Just How Stupid Gay-Panic Gets

Want to know just how stupid gay-panic gets?

 

     Here’s a question whose answer will tell just how idiotic, and it’s a question that oughta bring you back to third grade real fast.

 

     Remember what homophones are? Homophones? 

 

     They’re not mobiles for lgbt citizens. They’re not sexy stereo systems. And, no, they’re not fabulously gay and sparkly blue tooth devices.

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HOMOPHONE PANIC:  ENGLISH TEACHER CASHIERED

     Homophones, as I’m confident we recall from our between six and ten years in grade school are…well…before I remind you, know this: 

     HuffPo reports on a Utah teacher recently cashiered for writing a blog post about homophones which, the school head was concerned, promoted the so-called Gay Agenda.

 

     Think I’m kidding?

    

     Think again.

     

     This is precisely what’s happened to Tim Torkildson, a social media specialist at Nomen Global Language Centre, Provo.

 

     Now, what are these dreadful words, these homophones? They’re words that are pronounced similarly to one another but are different in meaning. For example “to,” “too” and “two,” are homophones.

 

A

 

MONTY BRIGHTLY SKIPPED UP THE STEPS TO THE PODIUM WHERE HE ACCEPTED HIS AWARD WITH HUMOR AND GRACE.

 

 

BARBARA, AND BORIS, TOO, PASSED THEIR DRIVING TESTS IN THE SAME STOLEN PEUGEOT, PINCHED FROM THE DEALERSHIP ON THE LEFT BANK.

 

C

 

TWO BIRDS, PETE AND RE-PEAT, SAT ATOP OF THE FENCE; PETE FLEW OFF…WHO WAS LEFT? … … … TWO BIRDS  …  Ok…. … …

 

KNEW, NEW ?  FLOUR, FLOWER ? OUR, HOUR ?

 

     These words sound alike, but are spelled differently and have different meanings from one another. In English, of course, there are many hundreds of these words and they’ve nothing to do with sexuality, gay sexuality or straight sexuality (not even with bestiality).

     Yet after publishing a language-teaching blog post about homophones, The Salt Lake Trib reports that Mr. Torkildson was booted. His employer concluded that “our school is going to be associated with homosexuality,” and labeled the language blog “extremely inappropriate.”

 

    Perhaps this level of flailing absurdity is what we see when gender bigots know they’re losing. 

 

List of English Homophones   (441 of them; the list of moronic bigots in the education field is well longer)

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