Slog

Slog Music

Music, Nightlife,
and Drinks

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Anti-Gay Bigots at High School In Indiana Can't Ban Gay Kids From Prom...

Posted by on Sun, Feb 10, 2013 at 6:23 PM

...so they're borrowing a page from racist bigot playbook. Like racists who created segregated proms after high schools were integrated in the 60s and 70s, the haters at Sullivan High School are creating a separate and segregated prom for straight (and closeted) kids only:

Several parents, students, and others who believe gays should be banned from the Sullivan High School prom met Sunday at the Sullivan First Christian Church. "We don't agree with it and it's offensive to us," said Diana Medley.

Their idea is to create a seperate [sic] traditional prom. Students say there are several others from their high school who agree, but are afraid to take a stand. "If we can get a good prom then we can convince more people to come and follow what they believe," said student Kynon Johnson. And now they want everyone to know where they stand. "We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don't think it's right nor should it be publicly accepted," said a local student.

Let's pause here for a moment to feel the love. Because nothing says "love" quite as clearly as "you're not wanted and God hates you." Okay, back to NBC 2's Paige Preusse:

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. "I don't understand it."

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

You know else has it hard enough? I imagine queer kids growing up in Sullivan, Indiana, population 4,249, have it hard enough without having to watch shit like this on the evening news.

The anti-gay haters at Sullivan High have a facebook page: 2013 Sullivan Traditional Prom. One of the organizers of this hate group would like us to know that "this is not a hate group." 2013 Sullivan Traditional Prom is just a group that has been organized with the sole purpose of creating an alternate prom that excludes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students and to achieve that end the group's members are calling LGBT kids "offensive," sick, and sinful. What's hateful about that? Besides, you know, everything?

There's no way to stop the haters at Sullivan High School from holding an independent prom for the special bigoted kids. But here's what we can do: we can make a noise so loud enough that all the queer kids at Sullivan High School hear it. Those kids need to know that there are people—a lot of people—who think this shit is wrong.

If you can figure out how to leave a note at the Facebook page of the hate group 2013 Sullivan Traditional Prom, please do so. Or go to Facebook pages of the hate group's members and leave notes there.

Send an email to the principal of Sullivan High School, David Springer, and to the school's assistant principal, Sarah Hannon. We don't know where the school stands on the alternate Hater Prom—at least not yet—so don't give the school administration a hard time. Write in support of an inclusive prom and ask them to speak up in defense of the queer kids at Sullivan High School.

And here's one's for all you "not all like that" Christians out there: Sullivan First Christian Church needs to hear from Christians who think it's wrong—who think it's un-Christian—for a Christian church to serve as a meeting place for a hate group that exists only to exclude LGBT adolescents from a milestone like prom. Sullivan First Christian's contact page is here.

UPDATE 1: Holy shit. I just watched the video of the interview with Diana Medley, special education teacher, which you can see here. The story on the station's website didn't include Medley's full remarks. Here's the missing part:

PAIGE PREUSSE: A gay person, um, do you consider them, maybe, do [you believe] they have some sort of purpose in life?

DIANA MEDLEY: I don't. I personally don't. I'm sorry.

Take a good look at the condescending, hateful smirk that spreads across Medley's face when she was asked if gay people have a purpose in life...

1360564477_tmp_DianaMedleyPurpose.jpeg

...and then imagine you're a gay kid in special ed in Sullivan and this hateful bigot is your teacher.

Diana Medley's email address is medleyd@nesc.k12.in.usf. (Please be respectful if you email Medley. Blowing up at her won't help and it only plays into the Christian right's "but we're the real victims of intolerance!" line of crap.) There's also an online petition calling for Medley to be disciplined.

UPDATE 2: A Sullivan High School student offers this clarification in the comments thread:

I am a senior at Sullivan High School. Just to let all of you know it is NOT the school that is banning same sex couples! I hate how the school is being made out as the bad guy—that is not the case at all. The only prom that's banning [LGBT students] is the "traditional prom" that is being held somewhere else (it is not supported by the school).... Sullivan High School is ACCEPTING the same-sex couples and the staff at SHS is for the same-sex couples going and so are the majority of student and people in the community! I absolutely hate how my town is getting called Anti-Gay Bigots because a few "Christians" are planning a separate prom! Not all of Sullivan is like that I can damn well guarantee it. So please stop saying all of Sullivan County is like that because we aren't. My date (who is a guy) and I are attending the school prom that is ALLOWING same sex couples to go!

That was the impression I got from the news story—which was pretty muddled—and it was reflected in the headline and in my advice to go easy on the school administrators. But now that we know where the school administration stands—with all the kids at Sullivan High School, queer and straight—please send letters to the principal and the assistant principal thanking them for supporting an inclusive prom.

And Treefort puts things in perspective in the comments thread:

I think it's actually progress that they're holding their own bigot prom rather than trying to ban the gays from the real prom. They know that doesn't work anymore, they know they're losing. I hope lots of straight but non-hatey students roll their eyes and go to the real prom. And yeah, I'm sure lots of abstinence only teens will get knocked up after bigot prom.

Here's hoping. And finally...

UPDATE 3: I've removed Sullivan First Christian Church's phone number from this post. In my original post I asked Christians to call and speak to the Christian leadership of Sullivan First Christian, Christian-to-Christian, about allowing an anti-gay hate group to meet in their church. I didn't ask people to call and scream obscenities at the poor person whose job it is to answer the phone:

[My mom] was faced with a barrage of phone calls all day long. Everything from the condescending quandaries of “how many doves have you released this month?” to the more affirming interviewers who truly want to know the church’s side of the story. Along with the phone calls came many other, terrible things. The fax machine was printing a constant flow of gay pornography, to the point where they decided just to turn it off.... Diana Medley didn’t have to deal with these images and messages and calls all day long. Neither did any of those students who were so “appalled” at gays that they couldn’t stand to see them at their proms. Nor the narrow-minded parents. My mother is the one who had to deal with that whole mess all day. And she didn’t even have anything to do with it all.

Now there’s all this national attention and everyone has an opinion and wants to get in their say. Blind assumptions made in haste often lead to lashing out in hate and anger at those who are simply innocent bystanders. Those people calling my mom don’t know anything about her. They don’t know about her five kids and how much she loves her husband. They also don’t know that she had a brother who was gay. He died of AIDS in the late eighties. I wonder how differently some people who called might have treated her had they known that.

If you called Sullivan First Christian Church and said something obscene, or if you faxed porn to First Christian, then you should still have their phone number. Call and apologize. Screaming obscenities was only uncalled for, it was unhelpful and it was counterproductive. I asked people to be polite to Diana Medley, for crying out loud. Anyone who saw Sullivan First Christian Church's number here and thought I would approve of an asshole move like screaming obscenities at a church secretary—and someone's mom—has a screw loose.

But I do have to take issue with this:

The Sullivan First Christian Church made national headlines recently due to being the meeting place of a small group of people getting together to discuss plans to host an alternative “traditional prom” where gay students will not be allowed. Unfortunately, the media made it seem as if the church was behind the meeting and supported it. And this is simply false. All the church did was open its doors for the community members to meet.

To open your doors to a hate group in "the community," to allow that hate group to meet in your facilities, is to support to that hate group.

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

And finally: The haters have pulled down their Facebook page. But we've got some screen grabs after the jump.

1360562718_tmp_2013HatersProm4.jpeg

1360562510_tmp_2013HatersProm1.jpeg

1360562578_tmp_2013HatersProm2.jpeg

1360562657_tmp_2013HatersProm3.jpeg

1360563437_tmp_2013HaterProm5.jpeg

1360563458_tmp_2013HaterProm55.jpeg

Click on their posts to go to their Facebook pages.

 

Comments (195) RSS

Oldest First Unregistered On Registered On Add a comment
Baconcat 1
Remember Constance McMillen? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/candace-gi…
Posted by Baconcat on February 10, 2013 at 6:33 PM · Report this
2
As someone who grew up 35 minutes away from Sullivan, this doesn't shock me.
Posted by jmendenhall on February 10, 2013 at 6:36 PM · Report this
seatackled 3
@1 That's who I thought of immediately.

Also, call for the special-ed teacher to be removed.
Posted by seatackled on February 10, 2013 at 6:37 PM · Report this
4
I find it especially alarming that several of the adults in the facebook group seem to be medical professionals.
Posted by manitestdestiny on February 10, 2013 at 6:38 PM · Report this
seatackled 5
Uh, what is the website where the report by Paige Preusse appearsm? It looks like a TV news station page, but the site address is My Wabash Valley, not anything that includes a tv station's call letters. The whole story, which is where Dan is quoting from, includes only points of view of the homophobic crowd, and the last paragraph tells readers to visit the Facebook page for more information: In other words, the article credited to Preusse supports the homophobes.
Posted by seatackled on February 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM · Report this
M Wildhack 6
You can't leave a comment on their FB page without joining the group. I don't think I could stomach that.
Posted by M Wildhack on February 10, 2013 at 6:45 PM · Report this
7
I'm surprised a place like Sullivan, Indiana even has any openly gay high school students. I'm guessing this whole bigot prom thing was organized because of one or two people.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on February 10, 2013 at 6:47 PM · Report this
Julie in Eugene 8
You can report them as a hate group to Facebook. Next to the "Join Group" button is a little menu icon - if you click it, it shows the option to report the group.
Posted by Julie in Eugene on February 10, 2013 at 7:03 PM · Report this
9
I've sent links about this story to Hufington Post. I would think that they would run with it.
Posted by Doctor Fever on February 10, 2013 at 7:08 PM · Report this
10
I've sent links about this story to Huffington Post. I would think that they would run with it.
Posted by Doctor Fever on February 10, 2013 at 7:12 PM · Report this
11
My Wabash Valley is associated with WTWO channel 2. They are an NBC affiliate.
Posted by jmendenhall on February 10, 2013 at 7:14 PM · Report this
12
@7 It doesn't matter if there are GLBT people or not. That's like noting that there were no black people in some little Southern town that followed Jim Crow. Who cares if the number of black citizens was zero, three, or a hundred? The point is that they were discriminating. Same here.

