Saturday, April 22, 2006

Bragging About Their Failure

I'm looking at this crazy thing. These guys -- including the Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum -- are trying to get kids to wear anti-gay t-shirts to school, and to pass out cards that say:
I am speaking the Truth to break the silence.
Silence isn’t freedom. It’s a constraint.
Truth tolerates open discussion, because the Truth emerges when healthy discourse is allowed.
By proclaiming the Truth in love, hurts will be halted, hearts will be healed, and lives will be saved.

The shirts just say "Day of Truth" on them. I guess that's not really anti-gay, unless you know what they mean by it.

The web site promoting this says:
In the past, students who have attempted to speak against the promotion of the homosexual agenda have been censored or, in some cases, punished for their beliefs. It is important that students stand up for their First Amendment right to hear and speak the Truth about human sexuality in order to protect that freedom for future generations. The Day of Truth provides an opportunity to publicly exercise our free speech rights.

Well, whatever, my kid's school doesn't even let them wear caps, I don't know about this.

Did you see where, down in Richmond, they sent some Hispanic kids home from school for wearing t-shirts that said "Latinos Forever," in Spanish?

This creepy site goes on to say (and CRC has this posted on their web site, too):
Last year more than 1,100 students from over 350 schools participated and shared the Truth with their classmates.

Does that sound like a lot to you?

According to the Education Department, there are approximately 84,000 public schools in the United States, with about 45 million students; besides that, there are nearly 8,000 private schools.

Call that 90,000 schools. Let's do the math. 350/90000 is about (mmm, where's that calculator?) ... three tenths of one percent of schools where this stupid stuff actually happens. Hey, maybe this year they'll get it up to one half of a per cent. That'd be something to brag about, wouldn't it?

I don't have a count of students in private schools, so let's just imagine this is only public schools. 1,100 students out of 45,000,000. That's about ... 0.000024, which is 0.0024 percent, that is, rounding, about two thousandths of one percent of students who participate in this ridiculous exercise.

I'm not going to link to this, or even give the date they want to do it. If you belong to one of these groups you already know. Otherwise, I say let's ignore it.

The fact is, America has no enthusiasm to embarrass itself with these displays of hatefulness. Sure, it's fine for some politicians to get attention and pretend they stand for "family values," it might be a good hook for getting stupid people to vote for them, but look, nobody really cares about this, and this "campaign" is a failure.

2 Comments:

Blogger Dana Beyer, M.D. said...

It's time for our political leaders to stand up and say, "These are not America's moral values." These are the values of a particularistic, narrow-minded, strain of Christianity which has no role to play in keeping America the land of the free and the moral beacon to the world. These immoral values are destroying our moral standing, at home and abroad.

They should be ashamed of themselves.

April 23, 2006 1:28 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Well, maybe I will lend my daughter my Equality T-shirt for that day or one of my other political ones.

April 25, 2006 11:23 AM  

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