Respectfully, and to clarify. My original point was that I am glad that at my child's school they dress the kids the same. See, when I was a kid that whole 'identity' search was about who had the cool tee-shirt and who wasn't cool. Personally, I prefer to have my child in a school where they don't do that. I also never advocated my particular religious beliefs over anyone else's. Nor did I rant about any particular side of the American political arena. I'd prefer that the kids find their identity through something a bit more substantial than tee shirts designed to make others blush. Maybe that makes me a priggish old fart, perhaps I have a point. Go back to my post right before Steve started quoting Michael Moore and then proceeding to say that having my child in a school that teaches values and respect along with the three R's was filling her head with bovine excrement. My point was that when indulging in one's personal rights and responsibilities it is wise to temper that with a little bit of consideration for those around you. Not only wise but considerate - in any community respect for others is never a bad thing. I would respectfully ask others not to ram their self expression in my face and there are some things that are best not done in public. That was my point, show a little bit of respect for others. It is, after all, a style forum and it seems unfortunate that a moderator would first throw out troll-bait with a political diatribe that is totally unrelated and then proceed to call someone's beliefs BS. That was my point and it was out of line. I'm all for liberal freedom of speech policies and against censorship. My freedom of speech and right to express my viewpoint is thus summed up not to attack anyone else's beliefs but rather to politely request that they show a little polite consideration for other's beliefs. So now we've at least confirmed that Chuck doesn't always laugh and smile and can get seriously pissed off if you press the right button - it is actually pretty hard to do that but a simple implication that my child is being taught BS will probably do it every time. See, I don't define my identity through a tee-shirt, I suppose I define it by being the best father I can possibly be so an implication that I'm doing a poor job of it is likely to draw the same response you get if you poke a rattlesnake. Meanwhile, fine, I'll let it go and I'm not one to hold grudges and I'll go back to my original point - have a little bit of respect for others when pulling on your tee shirt or hitting a submit button.
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8/22/04 at 2:19pm