And in local news, a religious group is taking a break from demanding "equal time" and encouraging all of us to "teach the controversy" and promoting the idea that it's critically important to hear "both sides" to clarify that that doesn't apply to other people:
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be pulling from its school shelves a teacher resource book that includes sections about homophobia.
The book, Open Minds to Equality, will still be available as an optional resource to teachers but only at the Catholic Education Centre teacher resource library in downtown Kitchener.
The socially conservative lobby group Defend Traditional Marriage and Family filed a complaint about the book in the spring, after a teacher whose identity has never been disclosed brought it to the group's attention.
Because if there's one thing we're not going to tolerate, it's books that promote tolerance. And in terms of keeping that book out of the hands of youngsters and out of the news, how's that working out? About as well as can be expected:
The complaint by Defend Marriage has drawn considerable attention to Open Minds to Equality. Since the group raised its concerns, the book has been signed out 72 times. The board has 123 copies -- one in each school and one in the resource centre.
But give them credit -- they're only trying to protect their kids and ... and ... sorry, how's that again?
Catholic board spokesperson John Shewchuk said he checked voter lists and found only six of the executive members are registered as Catholic school supporters and none of the 11 has children in the system.
"It seems fairly obvious this group isn't as concerned about Catholic schools and Catholic education as they would have local Catholics believe," Shewchuk wrote in an e-mail.
So ... they're not trying to protect their kids, they're trying to protect your kids. Because, clearly, you suck at that.
If I were you, I wouldn't put up with that kind of disrespect. But that's just me.