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Islamic speaker controversy thinly veiled censorship

The parents complaining about the appearance of Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in a Steinbrenner High classroom should have more trust in teachers and more faith in their parental abilities.

Concerns about indoctrination are unfounded, but even if Shibly aimed to "brainwash" students, the protesting parents should believe in the lessons they teach at home.

For example, we've raised our kids to be respectful of differing opinions and reject intolerance. I wouldn't worry if someone preached bigotry in their class.

They know better.

Education should be about the marketplace of ideas, not thinly veiled censorship. ...

Look for former state Rep. Janet C. Long to make it official this week and announce she will run for Pinellas County Commission against incumbent Neil Brickfield, one of four commissioners who voted to remove fluoride from the county's drinking water. Yes, fluoride will be an issue — maybe a defining issue. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: Stay Classy. ...

The Tampa Bay Partnership launches a One Bay: Healthy Communities initiative Wednesday with a "Walk To The Moon" campaign at downtown Tampa's Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park. The idea is for residents to collectively log enough miles to reach the moon, realizing small steps can make a big difference.

Teams can register at healthytampabay.com and individuals can get information at connectyourcause.com. ...

Is it just me, or does someone else think it was wrong for the Food Network to air The Best Thing I Ever Ate — With Bacon on a Lenten Friday?

That's all I'm saying.

Islamic speaker controversy thinly veiled censorship 04/01/12 [Last modified: Sunday, April 1, 2012 6:17pm]
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