Don't you just hate it when politically correct nut cases ruin a beloved, time-honored tradition?

A Rhode Island school district has banned father-daughter dances and other "gender-specific events" after coming under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union. The conflict started when a single mother complained that her daughter could not attend the dance.

According to the ACLU, the dances and other events can be considered a form of "gender discrimination." The ACLU released a statement concerning the school district's decision:

"The controversy that has suddenly arisen in a political campaign over father-daughter dances in Cranston is old news -- the matter was amicably resolved with school officials over four months ago. And it was resolved for a simple reason: the school district recognized that in the 21st Century, public schools have no business fostering the notion that girls prefer to go to formal dances while boys prefer baseball games.

"This type of gender stereotyping only perpetuates outdated notions of 'girl' and 'boy' activities and is contrary to federal law.

"[Parent-teacher organizations] remain free to hold family dances and other events, but the time has long since passed for public school resources to encourage stereotyping from the days of Ozzie and Harriet. Not every girl today is interested in growing up to be Cinderella -- not even in Cranston. In fact, one of them might make a great major league baseball player someday.

"We commend the school district for its resolution of the matter, and are sorry to see some people turning it into a political football -- a game that they may think only boys should be interested in."

As usual, one person who got miffed that they couldn't go to the dance has to ruin it for everybody else. These dances aren't about perpetuating gender stereotypes, they're an opportunity for hard-working dads to bond with their daughters. There was absolutely no reason to bring the "PC Police," otherwise known as the ACLU, into this.

And doesn't the ACLU have better things to do than kick up a fuss and pick fights over the most trivial issues? Oh, wait...that is what they do, isn't it?