Quite apart from the rabid homophobia on display, this stuck out for me:
“He went so far as to lift the shirts of female students to ensure the letters ‘GP’ or the words ‘Gay Pride’ were not written on their bodies.”
First off, I’ve never heard of the gay community anywhere getting these tattoos. Second – surely he should be fired and sued for sexual harassment if nothing else. If this happened in a UK school the police PTA and the judiciary would come down on this odious bigot like a ton of bricks. He should count himself lucky he got away with demotion. The fact that the locals are treating Mr. Davis as a martyr to the “cause” sickens me to the stomach.
Mr Griffin, however, tried to put the incident into context.
“We are a small, rural district in the Bible Belt with strong Christian beliefs and feel like homosexuality is wrong,” He said
Hitler felt like Jews were ‘wrong’. Not so.
Apartheid S. Africa felt like black people were ‘wrong’ Not so either. History teaches us a leeson here.
Mr Griffin better wise up and start recognizing the law or else he’s going to find his brand of ignorance very costly. I don’t mind Christian bigots, I just don’t think they should be allowed near kids.
The most dangerous drug, and the most habit forming, is ignorance. Unfortunately, there is plague of it in the world. Mr. Griffith should have been fired.
Bigots abound everywhere, using all sorts of -isms to disguise themselves. But irrespective of their cheap and rather nasty facades, they remain what they are … uneducated, backward, and inherently dumb. What they actually tell us with all their wicked rhetoric is that they are afraid, so very afraid, of anything which they are incapable of understanding or with which they are congenitally unable to cope.
What I have always noticed about people and countries that constantly criticise the liberal, free democracies about their stand on the inalienability of human rights is this: hundreds of thousands of people risk their lives each year to get into these liberal democracies, but no-one risks life trying to leave these countries.
Well done to the plain, ordinary people who took a stand on this issue and actually got up off their butts and did something about it.
I was surprised to see this in the morning paper all the way up here in Maine. I’m not sure why it’s a story. The school behaved outrageously (not surprising, considering this is the Bible Belt we’re talking about), they were punished for it, and now there’s lingering resentment over the severity of the punishment ($300k is a huge sum for a town of only 500 people). None of this seems newsworthy enough to warrant national coverage, much less international coverage…
What would you prefer Chris – that stories like this be buried, and that way no one will find out about them? That’s what the media is there for – to report. And by reporting, it can send a warning to other such towns not to try and discriminate, which then hopefully helps improve the lives of gay people.
Edward – don’t get me wrong. The original story deserved all the coverage it got and then some. I was just surprised that the followup was considered a big enough story to put on the second page of the paper here. I mean, is it really news that a tiny little rural Bible Belt town (I was wrong – the population isn’t even quite 500) is resentful and defiant after getting hammered with negative press and ruinous fines?