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(Oregon)High school cancels play but spurs debate
OregonLive ^ | Saturday, September 10, 2005 | AMY HSUAN

Posted on 09/10/2005 8:53:51 AM PDT by DuckFan4ever

Some say it's a shame that Southridge won't perform the work about a gay man

BEAVERTON -- Southridge High School's principal has stopped production of a controversial play due to profanities and sexual content.

But members of the theater community say "The Laramie Project" is under attack because it features a character who is gay.

"Southridge has prided itself on being diverse," said Jason Kniss, a 2005 Southridge graduate. "And if the school district and principal were to take this out, it would conflict with the founding principles there."

The play chronicles the true story of 21-year-old gay college student Matthew Shepard, who was killed seven years ago in Laramie, Wyo. The production, which has been performed at schools across the country, including Hillsboro's Century High School, pieces together the events surrounding the killing through the reactions of dozens of Laramie residents.

Southridge theater arts director Wade Willis says he selected the play for its educational value and the challenge it would present student actors.

"Everything I hear about presenting something 'controversial' is that you have to put forth all sides," Willis said Friday. "You can't be more complete than this in presenting multiple points of view."

Willis is holding a community meeting 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Southridge High auditorium to hear reaction from parents, students and community members.

Maureen Wheeler, Beaverton School District spokeswoman, said the play is considered controversial because it contains profanities and sexual content. Willis also failed to have the selection reviewed by Principal Amy Gordon under the district's controversial materials policies, Wheeler said.

Gordon could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Bill Johnson, Century High theater instructor, said "The Laramie Project" met initial resistance from Hillsboro school officials but eventually ran after profanities and one sensitive scene were removed.

"We looked at it from a discrimination standpoint," Johnson said. "It's a murder story and the victim happened to be gay, and that's why he was killed. Why is this any different from Anne Frank, who was killed for her religion, or 'Romeo and Juliet'?"

Amy Hsuan: 503-294-5954; amyhsuan@news.oregonian.com


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: homofascistagenda; homofascists; homosexualagenda; hseducation; matthewshepard; pervertperverts; perverts; pervertspervert; thearts

1 posted on 09/10/2005 8:53:53 AM PDT by DuckFan4ever
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To: little jeremiah; Salvation

Oregon Ping and potential for homosexual agenda ping.


2 posted on 09/10/2005 8:54:58 AM PDT by DuckFan4ever (Thanks to all those serving.)
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To: DuckFan4ever
"Southridge has prided itself on being diverse," said Jason Kniss, a 2005 Southridge graduate.

I would be willing to bet that 98% of all kids, of all races, creeds, colors and sexual orientation, well, ok, maybe not sexual orientation, could care less about how "diverse" their high school is.

3 posted on 09/10/2005 8:57:32 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (When a Jihadist dies, an angel gets its wings)
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To: DuckFan4ever

I don't know about the play "The Laramie Project", but if it's anything like the movie it's garbage. All it did was portray gays as innocent little "angels" (literally) and those of us who disagree with the lifestyle/agenda as homophobic bigots.


4 posted on 09/10/2005 8:59:07 AM PDT by manwiththehands
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To: DuckFan4ever
"The Laramie Project" is under attack because it features a character who is gay. "Southridge has prided itself on being diverse,"

Southridge has prided itself on being perverse.

5 posted on 09/10/2005 9:02:53 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("I was just the spark the universe chose ....." --- Cindy Sheehan (barf alert))
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To: VeniVidiVici

"Southridge has prided itself on being diverse". Uh...ever spent time in Oregon, especially outside of Portland?


6 posted on 09/10/2005 9:04:02 AM PDT by nk_47
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To: DuckFan4ever
Sheparh wasn't killed because he was gay. His murder was over drugs and money.

Click here for ABC news story debunking the hate crime theory.

7 posted on 09/10/2005 9:04:32 AM PDT by acad1228 (Free The West Memphis Three!!!)
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To: nk_47

A little in Tigard.

My point is that's it's always a vocal minority that makes it look like "everyone" supports a cause.

So maybe they're a little too wacked in the NW. ;-)


8 posted on 09/10/2005 9:09:53 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (When a Jihadist dies, an angel gets its wings)
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To: DuckFan4ever

If the play had an identifiable homosexual - that means it had overt sexual references that do NOT belong in a high school play. heterosexual or homosexual. The school has the right to censor.

Go to the local pocket theatre if you want homosexual material.

On the other hand, the students can add little things, but MUST expect the consequences if they break the rules.


My H.S. senior year, our class play was "Goodbye Mr Jordan" (aka Heaven can Wait) - on our closing night we made some minor script modifications and when the maid went upstairs to discover the "body", we had her enter the bath and very loudly and sexily say (behind closed doors) "Ooooohhh ... Mr Farnsworth .... you shouldn't!"

