Saturday, October 22, 2011
Homosexual Kiss During High School Musical Leads to a Student Walk-Out
That the very idea of homosexuality disgusts normal people is the great unmentionable
Some people aren’t comfortable with public displays of affection. Don’t believe me? Consider the scene that unfolded at a Hartford Public High School (in Hartford, Connecticut), when audiences reacted to a pro-gay advocacy play featuring two boys locking lips.
The musical, called “Zanna, Don’t!,“ is about an ”opposite world” of sorts in which heterosexuals are the minority and homosexuals are the majority. In the play, straight individuals are outcasts and the most popular guy in school is — gasp — a gay student who is on the chess team.
“Zanna, Don’t” was brought to the school by the Leadership Greater Hartford’s Quest, which is described by the Hartford Courant newspaper as, “a program for professionals that develops leadership skills.” The paper also reports that the group put on the show in an anti-bullying effort that members hoped would help gay, bisexual, transgendered or “questioning youth.” The Courant continues:
In a partnership with the nonprofit True Colors, one Quest team raised $10,000 to show the musical three times at Hartford High this month. The Knox Foundation and the Samuel Roskin Trust at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving gave sponsorship money.
But not everyone was enthusiastic about the show. As soon as the kiss took place, there was instantaneous clamoring. Screams, loud voices and disgust broke out and the school’s football team stomped out in protest. Some people were so anxious to leave the auditorium that they allegedly jumped over seats to get to the exit.
Now, here’s the intriguing part. The school’s principal, David Chambers, claims that the students knew beforehand that there would be homosexual affections displayed in the play. As a result, some had asked to be excused prior to the assembly. While Chambers did consider sending a letter to parents in an effort to allow them to opt their children out of the assembly, he inevitably decided against it.
According to Beliefnet, Chambers said that he believes the teens need to develop “a sense of empathy toward gays and lesbians.” But be contends, “Our kids are not there yet.” School personnel had to work diligently to prevent the students from leaving the school. Chambers continues:
“Even though it’s kind of chaotic, kind of wild and crazy, I see it as very successful. Our kids never deal with this, they keep it inside, and that’s that nervous energy. That’s why they walked out.”
In response to this, Beliefnet’s Rob Kerby wrote: "It apparently did not occur to him that some of the kids had moral issues with the scene — believing that glorifying same-gender romance is wrong. Chambers’ intent was to wear down the students sense of disgust and discomfort with viewing homosexuality on stage.
While there certainly was a negative response, the Courant also reports that many students enjoyed the show and found it important to progressing discussion surrounding homosexuality. Dineily Vargas and Angel Ayala, who are both 17-year old 11th-graders in the law and government academy, said that the show actually changed the minds of people they had seen being “homophobic” in the past.
Brits are stuck with elite rule
Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, once told me that when canvassing as a councillor in Bradford he knocked on a door and asked if the chap would vote for him.
The answer was: ‘No. I’m not voting as it won’t make a difference — the council always gets in.’
The man was making a simple point: it doesn’t really matter what I think on the major issues, nobody takes any notice of me anyway.
Of course, he’s right. And if you ever wanted proof, just look at the farce over the EU referendum.
Forced by ordinary people to have a debate on holding a referendum (as a result of thousands signing up to the Government’s official e-petition site), David Cameron orders Tory MPs into the ‘No’ lobby. Miliband does the same, as does Clegg.
They know the majority want a referendum — which I suspect would result in a vote for Britain to quit the EU. They know we’ve always wanted a referendum and they are determined not to give it to us.
It’s the same with the death penalty. A referendum would find 70 per cent in favour. No problem. They know we want it, they know we’ve always wanted it and they are determined not to give it to us.
It’s the same with stopping immigration. Although I would vote against such a move, I know the vast majority — including many ethnic minority Britons — would like to see it.
But once again the ruling elite know we want it, they know we’ve always wanted it and they are determined not to give it to us.
Is it any surprise we feel disenfranchised? We read, listen and watch the news as politicians spout on endlessly and we wonder what planet they are on.
I know the planet. It’s the one beginning with the letter ‘U’.
Britain's faltering battle with red tape as departments are accused of dragging their feet
Measures to protect small businesses from red tape are to be unveiled, amid a Cabinet row over some departments dragging their feet over the proposals.
Under the changes, being drawn up by Business Secretary Vince Cable, thousands of small firms will be told they do not need to implement a wide range of government regulations. And it will be easier for struggling companies to make large numbers of redundancies.
But Mr Cable and Chancellor George Osborne are said to be angry with other departments - such as Theresa May's Home Office and Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions - for not prioritising the need to cut red tape.
An ally of Mr Cable said: 'Vince wants to come forward with a good package for business this autumn, but we want to see other departments putting their weight behind these efforts.'
The Business Secretary is pushing ahead with measures designed to boost job creation by making life easier for employers. The changes will be announced at the end of next month. They include making firms with fewer than ten staff exempt from some rules, and giving those with up to 50 time to implement others.
There are also plans to cut 90-day redundancy consultation periods to 30 days. Mr Cable also wants employers to be able to discuss issues such as retirement plans and work performance openly.
But allies say he is being stymied by Mr Duncan Smith’s failure to bring in simplified health and safety laws. The Work and Pension Secretary’s colleagues said this was ‘complete rubbish’.
The Business Department also believes the Home Office is slow at cutting costs to firms in applying criminal record checks.
Meanwhile, Steve Hilton, Mr Cameron’s policy guru, has commissioned a report to intensify the heat on Mr Cable.
Obama administration pulls references to Islam from terror training materials, official says
Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole confirmed on Wednesday that the Obama administration was pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.
“I recently directed all components of the Department of Justice to re-evaluate their training efforts in a range of areas, from community outreach to national security,” Cole told a panel at the George Washington University law school.
The move comes after complaints from advocacy organizations including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and others identified as Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the 2004 Holy Land Foundation terror fundraising trial.
In a Wednesday Los Angeles Times op-ed, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) president Salam al-Marayati threatened the FBI with a total cutoff of cooperation between American Muslims and law enforcement if the agency failed to revise its law enforcement training materials.
Maintaining the training materials in their current state “will undermine the relationship between law enforcement and the Muslim American community,” al-Marayati wrote.
Multiple online sources detail MPAC’s close alignment with CAIR.
In his op-ed, Al-Marayati demanded that the Justice Department and the FBI “issue a clear and unequivocal apology to the Muslim American community” and “establish a thorough and transparent vetting process in selecting its trainers and materials.”
Specifically, al-Marayati called for a new “interagency task force” to review the training materials — a task force including representatives of the Islamist organizations the FBI is tasked with monitoring.
Some believe the Obama administration’s Justice Department will go even further.
“The Attorney General has announced what sounds like reprogramming if they find people who have actually received training” that Islamist groups find objectionable, Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney told The Daily Caller. Gaffney is co-author of a report, published by the Center, titled “Sharia: The Threat to America.”
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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