And they find gay people offensive? I find the whole damn town offensive. Thank you to all those loving Christians for reminding me why I'd rather sleep in and watch football than go to their silly, boring weekly variety show. Who cares about their stupid tracks and verses when I can just watch how they live? That tells me all I need to know. Way to show God's love and draw the people in.
Posted by floater on February 10, 2013 at 7:15 PM · Report this
13
I knew a couple of kids who went to Sullivan in the 90s. A few were openly gay.
Posted by jmendenhall on February 10, 2013 at 7:16 PM · Report this
14
@8, that was fun to do! Also, looks like something's hinky with Dan's links to the principal and assistant principal emails: they're dspringer@swest.k12.in.us and shannon@swest.k12.in.us.
Posted by gloomy gus on February 10, 2013 at 7:18 PM · Report this
sirkowski 15
I made a request to join the group.
Posted by sirkowski http://www.missdynamite.com on February 10, 2013 at 7:24 PM · Report this
fletc3her 16
It's sad that this kind of thing happens in this day and age.

However, I find messaging the high school students on the page a bit creepy stalkerish. Maybe I'm too old.
Posted by fletc3her on February 10, 2013 at 7:29 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 17
What happens if you report them as a hate group and then request to join?
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on February 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM · Report this
18
Here's a biblical quote for those little haters - as you sow, so you reap. If you sow the wind, don't be surprised when you reap the whirlwind.
Posted by westello on February 10, 2013 at 7:32 PM · Report this
19
And the writer of the story, Paige Preusse, appears to be a fresh-faced young maroon whose last gig was as an Unpaid Intern at Fox News in Chicago. On her blogger homepage she clumsily embraces a success-based definition of Christianity and types out shitty sentence after shitty sentence. Poor thing:
One of the things about much older texts that I find engaging is that words are strung together in expressive flows of emotion..so much so that they can be considered art..take Shakespeare, his captivating complex style of writing can make you fall in love with his purposefully selected words laden with thought and passion. The complexity of his writing adds an element of intrigue that heightens its appeal. Many people enjoy decoding his lyric phrases, myself included.
http://paigegetspersonal.blogspot.com
Posted by gloomy gus on February 10, 2013 at 7:40 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 20
@7 I thought this too. But, then I thought, what's more offensive: being a bigot because you're fighting against something, or being a bigot just for the sake of being a bigot?

Seriously. What's more offensive: holding a segregated prom because there are black people in your town, or declaring your prom segregated before there are black people to segregate?

Although, the high school does have 600, which at a guessed rate of 5%, there may be 30 gay kids, closeted and out. Or 8 kids in the senior class. So, I'm guessing that gay and/or bi kids are there, and I'm guessing the first ones came out recently. Which would make the above paragraphs moot.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on February 10, 2013 at 7:41 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 21
@19 I had to decode that paragraph. It roughly translates to, "I dropped out of high school." Oy vey.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on February 10, 2013 at 7:44 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 22
I'm guessing the special education isn't very special, and they probably have their own prom as well.

Posted by Gern Blanston on February 10, 2013 at 7:44 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 23
What the hell is wrong with Indiana? They have TWO Big Ten universities, yet they make Iowa look like Belgium.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on February 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM · Report this
24
At least where I attended high school in small town Indiana, it was the same Christian blowhard kids that got pregnant at prom...oh but that isn't a sin is it?!
Posted by RuralBaby on February 10, 2013 at 7:47 PM · Report this
chaseacross 25
What is it that they "don't agree with"? What is "offensive"? I presume that the prom theme isn't Quiet Eye for the Straight Prom, so their core disagreement must be the very presence of queer youth. The natural conclusion (and one they would probably concede to in private), is that they oppose the very existence of queer people. I remember the bullying in high school, the sense of being utterly isolated, the sophisticated and deliberate mechanisms of ostricization marshaled against me. But to have the parents, the community be involved... These little towns like Itawamba and Sullivan are indicted when things like this happen, and who can step in and right the wrongs, or explain to these people how heinous their actions are? You have a right to be wrong in this country, you even have a right to set a bad example to your kids... but surely this is past that line.
Posted by chaseacross on February 10, 2013 at 7:48 PM · Report this
26
I just reported them. I also sent the admins a message with the report (you can do that.) I have also posted the pink on my own wall encouraging my friends to report the group and pass it on. This type of behavior is absolutely intolerable. It's like we've all gone back to Jim Crow, but we're going after another group. What's next, a spectacle lynching??
Posted by GarnetShaddow on February 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM · Report this
GraciesDaddy 27
What is it with these podunk towns who believe they can get away with this crap in PUBLIC schools?? You can have your Bigot Prom in the gym at the so-called "christian" church!

Meanwhile, the mayor of *another* podunk town – this one in Ohio – resigned today because she was getting SO much flak from saying that she "didn't want a queer on the police department." http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/…
Posted by GraciesDaddy on February 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM · Report this
GraciesDaddy 28
What is it with these podunk towns who believe they can get away with this crap in PUBLIC schools?? You can have your Bigot Prom in the gym at the so-called "christian" church!

Meanwhile, the mayor of *another* podunk town – this one in Ohio – resigned today because she was getting SO much flak from saying that she "didn't want a queer on the police department." http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/…
Posted by GraciesDaddy on February 10, 2013 at 7:53 PM · Report this
29
status on the fb page (irony alert):
Bonnie McCammon
Don't forgot about the meeting today at the first Christian Church at 1:30! We need to get as many parents and students there as possible to really make this a go! Come in through the back doors hope to see everybody there:)
Posted by Ken_in_los_angeles on February 10, 2013 at 7:59 PM · Report this
30
I reported the group....I kinda want to report one of the admins to SOMEBODY for spelling the perfectly good name Ariadne as "Aryadney". Then I saw her daughter's name is "Adryanne". That's gotta be some sort of child abuse right there.
Posted by genevieve on February 10, 2013 at 8:05 PM · Report this
31
Email to the school is getting rejected by their computers.

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

shannon@swest.k12.in.us

Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain swest.k12.in.us by harmony.swest.k12.in.us. [165.139.79.9].

The error that the other server returned was:
500 Line too long. Command length is greater than 0 characters.
Posted by Dayle Diamond on February 10, 2013 at 8:05 PM · Report this
treefort 32
I think it's actually progress that they're holding their own bigot prom rather than trying to ban the gays from the real prom. They know that doesn't work anymore, they know they're losing. I hope lots of straight but non-hatey students roll their eyes and go to the real prom. And yeah, I'm sure lots of abstinence only teens will get knocked up after bigot prom.
Posted by treefort on February 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM · Report this
ChadK 33
Doesn't the movie Footloose take place in Indiana?

Are we observing a case of life imitating art here, in this particular instance the dancing ban being supplanted with ostracizing gays with a "Traditional" prom?

What frightens me the most about this all is that they claim their actions to be motivated by God's love.
Posted by ChadK on February 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM · Report this
34
@24 - At my extremely small school it was the Christian prudes who got pregnant between soph and junior year and had to go away and visit an aunt for six months, too. But, no, it's not a sin, because if you go to Jesus he will wash you in the blood and take your sins away and you get to start anew. Unfortunately, the stupid and the bigot parts usually go along with you in your renewed sinlessness.
Posted by Calpete on February 10, 2013 at 8:17 PM · Report this
35
I graduated from SHS six years ago. While it has its fair share of bigots like most small towns, I urge all to not condemn the whole town for said bigots. There are plenty of kind people there that wholly support an inclusive prom. It should be noted that the school district is not opposed to same sex couples attending (thank goodness). This is a small side group wanting to put on their "prom".

In regards to the number of LGBT kids in Sullivan, coming out isn't exactly a new thing. There were several kids that came out while I was in school. Thankfully, it seems like it is becoming more common for kids to be themselves in Sullivan.
Posted by Sullivanite on February 10, 2013 at 8:36 PM · Report this
36
I am a student at Sullivan High School. I just wanted to let you all know that the school is NOT the bad guy in the situation.The school is ACCEPTING them! The majority of students at SHS are supportive of same sex couples attending the prom being held by the high school. With that said, the only prom they are banned from is the traditional one that is being planned by the people who are against same sex couples. The only way they can attend the traditional prom (that is not supported by the school) is if they come with someone of the opposite sex!! Please do not say that all people in Sullivan County are Anti-Gay Bigots because I as well as others support the same sex couples!!!!
Posted by TerraK on February 10, 2013 at 8:37 PM · Report this
NaomiChambers 37
They removed their FB page. But I got their pics minutes before. http://venturephilosophy.blogspot.com/20…
Posted by NaomiChambers http://venturephilosophy.blogspot.com on February 10, 2013 at 8:41 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 38
What about violent misogynist Chris Brown at a front row seat at the Grammy's being lauded by all the media?

Nothing to say SLOG?

Might impact those Hollywood donations to Obama right?

