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Re: “N.C. Governor's School under pressure from anti-gay group

As a 1987 alumnus of GSW, let me again confirm that anyone who has experienced those six magical weeks will never see the world the same again. So I am at a loss to understand why an organization that encourages its students to question everything would provide such a poor example by caving into pressure from an outside group.

This group, like most critics of things they don't understand, sees fit to criticize literally from a distance. It appears from the story that none of them have actually sat through the seminar. They've never watched the films, listened to the discussions or taken part in any aspect of the program.

And if this material could actually turn people gay, then why doesn't it? Can this group of ideological midgets actually point to a single example of someone "turning gay" from watching or listening to this material? No, because it doesn't. The films Olson showed are no more likely to turn a person gay than the second Austin Powers movie is to turn me into a midget.

Governor's School exposed all its students, me included, to ideas and experiences that we might have never come across. Those are the things that forge you into the person you are. My best teacher in high school and in GSW was gay (not openly - it was the '80s, after all). I greatly admire this person for his accomplishments, his work ethic, his intellect, his genuine caring for the well-being of his students, and his overall character. Those are things worthy of emulation, and I admit that I have often tried to follow his example. At no time have I ever felt pressure, internally or from him, to be gay. I have always known he was gay, but it was just another aspect of his character, like being left-handed.

Here's hoping Governor's School will recover its spine in time to accept nothing from ADF, including ultimatums about the curriculum, and question everything, such as why a bunch of desert dwellers from Arizona think they have a voice in how North Carolina taxpayers spend their money.

Posted by McCroskey on 07/13/2008 at 7:17 PM

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