Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Connect the Dots

When I was a kid I loved the connect the dots books. Take a pencil, draw a continuous line and see what picture emerges. So take some recent news stories, connect the dots and see what emerges.

Dateline, Kansas, 2005 - Let's teach "Intelligent Design" (a.k.a. creationism) in high school and redefine the definition of science. Additional proposals include teaching history students slavery was just a management-labor dispute, teaching home ec. students that the body of Christ might be in wafers and teaching sex ed. students that while abstinence may lead to an immaculate conception real sex is icky.

Dateline, Alabama, 2005 - At last a bill to ban any book or play by gay authors, or about gay characters! Bye, bye Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Gore Vidal. Bye, bye "The Color Purple," "The Maltese Falcon" and some Shakespeare. Half the library books would be banned. The bill's author State Representative Gerald Allen, "I don't look at it as censorship." While some call it wholesale book burning it would cut down on reading homework for the innocent waifs who make up the student body.

Dateline, Texas, 2005 - State house approves a bill to restrict "overtly sexually suggestive" cheerleading. An amendment to the bill to require cheerleaders to wear bhurkas during routines was narrowly defeated.

A three-dot puzzle isn't really a picture but the list of "dots" goes on and on. What the religious right has done is hijack a Republican party willing to be hijacked to get power. "Freedom is on the march," we are told by President Bush. But while we claim to be against religious Ayatollahs and Mullahs overseas, Christian Mullahs are on the march here in America. Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride.


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