Berks County school district unblocks...

Berks County school district unblocks websites about gays

There are 36 comments on the ldnews.com story from Mar 15, 2013, titled Berks County school district unblocks websites about gays. In it, ldnews.com reports that:

An eastern Pennsylvania school district says it has adjusted its Internet filtering software so that it no longer blocks content about gays.

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“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#1 Mar 15, 2013
Why is Pennsylvania, a northeastern state, so backwards like the backwoods of Alabama or some other southern state nobody ever heard of before ?!
Wormwood

Salt Lake City, UT

#2 Mar 16, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
Why is Pennsylvania, a northeastern state, so backwards like the backwoods of Alabama or some other southern state nobody ever heard of before ?!
Probably was an oversight. A lot of filtering software was programmed in a biased way to treat anything with the words "gay", "bisexual", or "lesbian" in it as most likely a porn site. Sad, but true.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#3 Mar 16, 2013
Wormwood wrote:
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Probably was an oversight. A lot of filtering software was programmed in a biased way to treat anything with the words "gay", "bisexual", or "lesbian" in it as most likely a porn site. Sad, but true.
No, I didn't mean that specifically. Everytime I hear about Pennsylvania, whether it be gay rights, gun control, race relations, etc, the news reports always make it seem like it's hillbillt country in some godforsaken place like Arkansas or some other state nobody ever heard of before.

Being a northeastern state, I would expect it to be more like New York or New Jersey or New Hampshire.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#4 Mar 16, 2013
Wormwood wrote:
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Probably was an oversight. A lot of filtering software was programmed in a biased way to treat anything with the words "gay", "bisexual", or "lesbian" in it as most likely a porn site. Sad, but true.
And I'm SURE it wasn't an "oversight" that websites with gay content were blocked. I guess they don't want kids there learning that in many states, and the nation's capital, that gay and lesbian people can get married to one another.
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#5 Mar 16, 2013
Visions of ACLU ran through my head before I even opened the link
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Lo and behold; there it was right in the news story:
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'ACLU'
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Pennsylvania must be isolated from civilization
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Could it be the mountains; no roads; no electricity; no telephones; no television; or just plain no horse sense?

“Where's my fairy wand!”

Since: Apr 08

Reading PA

#6 Mar 16, 2013
Being a resident of PA we are surrounded by states that allow same sex marriage or unions of some sort yet nobody here has even started the fight.

I think we are one of the nation's leaders in white supremacy groups and we have GOP Governor who thinks its OK to give away our natural resources that every other state makes companies pay for.

Unfortunately the vast majority of this state is GOP country.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#7 Mar 16, 2013
KirkW wrote:
Being a resident of PA we are surrounded by states that allow same sex marriage or unions of some sort yet nobody here has even started the fight.
I think we are one of the nation's leaders in white supremacy groups and we have GOP Governor who thinks its OK to give away our natural resources that every other state makes companies pay for.
Unfortunately the vast majority of this state is GOP country.
Aside from the Republican Governor, I could have sworn you were talking about Missouri.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#8 Mar 16, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
Why is Pennsylvania, a northeastern state, so backwards like the backwoods of Alabama or some other southern state nobody ever heard of before ?!
West of Philadelphia and Allentown, Pennsylvania has more in common with Ohio and Kentucky than with New Jersey and New York. Even New York would not be nearly so liberal if the NYC metropolitan area didn't comprise such a huge proportion of the population.

I have a theory that the inability to think and change is determined by the distance from the ocean and by high average temperatures during July and August.

While Pennsylvania has moderate summers, it has no ocean front.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#9 Mar 16, 2013
Wormwood wrote:
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Probably was an oversight. A lot of filtering software was programmed in a biased way to treat anything with the words "gay", "bisexual", or "lesbian" in it as most likely a porn site. Sad, but true.
Everything seems to go back to porn. You can type in something as innocent as 'Famous American women' and one of the choices will be "bitches in heat" or some such site. I'm surprised any computer can be so isolated, even in a school.

I don't know if it's still around, but it used to be if you typed in "White House" that a real lurid porn site would pop up, due to someone savy buying the web name 20 years ago.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#11 Mar 16, 2013
nhjeff wrote:
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West of Philadelphia and Allentown, Pennsylvania has more in common with Ohio and Kentucky than with New Jersey and New York. Even New York would not be nearly so liberal if the NYC metropolitan area didn't comprise such a huge proportion of the population.
I have a theory that the inability to think and change is determined by the distance from the ocean and by high average temperatures during July and August.
While Pennsylvania has moderate summers, it has no ocean front.
And although it is still winter here in teh northern hemisphere, it has been in the 90's here the past 2 days in the southern Arizona desert where I am.

:)

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#12 Mar 16, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
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No, I didn't mean that specifically. Everytime I hear about Pennsylvania, whether it be gay rights, gun control, race relations, etc, the news reports always make it seem like it's hillbillt country in some godforsaken place like Arkansas or some other state nobody ever heard of before.
Being a northeastern state, I would expect it to be more like New York or New Jersey or New Hampshire.
It's because of the makeup of the state. While there are very urban and progressive cities. the bulk of the state is rural.

