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  • #53
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    If this is asking if I agree with the school, I don't and they should be ashamed. This little girl is eight for crying out loud, at that age it has nothing to do with sexual preference or confusion about gender, let her be a kid already.
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    I don't agree with the school's opinion about the little girl, but I do respect their right to have it. Who the hell thinks that they can tell someone how to interpret the Bible, which is the constitution of the fundamentalist Christian Church. These people derive their morality from their interpretation of that scripture, just as the Mainline churches derive their morality from their often opposite interpretation of the same book. Each is entitled to their views and if they aren't, then who's to prevent the government or any other organization with power from stepping in telling everyone what they are to believe. To me, this is ultimate fascism.
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    @Ryunkin I agree with you about not agreeing :) with this school. BUT I see no reason to respect idiots. They have their heads up their third point of contact and we need to point that out. These idiots need to be shut down and never allowed within 100 meters of any school or child again.
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    @tomincali "so there is no telling what is going on..."

    Actually, there's a really easy way to tell what's going on. She's not a polar bear or something. She's a human being. She can tell you what she feels about it. Since her mom says it is not a gender identity "thing" and the article indicates Sunnie is glad to be a girl, that sorta settles that.
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    I was pulled out (some might say kicked out) of a Christian school in the fourth or fifth grade. One of the reasons was my insistance on wearing blue jeans....a sure sign of hooliganism! I didn't like loosing my friends, but I was much happier in public school. Hopefully it will work out the best for this girl too.
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    @galt45 - I find this headline very misleading.

    From the story: "Her appearance COULD actually result in..."

    I'm betting this will fade away and become another non issue.

    Ms. Marshall fleshed out this non-story with an awful lot of assumptions and suppositions.
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    To be fair, unless you are way younger than I think, any Christian or even just a private school, would NEVER allow blue jeans to be worn. My children did the private Catholic school route, uniforms for the lower school and dress codes for the upper school. It's just part of the curriculum, dress for success and dress as if you are going on a job interview, from day one. We followed that rule. That you preferred blue jeans, well, perhaps your parents made the right decision for YOU and took you out of an environment that was not compatible with your POV. But, no private school that I know of, even now or especially now, will permit blue jeans.
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    I remember another brave, poor young woman who was vilified for cutting her hair short, and dressing like a man- sold out by her own Church and her own King. May Jeanne d'Arc rest in peace. Why is it that we pillory some people for being different and years later elevate them to Sainthood? Could it be to ease our own 'collective consciences'? The little girl DOES look extremely boyish. She reminds me of a boy I went to school with from Israel called Zvi Davidowitz. None of us can help how we look and most of us don't have the income or the desire to change what G-d gave us. We can only make the best of what we got. This is as stupid as the suspending of that little girl who shaved her head in support for her cancer-stricken friend. Educators appear to have too much damned time on their hands and not enough brain cells to call themselves 'educators'.
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    It occurs to me that this little girl's wardrobe choice is modest and unassuming. Far more responsible than parents who dress their little 7 and 8 year-olds up like miniature beauty queens, creating pervert bait!
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    You make a very valid point. In some of the poorer neighborhoods of Albuquerque, illegal immigrants often send their little girls like tiny beauty contest contestants, complete with lipstick and fingernail polish. There are enough perverts out there without adorning little girls to look like tiny grown women.
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    Isnt Hatred in the name of Christianity just awesome? It always floors me that people like this cant see the problem with Hating in god's name?
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    The videos of little girls like Jon Benet Ramsey turn my stomach. Pushing kids into being sexual is a strange form of perversion. I suspect it's caused by mothers trying to create something they never were.
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    @Frosty45
    I concur.
    I think this sometimes happens with children on the sports field as well. Patents either trying to push their kids to be who they never were, or reliving their former "glory" through their offspring.
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    Oh so true Keyjo. A friend who referees ball games told me players aren't the problem. It's moms & dads that are the worst. A friend and his father who are nice guys become crazed at ball games. One game where Daughter/grand daughter was playing at halftime she climbed the bleachers and told them they either behaved better or she was going to stop playing.(and a child will lead them)
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    I must agree. And they wonder why Christian are thought to be hateful. If I was not already a Christian these people could not convine me.
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    @Waynestew Quick question. Why do remain convinced, if you don't think they could convince you now?
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    Private school or not, I couldn't defend this action. The little girl was not gay, was not promoting the gay lifestyle. One of my grand daughters is a tom boy, good athlete, has short hair, straight A student and a ton of boy friends. I would be extremely pissed if a school tried to expel her for having short hair.
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    The school shows the true nature of fundamentalism, be it Christian, Muslin, or any other. If I were a parent with a child in that school I would find another school for my kid. The worst thing the school is doing is teaching hate.
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    I wonder if a male showed up in sandles a long robe and a beard would they throw him out ? The little girl is better off in public school where she can learn in an environment which is kind and caring unlike the Christian school she was in.
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    The biblical reference used to reach the determination to expel is referring to "men and women", not children. But if she was in violation of the school dress code then the grandparents of this little girl might consider how they would feel about someone sending their son to school in lace and pink bows?
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    @MongoAPillager

