Here we go, two of the most unique “resolutions” for 2012.
Because they happened while we were all still in our Christmas stupor, you may have missed these two ironically intertwined stories, people who have strangely opposite New Year’s resolutions.
On the one side, you have California, always a place for progressive “improvement.” Along with a new state law requiring a prescription for NyQuil, public school students can now look forward to learning state mandated “gay history.”
Meanwhile, over in Tennessee, a private Christian school just might be catching more flack than the Kentucky church that banned (and quickly un-banned) interracial couples last month…by banning any mention of homosexuality.
The funny thing is both California and the Christians have it wrong. So, so wrong.
An ‘F’ in History
Okay, so California wants students to know about the contributions made by gays. Fair enough. In fact, it’s so fair, it makes a mandatory “gay history” completely stupid.
Why? If a gay person was really important, he should already be in the history books. Being gay should have no bearing on how someone’s accomplishments are judged. Isn’t it more discriminatory to tell students, “By the way, J. Edgar Hoover enjoyed wearing women’s panties.”?
Second, educators now have to search for gay people to fill their lectures, people who may not have been important enough to make the “real” history books. We don’t have Martin Luther King day because the man was black, we honor the man because he was a great, important man.
The result is history is turned into a farce with gays being paraded around, not because of their accomplishments, but because of their sexuality. “Kids, normally we’d be covering the presidency of Abraham Lincoln this week, but because he married Mary Todd Lincoln, who almost certainly was a woman, we’ll be skipping the greatest President to talk about a bunch of less important people who happened to prefer gay intercourse.” Kids already think history is gay. This doesn’t help.
Incidentally, some historians have been trying for years to prove Lincoln was gay. So maybe everyone in the regular history books can just be re-categorized as “probably a closet homosexual.”
Idiots. California gets an ‘F’ for achieving the exact opposite of what they wanted.
Hateful, Bigoted Christians
Okay, on to opposite land, Rossville Christian Academy. It’s pretty hard to find a…”straight” story on this school. A Google search will turn up thousands of angry, presumably gay, bloggers who all have a different version of how hateful Christians are.
Apparently, the school now requires students and faculty to sign a morality clause, which bans homosexual behavior, and possibly even the mention of homosexuality.
First of all, lots of private institutions require members and employees to sign morality clauses. It’s a private school, they can do what they want. Get used to it, gays. You can start your own school and ban Christians if you want to.
But this is where the school gets it wrong (or maybe unintentionally right). In high school, the gay students never needed to identify themselves. Everyone already knew they were gay and the bullies constantly identified them. It’s not the gay students throwing words around like “queer” and “fag.” It’s all the straight students who throw slurs at the one or two assumed gays, (and each other.) What teenage boy hasn’t called his straight friend ‘gay?’
If you ask me, any progressive school that wants to stamp out anti-gay bullying needs to enforce a similar ban on mentioning homosexuality. Call your buddy “faggot” in the hallways, and you go to the principal’s office, mister.
The Best of Intentions Are Usually Still Stupid
It’s always interesting to me how easily the best intentions can backfire. I guess the only saving grace for public schools or Christian academies is that no one is really thinking about the irony of what they’re doing. Everyone just goes along with it.
As for me, sure, I think we should stop discriminating against gays…And that means we stop singling them out, both in the classroom for their supposed accomplishments, and in the hallway for their supposed inferiority.
Time to chime in. Is California actually discriminating against gays by putting them in their own category outside of mainstream history? Should schools ban any mention of homosexuality to curb gay bullying?