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It's a well-established fact that you can catch gayness from watching movies, so my heart goes out to poor Paul Chesser of the John Locke Foundation, whose fragile psyche must be wrestling with a moral dilemma of epic proportions. Should he drink the Puppetmaster's libertarian kool-aid of personal freedom and liberty, or should he fight back against the dark side and punish those who would dare expose high-school students to the evils of homosexuality. For those who haven't had the pleasure of reading Paul's discourses on the risks of gayness, you can find his stories here. He's the go-to guy for all things gay at JLF, and it's a miracle he's still a red-blooded breeder.

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Paul's latest punditry takes school administrators at the Governor's School West to task for showing a film that a CNN reviewer found nauseating. I haven't seen the film, and I'll bet Paul hasn't either, but that's no reason not to write a whole column about its horrors.

RALEIGH — An official with the Department of Public Instruction told a parent in 2004 that "homosexuality would not be a topic of instruction" at the Governor's School of North Carolina, yet despite that assurance, the onsite director at the Winston-Salem program allowed a seminar last year entitled "The New Gay Teenager."

Meanwhile, the Governor's School West today is scheduled to show the 1998 film "American History X," which reportedly depicts a brutal homosexual prison rape scene, is filled with violence, nudity, sex and profanity, and was called by a CNN reviewer "one of the most nauseatingly violent films I've ever seen." Governor's School is attended by some of the state's most intellectually gifted 15- to 17-year-olds.

W. David Mills, section chief for the Exceptional Children Division which oversees the six-week summer program for gifted students, told Carolina Journal earlier this month that his promise not to hold the gay-teen seminar came in response to a parent whose child attended the 1997 Governor's School West.

The mother, whose son had embraced homosexuality during that time period, contacted division officials in 2004 over concerns about instruction and films that had been shown in 1997. She said her son saw the 1988 film "Torch Song Trilogy" while attending Governor's School, which she said helped influence him favorably toward the lifestyle. The mother and DPI officials could not determine whether the school showed the R-rated movie or if students viewed it elsewhere while in attendance.

The mother, who was granted anonymity for this article because of the sensitive nature of her relationship with her son, said a seminar in 1997 also promoted the gay lifestyle, although officials did not confirm that. She blamed Governor's School for pushing him into the adoption of a homosexual identity.

"The school had exposed him to gay doctrine," the mother told CJ in an email message, "and encouraged him to explore homosexuality and homosexual issues, without offering any alternatives to homosexuality or presenting the ex-gay perspective."

I hope Paul Chesser never has to actually watch the movie himself, because I just know the devastating effect it would have. The world as we know it truly is deficient in offering any alternatives to homosexuality. The risk of a gay Puppet would be far too high.

Good luck, Paul. Stay strong.

PS For the record, this is not a movie I would want to see and I would be totally pissed if my 15-year-old daughter were forced to watch it in school. According to Wikipedia it is a violent and disturbing portrayal of neo-Nazi sub-culture. Too bad Paul couldn't bring himself to be obsessed with the real problems in the movie instead the 'gay' thing.


Isn't American History X

The Ed Norton movie about white power thugs? Trust me, Ed's not turning anyone gay.

It is.

And I just added "snark" to the categories list.

Why do you hate gay people?

Why do you hate gay people?

American History X

Is a powerful movie about the consequences of a violent life. Turning people gay? Hardly.

My fave quote is ""without offering any alternatives to homosexuality or presenting the ex-gay perspective." You mean that every other minute of his life, when heterosexual values and mores were driven into him weren't enough?

It's like white people saying, "Hey! Why do the black people get a history month, and the white people don't! That's not fair!"

Further... "the ex-gay perspective"? Come on. You mean the "ain't gay" perspective or the "reject my own sexuality" perspective.

Absurd. The school ought to teach a symposium on ignorance, oppression, and fear based on this event. They could call it, "Scared of the Gay, heterosexuals attack!"

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American History X has one of the most disturbing

scenes of any movie - the curb scene for those who have seen it. I still get bile in my throat. I'm sure there is a lesson in the movie, but I don't want my 15 year old watching it either.

As for the gay thing. These guys are idiots.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Yes it does

...My teeth hurt just thinking about that scene.

I think the lesson in that movie is that hate and violence only beget more hate and violence. It's a losing proposition from every perspective.

But I agree that it is an inappropriate movie for most kids that age.

