School Censorship Policy Update
This morning’s missive from the increasingly hysterical Sterling Supervisor follows at the end. Feel free to use the contact information he has provided.
The truth is that certain members of the Legislative and Policy Committee, and Mr. Delgaudio’s sycophant Geurin, who is not a member of that committee, have been unable to produce a policy that does what they want (discriminate against a specific viewpoint) without violating the law. What they object to, and want to prohibit, is the viewpoint that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people deserve equality and respect.
Since it is impossible to lawfully do that, they discussed:
- Whether censoring “sexual themes” and language out of established works (Chaucer, anyone?) would violate copyright law
- Since they had to admit that there wasn’t actually any obscenity or lewdness in the play “Offsides,” how could they prohibit the ideas it contained?
- The fact that some of them are fully aware that what they want to do is illegal and they are willing to risk costly litigation
The School Board’s counsel was very clear in his communications that there is no clever way to do an end run around the law to achieve the objective of viewpoint censorship, and most School Board members have enough common sense to understand this in spite of their personal beliefs regarding sexuality. They just need to know that the community will stand behind them when they do the right thing.
[Email from Eugene Delgaudio follows]
SCHOOL BOARD RESPONDS TO YOUR MESSAGES
The School Board Legislative and Policy Committee is going forward NOW with plans to create a policy PREVENTING the continued promotion of bizarre and obscene immoral practices that offend all traditional pro-family religions in America and the world. Their policy has now been proposed.
Way back in November 2004, a school board Chairman and School Superintendent condemned my and Sterling School Board member Warren Geurin’s criticism of a printed pro- homosexual survey in the STERLING MIDDLE SCHOOL. At the same time they attacked me, an explicit “student” play was being organized by a high school principal, with the active help of other pro-gay rights activists implementing a defacto school board policy to condemn Christians and other traditional morality promoting citizens.
>>>SCHOOL BOARD HEARS PRO-FAMILY VOICES AND ANTI-CHRISTIAN FORCES
Now, Sterling School Board member Warren Geurin Is standing firm. The key language in the proposed new rule has sexual libertines and pro-obscenity forces howling:
“…..it is the policy of the Loudoun County School Board that
theatrical presentations which contain sexual themes, promote sexuality, or depict sexual acts are prohibited.”
Will you stand by, me as your Sterling Supervisor, Geurin, and
Or will you allow bullying, politically correct professional whiners browbeat a brave band of thoughtful School board members who must deliberate soon to adopt this proposal?
Strident anti-Christian pro-gay rights leaders and their misguided followers will swarm Tuesday night urging the school board to encourage pro-homosexual plays, productions, surveys, curriculum and other propaganda. They do not want this proposed policy passed.
The School Board’s Legislative & Policy Committee proposed policy
hopefully will prevent this sort of student club activity from occurring in the future.
I urge you to contact the School Board members again. Tell them your support the prohibition of theatrical presentations that contain sexual themes, promote sexuality, or depict sexual acts. Thank you.
They did it in Sterling and they must be stopped.
>>>>>>>How Do I Contact The School Board?
If you agree with Mr. Geurin that “certain things are not acceptable” then write him today. We need five votes.
John A. Andrews
Thomas E. Reed
Broad Run District
Mark J. Nuzzaco
Robert F. DuPree, Jr.
Sarah B. Smith
J. Warren Geurin** (a critic of “homosexual advocacy” in the schools)
Joseph M. Guzman, Ph.D.
Thank you. Send me a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have to be at a Public Hearing on Tuesday, but if you really want to go above and beyond the call of duty, show up and testify Tuesday at the School Board meeting (unless you have a family committment). Call 1st thing on Monday morning, The School Board office at 703.689.1600.