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Old 02-16-2012, 06:40 AM   #16
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Just a point of comparison with across the pond. We get an awful lot of stories about such-and-such has been 'banned by local councils' or 'schools aren't allowed to do such-and-such.'

For example, it was widely reported a few years back that the nursery rhyme 'Baa baa black sheep' had been changed to 'Baa baa rainbow sheep' as part of some council-backed non-discriminatory ruling. Every so often, this resurfaces on the UK internet forums, despite the fact that it never happened. It turns out that some schools used it as a verse within the traditional song, as a vocabulary-building exercse.

Another case was the allegation that the Health and Safety Executive had banned a traditional game called 'conkers' in schools. This turned out to be the nothing to do with government. A few schools had indeed banned the game, but this was based on fears of litigation from parents if kids got injured.

The point is that there are some sections of the press - or individuals - that are hell-bent on constructing straw men. Their agenda is to whip up reactionary rage about the 'state that the UK/US/world is in'. I'm not saying that this is the case in the nativity case - just that a general principle should be to exercise caution before accepting the claims of apocalyptic emails like this. Exactly what has been banned? By whom? Is it a county/state wide principle, or a locally instituted one?

And: Are foetuses used in research? Does the author mean 'embryos'? There's a distinction. If the label of criminal has been entirely replaced with 'sick people', why is the penal system bursting at the seams?

On a separate point, members of the heterosexual majority have, of course, every right to stage a 'straight pride' parade. But I bet the costumes wouldn't be as good
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