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July 19, 2005

Everything's Bigger in Texas Except for Brains

Just when you thought Texas couldn't get any stupider, we see this.

Boys cannot audition for soprano or alto roles in that state's
All-State Choir. Girls cannot audition for tenor or bass. No matter
where their talents lie.

As a result, 17-year-old Mikhael Rawls, who already has won awards for
his countertenor — the male parallel to soprano — can't try out in the
part where he excels.

That rule was made by the Texas Music Educators Assn. You would think
music teachers would know that countertenors such as Mikhael are a
widely respected part of classical music and tradition.

But then, Texas educators can be a touchy lot on gender issues. In its
eagerness to keep middle-schoolers from thinking gay marriage might be
OK, that state's Board of Education required textbooks to define marriage
as the "lifelong union between a husband and wife." Apparently, the close
to 50% of Texas marriages that end in divorce don't count.

Jesus' General suggests that Texans take it one step further and ban phallic-shaped wind instruments.


  • At July 19, 2005, Blogger dosali said…

    Cookie, do you have any relatives in or from Texas? I'm curious because I knew some people with your name.

  • At July 19, 2005, Blogger cookie christine said…

    Not that I know of.

    But my brother is the only boy, and my dad was the only boy, and my grandfather was the only boy. I'm not sure about anything beyond that. I think my grandfather was born in Missouri.

    All my other relatives have different names.

  • At July 19, 2005, Anonymous mary said…

    Those Texans are sooo touchy about gender identification. God help the poor cowboy who has a gentle voice and wears pink.


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