among themselves. This helps spawn the whole prepper bullshit and assault weapon purchases, etc. etc.

  • http://twitter.com/caerbannog666 caerbannog666

    Maybe the dentist should hire lesbians (oh, wait — they might try to seduce his wife).

  • lynchie

    you forgot foot binding and of course mandatory chaining to the bedroom and kitchen. Christ what century did this ass blanket come from

  • Naja pallida

    But we must ban Sharia law!

  • Naja pallida

    That’s what this whole ‘right to work’ thing has been about. Despite what they call it, it is really ‘right to fire you for whatever reason we want’, and affords absolutely no rights to employment.

  • Naja pallida

    I’ve always thought Andrew Sullivan was kind of a prick, and generally hate reading his columns, but at least he’s the kind of conservative that realizes that when one gets elected, one actually has to retain the capacity to govern – which the Republican party over the last about six or seven years has completely lost rejected. John Boehner’s incompetence isn’t entirely his fault, while I think he’d still be feckless even if things were more sane in the House, a good amount of the reason why he is failing so badly is because his own party is failing him. They are incapable of coming to the table and negotiating in good faith, because they are fundamentally opposed to governance.

  • UncleBucky

    LOL, indeed one could!

  • UncleBucky

    Oh my, and the next step will be the Christian version of the burka, and layers of loose fitting clothing, nun shoes, bad makeup and a manicure that butchers the nails… All to be sure that no woman EVER looks hot again! All the while men can prance around in shorts and a t-shirt while washing the car. Praise Machine Gun Jesus for that!

    Iowa Women? And what do you do about this?

  • DCinDC

    Conservatives are even fed up

    Enough!
    By Andrew Sullivan
    Those of us who have warned for years about this disturbing trend toward ever more extreme measures – backing torture, pre-emptive un-budgeted wars, out-of-control spending followed, like a frantic mood swing, by anti-spending absolutism of the most insane variety in a steep recession, vicious hostility to illegal immigrants, contempt for gay couples, hostility even to contraception, let alone a middle ground on abortion … well, you know it all by now.

    But the current constitutional and economic vandalism removes any shred of doubt that this party and its lucrative media bubble is in any way conservative. They aren’t. They’re ideological zealots, indifferent to the consequences of their actions, contemptuous of the very to-and-fro essential for the American system to work, gerry-mandering to thwart the popular will, filibustering in a way that all but wrecks the core mechanics of American democracy, and now willing to acquiesce to the biggest tax increase imaginable because they cannot even accept Obama’s compromise from his clear campaign promise to raise rates for those earning over $250,000 to $400,000 a year.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/12/enough.html

  • Butch1

    Perhaps, she needs to wear a burka at work so he won’t have those “sinful” desires. ( Are we living under Sharia Law or something? ) That’s where it appears we are going. She needs to move to a state where they live in this century.

  • Stev84

    It’s really a wonder they don’t do that yet. Because otherwise fundamentalist Christian thinking on women is indistinguishable from the Taliban. “Modesty” is huge in all of evangelical Christianity, even sects that aren’t strictly fundamentalist. Girls are taught even before puberty that they cause boys to “stumble” and told to not wear right or revealing clothing or even act in certain ways. It can lead to serious long-term issues, including eating disorders. That boys are taught that they can’t control themselves is not good either.

  • Stev84

    Nobody rational uses the term “Family values” anymore.

  • nicho

    This, of course, is why unions had to be destroyed.

  • nicho

    Eventually, yes. I think that will come when food and/or fuel supplies become scarce. There could be another triggering factor, but those are certain to do it.

  • RepubAnon

    In an at-will state, you can be fired for any reason not forbidden by some other law. Had the woman realized that she was being sexually harassed (rather than being in denial over it), she might have won. As noted in the article:

    “She did not allege sexual harassment because Knight’s conduct may not have risen to that level and didn’t particularly offend her, (her attorney) said.” This despite comments from her employer that a reasonable person would feel to be sexual harassment, such as: “…once telling her that if his pants were bulging that was a sign her clothes were too revealing, according to the
    opinion.”.

  • TheOriginalLiz

    Not surprising – christianity blames Eve for Adam eating the apple, after all. Couldn’t possibly expect a man to exercise a little self control … ever.

  • Bose

    I’m not seeing the situation here in the same terms, John.

    First, it appears that the courts are operating under some awful precedents here. TPM has a quote from reader identifying as a lawyer who represents clients in sexual harassment cases: “That decision may seem surprising, but as someone who represents plaintiff’s in sexual harassment cases, I can tell you that it is pretty consistent with federal decisions, including the New York-based federal appeals court. Firing an employee because your spouse is jealous (which seems to be what happened here if the AP report is right) has been consistently been held to be a non-discriminatory, lawful motivation.”

    That still leaves the decision outrageous and wrong, but not ground-breaking.

    More importantly, I don’t believe NOM bought themselves anything of significance by ousting the 3 justices in 2010. Yes, their replacements were appointed by Republican Gov. Branstad, and all had GOP connections, but the nomination process in Iowa is non-partisan.

    Branstad chose the 3 new justices from a pool of 9 chosen by the State Judicial Nominating Commission. Half of the commission members are elected by the Iowa Bar Association, half are appointed by the governor for 6 year terms. Branstad, elected in 2010, didn’t have the option to sweep a bunch of NOM-supporting candidates onto the commission prior to appointing the new justices, so the chances that the 3 are all right-wing are very low. And, following Iowa news (I lived there for 24 years), I’m not getting the sense that the new appointees have lurched the court to the right.

    The whole thing speaks to NOM’s incompetence. The grandstanded, rode buses around the state, played martyrs, and got the tactical win. But if, by whatever means, they’re able to get marriage equality back to the Iowa Supreme Court, it’s not going to matter — they’re going to lose, again.

    Iowans have gotten smarter since 2010, as well. Two former lieutenant governors (one Dem, one GOPer) launched JusticeNotPolitics.org to get people informed about the Supreme Court. (Joy Corning, the GOPer, served under Branstad’s previous administration in the 1990s.) In 2012, Chief Justice Wiggins was retained by voters with 55% of votes cast.

    My bottom line: The Iowa GOP may be home to a lot of crackpots, but adults are still in charge of the courts.

  • caphillprof

    No, where we are headed is real civil war

  • Naja pallida

    You can hide a lot of guns under a burqa.

  • nicho

    Maybe she could just wear a burqa. That’s where we’re heading anyway. Might as well get it over with.

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