Best Of 2008

BEST CRITICISM OF A “DAY OF SILENCE” BY A POLITICIAN WHO SHOULD OBSERVE A DAY OF SILENCE: Brian Blair

Brian Blair

It’s an election year, so you expect to see boneheaded stunts designed to pander to the left or right, depending on a pol’s leanings. But Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair wins the early derby bets by taking on the “Day of Silence” in schools, a commemoration meant to bring attention to violence against students and curb name-calling and bullying. This year’s was held in honor of a California eighth-grader who was murdered because of his sexual orientation. But for Blair, taking his cues from the extremist preacher Donald Wildmon, the “Day of Silence” was actually a “Day of Sin and Homosexual Recruiting” that was to be shunned and denigrated. Blair e-mailed that “no group of citizens should be given a government sanction to promote their social and sexual agenda upon the rest of us and especially, our children. Considering the fact that the same school system does not want to allow just one Minute of Silence in the classroom for God, this is preposterous.” Preposterous is exactly the word that comes to mind.