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This is in an English class, there are countless books in the English language that have long been recognized as classics -- read them!
1 posted on 03/09/2008 10:15:22 AM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 03/09/2008 10:15:50 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 03/09/2008 10:16:45 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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I’m sure the school official who authorized the use of this material during class time would want to have his or her name made known to as many voters as possible in Deerfield, Illinois.


5 posted on 03/09/2008 10:22:27 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Steely's First Law of the Main Stream Media: if it doesn't advance the agenda, it's not news.)
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And the taxpayers are enablers for this recruitment of children to the damnable homosexual life style by providing the funding. Wake up, sheeple! Satan is devouring your children by exposing them to these evil teachers in government schools.


6 posted on 03/09/2008 10:23:50 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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As I recall, the official motto of Deerfield Illinois is: “To Live, To Work, To Shop” I’m not making this up.


7 posted on 03/09/2008 10:24:24 AM PDT by Ozone34
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14 posted on 03/09/2008 10:34:38 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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Man, the worst we read was The Scarlet Letter.


15 posted on 03/09/2008 10:36:22 AM PDT by Southerngl
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Out of curiosity I tuned in, briefly, to the HBO miniseries called Angels in America. Within 10 minutes there was a scene where an Angel was coming down from the heavens to ‘mate’ with a gay guy. That was it for me. Half the people in this country don’t care how destructive the Gay Agenda is. Our half knows but doesn’t have the appropriate power (such as in the public school system) to do anything about it. Sad state of affairs.


16 posted on 03/09/2008 10:39:02 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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This kind of garbage has been going on for years and years, and it’s never on the GOP radar, which is why I’m leaving it.


25 posted on 03/09/2008 10:52:16 AM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the RINO population. Have them spayed or neutered. )
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I can’t believe the “tolerance” crowd hasn’t shown up here yet.

They always jump at the chance to lecture us about “thenthorthip” and how parents should never have any say whatsoever in their children’s schools’ choices of required reading.

They enjoy labeling such parents as fanatics and unstable.

Surely, they will be here soon to slavishly support the schools who are ramming this down children’s throats.


27 posted on 03/09/2008 10:53:15 AM PDT by Skooz (Any nation that would elect Hillary Clinton as its president has forfeited its right to exist.)
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Homosexuals are sexual degenerates and they want their degeneracy to be mainstream, so they go to work in school systems inveigling their degeneracy in the name of ‘sophistication’. I would guarantee the promoters of this book and their support are homosexuals and/or sexual degenerates who want to immerse youth in sexual things to recruit for their use.


28 posted on 03/09/2008 10:54:48 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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When are conservatives going to wake up???

Government schools are eating the souls of our youth and conservatives are in a coma!

NO! The solution is NOT to attempt the reform of godless, atheistic, Marxist government schools! NO! NO! NO! The very premise upon which they are build is corrupt, and they are NOT redeemable!

The solution is to get children out of these government madrassas of filth and to permanently shut them down! We are running out of time! There is not much time left! If the Marxists ( I call them the Death Eaters) succeed in indoctrinating the next generation of voters all freedom will be lost in the voting booth!

Solution:
Conservatives need to start private scholarship foundations that would award vouchers to students and award grants to individual teachers. Since government is giving its schooling away for free, the private vouchers must meet the full cost of private tuition, otherwise parents will not give up their addiction to free government babysitting.

Once we get children out of the government schools, conservatives must organize a peaceful but MASSIVE school tax revolt that would permanently shut down every government school in the nation!

If our colleges and universities can have endowments in the BILLIONS then conservatives could do this for K-12 education, IF THEY WOULD ONLY WAKE UP FROM THEIR ANESTHESIA!!

By the way, some years ago my husband and I checked out the video of “Angels in America”. We were lured into picking it up since Meryl Streep is a star in the film.

This film mocks faith, and everything that is good about wholesome family living. The only reason this book was assigned by this Marxist government school teacher was to destroy the Christian religious faith of the youth in the class, prepare them for the Marxist take over that is sure to come, and introduce them in the culture of the Marxist Death Eaters.

So...Why, why, why, are conservatives ( ESPECIALLY CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES!!!) so brain dead!! ( Yes! I am shouting! I am utterly exasperated!)

