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Monday, January 30, 2006

Should I make the "fag means cigarette" joke?

I think the world would be a lot better of a place if people would think before they say anything.

For example, look at this case:

University Compares Expelling Gay Student To Stamping Out Smoking:

A small Christian liberal arts university that expelled a gay student for failing to adhere to "lifestyle" rules set down by the school is now comparing his dismissal to a hospital asking someone to leave because they are smoking.
Michael Guinn said John Brown University expelled him Jan. 13 for violating " campus lifestyle guidelines".

Okay, granted, this is a bit more complex than that. For example, look at this next paragraph:

According to Guinn, he was required to sign a pledge that he would not dress in women's clothing, not slap others on the buttocks if he was a member of a sports team, not hug or shake hands with other men for too long, not "broadcast his lifestyle", and not tell other students he was gay until he knew them well.

So, yeah, there are other issues afoot.

But back to my main point. Didn't 'American Idol' just get in trouble for saying some stupid things, gender/sexuality-wise? And what about film critic's Gene Shalit's recent comments about 'Brokeback Mountain.' Now, clearly the issue is different with John Brown University - they have some deeper problems with homosexuality than just thinking that expelling a student for being gay is like kicking someone out of a hospital for smoking.

But, none the less, I think the point still holds that people say stupid things and wouldn't it be nice if they thought about them first?


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