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June 10, 2005

More Christian hate

Right-wing hate groups really do believe their values are America’s values. From a New York Times feature on gay rights in public schools:

Last month in Montgomery County, Md., a parents’ group, alarmed because revisions to a health education course for 8th and 10th grades included a discussion of homosexuality and a video that demonstrated how to use a condom, went into federal court and gained a restraining order to halt them. The county school board then voted 7 to 1 to eliminate the amended program, six months after unanimously approving it.
Conservative groups applauded the board’s vote as a victory for religious conviction, and described the litigation strategy as a model for school districts across the country.
“This was huge,” said Robert H. Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute, which seeks to apply biblical principles to public policy.
… Charles C. Haynes, a senior scholar at the Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan free-speech advocacy group, said gay rights issues involving public schools had become a litmus test to many religious conservatives.
“They feel the public schools are getting ahead of the country,” Mr. Haynes said. “They believe the schools are imposing a view of homosexuality that offends their faith and is not consistent with where we are as a country.”

Where we are as a country is not even remotely on the same planet as the religious right. For example, an NBC/USA Network poll carried out in April found that just 27% of Americans believe that greater acceptance of gays and lesbians would be a bad thing for the country.

Wingnuts—they’re a small, freakish minority. Remember that.

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Yes but they're still scary, especially when one of them is leader of free world.

Posted by: JC at June 10, 2005 9:46 AM