29 posted on 03/09/2008 10:55:00 AM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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32 posted on 03/09/2008 10:58:08 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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Angels In America briefly is a political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties. Deerfield High in Deerfield, Illinois is currently under scrutiny from Americans For Truth about Homosexuality for allowing a senior AP English course at the school to read the play in class. The teacher, Jeff Berger White and the rest of the faculty followed all normal protocal and even recieved the parents permission. The matter is still being revisited.--

A student could have, I guess, read out loud in class:
"Catcher In The Rye". In 1960, a teacher was fired, and later reinstated, for assigning the novel in class(different class relationship).[18] Between 1961 and 1982, The Catcher in the Rye was the most censored book in high schools and libraries in the United States. In 1981, it was both the most censored book and the second most taught book in public schools in the United States. According to the American Library Association, The Catcher in the Rye was the 13th most frequently challenged book from 1990–2000. It was one of the 10 most challenged books in 2005, and came off the list in 2006."

"Angels in America" was the most watched made-for-cable movie in 2003. I watched it myself.

Related: In 1994, < a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Bloom"> Harold Bloom published The Western Canon. The Western canon is a term used to denote a canon of books and more widely, music and art, that has been the most influential in shaping Western culture. It is also a survey of the major literary works of post-Roman Europe. Besides analyses of the canon's various representative works, the major concern of the volume is reclaiming literature from those he refers to as the "School of resentment", the mostly academic critics who espouse a social purpose in reading. Bloom believes that the goals of reading must be "solitary aesthetic pleasure" and "self-insight" rather than the "forces of resentments" -goal: improvement of one's society, which he casts as an absurd aim, writing "The idea that you benefit the insulted and injured, he says, by reading someone of their own origins rather than reading Shakespeare is one of the oddest illusions ever promoted by or in our schools."

Bloom's position is that politics have no place in literary criticism: a feminist or Marxist reading of Hamlet, for example, would tell us something about feminism and Marxism but nothing about Hamlet itself, it being so universal. In addition to the amount of influence Bloom has had on later writers was, if fact, the American playwright Tony Kushner-Angels In America.

I am an avid (often addictive)and inquisitive reader of just about "everything".

34 posted on 03/09/2008 11:00:38 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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Good Lord. I didn’t care for Angels in America but it sure sounds like the author didn’t actually bother to read the play.

Its about Ray Cohn,chief counsel to the Government Committee on Operations of the Senate - he is one McCarthy’s key henchmen, condemned by the Senate for unethical behavior in coordination with McCarthy.

In other sources Cohn is “a Jew who persecuted Jews; a gay who persecuted gays.”

Cohn’s protege is Mormon and there is a fair amount of commentary there.

In the HBO mini-series version Cohn is played by Al Pacino.

Cohn eventually dies of aids and the play has a lot to do with how AIDs was not taken seriously soon enough.

It broke the record held by Roots for most Emmy’s. The play itself has won dozens of awards

Roots had a lot of controversial subject matter too but we didn’t hide it from kids.

That said, I didn’t like the play or the mini-series but it is clearly a real work of literature that should not be censored. The teacher, Jeff Berger White and the rest of the faculty claim they followed all normal protocal and even recieved the parents permission.


48 posted on 03/09/2008 11:33:29 AM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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51 posted on 03/09/2008 11:42:04 AM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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The State's Attorney's office of Lake County, Illinois, deemed the books "obscene" according to Illinois obscenity laws, violating the "distributing harmful materials to minors" statute. However, state and federal obscenity laws exempt schools and libraries under "affirmative defense," giving the school and teachers involved near immunity.
Well isn't that special? Illegal for us to give to even our own kids (as if!) but ok for the school to make available to them without our knowledge? Arrgh!
52 posted on 03/09/2008 11:47:23 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here. ;-)
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The State's Attorney's office of Lake County, Illinois, deemed the books "obscene" according to Illinois obscenity laws, violating the "distributing harmful materials to minors" statute. However, state and federal obscenity laws exempt schools and libraries under "affirmative defense," giving the school and teachers involved near immunity.

The ALA (American Library Ass.) demands the exemption to give any materials to anyone in the lie-brary that requests them regardless of age. So while an NC-17 movie or issue of Playboy may not be sold to a minor by a retailer, the lefty librarians want to be able to provide such materials to your kids. There is no arguing with them over whether this policy is "wrong", they insist that you prohibit your kids from going to the library if it means so much to you. Why is there a legal exemption for librarians?

53 posted on 03/09/2008 12:05:35 PM PDT by weegee (My comments do not reflect on McCain. I am voting AGAINST Hillary and Obama.)
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This would be the time for the Christian teachers to take a stand.

60 posted on 03/09/2008 12:47:08 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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I don't think it is a novel. It's a very long play (or cycle of plays).

Yes, it isn't the sort of thing one would assign high school students -- not when there's so much else out there to read.

It's too propagandistic, a bit too much like a political tract.

64 posted on 03/09/2008 1:00:05 PM PDT by x
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