Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The worst person in Charlotte

Posted By on Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Tonight, check out the School Board meeting, where you'll see the latest performance by the Worst Person In Charlotte, board member Ken Gjertsen. (Yes, I'm stealing the idea from MSNBC host Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person In The World" feature.) In a way, Gjertsen should share the award with all the other homophobes who've crawled out of the woodwork during discussions of a new CMS anti-bullying proposal, but it's Kenny who has spewed some of the more delusional arguments against the policy.

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Gjertsen personifies many social conservatives, a group of folks who somehow think of themselves as oppressed martyrs. Gjertsen has made it very clear that when it comes to the bullying debate, his main concern isn't the welfare of kids who are threatened, mocked, punched and otherwise humiliated; no, he's more concerned with the rights of anti-gay students. First, he said that Christian students who say homosexuality is a sin could be accused of bullying. Now, he says he's afraid the rule will be used to stifle opposition to what he terms "the pro-homosexual agenda" in schools, whatever that is.

Ken, it's simple: Times have changed enough so that your anti-gay bias is what's now unacceptable. Gay, lesbian and transgender kids have every right to be who they are whether Christian conservatives approve of it or not, and no one should be able to abuse them just because of their identity (this goes for anyone, needless to say, not just GLBT's). Wake up from your dream of living in Sunday School Land and enjoy life's diversity. It's a lot like the coming of Spring.

(For a more detailed look at the controversy, read "School Board Bullies" at charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A275447).

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