Hypocritters....
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on February 10, 2013 at 8:48 PM · Report this
39
I love making them shut up and shut down.
Posted by natalie on February 10, 2013 at 8:52 PM · Report this
40
the website the story was posted on was wtwo you can go on their facebook page -wtwo-tv and see it. It's disgusting. I'm from Sullivan and truely ashamed. I hope that "teacher" gets what she deserves
Posted by forgetit on February 10, 2013 at 8:53 PM · Report this
41
I am a senior at Sullivan High School. Just to let all of you know it is NOT the school that is banning same sex couples!! I hate how the school is being made out as the bad guy, that is not the case at all. The only prom that's banning them is the "traditional prom" that is being held somewhere else (it is not supported by the school). The only way they can go to the traditional prom is if they go with someone of the opposite sex. Sullivan High School is ACCEPTING the same sex couples and the staff at SHS is for the gpsame sex couples going and so are the majority of student and people in the community!!!! I absolutely hate how my town is getting called Anti-Gay Bigots because a few "christians" are planning a separate prom! Not all of Sullivan is like that I can damn well guarantee it. So please stop saying all of Sullivan County is like that because we aren't. My date (who is a guy) and I are attending the school prom that is ALLOWING same sex couples to go!
Posted by TerraK on February 10, 2013 at 8:57 PM · Report this
42
WTWO-TV is where the story was posted, check it out on facebook wtwo-tv ... it's disgusting.
Posted by forgetit on February 10, 2013 at 8:57 PM · Report this
john t 43
We shun you because we love you. It's what Jesus would do. Amen.
Posted by john t on February 10, 2013 at 9:01 PM · Report this
Posted by natalie on February 10, 2013 at 9:02 PM · Report this
sirkowski 45
Well, I got banned.
Posted by sirkowski http://www.missdynamite.com on February 10, 2013 at 9:05 PM · Report this
46
I am from this town and I am outraged! I have spent hours online discussing this with so many people and believe me, this is not the views and concerns of the majority of our community! Friend me on Facebook and you can go to http://mywabashvalley.com/fulltext?nxd_i… to watch the news clip WTWO News Channel 2

The woman in the video is a special Ed teacher, Diana Medley, which is the Northeast School Corporation and her email is medleyd@nesc.k12.in.usf

Thank you for your support, we have to get this situation turned around for the kids and the community. It is unacceptable and disgusting.

Miranda Webster Hay
Posted by MJH on February 10, 2013 at 9:10 PM · Report this
47
@41 thank you for writing! I'm very glad to hear there's support by your school and peers to keep the real prom a welcoming place for ALL your classmates. Rock on!
Posted by gloomy gus on February 10, 2013 at 9:21 PM · Report this
48
Diana Medley email address: medleyd@nesc.k12.in.us
Posted by Randy13 on February 10, 2013 at 9:28 PM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 49
Christianity is a choice. It is not an inborn characteristic. it has to be taught, and if it ceases to be taught, it will disappear.

Homosexuality is genetic. It has existed in our species since the dawn of history, and predates every extant religion s well as every known extinct religion. It exists in nature in virtually every animal species, usually at around the same statistical rate.

If the argument is between something that exists only in our minds (christianity) and something that is hardwired in our genes (homosexuality), I can already tell you which one will outlast the other.

You cannot change my DNA. But I can change my mind. I might very well have grown up to be a christian. The decades of intolerance that religion has shown to me and people like me, as well as the insane idea that you can alter your DNA by praying to a phony god or muttering any other kind of incantation, has disabused me of all beliefs I might otherwise have had.

Do you knwo what the single fastest growing religion in America is? It goes by a few different names. Sometimes people will say they are agnostic. Others will say atheist. Still others will say they have no religion, or are unaffiliated. In all cases, it's the same. You are driving America out of the pews with your intolerance. And much like so many other religions that came and went before yours, your religion will become mythology very soon if you do not change. Jesus, Thor, Odin, Zeus... it's just a matter of time before they all wind up in the exact same dustbin.

Unless you grow the fuck up. Judaism has survived, and that's in spite of real attempts to destroy it, not just the fake "war on xmas" nonsense the christians cook up as part of their oppression complex. Judaism survived because it can change. The god of Judaism isn't afraid of being questioned, and doesn't threaten his followers with hellfire if they reject him. You could learn a few lessons from the Jews.

And if you don't... Zeus.
More...
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on February 10, 2013 at 9:30 PM · Report this
50
I'd crash the straight prom if I lived anywhere close. Some nearby queers - and a few hundred of their best friends - should pay them a visit.
Posted by Subdued Excitement on February 10, 2013 at 9:41 PM · Report this
51
Tellingly, the editors of mywabashvalley.com see fit to print the word "[censored]" wherever commentators to the original article wrote "sex" or "sexual." Good thing they don't read The Stranger or their heads would explode!
Posted by cheakamus on February 10, 2013 at 9:43 PM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 52
51,

or their cocks.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on February 10, 2013 at 9:44 PM · Report this
53
Wow. For a nothing town, they sure have a bunch of different Evangelical, Pentacostal and Fundamentalist churches.

Dan, here's the problem with your admonition for Christian "NALTS" to chime in and try to exert some influence: Those kind of folk don't even recognize other denominations as Christian. They're totally cock-sure that they're the only ones who know the right way to worship/live/believe. To them, others are just heretics and worse.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 10, 2013 at 9:49 PM · Report this
54
They find gays attending the prom with same sex dates offensive but I'm sure they haven't even put any thought into how many of these "Christian" kids will be having some hot sweaty ungodly sex in the back of mommy and daddy's car that night. I'm so glad they are focused on the important issues. Time for another hushed hasty abortion for daddies little princess. Stupid bigots.
Posted by Justasknicely01 on February 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM · Report this
55
There's a petition to discipline the special ed teacher:
https://www.change.org/petitions/diana-m…
Posted by JPT on February 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM · Report this
56
Okay, folks from Sullivan. I admit that I let my own prejudices about small town life confirm for me that Sullivan and Sullivan High School are the sorts of places where you don't come out of the closet if you want to save your hide. It's very nice to see that there are many folks in Sullivan who are accepting of gays and lesbians, and apologize for my hasty conclusion. I guess the bigots can hold their bigot prom so long as they do it in their own private non-tax exempt club with their own private funds, but it shouldn't be in the school, obviously.
Posted by floater on February 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM · Report this
sperifera 57
I love bigot Bonnie McCammon's "Come in through the back room" request in her comment. Seriously, How. Stoopid. Is. She?
Posted by sperifera on February 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM · Report this
58
They are having thier prom at an old gym that's privately owned and they have thier own bank account for donations to help them pay for their separate prom. I know Bonnie personally and before all of this about the same sex couples going to the school prom came out, she told my friends and i that she wasent even going to go to the school prom and then when it was announced that they were allowing same sex couples to go i was so appauled by her comments about them going!!! All I can say is that I'm soo happy I'm going to the school prom where everyone is accepted for who they are!
Posted by TerraK on February 10, 2013 at 10:30 PM · Report this
59
I live in Sullivan, and I am beyond disgusted at the ignorance of a few in our community! I am sad that THIS is how Sullivan has hit the map! We have a LOT to be proud of, but this is not it! What I want everyone to know is, only a handful of people in Sullivan County support this discriminatory outcry against LGBT... most of us are very supportive of an inclusive prom and are not judgemental! I commend our school officials for not being bullied into denying the petition (although it shouldn't have taken a petition for same sex couples to be present at Prom)! I suspect that these parents aren't trying to give their children the prom their children want, but are trying to give their children the prom they want FOR their children! I graduated from SHS in 1984 and I can tell you, I can name MANY kids that went to school from 1980 -1984 that were "out". It isn't looked down upon as much as you would think... just because we are a small town, doesn't mean we aren't open-minded... well MOST of us!
Posted by Jennifer Willis on February 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM · Report this
60
Look at all 9 of those people who support that traditional prom nonsense.
Posted by treehugger on February 10, 2013 at 10:49 PM · Report this
61
To all the inclusive and supportive people in Sullivan and its high school: THANK YOU for being exactly who you are. Keep fighting the good fight!
Posted by Sarah in Olympia on February 10, 2013 at 11:07 PM · Report this
chaseacross 62
@61 Seconded. It's encouraging that so many members in the community have come out to assert that the bigots don't represent their community. It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out. Two years ago, at Itawamba, only half a dozen students attended the school-sponsored prom, with the rest of the student body attending a secret prom that brave Constance McMillan wasn't invited to. The best thing Sullivan could do is let the bigots have their wholesome, heteros-only hootenanny, and then have nobody show up. Fingers crossed.
Posted by chaseacross on February 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM · Report this
seatackled 63
@28
Great outcome there in Pomeroy, Ohio, with the mayor resiginig and the police chief and the rest of the department, as well as most of the town, it would seem, standing behind the cop.

Great to see some Sullivan people here. Hope they'll continue to come here and comment.
Posted by seatackled on February 10, 2013 at 11:22 PM · Report this
64
I think Diana Medley (the special ed teacher) has no sort of purpose in life. I don't. I personally don't. I'm not sorry.
Posted by Karenatasha on February 10, 2013 at 11:33 PM · Report this
65
We have a lot of leftover nukes in this country, why not use them and eradicate the centers of hate.

Yes, I hate hate, go ahead, hate me for it, I'll only hate that too.
Posted by K on February 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM · Report this
Tizzle 66
What the F does Chris Brown have to do with Obama? And why are you trying to derail the thread, jerk (SROTU)?

K @65 -- we can't nuke the bad guys because there are so many good guys mixed in with them.

@students from this county: Good luck and thanks for letting us know that it isn't the whole town that is bigoted.
Posted by Tizzle on February 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM · Report this
seatackled 67
One of the commenters on the page with the video put up a Facebook link that might be Medley's. There's a photo with a man and a woman, and the woman kind of looks like the photo on Slog. The page will probably be up at least until she wakes up in the morning.
Posted by seatackled on February 11, 2013 at 12:03 AM · Report this
68
I got a failure notice from Diana Medley's email address. That could mean that her inbox is full beyond capacity or that it has been disconnected. Both would be good signs. ;-)

FYI, they are having bigot prom at something called the Downtown Gym? Is that a business? A city facility? Can one of the commenters from Sullivan let us know how to contact this facility so we can properly express our displeasure that they are hosting a hate gathering?
Posted by LukeJoe on February 11, 2013 at 12:17 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 69
Again Christianist militants are highjacking high school events.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on February 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM · Report this
70
Contact page for First Farmers bank, which they are using to gather funds for their hate speech: http://www.ffbt.com/First_Farmers_Bank_a…

Write and respectfully ask FFB&T to deny service.
Posted by LukeJoe on February 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM · Report this
stinkbug 71
FYI, for Sullivan County here's the breakdown of the 2013 election results:

Romney 59.1% (4902)
Obama 38.5% (3191)

(by contrast, IN as a whole went 54.3% Romney to 43.8% Obama)

For the senate race though they helped kick Mourdock away from that seat:

Donnelley 51.0% (4134)
Mourdock 43.1% (3491)

There are counties in southern IL, IN, and OH that are way more conservative than Sullivan, at least if you go by voting results. Just sayin'.

