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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nebraska School Group Reverses Decision, Allows Gay Rights Poem to Be Read on Television

Posted by on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Yesterday, I told you about a Nebraska student who was told to not read a poem about gay rights on television. Today, I'm pleased to let you know that the story has a happy ending. Margaret Reist at the Lincoln Journal-Star writes:

State speech champion Michael Barth made a tough decision Wednesday — to disregard a request by the Nebraska School Activities Association to change his performance for a NET television show — and then he headed to Lincoln.

Somewhere around North Platte — about 3½ hours southwest of his hometown of Gordon — he found out the NSAA had reversed its decision and would let him perform the poems that had won him a Class C-1 title.

Go read the whole story. This is such great news!

(Thanks to Slog tipper Jane for making my day.)

 

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Hmmm. This is good news? While I'm glad that these folks reversed their decision to ban the recitation of the speech, I'm not convinced that it's good news.

It reminds of all of those stories of great customer service that begin with "The customer's order got fucked up somehow." Surely a great customer service story would be that the customer's order was never fucked up in the first place. Likewise, the good news in this case came when the student and the speech were chosen as winners. It would have been better news if the speech had not been banned in the first place.

Congratulations, however, to the student for having decided to read it anyway.

The story in the link requires registration. Here's a link to a story that doesn't require that:
http://www.klkntv.com/story/25158907/mic…
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