Chicago school to march in Pride Parade

Chicago school to march in Pride Parade

There are 1391 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 24, 2009, titled Chicago school to march in Pride Parade. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The black metal fence in front of Nettelhorst Elementary School is obscured by thousands of strips of dyed fabric -- yellows giving way to greens, then blues, purples and reds -- each one tied on by the small hands of a student.

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Justin

Chicago, IL

#3 Jun 25, 2009
Okay, Sam, do the kids who march in any other parades really understand what they're all about? No, all they know is it's something to celebrate. And isn't that really what it's all about?
Justin

Chicago, IL

#4 Jun 25, 2009
homophobe ONE wrote:
Disgustingly sick to brainwash children and use them as prawns.
I agree--I would never use a child as a "prawn."

Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#5 Jun 25, 2009
homophobe ONE wrote:
Disgustingly sick to brainwash children and use them as prawns.
I LOVE children AND prawns !

:)
Rogers Park Resident

Chicago, IL

#10 Jun 25, 2009
ChristianView wrote:
Here are my thoughts on the matter:
I think it wise for concerned individuals to give some prayer and consideration to these matters and then devise some kind of action plan to help protect our children from these kinds of influences.
Private Christian-based schools are becoming an increasingly attractive option albeit at considerable financial sacrifice.
Those for whom this is not an option can write to the public school objecting to these events.
Certainly they can request that their child not participate. Forming a loose association (action group) with likeminded parents in a given school can be effective.
Apart from this, I think we can help protect our children by helping them to develop a relationship with Jesus and sharing our beliefs and sense of morality.
Though I do promote the tolerance and understanding of pride activities, the school has to approve its own participation. I am **** but believe your opinion is rational. Students who wish to participate and are under 17 should have consent from parents and give consent themselves as with any other activity. Other activities should be provided in place for students who do not wish to participate. However schools do have the right to allow LGBTQQI students and their allies to participate. Rights should not be taken away from either group.

CHILDREN should never be penalized for the choices they make or for the parents who love them. BELIEVE ME that there are a lot of LGBTQQI students attending Rogers Park schools who face harassment? What if your child were one of the nearby children who committed suicide for such hatred. Do you all want to be responsible for teaching your children such hatred to possibly lead to the death of an innocent child? I hope you can live with that. I hope you can sleep at night knowing children not far from us have committed suicide from harassment. How could any god bless you for teaching hatred and causing torment and even death to a child?
Alex

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Jun 25, 2009
I am thrilled that we live in a progressive, socialist era when such freedom of expression and diversity are possible! I hope that these young ones leave the event with the understanding that freedom of sexual expression is a great thing and there are no better role models for them the Chicago LGBT community! YES WE CAN!

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#14 Jun 25, 2009
Sam wrote:
Our young ones don't understand what this parade is about. Teaching them "family values" and to have an open mind should not blind them and have them in this parade at such a young age. Girl scouts march in 4th of July parades because they support our country. Little ones march in St. Patty's Parade for their heritage. 5 year olds marching for gay pride? wow.
Some of those kids are gay. It's nice to see the others supporting them, instead of terrorizing them.
Michael Anthony

Chicago, IL

#19 Jun 25, 2009
Connie Wilson wrote:
And, remember, if you delight in pummeling Christianity for its orthodox views on 'traditional' marriage, thousands of homosexuals are put to death every year in the name of the Koran...just for being who they are. Sort of makes my Christian brothers and sisters seem not so bad, doesn't it?
No it doesn't.
The hate spread in the name of Christianity contributes to the suicides, assaults, rapes, and yes, murders, of gay people in the US, and other countries.
Stop thinking that this is an attack on Christianity. It just so happens that Christianity is dominant in the US, and often leads the way with protests against gay people.
Rusty

United States

#20 Jun 25, 2009
Do Unto Others As You'd Have Them Do Unto You.

I dunno, I'm all for gay rights, even gay marriage, but I can imagine a school in Mississippi participating in something conservative that would make me upset. Or imagine a Jewish parent seeing their kids' school take part of a pro-Palestinian rally (or vice-versa). I kinda want my government to stay neutral
Citizen

Evergreen Park, IL

#23 Jun 25, 2009
I think that public schools should keep out of political events. A school should not decided that they will participate in a gay event. If individual parents and their children choose to participate it's up to them; I see nothing wrong with that.
YankeeBoy

Hillside, IL

#27 Jun 25, 2009
Any chance the queens will keep their clothes on for the kids? I am a gay man and I woulkd NEVER support this hideous, annual march to the past. Every year we take two steps back to take one forward. Maybe this will shift the emphasis from the weird in gay society to those of us who actually have made a life for ourselves and our families. But, I doubt it. It'll be the same disorganized horde of fruits, flakes, nuts, nudists, bar boys, S&M queens, drags, the water sports crowd, leather men and bar flys we see year after year. It's the freaks that they'll put on TV news every time. Then the rest of us will start all over again, trying to prove to the world that most of us are really quite normal.

