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It's the Day of Silence, So Shut Up! (Ithaca "suburb" school bans "Great to Be Straight" shirt)
Wall St Journal-Best of the Web Today ^ | Thursday, April 27, 2006 3:51 p.m. EDT | BY JAMES TARANTO

Posted on 04/27/2006 3:31:46 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

Last week we noted that the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld a California school's authority to ban T-shirts protesting the "Day of Silence," an annual pro-gay event. Now a school in Trumansburg, N.Y., is following suit. John Swanhart, a 17-year-old senior, "and some friends decided to print 'Straight is Great' and 'Adam and Eve Not Adam and Steve' on T-shirts and wear them to school in response to the National Day of Silence,":

Cosimo Tangorra, superintendent of Trumansburg schools, said he supported the decision of high school officials to send the students home.

"It seems to me kids are being discriminating," Tangorra said. "It makes people uncomfortable. It's like if someone was wearing a white supremacy T-shirt."

Tangorra said he had been contacted by high school Principal Paula Hurley earlier in the school day about problems that could potentially arise from the shirts, but by 4 p.m. had not received any phone calls from parents or students.

"Living in a free society, people can't feel threatened to live any way they want to be," Tangorra said. "School districts need to be one of the safest, if not the safest, place for students to expand their thinking."

It seems to us, though, that if such heavy-handed censorship is necessary to promote "liberal" values, there's something wrong with those values.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: aclu; cityofevil; dayoftruth; heterophobia; homosexualagenda; ithaca; teens; trumansburg; tshirt
Trumansburg is effectively a suburb of Ithaca. And Ithaca is the City of Evil.


1 posted on 04/27/2006 3:31:48 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; bentfeather; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; John Valentine; ...
City of Evil bump:


2 posted on 04/27/2006 3:32:32 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

But I guess it's ok if the Christian students feel threatened by the pro-gay activities.


3 posted on 04/27/2006 3:36:57 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"School districts need to be one of the safest, if not the safest, place for students to expand their thinking."

Hilarious. School districts are for students to be indoctrinated into good little socialist cogs.

4 posted on 04/27/2006 3:38:15 PM PDT by MichiganConservative (Government IS the problem.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Soooo, being straight is evil now? Or is it okay to be straight still, but heterosexuality is subject to a "dont ask, don't tell" policy now, while homosexuality is not?


5 posted on 04/27/2006 3:39:06 PM PDT by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"It seems to me kids are being discriminating," Tangorra said. "It makes people uncomfortable. It's like if someone was wearing a white supremacy T-shirt."

So making people uncomfortable is discriminatory? What's the difference between having a "Gay Pride" week and having a "White pride" week? After all, gays and whites are born that way, right?

6 posted on 04/27/2006 3:42:14 PM PDT by MichiganConservative (Government IS the problem.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"It seems to me kids are being discriminating," Tangorra said.

A bigoted superintendent that doesn't know simple grammar. They should get rid of him.

7 posted on 04/27/2006 3:42:18 PM PDT by nosofar
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"Living in a free society, people can't feel threatened to live any way they want to be,"

Uh, hmm...that statement has many problems. First, sometimes people feel things for no good reason. Second, if the society is free, then shouldn't that leave people free to criticize opposing ideas? Third, for a group that thrives on a false phobia charge against its opponents, it's hypocritical for them to make any point using the emotional "feel threatened" excuse.

8 posted on 04/27/2006 3:43:06 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: MichiganConservative
So making people uncomfortable is discriminatory? What's the difference between having a "Gay Pride" week and having a "White pride" week? After all, gays and whites are born that way, right?

You shouldn't ask liberals complex questions like that. It will make their heads explode. On second thought, that might not be so bad (if a little messy).

9 posted on 04/27/2006 3:44:10 PM PDT by nosofar
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Image hosted by Photobucket.com i saw one of these silly asses prancing down the street last year with black electrical tape X across it's mouth while i was stopped at a stopsign. i ask it "What's that mean... NO SUCKING today???" it was yelling it's head off as i pulled away. so much for the silent treatment...
10 posted on 04/27/2006 3:47:25 PM PDT by Chode (1967 UN Outer Space Treaty is bad for America and bad for humanity - DUMP IT. American Hedonist )
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

bump


11 posted on 04/27/2006 3:47:41 PM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Cosimo Tangorra, your an IDIOT!

