Monday, February 14, 2005

More Proof That The Country Has Been Taken Over by Right-Wing Zombie Flesh Eaters

So I sent a rather less-than-subtle email to the Department of Education's Web site, protesting the threats made by head educational viper Margaret Spellings to PBS over the "Buster visits the maple syrup lesbos" episode. Here's the text of my message:
Customer - 01/29/2005 10:03 PM
when did the DOE become a fascist organization?

I'm writing in response to Margaret Spelling's threats to PBS regarding the episode of "Postcards from Buster" in which he visits a same-sex couple. I am appalled (but not surprised) at Ms. Spellings' behavior. Imagine a scenario where Buster visits an interracial couple. Would that be too controversial for you? How about a couple where both parents are disabled? Where, exactly, do you draw the line? Gay people pay taxes. They attend schools. They have as much right to marry and have lives as you do. As a parent of two small children, I plan to teach them that tolerance is a family value, and that gay people have the same rights as non-Gay people. Clearly Ms. Spellings does not agree. Shame on you.
Here's the response I got back from DOE drone Matt Schneer:
02/14/2005 12:29 PM Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding Secretary Spellings’ concerns with the Department of Education’s cooperative agreement with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Postcards from Buster episode, “Sugartime!”
Secretary Spellings stands by the concerns she shared with PBS President Pat Mitchell. The cooperative agreement the Department of Education has with PBS is to support programs that are designed to prepare preschool and elementary-age children for school. A principal focus of the law that authorizes funding for the Ready-To-Learn program, is to facilitate student academic achievement.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact the Department. We appreciate your comments.


U.S. Department of Education
Apparently the Department felt so strongly about this stance that they sent it to me seven times in three separate messages. It appears somebody at the DOE needs to brush up on his or her computer skills as well as basic arithmetic. Maybe they were one of those kids who got left behind.


Blogger Bill said...

Glad you are fighting the zombie homophobes! Rave on brave soul. Rave on. This too shall pass if enough of us fight back. It's outrageous that they've driven Pat Mitchell to resign. PBS needs our support to resist the editorial interference the DOE is putting on our televsion screens.

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