A Banner Day for Missing the Point


If you lined up all the small-minded people on the planet, the first thousand or so would probably be school board members. For proof of that, look no further than Wheatland, Wyoming.

According to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, the Platte County School District 1 trustees voted 4-3 last week to reject a request to reinstate banners that had been hung as part of the Anti-Defamation League’s “No Place for Hate” program.

Parents had complained because the banners listed the program’s sponsors. Their complaints focused on one sponsor in particular – the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado (the others were Qwest and the David & Laura Merage Foundation). A few parents found the fund’s name on the banners “inappropriate.”

After the vote, two school board members made things worse by holding a Who Can Say The Most Clueless Things About Gay People contest with the local reporter. Joe Fabian made a strong case for first place by opining, “I don’t believe [being LGBT] is a normal lifestyle, but I don’t have anything against them.” There are other entries though. Judge for yourself.

Ironically, the school board liked the rest of the “No Place for Hate” program. Board members wanted to keep using it even as they tried to ditch the banners. But the Anti-Defamation League said to take the banners or leave the program. So that was the end “No Place for Hate” in Wheatland.


This is exactly why prejudice

Submitted by Jennifer on 17 February 2010 - 1:34am.

This is exactly why prejudice and discrimination still exist because of small minded people making decisions on behalf of everyone. Personally gays nor anyother subordinate group does not bother me. Kids know what gay means and it does not mean they will become gay. It is a preference just like being hedrosexual is. And why anyone thinks they should be doing God's job is beyond me.
Would any of these people had played their hate game with a gay or lesbian in the room? NO! Which tells you that they know their hatred is wrong. And the 4-3 vote, that was the boards clever way of doing the vote to avoid any criticism.
These modern day Nazi's will have their day, but those of us who are NOT weak hearted will not be there to see it.

"If you lined up all the

Submitted by Anonymous on 26 January 2010 - 3:10pm.

"If you lined up all the small-minded people on the planet, the first thousand or so would probably be school board members."

What a sweeping indictment of school board members coming from a group that theoretically supports holistic school communities! Odd, too, that the judgment is made based on a school board which clearly split on the vote, 4-3.

Shame on Teaching Tolerance.