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Harvey Milk: OK For a Movie, but Not For the Classroom

When California sixth-grader Natalie Jones put together a research project about Harvey Milk, it received a near perfect grade. But, when it came time to share the Powerpoint presentation, Natalie's principal said parents would have to sign a permission slip before her classmates could see it during a special lunchtime period.

The principal explained that since Harvey Milk was gay, parents might object to their children learning about his life. But, Harvey's sexual orientation had nothing to do with Natalie's decision to research him. She said she chose Harvey as her subject not because of his gay activism, but because he stood up for all minorities. And while the school cited sex education policies for its decision, the ACLU says officials misapplied those guidelines and violated Natalie's freedom of speech.

Discussing the openly gay politician in California public schools might soon become less unusual (but probably equally controversial). State lawmakers are considering a bill that would declare May 22 "Harvey Milk Day." May 22 wouldn't be a holiday, but it would be an occasion for teachers to talk about Milk's fight for equal rights. Conservative groups are already mobilizing to urge Gov. Schwarzenegger to veto the bill that they say would teach students about "homosexual experimentation."

Do you think Natalie should have been able to present her project? Should public schools go even further and encourage teachers to introduce students to Harvey's life story?

To see video of Natalie discussing the controversy,

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Jinx Jinx 6 years
Oh goodness! We can't have our children learning about gay people now can we?! :rotfl: This is freakin ridiculous!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Anyway, I'm headed out for the evening! It was lovely chatting with you ladies.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I consider union bosses undesirable. The Democratic Party has been courting Hispanics, a group that is known to be anti gay marriage. I think those who want to completely do away with the second amendment are undesirable.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
And I meant that both parties cater to some less than desirable groups, I just didn't say it properly!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I definitely agree about some Republican voters in the South, but I don't really see many elected officials who are like that.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Oh, and about the southern strategy of the Republican Party, both parties cater to certain groups; it's silly to suggest that it's just one or the other.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Sloane, I could post numerous articles in which it is simply said that Cheney and Bush did consult intelligence reports, but that the reports were found much later to be false. I'm sure we could go article for article. But, in the end, there's no way either of us can definitively say what Bush and/or Cheney were thinking, which has been my point all along. Additionally, there are dozens (perhaps more) of classified reports that you or I will never see or know about. You can assume that they didn't put any thought into their decisions, but there's really no way you can know.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
i meant**he knew he wouldn't probably get the votes needed by other countries to get the u.n. to sanction the war. http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/03/06/sprj.irq.main/index.html. is there any more proof you need to know that bush and cheney had their minds set on one course of action and didn't take anything into consideration except their own opinions? i believe that with all the evidence and opposition they had, they certainly did flippantly reach their decision.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
he knew he would probably get the votes needed by other countries to get the u.n. to sanction the war. http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/03/06/sprj.irq.main/index.html. is there any more proof you need to know that bush and cheney had their minds set on one course of action and didn't take anything into consideration except their own opinions. i believe that with all the evidence and opposition they had, they certainly did flippantly reach their decision.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
more intelligence warnings that the chickenhawks bush and cheney had plenty of warnings that there were no wmds http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/kfiles/b24889.html. i mean does that scream consideration or thought for anyone's opinion's but your own. and on top of that, the u.n. was in the middle of investigating wmds in iraq when bush decided he couldn't wait any longer and just had to invade.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
no it was a failure in the bush/cheney administration letting the u.n. security council investigate possible wmds and for pushing the cia's reports to reflect their determination to go to war.http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB254/index.htm, and ignored sources refuting their claims that iraq had no wmds http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/05/AR2008080501750_pf.html, http://www.democrats.com/wmd-sources-ignored-by-the-bush-administration.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
"Seriously, the misconceptions about the Republican Party in this country frighten me sometimes." southern strategy and the welfare queen are misconceptions? banning gay marriage, was supposed to be based on religious freedom and spreading civil liberties? that's why i said my animosity doesn't come out of a social vaccumm and i believe i'm justified in feeling the republican party stands for laws that are inherently intolerant and disproportionately negatively effect anyone who is not a white rich male. the republican national platform still supports dadt, http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/republican_platform_gays/2008/09/04/127739.html, several repugs purported enviormentalism to be ridiculous including, rep john shimkus who stated that god will decide when we die so there's no point in working on the enviornment http://www.grist.org/article/2009-04-20-house-republicans-bring/, federal funding to christian faith based pregnancy centers that were essentially anti choice and blurred the line between church and state http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/30457, the federal amendment for gay marriage, michelle bachman for mccarthyism http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/17/gop-rep-channels-mccarthy_n_135735.html, and jessie helms southern strategy ad against affirmative action http://fayobserver.com/article?id=298517. need i say anymore about how ridiculous and hateful the republican party is?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
The NPR source is better, but in case you don't have sound!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Here Cheney says that he did what he thought was right for the country, which, to me, shows that he didn't make the decision flippantly: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/16/cheney.iraq/index.html
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I'm glad I was able to make you happy this evening, Sloane!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Sloane, I never necessarily said that he did, just that we don't know. I'm still waiting for a quote that shows that he made the decision flippantly. Even though I don't need to prove that there's no way we can know how he arrived at his decision, (it's simply illogical to think that we can know what he was thinking) here's a link to an NPR broadcast that suggests that Cheney didn't make his decisions on a whim: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5021518
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
On top of that, it has been shown over and over again that faulty intelligence told the Bush administration that there were weapons of mass destruction. That was a failure of intelligence gathering. We will probably never know exactly what Bush, Cheney, and others saw in classified reports.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
and lilkimbo, i would be so happy if you could find something where he DOES say he takes anyone's opinion into consideration but his own.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Cheney may have had a hand in it, but ultimately he had no legal power to make any binding decisions.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
maybe you should also ask yourself why when this country elected one president we had two. cheney obviously had hand in determining that we would deploy troops to iraq even though he didn't have the final say http://mediamatters.org/research/200905180032. he pushed for using torture to collect evidence to justify going over to iraq for those imaginary weapons of mass destruction.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Additionally, 80 Democrats also voted to ban partial birth abortions. It's not a cut and dry D vs. R issue.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Sloane, again, you are just showing that you aren't clear on what Republicans actually stand for. States' rights have always been an integral part of the Republican platform.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I honestly don't see how it's obvious that he didn't take people's opinions into consideration at all and I don't see how you can reasonably claim to know his thought process. Additionally, when Iraq was invaded, popular support for the invasion was at around 60%. Support waned, but I don't think the vast majority of U.S. citizens (myself included) have the knowledge of military tactics required to know when its an appropriate time to pull troops from an area in which they are present.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I honestly don't see how it's obvious that he didn't take people's opinions into consideration at all and I don't see how you can reasonably claim to know his thought process. Additionally, when Iraq was invaded, popular support for the invasion was at around 60%. Support waned, but I don't think the vast majority of U.S. citizens (myself included) have the knowledge of military tactics required to know when its an appropriate time to pull troops from an area in which they are present.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
i didn't realize a FEDERAL amendment banning gay marriage was a state control issue or that banning partial birth abortion FEDERALLY allowed states to individually decide that issue.
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