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Let's Just Ban Everything!
By Rev. Jerry Falwell
© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com
California school officials have issued new
textbook regulations that are designed to keep "offensive" material
from hurting anyone's feelings.
And how do you keep from offending people?
Fox News reported this week that a variety of phrases, images and
historic references have been suppressed in order to afford a more
politically-correct environment for students. After examining the
things that have been banned, it becomes evident to any clear-thinking
individual that these school officials are more concerned with
rewriting history and manipulating the minds of children than they are
with actually teaching.
Here are just a few of the directives California educators have
mandated for their textbooks:
The nation's "Founding Fathers" must be referred to as "the
Framers," to avoid any implication that they were what they were –
men. You know, these great men typically wore powdered wigs and wore
frilly clothes, so maybe we should refer to them as our "Founding
Cross Dressers," or the "Founding Transgenders." (Then again, maybe I
shouldn't make such suggestions because, as ludicrous as it sounds,
some California educator might think it's not such a bad idea.)
Images of unsafe foods – hot dogs, sodas, cake, etc. – have been
banned. Maybe we should appease the unyielding animal-rights activists
and not depict any meat dishes, at all. Better yet, maybe we should
suggest in our textbooks that meat eaters – probably 90 percent of
Americans – are the equivalent of murderers.
Mount Rushmore can no longer be pictured because "it appears to
offend" some Indians – I mean Native Americans. I say tear Mount
Rushmore down if it is so offensive. Just blow it up. This nation of
"inclusion" should not boast a monument that does not include a
minority, a homosexual, a dolphin or a handicapped individual.
Even yachts cannot be depicted in California textbooks because
they are seen as elitist. Well, aren't houses seen as elitist to
Maybe photos of cars should also be banned. In fact, shouldn't all
photos be banned since many people can't afford a nice camera?
And don't books come from trees? Should we even have books in our
schools when they come at the expense of the trees?
You get the picture.
Our nation is comprised of a growing number of people who have made
an art form of being offended, and California educators are determined
to mollify them.
This is, of course, an unending proposition. The list of offenses
will continue to grow and censorship-minded California officials will
eventually find their textbooks full of empty white pages – unless
white pages are also found to be offensive.
"I think our textbooks should to our greatest capacity be free of
any type of stereotyping," Sue Stickel, who is "deputy superintendent
for curriculum and instruction" for the California Department of
Education, told Fox News. (Ms. Stickel, I'd bet that 90 percent of
California students can't even spell or define the word
This spirit of suppression is not exclusive to California education
officials. We see it all across the nation. People are offended by the
Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance, prayers at high-school
football games, pro-adoption license plates, etc. And as soon as these
people complain, some left-leaning judge or city official can
typically be found to authorize a ruling to squelch the offending
activity or image. (By the way, how is it that conservatives are
typically portrayed as book burners when it is the left that is so
comfortable with silencing those with whom they disagree?)
Unless we are prepared to ban everything in our nation – because
virtually everything can be made to appear offensive – we had
better start electing political leaders and school officials who
understand that education is supposed to be about the free exchange of
ideas and actual teaching. We'd better get serious about putting
people in power who will not acquiesce to those who are habitually
insulted or offended by even the most innocuous things.
And now that I've finished this column, I think I'll head over to
McDonalds in my SUV.
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