The pleasure

I've had the pleasure of speaking to Chesser and was actually interviewed by him before. Despite his flaws, he seems to be quite a polite and respectable guy (some of his articles haven't been that biased, surprisingly). I just think he needs to get a grip on reality... along with that mother complaining about the Governor's school, too.... By the way... "anonymous mommy" is Elizabeth Burrows... she has let her name appear in numerous articles before and I've talked about her and the Governor's school situation plenty on my blog. She shouldn't try to hide now; the cat's already out of the bag.

Matt Hill Comer

Thanks for the info Matt.

And for the link to the G school situation. Much appreciated.


Sort of.... I got this email in my inbox just now:

FYI, the "anonymous mommy" is not Mrs. Burrows. You might want to set the record straight.

I guess the "anonymous mommy" could be anybody really, but I only know of one mother who has complained about the Governor's School seminar "turning" her child gay, but I didn't write the article or speak to the sources either. So who knows.

Matt Hill Comer

So many anonymous mommies

I wonder if their hubbies know that they're hiding out. Speaking of which, where ARE all the daddies of these impressionable young people? Hmmmmm.


Correction Squared

It does seem as though "anonymous mommy" is not Mrs. Burrows (Her first name is "Beverly" not "Elizabeth" also). My bad... you all know how I don't like to put out incorrect info, so thanks to the folk who gave me the heads up.

Matt Hill Comer

There is more

where that came from... the link is to a search of my blog for "burrows"... search for "governors school" or "susan wiseman" and I'm sure you'll find more than you'll ever need. I was all over that story like a bees on honey.

Matt Hill Comer

But what does all of this

But what does all of this tell us about duality?

Transcending Duality

No Cold and Heat
A monk asked Tozan, "How can we escape the cold and heat?" Tozan replied, "Why not go where there is no cold and heat?" "Is there such a place?" the monk asked. Tozan commented, "When cold, be thoroughly cold; when hot, be hot through and through.

The Short Staff
Shuzan held out his short staff and said, "If you call this a short staff, you oppose its reality. If you do not call it a short staff, you ignore the fact. Now what do you wish to call this?"

Manjusri Enters the Gate
One day as Manjusri stood outside the gate, the Buddha called to him, "Manjusri, Manjusri, why do you not enter?" Manjusri replied, "I do not see myself as outside. Why enter?"

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At my house, the grace we say before meals

sounds like a roomful of hungry Buddhist monks humming in three-art harmony:


Governor's School and American His. X

I went to Governor's school a few years ago (ok, more than just a few) and thoroughly enjoyed my time and the exposure to bright students from all over the state. I have also seen and enjoyed American History X. It is nauseating at points, but a movie about skinheads should be. This movie is the perfect type of experience for GS students: something that lets them see a portion of life they may not normally see (but every one of them has seen racism in some form) and for them to consider racsim and forgiveness.

Also, does it make sense that a person could spend 15 to 17 years at home, go away to GS for six weeks, see a movie and maybe even hear a lecture, and this person now has a new sexual identity? Maybe, Mom, Junior was gay all along but finally got the courage to let you in on it.

At least he's not a violent skinhead, though. Right?

Thanks, Twain.

I was hoping we might have an alum around who could shed light on how all this might play with the students themselves. I really appreciate your insight and perspective -- and couldn't agree more about Mom and Junior. Thanks for weighing in.

a few thoughts

a few thoughts

As a former Governor's School student I found that this school was the first time that a school really confronted me with the difficult issues of race, gender, violence, globalization, politics, etc., in a real, substantive way. A polite documentary on Martin Luther King, Jr. won't spur the same kinds of insights, questions and discussion that "American History X" does.-- According to Roger Ebert's review:

``American History X'' shows how two Los Angeles brothers are drawn into a neo-Nazi skinhead gang, and why one decides to free himself. In telling their stories, the film employs the language of racism--the gutter variety and more sophisticated variations. The film is always interesting and sometimes compelling, and it contains more actual provocative thought than any American film on race since ``Do the Right Thing.''

I've seen the movie. It's quite difficult, but never gratuitous. If you're going to honestly deal with race, violence, prison, and youth, you're going to have to confront disturbing images. If anyone can and should be considering these issues, shouldn't it be NC's best and brightest? If our best and brightest are discussing any issues, shouldn't it be these issues?

And, on a related note, at the beginning of the summer all parents are given a list of movies that the students have the option of seeing. Parents must sign a permission form if the students are to see any of these movies. And the students, too, can decide whether or not to attend the movie. In no way is anyone's daughter (or son) "forced" to watch anything.

-Happy GS Alum

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This is so good to read. Thank you thank you. It the GS sounds like a wonderful place that inspires critical thinking. No wonder Puppets don't like it.