Help us always to conduct ourselves so as to bring credit to Cranston High School West. Amen.”
Pretty shocking stuff. No wonder it had to go. It’s not the admonition toward good behavior that offends, of course, but the divine references. Can’t have that in the new normal, even though “In God We Trust” is on the coins we use every day.
Following its victories, the ACLU loves to remind us of our ever narrowing freedoms, tossing us a bone, as it were. Listen to the condescending tone of the ACLU’s triumphal statement following the district’s cave-in on the father-daughter dance:
“[Parent-teacher organizations] remain free to hold family dances and other events, but the time has long since passed for public school resources to encourage stereotyping from the days of Ozzie and Harriet. Not every girl today is interested in growing up to be Cinderella — not even in Cranston. In fact, one of them might make a great major league baseball player someday.”
Sure. Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera are shaking in their shoes at that prospect. Note the snarky comment, “not even in Cranston.” Oh, that backward Cranston, with a large Italian-American population that celebrates God, family and America.
Not every girl wants to be a princess. Some of them would rather be biker chicks. Some of them go completely off the rails and become ACLU plaintiffs. But this is not a rational reason to cancel a father-daughter dance. The detachment of fathers from their children is at the heart of virtually every social problem. Anything that encourages paternal commitment should be welcomed, not prohibited.
Apparently, that’s only if you have the best interests of the community at heart and are not trying to turn it into a place that only the ACLU could love.
Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.