Story 1: State Senate Backs Immigration Boycott
The state Senate on Thursday spoke out in favor of a boycott of schools and jobs planned by immigration activists for Monday.
Senators approved a resolution officially recognizing the nationwide protest, which will include rallies in cities throughout California and the United States.
Boycott organizers are speaking out against federal legislation that would make it a felony to be in the United States illegally and in favor of bills that would enable many immigrants to establish legal residency here.
The protests have sparked controversy, in part because organizers are asking students to stay out of school.
Need I add anymore? How does anything get done in California, with a legislature like this? Is this the kind of "critical thinking" and "social justice" and "civic activity" that we're to be teaching in our schools?
Shame on you, state Senate.
Story 2: Gay Rights Face-off
The national debate over gay rights became a divisive force on Sacramento-area school campuses this week, as religious Christian students wore T-shirts expressing their disapproval of homosexuality as others participated in a Day of Silence to honor gay and lesbian peers.
Thirteen students at Oakmont High School in Roseville were suspended Tuesday when they refused to take off T-shirts that declared: "Homosexuality is sin." The students hired a lawyer who appealed 12 of the suspensions to the district Wednesday.
Other schools in the region have disciplined students in recent weeks for refusing to remove T-shirts condemning homosexuality...
"I'm troubled by the notion that a student could perhaps come into school wearing a T-shirt that says Christian fundamentalism is shameful, and that might be OK, whereas a student wearing a 'Homosexuality is shameful' shirt is subject to discipline or suspension," he said.
Thank you, 9th Circuit, for f***ing up another ruling. The article comments:
In a section of the ruling that drew sharp dissent from Judge Alex Kozinski (dissenting judge in the case) and has troubled even legal scholars who support gay rights, Reinhardt (9th Circus idiot who wrote the majority opinion) wrote that the decision is limited to speech that "strikes at a core identifying characteristic of students on the basis of their membership in a minority group."(emphasis mine--Darren)
And here's hope for the future, an 18-year-old who certainly has his head screwed on straight:
At Folsom High School Wednesday, expressions for and against the Day of Silence peacefully co-existed, said student Lance Chih, co-chair of the Sacramento Regional Gay Straight Alliance. Many students wore rainbow arm bands and Day of Silence shirts, while a few students wore T-shirts stating homosexuality is a sin, he said.
Chih wasn't bothered by the open expression of homophobic messages, he said, because they weren't violent or vulgar.
"If they're stating their own belief that homosexuality is wrong, that's not promoting hate or violence against us," said Chih, 18. "If I want to promote my civil rights, I can't tell another group of students that they can't do it."