November 6, 2004

Political Correctness in the Bush Era

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at November 6, 2004 3:30 PM

The outcome of this election has me wanting to retreat to the mountains and spend a year undergoing brutal martial arts training or something. Sparring with bears, carrying buckets of water up steep paths, quiet meditation by a waterfall... an anime training montage would be just what I need. Except that after a couple days I'd be wanting to check my e-mail, and, failing to find a coffeeshop with wireless internet in the wilderness, I'd have to give up my training.

Of course it would be irresponsible for me to run off like that, as victorious religious conservatives begin the transformation of America into Jesusland. For example, here's the latest out of Texas:

Health Textbooks in Texas to Change Wording About Marriage

On Thursday, a board member said that proposed new books ran counter to a Texas law banning the recognition of gay civil unions because the texts used terms like "married partners" instead of "husband and wife."

After hearing the debate on Thursday, one publisher, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, agreed to include a definition of marriage as a "lifelong union between a husband and a wife." The definition, which was added to middle school textbooks, was already in Holt's high school editions, Rick Blake, a company spokesman, said.

The other publisher, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, changed phrases like "when two people marry" and "partners" to "when a man and a woman marry" and "husbands and wives."

I assume the next step is to remove the state of Massachusetts from the maps in social studies textbooks, because we'd better protect the children from the idea that a loving relationship can exist between two people of the same sex! If teaching evolution caused the Columbine massacre (as was claimed by Tom DeLay), one can only imagine the carnage that would result from the use of the phrase "married partners".


be a caretaker! we've got the buckets of water and the meditation by waterfalls. instead of sparring with bears we spar with ignorant hikers who would leave their food out overnight stead of putting it in bearboxes..
: D

also building rock staircases totally gives you secret powers which i am not allowed to disclose.

greetings from chicago...


Posted by: phi | November 7, 2004 5:56 PM

That photo is a powerful argument indeed. Must... not... give up on civilization!

Re your ps: I will remind myself of this to pretend I am still young. "I can't be getting old, I'm only two years older than Phi." :)

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | November 7, 2004 11:29 PM

Heh, froshling, I am 3 years _older_ than you. Of course, I like it that I pass for a college student every couple months on average and for a grad student pretty much all the time. (Although one store clerk's unsolicited comment of "_You're_ a doctor?!?!" upon seeing the Dr on My credit card was not appreciated...)

A job just got advertised that I _really_ want that might actually have a Prob above \epsilon of being main letter of rec writer used to be a faculty member in that department and I know several of the others, so it's time to go play some cards. :)

"I wants it!" (in my best Gollum voice)

Posted by: Mason | November 8, 2004 8:36 PM

Oooh....postscript: I just checked the department website, and my recommender's wife is in the physics department there rather than in applied math with a field membership in physics. "Excelllllllent!" (This would be my Montgomery Burns voice.)

Posted by: Mason | November 8, 2004 8:40 PM
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