UPDATE: Seems separate-but-equal prom is generating some bad publicity for Hate-ville, Indiana. Students, parents and teachers at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Indiana are upset that gay couples might come to their prom, and that’s a bad thing.
So they’re planning their own separate-but-equal “traditional prom” where, just like in the olden days, closeted gay and lesbian teens will attend with beards who later can’t understand why their dates refuse to put out.
From a video posted on the MyWabashValley Web site, we hear from Diana Medley, a special education teacher in town who supports the separate-but-equal prom:
REPORTER: You know, the gay person, do you consider them, maybe, they have some sort of purpose in life?
DIANA MEDLEY: I don’t. I personally don’t, I’m sorry. I just, I don’t understand it.
More from Medley, via the new story at the same link:
Diana Medley is a special education teacher in town. She doesn’t believe anyone is born gay.
“I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way; God created everyone equal,” said Medley.
“Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don’t agree with them, but I care about them. It’s the same thing with my special needs kids, I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason,” said Madley.
Actually, “traditionally” we didn’t let inter-racial couples go to prom either. So let’s be clear what this is really about. It’s not about tradition. It’s about hate and bigotry and discrimination and homophobia.
Though my favorite quote from the video goes to a local pastor supporting the anti-gay prom movement, Bill Phegley from the Carlisle Church. The article cleaned up his quote. But if you watch the video, it’s quite a different quote, and telling. And I quote, verbatim:
“Christians always been prepared for a fight. But Jesus Christ give us armor for the front, not the back, we aren’t runnin’ no more.”
And mind you, this is the way Phegley speaks on camera during a TV interview, which is usually when people speak at their most formal.
I’m not poking fun at the man. Hardly. I’m suggesting that ignorance, as always, is the root of all hate.
One final note. I will that I was surprised, and pleased, by this post over at Red State, one of the lead conservative blogs. While I’ve found a good number of the top conservative bloggers to be quite good on gay issues, Red State’s Erick Erickson has been a bit of an outlier (read: bigot). So it was nice to see Breeanne Howe write a diary on Red State about this topic that’s pretty darn good. Here’s a bit of her piece:
Local pastors have also shown support for the anti-gay prom. Of course anyone that is actually familiar with the Bible knows that what this group is proposing could not be further from the mission of Jesus.
Yes, in Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus reaffirms the Old Testament truth that marriage is between one man and one woman. The Bible also states in Leviticus 18:22 that to practice homosexuality is a sin. However, overwhelmingly throughout his life Jesus made clear that he came with a message of love for all. In fact, Luke 5:32 tell us:
I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
Further, it was the sinners with which Jesus broke bread. He admonished the Pharisees for their belief that they were better than others and without sin. Clearly holy huddles were not Jesus’ style. From the prostitute Mary Magdalene to Judas, the man whose betrayal would lead to him on the cross, Jesus excluded no one. Had he excluded sinners, Jesus would have found himself alone; because the fact is that no one, including folks in Sullivan, Indiana, is without sin. Lest certain groups think their sins are less than the sins of others, the Bible is clear on that issue as well. Romans 3:23 states, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” And is the result of sin different depending on the sin? No, Romans goes on to explain in verse 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” All sin leads to the same place, separation from God. Through Christ alone we are saved.
Those in Sullivan should be ashamed of themselves. Not only are they completely misrepresenting how Christians should behave, but they are giving those that haven’t had the opportunity to know Jesus a horrible and wrong impression of his word.
Yes, she quotes the anti-gay Bible stuff (and I’m pretty sure Jesus himself didn’t affirm anything about homosexuality.) But she gets two points for standing up to the bigots. And that’s not nothing.
Here’s the entire news broadcast (h/t New Civil Rights Movement):