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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Crazy people I

The University of Minnesota Morris is trying to put on a show for school-age kids on tolerance. It's called "Cootie Shots." Apparently, some parents believe that the show goes beyond promoting tolerance and promotes homosexuality, so 40 percent of the audience will not be there.

Why do they think it promotes homosexuality? Well, the show doesn't appear to mention sexuality in any way, so that's not it. No, it's best to read the words directly from one concerned person:

"Oh, it's very obvious," countered Laura Carrington, a Morris school board member and retired teacher. "There's a script called 'The Parable of the Stimples.' The Stimples are people who are told that it's OK to make loud noises, but just don't make them in public. Isn't that similar to what, for years, homosexuals were told?

"Suddenly, there were more Stimples than ever. They mention that Stimples don't seem quite so 'queer.' That's pretty out front. I don't think it's the school's responsibility to promote the homosexual lifestyle."

Holy crap. That's not "very obvious" to me. To me, the Stimples sound like they are learning that some actions that are fun in private aren't appropriate in public. Maybe there is something wrong with me that I don't immediately connect this to homosexuality. I also don't see how this is what "homosexuals were told" for years. People like Laura Carrington have been telling homosexuals for years not to keep their lifestyle private, but that they can never do it, they are perverted sinners, and they are going to Hell.

There really is something to be said about people who see the "homosexual agenda" around every corner. If Carrington ever wants to talk about some possibly confusing feelings she is having, I am sure that there are a lot of people who would be happy to talk to her. In the meantime, I think I will stay a good 100 yards away from people like her.


At 11:38 PM, April 20, 2005, Blogger PZ Myers said...

Carrington is also a member of our school board which has mismanaged the budget so badly that we're over $600,000 in the hole, and have just had to propose laying off a bunch of our school teachers...and was then reluctant to propose a new levy to prevent a repeat of this catastrophe again next year.

I'd like to say that this kind of crap should mean she won't get re-elected, but I'm afraid there's a short-sighted group of people out here who would love to starve the schools into oblivion, and are so narrow-minded that they see public school education as a sinkhole of depravity.


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