In case anyone was wondering if the entire state of Florida has lost its mind, given all the recent anti-evolution proclamations, well wonder no more. Here is a school that truly has the best interests of the children at heart, and has consequently outlawed…the rainbow:
”The ACLU has filed suit against Ponce de Leon High School in Florida on behalf of several students who have been forbidden from any form of expressive support for gay rights - t-shirts, buttons, even a rainbow symbol on a bookbag or a notebook. The school board is taking the bizarre position that any such symbol is evidence that students belong to an "illegal organization" and that all pro-gay speech is inherently disruptive. “
An illegal organization? Funny, I don’t recall there being a system of organizations being declared legal and illegal in the United States. Freedom of assembly is one of our fundamental freedoms, and if anyone wants to gather together to support gay rights, or gloomy rights, or any kind of rights one might like to envision, they have a right to do so (just don’t say “Al Quaeda” when you do it.) Just what are these illegal organizations?
” As you know, Illegal organizations are defined by the School Board as any attempt to use the school day for activities that are not school related or school sponsored. Illegal organizations are, therefore, prohibited as they interfere with the educational process.”
You mean like handing out Bibles? Funny how they never seem so concerned with the connection between school and activities when Bibles are involved.
And I LOVE this “inherently disruptive” shit. In other words, if we have enough bigots in our community that one person wearing a rainbow is going to cause coniptions, then by golly you strangers are disruptive all right.
Apparently, all this concern for the students’ personal decorations revolves around an incident wherein the principle told a student she should not be gay and should not talk about being gay. The students wore the symbols of gay pride to show support for the student. And the principle, in typical pigheaded style, suppressed opposition he couldn’t defeat intellectually.
This brought a lawsuit from the ACLU, which the school district is sure to lose. This also adds to the stories on the subject of homosexuality that raises my suspicions that rabid anti-gay people are themselves gay, and their vitriol arises from their suppression of self. This principle’s behavior is bizarre in the extreme.
Hat tip: Ed Brayton