By Peter LaBarbera
Ann Coulter has been roundly denounced for using the “F-word” (six letters) — see this article by Matt Barber of Concerned Women for America and this article by Albert Mohler). I’m a Coulter fan, but she crossed the line on this one.
There are larger issues at stake here for American freedom: today it’s the F-word, which has been banished as the sexual equivalent of the N-word. Tomorrow it could be certain applications of the G-word: G-A-Y. Many students use “That’s so gay” to connote something that they think is stupid or weird: should they be forced to undergo sensitivity re-education — or perhaps attend a “Gay Pride” parade?
Where will the PC “hate speech” enforcement stop? AP recently reported:
The AP story points to the threat that official speech codes pose to Americans’ most fundamental freedoms. Homosexual activists routinely and outrageously blame Christian pro-family groups for violence against homosexuals, and there are many on the Left who will go to extraordinary lengths to turn any derogatory use of ‘gay” into an opportunity to spread their pro-homosexual ideology.
Coulter was joking. These activists are dead serious. Students and parents, take note.
As a rule we do not, like Fred Phelps, use the term “fag.” Coulter’s stunt was childish and, despite her protestations, she was clearly calling family man John Edwards a “faggot” — even as she also poked fun at the Left’s quirky “hate” formula by which they vilify their foes, then jump up and down when their own PC speech taboos are violated. (Example: saying George Bush is like Hitler — NOT HATE; saying we should love people practicing homosexual behavior but hate their sexual sin — HATE.) Coulter’s reference point was Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington, who, after publicity grew about his calling a homosexual co-star a “faggot,” apologized and checked himself into rehab for a “psychological assessment.”
People involved in homosexuality should not be the object of taunts or hatred, and Christians, especially, are called to apply the Biblical command to speak the truth in love. We are called even to love our enemies so name-calling simply is not an option. (I confess that I once called homosexual blogger Joe Brummer, who is obsessed with AFTAH, a “twit,” but you might too if you read the tripe that he puts out on an almost daily basis. (A recent Brummer blog entry accuses Sonja Dalton and me of being “extremely responsible [sic] for the climate of violence that plagues gays and lesbians.”)
“That’s So Gay”
The reality we face is that many on the pro-homosexual side, even as they recklessly smear committed Christians as bigots and haters (and murderers for what we believe!), want to define any negative use of the word “gay” as evidence of “hate speech” requiring punitive and corrective action. The AP story continues:
So many questions about this AP article (which you can read in full by clicking HERE):
The following is excerpted from ‘So Gay’ Trial So Sad on So Many Levels, by Chris Coursey, published Feb 16, 2007, by The Press Democrat:
…Insults based on sexual orientation and religious practices are not nice. Unfortunately, they are human nature. And when it comes to adolescent humans, those kinds of insults seem to be second nature.
It’s a defense mechanism. Teenagers haven’t yet learned enough impulse control or gained enough self-confidence to respond to slights in more thoughtful or productive ways, so they seize on the most glaring sore spot of their adversary.
His looks. Her clothes. His intellect. Her race. His religion.
It’s not right, but it’s reality.
It’s the proper role of schools to teach kids that such comments are not acceptable. After all, once they get into the real world, slurs about race or gender or religion might cost them their jobs.
But why did administrators at Carrillo feel it was necessary to give a written reprimand to Rebekah Rice when she responded to teasing about her Mormon religion by saying, “That’s so gay”? It’s hard to reconcile the discipline meted out to her with the school’s lack of response to religious insults directed at her. (The girl never complained to anyone about those insults. But neither did anyone object to her “gay” remark, except a teacher who overheard it.)
On the other hand, it’s hard to believe the Rice family’s lawsuit is about clearing their daughter’s record. The trial seems to be more a continuation of Elden Rice’s seven-year battle over what he has called the school’s “homosexual agenda.”
The father of seven began this crusade in 2000, protesting Carrillo’s first “Day of Dialogue,” an all-day lesson on diversity issues. Rice and other parents complained the school had not given them sufficient notice before exposing their kids to a sexual curriculum, as required by state law.
Since then, the Rices also have protested regarding a Diversity Club presentation in their daughter’s class, and complained when she was assigned alternate work after refusing to attend a class screening of the R-rated “Saving Private Ryan.”
But if Rice used his daughter to make his political points, the school provided him plenty of fodder. It apparently failed to follow its own policies on parent notification, even when it knew Rice was agitated about the issue. After he complained his daughter was being singled out, officials searched her backpack in response to a report of a “Rebekah” with a knife and cigarettes. The school now says that was a mistake.
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