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Gay Men Should Quake and Quail?

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Joke-lahoman (aka Oklahoman) Editorial:

(OKLAHOMA CITY) Recently an Oklahoma County judge found in favor of Joe Quigley, a teacher in the Oklahoma City public schools, concluding that the School Board was unable to prove its case that Quigley is an incompetent teacher of high school English.

This Joke-lahoman editorial states quite clearly that to be an out gay man, to advocate for the protection of school children, and to be a good teacher are three incompatible aspects of being human.

Unlike power-hungry, narrow-minded, straight newspapers editors, gay men and women can be very talented at holding more than one idea and maintaining one ideal at a time. Also, we can read and discern the meaning of words written in a judicial opinion; this one uses plain English, no Latin worth mentioning, and no obtuse legal footnotes and references.

The editorial goes on to imply that Quigley should have no right of appeal from the School Board to a higher judicial level. Is Quigley supposed to quail and quake like some feudal serf before the manorial lord? The Joke-lahoman prefers keeping these decisions close to the source of power. But what it really means is out of the public eye--closeted, in other words.

Only when court decisions go against the Joke-lahoman's perceived order of labor kow-towing to management, does it find the rule of law to be inconvenient and flawed.

As an observer to the dismissive School Board meeting, I was reminded that this country has an adversarial system of justice allowing for levels of appeal and the exercise of other view points.

Along with the School Board, I think the editorial staff of the Joke-lahoman needs some remedial reading instruction.

As just a casual reference of not much importance, I'd like to point out that Judge Barbara Swinton is Republican with children in a public school, so, having found in Joe Quigley's favor, under the judicial robe she "must" be a wild-eyed activist judge.

You read, you decide---


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