QUOTE(Bikerdad @ Mar 18 2006, 02:01 PM)
Ahhh, a refreshing brace of honesty. Cindy Sheehan and her ilk aren't really about peace and harmony, they're actually about recruiting people into the "progressive" (aka socialist) cult.
Ah, the conspiracy of it all--a hidden agenda.
Anti-war protestors, or any other protestors, are only welcome on campus when they don't disrupt the learning environment, and even then most schools look dimly on outside protestors. Recruiters, military and otherwise, have a vested interest in not disrupting the learning environment. And yes, college recruiters, Americorps recruiters, corporate recruiters and even trade union recruiters all make appearances on public high school campuses. (Career Day anyone?)
If you will notice, I didn't say anything about Cindy Sheehan
leading a war protest on a high school campus. You made this assumption.
If Cindy Sheehan made a speech in a high school auditorium, it would likely be no more disruptive to the learning process, possibly less, than a football pep rally.
The schools I worked in the last twelve years of my career tried to schedule pep rallies last period. Administrators realized that once kids were all hyped up, getting them settled down to the task of learning would take some time. This meant that they could go home all hyper and parents had to deal with it.
Yet I still think you are wrong. I don't think administrators in Texas and some other red state schools would welcome Sheehan even as an assembly speaker. Even as an assembly speaker, Sheehan or a surrogate, would create some tension and conflict, but that happens in the marketplace of ideas.
But hey, there are lots of high schools where military recruiters can be banned. Of course, 90% of them are run by a class of organizations that is even more anathema to the Left than the military. Churches...
1. What statistics can you provide to measure the prevalence and intensity of this alleged hatred?
2. If Congress ever passes the vouchers, that some conservatives are demanding, will this nullify a private schools's right to ban military recruiters?
3. I can't speak for all "leftists," or whatever invective you choose to use, but I don't hate churches, or for that matter the military. I drove by several churches on the way to the coffee shop today, as I do everyday. I didn't get bent out of shape and start saying under my breath "there's a church. I hate that thing." In fact, I probably wouldn't have noticed them at all, if had you not brought the subject up.