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Maryland high school alumni protest school district’s decision to ban anti-Trump posters

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The schools, the entertainment industry, the enemedia — they’re all ferociously politicized already, and relentless pump out an anti-Trump, anti-national security, anti-border control message. The Carroll County school district made one small decision against this stigmatizing and marginalizing of all but hard-Left viewpoints, and they’re facing protests. Do you think these alumni would be protesting about the freedom of speech if pro-Trump posters had been taken down? Of course they wouldn’t. They would have been cheering.

This is absurd. And it’s completely backward. “Both the Obama posters and the We the People series were designed by Shepard Fairey. Fairey told The Los Angeles Times last month that the imagery was ‘a pointed reference to people who have felt attacked by President-elect Donald Trump.'”

Yet we saw again and again that the attacks were faked, and meanwhile the left was growing increasingly violent and unhinged, and attacking Trump supporters. What does Shepard Fairey have to say about that? Nothing, of course.

An alumna wrote: “In light of the recent political environment, people have been hostile and often hateful toward those of opposing viewpoints…The act of banning the posters sends out a xenophobic message and shows that we are ashamed of our cultural diversity.”

Nonsense. It shows that the school district was trying to protect that one kind of diversity that the left hates: diversity of opinion.

“Zainab Chaudry of the Council on American-Islamic Relations also criticized the removal of the posters, saying in a statement that ‘forcing teachers to remove pro-diversity posters not only chills free speech in public schools, it also sends a hostile message to the student body that their differences are not valued, appreciated or celebrated.'”

Chilling free speech? That’s rich coming from Hamas-linked CAIR, which works ruthlessly to suppress the speech of anyone who speaks out against jihad terror and Sharia oppression.

“Westminster rally is latest push back against school decision ban on ‘We The People’ posters,” Baltimore Sun, February 24, 2017:

Westminster High School alumni are organizing a rally next week to protest a decision by Carroll County schools to remove posters from classrooms that officials said were political in nature.

They scheduled their Rally for Diversity for March 3 outside the county’s Board of Education — the latest protest after teachers at the high school were told last week to remove “We the People” posters they had hung in classrooms.

The posters depict Latina, Muslim and African-American women in the red, white and blue motif used in 2008 election posters for then-candidate Barack Obama.

Both the Obama posters and the We the People series were designed by Shepard Fairey. Fairey told The Los Angeles Times last month that the imagery was “a pointed reference to people who have felt attacked by President-elect Donald Trump.”

School officials said the posters violated policies that bar educators from taking political positions in the classroom.

Malarie Burgess, a 2004 Westminster High graduate, is helping to organize the rally.

“We think the school made a poor decision,” she said.

The decision has triggered vocal opposition. A GoFundMe campaign launched by another Westminster High alumna raised more than $5,000 for T-shirts bearing the “We The People” images.

Many students say they’ll wearing the shirts to school March 1. Doing so will not violate the school policy, officials said.

Sheena Patel, a senior at Westminster High, said the posters are not a message against Trump, but a statement that “diversity and multiculturalism should be embraced regardless of political party.”

“In light of the recent political environment, people have been hostile and often hateful toward those of opposing viewpoints,” Patel wrote in an email. “Rather than to divide, our aim is to emphasize the unity and humanity that we all share as inhabitants of this universe. The act of banning the posters sends out a xenophobic message and shows that we are ashamed of our cultural diversity.”

Zainab Chaudry of the Council on American-Islamic Relations also criticized the removal of the posters, saying in a statement that “forcing teachers to remove pro-diversity posters not only chills free speech in public schools, it also sends a hostile message to the student body that their differences are not valued, appreciated or celebrated.”…

  • Herbert Lee Poteet

    Now how would these idiots feel if the school said that instead of removing the anti-Trump posters that those posters had to be supplemented by an equal number of pro-Trump ones? You would be able to hear the squealing on Mars.

    • His Highness

      I’m betting they would support a ban on pro-Trump posters. The Left thinks everything should be a one-way street going their way.

