real girls kiss.

New name WHAT.

My new LJ name is:

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musicsexual

Add me there and make my day. I'll go through and add my current FL when I have the time.


I've been so sick of this name for so long. It's time I got a new one, I was just waiting for the right name to come. And musicsexual rocks. Seriously. ♥
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The inner controversialist in me craves an argument. I'm bored by the everyday monotony, living for the time that something big happens that I can get caught up in the momentum of.

But I never asked for this to happen.

By this, of course, I mean the Christian newspaper at Council Rock South, The Rock. Yes, you read that right. My high school's Bible Club has begun putting out its own monthly newspaper named for the school. Though, according to them, it's name is "more than the name of the school; it's a name to describe the One True God. He is our Rock..." Deceptive, no? Though there is a disclaimer at the bottom, stating that " these opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Council Rock School District", you can't help but think that they knew how tricky the name was.

According to South's head principal, Mr. Michael Holland, the papers first appeared on a Thursday in December, in a box in the school library. Appalled, Mr. Holland took them down, sure they were a violation of the seperation of church and state. He was then contacted by Council Rock's superintendent, Mr. Mark Klein (who is also a certified lawyer). Mr. Klein told him they had been approved by the school board and could stay. The newspapers were made available the next day to any student who cared to pick one up from the library or cafeteria entrances. There are literally one hundred flyers and posters hanging up in various hallways, each advertisting "The Rock: The News From A Different Point Of View - pick up your copy in the library or cafeteria".

Now, when I walked into the library that Friday morning, I saw a shoebox decorated with the words "The Rock Newspaper", so I took one. I shoved it into my backpack, not bothering a second look at it until homeroom (arguably the most boring 15 minutes of my and everyone else's day). Imagine my suprise when I opened what I thought was the schoolnewsletter and found articles with titles like "A Christian's Point of View", "Giving Thanks to Who?", and "Christianity Is Fun", scattered alongside hand-written Bible quotes, sketches of crosses, and bad fart jokes. Yes, that's right, bad fart jokes. In a newspaper trying to be taken seriously. There's also a book review for In Pursuit of the Ideal, a novel about a girl with an eating disorder, and a music review for Reliant K, who the (uncredited) reviewer praises for luring in audiences with non-religious songs, then "you can hear how they shout God's praise". The second issue also included a maze.

The articles themselves, once I calmed down enough to read them all, were rather offensive to me as a practicing Jew. But that's not what I want to get into - the school wouldn't ban anything just because I found it offensive, they would ban it because they could get into trouble for it. So, like with all my other dilemnas, I turned to the law books. There are two clauses in the First Amendment that guarantee freedom of religion. The more applicable of the two at this time, the establishment clause, prohibits the government from passing legislation preferring one religion over another or establishing an "official religion" for the country, thus enforcing the commonly known "separation of church and state". In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled against prayer in schools, which was the precedent case for extending the establishment clause to public schools. The organized distribution of religious teachings during the school day is unconstitutional, even if teachers aren't handing them out, and even if they're not used as a part of the school's educational program. Thus, the school building or grounds' being used to spread a religious doctrine at a time when students are required to be there is considered imposing on a student's civil liberties.

I'm sorry if I'm boring you to tears with the legal end of it, but this all needs to be said.

A lot of the response to the newspaper is, "It's fine, they're expressing their freedom of speech." What I don't think a lot of kids in high school realize is the school does not have to grant us the freedom of speech. There was another Supreme Court Case (Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier) which ruled that if a student publication is either published by the school or published by a school-sponsored club, the district has the right to censor it. The Court gave many examples of censorable material, including material that is "ungrammatical, poorly written, inadequately researched, biased or prejudiced, vulgar or profane, or unsuitable for immature audiences". Also, the Court ruled that school officials can censor material that would "associate the school with anything other than neutrality on matters of political controversy."

Those against the newspaper (which, if you couldn't tell, includes myself) are speaking up. There are club meetings and discussions about what we can do to show dissent. Every now and then, you'll hear a lunch table arguing about the issue. I know of at least one petition being circulated around the school, with a good 200+ signatures on it. One student was suspended for graffiting the boxes by writing "Fuck the Rock" in small print on the back. It's nice to see kids finally standing up for what we think is right - or, in this case, what we think is wrong. They feel that the publication, advertisement, and open distribution of the Rock newspaper violates these civil liberties. Certain quotes, such as "he is the One True God" and by stories about people who are not practicing Christians being evil or wrong-doers, imposes religion upon the students at the school. I jumped at the chance to write an article about it, then decided to wait until the chaos died down and see what happened. After the 2nd edition came out, it was time to do something. Just Friday the 3rd edition came out, this time in color. It's gone too far.