    Hi Mongo, just been really busy. I gave up my CDL to take care of my estranged elderly mother and am now caring for three other elderly persons and a disabled guy. lol
    Planning to enroll in college soon to be retrained. How have you been?
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    Not a dress code violation in this case. She was wearing clothes that were appropriate and are gender neutral. Men and women both wear jeans, t-shirts and sneakers. There is nothing new there. Short hair on women and girls, again, is not a new thing. She's not going around promoting an alternative lifestyle. She's 8 and looks like a boy. Not a big deal at all.
    You want to avoid this, make the kids wear uniforms. Which is kind of odd as this was a christian school and they didn't have one to begin with. Oh well, the girl did nothing wrong.
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    @TRex84

    I agree, the girl did nothing wrong. Obviously she doesn't buy her own clothes and this part of the dress code was assumed (possibly even wrongly) rather than made clear. However, the girl clearly looks like a boy enough to confuse her classmates. And has been accused of "acting" like a boy, of which the author does not deny. The equivalent to someone sending their son to school in lace and pink bows.
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    This is an op-ed, and not a news story. It's also another case of a family taking their private issues public. This girl attended a private school with uniforms, one for girls, one for boys. She wanted to wear the one for boys. The school also said this had nothing to do with her hairdo, there were behavior issues. Hmmm, I won't hold my breath before a lawyer and the LBGT 'community' get involved.
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    Where exactly did it say she wanted to wear a boy's uniform? Or even that the school was a uniformed school? Now that it's public I'm sure her haircut is just fine. She likes "boy" things and resembles one in appearance. And since we all know girls are only to play with barbies, jewelry, and makeup she obviously was boarding the ship labeled lesbian and going straight to the gates of hell. She's a kid and honestly it's better they got her away from the hot mess I call Christianity anyway.
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    @Ohio
    I never take these Politix op-eds at face value. I read the article in the local newspaper where the incident took place. The school sent a letter telling what happened. And, I spent 12 years wearing the girls' uniform at a Catholic School so I'm familiar with how they work. When you get out of school for the day, they don't care what you wear, so the grandstanding grandparents' story doesn't make any sense.
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    @sosmpls

    Even after looking at articles from that states paper I have yet to see where she wanted to wear the boys uniform. It's still a case of her not looking feminine enough and being boyish in manner. Whatever the case religion is the most non tolerable, hateful, judgmental, mean spirited thing on this earth. Maybe that child is gay. She probably doesn't even realize it. She's just being how she feels inside doing what is natural to her. To be thrown away because you aren't like people think you should be is wrong. She's only 8.
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    @Ohio She wasn't thrown away by anyone, and if you read the letter from the school you would see that they regarded her with extreme affection. But, I agree with those of you who hate anything remotely religious and think she will be better off in a public school where a 6 year old boy can change to a girl's name, dye his hair pink, wear dresses, and use the girl's bathroom.
    You don't even need parents anymore when the kids are in charge and discipline is a dirty word.
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    @sosmpls

    If that boy felt that way inside why not let him be that. You'd rather kids like that be forced to be something they aren't and afraid of not being accepted and or loved by their parents and killing themselves? To me it's all a non understanding of difference. When it's not you that's feeling it there's an ease and a quickness to judge. I know because I was one of those kids.
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    "Obviously the principle needs to read his bible and study his history. Jesus had long, black, curly hair - he would have been labeled a hippie back in the day. "

    This made me laugh, because nowhere in the Bible does it say that Jesus had long hair. Clearly the writer doesn't know scripture very well either.
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    @boombatic Hey, I'm not saying anything is wrong with dudes having long hair. I've got long hair myself. I'm just saying that in the same breath, the author criticizes someone else's knowledge of scripture/history and betrays their own ignorance concerning the topic. You know, pot meet kettle?
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    @LarryV That's because the image of Jesus as we know it now was popularized in Europe during the Middle Ages. Most pictures also have Jesus as White, right? Yet we well know that Jesus would have looked like an Arab.
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  • #78
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    She's a child! Give me a break! Unfortunately many people call themselves Christians who are not.
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    I personally don't agree with the school's motivations for asking this young girl to leave, but it doesn't change the fact that this school is a private institution and has the right to set its own standards of behavior and appearance.
  • #161
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    It's not quite as soft and fuzzy as she put it, but there is some serious stupidity going on in that school.

    This is why we need to stop the whole voucher school thing.
  • #148
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    Most 8 YO girls where I grew up dressed like that. Not a one wound up being a Lesbian. One of the most "Tomboy" at 8-10 became the HS Senior Prom queen wit half the boys in HS drooling over her. In the 50's a frilly girl in my rural neighborhood would have seemed weird.
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    Makes me sick how people judge one another, even if she knew she was a lesbian it is not a choice. It is who they are. God didn't make any mistakes just a lot of judges that will be judged
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