      • Craig

        Well, that is leftist anti-American equality.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    We the people have decided not to fund political, islamic included as political public schools. If you want partisan schools, then pay for them out of your partisan pockets. Those opposed do not have to pay for democrat propaganda.

  • Rocinante44

    further reason to get rid of the government school (i.e. the democrat-muslim party party indoctrination center), and give parents a taxpayer-financed voucher. the next generation doesn’t deserve this fate

  • Jeff Ludwig

    I am well aware of the hypocritical positions of the educrats. They are for separation of church and state, but many high schools in New York City provide space for Muslims to pray to Allah during the school day.Taxpayer funded space is thus provided to support a particular religion. Do the Jewish students have a space for their mincha service? Nope. Also, a communist teacher spent one month on the communist manifesto when preparing students for an AP exam. When the students complained about this allotment of time, nothing was done about it. I taught in a high school where another card carrying communist teacher distributed copies of communist newspapers to his students. Nothing was done about it. You see friends, there is a wretched double standard in the application of “the rules”!!

    • Craig

      “separation of Christian church and state”. All murderous anti-American subhuman ‘religions’ are just fine.
      The left will always align itself with anyone that hates the U.S.

    • Steve

      This ongoing infiltration only shows the institution at large is tainted and there’s no reason to deny it. The thing we must do is continue to voice these truths and fight them in any way possible. Imagine where we would be if Trump hadn’t been elected instead of the alternative. I personally believe in home schooling.

      • Jeff Ludwig

        Thanks for your comment Steve. We sent our daughter to a Christian school through fifth grade, and then, since there were no schools available, we sent her to public school. The lack of values and perverse values did adversely affect her in my opinion. For various reasons home schooling was not an option. Thanks for your input.

  • Jeff Ludwig

    Frankly I’m amazed that the Maryland district had the guts to stand up for its policy against political speech. Wow — there is still some integrity!

    • Lyra Scott

      Westminster, Carroll County is the most conservative county in MD.

  • RalphB

    Has no one involved in the dispute proposed an “ideological diversity” exhibit featuring equal numbers of Pro-Trump and Anti-Trump posters? What, no prepackaged Pro-Trump posters? Let students volunteer to make all the posters for whichever side they like, equal numbers on both sides.

    But that will never happen: it would be too educational.

  • Craig

    4 USC 1 and 18 USC 700 all prescribe crimes and punishments for wearing a U.S. flag as clothing.
    But then, the libtard communists don’t really care about the constitution anyway.

  • felix1999

    This is a surprise!

  • Drew the Infidel

    The Democrats haven’t been this unhinged since the Republicans freed their slaves.

  • James51213

    These [teachers] are being paid to teach – not indoctrinate. They are paid with taxpayer funds. There is no place in our school system for Sharia Law or any Islamic fanatic veiled in an American flag. The students should be protected against these elements until they are old enough to think for themselves.

  • santashandler

    The students at Westminster High are in full indoctrination mode. ” The act of banning the posters sends out a xenophobic message and shows that we are ashamed of our cultural diversity…..” Proof that even if there was a massive deprogramming campaign aimed at re-educating these youth, it would be an enormous uphill battle. They do not know what they do….

  • Mindy Robinson

    Multiculturalism has failed thru out history, it is failing now and it will continue to fail for whatever period of time man has left on this earth. Why? Because, there must always be a dominant culture, it’s that simple. Right now, there is a cold war taking place, between the left and the right , why? Because, we are opposing sides and neither side is going to cave to the demands of the other. You have the libs who seek to destroy this nation, who seek the blood of the unborn and the born, then you have the other side, who seek to maintain freedom , God and country. The 2 cultures cannot co-exist.

  • Ian Jordan

    Ms. Geller and at least some of the commenters lack context to appropriately frame the Westminster High School controversy in the February 24th article. In some ways, this controversy has been blown out of proportion and is now a national story. Both of my sons are students at Westminster High School, and we have been members of this community for almost 15 years. My sons’ school is a good public school, with hard-working, honest, and knowledgeable teachers, involved parents, and well-meaning administrators. It is a school my community is proud of.

