Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Apparently Infectious

GAP, or Gay Agenda Paranoia, has apprently spread from Alabama to North Carolina. In this latest outbreak, Representative Walter Jones (R-N.C.) has introduced a bill allowing parents to censor school materials. Under his proposal, a board composed of 5 to 15 parents would review and approve or reject all materials intended for classrooms or school libraries.

Jones's specific target is the book King & King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland. This is a book targeted at children aged 4-8 that tells the story of 2 princes who fall in love and marry. In the sequel, King & King & Family, they adopt a child.

Jones says: "Parents who bring children into the world should not feel there's a social agenda in their schools." Two things: what exactly is the Gay Agenda that gets right-wing flakes' panties so wadded up and isn't this bill introducing a social agenda of its own?

First, the Gay Agenda (or Homosexual Agenda). Is this it? Could it be that homosexuals want to live in a society that doesn't discriminate against them? Obviously, we can't allow that! What about the purity of our prescious bodily fluids? Good God, think about the children! If we let them think that homosexuality is a valid lifestyle, they'll all turn gay! They may even infect their parents with the notion of tolerance for other people's differing beliefs. That is certainly not what America stands for. America used to be for the WASPs, now we seem to be focused on the WHAMs (White, Heterosexual, and Monogamous, though that last one is kind of shaky).

Or maybe, just maybe, the Homosexual Agenda is really all about this. They want rights? They want equal protection under the law? Horrors! Git yer shotgun, Paw! Them queers is gettin' uppity, agin!

I must be really strange. Well, OK, I know I'm really strange, but I must be even stranger than I imagined. I just think that what consenting adults do amongst themselves is none of my business, as long as they are not harming anyone else. Is this really such a wrong attitude? Oh well, I've been wrong before.


At 8:14 PM, Blogger Heather Lynne said...

Maybe we should start that club! ::grin::

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

I agree with what you're saying about the consenting adult thing; that's none of my business. If they want to go screw around with each other, more power to 'em.

I have to say though, as a parent, I don't really want my son reading a book called King & King. That said, I DO NOT agree with the whole parental board censorship crap. Who gets to nominate these people? What are their credentials? What makes them so wonderful that they can choose what to let MY child read and not read?

I can see it now, first they censor King & King and then it's Black Beauty (because of the name you see, it's offensive...). Why would anyone want to hand that kind of power to idiot parents who can (probably) barely raise their own children? Parents need to take control of what their children read and see and do. Not leave it up to some "appointed" board. This idea pisses me off. It's just another way for some schmuck politician to control the friggin world.

When are we going to forget the labels and just advocate HUMAN rights instead of gay rights, civil rights, women rights, animal rights, etc etc etc?

Okay, stepping off soapbox. Sorry.

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Carter said...

I believe that parents have the responsibility for the moral education of their children. BUT...that does not belong in the public schools, it belongs in the home. Parenst should watch and control what their child is reading/doing/watching/etc. and keep their noses out of other parents' business.

As to human rights: I have always had the impression that all Americans had the same rights. Can't we just eliminate discrimination altogether and treat everybody the same?

Gotta have your dreams, I guess.


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