Saturday, March 18, 2006

Another Casualty of the Republican Theocracy

Missouri Drama Teacher Resigns in Play Flap (via The Guardian):
A central Missouri high school drama teacher whose spring play was canceled after complaints about tawdry content in one of her previous productions will resign rather than face a possible firing.

"It became too much to not be able to speak my mind or defend my students without fear or retribution," said Fulton High School teacher Wendy DeVore.
What had she scheduled for the spring play?
DeVore's students were to perform Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," a drama set during the 17th Century Salem witch trials.
That's right, the student's were being denied to opportunity to perform Arthur Miller's classic, "The Crucible."

What was this play with tawdry content and who was making the complaints?
But after a handful of Callaway Christian Church members complained about scenes in the fall musical "Grease" that showed teens smoking, drinking and kissing, Superintendent Mark Enderle told DeVore to find a more family-friendly substitute.
Yup, the play "Grease", which was one of the longest running plays on Broadway, as well as Miller's classic, are too tawdry for high school students according to the Gendarmes from the Radical Religious Right of the Republican Theocracy.
DeVore chose Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Shakespeare appears to have inflamed the religious zealots who were not yet satisfied with their previous conquests because the play was:
a classic romantic comedy with its own dicey subject matter, including suicide, rape and losing one's virginity.
So, they pressed their attack on further to achieve their righteous victory:
DeVore, 31, a six-year veteran teacher, said administrators told her that her annual contract might not be renewed.
Aside from DeVore, Miller, and Shakespeare, other casualties include the entire student body of Fulton High School, who will now be forced into a life of ignorance and servitude.


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