We were suspended (for a couple days) for that little infraction. We did NOT protest like whiny wimpy liberals.

The year? 1968


9 posted on 09/10/2005 9:11:37 AM PDT by hombre_sincero (www.sigmaitsys.com)
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To: DuckFan4ever
"You can't be more complete than this in presenting multiple points of view."

Liberals are all for "diversity", as long as it is limited to the untraditional.

10 posted on 09/10/2005 9:14:39 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: beyond the sea
"Southridge has prided itself on being perverse." As do most public schools in the US. However, this is the reason that I thank God every day that He has provided me with the resources to send my children to private Christian schools. Amen.
11 posted on 09/10/2005 9:14:53 AM PDT by gakrak ("A wise man's heart is his right hand, But a fool's heart is at his left" Eccl 10:2)
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To: DuckFan4ever
Willis also failed to have the selection reviewed by Principal Amy Gordon under the district's controversial materials policies, Wheeler said.

Sounds like Willis is a Ward Churchill wannabe.

12 posted on 09/10/2005 9:15:20 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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To: DuckFan4ever
The Laramie project is all about pushing the gay agenda on a cimmunity and tarring anyone who disagrees as a homophobe.

If you buy the rights to perform this play in your town, you automatically get a visit from that Phelps character and his band of crazies. They protest, and the local kids and townspeople get the general impression that those who are against the gay lobby's agenda are somehow like Phelps, and no oen wants to be like Phelps.

It's really quite a good deal for the people who put it on. I wonder some lefty outfit somehow funds Phelps's travel clandestinely. Phelps, btw, has been a big supporter of Al Gore going way back. He is one of theirs, not one of ours.

13 posted on 09/10/2005 9:16:54 AM PDT by Montfort (The looting has only just begun. Now it is Congress' turn to loot.)
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To: Montfort
The Laramie project is all about pushing the gay agenda on a cimmunity and tarring anyone who disagrees as a homophobe.

If you buy the rights to perform this play in your town, you automatically get a visit from that Phelps character and his band of crazies. They protest, and the local kids and townspeople get the general impression that those who are against the gay lobby's agenda are somehow like Phelps, and no oen wants to be like Phelps.

The mainstream press tends to ignore the middle ground - those of us who don't discriminate against gays but don't want to give them extra rights for being gay aren't very interesting.

In this case:

1. It's already murder - that's hateful enough

2. Would they allow a non-gay play to have sex and profanity? The same rules should apply.

3. #1 and #2 don't make me a homophobe.

The Laramy project and Phelps actually hurt their side's cases, IMO. Just like the activist judges trying legislate gay marriage - now some people don't even want gay households recognized. Over-reaching causes backlashes.

We had a an openly gay candidate for Lt. governor in Georgia whose position on gay rights was "equal rights for all - no special rights for sexual orientation." He was the libertarian candidate though....

14 posted on 09/10/2005 9:41:05 AM PDT by gondramB
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To: DuckFan4ever

oh brother... can't they at least save this kind of crap for college? whatever happended to "Guys and Dolls" or "Bye-Bye, Birdie?"


15 posted on 09/10/2005 9:54:53 AM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: DuckFan4ever

Sheesh what happened to the Good Old Days when high schools put on "My Fair Lady" and "Bye Bye Birdie".


16 posted on 09/10/2005 9:56:12 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: DuckFan4ever

Its sick the freak would want to do this in a high school in the first place. HS is not the place for this kind of crap.


17 posted on 09/10/2005 10:11:47 AM PDT by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: DuckFan4ever

No matter how it's played the loony left cannot disprove how
unnatural that lifestyle choice is. ANd Matthew Shephard was NOT murdered because he was gay-- But because he was
stupid and tried to exchange unnatural sex for drugs and
was murdered because the druggies was wanting to steal or
do whatever necessary to get more drugs. Bet this pc play never mentions WHY Matthew Shephard was killed-preferring to
make us all as Sodom and as gomorrah -and under the judgement.


18 posted on 09/10/2005 10:20:07 AM PDT by StonyBurk
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To: acad1228
Wrong on both counts: One of the killers admitted in his initial confession Shepard was killed because he was a homosexual. It was taped and that portion was played on an episode of A&E's American Justice.

And the West Memphis Three are in jail because they killed those kids. Period.

19 posted on 09/10/2005 10:28:17 AM PDT by Houmatt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: EdReform; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; stage left; Yakboy; I_Love_My_Husband; ...
Homosexual Agenda Ping.

If you want on/off the ping list let me and little jeremiah know.

20 posted on 09/10/2005 10:47:40 AM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K
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To: DuckFan4ever

thanks for the ping!


21 posted on 09/10/2005 10:53:07 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: DuckFan4ever; oregon; abcraghead; aimhigh; Archie Bunker on steroids; bicycle thug; blackie; ...

