By Steve Gunn
MUSKEGON, Mich. – It’s okay to disagree about political issues.
But attempting to ruin a children’s essay contest, named in honor of a husband and father who died just a few months ago, goes beyond the border of decency and good taste.
EAGnews.org recently announced that it is sponsoring an essay contest for K-12 students across the U.S. in honor of the late conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, who died in March at the age of 43. The topic of the essay is “What does America mean to you?”
The winner in three age categories will receive $500. Second and third runners-up will win $250. Winners will be chosen by EAGnews.org readers.
Some people loved Breitbart while others despised him. But nobody could disagree with the fact that he was passionate about his country, and was worried about the influence that radical anti-American teachers are having on public school students.
He would be thrilled to have a contest in his name that prompts youngsters to think about the privilege of living in the United States. We’re also hoping Breitbart’s widow and four small children will appreciate and take some comfort in the contest.
But Dr. Timothy Slekar, described in his biography as an associate professor of teacher education at some unidentified college, wants to ruin the contest before it gets off the ground.
Slekar recently posted a blog on his “atthechalkface.com” website, encouraging his followers to “submit a, how should I say, ‘fake’ entry” in the Breitbart essay contest. He also included a link to the site where real contestants are supposed to send their essays.
“I am barely able to contain my laughter right now, so don’t let me down,” Slekar wrote.
It’s probably safe to assume that Slekar is yet another radical professor who despises everything that the patriotic Breitbart stood for. That’s fine. One of the great things about America is that even people who hate America are free to speak their minds.
But a purposeful effort to sabotage a children’s essay contest can only be described as sick. Contestants can rest assured that we will carefully screen all essays and make sure any fake entries are identified and eliminated from the contest.
“Leave it to radical leftists to try to hijack a children’s essay contest,” said Kyle Olson, publisher of EAGnews.org. “Leave it to radical leftists to try to subvert an opportunity for students to tell why they value America. Can’t these desperately unhappy misfits just leave kids alone?”