Tuesday, April 25, 2006

So, I'm a species, eh?

Thank goodness my nieces are out of the Palm Beach County school system.

At an April 5 meeting, school board chair Tom Lynch called gay students "a protected species."

He later apologized for the remark --after it received widespread attention. The Express Gay News pointed out, however, that Lynch has exhibited similar lapses in judgment; the Sun-Sentinel reported that the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council has called for his resignation.

Maybe Lynch would do well to bone up on the materials readily prepared by education groups on hate speech and bullying in schools.

I'd like to think that if he were to run into that little fairy from the Dodge Calibre commercials, he might discover what it means to belong to a class of people subjected to hate and harassment. Remember the Twilight Zone movie where Vic Morrow and two other actors were killed? A bigot found himself trapped living the experiences of the very people he was denigrating.

But that only hapens in fairy tales.

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