Eat this: 'It's great to be an American!'


12 posted on 04/27/2006 3:52:37 PM PDT by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America and All who protect and preserve this Great Nation.)
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To: nosofar

It's not his grammar that's the problem, it's his knowledge of word meanings.

If I say "It seems to me that x is being discriminating," I am attributing to x well-honed (aesthetic) sensibilities in whatever narrow context my utterance is made, but I am speaking grammatical English. (Were I to want to attribute the same fine aesthetic sensibilities to x more generally, I would say, "It seem to me that x is discriminating.")


13 posted on 04/27/2006 3:55:56 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
T-burg! Wow!

Those kids got stones.

14 posted on 04/27/2006 4:03:08 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

But they will allow perverted "T" shirts and Islamic religious attire.


15 posted on 04/27/2006 4:04:16 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"It makes people uncomfortable. It's like if someone was wearing a white supremacy T-shirt."

Proudly announcing your sexual orientation as heterosexual is equivalent to white supremacy, but for sodomites it is called "Gay Pride"!

What contorted logic.

16 posted on 04/27/2006 4:08:46 PM PDT by Bob Mc
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

You dont understand, Its ok for straights to feel threatened by faggots who are being quiet, but it isnt ok for the fags to feel threatened by a T-shirt.


17 posted on 04/27/2006 4:10:52 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Behind Liberal Lines


Can I wear my, "Hip to be Square" shirt there?


18 posted on 04/27/2006 4:30:40 PM PDT by msnimje (Illegals to US CITIZENS .... "You Suck.......Now pass the mash potatoes!")
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To: DBeers

MORE Day of Silence garbage plus abridgement of free speech.


19 posted on 04/27/2006 4:41:57 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Tolerating evil IS evil.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Cosimo Tangorra, superintendent of Trumansburg schools, said he supported the decision of high school officials to send the students home.

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The Superintendent is seen here at a recent "Diversity Awareness" festival wearing the ceremonial garb of a member of the Pochahinie Tribe. (:^*)

20 posted on 04/27/2006 4:43:11 PM PDT by WideGlide (That light at the end of the tunnel might be a muzzle flash.)
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To: Steve_Seattle
But I guess it's ok if the Christian students feel threatened by the pro-gay activities.

People like that ought to be threatened, you know . . . if not just killed outright. Just ask the ACLU.

21 posted on 04/27/2006 4:51:20 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

"Living in a free society, people can't feel threatened to live any way they want to be."

What if the way they want to live is straight? Knowing that I could be sued at any second for saying something someone is offended by (usually for no reason), and knowing that at many colleges they have brain-washing programs to enforce the idea that "gay is okay," and knowing that elementary school students are being introduced to homosexuality without parents permission, knowing that my future children could be sexually assaulted by some gay pedophile, I think that I FEEL THREATENED!


22 posted on 04/27/2006 4:53:56 PM PDT by NavySon (Ted Kennedy, the only man whose BAC is greater than his IQ)
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To: Chode
. i ask it "What's that mean... NO SUCKING today???" it was yelling it's head off as i pulled away. so much for the silent treatment...

LOL I feel I should buy you a beer for that, or the very least propose marriage. :-)

23 posted on 04/27/2006 4:58:50 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: Steve_Seattle
But I guess it's ok if the Christian students feel threatened by the pro-gay activities.

I somewhat resent your comment . Pro Gay activists target all common sense people not just Christians.
24 posted on 04/27/2006 5:10:33 PM PDT by newfarm4000n (God Bless America and God Bless Freedom)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Seems like viewpoint discrimination to me. These kids have a case they can win based upon NY state caselaw.


25 posted on 04/27/2006 5:22:53 PM PDT by blinachka (Vechnaya Pamyat Daddy... xoxo)
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26 posted on 04/27/2006 5:56:54 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"It makes people uncomfortable. It's like if someone was wearing a white supremacy T-shirt."