    Carroll County is a solidly Republican enclave in a Democratic state. Minority community fractions are relatively low. It is true that one of the three ‘We the People’ posters could be considered offensive and there was justification for its discrete removal. However, the take-down was much more sweeping. For example, this was removed from my son’s class following the principal’s decision to have all political materials taken down:

    https://campaignsworthsharing.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/spot-the-refugee-unhcr-refugee.jpg

    Is this poster really so controversial? Have we as a society lost our empathy to the extent that we cannot accommodate some of the most unfortunate? Can we not even tolerate being reminded that they are among us and are our friends, our neighbors, colleagues, mentors, and students? If this offends someone, then their sensitivity may know no bounds. Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian. Albert Einstein was a refugee.

    Why would any of the controversial posters appear in classrooms? At last fall’s homecoming parade I witnessed the school’s Young Republican Club float which was culturally divisive to both the student body and community. Unfortunately, the less than thoughtful choice of a small group reflected badly on others, fueling tension.

    Our community did not ask for this controversy, but we are dealing with it as best—albeit imperfectly—as we can. The Westminster High School principal chose the most conservative gambit, trying to minimize damage and any future injury to all parties, but —perhaps— inadvertently risked degrading support for our minority students. He has pledged to find a way to bolster that support and it is the community’s expectation that he will live up to that commitment. The pending rally is a way for our community to support our minorities, assuage their fears of being alone in their concern, and demonstrate our backing for the principal’s word to stand up for our students—all of them.

    The real fault and the real story here lies with the political tone that is being set at the very, very top. We have a U.S. president who is not acting like a Great Leader, not acting like a Great Communicator, but instead is acting like a Great Divider. He is almost single-handedly achieving what bin Laden never could—turning us into a house divided. The president is making our lives needlessly and pointlessly more difficult, figuratively pouring gasoline on the fire at every turn. Two years ago most did not look with suspicion at those who were different. We did not hesitate to discuss issues with those who we knew differed from us in political thought. But now, that has palpably changed and this mental disease that there is an ‘us and a them’ has been amplified. The president’s solutions are poor choices to falsely-characterized problems and are diversions from the real struggles requiring thoughtful ideas for which he is displaying disappointingly little capacity to conjure. I hope that will change and prove expectations wrong.

    Part of the above may not sit well with this audience, but for those who value freedom and justice, consider this: those in power now are figuratively tramping around in our communities yelling out a message of exclusion and belittling our concerns — even to those who are rightfully here. This is not the American way I was taught from childhood. It is not the way the elders who were devout and had open hearts tried to pass on to me. It is not the way for a house to stand united in the face of foes. It is not the way of my friends or the people I admire and aspire to be like. I hope the same illness never spreads to your communities, because if it does, the same shame applies: a travesty of justice … and real justice is something we all deserve.

  • Steve

    This problem of expression inherently lies (pun intended) with the muslamics whose baggage is included in their “equal diversity” argument and it is a train of toxicity in its nature. Everyone knows what they bring in general who has listened to the constant barrage of news in the past few years. Check out the two links here and see the real islam revealed as not some peaceful assimilation in the west but an insidious movement of ascendancy.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/02/muslim-reform-group-reached-out-to-3000-us-mosques-got-only-40-responses

    http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/6500

    This school is but one more stage to witness how one culture wishes to push its agenda on the west while the others are simply expressing variations of identity in American culture. That is to say any immigrant population except muslamics is trying to ultimately be or become American and not something else. The muslamics, on the other hand, as a whole wish to immigrate to our country but establish sharia law inclusive of jihad and that is anti-American. Thus muslamic “expression” in the pictures at the school essentially is a political message beyond simple conveyance of American identity. In fact it is an anti-American message reviewing the evidence of what muslamics accept in general and a sort of rallying cry for a movement nsurgent in nature at best and a call to dissident arms at worse. The animosity is conveyed passive aggressively by means of media. Many would call it propaganda.

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