Some things in life are universal: love, hatred, greed, a dog’s companionship, and a cat ignoring its owner. In over 20 years of feline ownership I’ve never successfully made a cat do what I want.
It’s simply impossible.
And so Matt from Conservative Hideout had an interesting article about a student being suspended for his opinion that being gay is morally wrong:
Dakota Ary, an honors student at Western Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas, was in for a surprise after being sent to the principal’s office and punished for sharing his opinion.
After telling another student that he believes homosexuality is wrong, Dakota was reprimanded and given in-school suspension. The incident purportedly unfolded during a German class at the school. He explains:
“We were talking about religions in Germany. I said, ‘I’m a Christian. I think being a homosexual is wrong.
It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me. I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he was going to write me an infraction and send me to the office.”
Are schools filled with Liberal teachers?
Are Liberals, despite their “celebrate diversity” mantra generally tolerant of differing opinions?
Should this student have been suspended for what he said?
I equate what happened to bullying, not “opinion sharing.”
Workplace harassment is generally defined as when one person (or a group of people) do or say something which someone else finds offensive. Yes, it’s a “gray area” because if your coworkers love hearing penis jokes (and you love telling them) then there is no harassment. But if one person objects to penis jokes, you’re in trouble.
Bullying is much the same way.
I live in San Francisco, the “gay capitol” of the world (arguably) and have been here for over 15 years. Although I’m not gay, I’ve come to believe that being that way is not a choice. As I pointed out in my comment on Matt’s article, I’m left handed. It would go against my Nature to try and become right handed. I’ve experimented with being right handed but it was too difficult and my heart wasn’t in it so I continue to favor my left hand when I reach for a writing instrument.
That’s just how I was made.
Anybody who has spent any time on Capitol Commentary will know I’m not interested in advancing any person’s or group’s agenda. The only thing I care about is what is rational and is common sense… ideology be damned.
I could use the argument that saying homosexuality is wrong is like saying being Christian (or Muslim) is wrong. But that isn’t a logical point because if you were raised in a Christian (or Muslim) family chances are you’d be Christian (or Muslim) in the same way that if you grew up in France you’d most likely speak French.
In other words, it would be the culture in which you were raised but that isn’t the same thing as being born that way.
Like being left (or right) handed (or black, white, etc…) is how you were born so I feel being gay (or straight) is the same way.
How can you logically denigrate somebody for being born white, gay, or with curly hair?
It sure would be easier for almost anybody who is gay to not be that way. If you grow up in a small town or in a strict, religious family and are gay life will be very difficult for you until it’s possible to move someplace else. Your parents might reject you. Your peers might tease you. You might feel alone and suicidal.
After all, this Japanese expression comes to mind:
The nail that sticks up gets hammered down.
So I think a lot of gay people probably wished at one time or another that they hadn’t been born differently from everybody else.
Everybody’s entitled to their opinion (and even voicing it) but that doesn’t mean they should.
Some people feel threatened by gays. Maybe they’re afraid they might be gay. Maybe they believe that Jesus will send gays to Hell so it’s their job to pray the gay away like Michele Bachmann’s husband. Or maybe they think that if a gay couple adopts a child they’ll molest them and turn them gay (statistics show molestation risks are greatest with a straight step father in the house).
Catholic priests diddling little boys is a problem but so are step fathers impregnating their step daughters.
Nobody has suggested outlawing step fathers.
And what about the sexualization of young girls… is this coming form the gay community?
No it comes from the heterosexual community.
I’d imagine if I were gay and someone in 7th grade English class told me they thought I was immoral for being the way that I was it would be pretty difficult to take. I certainly wouldn’t have gone to school to be preached to by another student about who I am.
Maybe I’d think judging me in that way meant something was wrong with them?
I have the greatest of respect for Matt, his articles, and his website but I simply think that homosexuality isn’t simply a “lifestyle choice” and Dakota Ary should have been tossed out for bullying another student and that this isn’t another example of Liberal indoctrination.
With all of that being said I do not think schools should be forcing children to read books like “My Two Dads” or even getting into issues of homosexuality (or heterosexuality). That is for the families to handle.
Much like religion in public schools, issues of sexuality should be left for the private sphere of life.
Schools (and teachers) should concentrate on teaching children how to use logic and reason and how to write well and solve math problems not trying to sort out complex social issues that can’t be solved between lunch and gym class.
So maybe I am anti-Free Speech after all because I think a student who tells a Christian he should be Jewish needs to be punished in the same way that a white student should not be allowed to tell a black classmate that he’s an inferior nigger and should be his slave or that the English teacher she has a really nice set of tits so she’s in the wrong line of work
That’s free speech, too.
Or maybe they should all yell those things while someone else screams that the movie theater is on fire and throw in some “fighting words” just to cover all the bases.