Comment of the Day:
“How is singling out one specific group or dividing history along sexual preferences treating people as equals?”—Bengali
On Thursday California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will require public schools in the state to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The bill will also require teachers to provide instruction on the role of people with disabilities.
CNN.com readers had a strong reaction to the new bill and while some said that they don’t think gay history should be taught separately in the classroom others disagreed.
Lynne113 said, “If gays want equal rights then treat them like everyone else, just say what they accomplished. There is no need to discuss their sexual orientation. You don't see heterosexual people demanding to state in history their sexual orientation.”
Taurus1353 asked, “Aren't LGBTs included in Native Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and Asian-American groups? What is the special treatment for? Don't LGBTs want to be treated the same? Is segregating themselves as a special class of people really a way to see them as the same as everyone else?”
Omniahumut disagreed. “Teaching history as it actually happened, especially as it pertains to CURRENT EVENTS, is important. Teaching about Gay History, includes both activists in favor of and against, Gay rights.”
VincentOMo said, “Let me teach you...Gay people have their own culture and history. They are separate from straight people... or were. Because society ostracized gay people, they found community and solace amongst themselves and formed their own culture.”
An airline passenger was accused of assaulted and intimidating a Southwest Airlines flight crew on Monday after he allegedly became furious when he was asked to put away his electronic cigarette. CNN.com readers agreed with the FBI’s decision to arrest the passenger upon landing.
Scarboni said, “If you can't use fake cigarettes on a plane I guess this means you can't take a fake gun on a plane either.”
Bookgirl2924 said, “I hope they fine him big time, or ban him from flying. Anyone who creates a stir in an airport or on an airplane sends alarms through people around them.”
Lurgy said, “You may laugh, but those Southwest pretzels are hard as concrete.”
KC3citizen said, “He should have lit a real cigarette up to make it worth the jail time.”
Conservativo responded to those making light of the situation:
“Amazing that so many commenters miss the point entirely and go off on tangents. The issue in this story is simple – flight crew says "don't do that," then you don't do it. If you continue to "do it," you get arrested. Interfering with a flight crew, no matter how seemingly innocuous it is, is a very serious business.”
Friday marked the end of an era for many Harry Potter fans around the world as the final installment of the blockbuster series opened in theaters around the world. Andrew Slack, the president of the Harry Potter Alliance, penned an open letter to CNN.com. In the comments, readers looked back on their favorite Potter moments.
gbswales said, "This was a fitting climax to the series – it was a pity that it had to be split into two parts but I guess cinemas were scared to run a four-hour film – Once I have both DVD's I want to try joining the two films to see it as it should have been. I honestly felt this one of the best HP films."
DickRussell said, " 'Like Alice in Wonderland' or 'Peter Rabbit,' these wonderful stories will continue to delight future generations as long as humanity endures. This is not the end but merely the first decade of a long, wonderful life for our friends from Hogwarts."
K1llerteddyb said, "I grew up reading these books, and loving every moment of it. Literally absorbing their intricate story and life-lessons."
stormsunsaid, "Harry Potter is great literature! A hundred years from now, they will be teaching college courses and writing dissertations on the Harry Potter books. J.K. Rowling is every bit as good as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), one of my personal favorite writers."
Wolfkin99 said, "And to think....the church had these books banned when they first came out for trying to lure children into a fantastical paganistic realm. No one can stifle the best of imaginations. Rock on, Rowley!"
Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity