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Archive for 4 February 2008
A pastor known for overcoming racial discrimination to become an NFL star and pro-family advocate was booed during a recent Martin Luther King Day presentation.
You may know Ken Hutcherson’s name from his pro football days or, more recently, his pro-family activism in defense of traditional marriage. But Hutcherson’s daughter was introducing her father at her high school to talk about how he overcame racism thanks to the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“And then she says, ‘But the most important thing is, this is my Dad.’ I stood up to walk up to the microphone and there were some boos. They started booing.”
Booing. A pastor? A pro-family advocate? A child’s father? A GUEST?
“The sponsor of the Gay Straight Alliance stood up and yelled out, ‘I know that I am not on the program, but why is this man here when he doesnâ€™t believe in equal rights for everybody?’” says Hutcherson.
The woman accusing Hutcherson was Kit McCormick, his daughter’s favorite teacher. “And I felt like I couldn’t sit and not say anything,” says the teacher. “I felt like this was a moment that I had to stand up and say something.”
A teacher? Of what? Bad manners?
Hutcherson says the teachers’ behavior was inappropriate and would never have been tolerated if they had been pro-family activists criticizing a pro-homosexual speaker.
Of course it wouldn’t have been tolerated. Such behavior would have had the person tossed out on their ear, with shouts of bigot, intolerant Nazi, and the like, following them.
“They would not only not have a job, they would never have another opportunity to teach — and that’s what makes it so bad,” says the pastor. “And that’s why I told the school board that I am waiting to see what you do with those teachers and what you do with those teachers is going to dictate what I am going to do with the school.”
This is not the type of person I would want teaching my kids. Sexual orientation has nothing to do with their ability to teach, but what exactly does this type of behavior teach kids? It’s ok to be rude and obnoxious to someone with whom you don’t agree.
School officials have issued an apology and are investigating the incident. Hutcherson says he is waiting to see if the school disciplines the teachers before deciding what, if any action to take. “They broke every rule for assemblies and respect of guests,” he says. “What is right is right, and I went in and kept the rules of what I was supposed to do — [but] the teachers didn’t. Now it’s time for them to … discipline the teachers.”
I see a ‘suspension WITH pay’ in the future, a week, or month at most. Not acceptable.
Pastor Hutcherson believes the incident was a set-up. “They knew I was coming. They could have said something to the students. They could have said something to the administration. They could have said something to me,” he argues. “But they waited to do it in front of the students to get out of order, [to] be inappropriate, to boo.”
A set up? Gee, ya think?
According to Hutcherson, students told him afterwards that if they had booed at a basketball game, they would have been kicked out of the gym — and that they would have been expelled if they had acted out of order during an assembly. Those students are wondering why the teachers are being treated differently for their actions, he says.
Teaching by example evidently doesn’t run high on those weasels list.
I just discovered, if the wind is blowing just right, you can smell the paper mill! Yes, I have my windows open cuz it’s a tad warm. I am NOT turning on the A/C….it’s January fer cryin’ out loud!Â err….February.
Playwright Tennessee Williams was gay. Poet Lord Byron had several homosexual affairs in his day. And artist Leonardo da Vinci was charged with sodomy at the age of 24.
But public school students in Tennessee won’t learn that information if a bill passes barring teachers from discussing homosexuality.
Why do schools, that were created for the purpose of teaching kids the basics when they are young, and expand as they get older, need to be discussing homosexuality? Answer: They don’t! Do kids really need to know da Vinci’s checkered past? Do kids really care if Williams was gay?
Representative Stacey Campfield of Knoxville filed a bill last week that would prevent public elementary and middle schools from allowing “any instruction or materials discussing sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.”
“This is the kind of bill that you would have seen introduced back in the 1990s as a reaction to SpongeBob SquarePants or Heather Has Two Mommies,” says Tommie Simmons with the Shelby County Committee of the Tennessee Equality Project. The group advocates equal rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people.
No offense, but those groups have equal rights under various laws….. as American citizens. What they seem to want are special privileges.
Campfield says the bill was a response to a National Education Association resolution that suggests schools provide information on diversity of sexual orientation and gender identification in sex-education classes.
