The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

6 December 2004

Freedom from merit badges

"From time to time," says a proposed disclaimer for material distributed through Portland, Oregon schools on behalf of groups not associated with the district, "you may receive materials from a group that holds values that may offend some of our families."

Like, for instance, the Boy Scouts of America.

Atheist and gay parents had fought the placing of Scout materials in Portland schools, and said that while the disclaimer was an improvement, the Scout booklets are still handed out by teachers, which, according to the AP story, "lends credibility to the group's message."

The Mandatory Serenity Amendment — "The right of the peoples of the United States to be free from any ideas or materials or products, which they may find offensive, shall not be infringed" — has so far been ratified by 0 states.

(Via Tongue Tied.)

Posted at 7:52 AM to Almost Yogurt