And by that, I mean farming rural - as conservative as it gets. Many of those in the rural areas are of Amish/Mennonite decent, and this permeates everything and every institution.
Pierre

Kansas City, MO

#13 Mar 16, 2013
Quest wrote:
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It's because of the makeup of the state. While there are very urban and progressive cities. the bulk of the state is rural.
And by that, I mean farming rural - as conservative as it gets. Many of those in the rural areas are of Amish/Mennonite decent, and this permeates everything and every institution.
And they're good, decent, moral people that don't allow homosexual perversion.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#14 Mar 16, 2013
Pierre wrote:
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And they're good, decent, moral people that don't allow homosexual perversion.
Rats !

:(

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#15 Mar 16, 2013
Pierre wrote:
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And they're good, decent, moral people that don't allow homosexual perversion.
Funny, they just allowed children to do research on homosexuality, without your "preferred" filters. Funny that.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#16 Mar 16, 2013
Pierre wrote:
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And they're good, decent, moral people that don't allow homosexual perversion.
I bet that those decent moral people do NOT make up false names and false cities all the time. Can you IMAGINE how low and vile someone like that is? Have you ever met anyone like that, "PIERRE"? There is a PIERRE who pretends to be from France, I know you are not him, are you? NO one is that low.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#17 Mar 16, 2013
KirkW wrote:
Being a resident of PA we are surrounded by states that allow same sex marriage or unions of some sort yet nobody here has even started the fight.
I think we are one of the nation's leaders in white supremacy groups and we have GOP Governor who thinks its OK to give away our natural resources that every other state makes companies pay for.
Unfortunately the vast majority of this state is GOP country.
It's scary. PA is basically a beautiful State, but some of it's people...Saw today where Rick Santorum placed 3rd in the straw poll at CPAC to be the next president.

But all that aside, something I noticed in the article that most might miss.

"An 'intolerance' filter blocked a range of political advocacy sites, including ones that oppose legal protections for gays."

It will be interesting to see the anti-gays try to spin this as a bad deal. The ACLU is "pro-anti-gay"?

Whodathunkit! My Gosh perhaps it IS the end of times!

(wink)

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#18 Mar 16, 2013
I think I just heard Fafoolio faint.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#19 Mar 16, 2013
Pierre wrote:
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And they're good, decent, moral people that don't allow homosexual perversion.
ACTUALLY, in the late 60's ('67 -'69?) The Fellowship of Friends issued their new Doctrinal Letter of Faith (which most Protestant Denominations also do on a certain cycle)

In that Letter of Faith the 'Amish' explained that since God created everything, and since some people are 'homosexual' in their sexual orientation, then God created gays and lesbians for a purpose.

They further explained that it was not up to mere mortal men and women to claim to decide what God's reasons are for everything.

They publicly renounced 'shunning' someone because they were gay or lesbian.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#20 Mar 16, 2013
Pierre wrote:
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And they're good, decent, moral people that don't allow homosexual perversion.
Letter: Quakers support same-sex marriage policy

http://lacrossetribune.com/vernonbroadcaster/...

March 06, 2013 11:15 am • by Cindy Kohles Clerk, Kickapoo Valley Monthly Meeting

"The Kickapoo Valley Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) supports the action of Minnesota voters who left the door open to provide same-sex couples with the sanctity and benefits of marriage.

Quakers believe that there is that of God in all people. In witnessing the truth of God's love to the wider community, we cannot support any action that gives freedoms, rights, privileges or power to one group while excluding another. This is unacceptable in any form, whether it is supporting slavery and segregation or denying voting, legal or civil rights to any group. It is unacceptable for individuals to be denied rights and privileges that are provided by marriage merely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Kickapoo Valley Monthly Meeting joyfully recognizes the diversity of sexual orientation within our religious and broader community. We affirm the goodness of committed, loving relationships that endure, are unselfish, and that provide mutual support and tenderness. We have and will continue to affirm equal status in marriage for all people. We will follow the same careful process for all couples who wish to unite in marriage under our care...."

ACADIA FRIENDS MEETING (ME)
March 1994
Minute on marriages and committed relationships under the care of Acadia Friends Meeting

http://flgbtqc.quaker.org/minutes.html

"We believe that couples, regardless of gender, can make the spiritual and social commitments necessary to found a family. We consider the commitments undertaken in these relationships by both the couple and the meetings to be those of marriage. As individuals we are not united as to whether such a union should be called a "marriage." As a meeting, we welcome applications from couples who unite with Quaker faith and practice, and choose to go through our usual process of clearness for marriage. We also believe the law should recognize same-gender relationships as having the same legal status as heterosexual marriages...."

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#21 Mar 17, 2013
Pierre wrote:
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And they're good, decent, moral people that don't allow homosexual perversion.
How is being gay a "moral perversion"? It's not like it's a behavior, it's just a natural God-given trait.

What "moral" society sends a message to their kids that who they are at the core is wrong and evil, but how they behave has no importance?

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