Ya know, I really don’t give a diddly squat if you are gay, or wear a garter belt under your Armani suit. I DO care if you are going to push it into the classroom. That’s not why I pay property taxes. If parents want their kids to learn about those things, they can pay extra and have such classes after school, or before, or on bloomin’ Saturday.
“I think the schools should stick to the basics: reading, writing, and arithmetic. And maybe some civics,” says Campfield. “But teaching transgenderism to middle school students … I don’t think that’s the road we should go down. I think that’s what parents should be doing.”
Cramming transgenderism onto an already confused hormonal pre-teen? Not a real good idea, unless of course, your agenda is to increase their confusion?
“Why does [Campfield] feel the need to take control of what’s taught in a school system away from local boards of education and away from local communities?” asks Earl Wiman, president of the Tennessee Education Association. Campfield’s bill allows discussion of heterosexuality because he wants students to learn biology and the science of reproduction.
We learned, in separated classes, about changes our bodies were going through, we did NOT need to be taught that there were those who weren’t exactly like us, we already knew. We had been taught it was a sin. That hasn’t changed.
Over the years, Campfield has proposed other controversial legislation, such as replacing the state’s food tax with a tax on pornography and requiring the state to issue death certificates for aborted fetuses. In 2005, Campfield compared the state’s Black Caucus to the Ku Klux Klan when they refused to let him join because he is white.
And the problem is? I’d be all for getting rid of the food tax and putting it on porn. Don’t they give death certificates to murder victims? And as for the Black Caucus? Well? Not letting him join just because he’s white? Isn’t that racist?
“Let’s say you have an eighth-grade writing class with an open-ended essay assignment. What if a student chooses to write about a current issue on sexuality?” says Chris Sanders, president of the Tennessee Equality Project. “This bill could be misinterpreted. It’s overly vague and far-reaching.”
Point: Eighth graders have no business writing an essay about sexuality. They’re EIGHTH GRADERS for petes sake!
“We have such a high adolescent suicide rate, and a large number of those killing themselves are struggling with sexual orientation,” Wiman says. “It’s a real concern for us that we be able to help boys and girls without some kind of arbitrary restrictions.”
Here’s a novel idea…..stop shoving sex and orientation down their throats! NO pun intended.
It never ceases to amaze me how, when the left gets such hatred burning into their souls, any common sense, logic, or even a modicum of intelligence, exits the conversation.
Ya gotta see this!
I knew you could!
Will Sen. Hillary Clinton garnish the wages of people who can afford health insurance but refuse to buy into her universal health care plan? Maybe.
The Democratic presidential hopeful tried to duck the question Sunday, when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked her about wage-garnishing three times. But she didn’t rule it out.
Clinton on Sunday described universal health care as “a core Democratic value and a moral principle, and I’m absolutely going to do everything I can to achieve that.”
The campaign of Sen. Barack Obama is warning voters that Clinton’s plan forces everyone to buy insurance, even if they can’t afford it. “And if they cannot afford it, then the question is what are you going to do about it? Are you going to fine them? Are you going to garnish their wages?” Obama asked Clinton at one of their debates.
Clinton, pressed on the issue Sunday during her appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” said people will be able to afford her plan because she would limit premiums to a “low percent of your income.”
According to Clinton, “about 20 percent of the people who don’t have health insurance in America today could well afford it,” despite its “exorbitant” cost. “So what we’ve got to do is have shared responsibility. Everybody has to pay something, but, obviously, on a sliding scale.”
If a person can pay their medical bills without the benefit of insurance, who is this POS to tell them they HAVE to buy it?Â What if they don’t want it?Â Why, she’ll just take it out of their paycheck, of course!Â And if you don’t like HER plan?Â Tough sh*t!Â You’re going to get it!
Y’know….I keep hearing the Shrilldebeast talk about her 35 years of experience, but she never really says what that experience is.Â Just exactly what has she accomplished?
In a statement, the US military said: “Shortly after the incident, coalition forces leaders met with a sheikh representing the citizens of the local area.
“The incident is under investigation. We offer our condolences to the families of those who were killed in this incident, and we mourn the loss of innocent civilian life.”
