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Geez, when did respect become the new lice?

by Jeremy Hooper

Images-12Responding to the news that public school libraries in Loudoun County, VA, will be returning the pro-acceptance children's book And Tango Makes Three to their shelves, Focus on the Family's Candi Cushman has issued the following warning:

"Once pro-gay books or curricula get into the school system, it is very difficult to get them out," she said. "That's why it's especially important for parents to be alert on the front end and be aware of gay-activist groups that are working to influence your schools."

Once the acceptance settles in, it'll be tough to get it out? What the hell do these folks think we are, a red wine stain? A cancer that will spread if left unchecked? A colony of roaches who wait until the cover of darkness before infesting schools with our pesky queerness? Because seriously, dude, Ms. Cushman makes it sound like the "radical" idea that gays deserve acceptance is a plague in need of a rebuke, when a reasoned consideration would tell any rational person that it's nothing more than an overdue idea whose day has come!

But whatever. If they want to paint us as an epidemic, let them. It only takes spending some time with a little kid to discern whether it's the natural instinct to love or the unnatural conceit of bias that's the TRULY pervasive force at work in this so-called "culture war."

Pro-Gay Children's Book Returned to Elementary School Libraries [CitizenLink]

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Your thoughts

Acceptance of gays is not a "long over due idea"; it is a basic human right!! We have the same needs as straight people, with the exception that we seek intamacy with the same sex and that is not a choice. It is simply the way we are and we should not be denied our basic human rights and needs because if it.

Posted by: Edward H | Mar 6, 2008 11:05:05 AM

One of the amusingly curious things I found with that CitizenLink article is their choice to put quotes around the word "procedures" when stating that Hatrick reversed his decision after reviewing the school board's procedures. It's a cute way of implying that Hatrick's change of heart has to do more with a political agenda (or pressure) than an actual review of the case.

Of course, I wonder if they did that in part to try to gloss over the discovery that the "concerned parent" who filed the complaint and two appeals doesn't even have a child in the school where she filed the complaint, which appears to be the procedural reason that Hatrick chose to revisit his decision.

Posted by: Jarred | Mar 6, 2008 11:06:38 AM

Edward: Well isn't it both? It's the idea that gays are entitled to basic human rights, the likes of which is long overdue!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 6, 2008 11:08:21 AM

I also find the idea that the suggestion that even acknowledging that there exists a pair of male penguins raising a chick together is somehow "pro-gay." It would seem that simply acknowledging that gays exist without immediately following it up with "may they be condemned to hellfire" is somehow "pro-gay."

Posted by: Jarred | Mar 6, 2008 11:09:25 AM

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