Oregon Ping

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Oregon Ping List.

22 posted on 09/10/2005 10:53:46 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: DuckFan4ever

"Why is this any different from Anne Frank who was killed for her religion?"



So now their disgusting sexual practices are on par with one of the world's oldest religions?


Hubris.


23 posted on 09/10/2005 10:54:07 AM PDT by trubluolyguy (Women are like the forest, dark, mysterious and full of squirrels.)
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To: DuckFan4ever

Aachem's razor says agenda driven choice. No reason to choose this play over any other - except for the homosexual agenda.

Diva's Husband


24 posted on 09/10/2005 11:07:03 AM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross (Code pink sinks)
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To: Montfort; EdReform; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; stage left; Yakboy; ...

Homosexual Agenda Ping.

Bad news/good news in Beaverton. The Laramie Project is based on lies, since Shepard's killers admitted after sentencing they had been ordered to keep silent on the real motive for killing. It had nothing to do with Shepard's being homosexual. Drug culture, intoxication, and theft were, IIRC, the actual reasons.

And it is just another straw on the camel's back of "let's indoctrinate every school kid in the entire country that Gay is Good - in fact, Gay is Better than what used to be called Normal".

Freepmail me and DirtyHarryY2K if you want on/off this pinglist.

Note: See the disgusting comparison between Anne Frank, being murdered because of her religion, and homosexuals, in particular one homosexual, who was killed because of the drug subculture in which he apparently dwelled.


25 posted on 09/10/2005 11:28:20 AM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: little jeremiah
"We looked at it from a discrimination standpoint," Johnson said. "It's a murder story and the victim happened to be gay, and that's why he was killed.

And as we all know now Mathew Shepard was methamphetamine HIV ridden addict who wasn't killed because he was "gay" but because the two guys he picked up were in a "meth rage" committing a robbery. It's well known the murderers often hung around homosexuals and one was a closet bisexual.

Does "The Laramie Project" address this? No, they just keep putting forward the lies and mistruths built into the homosexual agenda.

(spits on ground)

26 posted on 09/10/2005 12:36:12 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't like Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: gakrak

Good for you and your little ones.


27 posted on 09/10/2005 12:39:05 PM PDT by beyond the sea ("I was just the spark the universe chose ....." --- Cindy Sheehan (barf alert))
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To: Clint N. Suhks

And I'll grind it in with my heel.


28 posted on 09/10/2005 12:56:11 PM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: DuckFan4ever
"Southridge has prided itself on being diverse," said Jason Kniss,

Good, maybe they will show The Passion to show their "diversity"??

Pray for W, New Orleans and Our Freedom Fighters

29 posted on 09/10/2005 7:38:30 PM PDT by bray (Pray for the Freedom of the Iraqis from Islam)
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To: DuckFan4ever
21-year-old gay college student Matthew Shepard

Remember Jesse Dirkhising who was brutally raped, tortured and murdered by a monogamous 'gay' couple. Never let him be forgotten

30 posted on 09/11/2005 2:29:55 PM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Clint N. Suhks
[q]"We looked at it from a discrimination standpoint," Johnson said. "It's a murder story and the victim happened to be gay, and that's why he was killed. And as we all know now Mathew Shepard was methamphetamine HIV ridden addict who wasn't killed because he was "gay" but because the two guys he picked up were in a "meth rage" committing a robbery. It's well known the murderers often hung around homosexuals and one was a closet bisexual. Does "The Laramie Project" address this? No, they just keep putting forward the lies and mistruths built into the homosexual agenda. (spits on ground)[/q]

Okay. Mathew Shepard was not killed because he was a drug addict. He was killed because he was gay. He was in a bar and was APPROACHED (he wasn't the approacher) by the men. They led him under false pretenses (Saying they were gay and picked him up... which is in no different then a man picking up a woman at a bar.) into their car. They pistol whipped and violently beat him to the point that his head was so swollen that it was almost unrecognizable as human and the size of a pumpkin. Then Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney tied him to a fence post and left him for dead. He was found 18 HOURS later and died days later in intensive care.
When pressed by Vargas as to why he continued beating Shepard after he had already taken his wallet, McKinney said, 'Sometimes when you have that kind of rage going through you, there's no stopping it.'
McKinney says he directed Henderson to drive the truck to a secluded spot on the outskirts of Laramie so they could leave Shepard and have time to get away. They stopped at a wooden buck fence and took Shepard from the truck.
On McKinney's instructions, Henderson got a rope from the truck and tied Shepard to a fence post. Henderson claims at some point he tried, but failed, to stop McKinney from beating Shepard further.
In a statement to the court, Henderson said McKinney struck him across the face with the gun when he tried to stop the continued beating of Shepard. Henderson retreated to the truck, leaving McKinney alone with Shepard at the fence. McKinney tells "20/20" he fears these last blows he dealt Shepard at the fence were the fatal blows.[/q]

