Sunday, February 28, 2010

Denver Post Columnist Susan Greene Bashes Platte County School District No. 1 In Wheatland, Wyoming For Spurning Gay Agenda & Rejecting ADL "Guidance"

Does Salt Lake Tribune publisher Dean Singleton really want to know why his Media News Group media empire is losing its shirt? Perhaps he ought to look at the content published - particularly that of one of his component newspapers, the Denver Post. Too many of his newspapers traffic in gutter journalism.

During a visit to Stormfront, I found out that one of the Post's columnists, Susan Greene, has published a hit piece trashing the Platte County School District No. 1 in Wheatland, Wyoming for refusing to knuckle under to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The piece went far beyond fair editorial criticism. First, it referred to the District's trustees as "dolts". Bust most objectionably, she plays the Matthew Shepard card, stating that "Wheatland, it is worth noting, is about 90 minutes northeast of Laramie, a town notorious for the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay man". As if the murder of Matthew Shepard reflects the values of Laramie and Wheatland, which it does NOT. Instead of sticking her nose in Laramie's business or Wheatland's affairs, perhaps she should be more concerned about the black-on-white attacks that have taken place in the 16th Street area of Denver.

The saga began in 2008 when an elementary school (West Elementary School) and a high school (Wheatland High School) in the district innocently signed up for "No Place for Hate," a project run by the Anti-Defamation League in Colorado and Wyoming. The initiative is billed by the ADL to "enhance the appreciation of diversity and foster harmony amongst diverse groups," and to "empower schools to promote respect for individual and group differences while challenging prejudice and bigotry."

The schools' principals, under-experienced in the wiles and strategems of city slickers, actually believed the rhetoric and signed their schools up.

But then surprise, surprise, surprise. To symbolize the schools' participation, the ADL provided 3-foot-by-6-foot publicity banners. The banners bore the schools' names, the words "No Place for Hate", and Qwest and the David and Laura Merage Foundation. But they also included acknowledgment to the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado.

The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado? In Wyoming? What business does a Colorado advocacy group have sticking its nose into Wyoming's affairs? This woke up the district, which reacted by ordering the principals of both schools to remove the banners, over the objection of Wheatland High School Principal Maureen Ryff. Trustees voted 4-3 to back that decision. Dance studio owner Joe Fabian, a school board trustee, takes issue not just with the Gay and Lesbian Fund but also with the ADL, a Jewish supremacist organization. He knows that both groups threaten to erode the cultural integrity of his community. "We have a different moral standard here," he said. "We don't need people coming in promoting premarital sex, extramarital sex and all other kinds of belief systems." In addition, Board Chairman Kelly Tyson pointed out that the district already has a strict anti-bullying policy.

So since there is obviously no threat to the safety of "gay" students in the Platte County District, the only other reason the ADL would be getting involved is to foster the promotion of homosexuality as a desirable alternative to vulnerable kids. Tolerance of homosexuals is one thing; promotion of homosexuality is something else altogether, and is absolutely unacceptable in our schools.

The ADL responded by withdrawing the "No Place For Hate" designation for the entire school district, but then demanded that ADL Mountain States Regional Director Bruce H. DeBoskey be given time to testify at the board of trustees' February 15th meeting. According to the Record-Times, DeBoskey's request was granted, and he noted that the ADL has been fighting bigotry for over sixty years, and have provided various programs through their organization to help reduce bigotry.

He explained that the ADL targets young people because they are the most impressionable and are not born to hate. He stated that the 'No Place for Hate' program has been in place since the 2008-09 school year, and he was thrilled when both schools applied for involvement in the program. He spoke on how students worked for a year with the program, and how they earned the banners by bringing their schools to the standards set by the program. DeBoskey emphasized that the program does not promote any agenda, and compared the Coalition logo to other advertisements on the banner. He concluded by stating that while the ADL would like to continue to work with the Wheatland schools, without the banners, they would not be able to do so, noting that the banners are the symbol of the program.

He did not propose to compromise by removing the gay organization from the banners, though. Such a compromise might have worked, but the ADL, steeped in self-righteousness, is not accustomed to compromise.

On January 27th, 2010, the Platte County Record-Times weighed in editorially against the board's decision. A news story was also published January 22nd in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.

This is a battle between New America and Old America. Coastal America vs. Heartland America. Urban vs. rural. The elite vs. the masses. Revolution vs. tradition. The Platte County Board of Trustees has come down squarely on the side of tradition, and are to be commended for standing tall against ADL interference and homosexual supremacy.