Thursday, September 18, 2014

Political Correctness Run Amok - High School Version

Our public schools are sinking in a sea of political correctness. Here's a sample of the latest foolishness.

School bans 'offensive' Chick-fil-A sandwiches
Feathers have been ruffled at California’s Ventura High School, where the principal this week banned the football booster club from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches over fears that people might be offended.

What, pray tell, could people find offensive about a plump juicy chicken breast tucked between two buttered buns?

“With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on campus,” (Principal Val) Wyatt told the Ventura County Star.

It was a sentiment supported by Trudy Tuttle Ariaga, superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District.

“We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus, and all our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission,” Ariaga told CBS News in Los Angeles.

There’s just one teensy-weensy problem with Principal Wyatt’s explanation: It’s not true.

“Chick-fil-A doesn’t have a stance on gay marriage,” (local Chick-fil-A franchise owner Robert) Shaffer told the Star. “We treat everyone who walks through our doors, regardless of their religion or sexual orientation, with honor, dignity and respect.”
I suspect the principal read the mainstream media's reporting on a 2012 interview with Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, who stated his support for traditional marriage.

The interview sparked nationwide outrage among the LGBT community and the mainstream media, who put their own spin on Cathy's remarks. Here's what he actually said.
 "We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

That’s it. That’s what Dan Cathy said. Here’s the link to the interview. Read it for yourself. Not once did Cathy say anything disparaging about the LGBT community or gay marriage.
Of course, the truth is meaningless to liberals and their lapdogs in the media. It just gets in the way of their narrative.

Meanwhile, the ones hurt most by this PC crap are the students.
The local Chick-fil-A franchise has a storied history of supporting the school district – to the tune of thousands of dollars – and owner Robert Shaffer had generously offered to give the booster club 200 meals for a “back-to-school” event on Wednesday at which they expected to raise $1,600 for the football team, the Ventura Star reported.

“That would have gone toward the football program, everything from uniforms to food for the boys,” booster club president Dan Swim told the Star. “We don’t charge money for the boys to play football.”

...Chick-fil-A was not making a single penny. They were giving all the proceeds to the booster club.
But who cares if the students lose out, as long as the smug PC tyrants can feel good about themselves - regardless of the facts.

Here's another example.

School yanks U.S. flag from vehicles on 9/11
A South Carolina high school principal’s decision to confiscate American flags from students’ vehicles on 9/11 has promoted meetings this week between school officials and outraged students.

WSPA-TV reported Principal Aaron Fulmer removed the flags from vehicles parked at Woodruff High School in Spartanburg, claiming rules forbid anything that creates a disturbance or draws an “unusual amount of attention.”
It's a shame when flying the flag of our country is considered "creating a disturbance".

That nonsense is reminiscent of an event that took place a little over four years ago.

On May 5, 2010, five high school students were sent home from school because they were wearing American flag t-shirts. Students wearing t-shirts with the Mexican flag, however, were allowed to remain in school. The reason: May 5th is the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo, celebrating a Mexican military victory over the French army in 1862. (Why anyone would celebrate beating the French is beyond me, but that's a topic for another time.)

On that day, students were expected to be “fostering a spirit of cultural awareness.” (Evidently, students are expected to be aware of every culture except America's.)
Administrators at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., called the T-shirts “incendiary” when they were worn on Cinco de Mayo...
Today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed its ruling in favor of the school's ban on American-themed apparel.
Rejecting free speech arguments from parents, Republican lawmakers and conservative groups, a federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to reconsider a ruling that found a South Bay high school had the legal right to order students wearing American-flag adorned shirts to turn them inside out during a 2010 Cinco de Mayo celebration.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals let stand its February ruling in favor of Live Oak High School administrators, who argued that a history of problems on the Mexican holiday justified the decision to act against the American flag-wearing students.
So rather than punish the hooligans who start trouble, the court believes it is better to restrict the constitutional rights of innocent, law-abiding individuals.

Welcome to obama's America.

Building Legacy, Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench
Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy.

For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees.

Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took office, only one of those courts had more full-time judges nominated by a Democrat.

The shift, one of the most significant but unheralded accomplishments of the Obama era, is likely to have ramifications for how the courts decide the legality of some of the president’s most controversial actions...
We are so screwed...


Bag Blog said...

"We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus..."

And they do this by excluding what they don't like. Amazing.

Old NFO said...

It's getting truly scary... And these are the people INDOCTRINATING our children...

Well Seasoned Fool said...

And these are the people INDOCTRINATING our children...

I've seen that indoctrination blow back a few times in my life, which gives me some hope for the future. At least for those who can still read and think for themselves.

Maybe Bob Dylan should have written, "The times, they are ALWAYS changing". One can hope.

Toejam said...

9th Federal circuit court decision:

"Illegal to wear American Flag shirt on Cinco de Mayo in California."



CenTexTim said...

BB - Exactly!

NFO - Not only that, but we're giving them our tax dollars to do so.

WSF - You're a glass half-full kind of guy. I wish I shared your optimism.

Toejam - Yes we are...