Friday, June 13, 2008

High School No Place For Gay Clubs

image Irmo High school is in the news for intolerance again. Students found a staff sponsor with the intent of starting a gay/straight alliance group, when they were informed that the principle intended to resign in protest.  According to Yahoo News, principle Eddie Walker stated that he intended to step down because the Gay/Straight Alliance conflicts with his religious beliefs.  In a letter to the school and the Irmo community, quoted at People Not Politics, Walker said the Gay/Straight Alliance Club “conflicted with my professional beliefs in that we do not have any other clubs at Irmo High School based on sexual orientation, sexual preference, or sexual activity.”He added that the school teaches abstinence and a gay-straight club implies students joining the club would “engage in sexual activity with members of the same sex, opposite sex, or members of both sexes. I bear no malice toward anyone,” Walker said in his letter. “If the people involved at the district level had chosen not to allow the club to form, I am sure the district would have been sued and … that in all likelihood the district would have lost.”

They would have lost because its called DISCRIMINATION. According to federal law, unless the club is performing an illegal activity, the school cannot prevent it from forming. Just imagine a world where fundies like Walker were allowed to run amok spreading their version of Christian love and tolerance. I know, I know..but the bible says...guess what dude ( and I do really mean that in a pimple on a horses ass kind of way) secular state, separation of church and state.  Does anyone else find it convenient that a religion that is supposed to based on tolerance, and love is always being used to justify hate, and bigotry? Perhaps Walker missed the whole "let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Not to turn this into a theological debate but since Walker is a true believer then he himself must be guilty of original sin, and since all sins are equal in the eyes of God, I wonder how he manages to look in the mirror each day.  Since he is clearly a hateful sinner, how has he managed to not get struck by lightening?  If I took anything away from my reading of the New Testament it is that Jesus is about love, and redemption, which is totally contrary to the bigotry and exclusion that Walker is advocating.  Man was created in the image of God, and therefore each person regardless of race or sexuality is a reflection of Gods love...

Okay done breaking down the religious counter argument....moving on.  His next objection is that the school teaches abstinence. Okay lets back up  discrimination in defense of a policy that does not work. I think in some dark crevice of his twisted little mind he has figured out that abstinence policies have a high failure rate, or why would he be worried that gay students would be encouraged to engage in sex.  Oh I know...those licentious perverted freaks just do it all the time...when they are not having sex, they spend their days thinking about know how gay people are. They don't want a club to talk about the persecution of homosexuality by society, political strategies for gay rights, or dealing with the violence that they are often subjected to by God fearing, bible thumping, scripture quoting fundies. The purpose of this gathering has to be sex.  The fact that the teenage years are difficult, and are particularly so when one identifies as gay is simply irrelevant.  According to the Center for Disease Control/Massachusetts Department of Education Youth Risk Behavior Survey (1999), 33% of gay youth will attempt suicide. In fact, gay teen suicide attempts are four times that of heterosexual youth. But why let a  little thing like potential death, be used as a justification to form a support network?  They just need to hold onto a bible and pray themselves into normal.  Why can't they just jerk off to the sears catalogue like the good old days?  The closet was good enough for their grandparents and this new trend towards openness would not make Ward and June Cleaver very happy at all.  You remember June and Ward don't you?  That is what Americana is supposed to look like, pure wonder bread family without a pervert in sight. 

All sarcasm aside, this troll thinks that his resignation is a loss. Better that he crawls back into the hole from which he sprung rather than tolerate this kind of bigotry and 'othering'. Regardless of sexual identification each person deserves to be recognized and treated with human dignity.  That is the lesson that children need to learn today.  When we look around the world and see such inhumanity as war, mass rapes, and starvation, how can it be wrong to embrace love? 

Throwing the mike to Jules from Pulp Fiction for a minute:

"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides with the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon those with great vengeance and with furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know that my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."

Find your righteousness Mr. Walker, and learn to love thy neighbor as thy self.


Queers United said...

That Mr. Walker cannot leave too soon!

Becky said...

Well, good. An intolerant bigot like that shouldn't be a principal of a high school anyway.

I don't believe in trying to force abstinence on teenagers either, but how does a gay straight alliance club encourage people to have sex anyway? Sexual orientation is about attraction, not sex. Kids who go on dates with members of the opposite sex are straight whether they are having sex or not. Gay kids can go on dates with members of the same sex without having sex with them. The right wing idea that homosexuality is about nothing but having sex like bunnies really pisses me off.