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K.C.U.F the school and the parent and al the Christian! the children say it all.
Let the homophobes offer “their” side: blah blah blah because Jeebus. Most kids will see right through it.
I think the parents have a point. This is the type of issue that is beyond controversial. I think that the school should have sent permission slips home to get parental permission before showing this video. It is up to parents if they want their child exposed to this issue or not and how they go about doing it.
I do realize that it is easy to get caught up into the right side of argument, but the debate here is if the argument should enter the classroom or not.
Children should not be human shields in an ideological war. This video is actually worse than the “won’t somebody please think of the chill-drun!” wailing that religious homophobes AND gay activists routinely engage in.
It’s worse than that because here, the video producers are implicitly daring opponents of same-sex marriage to criticize and verbally attack the cute little kids in the video. Most SSM opponents aren’t willing to tell someone else’s 9-year-old kid directly “Your opinion that boy/boy marriages are okay is just WRONG, and if that’s what your parents taught you, they’re WRONG, too” — so they can only complain (not without reason) that the video was edited in such as way as to present a biased point of view.
Hence my accusation about “human shields.”
If gay grown-ups can’t make their own case for same-sex marriage without hiding behind adorable squeaky-voiced mascots in an obviously scripted video presentation, then at least have the common decency to use actual puppets as seen in this example, and not rented children.
an obviously scripted video presentation
I don’t mean to say that the children were necessarily just actors following a script; I mean to say that the adult producers had a script — and they carefully coached and cued the kids to give responses that were extemporaneous and “off-the-cuff”, yet more or less stuck to the script.
This video was, in short, a sort of “advertorial” on behalf of same-sex marriage, and not by any stretch of the imagination an honest documentary about how real children think about this issue. Advertorials should probably not be shown in school assemblies, even though I admit that corporate and government sponsors have been doing this since the invention of film projectors.
But by all means go ahead and attack the complaining parents for acting like counter-revolutionary kulaks, comrades.
If it was anti-gay you know that the “controversial” rule would somehow not apply.
Just watched the whole video. Those kids are amazing. I don’t know if I could have expressed myself at all that well when I was their age. I’m guessing the moms who objected have other problems in their lives. I hope their kids are OK.
@sfbeast: Thats the problem. Their kids usually have issues coming from homes where kids are brainwashed that Gays are evil and dirty.
However there is hope. The kids show that a few may be a bit freaked out but they still don’t spew any hatred on the couples and most of them don’t think it is a big deal at all……..
@Throbert McGee: “But by all means go ahead and attack the complaining parents for acting like counter-revolutionary kulaks, comrades.”
If I were to choose to “attack” them, I think that the fact that they are anti-marriage equality would be quite enough of a reason.
I don’t know if I could have expressed myself at all that well when I was their age.
Did it ever occur to you that what you see in the video was culled from hours and hours of flubbed takes and kids saying “ummm… like… ummm…”?
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