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Posted on 04/13/2005 4:55:54 PM PDT by President of HSCCA Tim Bueler
RANCHO COTATE HIGH
Students protest gay rights
2 counterprotesters arrested during lunchtime rally outside Rohnert Park high school
Thursday, April 7, 2005
By ROBERT DIGITALE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Under the watchful eye of police officers and media cameras, the student leader of Rancho Cotate High School's controversial Conservative Club led an off-campus protest Wednesday against gay rights.
Tim Bueler, 18, president of the club and the related High School Conservative Clubs of America, joined about a dozen protesters in a lunchtime demonstration across the street from the Rohnert Park school.
Bueler, who last year drew nationwide attention after starting the Conservative Club and claiming liberal bias in the classroom, called the demonstration "a day to stand up for God's truth." He said it was organized to protest a planned event Friday by the school's Gay-Straight Alliance Club.
Senior Christina Morey, president of the Gay-Straight Alliance, said Wednesday's anti-gay demonstration is proof that efforts to promote tolerance of alternative lifestyles are needed.
She said during the past year the Conservative Club's existence has caused students to become less willing to consider other points of view.
"You have to push that much harder to defend what you believe," Morey said.
Some demonstrators carried signs and wore sweat shirts that said "Homosexuality is sin," and had the universal symbol for "no" - a circle and slash - around and through the word "gay." School administrators confiscated similar sweat shirts from students who wore the messages on campus Wednesday morning.
That brought an angry reply from Bueler, who said it was a violation of free speech for the school to take the shirts, which he said were provided by GayMarriageNo.org, a Placer- ville-based group.
School Principal Mitchell Carter said the sweat shirts violated a school policy about messages on clothing "that represent bigotry and target particular protected classes" of students.
While the demonstration remained peaceful, police arrested two counterprotesters. One was detained after tearing down a demonstrator's sign and another after throwing eggs at a truck containing signs condemning homosexuality. Each student was cited on a vandalism charge and released, Police Sgt. Art Sweeney said.
The vandalized truck was one of four that repeatedly passed the high school along Snyder Lane and were driven by members of GayMarriageNo.org. One of the trucks was cited twice for impeding traffic, Sweeney said.
A few hundred students observed the demonstration either from campus or from the nearby sidewalk. Many cheered when the student tore down the sign.
"This gives Christianity a bad name," junior Corinne Corbett said of the demonstrators' use of Bible scriptures.
The demonstration was in response to the "Day of Silence," sponsored by the school's Gay-Straight Alliance club. That observance, planned for Friday and fashioned after a similar nationwide event, involves students who remain silent during school to protest discrimination against gays and bisexuals.
Bueler last year garnered national attention for challenging the alleged liberal bias of public school teachers and for causing a stir on the campus over his comments objecting to illegal immigration. Police officers were called in to quell one student disturbance.
On Wednesday, nine police officers were on hand, Sweeney said. Three TV news crews also arrived to film the protest after Bueler distributed press releases announcing the action.
Mike Watenpaugh, superintendent of the Cotati-Rohnert Park school district, said school officials could count only a handful of Rancho Cotate students among the demonstrators. But Bueler insisted that as many as 35 students may have assisted in various aspects of the protest.
Amanda Clarke, vice president of the campus Conservative Club and the national group, considered the demonstration a success because "it raised a lot of questions and that's what we're looking for."
Keep the the light on 'em.
Today, there was a table of ribbons at my college. One ribbon was rainbow the other was black and brown. A girl who was in the local Gay and Lesbians club started explaining what they were. The rainbow ribbon was for gay pride and the black and brown ribbon was for tolerance. She asked me if I wanted to take one.
I took the ribbon for tolerance.
I don't believe in Gay Pride. A society that promotes homosexuality will create more homosexuals. I often point out ancient Sparta where young men of 12 were encouraged to take on an older male lover. As a result when these boys grew up they were disgusted by women. So much so, that Spartan women would shave their heads on their wedding night to appear more masculine.
My point is, that sexuality can be conditioned.
Gay men are less than 1 % of the population but account for over 40 % of Aids cases. It's not healthy. On average Gay men die at least ten years earlier than heterosexual men.
I believe in tolerance but I also believe in truth. Let's start telling young men the truth about homosexuality, or do more have to die?
The 'Truth' gives Christianity a bad name???
Today, I also almost threw up after seeing an "American torture at Abu Graib" flyer. These liberals are just too much.
I may be off base here, but "tolerance" as we know it is far different from "tolerance" as the activist movements are using it today. They are using the word "tolerance" as a vehicle to establish normalcy in otherwise unnatural, unsafe, and immoral practices. The truth is, we don't have to, and we shouldn't tolerate homosexuality because it spreads deadly diseases and is deemed immoral by all of the world's major religions.
It gives Science a bad name. How many more men have to die because these Leftists refuse to tell them the truth? Sodomy is unhygienic.
I'm a very tolerant and accepting person. I have gay guy friends, gay guys are great for shopping. But let's keep it out of the mainstream.
Good job, Tim. Keep getting under their skin -- liberals hate debate. It's like giving a bath to a cat.
We all need to and do tolerate homosexuals. We shouldn't Tolerate homosexuality. Love the sinner hate the sin, although I'm not Christian or anything really. What that club did was have flyers with pictures of young men who had been killed for being gay, like Mathew Sheppard. Really to equate Gay Pride with belief in Tolerance as if they are interchangeable. No one here is for killing homosexuals, I'm for stronger penalties for people who do cruel things like that to anyone.
I just read a quote of yours, I googled your name. Sorry, I'm a stalker.
"The Republican Party is too liberal for me!"
I would say that everyone here agrees with you.
Good work, Tim.
This is another instance of liberals' belief in "free speech, as long as you agree with me."
How can a government school deny students First Amendment rights?
More on the free speech protest in Rohnert Park, CA - a counter protest to the "Day of Silence" [let EVERY day be a day of silence for homosexual agenda pushers!].
Please take note of comment 14 - and think about these sobering words:
The following year, it was stated at the start of the school year that "freedom of speech stopped at the school doors."
If this isn't a signal of where the liberal agenda is trying to take our young kids, then I don't know what is.
Naturally, every Constitutional freedom doesn't apply in schools since children are minors and have a vastly different set of rights and responsibilities than their parents or other persons who have achieved majority. But still, this reminds me somehow of Auschwitz - Work Makes Free.
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