“Outrage” “Roils” “Tumult” in Evesham, NJ

There’™s a bit of controversy in Evesham, NJ. Seems they showed the third graders a video about the diversity of families in the state, and there has been a modicum of fuss. Of course the controversy is because gay families were included in the bill. Mind you, they were likely just families [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

There’™s a bit of controversy in Evesham, NJ. Seems they showed the third graders a video about the diversity of families in the state, and there has been a modicum of fuss. Of course the controversy is because gay families were included in the bill. Mind you, they were likely just families with same sex parents, and I’™m sure they left the gay porn on the cutting room floor, but . . . according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’™s first report(headline in bold). . .

Same-sex diversity video roils Evesham district

. . .

Smith said she received four e-mails and phone calls from parents yesterday, questioning whether third graders were old enough for the material in the video. Evesham’™s superintendent received a handful of complaints as well, Smith said.

Yeah, whole lotta roiling going on. Here’™s a week later in the Inquirer, after the TV stations got hold of the story (CBS-3′™s headlines it with ‘œoutraged,’ and NBC-10 with ‘œupset’). Just in the one week the ‘œroiling’ controversy that generated four calls and emails is now an ‘œoutrage.’ Of course, the media sparked the outrage, as the Inquireer’™s report noted, and especially conservative talk show hosts Michael Smerconsih and Laura Ingraham.

Yeah, we’™ve got another manufactured controversy here. One parent who likely claims to be a Christian evidently didn’™t get the diversity message of inclusion, stating that instead of the video which shows families of all types being respected he’™d rather see the teaching of the ‘œgolden rule.’

‘œThey don’™t need to see stuff like this in school. We would rather have them learning reading, writing, math, art, history,’ said Mike Ricchini, who has a daughter at Van Zant. ‘œTreat everyone with respect’¦ . I’™d rather see a video on teaching the Golden Rule.’

Nobody said these folks had brains.

Who comes in for the shame here? It seems the parents who are complaining are complaining about nothing, and their handle on reality seems a bit skewed. The right-wing talk show hosts certainly blew this thing out of proportion, but in a sense that’™s how they see their jobs. I can guarantee neither Michael Smerconish nor Laura Ingraham watched the video ‘” they merely made money off of starting a fight in a school gymnasium.

Perhaps most at fault here is the Inquirer for their sensationalist headlines. This was no roiling controversy when they reported it as such. It was no more that a simmer. The headline exaggerrated the story and that’™s likely why the bloodsuckers, Michael Smerconish and Laura Ingraham, picked up the story. (‘Bloodsuckers?’ Well, is there a name for someone who incites a riot for financial gain? I suppose con men do something similar on occasion.)

Meanwhile, neighbors are at each others throats over a video about treating all families nicely. There’™s some irony there I suspect Smerconsish and Ingraham will not understand.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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