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Making a mountain out of a 'Mountain'

by Jeremy Hooper

 Good As You Images  Good As You Images  Good As You Images  Cc Images Serve 0,,1461188,00-1Wanna hear yet another "pro-family" person attempt to spin one substitute teacher's misguided showing of Brokeback Mountain into an example of gay indoctrination in public schools? Well, consider these words from the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins (highlighting our own):

To what extent will the public schools go to indoctrinate our children? They apparently will ford every stream and climb every mountain, including Brokeback Mountain. That is why one family is suing the Chicago Board of Education. Twelve year-old Jessica Turner was forced to watch the movie about illicit homosexual behavior during class. Her grandfather said, “This was the last straw. [T]he lawsuit was necessary because… [this] was against our faith.” According to reports, a substitute teacher showed Brokeback Mountain at Ashburn Community Elementary School without parents’ knowledge or consent. The lawsuit claims the woman shut the classroom door and told students, “What happens in Ms. Buford’s class stays in Ms. Buford’s class.” The film, which follows two gay cowboys, is rated “R” for nudity and sexuality. In other words, the movie’s hardly appropriate for adults—let alone children. But unfortunately, these are the drastic measures teachers are willing to take to indoctrinate our kids with the homosexual agenda. And unless more families tell the school to take a hike, these attacks on children’s innocence will continue to climb.

Using the admittedly ill-advised actions of one substitute teacher to represent public schools at large? Nonsense, Tony! That would be like us saying that schools have a pro-Christian agenda because one lone fill-in teacher chose to show The Passion of The Christ. But we would never make such a claim, as we prefer to use the sort of reason that recognizes that one individual or unwise decision does not represent the collective minds of millions!

It's truly disgusting the way that anytime a situation like this comes about, the religious rights attempts to turn it into an example of something much bigger and more pervasive. But then again, intellectual dishonesty is the commodity they peddle. And a product that dirty and defective has got to come cheap!

The Slippery Slopes Of “Brokeback Mountain” [FRC Blog]

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I like how Tony notes that a rated "R" movie with nudity and sexuality is hardly appropriate for adults.

Tony. Here's a thought for you. If adults can't handle nudity, there would be no sex. If there's no sex, there's no babies. If there are no babies, then there would be no future for mankind cause we would cease to exist.

Sometimes, I wish your parents couldn't handle their nudity in front of each other. Hope you have a nice day.

Posted by: Sam | May 16, 2007 5:38:58 PM

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