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Those kooky, crazy Kansas children. A Wichita high school newspaper published a column that will elicit tears of joy from the editor of that Ugandan rag Rolling Stone.
The February 11 opinion piece, written by East High School student Colin Johnson, proclaims gay relationships “just are not normal” and “should be frowned upon.” The commentator decided to prove this by using my favorite Leviticus line about men, knocking boots, and death. He ends the op-ed by arguing same sex dating is counter to a school’s educational mission.
“Same sex dating in high school is not accepted by many, despite the efforts of a few. It is a social disruption in many cases, and should be kept out of school to ensure our educational mission with as little of a distraction as possible.”
He doesn’t say how a school should keep young mo’s from dating. I’m assuming he doesn’t want his LGBT peers stoned, but Johnson is vague on that point.
The editors, and faculty advisor, of the Messenger have been working overtime to defend themselves.
“We don’t necessarily agree or disagree. It’s one person’s personal opinion,” said editor Jessica Thomas (there are two others). “But just because something can possibly be offensive does not mean we have the obligation to block the publishing of that material.”
The newspaper’s faculty advisor thought the column fell under protected speech; the district is stoutly defending the newspaper’s decision to give Johnson space to foolishly ruminate.
“Mr. Johnson’s piece is the expression of his opinion, a right afforded to him and all students through the First Amendment and the Kansas Student Publications Act, which specifically notes that ‘material shall not be suppressed solely because it involves political or controversial subject matter,’” the district argued in a statement.
Sounds sensible, unless you think some opinions don’t deserve to be heard.
Sorry about the messed up intro section - the editor is acting weird and I can't change it back!
Transgendered flight attendants! Awesome!
Is that the kind of pride that makes people smugly announce that they don't own a tv?
I'm teasing with you, btw.
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