Those Whom We Dare Not Offend

Oh, for crying out loud:

LONDON (Reuters) – A British cleric and top-selling author of children’s books was thrown out of a school where he said Harry Potter was “gay” during a talk to 12-year-olds.

Reverend Graham Taylor, who penned the novel “Shadowmancer” which, like the tales of the famous boy wizard created by J.K. Rowling, centers on witchcraft and battling evil, got his marching orders after teachers accused him of homophobia.

“As for Harry Potter, well, he’s not the only gay in the village,” Taylor told children at Penair School in Truro, southwest England, referring to a catchphrase from the popular British comedy TV show “Little Britain”.

He also said villains in Rowling’s blockbuster series were “wimps” and called TV “crap” compared to books.

Teachers stopped Taylor’s talk and asked him to leave.

“We were very disappointed to have to curtail a visit from Mr Taylor,” the school said in a statement on Thursday.

Taylor, whose book topped the British book charts for 15 weeks with the film rights also sold for 2.25 million pounds, was unrepentant and accused staff of censorship.

“It was a joke; a joke from ‘Little Britain’ that the children would know,” Taylor was quoted by newspapers as saying.

Hey, you know what? Reverend Taylor is right. From the Beeb’s “Little Britain” website:

Dafydd

Daffyd

Committed ‘homosexualist’ Daffyd lives in the Welsh town of Llanddewi Brefi. Proud to be gay, Daffyd flaunts his sexuality in variety of rubber outfits, to the villagers’ complete indifference. He refuses to accept he’s not the only ‘gayer’ in the village, and is outraged when fellow gays trespass on his patch.

Problem is ‘gayers’ don’t have a sense of humor about perceived offenses.

It’s clear that Reverend Taylor didn’t call Harry Potter gay (just like James Dobson didn’t call SpongeBob Squarepants gay). His point was simply that there’s more to literature than Harry Potter.

Reuters chose to portray Taylor as the buffoon here instead of the teachers who reacted like screaming coeds in a slasher film when they thought — *gasp!* — he might have implied that homosexuality was improper! Quick! Get him out of the building before he offends the children again!

The teachers and the reporter for Reuters need to be lined up and slapped with a dead flounder.

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2 responses to “Those Whom We Dare Not Offend

  1. ‘Committed homosexualist’? Does that mean he is committed to nothing but sex with men? I can understand one being a ‘committed liberal’ or a ‘committed socialist’ as it relates to various concerns, but to be a ‘committed homosexualist’ sounds like a reference to one whose sole reason for existence is recovering from the last homosexual escapade so that he is ready for another.

    ‘Taking pride’ in having sex with men makes as much sense as ‘taking pride’ in having sex with women. Basically, it is not something you ‘take pride’ in but rather something you indulge in.

    In battling with the idiocies of homophobes, we must remember not to descend to their level of comprehension and meaning attribution.

  2. Keep in mind that “Daffyd” is a fictional character on a comedy show. Apparently the character is intended as a satiric poke at homosexuals who do, in fact, take pride in their sexuality by flaunting it in public.

    The recent “gay pride” parade in San Francisco is a great example. Leather chaps and nipple rings don’t win points for your cause out here in Red State Middle America, where even most Democrats don’t go for that.

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