Saturday, March 18, 2006

Getting whipped in the Bible Belt

Okay. You're a high school teacher. A drama teacher. You are putting on a play or musical that is not some wild, off-the-wall thing, but something from America's longstanding literary tradition or pop culture.

You choose Grease.
The next year you choose A Midsummer Night's Dream.
You scrap that for Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

A handful of parents from a certain church complain about tawdry content:Grease depicts teens smoking, drinking, and kissing; A Midsummer Night's Dream makes reference to suicide, rape, and losing one's virginity; and The Crucible is about witch trials (not sure if they complained about that).

You are forced to resign rather than face a possible firing.

Is this America?

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