Posted by stinkbug on February 11, 2013 at 12:35 AM · Report this
72
@16
"It's sad that this kind of thing happens in this day and age."

"This kind of thing" will always happen if we don't eliminate the poison of religion. Even the liberal "not all christians are like that" kind.

When you assume a supernatural world, that is a train of thought that does not have a basis. When you start from that, you will automatically lead yourself to a bad idea.
Posted by Falcor on February 11, 2013 at 2:00 AM · Report this
73
Couldn't it be reasoned that purposelessness is a purpose in and of itself? After all, if the good SE teacher and those like her don't have to devote resources to the project of assisting those with no purpose in life, as they clearly wish to do, then do they not owe a debt of gratitude to the homosexuality of those purposeless people for being the indicator that warned them off of devoting their time, money and effort to helping them?

That sounds rather Jesuitical (like the argument in The Bachelors that Ronald Bridges' epilepsy is a sign that he never had a vocation because no epileptic can be a priest), though. And we all know the likelihood of Roman Catholic not being accepted as Christian.
Posted by vennominon on February 11, 2013 at 4:54 AM · Report this
74
I really think the teacher's address is wrong. Take off the f from the end and it should work. All the teachers I know in the state have emails that end with us. So I think the f is a mistake. Email away. This whole thing is absurd and frustrating that we haven't moved past this after all this time!
Posted by Concerned203 on February 11, 2013 at 6:11 AM · Report this
75
Just registering my vast bogglement that Aryadney believes the Bible has a position on prom.

If Jesus had had a prom--if ancient Jewish custom had included such a concept, and before you laugh too hard consider the Ruth and Naomi story which heavily implies sleeping with someone at the harvest festival was kinda what happened after all the drinking stopped--he would have made sure to include lepers, tax collectors, and anyone else hated and excluded by those fancying themselves the moral majority of the community.

Also, kiddies: "We love you, but we will never publicly accept you" is not a consistent message. That might be the reason you're having so much trouble conveying it. And if you read the Bible, you will never find Jesus saying "I love you, but I will never allow you to be in the same public gathering as myself. But I value you as a person, it's cool."
Posted by IPJ on February 11, 2013 at 6:47 AM · Report this
76
Blacks still live with segregated proms so this is not surprising at all.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on February 11, 2013 at 7:13 AM · Report this
77
How in the literal fuck can people like this still exist in the 21st century and on top of that, call themselves educators? All they are teaching is bigotry and intolerance. Every kid has the right to go to their prom and be treated with dignity and respect. How dare anyone tell the LGBT couples that they cannot participate in the Grand March because their sexuality might offend some uptight, bigoted assholes that really need to just love like the bible says....and move the fuck on. Seriously
Posted by hotmissa on February 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM · Report this
78
I live in a neighboring town to Sullivan and I just want to say this bigots are the minority not the majority. Many people are putting down Indiana as a whole but there are a great deal of us fighting for equality, including the administration. It is disappointing that this is how our area is being view because of these "Christians". It's tragic people still use the Bible and Jesus as a cover for their ignorance and discrimination.
Posted by Dani N on February 11, 2013 at 8:03 AM · Report this
labman57 79
I always have to heave a sigh and roll my eyes whenever self-proclaimed Christians indignantly declare that homosexuality defies "the word of God". This argument is both cowardly and disingenuous -- using biased interpretations of cherry-picked biblical passages to justify their brand of social intolerance and religious self-righteousness.

Once again we see the direct correlation between the extent of a religion's orthodoxy and the magnitude of its members' intolerance of those with differing points of view or who do not share their tenets, politics, mores, or lifestyle choices.

Yet another reason why religious dogma and public policy make poor bedfellows, and why people who promote religion-based intolerance, discrimination, and bigotry have no business working at a public school.
Posted by labman57 on February 11, 2013 at 8:04 AM · Report this
80
Holy horseshit, a mixed prom in Indiana without bigots is something I'd be afraid of!
Well, haters eventually die folks, forget about them. Nice to see that the HS is standing behind the mixed crowd. If the holy cant stand it they can go dunk each other's heads in the water like on the weekend!
Posted by Billiam on February 11, 2013 at 8:21 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 81
@43 "We shun you because we love you."

"..and we want you to kill yourselves."

Completed that for you. Because Jeebus's love is all about teen suicide.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on February 11, 2013 at 8:22 AM · Report this
82
Here's the thing that I don't get.

I commonly hear these self-declared Christians say that they don't hate homosexuals, they hate the sin of homosexual sex. So if the queers would just stop having sex then they would be cool with it.

If that were the case, then why do they have a problem with homosexual couples who are not having sex? It is, I presume, because they confidently believe that the couple is having sex at other times.

So if they are so confident that homosexual couples at the prom are having sex and they don't want them there because that homosexual sex is a sin, then how is it different from heterosexual couples at the prom when they believe that sex among those couples is also a sin.

I'm not saying this well, but if they oppose same-sex couples at the prom because it would be a sin for them to have sex, then shouldn't they also oppose mixed sex couples at the prom since it would also be a sin for them to have sex as well (unless they are married)?

Am I all wrong about this or are they?
Posted by Charlie Mas on February 11, 2013 at 8:24 AM · Report this
83
Holy horseshit, a mixed prom in Indiana without bigots is something I'd be afraid of!
Well, haters eventually die folks, forget about them. Nice to see that the HS is standing behind the mixed crowd. If the holy cant stand it they can go dunk each other's heads in the water like on the weekend!
Posted by Billiam on February 11, 2013 at 8:26 AM · Report this
84
Oopsy, dupe posting. You do know they call Indiana the Mississippi of the Midwest right? It's okay, Ohio is still in the 6th century and Kentucky has the "Creation Museum", thus they're all right next to each other.
Posted by Billiam on February 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM · Report this
85
The "come in through the back door" line has Freud busting a gut.
Posted by kcosper on February 11, 2013 at 8:35 AM · Report this
86
@82 "If that were the case, then why do they have a problem with homosexual couples who are not having sex? It is, I presume, because they confidently believe that the couple is having sex at other times."

This is a great argument, and I think it would be interesting to see the contortions that a self-proclaimed chaste homosexual couple would cause them to twist themselves into... because you suspect, perhaps as strongly as I do, that for all their "love the sinner; hate the sin" rhetoric, their problem is the homosexuals themselves.
Posted by Yeah, We're Totally Gay, Just Without All The Hot Man-on-Man on February 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM · Report this
87
Interesting Facebook note at the end: "Read Genesis 19" Does this woman mean we should get pregnant by our fathers?
Posted by BG on February 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM · Report this
88
@82, @86 I think you're onto something!

I'm suddenly imagining a parallel to the whole straight viginity-pledge Christian thing, with virginity/promise rings for gay kids and same-sex couples who are "saving themselves for marriage." And, gay virginity balls, where sons and daughters dance with their fathers and mothers.

Okay, okay... If you can stop the gag reflex for a second, let me say that it isn't so much for the gay kids themselves, or even their virginity (we all know these stupid pledges get violated all the time, by straights anyway), it's to exploit the hypocritical "Christian" attitudes. Put the kids on the same playing field, "morally," and then let's watch a few bigot heads explode.

I'll make the popcorn.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM · Report this
89
The principal will be doing an interview with a local station shortly.
Posted by John Williams on February 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM · Report this
Fortunate 90
Am I the only one who thinks this is great?

So all the bigots are self selecting themselves to not attend the real prom to instead congregate together at their fake prom.

Meanwhile all the normal people get to go to real prom without having to worry about being harassed by the bigots.

Talk about a win.

When I was in school if all the bigots voluntarily agreed to not go to the real prom I would have been thrilled. I may have felt safe enough to bring another guy as my date if that had been the case.

Please, all the gay hating bigots of the world, continue to self segregate yourselves away from the normal, decent people. I can't help but think we would all be much happier that way.
Posted by Fortunate on February 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM · Report this
robotbutler 91
Anybody else notice that Curt Bedwell named his daughter Curtni? If anything is an affront to God, it is that name.
Posted by robotbutler on February 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM · Report this
92
What about the bank and the gym? Any pressure and protests/calling campaigns against them?
Posted by John_K. on February 11, 2013 at 10:23 AM · Report this
93
What about the bank and the gym where this is supposed to be held? Any pressure or protests/calling campaigns against them?
Posted by John_K. on February 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM · Report this
bgix 94
I feel bad for the Children of the Adult Bigots. We all know that the Younger Generation is more progressive than their parents, so I would guess that there will be some number of Straight kids who will be pressured by their parents to go to the Bigot Prom instead of the Real Prom.

As for the Bigot Prom itself, I bet that it is a lame bust.
Posted by bgix on February 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM · Report this
95
@82 - that's a great point. You should try submitting it as an op-ed to the local newspaper in IN.
Posted by gnot on February 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM · Report this
96
Jaysus H. on a Harley but Medley has a humongous sized chin!

She should play a super hero or be in the next version of Dudley Doright, for gosh sakes!?

Holy Mother of Godzilla, but I wish I had a rock solid, granite-like manley chin like Medley!

