7 banned words: a stirring rebuttal

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┬áBack in my newspaper editing days, I had the responsibility of supervising a series of young reporters who were just getting started in the business. Many have gone on to have highly successful careers. Much as I like to think I played some role in their development, it’s pretty clear that their success was much more the result of their talent and persistence.
One of those young reporters, Alisa Bowman, has gone on to write books, become a school board member and to become a strong advocate for an often misunderstood demographic in our society.
Alisa’s latest message, prompted by the craziness of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control being told that it cannot use seven words integral to its mission as a science-based agency as it prepares documents for its next budget request, resonates loud and clear.
The direction the current administration is striving to take our country is shameful. Our leaders seem to have forgotten the words that made America great from its very start: “All men are created equal.”
I could say much more, but Alisa says it better. I offer you her wisdom:
Alisa Bowman
According to a very small segment of society who happen to wield oversized power, my son is a banned word. He’s also:

A straight A student.

Gifted.

Funny.

Kind.

Someone who can belt out a tune.

A lover of theatre.

A watcher of Stranger Things and Riverdale.

Someone with a mind that absorbs and holds onto facts. For example, if you ask him what country is south of Ethiopia, he’ll say, “Oh, that’s easy: Kenya.”

An excellent public speaker.

An activist.

A friend.

Someone who will grow up to make this world a better place. Based on his current aspirations, he might help to solve a murder of your loved one or unravel the mystery of those ancient bones found in your backyard. Or, he might make a film that allows you to forget your troubles for a couple hours. Or, he might become the lawyer who helps get you out of a bind.

Good.

Handsome.

Not alone.

A future voter.

Unique.

Human.

Beloved.

Someone with family members and friends who are willing to walk barefoot over barbed wire in order to vote for people who stand up to ignorance and fear, who protect the innocent, and who embrace all of America rather than only a small sliver of it.

They can ban words, but they can’t ban my love.

Say the words with love: Transgender-Diversity-Entitlement-Fetus-Evidence-Based-Science-Based-Vulnerable

 

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