Leave President McKinley alone!

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Leave President McKinley alone!
Leave President McKinley alone!

As targets of conservative apoplexy go, few are juicier than the high school musical hit ”Glee.”  In addition to the usual anti-gay rhetoric hurled at the show, Right Wing Watch unearthed a creative new talking point from Culture and Media Institute columnist Andrew Collins.  

Pity William McKinley. Our 25th president was a Civil War hero who successfully prosecuted the Spanish-American War and presided over a booming economy. For his trouble, he was assassinated. Adding insult to injury, he’s the namesake of The World’s Gayest High school.  It’s no secret that “Glee” frequently and flamboyantly pushes a gay agenda. So many characters play for the other team it’s hard to believe that there’ll be any future generations of McKinley High students to mock the Bible and cheer on transgendered performers. But as this season prepares to wrap up this week, things are heating up on “Glee.” Last week’s episode featured a particularly large dose of gay.

Just to recap, Mr. Collins worries that the fictional high school depicted on “Glee” will corrupt future generations of real life students because its “particularly large dose of gay” is an insult to the high school’s namesake, 19th century President William McKinley. Got it.

Sadly, we have no way of knowing President McKinley’s views regarding “Glee” and The World’s Gayest High School named for him but our 25th president (R-Ohio) did make these public pronouncements:

Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war.

The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation.

The free man cannot long be an ignorant man.

So, President William McKinley, proto-Gleek?

William Mckinley

Leave President McKinley alone!

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