Also protesting the Rock are the local religious leaders. Rabbis Elliot Perlstein and Elliot Strom (of Ohev Shalom Richboro and Shir Ami Newtown, respectively) met with their fellow clergy - both Jewish, Christian, and Catholic - then with the school board and superintendent, and have discussed it with their religious students. South students have expressed interest in their being more than one religious group with a newspaper; for example, a Jewish pamphlet and a Muslim paper and even an "Athiest Times". I'd like to think that, were this a Jewish paper, I would be equally offended; a lot of the people I know who are upset by the Rock are practicing Christians. They're just smart enough to realize that, no matter what you believe, religion flat-out doesn't have a place in schools. Unlike these evangelicals, whose grammar is worse than mine was in elementary school. Sort of ironic, isn't it, that the columnists aren't intelligent enough to know that you capitalize the title of a song, but think they're intelligent enough to tell you how to run your life? Repeat after me: four legs good, two legs bad.
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♫ 5, 4, 3, open sesame: HAPPY NEW YEEAAARRR!!!!!! ♫

New Year's Eve was pretty crazy. A huge group of people I know from everywhere from Rainbow Room to school to work all came over and we partied like it was 1999 2006. I have to get in the shower now, so details will come later or tomorrow or whenever I get to typing up what little I remember. For now, though, here's what pictures I can share with the LJ world & various things I learned that night.

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So, happy 2006! Hope you all had as much fun on New Year's as I did =D

In other news, I have, like, 5 days until my paid account and 100 userpics expires, but I just today got the 10-day email. DAMNIT, LJ. There's no way I'm going to be able to send them cash in time >
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THE ULTIMATE SILENCE
October 12, 1998




Listen to the mustn'ts, child.
Listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts,
The impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves,
Then listen close to me:
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.

~ Shel Silverstein


Six years ago today, Matthew Shepard was murdered for being homosexual.

What will you do to end the silence?

*click here to post this on your own page or weblog*



[And for something completely unrelated, I just got home from a 5-hour synagogue service. A good yuntif to you all. Anyone mentions food in the next, oh, 20 hours, I'll beat you over the head with a stick, then make you not eat or drink for 24 hours, see how that goes.]

[Sorry. I get cranky when I'm hungry >< ]
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So, your GLBTQWTFYA moment for the day:

I am...

I am the guy who came out to the entire school in his senior speech and got a standing ovation for his courage.

I am the girl who kisses her girlfriend on the sidewalk and laughs at those who glare.

We are the couple who planned and studied and got a damn good lawyer and BEAT the state that wanted to take our child away.

We are the ones who took martial arts classes and carry pepper spray and are just too dangerous to gay bash.

I am the transgender person who uses the bathroom that suits me, and demands that any complaining staff explain their complaint to my face in front of the entire restaurant--and shares with my other trans friends which restaurants don't raise a stink.

I am the mother who told her lesbian daughter to invite her girlfriend over for dinner.

I am the father who punished his son for calling you a fag.

I am the preacher who told my congregation that love, not hate, is the definition of a true follower of God.

I am the girl who did not learn the meaning of "homosexual" until high school but never thought to question why two men might be kissing.

I am the woman who argues (quite loudly and vehemently) with the bigots who insist that you do not have the right to marry or raise children.

We are the high school class who agrees, unanimously, along with our teacher, that love should be all that matters.

If you agree, repost this. Do it. You don't have to be afraid. You can handle it. You're stronger than you think.


In other news.....nothing. L'shana tovah tikatevu to my Jewish flist (though it's not technically New Year until Yom Kippur). To the rest of you, enjoy the two days off you get while I'm in services all day. Ugh.

I have become addicted to this version of Suddenly Seymour. ♥♥♥ it, love it, love it. Say what you want about Mandy Moore, she has a really pretty voice.
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Best. Day. EVER.

I'm way too impatient to resize the pictures, so....sorry. They're huge.

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♥ I still LURVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH ♥!!


I decided to put RUFUSBAPTISTSFEST PICSPAM, part 2 in the same entry, 'cause it's technically part of the same picspam. Go on and comment about part 2 now.

In other news, the air conditioning in my house is broken, and it's hit 90 degrees the past 3 days. The basement is the only somewhat cool place in the house, so if I'm online a lot it's 'cause I'm stuck down here.
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