And that isn't even the point. The issue, the one real issue that isnt being addressed, except of course by Bill Johnson, is that the play is not about Matthew being gay! The play is about tolerance and giving the picture of society and letting you make your OWN decision based simply on the facts you are given.
Suhks, you say that "they just keep putting forward the lies and mistruths built into the homosexual agenda." when all that the play is, EVERY SINGLE WORD of it, is simply a compilation of interviews of the towns people of Laramie. Both sides of the issue are shown in this play and it is written in a way that is supposed to provoke thought and debate, but not impose a specific view. Matthew's mother even stated that she didn't want this play to be used for any political reasons, but instead simply to tell Matthew's story so that this wouldn't happen again.


The sad part of this whole thing is that those people who would benefit most from the message in The Laramie Project are those who are so very much against it - even though they don't know what it is - they wont even open their minds enough to sit down and watch this play and then make their judgments.
31 posted on 09/30/2005 6:19:41 PM PDT by SPEAK_AcctualReality
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To: SPEAK_AcctualReality; Admin Moderator

LOOK!! A troll!!! He signed up tomorrow!!


32 posted on 09/30/2005 6:39:48 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a strategy.)
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To: SPEAK_AcctualReality; Politicalmom; scripter; little jeremiah; DBeers; DirtyHarryY2K; EdReform
Okay. Mathew Shepard was not killed because he was a drug addict. He was killed because he was gay...blah, blah, blah w/some obscure "quote".

Only if you believe the homosexual propaganda. That ultraconservative media group "ABC 20/20" did an exposee, just to name a few, that addresses your pro-sodomy propaganda.

New Details Emerge in Matthew Shepard Murder

But maybe you can answer one question...why would McKinney murder a fellow sodomite?

Or are you just here to justify your own perversion or someone else's?

33 posted on 09/30/2005 9:13:23 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't like Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: SPEAK_AcctualReality; Clint N. Suhks

"Okay. Mathew Shepard was not killed because he was a drug addict. He was killed because he was gay."

He was killed because he lived in an underworld of methamphetamine, petty (AFAIK) crime, sexual perversion, and hung out with similar human scum. His death was a miserable affair, but he was not killed "because he was gay". He was killed by fellow drug addict human scum.

It's too bad they all didn't get help to leave their drug habits and/or sexual perverion/dysfunction behind and become normal productive human beings.

P.S. His killers should get the death penalty, as should all murderers, whether they murder homosexual drug addicts or grandmas.


34 posted on 09/30/2005 9:26:05 PM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: little jeremiah; SPEAK_AcctualReality; Clint N. Suhks
Here you go (from 20/20): New Details Emerge in Matthew Shepard Murder:
While McKinney and Henderson admit to killing Shepard, both men — and the man who prosecuted the case — now say the real story is not what it seemed.

35 posted on 09/30/2005 10:44:28 PM PDT by scripter (Let temporal things serve your use, but the eternal be the object of your desire.)
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To: scripter

Hi!

(Waving emoticon!)

(crawling to bed now.)


36 posted on 09/30/2005 11:01:16 PM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: little jeremiah; Clint N. Suhks

Whoops. I just realized I provided the same link Clint did. That's what I get for being in a hurry. Now I'm off - out of town until Monday night.


37 posted on 10/01/2005 7:14:23 AM PDT by scripter (Let temporal things serve your use, but the eternal be the object of your desire.)
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To: SPEAK_AcctualReality; Clint N. Suhks; scripter; little jeremiah

I see SPew_AcctualUN-Reality hasn't bothered to defend "The Lie From Laramie Project"


38 posted on 10/01/2005 4:27:31 PM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (http://soapboxharry.blogspot.com/)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

I wonder why.

Good to see you! Don't breathe in generator fumes!


39 posted on 10/01/2005 7:16:59 PM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: SPEAK_AcctualReality
The sad part of this whole thing is that those people who would benefit most from the message in The Laramie Project are those who are so very much against it - even though they don't know what it is - they wont even open their minds enough to sit down and watch this play and then make their judgments.

The sad part? The sad part is that homosexual activists attempt to adopt any excuse that might support thier push for societal acceptance of the unacceptable --more of the same homosexualization of society...

Kindly explain what the 'message' is that you apparently would promote and defend yet do not elaborate upon...

The only message I see in this story is one of homosexual activism among children -children who should rightly have parents rather than public school theater departments champion and convey any messages regarding sexuality and morality...

40 posted on 10/01/2005 10:53:41 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: little jeremiah

Generators belong outside!

The power was restored today, we're still having rolling brownouts and it will probably be a week before normalcy returns.


41 posted on 10/02/2005 8:37:17 PM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (http://soapboxharry.blogspot.com/)
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