Wednesday, March 22, 2006

"Diversity Day" Canceled to Avoid too much Diversity

(From WorldNetDaily.)
Amid controversy over a homosexual speaker, a high school in Wisconsin has canceled its "Diversity Day" event scheduled for tomorrow.

[…] The paper said…the event was called off late last week after the Florida-based public-interest legal group Liberty Counsel raised a potential challenge, insisting the program include the viewpoint of a former homosexual.

The last event, in 2004, initially was canceled by the school board after 400 people signed a petition protesting the inclusion of speakers on homosexual and transgender issues. The event was reinstated in the spring, however, when elections changed the board's membership.

This time, a fax from Liberty Counsel stated local pastor Don Greven of Bad Axe Lutheran Church and the grandfather of a senior at the high school raised concerns about no Christian, or formerly homosexual, viewpoint being included among the speakers, the Tribune reported.

Liberty Counsel argued a federal court in Michigan had ruled a similar exclusion unconstitutional.

"By excluding the Christian and ex-gay viewpoints, the (Viroqua) District violates the Establishment Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of equal protection," the group said.

At last someone has pointed out that the exclusion of Christian viewpoints is an establishment of non-Christianity.

[…] Gregg Attleson, a teacher on the Diversity Day planning committee, told the LaCrosse paper the intent is to introduce students to minorities and people with alternative lifestyles.

[…] Attleson said the homosexual couple scheduled to speak refused to be on the program alongside an "ex-gay" viewpoint, saying they would be uncomfortable.

Tolerance is permissable only as long as it is tolerance of politically approved groups. No dissent, however, will be tolerated!

The committee then decided it would be best to cancel the whole program.

[…] "Non-positive groups were not what we were going for," said committee member Ellen Byers in response to the decision to cancel.

The committee, of course, is the ultimate authority on what’s positive and what’s not. One has to ask, what is more positive than someone who has, in the face of serious opposition, successfully changed his life around?

[…] "It's ironic, because we're trying to be tolerant and at the same time we might be accused of being intolerant, said Byers, an English teacher.

It is ironic because it holds the diversity police up to the logical consequences of their own standards. If all viewpoints are of equal worth, then by what right do you seek to exclude ours? Welcome to the wonderful world of consistency.