War is an ugly thing, and sadly, innocents do die.
Illegal immigrants are coming into Texas, but not from where most people think.
The rush is coming from Oklahoma, Arizona and other states, places that have recently passed tough new anti-illegal immigrant laws.
The two toughest measures are in Oklahoma and Arizona.
Proof that it works! Now, if the rest of the states would just follow suit, we might have cleared up one major problem. No doubt there would be a lot of whining about the impact on an area’s economic situation, but in the long run, you just might see more quality, than quantity.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Tuesday evening into Wednesday for southern Wisconsin. The storm brings the potential for 5-9 inches in the Milwaukee area.
Heh. The predicted high for tomorrow is 74. Ok, yeah, it’s suppose to rain, but…… We NEED that rain!
Italian gynaecologists have provoked a fresh debate on abortion with a controversial document calling for treatment to save the lives of extremely premature babies, including those removed from the womb during a terminated pregnancy.
The document calls for the “resuscitation of premature babies even against the mother’s wishes,” and to treat the unborn baby as “any other person at risk, and to assist it adequately.”
Italian health minister Livia Turco has called the measure “a cruel choice” that undermined women’s freedom of choice.
This is a baby, NOT a freakin’ CHOICE! Doctors have an obligation to save lives, not destroy it. You CHOOSE what color shoes to buy, you CHOOSE where to go for dinner. Evidently too many, CHOOSE to murder.
This was the eighth Super Bowl of the 21st century, but if you were only paying attention to the commercials, you might have thought it was the 1970s, ’80s or ’90s.
Family safe? By that, do they mean those in the commercials weren’t falling into bed with everything that came along? This is the first year in a long time I haven’t actually sat down and watched the game, so I did not see one single commercial.
Even before receiving the document Monday, Democrats were attacking it for slashing programs to help the poor while protecting tax cuts for the wealthy.
“This is a budget that sticks it to the middle class, comforts the wealthy and has a set of priorities that are not the priorities of the American people,” said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D.
Democrats saw the plan as a continuation of failed policies that have seen the national debt explode under Bush. A projected 10-year surplus of $5.6 trillion when Bush took office was wiped out by the 2001 recession, the increased spending to fight terrorism and, Democrats contend, Bush’s costly tax cuts.
Well, since no one in The Swamp seems to have a clue as to what OUR priorities really are, I’m not surprised the Dhimmis started whining before they even saw the budget. And seriously, I’d really like to know which one of our esteemed elected officials have even read the budget, themselves! Psssst! It’s not YOUR freakin’ money! So stop spending it like it is! Those “costly tax cuts” allowed more people to keep their own money, jobs were created, and the economy did just find after a little struggling from 9/11. And in case you weren’t aware, oh weasels, it’s the wealthy who create jobs….not the freakin’ poor, who don’t pay taxes. I notice the economy has been going down hill since the Dhimmis came into power. Hmmm…..
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will stop at a local breakfast hot spot this morning â€” but unless you’re up early, you may have already missed him.
Romney will start the campaign day at 6:45 a.m. at Pancake Pantry, 1796 21st Ave. S., in his first visit to Nashville this year. The event is open to the public.
Well Jiminy Crickets! If the man wanted pancakes, I could have made him pancakes. It’s only a few hours drive! I’ve noticed that NONE of the candidates are coming anywhere near to our little spot on the map.
Egyptian sources facilitating the negotiations between Israel and Hamas said Israel has recently received a letter from IDF Cpl. Gilad Schalit, as part of the process to push forward a prisoner exchange with Hamas.
According to a report by Israeli daily Ma’ariv, the letter’s authenticity was ascertained and it has been given to the Schalit family. The Egyptian sources said this letter greatly facilitated intense contact between the sides – to the point where a deal has almost been finalized.
Jerusalem has maintained silence regarding the letter, but an initiative by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to ease the criteria for prisoner release is believed geared towards bringing to an end Schalit captivity.
I’m glad they heard from this young man, but what about the other two who are still missing? Has anyone heard from them, know their whereabouts, condition? I’m starting to question just who’s side Olmert in on in all this.