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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

John Deeth Blog: Just Ignore It

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

A letter signed by Senate co-leaders Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, and Mary Lundby, R-Marion, calls for a vote on anti-bullying legislation next session. ... Back in my day they told me “just ignore it.” Over and over and over again. I was surprised a couple weeks back when Tom Vilsack spoke of being bullied in school, of the need for this bill. He didn’t offer details of his hurt, but there was an odd catch in his voice. ... To the theocratic wing of the Republican Party, ideology is more important than reality. They actually believe that if this bill passes, we’ll be saying that it’s somehow wrong to hurt a young boy by calling him “queer,” and we’ll maybe just maybe imply that it’s NOT WRONG to be young and gay. Which of course it isn’t. But they’re more concerned with their dogma, with Motivating The Base, that with the real tears of our children. Kids like me. We can’t just ignore it.

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