I’ve been out of high school for about 12 years now — and college for six — but, from everything I’ve been told, there are still some schools out there that actually care about, you know, learning and stuff. I haven’t actually seen any documented proof of this so I sort of just take it by faith. In fact, it seems the truth is more in-line with the opposite, particularly on the majority of college campuses where learning has taken a back seat to more important things like indoor waterfalls and tanning salons. To be fair, there’s also some universities that opt for more simple amenities like on-campus steakhouses, Starbucks coffee shops and movie screenings where you can meet Steven Spielberg. I guess the prevailing theory is that students might be more motivated to learn if they’re comfortable and pampered throughout their four-year experience. But, sadly, this has only transformed many colleges into bastions of liberal entitlement and cultish indoctrination where kids wind up graduating with more immaturity and oversensitivity than when they started. Don’t believe me? Just ask the “adult” students who are demanding their schools have designated “safe spaces” where they can go to avoid being offended. It’s insane.
Speaking of being offended, it looks like high schools are following the examples set by universities and are hellbent on bending over backwards to appease our society’s so-called “protected classes.” We could spend hours pointing to case after case, but the most recent happened the other day in Southern California. Apparently some students at Shadow Hills High School in Indio showed up to classes wearing anti-gay stickers on their school ID badges. (Oh, the horror.) According to the local news station there, the stickers show a rainbow — the symbol of the gay community — with a line crossing through it. Of course, it only took about ten seconds for the hypersensitive LGBT community and uber-offended students and faculty to label the stickers as “hate speech” and “a hate crime." Michelle Bachman, a senior at the school and the president of the school’s Gay Straight Alliance, said the stickers were “definitely hate speech, but legally, we can’t do anything until the students start to physical harass us, which I believe is an injustice.”
To call this a hate crime or hate speech is so utterly absurd and ridiculous that it’s almost beyond belief (especially since there’s not even a “hate speech” exception in the First Amendment anyway.) If gays are allowed to display, market, promote and advertise their “pride” at school with stickers and apparel, then it should be just as acceptable and constitutional for other students to advertise their political and/or spiritual beliefs as well. The education system’s assault on liberty, freedom of speech and the First Amendment really knows no bounds. Fortunately, administrators at the school eventually sided with the Constitution and said that the students could continue to wear the anti-gay insignia as long as they don’t resort to interrupting classes or instigating fights:
We all have a right to freedom of speech, but students also have a right to be educated without fear. This has always been our policy, and we will continue to enforce it.”
Anyway, there are some much deeper issues here than the apparent legal ones. The primary lesson many of our kids are learning in high school and college these days is that their individuality and their emotions — and their needs, wants and desires — all reign supreme. This is particularly evident within many of our society’s “protected groups” like gays. A lot of this washes over into the political realm, where corrupt politicians reenforce the notion that everyone has some sort of inherit right as a human being to not be offended by anything or anyone (unless you’re a conservative or a Christian, of course. Then you can just go to hell.) Everyone’s feelings must be protected at all costs. So, if you’re a homosexual person offended that a few teenagers at a high school in California are wearing “anti-gay” adhesive strips of paper, the world (and, specifically, the government) must stop and go to great lengths to fix the problem and make you happy. I could spend all day talking about the hypocrisy here, but I’d rather pass along a couple of simple, obvious truths. These might make you uncomfortable and, frankly, that’s the point. In fact, I hope they do. Of course, these truths apply to every human being, but I’m going to use them to specifically address the offended gay students and LGBT sympathizers:
1. Your Feelings Aren't As Important As You Think
Now, this obviously isn’t true all the time. Your emotions are probably important if you’re in the middle of a counseling session with your therapist or working through a disagreement with a friend or family member. They’re probably important if you’re strolling through the forest and come face-to-face with a killer grizzly bear. But, despite what you hear in the media and from liberal politicians, the entire human civilization is not overly concerned with how you feel on a daily basis. Yes, your feelings are important to you. After all, they’re your feelings. You think they’re worthy of attention and consideration. But, they’re not important enough to trump the First Amendment or silence everyone who opposes gay marriage. They’re not important enough for the entire world — or even your school’s faculty and staff — to stop what they’re doing and coddle you until your tummy ache goes away or punish the people with whom you disagree.
I find it sad that this sort of truth even needs to be pointed out, but we live in a society where everyone seems to think that their feelings should be of the utmost concern to everyone around them. Even worse, a lot of folks assume that if they express their hurt feelings loud enough — if they whine enough — and in the right venues, politicians will actually do things like pass legislation to appease their emotional wants and desires. (And often, that’s exactly what politicians do.) It’s delusional, but, sadly, it’s understandable in a nation where some schools have actually designated hurt feelings as crimes that should be reported to police.
2. You're Not Entitled to Special Treatment Just Because You're Gay
I hammered this point last March when Governor Mike Pence of Indiana signed into law a religious freedoms bill designed to protect private citizens and business owners who refused to participate in gay marriages based on their religious beliefs. You probably remember all of the hoopla surrounding that law. It essentially allowed businesses like flower shops and bakeries to opt out of selling and making products specifically for gay weddings. Naturally, protests erupted across the country all because a governor dared to pass a law that is already enshrined in the First Amendment anyway. Gays saw it as a hateful, mean, bigoted piece of legislation and demanded Pence resign and the law be thrown out. This is just one of about a hundred times that the gay agenda — on a national level — has insisted that constitutional things like free speech and religious freedom be obliterated all because it doesn’t jive with their beliefs or hurts their feelings.
Sorry, but you’re not entitled to special treatment just because you’re gay. The First Amendment applies to everyone, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. That’s just how it is. Period. End of story. No one should create some kind of special clause just for you. You’re not that important. These students at Shadow Hills have every right to wear those stickers and if you’re offended by it, that’s your own fault. You have no one to blame for that but yourself.
3. If You're Offended, That's Your Problem, Not Mine
This leads me into a final point worth mentioning. If you choose to be offended by something like a sticker, that’s your problem. It’s not my problem. It’s not your teacher’s problem. It’s not your principal’s problem. It’s not your grandma’s problem. It’s not President Obama’s problem. It’s not America’s problem. It’s your problem. There’s absolutely no reason why anyone should turn their world upside down to fix yours. Believe or not, you can also choose to not be offended. I’m sure they’re not teaching you this in school. After all, it’s a somewhat radical notion these days. But, whether you realize it or not, your offendedness is a personal, active decision that you made when you encountered something that you deemed insulting.
Sometimes being offended might be worth it. If someone threatens or insults one of my family members in a vile and disgusting way, I’d probably be offended. Eventually, though, I’d have no choice but to get over it. Of course, I could choose to let it ruin my day. I could call in sick to work, mope about my house for five hours, get drunk, fall to the floor and melt into a puddle of tears. Or I could just mull over it for a while and then conquer the rest of my day.
My suggestion to those of you offended by these “anti-gay" stickers would be this: get over it. No one will ever take your opinions and points seriously if you throw a childish temper tantrum and erupt into hysterics every time someone makes a public display of disagreement with homosexuality and gay marriage. In fact, this sort of behavior is why many folks don’t take gays seriously in the first place.
That might be a hard truth to swallow, but it’s still the truth. And, in the end, the truth is all that matters.
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