Isn’t It Ironic, Dontcha Think?

Timothy Kincaid

February 15th, 2008

Ken HutchersonIf you’re like me you’ve screamed at your radio, “No Alanis, rain on your wedding day is not ironic. It’s just unfortunate.” Irony is a discrepancy between what’s expected and what happens, especially when enlivened by ‘perverse appropriateness’.

For example:

Rev. Ken Hutcherson, an active opponent of gay civil rights, was invited to speak at Mt. Si High School on a day to recognize and honor Martin Luther King Jr’s work for civil rights. No, that’s not the example.

One teacher booed and one teacher questioned Hutcherson on his commitment to civil rights. Also, Hutcherson is very upset that some people in the community have began to think that he and his family are bigoted and homophobic because they hold anti-gay views. Still isn’t the example.

And Hutcherson objects that his daughter has been made to feel stress when teachers told her that other students feel uncomfortable when she monitors the Gay-Straight Alliance meetings. OK, we’re getting closer.

Although Mt. Si’s principal apologized to Hutcherson, he refuses to let this go. And though the two teachers received a letter of reprimand, Hutcherson demands that they be fired. One booed him and one questioned him and they need to go! And if the school doesn’t heed his demands they will “pay and pay dearly”.

“You can see the arrogance that’s going on in our public school system with the agenda of making our schools just so open and available to what the homosexual agenda is all about,” he remarks. “I’m absolutely amazed at the stubbornness that we’ve run into in our public education system, especially with teachers who think that nothing can happen to them.”

And that, Alanis, is ironic.

a. mcewen

February 15th, 2008

I am definitely not in favor of ANYONE being threatened and what I am about to say has nothing to do with that sort of thing, but it always amazes me when folks like Hutcherson act in hateful and homophobic ways and then expect not to be thought of as prejudice.

David

February 15th, 2008

The teacher who questioned Hutcherson was reprimanded? Why?

Bill Ware

February 17th, 2008

David asks:

“The teacher who questioned Hutcherson was reprimanded? Why?”

Well, teachers are expected to set the example and be polite to the schools guest speakers.

Later, of course, they are free to storm the principal’s office and demand to know why such a reprobate was asked to speak in the first place.

Apparently, they did just this when Hutcherson spoke before, and were assured he wouldn’t be invited again. Yet he was.

The principal can’t find fault with the teachers for violating the rules of decorum, when he failed to respect the promise he made not to invite Hutcherson again during their prior meeting.

What else could they do given the circumstances, since waiting and talking to the Principal in private later was to no avail the first time he appeared?

The principal needs a good talking to when it comes to being polite (not insulting) to the gays and lesbians and their allies at the school by bringing a totally inappropriate speaker to the school. He doesn’t need to be reprimanding teachers who protest his breaking his previous promise to them.

Bruce Garrett

February 17th, 2008

And in other news, Hutcherson’s daughter is monitoring the meetings of the Gay-Straight alliance at that school. Anyone doubt that she’s reporting the names of those who attend to her father, and telling him exactly what is said in those meetings, and by whom?

And if some kids just don’t go to those meetings because they don’t want Hutcherson knowing they’re gay, or gay supportive…so much the better…

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