It's nothing like wearing a white supremacy T-shirt! That Sir, is pure propaganda and twisting of words. It has absolutely nothing to do with race.

And yes, you dolt, Homosexuals proclaiming "pride" DOES make people uncomfortable. MOST people in fact.
27 posted on 04/27/2006 6:01:17 PM PDT by gidget7 (PC is the huge rock, behind which lies hide!)
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To: little jeremiah

:-)


28 posted on 04/27/2006 6:03:13 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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To: nosofar
It seems to me kids are being discriminating," Tangorra said."


Discriminating used to be a good thing. Before the PC police and the wacky left hijacked it to mean denial of civil rights.

We need to take back the English language! The fact is Mr. Superintendent, people are very wise to be discriminating in their peers and who they choose as friends, who they are surrounded by. It is how one keeps themselves safe, and law abiding citizens. To suggest otherwise, is to say kids should be befriending thugs and criminals and drug users, ETC.....

People discriminate every day.........between stores, restaurants, food, clothing, every part of our lives. And we have something in this country called freedom. Freedom of association is a huge part of that!
29 posted on 04/27/2006 6:07:53 PM PDT by gidget7 (PC is the huge rock, behind which lies hide!)
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To: Chode
i saw one of these silly asses prancing down the street last year with black electrical tape X across it's mouth while i was stopped at a stopsign. i ask it "What's that mean... NO SUCKING today???"

I would have said, "You forgot to tape the other end!"

30 posted on 04/27/2006 6:08:03 PM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 140-144)
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To: Chode
i saw one of these silly asses prancing down the street last year with black electrical tape X across it's mouth while i was stopped at a stopsign. i ask it "What's that mean... NO SUCKING today???" it was yelling it's head off as i pulled away. so much for the silent treatment...

-you are a bad person -a very bad person.

LOL

31 posted on 04/27/2006 6:24:37 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"It seems to me kids are being discriminating," Tangorra said. "It makes people uncomfortable. It's like if someone was wearing a white supremacy T-shirt."

What an idiot. He apparently doesn't know the difference between BEING discriminating, and actually discriminating against someone. Just how is wearing a t-shirt that expresses a different POLITICAL opinion discriminating against anyone? It's not, but you'll never convince the homosexual lobby of that.

32 posted on 04/27/2006 6:27:06 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Gordongekko909
Soooo, being straight is evil now? Or is it okay to be straight still, but heterosexuality is subject to a "dont ask, don't tell" policy now, while homosexuality is not?

It's illegal for Christians and Heterosexuals to advertise, but not illegal for Muslims and Homosexuals to advertise. I'm just wondering what the befuddled left is going to do with the two latter groups start blowing each other up. I guess even Sharia law will have a silver lining.
33 posted on 04/27/2006 8:30:25 PM PDT by Old_Mil (http://www.constitutionparty.org - Forging a Rebirth of Freedom.)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

Logic is as comprehensible to a liberal as a jet flying at 30,000 feet is to a doe eyed cow chewing it's cud.


34 posted on 04/28/2006 12:14:23 AM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Wow!! Thanx for the link... I had no idea about Ithaca. I'm so glad I click on it and was able to read about it.


35 posted on 04/28/2006 12:42:44 AM PDT by bellas_sister
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; wagglebee

<< Living in a free society, people can't feel threatened to live any way they want to be ... >>

Unless they want to be normal and to wear shirts that acclaim so??!!

Liberalism is a psychosis!

[And there is not a more insane person on the planet than one who looks at his male body in a mirror and "sees" that he's a sheila!]


36 posted on 04/28/2006 2:10:51 AM PDT by Brian Allen (Life's only certainties include the absolute corruption of those who collect and spend our taxes.)
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To: highlander_UW
Logic is as comprehensible to a liberal as a jet flying at 30,000 feet is to a doe eyed cow chewing it's cud.

LOL! In fact, ROTFL! Well said.

37 posted on 04/28/2006 8:44:39 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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