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Kids given hooky so as to avoid kooky

by Jeremy Hooper

An East Tenn. high school was forced to close today. Why, you ask? Was it a flood? Lice scare? Bomb threat? Liberal teachers still too infected with Obamamania to teach the young'uns?

Nope to all. The issue was much more Phelpsian in nature, with the school closing because of a protest that the Westboro Baptist Church decided to hold at the school:

Low protester turnout at shuttered Scott High School [WBIR]

Ultimately, three members of the anti-gay church showed up to say that the recent deaths of four students were due to God being pissed at the state (largely because of supposed gay acceptance). And so in the same week that this school of Tennessee teens were given the bizarrely conflicting message that you can be anything that you can dream unless you are gay and dream of marrying the one you love, they also saw their week capped with anti-gay religious bias so heated that it can shut down an entire school. We certainly do see a connection. Now if only society would connect the dots, see that ALL anti-gay religious bias is wrong, and that we should all shut down the school of hate that has robbed far too many of us our peace, love, and time, we could work towards eliminating the root problem rather than just this one family sideshow.

Westboro is the crazy extreme; but the mid-level form of bias ain't all that grand either. If we are to move forward in this bright new day, we first look back and correct the errors of less enlightened days.

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Well, I can't blame them for closing school. I don't think ANY child should be exposed to those freaks.

Posted by: Bill S | Nov 7, 2008 10:41:35 PM

Now high school kids everywhere will beg for WBC to come protest. Nothin' beats a batshit crazy snow day.

Posted by: | Nov 11, 2008 9:35:57 AM

Love is the only thing that will set us free. Not hate. You preach of hate, not out of love. This makes you a hypocrit to your own faith. It makes youand dated in a world of progressive thinkers. The only shame should rest on your own shoulders.


Posted by: Kate G | Nov 15, 2008 1:14:11 AM

Go Fred!!

Posted by: | Nov 18, 2008 7:14:56 PM

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