The Los Angeles Daily News says black activists there are demanding that a bust of Tutankhamun be removed from an exhibition of artifacts from his tomb because the statue portrays him as white.

The face of the pharaoh was reconstructed earlier this year through images collected through cat scans of his mummy. But Legrand Clegg, a historian and prosecutor from Compton speaking on behalf of the Committee for the Elimination of Media Offensive to African People, calls the reconstruction a "distortion of reality."

"They have depicted King Tut as white, but the ancient Egyptians were black people," he told the agency. He called the exhibit a conspiracy to suppress black history.

Multi-Cultural Options

The U.K.'s Scout association is changing its traditional pledge of loyalty, which requires allegiance "to God and to the Queen," to one with a series of more multi-cultural options, according to the Sunday Times.

The new pledge, which is taken by all Scouts on joining the movement, is said to represent a rejection of the "muscular Christianity" and love of monarchy espoused by the group's founder and be more reflective of the growing diversity of Britain.

Muslim Scouts will now be able to swear to Allah, while atheists can drop God altogether and budding republicans can pledge themselves to the state rather than the monarch.

Ironic, Ain't It?

Two Massachusetts teens who spent seven months on a science project demonstrating the dangers of BB guns were told at the last minute their work was not allowed in a science fair because it might set a bad example, according to the Springfield Republican.

Amherst Regional Middle School eighth-graders Nathan C. Woodard and Nathaniel A. Gorlin-Crenshaw tested and proved three hypotheses: BB guns can penetrate a human to cause a fatal injury; pellets can penetrate further than BBs; and clothing affects how far a BB and pellet will penetrate.

"We had everything ready except gluing the poster," said Nathan. "We got an e-mail that the project was hazardous, and it couldn't be shown because they didn't want to encourage kids to use ballistics."

Bad Samaritans

Teachers in Scotland are calling for investigation into the American charity Samaritan's Purse, which annually asks kids to gather goodies in a shoe box at Christmas and send them to needy kids around the world, because it does not "encourage diversity or tolerance," according to the Glasgow Herald.

Teachers meeting at the Educational Institute of Scotland were told that the charity — endorsed by preacher Franklin Graham — was anti-Islam. It is accused of taking 30,000 Bibles into Iraq alongside U.S. soldiers "at the barrel of a gun."

"It has a very right-wing, racist view of religion," said the Institute's Kenny Elder. "It should be investigated by the union because it has a growing presence in our schools."

Special Ed and the Short Bus

A band scheduled to appear at a summer concert in Suffolk, Va., changed its name after some local parents complained that it was insensitive to students with special needs, reports the Suffolk News-Herald.

The band, named "Special Ed and the Short Bus," will perform at the Suffolk concert series under the name "Muskrat Family BBQ" after parents complained about the name.

"For those who might not understand the derogatory nature of this name, many students with disabilities require some type of accommodation while being transported to their education program," School Board Chairman Lorraine B. Skeeter wrote in a letter of complaint.

"Students with disabilities are often segregated to smaller buses due to the necessity of a wheelchair lift, program locations and human resource assistance during transport. These buses are often labeled 'short buses' by those insensitive to students with special needs," she wrote.

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Greg M. writes:

If the ACLU doesn't think a park should be named for Pope John Paul II, they have a lot of work to do. Martin Luther King was a minster and started his great work from the churches. The ACLU better start filing suits over the numerous parks, streets and schools named for MLK.

Ray M. writes:

Regarding the Philly school system's vote to mandate African history courses before they can graduate...wouldn't it be something if they actually required a mastery (as opposed to basic competence) of English, math, and basic social and behavioral skills? That's a curriculum I could get behind.

Dennis M. writes:

I grew up in the Chicago area. At one time, the only city in the world with more Poles than Chicago was Warsaw. Funny, I don't remember being required to take any Polish history or cultural sensitivity courses. They did manage to make Casimir Pulaski's birthday a state holiday, though as a grade school student that didn't seem too onerous.

Paul B. in Gilbert, Ariz., writes:

Like the mayor of Fresno, I have no knowledge of the documentation status of the aliens living in central California. Do they possess Guatemalan birth certificates, Canadian voter registration cards, or perhaps Chinese Communist Party membership cards?

If they have these or any of thousands of other possible documents they are, in fact, documented. I do know that if these people are here without the individually recognized consent of the U.S. government, they are here illegally. Hooray for the mayor of Fresno! Let's hope he will continue to speak the truth and not capitulate to the standard liberal propaganda which attempts to redefine words until they no longer have any meaning.

Scott K. writes:

For a column that so regularly stands up for the right of free speech both in America and abroad, it was curious to see that the column on June 6 blasted gay activists for believing that gay- owned businesses should be able to show rainbow-colored flags in their windows.

The outrage here isn't that gays think they should be treated differently from other businesses (who also can't display flags), but rather that businesses aren't allowed to display flags in the first place. They are "tongue tied," if you will. Upholding consistent principles in favor of free speech is one thing, but abandoning those principles to score points with homophobic readers is pandering, plain and simple.

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