5:30 pm in Uncategorized by BigFurHat
A school contest was held to see which 5th grader would deliver a speech on the merits of gay marriage.
This is an endorsement, not a contest. Where was the equal time for the rebuttal?
Whether or not you approve of gay marriage, most Americans are proud of our commitment to free speech. The two issues became enmeshed when Kameron Slade, a Queens fifth grader, wrote a speech supporting gay marriage for a school-wide contest, including such (non-)inflammatory sentiments as “Marriage is about love, support, and commitment. So who are we to judge?” The adorable kid’s dream of delivering it was dashed when Principal Beryl Bailey decreed it too controversial for fifth grade. But New Yorkers rallied around Slade: Local news channel NY1 allowed Slade to read his entire essay on air — and, after a public outcry, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, announced that Slade would be allowed to give it.
Of course the idiotic MSNBC misses the point entirely. This is not a free speech issue. There was no free speech here. This was a partisan endorsement paid for by public tax dollars.
This was propaganda.