Wednesday, August 03, 2005

We Are Family DVD: Broward County Controversy

According the Miami Herald, last Tuesday the Broward School Board met to discuss whether the We Are Family DVD starring Big Bird and Barney should be added to the current curriculum. During the diversity committee's discussion, Steve Kane, a radio talk show host and member of the committee, said, 'Even in the liberal group, they understand that these people are trying to mess with our kids' minds and introduce all kinds of activities in the name of tolerance.''

Marty Rubenstein, a first-term board member quickly pledged to remove Mr. Kane from the district's diversity committee; however, "Rubinstein has backed away from those comments." After comparing Kane's remarks to "Nazi attacks on Jews in World War II," Rubenstein has been quoted as saying, "[Kane's] been taken to the woodshed."

Kane reportedly has been quoted as saying, "This has become a distraction and that is unfortunate."

I am not sure what Mr. Kane finds unfortunate. Is it that he made bigotted and intolerant remarks, or is it that he has been called out on those remarks? I believe strongly in the protection of the freedom of speech, but I also believe that our children deserve to grow up with all of the protections that the constitution affords them. If the diversity committee is made up of people who do not support equality for everyone, then our children will continue to be left unprotected.

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