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March 10, 2007

'That's so gay' should never be OK

Sam Pollak



The kids file into the high school classroom with the usual talking, bickering and teasing. Inevitably, one student will loudly ridicule another.



"Oh, that's so gay!"



Suppose you're the teacher. What do you do?




According to the kids I've spoken to, you probably don't do anything. You pretend you didn't hear anything and go about your business.



Those words appeared in this space in April 2003, and I regret that things seem not to have changed for the better ... and may well have gotten worse.



I'm told the phrase "that's so gay" is still heard repeatedly at Oneonta High and probably every other middle and high school in our area.



It's not a matter of political correctness. It's a matter of ignorance and prejudice.



Let's face it, it's only a hop, skip and a jump from pejorative banter at the local high school to what happened last weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington when author and columnist Ann Coulter referred to John Edwards as a "faggot."



"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards," Coulter told the group. "But it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I _ so kind of an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards."



Coulter's previous outrageous statements include saying that certain widows of 9/11 victims enjoyed their husbands' deaths because it brought them some celebrity. She also opined this about Muslims.



"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."



Coulter is clearly a wingnut and an embarrassment to mainstream conservatives. Several right-leaning writers and Republican presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney ripped her after her slur against Edwards.

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