Sunlight, I’ve always believed, is the best disinfectant.
We should not hinder people from voicing their opinions, no matter how hateful because only when they voice them can we counter them. Today, in her inimitable style, Amy Alkon, an Angelena diva who quips that if she “were any more gay-friendly,” she’d “have a girlfriend instead of a boyfriend”*, takes a school superintendent to task for labeling “a column in a school newspaper that criticized homosexuality as ‘bullying.”
Why should people be scared of someone voicing such an opinion? Shouldn’t their silly commentary provide an easy target, a jumping off point for an argument in defense of homosexuality? Why do some folks wish to suppress opposing opinions?
Basically, Amy tells this superintendant to grow a pair:
Look, I was bullied. Girls followed me through the halls in junior high and taunted me with anti-Semitic epithets. When it started to get serious (when they started throwing chairs in my path), I told my dad, and he went to the principal and it stopped.
The point is, there are measures that can be taken before we start crumpling up the Constitution. And sorry, but you don’t have a right to not be offended, not even if you’re in high school. What you should learn to do is think and write and debate well so you can see that your point of view wins the day. And if somebody throws a chair at you, and there’s nobody to go to the principal’s office for you…maybe that’s the real problem we should be dealing with, but…
Emphasis added. Seems Amy’s got more balls than the school superintendant who has a man’s name (Todd Carlson).
A gay couple had called the school and complained after they had read the “offensive” column. Carlson responded to their complaint. They would have done better to have written a strongly worded letter intended for publication in the journal.
*I’ve met her; she’s pretty much a gay man trapped in a woman’s body.