Geez, but it makes one wonder . . .
Posted by sgt_doom on February 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM · Report this
97
Are we absolutely certain she isn't in drag? ? ? ?
Posted by sgt_doom on February 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM · Report this
98
I have an idea - yes, yes let's have a separate prom for the LGBT students! Let's see if Lady Gaga herself wants to host it and show these kids a much more awesome time. Maybe raise awareness, get some damn awesome food and furniture, and ===everybody=== would be welcome.
Posted by Frustrated_Beyond_Belief on February 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM · Report this
99
I am a parent in Ohio and I would never think to ban any child from their High School Prom. Not only is that unjust it is unchristian like. God said you are to love one another. Not just a straight person over a gay person. I don't think being gay is a choice. I believe that u can not help who your heart wants. You as adults are punishing the kids, your son or daughter or maybe even your grandchild could be gay and not telling you due to the way you are reacting. How would you feel if they said no brunettes or red heads could attend, because they are not the chosen people. I believe that is what Hitler believed, that if you weren't blonde and blue eyed you were not chosen to be gods people. it did not work for him and it should not work for you. Let these children enjoy their Prom they have earned it by attending school and working hard to stay there. Many children do not even make it that far. If you are true Christians then you will step back and embrace them as God's children.
Posted by helenlpn on February 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM · Report this
100
The initial WTWO broadcast, prior to editing, may be seen on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsnDntYSP…
Posted by 1969AKP on February 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM · Report this
101
The initial WTWO broadcast, prior to editing, may be seen on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsnDntYSP…
Posted by 1969AKP on February 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM · Report this
102
The initial WTWO report was on the 6pm news last night. This is the video "prior" to editing Diana Medley's statement of "Gays Have No Purpose": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsnDntYSP…
Posted by 1969AKP on February 11, 2013 at 11:53 AM · Report this
103
I hate to say this, but I think the 'anti-gay' folks are more gay than the gay folks! Why, because the anti-gay folks tend to protest loudly about their anti-gayness!
Posted by gman5541 on February 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM · Report this
104
Private individuals should be allowed to throw their own private parties and invite or not invite whoever they want. Sorry, but this is America and there's no law against being a dick and waving "You can't come to my party!" in people's faces. And we get to call them on their jerkery, but that's as far as it ought to go.

The school is having an all-students-welcome official prom, which is as it should be.

My guess? Lots of straight kids are going to go to both parties just because they want to go to two parties.
Posted by DRF on February 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM · Report this
105
Can I make a donation to the schools prom? I'd like the same sex couples as well as their fellow students to know that God loves you all just as you are and you are supported. Using Christianity as an excuse to segregate is a sad sorry act of bigotry, regardless of what these people say. Wouldn't it be nice if we could get a big name music act to play at prom? I'm in for a donation!
Posted by bethfid on February 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM · Report this
106
If you wanted to just step away from all of this for a minute, look at the above feed. You all are being more hateful to the separate-promers than they are being to the gays. If anybody is bigoted, it is this feed, because at least the prom-goers are having their own, not forcing their ideas on the unwilling population
Posted by Chill Out on February 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM · Report this
107
I live in this school district. My own son is special-needs, and we drive him clear to the next county, five days a week to keep him out of the Sullivan schools, and have for years after they made it very clear to us that they considered special needs kids to be a nuisance they were legally obligated to accept. I have no respect for the administration of the local school system.

(FWIW, my son has some of the highest test scores in the county we drive him to. The other school system, which doesn't look at 'special needs' as a law-mandate burden, is reaping the benefits of having him in their district. Good riddance, Sullivan.)
Posted by John Williams on February 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM · Report this
theseamster 108
There is now a group to support the inclusive prom:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-th…
Posted by theseamster on February 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM · Report this
109
It seems amazing that someone trained and employed as a special-needs professional would utter the phrase "god created everyone equal," as a way to somehow justify a bigoted viewpoint. Obviously, based on the very existence of special-needs kids, we're not all created equal. Maybe she's referring to the Idea that, even though we're not created equally, we deserve equal treatment, care, love, acknowledgement, etc...oh wait...no she's not.
Posted by TVsFrank on February 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM · Report this
110
I wrote the principal an email asking him not to support the "conservative" prom. My mother was white prom queen (and white homecoming queen) back in the 70's. You'd think we would have moved past this sort of thing by now :( I can only hope this will be one of the examples we read about in textbooks in a few decades.
"Yeah, and you know in some schools, students even held separate proms where only straight kids were invited - and the administrators didn't do anything about it."
"Really!?"
"Really really."
Posted by Makenna on February 11, 2013 at 1:46 PM · Report this
111
Dan,

I completely agree with your position on the issue and I respect your passion. But you should recognize the possibility that by using profanity and making comments that could be construed as insensitive to certain groups (by calling Medley "mentally challenged," for example), you are more likely to alienate than persuade people who oppose our point of view.

Please reconsider your tactics -- it's important to build your base, but isn't it also important to engage rather than polarize those you oppose?
Posted by linzybel on February 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM · Report this
112
I am VERY PROUD I am living in a country where gay and lesbian people got equal rights, and even able to be maried. And for all those small minded people that try to (mis)use the word of God: "Your God" created mankind. So, "God" also created gay and lesbian!

To be honost, I am utterly shocked to see this kind of smallminded actions and people anno 2013 ....

Best regards,

Alex / The Netherlands
Posted by AlexNL on February 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM · Report this
113
I am VERY PROUD I am living in a country where gay and lesbian people got equal rights, and even able to be maried. And for all those small minded people that try to (mis)use the word of God: "Your God" created mankind. So, "God" also created gay and lesbian!

To be honost, I am utterly shocked to see this kind of smallminded actions and people anno 2013 ....

Best regards,

Alex / The Netherlands
Posted by AlexNL on February 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM · Report this
114
I sent an email to the principal and assistant principal and sadly, it was returned to me undeliverable. I'm guessing they're getting so much email their addresses are shut down. Sad, because I really wanted to express how much I appreciate their stance!!!
Posted by NissaG on February 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM · Report this
Skye Blu 115
I'd like to remind miss Smarm that it's actually retards that have no purpose in society
Posted by Skye Blu on February 11, 2013 at 2:34 PM · Report this
116
A few observations that might or might not have already been stated:

1. The fact that they opened up their separate prom to any Junior or Senior student on the county (unless only one school serves the entire county) speaks volumes that they worry that no one will come and want to pad their attendance numbers to be safe.

2. Their stated logic is that homosexuality is a choice and it is that choice they reject, not the person. That being said, this would mean that students identifying as gay would be welcome to attend their normal prom with same sex dates, then attend the alternative prom with someone from the opposite sex as their date. If they were turned away from the alternative prom even though they are 'choosing' to attend in a heterosexual fashion, the creators of this other dance would debase their stated logic and lose all credibility.
Posted by ScarletandGray on February 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM · Report this
117
Really mate? Using "mentally challenged" and "special" as insults? This teacher is a bigot, but you're not exactly making yourself look good there.
Posted by SFC on February 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM · Report this
118
Oohh...no, let's not hope that the abstience-only teens get knocked up after Bigot Prom....why would we want more bigots in the world?! Let's instead hope they spread bigot syphilis!
Posted by Frankie R on February 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM · Report this
119
#106 Oh please. Prove it. Good luck finding anything written here more hateful than excluding and shunning someone for something that is as intrinsic to their being as your heterosexuality is intrinisic to you (a guess, obviously).
Posted by NoxiousNan on February 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM · Report this
120

I find Curt Bedwell's (why do I suspect that's an ironic name) comments to be the creepiest of all, since he appears to be an adult, and still conflates same sex kids dancing at a high school prom with "this kind of behavior, which is offensive" ... and his first suggestion is to ask LGBT kids to not "use this venue to demonstrate their sexuality because it is offensive to many and would be demonstrating before minors." And: "This is not a venue to demonstrate a homosexual lifestyle."

So ... teenagers dancing at a high school prom is a demonstration of their sexuality and "lifestyle"? In what way? And is an "offensive" "behavior"? DANCING is an offensive behavior? Or just existing outside the closet?

Most telling of all:

"So our wish is to return to the traditional couple stance in the same way Indiana only accepts traditiona (MAN AND WIFE) marriages."

Not husband and wife. Man and wife. Is that when the little woman joyful submits to her husband? These people truly are from another era.

Posted by Velvetbabe on February 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM · Report this
121
There are two high schools and school districts in the county. A little homework on the part of the media and others would clarify that. Medley teaches at the other high school, NOT Sullivan High School. She must be affiliated with the church, however information relating her to this story has not been confirmed. I refer you to the comment highlighted in the updated portion of this blog from a student of Sullivan High School. While teenagers will tease and pick on each other, this is not a school full of bigots. As for the special Ed students at Sullivan high school, not Northeast Jr/Sr high school, they are included in many high school activities...one was even voted as a homecoming princess two years ago.
Posted by This is BS on February 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM · Report this
122

Again, one need only substitute the word "black", for "homosexual", to see how backwards these folks are, and how history will judge them.

"Mixed race couples dancin'? Don't subject us to this kind of behavior, or try to use this venue to demonstrate your acceptance of darkies by dancing with them, whitegirls, as it's offensive behavior and there are children present."
Posted by Velvetbabe on February 11, 2013 at 4:08 PM · Report this
123
I refer you to the student's comment in the updated portion of the blog. Sullivan High School is an inclusive school. The students that are caring and accepting are being torn between their friends in this and it is uncalled for.

Medley is a teacher at Northeast Jr/Sr high school NOT Sullivan High School. Same county, different high school and school district. If you want her fired, you must contact NORTHEAST Sullivan School District, NOT Southwest Sullivan School District. Nice little trick of the local media. She may be affiliated with Sullivan Christian Church, however the reporter or the producer of the news segment failed to clarify this.

I would like to state, proudly, that Sullivan High School students voted a student in special education for the homecoming court two years ago. You may want to ask Ms. Medley if any of her students have ever been awarded that honor at Northeast Jr/Sr High School.
Posted by This is BS on February 11, 2013 at 4:23 PM · Report this
BJ Lincoln 124
They really only see sex when they think about or look at us. We "participate in homosexuality". All they see is 2 people being intimate. They don't see us as people with feelings other than sexual. They refuse to look beyond that because of a vague passage in a very old holy book. They fear us and spread that fear by preaching lie after lie.
They really believe they are loving us when they "warn" us of the danger of our "lifestyle".
Now they embarress themselves when they spout off the lies or use their beliefs as a reason to discriminate. I am so glad.
I'm also glad the school is not a part of this. Thanks for the updates.
Posted by BJ Lincoln http://bjlincoln.wetpaint.com/ on February 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM · Report this
125
First off, are they gonna let all the kids who are having sex out of wedlock into the prom? Because that's something this church probably preaches against too. What about the unwed teen mothers? If they're gonna draw the line in the sand at what they perceive to be sin, the line seems rather arbitrary.

