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Where to Start with this Nonsense: Sex Ed is TYRANNY!

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The Republicans sure know where to find some stellar candidates for office these days. Running for House District 82 is Kristi Allan-Gailushas, who has filed suit against the Helena School District and the Office of Public Instruction for the proposed health education curriculum. Her suit is yet another demonstration of the tantrum-throwing nonsense that characterizes the Tea-Republican movement today.

Allen-Gailushas certainly has the understated rhetoric of the Tea Party, calling the decision by a democratically-elected board to consider a curriculum revision “tyranny.” Tyranny. Just to be clear, she called it “tyranny.” You know, when the Founding Fathers helped shape the United States, I have a feeling that tyranny was a word you didn’t throw around lightly, unlike these Tea Party nitwits, who think everything that upsets their crazy world view is tyrannical.

And you know what? I’m pretty tired of people who act like hooligans and mobs (the kind of people Madison and the boys despised) pretending like they are damn defenders of the Constitution. The Helena School Board was incredibly accommodating, patiently letting critics of the health education revision abuse them personally and violate procedure at the board hearing. I’m fairly sure that tyrannical governments don’t do that.

But I digress.

Shouldn’t a self-proclaimed defender of conservative values AND LEGISLATIVE CANDIDIDATE know that the Office of Public Instruction cannot control local curriculum? This is the kind of reasoning you can only get from the kind of people who take online history courses from Glen Beck:

OPI should have stepped in and stopped this from happening, Allen-Gailushas claims.

Why not sue President Obama and the United Nations, too? I’m sure they’re behind this, too, and theoretically could have stopped it.

Astonishingly, it gets worse. From the suit, which I CANNOT WAIT to read:

“Kristi purports that the district continues to fail to open the procedure up to public review,” the document says.

Purports? Purports? Maybe dictionaries are tyrannical, too.

How long does the party of Lincoln and Roosevelt, Reagan and Eisenhower let these tantrum-throwing, fact-deprived Tea Party nuts continue to speak for them? Sure, they’re handy for disrupting public meetings getting media attention, but does anyone really think it would be in the nation’s interest to have them govern anywhere?

On a final note in the least coherent post I’ve written on this site, fascinating headline, IR. Wouldn’t “House Republican Candidate” have been much more descriptive than “Mother”?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

14 Comments

  • Amazing! While railing against taxation, these tea party fruitcakes have no problem wasting tax dollars defending against baseless lawsuits. Lets hope this legislative wannabe has competent (mentally and intellectually) competition this fall. Or at least someone versed in use of a spell-checker

  • By the way, it's not just the sex ed she has a problem with. Last week in the Queen City News she also wrote about her opposition to teaching global warming and, wait for it, nutrition.

    Sex ed I can see as being taught by parents – its private, and parents may want to have first dibs on forming their kids thoughts about sex. Global warming is less arguable, but…I mean I guess it isn't totally proven according to some people? But Nutrition!?! I agree, parents should teach kids nutrition, but they are clearly failing, and this is one life skill where there is no difference of opinion (except for Ms. Allan-Gailushas) that thinner and healthier would be a better average for our students. Apparently, teaching students how to take care of their bodies in any way, not just sexually, is tyranny. It makes me worry though – if we cry tyranny at every government action, how well will we rally if faced with it in fact?

  • Thanks for the link. I'm sure she will get the votes of all those other people who are "tired of health and nutrition being forced down our throats day in and day out."

  • It occurred to me the other day how often the critics of the health ed curriculum used language that certainly could have double meaning. Freud would have a heyday with these people.

  • My favorite part is that she wrote some complete drivel in the Queen City News, and included one gem about how nutrition classes in school are bad because if she wants to have pizza four days a week and McDonald's the other three, she (and her children–by extension any children under suitably demented parental "care") has every right to do so. Of course, I do not contest her right to bring a bunch of crap to the temple, but I do note that her mug in the QCN definitely made me understand why she might make such an indignant statement.

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