I don’t know what to think about this. Remember the prom, where the lesbian girl wanted to wear a tux (gasp!) and bring her girlfriend (gasp) so the local already known to be wacked out school district shut the prom down? You may also know that the ACLU organized an alternate prom, and has been collecting money for it. Well…
To avoid further controversy, the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi has rejected a $20,000 gift intended to underwrite an alternate prom replacing one canceled by a local school district after a lesbian student demanded that she be allowed to attend with her girlfriend.
The gift, to sponsor one of several privately sponsored alternate events, came from the American Humanist Association, an advocacy group whose mission is to promote “good without God.”
You should go read the article in the NYT.
On the face of it, it seems like the ACLU is being ridiculous. The ACLU is SUPPOSED to do whatever it takes to make their point, even if it is unpopular. Rubbing elbows with humanists isnt’ exactly the most controversial thing they’ve ever done. On the face of this, this looks like appeasement.
On the other hand, it is true (though I’d wager most people don’t know this) that gifts are OFTEN turned down buy the usual organizations that receive them. There are legal, procedural, ethical, and policy related reasons to do so. Most large institutions prefer to take only gifts that have absolutely no strings attached.
On the third hand, this is just money to underwrite something they were already doing.
On the fourth hand, the ACLU lawyer claims that there were conditions that were not acceptable.
And, finally, on the fifth hand, the Humanists claim that it ain’t so.
So what gives, people in Mississippi? Can we please get this straightened out right away so we rational secular type people don’t look as dumb as the yahoos we are fighting with?
(Well, that would be hard, but still….)