Social conservatives have no sense of fun! Or, really, sense.
The Christian Right in Wisconsin raised a stink last week after hearing that Reedsburgh’s Pineview Elementary had encouraged kids to cross-dress as party of a special “Wacky Week,” during which the kids dressed in various costumes. Apparently dressing as a member of the opposite sex crossed a line, because radio program Voice of Christian Youth America interrupted its Friday shows for a special announcement decrying Pineview and its “error.” Said station manager Jim Schneider:
We believe it’s the wrong message to send to elementary students. Our station is one that promotes traditional family values. It concerns us when a school district strikes at the heart and core of the Biblical values. To promote this to elementary-school students is a great error.
Pineview principal Tammy Hayes pointed out that parents had been informed of the special day long before the radio hysterics, while administrator Tom Benson justified the school’s shenanigans: “The promotion of transgenderism â€” that was not our purpose. Our purpose was to have a Wacky Week, mixing in a bit of silliness with our reading, writing and arithmetic.” Silly Benson, don’t you know silliness has no place in the classroom? If we were to let all of our young Americans dress in drag, well, we’d have an entire generation of Rudy Giulianis. And nobody wants that!
By the way, it was the kids who suggested cross-dressing as part of the “wacky week.” We’re not sure if that’s a good or bad thing…