“Wingnuts Suck”

Since: Mar 09

Chicago, IL

#28 Jun 25, 2009
Justin wrote:
Okay, Sam, do the kids who march in any other parades really understand what they're all about? No, all they know is it's something to celebrate. And isn't that really what it's all about?
Just like all of those seven year olds who parrot the Pledge of Allegiance every morning.

That's not brain-washing??? Oh right, it's indoctrination.

“Wingnuts Suck”

Since: Mar 09

Chicago, IL

#29 Jun 25, 2009
ChristianView wrote:
Here are my thoughts on the matter:
I think it wise for concerned individuals to give some prayer and consideration to these matters and then devise some kind of action plan to help protect our children from these kinds of influences.
Private Christian-based schools are becoming an increasingly attractive option albeit at considerable financial sacrifice.
Those for whom this is not an option can write to the public school objecting to these events.
Certainly they can request that their child not participate. Forming a loose association (action group) with likeminded parents in a given school can be effective.
Apart from this, I think we can help protect our children by helping them to develop a relationship with Jesus and sharing our beliefs and sense of morality.
The school did not organize this, the parents did. Are you advocating the schools to take the kids away from the parents because you take this behavior as an affront to some cosmic petulant three year old?
MissJt

Chicago, IL

#30 Jun 25, 2009
homophobe ONE wrote:
Disgustingly sick to brainwash children and use them as prawns.
Prawns? Like shrimp on the barbie? Your lak of intelligence is chowing
Florida Jim

Port Orange, FL

#31 Jun 25, 2009
Ask Perez Hilton, after getting in a fight with an employee of Will.I.am[some act], and calling his attacker a "fa....", about the "family" values of homosexuals. It is apparently ok for a homosexual to slur a non-homosexual but not for a non-homosexual to slur some homosexual. Some values!

“Wingnuts Suck”

Since: Mar 09

Chicago, IL

#32 Jun 25, 2009
Daley is a maroon wrote:
I don't mind gays, I have gay neighbors we hang out with, but I do have a problem with gays having children. Unless these kids go to special schools, they are going to have a very, very rough time when they hit about age 10. It's going to be hell for them because other kids don't understand tolerance, etc, they only understand 'what makes me better than you' and those that are different (have gay parents) are going to be the target of bullies and will be picked on mercilessly.
It's good that you don't 'mind' about 10% of our population, and that you are even so enlightened to hang out with your neighbors, in spite of their homosexuality.

But are you really suggesting that we remove otherwise happy and healthy children from school because other kids who have cave-men for parents, might not be tolerant?

That is idiotic and offensive on several levels.

“Wingnuts Suck”

Since: Mar 09

Chicago, IL

#33 Jun 25, 2009
mike wrote:
One thing that is not fully understood in this day and age is this: just because we accept sin and sinful behavior does not mean that God accepts it. Repent and turn from your sin.
Odin says nothing about homosexuality... Neither does Zeus.

Who is this god that you speak of with such a trite mind that he or she would deign to tell people what they can do in the privacy of their own homes?

Sounds like this god needs to get some.

“Wingnuts Suck”

Since: Mar 09

Chicago, IL

#34 Jun 25, 2009
YankeeBoy wrote:
Any chance the queens will keep their clothes on for the kids? I am a gay man and I woulkd NEVER support this hideous, annual march to the past. Every year we take two steps back to take one forward. Maybe this will shift the emphasis from the weird in gay society to those of us who actually have made a life for ourselves and our families. But, I doubt it. It'll be the same disorganized horde of fruits, flakes, nuts, nudists, bar boys, S&M queens, drags, the water sports crowd, leather men and bar flys we see year after year. It's the freaks that they'll put on TV news every time. Then the rest of us will start all over again, trying to prove to the world that most of us are really quite normal.
That might be the reason they are going to be at the front of the parade.

Since: Jul 07

Mason, OH

#37 Jun 25, 2009
Daley is a maroon wrote:
I don't mind gays, I have gay neighbors we hang out with, but I do have a problem with gays having children. Unless these kids go to special schools, they are going to have a very, very rough time when they hit about age 10. It's going to be hell for them because other kids don't understand tolerance, etc, they only understand 'what makes me better than you' and those that are different (have gay parents) are going to be the target of bullies and will be picked on mercilessly.
My kids went to public schools across this country and the only real problems they had were with some parents. Says a
lot about how bias is passed on.

Since: Jun 09

Perth, Australia

#38 Jun 25, 2009
Clearly this is an important battle of good verses evil.

Anti-gay adults will not change their minds no matter what.

Winning the hearts and minds of children today, however, will shape a different society for the generations to come.
Joe

Springfield, IL

#39 Jun 25, 2009
Rogers Park Resident wrote:
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Girl and Boy scouts are taught to hate. Let us not forget the shooting committed by an Eagle scout leader in Taylor, Michigan. He shot AN ELDERLY MAN IN THE HEAD for denying belief n god. Such an honorable example for children in an already bigoted organization. Remember Taylor, Michigan. YOUR PEOPLE DID THIS! Defend all you want, but bigotry kills.
One incident and all scouts are now deemed as a hate group, please.

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