To the kids going to this "straight prom." I would caution all of you that your views and outlook on life is going to change SUBSTANTIALLY in the next few years. I'd like to think that if I were a high school student, I would have forgone this kind of thing, but the truth is, I might have. I was anti-abortion and thought homosexuality was a sin because frankly, I didn't know any better and hadn't lived enough of my life to actually be faced with these circumstances. Think about your future spouses, jobs, and sanity when someday you're going to have to cop to the photographic evidence of you at "straight prom." You're either going to have to beg off and say "Jesus I was such a bigot" or you're just flat not going to get laid. Bigotry isn't that sexy even within evangelical communities.
Posted by MinnySota on February 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM · Report this
lolorhone 126
@38: 1- "Hypocritters " is not only not an actual word, it sounds like a rejected series for the Disney Afternoon.
2- What the fuck does Chris Brown have to do with Obama? We're not all related, you know.
Posted by lolorhone on February 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM · Report this
127
This Medley woman doesn't even teach at that school. Can someone please make a "She doesn't even go here!" gif from Mean Girls?
Posted by dunleavykm on February 11, 2013 at 5:56 PM · Report this
McGee 128
@106 Ah yes. The old "You Are More Hateful Than The Hateful" canard.
Posted by McGee on February 11, 2013 at 6:01 PM · Report this
129
Who the hell is this bigoted crackhead? She teaches special ed kids? That's horrible. They have it hard enough and now they have to learn hatred from this bitch? REMOVE HER NOW! She has no business teaching youth. Special Ed or not....Kids have it had enough. They don't need to listen to this shit...
Posted by Jeff1 on February 11, 2013 at 6:16 PM · Report this
130
God doesn't hate, why do you? If we are supposed to role model for kids, how can you feel good about being a hateful role model and teaching hate? I will pray for you that God touches your heart and makes you see, in whatever way He needs to, that you are spreading hate and not the Word of God.
Posted by nyboggs on February 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 131

It's horrible when a group of people ban, harass, stalk and brutalize a person based on one aspect or characteristic of them.

It certainly isn't the type of thing that happens around here.

Nope.

Now go back to your smug lives and pat yourselves on the back

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on February 11, 2013 at 7:38 PM · Report this
132
Here's what I sent to those Facebook posters (McCammons & Bedwells), the teacher, and every staff member at their church:

I am MORTIFIED, and I cannot believe that you subject kids to the hate and fear-mongering and lies being projected by your organization. Let me educate you:
1. Sexual orientation is not against the bible. The scripture-translation that people use to degrade homosexuality is actually disputed by biblical scholars. "The actual Hebrew word used is TO’EBAH. It doesn’t mean the same thing as abomination does in English — it isn’t a law, it’s used to describe something that non-Jews did that Jews thought was displeasing to God. It means ritually improper, not abomination. It isn’t a quote from God, it isn’t his law or his rules, it is what a bunch of people way back decided might probably not be cool in God’s eyes. TO’EBAH doesn’t refer to things like rape, or murder being evil, or the ten commandments — not cold hard law, but closer to “you should probably wash your dishes before they get moldy.”"

2. The part of the creation story most used to justify homophobia seems to be the part about it being “natural” for man and woman to come together and make babies. That apparently passes for justification — God says make babies, and gay couples can’t do it, therefore, they are unnatural right? Well. What about couples who are infertile? Are they unnatural? What about people who simply choose not to have kids? Are they unnatural?

3."Romans 1:26-27 has also been used to justify homophobia. Just for clarification, it was written by Paul, and is not the direct word of Jesus or God. Now, the word “unnatural” is used here again in reference to sexuality. To really understand the context of this word, you have to take into account what Paul was doing at the time — he was writing a letter to Rome after being a missionary to the Mediterranean where he saw a bunch of pagan temples with a bunch of really weird habits."
When Paul was busy preaching the word of God to all these pagans back then, he saw that they had some really weird sexual habits. Like castration and humping children and bestiality in an attempt to please the gods of love and sex-that is what he meant by unnatural."

4. As for the last places homosexuality is mentioned anywhere in the bible (1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10), it comes down to the mistranslation of a word no one really knows the meaning of. It’s an old Greek word “Arsenokoitai.” Personally, I think it sounds like a cocktail. It wasn’t until 1958 when some dude just randomly decided with no basis whatsoever that it meant gay people. Seriously. We are talking Greek scholars who study old Greek for a living throwing their hands up and going “I have no idea what it means, maybe it’s a typo?” and some random dude decides it means gay people. Since the true meaning of the word is unknown, it becomes obvious that someone was inserting their own bias into the bible.

5. If Paul had meant homosexuality as it was known in those times, he would have used the word paiderasste, which means pederasty — those of us with critical thinking skills recognize the difference. Homosexuality, as we know it, did not exist in those times. There were no loving, committed relationships between two men or two women — at least not publicly. Instead, people engaged in pederasty. since the armies were forbidden from marrying, it was common for soldiers to have a servant, a male youth, with whom they often had sexual relationships. Furthermore, The story of the faithful centurion, told in Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10, is about a Roman centurion who comes to Jesus and begs that Jesus heal his pais, a word sometimes translated as "servant." Christ agreed; he praised the faith of the centurion, and the pais was healed.

But pais does not mean "servant." It means "lover." In Thucydides, in Plutarch, in countless Greek sources, and according to leading Greek scholar Kenneth Dover, pais refers to the junior partner in a same-sex relationship. Now, this is not exactly a marriage of equals. An erastes-pais relationship generally consisted of a somewhat older man, usually a soldier between the ages of 18 and 30, and a younger adolescent, usually between the ages of 13 and 18. Sometimes that adolescent was a slave, as seems to be the case here. It would be inappropriate, in my view, to use the word "gay" to describe such a relationship; that word, and its many connotations, comes from our time, not that of Ancient Greece and Rome. This is not a relationship that any LGBT activist would want to promote today.
However, it is a same-sex relationship nonetheless. Jesus's response? He recognizes the relationship and performs an act of grace. , this is a radical act. Jesus is extending his hand not only to the centurion but to his partner, as well. In addition to Jesus' silence on homosexuality in general (he never mentions same-sex intimacy, not once, despite its prevalence in his social context), it speaks volumes that he did not hesitate to heal a Roman's likely same-sex lover.

"It is nothing short of distressing that so many people have been misled into believing that God hates people because of their sexual orientations. Especially sad is the fact that the arsenokoitai mistranslation actually comes from the letters Paul was writing in an attempt to get Christians in Ephesus and Corinth to stop bickering — this letter of unity, has been corrupted and turn into a message of hate by unscrupulous bigots who have made a business off of manipulating people, turning them into a personal army in an attempt to satiate someone’s greed."
We are told to love all and not judge. By saying homosexuality is immoral, you are passing judgment. We are taught to be good people. Our relationship with God, or any other deity, is personal, and so is our morality. Meaning, YOU should NOT impose YOUR morality on others.

"You know teachings by the fruits it bears. Anti-gay teachings bear no fruit but hatred and harm to others - you see this in how GLBT individuals are routinely demonized. And wrapping your hate in a "highest form of love" is kinda like wrapping fecal matter in gold leaf. It is still crap at its core." -Christopher Barton
On her radio show, Dr. Laura said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Schlesinger, written by a US man, and posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as quite informative:
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Laws and how to follow them.
1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?
6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?
7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?
8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
P.S. (It would be a damn shame if we couldn't own a Canadian

Now, as I think about it-ALL of our American service members are violating biblical law by having their hair cut short and we need to petition the gov't RIGHT NOW to have that corrected....
Sincerely,
Reverend Renee L. Ten Eyck
good sources of information for those of you who TRULY do not know the bible or biblical history:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-michae…
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/07/27/…
http://www.religioustolerance.org/homars…
More...
Posted by Rev. Renee T. on February 11, 2013 at 8:30 PM · Report this
133
Those hatemongerer students names should be posted and the schools they applied to should be pressured to reject them for admission unless they are re-educated in inclusion and compassion. Christian bible belting is the opposite of what Yoshua ben Josef, aka Rabbi Jesus had promoted. Love they neighbor and do unto others as you would have then do unto you seems to be all words to these bigots and not reality. They are like the "Negro haters" and the slave owners and abusers of slaves from the Confederate losers days. They are Neo Nazi Tea Partiers and should be banned from colleges and proms themselves. They are no socialized and inhumane. Gay and lesbian students from all over the country should gather in protest at their prom doors and protest and "crash" the prom. How dare those freaks who call themselves righteous and right dictate civil rights boundaries for others who are their peers. How dare they have their bigotry result in a discriminatory segregated prom. Cancel all proms!
Posted by KPcreative on February 11, 2013 at 9:21 PM · Report this
134
It would be cool if we could make the school's prom the best prom ever. They're allowing everyone to bring who they want, and the bigots want to go to their separate prom in the gym with their little DJ. Wouldn't it be cool if we could give money for the school to have their prom at somewhere awesome with a celebrity performance? Reward the school and kids who embrace tolerance.
Posted by CameoAmalthea on February 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM · Report this
135
Why, how very tolerant of all of you. Goddess forbid anybody hold an opinion different from your own, or they're "haters" and "bigots". I'm surprised you all haven't organized a Kristellnacht event so you can riot down the streets and break that Indiana school's windows; that kind of tactic was quite successful for Hitler's Third Reich. You smug intolerant hypocrites. You make me laugh.
Posted by FemEagle on February 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM · Report this
136
I am not gay myself but I stand up for gay rights. I think there is nothing wrong with letting EVERYONE go to prom as long as they don't physicaly hurt someone. Gay students rock on! Much love, always Kira.
Posted by kimora on February 12, 2013 at 12:42 AM · Report this
137
It's easy to call people who differ from your opinions "haters" but pro-gay activists often sound like haters to alot of people.
Posted by watchon10 on February 12, 2013 at 12:46 AM · Report this
138
My letter to the administration and for all in the Sullivan community:

You do not know me. I am a 28 year old college student in a relatively small town in Idaho. I have watched the (to me) infamous interview one of your teachers took part in; I have read quite a bit about Diana Medley and the remarks and opinions she shares so readily regarding the LGBT community in general, and students at your school and in your town specifically. While I am heartened that your school and the administration at the school are supporting all students regardless as to their sexual orientation, I am quite disappointed that any school administration would allow this kind of outspoken hatred, bigotry, religion-based fear, ignorance, and judgmental rhetoric from one of their faculty. I do not care that Ms. Medley feels her remarks to be free of hatred, or that she insists she cares deeply about her "gay" students despite her insistence that she finds homosexuality to be offensive, and her admitted lack of understanding regarding their sexual orientation. The fact remains that the remarks and opinions she shares so freely are indeed hateful.

