Tolerance isn’t good enough for liberals anymore. Maybe it never was. If all you are is tolerant towards those whose lifestyles you find repulsive, that’s the same as being an outspoken bigot.
In order for the liberals to be satisfied, you have to openly accept everyone else’s behavior that you may find objectionable. You have to, quite literally, wear it on your sleeve that you are one of their “allies.”
This is what a Los Angeles school district is telling their teachers to do. The Los Angeles Times reported:
Beginning Friday, thousands of rainbow “ally” badges will be passed out to Los Angeles Unified teachers and staff members that they can wear to identify themselves as allies of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. The “Out for Safe Schools” initiative coincides with National Coming Out Day on Friday and was announced Thursday by leaders of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the school district. “We want all our youth and staff to know that it is safe to be you in LAUSD,” Supt. John Deasy said in a statement. The badges have the word “ally” in seven languages on the front and a list of resources on the back. Teachers and staff members will be encouraged to wear them. “Every day, LGBT kids are vulnerable to taunts and abuse — physical and verbal — simply because they’re different,” Alan Acosta, the center’s director of strategic initiatives, said in a statement. “Beginning tomorrow, every one of L.A.’s 655,000 public school students will know and see there are adults at their school who support and care about LGBT kids.”
They don’t call California the land of fruits and nuts for nothing.
If there are teachers who don’t want to participate in wearing their pro-“gay” badges, I’m sure they’ll be seen as bigots. Their desire to remain silent will be interpreted as disapproval.
That’s exactly what our federal government tells its employees. Earlier this year in May, right before “LGBT Pride Month,” the Department of Justice sent out a flyer to all DOJ managers informing them of all the rules regarding LGBT employees and how to deal with them and how not to deal with them. Rule number 7 was “how to respond when an employee comes out to you.” It stated: “Don’t judge or remain silent. Silence will be interpreted as disapproval.”
My friend and fellow blogger wrote about this issue several months ago. I couldn’t have put it better than he did as to how stupid these ideas are:
…[L]et me explain it in universal terms. Say I’m walking by a burning house, and a man is standing in the living room about to be burned to death, so I go up to the window and yell, “You idiot! Get the hell out of the house before you burn to death!” And he says, “No. I’m doing this on purpose. Don’t judge me.” So then a group of people get together, and they decide that they all favor burning to death in living rooms, and they tell me, “We don’t want you telling any of us that we shouldn’t burn ourselves alive in living rooms, okay? This is just the way we are.” “Okay,” I say. “If that’s the way you want it, I can keep my mouth shut when I see one of you burning himself alive.” So I see one of them writhing in a self-started conflagration, and I honor his wish and keep walking even though I know I’ll regret later that I didn’t try harder to pull him from the flames. But then the Living Girl and Boy Torches [LGBT] reconvene: “We could tell when you were walking by in silence that you did not condone our behavior. Next time you walk by, you need to tell us you like what we’re doing. Silence will be interpreted as disapproval.”
Is he exaggerating? I don’t think so. That’s about how ridiculous it is.