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Bigoted christian tries to organize "straight prom"

Posted by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 5:40 AM
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Indiana Teacher and Parents Try to Organize ‘Straight Prom’ That Bans Gay Students (VIDEO)

In a disturbing story from Sullivan, Indiana, a teacher is joining a group of students, parents and other Christians in the community in calling for a prom that bans gay students from attending.

WTWO-TV reported that the group met at Sullivan First Christian Church on Sunday to plan for creating a prom that is seclusive to straight students as an alternative to the regular prom at Sullivan High School.

“We don’t agree with [homosexuality],” said teacher Diana Medley in the news segment. “It’s offensive to us.”

But showing a differing of opinion, Jim Davis, a Christian who lives in Sullivan, said that even Jesus did not condemn anyone.

“He comes here to save the world, not to condemn it,” Davis said. “Love them as a person, you don’t have to love what they do because they may not — I mean, the gays may not like the bad things you make mistakes at.”

Medley, however, disagreed because she believes that homosexuality is a choice rather than a matter of inborn nature.

“I don’t believe they were born that way,” she said. “I think life circumstances made them choose that. I think God made everybody equal.” She continued, “I have kids come to me because of their sexual preference. And they know I don’t agree with it, but I care about you. And the same thing for special needs. God puts those people in our life for special reasons.”

Without acknowledging Medley’s comparison of gay youth with people who have “special needs,” the reporter then asked Medley if she thought “gay people had some sort of purpose in life.”

Medley replied: “I don’t. I personally don’t. I’m sorry. I just — I don’t understand it.”

Local pastor Bill Phegley said that he supported the straight prom proposal because Christians in Sullivan have gone silent too long in regards to their opposition to homosexuality.

“Christians have always been prepared for a fight, but Jesus Christ gave us armor for the front, not the back,” Phegley said. “We aren’t running no more.”

LGBT columnist and activist Dan Savage weighed in on the story and in a column on Sunday, calling for people to speak out in response to Medley’s comments.

“Let’s pause here to grieve for all the special education students in Sullivan, Indiana,” Savage wrote. “Students with learning disabilities have it hard enough without getting stuck with a mentally challenged special ed teacher.”

Following the publication of Savage’s piece, a page endorsing the straight prom disappeared from Facebook.

Watch the WTWO-TV story in the video below.

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strangeyfine
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 5:47 AM
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Wow. People are so disgusting. There are many "christians"who don't even live by their own doctrine. Just because according to the new testament jesus never condemned anybody- for their choices or any other reason. Ever hear of mary magdalen? And what about that whole thing of hate the sin love the sinner.
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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Feb. 12, 2013 at 5:49 AM

How is one sin worse than another? Unless she is WITHOUT sin, she shouldn't judge...and I am sure she is NOT without sin
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“We don’t agree with [homosexuality],” said teacher Diana Medley in the news segment. “It’s offensive to us.”

But showing a differing of opinion, Jim Davis, a Christian who lives in Sullivan, said that even Jesus did not condemn anyone.

“He comes here to save the world, not to condemn it,” Davis said. “Love them as a person, you don’t have to love what they do because they may not — I mean, the gays may not like the bad things you make mistakes at.”

Medley, however, disagreed because she believes that homosexuality is a choice rather than a matter of inborn nature.

“I don’t believe they were born that way,” she said. “I think life circumstances made them choose that. I think God made everybody equal.” She continued, “I have kids come to me because of their sexual preference. And they know I don’t agree with it, but I care about you. And the same thing for special needs. God puts those people in our life for special reasons.”


rccmom
by Gold Member on Feb. 12, 2013 at 7:51 AM
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First off, I don't think love is a sin, and if 2 people of the same sex love each other and are together in a committed relationship, that is a beautiful thing. The other thing is I have never understood the whole one sin is worse than other sins. So I tend to find those people who sit in judgement as rather sanctimonious.

This is just another reason why children in school find it so easy to bully the LGBT community. These adults set the tone for singling these children out and they should be ashamed of themselves.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:


How is one sin worse than another? Unless she is WITHOUT sin, she shouldn't judge...and I am sure she is NOT without sin
Quote:

“We don’t agree with [homosexuality],” said teacher Diana Medley in the news segment. “It’s offensive to us.”

But showing a differing of opinion, Jim Davis, a Christian who lives in Sullivan, said that even Jesus did not condemn anyone.

“He comes here to save the world, not to condemn it,” Davis said. “Love them as a person, you don’t have to love what they do because they may not — I mean, the gays may not like the bad things you make mistakes at.”

Medley, however, disagreed because she believes that homosexuality is a choice rather than a matter of inborn nature.

“I don’t believe they were born that way,” she said. “I think life circumstances made them choose that. I think God made everybody equal.” She continued, “I have kids come to me because of their sexual preference. And they know I don’t agree with it, but I care about you. And the same thing for special needs. God puts those people in our life for special reasons.”





romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM
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At my daughter's school, some of the kids take a sociology course.  My daughter took the course.  One section deals with marriage.  The kids are tasked to put on a mock wedding.  The kid with the highest grade in the class is picked to be the wedding coordinator, everyone else "bids" on being bride, groom, maid of honor, best man, groomsmen, ring bearer, flower girls, parents of the couple, bridesmaids, etc.  One of the classes wanted to do a gay wedding and the teacher wouldn't allow it.  

So the kids got together on a Friday night and did a mock gay wedding, not for credit but for equality.


JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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 Ridiculous.

Trollslayer
by Terica on Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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I dont get how God fearing people can be so cruel to another human being.

Dzyre1115
by Bronze Member on Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:55 AM
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 If they aren't using school property or funding to do this, I don't really see the issue.  Not everyone is going to agree on this subject, ever, so as long as it is not affiliated with the school in any way......The teacher, same thing, if she's not bringing her views into the classroom or handling the, "straight prom", business on school time, she too is free to do what she wants.  The media, giving this attention is more of a problem to me, the attention just fuels the fire on both sides. 

PamR
by Gold Member on Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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I can't understand what they think they are accomplishing by doing this.  Are they afraid the gay is contagious? 

nursesharon
by Member on Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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 Ya, Mary Magdalen was forgiven and then she was told by Jesus to sin no more.  He didn't say to continue doing what you want even though it's wrong.  And He meant that for all sins, not just the ones we want to pick and choose.  Gluttony (which is my hardest sin to let go of) is one of those.  We all have things we fight against so we should all be understanding about it but also hold each other and ourselves accountable. 

Quoting strangeyfine:

Wow. People are so disgusting. There are many "christians"who don't even live by their own doctrine. Just because according to the new testament jesus never condemned anybody- for their choices or any other reason. Ever hear of mary magdalen? And what about that whole thing of hate the sin love the sinner.

 

shannonnigans
by Bronze Member on Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:22 AM
I like the local pastor saying "we aren't runnin' no more." That one sentence managed to condense all of their collective stupidity all at once.

It is reminiscent of Bull Connor in 1963, who issued similar proclamations. Same shit, different day.
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