Monday, January 24, 2005

I'm calling some names 

If you are a middle-school student, among the many indignities with which you must put up is "National No Name-Calling Week." Isn't middle school -- the most hideous three years in the life of anybody with a brain or personality -- tough enough without having to endure this stupidity? We should teach courtesy and consideration in general and not turn something so simple into a national campaign to eradicate teasing among teenagers. We have enough national campaigns already.

Almost unbelievably, the reporter found a conservative activist willing to surpass the arresting idiocy of "No Name-Calling Week." Apparently he is troubled that the primary beneficiaries of a prohibition on teasing will be gay students:
"I hope schools will realize it's less an exercise in tolerance than a platform for liberal groups to promote their pan-sexual agenda," said Robert Knight, director of Concerned Women for America's Culture and Family Institute.

Am I the only person who thinks that it is hilarious that the director of a group of "concerned women" is named "Robert," and that this self-same Robert is worried that the schools are cracking down on homophobia? Probably.

Schools, and everybody else who acts in loco parentis, do need to stand up for isolated and terrified children when the mob turns against them. If those children are more likely to turn out to be gay upon the full maturation of their sexuality, so be it.

I find it very frustrating when everybody's an asshat.


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