As a student, and someone who works at the college they attend, I must tell you that young individuals are greatly influenced by those who teach in their school. We look up to these teachers, we believe in them, we see them as wise mentors who know most, if not all, the answers. The younger we are, the more we place blind faith in their words. When someone such as this speaks such nasty things about students in her school, as a student, we listen, and we learn to do the same. We follow where these teachers lead, and I feel strongly that this particular teacher is leading toward a path of hatred and fear. This path will not turn out well, and I feel that should these remarks lead where I fear they will, your school may be at risk, morally and perhaps legally. I greatly fear that the more outspoken your teacher, Diana Medley, is towards discrimination against homosexuality (or anything other than heterosexual individuals), the more other students in your school will come to hate, bully, and mistreat any non-heterosexual students. This will no doubt increase incidents of violence and emotional/mental bullying, and possibly encourage hate crimes. I feel strongly that her Christian group that so strongly insists they are not a hate group will encourage hate crimes with their persistent attempts to segregate the LGBT community, and that those crimes will then be explained by minors as, oh no, not a hate crime. Merely a strong feeling that the bible says this is wrong, and therefore their actions are merely a firm but loving way to show LGBT individuals that they are sinful and wrong. After all, my teacher says this isn't hate; she says that we're helping these sinners and loving them while we discriminate against them or segregate them because we don't condone their actions. Or worse, perhaps because the teacher they look up to, Diana Medley, feels that these LGBT individuals have no purpose in life, well, perhaps that means it is okay to commit hate crimes or bully them. That kind of makes them less than human, doesn't it? Rather like putting down a rabid dog?

Studies show that LGBT children, teenagers, and young adults that are not accepted, that are treated badly by authority figures, parents, teachers, etc. have a much higher likelihood to commit suicide, turn to a life of drugs, or contract STDs and AIDS. These are facts. I urge you to look up the studies.

Please, I beg you, do not allow this kind of behavior on the part of your faculty members. They should keep their personal opinions personal, not go on television and give interviews with such views, sharing their opinions on such matters for all their students and parents of students to hear--to learn from.

I hear so often about how badly celebrities act, and how this is encouraging the youth of America today to act out in immoral, irresponsible ways because celebrities are looked up to and seen as role models. People speak of how these celebrities knew going into the fame game that they would be role models, and thus they should comport themselves in a more responsible, moral, and respectful way. Well, I say teachers are more of a role model than any celebrity, and they come into contact with impressionable youth every single day. They are much more likely to make a lasting impression and difference in a young individual. Teachers must be expected to act with respect, responsibility, and discretion. This was not discreet, and it most certainly does not show respect toward the LGBT community. Unfortunately, it also reflects badly on your school.

Please don't allow this to continue. Please do not allow the opinions of one woman to hurt your students, the heterosexual students or the non-heterosexual students.

More...
Posted by ljludiker on February 12, 2013 at 12:57 AM · Report this
139
is it pollyanna-ish that my takeaway from this whole story was that MOST of the kids at the school are going to the regular prom, MOST of the kids support their gay friends, the school administration has NOTHING to do with the bigots, and that the majority of the town seems to want to disavow the haters? call me an optimist, but i see real progress here - there's plenty of stories where entire cities seemed to lose their minds to homophobia. i have 5 children (3 are adults themselves now) and i realized a long time ago that the fastest way to eliminate bigotry was to hand those values down to my kids; we may be closer to the tipping point than we realize. (still, fire that idiot "counselor", please.)
Posted by jgcecil on February 12, 2013 at 2:38 AM · Report this
140
"For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet” Romans 1:26-32
And then there is this:
Seven Things I Wish Pro-Gay People Would Admit (by Bob Davies)
1. I wish they would admit that many people are not happy with their homosexuality or lesbianism, and that this conflict is internal, based on legitimate, intelligent religious and moral convictions--not just the result of a so-called "homophobic" society which is forcing guilt upon people who don't conform to a heterosexual ethic. Stop throwing out the cheap, inaccurate labels like "internalized homophobia" to explain our motivations.
2. I wish they would acknowledge that homosexuals and lesbians can experience significant change in their sexual feelings and desires, even though they may never be totally heterosexual in their sexual thoughts and feelings. Be honest enough to admit that such change is significant and genuine, even if it isn't complete.
3. I wish they would acknowledge that many former homosexuals and lesbians have found a greater measure of peace and satisfaction after leaving a gay or lesbian lifestyle than they ever experienced while embracing homosexuality. Not all "ex-gays" are miserable, plotting how to secretly fulfill their homosexual lusts without being caught.
4. I wish they would acknowledge that many former homosexuals and lesbians have genuine joy in their marriages. Most former gays and lesbians don't get married in a futile attempt to "escape" homosexuality; they marry as a natural consequence of resolving that issue in their lives.
5. I wish they would acknowledge that all people have as much right to pursue a heterosexual lifestyle as they do to pursue homosexuality. Former homosexuals and lesbians should not be harassed and castigated by the gay community. But I have never heard any gay or lesbian leaders speak out against the violence (such as bomb threats and physical/verbal abuse) which some people perpetuate against Exodus ministries.
6. I wish they would stop equating our decision to leave homosexuality with "hatred" and "bigotry" against gays and lesbians. We don't hate gays; we simply desire to live free of homosexuality. Don't put nasty labels upon our motives. That's being judgmental and unfair.
7. I wish pro-gay religious leaders would admit that their endorsement and promotion of monogamous homosexual relationships is a facade. Many--probably most--men and women involved in long-term partnerships are not sexually monogamous, but gay churches don't discipline members for committing "adultery" outside their "gay marriage." Neither do they discipline gays or lesbians who have sex before entering into a "holy union" with their partner.
More...
Posted by Mumiyyah on February 12, 2013 at 4:17 AM · Report this
141
My favorite part of this whole thing is a posting on the now-defunct Facebook page - "We encourage you to show support for the teens in our community that are standing up for what they believe is right."

Granted, they are referring ONLY to the students who are standing in opposition to live/love in your own way. Any student who dared to stand for the rights of LGBT students (in other words, what they think is right) would not be so fortunate and certainly wouldn't be receiving the support of the community.

Since when is it wrong to stand for what you believe in?
Posted by JohnW on February 12, 2013 at 4:27 AM · Report this
142
I see that it has been addressed in the article, but I just want to point out that this tiny group of people does NOT represents the school or the town. Please understand this is not the school trying to keep certain people out, it is a small group of kids/parents/teacher/bus driver that want to have their own separate "traditional" prom. Please don't blame the school, it is a great school and welcomes all to prom and any event.
The outrage from the world at this small group of people does not compare with the outrage from the area at this group. This group has made us all unfairly look like a bunch of intolerable, hateful people. Please understand it does not represent this area, the school, the people or the religious environment.
Posted by darla76 on February 12, 2013 at 5:04 AM · Report this
143
I am from Sullivan and please understand this is not the school trying to keep certain people out, it is a small group of kids/parents/one teacher/bus driver that want to have their own separate "traditional" prom. Please don't blame the school, it is a great school and welcomes all to prom and any event.

Please, please don't think this small group of people represents the school, town, people or even the religious environment and parenting styles. The outrage from the world at this tiny group does not compare to the outrage from the town at this group for unfairly making us all look like hateful, small-minded people. This is just not true.

While I am glad to see this group is being called out for their hatefulness, I am sad to see it has unfairly brought judgement on the entire town, school and people.
Posted by darla76 on February 12, 2013 at 5:24 AM · Report this
144
I wrote to the Sullivan School District before it became knowledge that they High School wasn't involved... This is their response:

"At Southwest School Corporation we value the importance of extra-curricular activities and encourage all students to get involved and actively participate in activities, dances, or school related events at all of our schools.

Our Grand March, Junior-Senior Prom, and Post Prom is scheduled for April 27th, and we encourage all of our students to participate.

I would also like to clearly state that the SWSC has never denied any student the right to attend any event, extra-curricular activity, dance, or prom based on their race, gender, sex, or sexual orientation. As superintendent it is my view that we treat each student with respect and dignity at all times.

The only time we have denied a student from attending a school sponsored activity is because of disciplinary reasons or if they were not one of our students and did not follow the procedures for being admitted as a guest.

We do prohibit anyone who is the age of 21 or older from attending the prom or school dances.

It is important to note that the Southwest School Corporation and Sullivan High School is not affiliated nor in anyway responsible for the Alternative Prom.

Information reported by WTWO Channel 2 out of Terre Haute, IN concerning Diana Medley. They identified her as a special education teacher, it did not state where she was employed, I want to make it clear she is NOT EMPLOYED by the SOUTHWEST SCHOOL CORPORATION which was not included in the story. In no way does the Southwest School Corporation support her beliefs.

