The day rarely goes by when the public schools don't offer another reason to shut them down, and they have kindly obliged again.
"1st public gay high school set for NY," the MSNBC Web site reported on Monday. In a bit of dark humor, the headline link ran just below this one: "HIV cases rise among U.S. gay men."
You'd think the news about AIDS might give the public schools pause, but alack, when the subject involves perversion, educationist fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Still, the high school is a welcome development. It hastens the day when public education collapses.
The school will be named for a homosexual martyr, Harvey Milk, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is positively pink about it.
"I think everybody feels that it's a good idea," he bubbled, "because some of the kids who are gays and lesbians have been constantly harassed and beaten in other schools. It lets them get an education without having to worry."
Actually "everybody" doesn't "feel" it's a good idea, not least of whom are the devout Christians, Muslims and Jews whose taxes will pay for this lunatic experiment. By the way, it includes the obligatory nod to bisexual and "transgender" students.
Who knew so many teens were afflicted with the desire for "sex reassignment?"
Sadly, recalling the headline and truth about AIDS, New York's school authorities could well help kill students they claim they want to protect and educate.
What About Christians
It's tempting to say segregating homosexuals from normal kids is a good idea. Without doubt, if someone had suggested this 10 years ago, the Stonewall riots might have re-erupted.
But segregation isn't the point. Favoritism is, and as with public education itself, it's a thoroughly inappropriate use of public money.
To prove it, let's suggest similar treatment for all students, which is only fair. If homosexual students deserve protection from "harassment," all students do.
Catholics and devout Christians should demand separate schools to protect their children from harassment, and not from other students, but from the flagitiously anti-Christian school authorities. They never tire of insulting and degrading the Christian religion. The public school curriculum, candidly hostile to Christian beliefs with its pro-homosexual "family life" curriculum, is harassment in and of itself.
Christians should demand not just separate schools, but priests and ministers as teachers and principals. They should demand Christian textbooks and time for morning services. They should demand prayer at the beginning and end of the school day.
Jews and Muslims should demand separate schools. So should whites, as well as blacks and other minorities. All are harassed in some way, although everyone knows who gets harassed the most: white Christians.
The entire public-school apparatchik is arrayed against them.
Rescue Your Children
If anyone else asked for separate schools, the educrats would tell them to go private. Good idea, as is home-schooling, which is why Harvey Milk High is such good news for the opponents of public education.
The madness won't stop in New York, and it's a stunning demonstration of public schooling's nefarious purpose: not only altering the loyalties and beliefs of the students, but also undermining traditional American culture and the Christian civilization that produced it.
The end of public education awaits one thing: Parents with the courage to rescue their children.
July 30, 2003
Syndicated columnist R. Cort Kirkwood [send him mail] is managing editor of the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va.