No Father-Daughter Dancing in Rhode Island – Thanks ACLU
How come almost always when I hear about the A.C.L.U. (America Civil Liberties Union),which I want to believe is a good organization dedicated to ensuring the liberties of us and our fellow countrymen,I am disappointed? Case in point - they recently felt the need to put the pressure on the Cranston, Rhode Island School Department and have their celebrated father-daughter dance banned. I'm sure it was about time...geesh!
Even though it's Rhode Island, this story still hit home for me. I've watched and listened for years as my Dad has actually taken his granddaughter to these charming and endearing events. They both love, and look forward to the dressing up and the bonding it allows.
Well, welcome to the 21st century where not everyone has a mommy or a daddy that can go to the dance. As a result of a letter written by the A.C.L.U. on behalf of a single mother who said her daugher was being unfairly excluded, the school felt no other recourse but to ban "traditional father-daughter and mother-son activities, saying they violate state law.
Everybody feel better now?
Normally, under the federal Title IX laws that ban gender discrimination, there is an exemption for these kinds of events. But guess what? Rhode Island has no such provisions, and therefore gets to play ball with the A.C.L.U.
Now that's liberty for you. I can't,and therefore you shouldn't be allowed to either.
There's not much to the actual story, but the many comments are quite enlightening.