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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Motto Offends, Bestiality Does Not?

If only the people who define what is and is not politically correct could be tricked into believing that Christians revere promiscous or perverted sexual activity, drug abuse, and graphic depictions or descriptions of gratuitous violence, imagine how easy it would be to exclude such stuff from the curriculum in our public schools.

Here is an example of "PC" exclusion of words the leftists consider potentially damaging to the minds of our youth:

Texas school drops God from U.S. coin

KELLER, Texas, May 23 (UPI) -- A Texas elementary school that removed the words "In God We Trust" from the image of a nickel on its yearbook is taking flak from around the country.

Earlier this year, the principal of Liberty Elementary School in Keller, northwest of Dallas, made the decision to alter the image on the cover, but to provide a sticker that could be applied to the coin's picture that put the words back.

Here is an example of the argument in favor of retaining offensive books on a list of required reading material:

It is the first time in more than 20 years that a reading list has been challenged in the Arlington Heights-based district, said Chuck Venegoni, who heads the English and fine arts departments at Hersey High School. The district uses an extensive review process based on established national reading lists, and the suggestion that teachers are using materials on par with porn is insulting, he said.

"This is not some serendipitous decision to allow someone to do what they felt like doing because they had something about talking about something kinky in front of kids," Venegoni said. "It's insulting to hardworking people who really do care about kids."


"For however edgy a few passages taken out of context, there is nothing in any of those books that even remotely approaches what an objective person would call pornography," he said.

The defense seems to be that careful thought went into choosing the challenged books, so the offensive parts ought to be ignored by those who find them offensive.

Why not apply that decision rule when deciding whether to edit a picture of a nickel to remove the words, "In God We Trust"?


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