Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

How to taint a debate

AAAAAAAARRRGH. This video from the American Family Association drives me crazy. Supposedly the video is by an unknown author. It begins with a "concerned student" asking "Dear God, why didn't you save the schoolchildren of [many communities, ending in blackburg, Virginia]?"

Dear student, I am not allowed in schools. Sincerely, God.

How did this all get started?

A long winding illogical torrent follows including this gem:

Dr. Benjamin Spock said, "We shouldn't spank our kids when they misbehave because their personalities might be warped and we might damage their self esteem." And we said, "and expert should know what he's talking about, so we won't discipline them anymore."

The speaker manages to weave in how giving kids condoms in schools, teaching sex ed, allowing abortions, etc. caused school shootings. Rrrrright.

FYI, the AFA is one of the most powerful and influential conservative Christian organizations. They are behind the whole "Bring Back Christmas, Not Happy Holidays" campaign, and they sought to eradicate the National Endowment for Arts. They are anti-gay, and they bashed Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison for using a Koran to swear in on, instead of a Bible.

Anyway, this video irritates me because whether or not school prayer is allowed in public schools is not what's turning these kids into angry, alienated killers. Nor is safe sex. These kids need people to look out for them, to try to open them up and connect with them, the way his English professor Lucinda Roy tried to do. She was so concerned about his disturbed writings, and concerned for the other students in his class, that she pulled him out of the classroom and taught him one on one. She tried and tried to alert the school officials, and they did nothing.

That is a fault of the administration, which failed to listen, and then failed to act. I can't believe this video tries to insert all these ideological arguments that are entirely unrelated. It makes a mockery of the tragedy.

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