Monday, April 07, 2008

Are You Less Tolerant Than A Fifth Grader?

What's got the whackos up in arms this week? Wacky Week.

An elementary-school event in which kids were encouraged to dress as
members of the opposite gender drew the ire of a Christian radio group, whose
angry broadcast prompted outraged calls to the district office.

Students at Pineview Elementary in Reedsburg had been dressing in
costume all last week as part of an annual school tradition called Wacky Week.
On Friday, students were encouraged to dress either as senior citizens or as
members of the opposite sex.

A local resident informed the Voice of Christian Youth America on
Friday. The Milwaukee-based radio network responded by interrupting its morning
programming for a special broadcast that aired on nine radio stations throughout
Wisconsin. The broadcast criticized the dress-up day and accused the district of
promoting alternative lifestyles.

"We believe it's the wrong message to send to elementary students,"
said Jim Schneider, the network's program director. "Our station is one that
promotes traditional family values. It concerns us when a school district
strikes at the heart and core of the Biblical values. To promote this to
elementary-school students is a great error."

It must be because the Ellen person wears pantsuits. Or could it be that this guy is the greatest threat to American Values since Osama bin Laden?


kay said...
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kay said...

So, using their logic letting kids dress up as vampires and Frankensteins and zombies for Halloween means that somehow the parents are encouraging their children to be the character they dress as?
Oh my. I wonder what they will do when they find out about Harvard's Hasty Pudding shows? And, if they are aware of Hasty Pudding and aren't protesting Harvard it would make them....uh, what's the phrase....oh, yeah, hypocritical assholes.

The sad part is that the children of people like this will be denied so much of life's joys and frivolity that goes with childhood. And, probably end up with some serious complexes.

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget that our own J.C. McKenna Middle School forbids students to "cross-dress" in opposite sex attire at school for Halloween. My daughter, for whom we purchased a Harry Potter costume long ago, nearly had an anxiety attack that she would get in trouble if she showed up with her short hair and wire frame glasses in her costume. We had to borrow a long curly wig so she could claim to be Hermoine Granger. This experience confirmed her young but astute observation that intolerence is alive and well here, too.