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The South Shall Despise Again

New Orleans is known as "The City That Care Forgot." Well, I dub the South "The Region That Kindness Forgot." But we sure haven't forgotten how to wield intolerance like a baseball bat in the hands of a drunken wife beater here in the Deep South. First burying books with gay subject matter in Alabama and now this disgraceful episode in Lafayette, LA.

"...a child was sent to the principal and had to sign a sad "Student Behavior Contract." His sin? Explaining to another student who asked why he didn't have a father that his mother was gay. The kid is 7. On the contract, he explains what his duty now is: "What I did: 'I sed bad wurds.' What I should have done: 'Cep my mouth shut.'" His punishment has been upheld, the school supported."

The story gets better from there. Now this so-called educator who sent the little guy to the principal's office in the first place is suing the child's mother for defamation. She says the boy was corrected for causing a disturbance in class but the Student Behavior Contract upholds the version of the story that he was punished for using the word "gay".

See the actual Student Behavior Contract here...

Andrew Sullivan and Atrios have posted information about this.

x-posted to red_state_blues

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weather_fan
Dec. 4th, 2004 04:44 am (UTC)
You've heard of our illustrious Rep. Gerald Allen? His bill about the gay lit deal drives me up the wall. "The Region That Kindness Forgot" is most appropos, I believe. And perhaps an amendment to "...That Kindness and Common Sense Forgot."
silverdee
Dec. 4th, 2004 06:59 pm (UTC)
I agree there is a lack of common sense, too. Is Gerald Allen a rep for your area?
weather_fan
Dec. 5th, 2004 04:53 am (UTC)
Nope. He represents portions of West Alabama including Tuscaloosa. The name of our state rep escapes me at the moment. I should really know that.

You might be interested to read this summary from The Birmingham News on the debacle.
silverdee
Dec. 5th, 2004 08:57 pm (UTC)
"Ken Baker, a board member of Equality Alabama, a gay rights organization, said Allen was 'attempting to become the George Wallace of homosexuality'."

Allen probably took this as a compliment.

weather_fan
Dec. 7th, 2004 03:48 am (UTC)
You're going to love this: John Giles, a major conservative figure and the leader of the Alabama Christian Coalition thinks Allen's plan is a bad idea! If Giles thinks you're going too far, you are going TOO far.
daisyfair
Dec. 4th, 2004 05:15 am (UTC)
hey baby
silverdee
Dec. 4th, 2004 07:00 pm (UTC)
Hey Girlie! I may be coming to the Bay Area next summer. I am thrilled at the possibility. We will stay with friends in Oakland around Lake Merritt. Is that close to you - close meaning within an hour or two?
daisyfair
Dec. 5th, 2004 01:18 am (UTC)
Totally close! I live like... 45 minutes from Lake Merritt just on the other side of the bay! !
silverdee
Dec. 5th, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'll let you know more about the plans as it gets closer. And if you're interested maybe we can get together for a beer while I am there.
daisyfair
Dec. 6th, 2004 02:17 am (UTC)
totally!i don't drink beer, but i drink other stuff and i love dessert so either way let's pig out!
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