Thursday, March 11, 2010

You Say Inappropriate, I Say Intolerant, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog

Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi is cancelling this year’s prom instead of allowing a lesbian teen couple to attend. Prior to the cancellation, student Constance McMillen had been denied permission to accompany her tuxedoed girlfriend to the popular annual event, and was also informed the two would be sent home if other attendees felt “uncomfortable" about them being there.

After facing increasing pressure and scrutiny regarding the couple’s request, the local school board decided to call the dance off altogether. Explained district officials: "[W]e feel (cancelling the prom) is in the best interest of the Itawamba County School District, after taking into consideration the education, safety and well being of our students." Apparently, the presence of two gay students at a dance could result in learning difficulties and bodily harm for their peers(?)

Folks, this is really about the threat which two kids pose to the status quo. Many people are afraid to see gay relationships given equal stature with straight ones, lest they one day be considered “legitimate” or “normal.” Then how will we ever get any of those people to reconsider their unconventional “choice” of lifestyle?

The adults behind this needless decision to spoil the fun for everyone have set an example of intolerance and xenophobia for their young students: Let fear of The Other guide you. That’s not a lesson I believe we should be teaching in school.

4 comments:

Jack K. said...

You can never respect others until you respect yourself.

We have nothing to fear but the remote possibility that we may have gay tendencies ourselves. Perish the thought.

Arrrrgh!

Pete Bogs said...

Jack - What a horrible thought indeed! ;-)

connell said...

you guys are trying to fool yourselves....
in desperate moments, when the lights are low...and the wine was plentiful (Bogs, in your case Guinness) but there was nobody there....what sex was that in your hand?
Wouldn't have been the same sex, would it?
(ha!)

(not off topic,....the same book of morals that preaches that bs about gay also says masturbaters are evil. I guess that will be illegal, soon. Shake your trees while you still can!)

Pete Bogs said...

boney connell - I'll get right on that! ;-)