High school officials in Wagoner, Oklahoma say they happened to “accidentally” show viewings of a new anti-choice documentary “180″ and hand out free dvd’s to students, without parental permission. Of course.
The film was created to “change the mind of every pro-choice person who views it” by comparing abortion to the Holocaust.
Needless to say, parents were not happy about the “accident.”
As Robin Marty reports, it wasn’t until parents complained that the school stopped showing the film and confiscated the dvds. School superintendent Marte Thompson blamed a student aide for accidentally handing the movies out before the school got consent from parents.
We can agree this was no accident, right? School officials showed the film and only took action after some parents expressed outrage, in part because they likely assumed there would be no complaints. And this is precisely the kinds of assumptions that become routine when schools are forced to accept pseudo-scientific positions as equivalent to actual science and when religious belief is presumed to have a role in health curricula.
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