I see elements in the Catholic blogosphere are blaming the president for the parent-kid kissing fiasco at the Minnesota high school. It reminds me of other dimwitted ideas that pass for high school activities.
About ten years ago, a death was staged at a local high school in a town I lived in. A popular student was missing from school for two days after he presumably “died” in a drunk-driving accident. A memorial service was staged at the high school gym. All this about a week before prom. The kid “rose” from the dead, coming out of his casket. The administration’s excuse? Maybe someone will be saved.
Well, sure. And maybe someone else will die because they know that their parents, teachers, administration, and even their Lutheran pastor can’t be trusted to tell the truth, and otherwise good advice will be disregarded because of one cry-wolf in 2002.
Dumb ideas always have consequences. The whole world can have the best intentions, but some poor sap is still going to trip on that banana peel.
In the case of Minnesota’s Rosemount High School, I’m sure that several million YouTube viewers will laugh. Instead of an educational institution that exemplifies academic achievement, leadership, or even athletic success, RHS will be synonymous with crass, vulgar, and creepy. Who could blame opposing crowds from holding up banners with lips?
It’s more entertaining to see conservative bloggers and their commentariats blame President Obama, public schools, and abortion for this stunt. (Funny, but I don’t see the same things get blamed for misbehaving bishops.) The things people will do to make their outrage go down more smoothly.