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04/20/2006

It's not easy being 'King & King'

by Jeremy Hooper

   For the second time in as many years, a children's book has brought controversy to Lexington, Massachusetts' Estabrook Elementary School. And just like last year, when parent David Parker objected to a homo-themed book (We Are Family) being read to his kindergarten-aged son, this year's brouhaha involves a set of parents, Robb and Robin Worthlin, expressing outrage over their son (this time a second grader) being subjected to the "homosexual themes" of King and King. The book is a tale of a prince who's not attracted to a princess, but rather to another prince.

Of course when people cite "homosexual themes" in their opposition, that usually (even if they don't realize it) means an overall objection to "homosexuals, them." That notion is seemingly supported by Ms. Wirthlin's comments, as quoted by the AP:

'My son is only 7 years old"...''By presenting this kind of issue at such a young age, they're trying to indoctrinate our children. They're intentionally presenting this as a norm, and it's not a value that our family supports."

Riiiiiight. So should the young Wirthlin be gay, at least he'll know he must wait until he's financially stable before revealing his homosexuality "value." That's something! Most of us only have vague ideas of whether or not we'll be shunned from future Thanksgivings. For her friends and loved ones, Ms. Wirthlin has provided concrete, nationally published proof of her contempt. Could come in handy some day.

[::Writer rolls eyes so dramatically, he's sure Ms. Wirthlin will accuse him of trying to indoctrinate her children via his sarcastic eye gestures::]

No word on what Ms. Wirthlin thinks homosexuality is, if not a "norm." We're guessing...

Picture 10-12

...a "cliff."

Parents rip school over gay storybook [Boston Globe]
Gay Book Flap Erupts Again At Mass. School [KTVU.com]

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