Thursday, June 19, 2014

(Not really)

Actually, for all I know we may already be. It seems that at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, certain web sites are verboten lest the crush the fragile eggshell minds of the students. According to the Daily Caller:
Andrew Lampart, a senior at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, told a local Fox station that he was conducting research for an in-class debate on gun control when he discovered that many pro-gun sites, such as National Rifle Association’s homepage, were blocked by the school’s filter. Meanwhile, anti-gun sites remained easily accessible, he said.
Lampart says he then expanded his search and found additional red flags. The state Republican Party’s website was blocked, but not the state Democratic Party’s. Pro-life groups like the National Right to Life were blocked, but not Planned Parenthood or NARAL Pro-Choice America. Even and the Vatican’s homepage fell on the wrong side of the digital barrier, though and, both top Google search results for “Islam,” went unscathed. Each of the blocked sites was struck down by the schools SonicWall filter which labeled them as impermissible “Political/Advocacy Groups” sites.
In a letter to the Woodbury Board of Education, Lampart said that he approached local superintendent Jody Goegler, who told him that some political sites needed to be blocked to prevent “hate speech” from seeping into the school.
Well, isn’t that special. Apparently local education bureaucrats are now the arbiters of what constitutes “hate speech” in some jurisdictions. It’s great to know that someone has taken the bull by the horns and moved to protect our children from political and religious views permitted by the First Amendment. Oh, and another thing: when are we going to get around to changing that particular piece of public mischief, so that no one has to be subjected to the hateful views of the Vatican or Christianity? Maybe Mr. Goegler can head up that effort.

ADDENDUM: Caffeinated Conservative has the full letter that Lampart sent to the school board, and a list of blocked and unblocked sites that is very interesting:
-National Right To Life
-Second Amendment Foundation
-National Rifle Association
-Paul Ryan for Congress
-The Black Sphere
National Right To Life Foundation


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