A boys brave response to 'Im Christian, Unless You Are Gay'
A Teenās Brave Response to āIām Christian, Unless Youāre Gayā
I received the following email today in response to my post Iām Christian, Unless Youāre Gay. I had decided a couple months ago that it was time to let the whole thing rest, but this response was so powerful, I couldnāt not share it with you all. It was from a woman who simply called herself, āOne proud mom.ā
I am the Christian mother of a 15 year old teenage boy and about a month ago he came home from school with a copy of your article āIām Christian, unless youāre gayā. The teacher gave his class a homework assignment to read it and write a 500 word essay about āwhat it meant to themā.
He came home and showed me your article and asked me what I thought about it. I read just the title and became furious at his teacher and at you (even though I know you had nothing to do with her handing out the assignment). Anyway, I confiscated it from him and told him he wasnāt to do anything with it till I had a chance to read it first.
And then I got madder and madder as I read it as I felt like it was a direct attack against our beliefs and our Christian religion and that it was promoting homosexuality, a practice that around here is a huge āsinā.
I gave my son an earful about homosexuality and God and told him that he could tell his teacher that he would not be participating and if she had a problem, she could come talk to me and then I threw the article in the trash. My son didnāt say anything just walked into his room and shut the door.
Long story short, a couple hours later it was supper time and I still hadnāt seen him come out of his room. I didnāt expect it to be that big of a deal to him but I went and knocked and told him to come out, he didnāt answer so I opened his door and he wasnāt there, he had left the house and gone somewhere. Of course I got more mad and tried to call him but he sent it to voicemail. I sent him a text and told him he better get home and he was grounded.
This is the text he sent me in return: āI donāt care. Iām at my friends house writing that essay and Iām not coming home till you read it.ā
I think you would have seen steam coming out of my ears if you saw me. I started preparing to go talk to the school the next day. I sent a few angry texts to my son that he didnāt answer. I got the article out of the trash so I could take it into the school and get this teacher fired. My anger got a little out of control and while I was sitting there fuming and planning what to do, I got another text from my son that said āJust emailed it. Love, Jacob.ā
My sonās name is not Jacob, and it took me a minute to realize that he was talking about your friend Jacob in your article. And when I realized that I suddenly started shaking in fear and anger at what he might be telling me. I started out of control crying because I couldnāt handle having a gay son and what if thatās what he was trying to tell me? After a long time I finally got the courage to go look at my email and see what he had sent. And this is what he wrote.
Will post the rest in the first couple of replies.