Sincerely,

Chris Stitzle
Superintendent"
More...
Posted by diamondmask on February 12, 2013 at 7:21 AM · Report this
145
It's about time the MAJORITY stood up to those PERVERTS and their BAD choices. Why should the Majority be made to suffer for their choice of lifestyle??? It's bad enough that the studrnts have to use the same showers and have to shower with the PERVERTS that enjoy a free peek. Why are their male and female showers? To keep the young people seperate and respect their privacy. The school should be forced to provide seperate showers for all the PERVERTS in that school.
Posted by bfgair on February 12, 2013 at 7:39 AM · Report this
146
I graduated from Sullivan High School last year and I had many homosexual friends guys and girls that attended school with me. I see no problem with them going to prom like all the other students. This really frustrates me that these people call themselves christians yet they are discriminating people because of there beliefs. I dont think they would like it if they were told they could not come to prom because they are christians. It just is no different to me then when they made the black and whites have seperate bathrooms and everything. Hey if they want two sepereate proms maybe they should build two seperate bathrooms and two seperate schools. I mean you go to school with them, you use the same toilet as them, but you cant share the same dance floor with them wth people. Ugh it aggravates me. My two best friends are lesbians and they are going to be walking out together at grandmarch and I am so proud!
Posted by k2k12 on February 12, 2013 at 8:23 AM · Report this
147
Since the site is down, one of our writers did an open letter: http://crassparenting.com/2013/02/an-ope…
Posted by crassparenting on February 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM · Report this
148
I wanted to try and answer a few questions that have been posted, I am from Sullivan.
The Downtown gym was sold a few years ago, when they built the new school they built a new gym on the same property, Anyone can rent this facility.
The Special Ed. teacher is not employed by Southwest School Corporation, which is the corp. Sullivan High School belongs, however the above mentioned Curt and Tonja Bedwell are employed by Southwest School Corp., they are bus drivers. The school corporation that Mrs. Medley is employed by is Northeast School Corp., and they released a statement to the Sullivan Daily Times that states, she made those statements expressing her First Amendment right, "the views expressed are not the views of Northeast school corporation and/ or the Board of Education."
Again, this is a small group of 35 people whom are terrorizing the kids, They are the minority here. This should be a special time that they all remember with their classmates, as a whole. If this group truly had an issue with LGBT, why are their kids in public school and not some private christian school where they can spend hours a day praying for the gay? You can not pray the gay out of someone! Everyone deserves to love and to be loved. Sullivan County is not as narrow-minded as all of this media attention has implied. There are a select few that are truly showing their asses and the saddest part is their church is claiming to not back them, he just allowed them to use the building for a meeting room. Christianity even in Sullivan isn't as maniac as this group portrays.
Posted by Einstein on February 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM · Report this
kellyllek 149
Northeast School Corp - email super: bakerm@nesc.k12.in.us
and demand bigot Diana Medley be terminated.
Posted by kellyllek http://www.youtube.com/user/pike024 on February 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM · Report this
150
http://kimbrewerallen.blogspot.com/2013/…

As much as it is wrong to exclude a minority of Children from a group, it is just as wrong to pass judgement on those that are mere bystanders. I hope Mr. Savage reads this. This family has lost of gay loved one to AIDS and were used for a meeting place only. That's the bad thing about hate... there is so much collateral damage.
Posted by civicduty on February 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM · Report this
151
http://kimbrewerallen.blogspot.com/2013/

As much as it is wrong to exclude a minority of Children from a group, it is just as wrong to pass judgement on those that are mere bystanders. I hope Mr. Savage reads this. This family has lost of gay loved one to AIDS and were used for a meeting place only. That's the bad thing about hate... there is so much collateral damage.
Posted by civicduty on February 12, 2013 at 11:22 AM · Report this
152
Why is it that they are Haters ? Seems like a strong comment. In this country we have Miss America, Miss Black America, Miss Gay America, Miss Hispanic America, right ? Why can't there be a Prom, a Gay Prom, a Black Prom, a Straight Prom if they choose to have them ?

What is wrong with this country is closed minded idiots like you Mr. Savage. You want to have this and that, but shouldn't others be afforded the same luxury ?

Posted by mkspnked on February 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM · Report this
153
I find the teacher's anti-gay comments hateful and divisive. I do believe she has the right to be a bigot, though. First Ammendment rights are not limited to the people we agree with. I don't people should be persecuted, and their livelihoods affected, because someone disagrees with what they think or who they love.
Posted by NYC on February 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM · Report this
154
Why don't you mind your own business about "gay" (happy?) opinions? What makes you think you have a right to support gay behavior and no one else has a right to oppose it? IF you believe in Jesus Christ you will note that in His holy book (the Bible in case you didn't know) He plainly states that homosexual behavior is wrong. Of course, you certainly don't have to believe in Him or His teachings but just remember that His teachings are just as important as YOUR beliefs and attitudes. And you can try to keep prayer out of the schools but just know that silent prayer still reaches God (sorry you can't stop that). Please continue to excuse homosexual behavior to justify your cause but just remember-He gets the last word whether you like it or not and He will have the final say on what you choose to respect or ignore. Frankly, I don't give a crap what you think about Christian people but I'm tired of you thinking your attitudes and behaviors are superior to ours. Christians accept ALL PEOPLE-NOT THEIR BEHAVIORS!!!!
Posted by hgk74 on February 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM · Report this
155
Fired for her opinions. Wow.
Posted by Sakman on February 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM · Report this
156
I like how you give out the e-mail and then tell people to respect her. How about not giving out information like that. There's respect. I'm for gay rights but when people who advocate for them are completely intolerant to people with different opinions it makes the whole group look bad. Not good.
Posted by Sakman on February 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM · Report this
157
Everyone is entitled to their opinion about gays or any other subject, Mr. Savage. However, name calling is simply rude, ugly and uncalled for. I quote you: "There's no way to stop the haters at Sullivan High School from holding an independent prom for the bigoted kids” .

I have great difficulty understanding all the vehement comments and name-calling that takes place in this debate. We are ALL entitled to our opinions, Mr. Savage. However, calling ANYONE who disagrees with the gay movement "hater" or "bigot" shows your ignorance and lack of maturity.

Debate your issues and defend your rights, by all means....just as the rest of America will do. But really, Dan, grow up and show some maturity. By resulting to name calling, you shame yourself most of all.
Posted by Marsha on February 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM · Report this
158
Why are you giving Dan Savage a forum? Here's a man who targets and bullies Christians High School students, wishes Republican Representatives dead, and calls 98% of Americans Breeders. If you are to stand up against discrimination, you have to stand against the ones that spread hate. Calling a whole town Bigots seems pretty hateful
Posted by frontrowbandit on February 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM · Report this
lolorhone 159
@153-@158: I see that folks troll in bulk now. Interesting.
Posted by lolorhone on February 12, 2013 at 1:46 PM · Report this
160
@140 If wishes were horses, you'd probably have been trampled to death by now.

As for me, I wish Jesus would visit your dark little heart and bring a spark of light to its moldering caverns. And, touch your eyes, so that they would open, and you would see anew.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 12, 2013 at 3:19 PM · Report this
161
It is not a hate goup. Please do some research. They do not claim to hate homosexuals. They are simply stating that being a homosexual is a sin. Which of course it is a sin but not unlike any other sin such as lying, lusting, anything that fall short of the glory of God.
Posted by God is not Dead on February 12, 2013 at 3:24 PM · Report this
162
@161 Perhaps you are confused about the concept of hate. What do you call it when someone says hateful things? What do you call it when people organize to do hateful things? Maybe you have some other word for it...

As for your Christian-sin-calling, I'm not aware that it says anywhere in the Bible that having an affectional orientation for a person of the same sex is a sin. I believe, if you do a little research yourself, you'll find that the sex acts are the things called out as sins. No act, no sin. Now, if you do a little research in the real world (actually, you don't have to do the research, it's already been done, all you have to do is read it), you'll see that every single sex act described as sinful in the Bible is something that is committed far more often among straight people than among gay people. This includes anal sex, oral sex, using sex toys, everything other than penis-in-vagina procreational sex. In other words, BEING a homosexual isn't a sin, and if having homosexual sex IS a sin, then whatever acts they're performing in the way of having sex must also be sins when heterosexual people do it. And, being as there are 20 times more straight people than gay people, and straight people do EVERYTHING...

Why am I trying to explain ethics, reading comprehension, or statistical probability to a superstitious, judgmental, bigoted maroon?
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 12, 2013 at 3:52 PM · Report this
163
They should start a gay school to really have it there way
From a comment made ealier why would I want to shower with a gay guy
How sick is that would you want a gay or lesbiean staring at your child and think all kids of gay thoughts and visually doing nasty things to them and its worse when the gym teacer is gay looking at the boys withsexual intent we should do the world a favour put them on there own island where they will never procriate and eventually die from aids and self regret
Posted by God hates gays on February 12, 2013 at 3:53 PM · Report this
164
They should start a gay school to really have it there way
From a comment made ealier why would I want to shower with a gay guy
How sick is that would you want a gay or lesbiean staring at your child and think all kids of gay thoughts and visually doing nasty things to them and its worse when the gym teacer is gay looking at the boys withsexual intent we should do the world a favour put them on there own island where they will never procriate and eventually die from aids and self regret
Posted by God hates gays on February 12, 2013 at 3:55 PM · Report this
165
@163,164 God didn't make you that stupid, you know. You choose to be that stupid.

Didn't anyone ever explain to you where babies came from? Do you suppose that gay babies come from somewhere else? Where? Gay storks? Every child is born of a sexual union, between a sperm and an egg. It takes one person of each gender to provide those.

In other words, numnuts, our gay brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors, sons and daughters come primarily from straight people. As long as there are straight people having babies, some 5% or so of them are going to be gay.

Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 12, 2013 at 4:09 PM · Report this
166
God hates gays he has no love for the sexually imoral that's a fact
We can not judge them for that it is for him to decide hell fire and brimstone await
The city's of sodom and gamora were burned to the ground for there blainted disregard of Gods laws
I do not hate them for hatred is a sin
I hope they turn from there ways before they burn
We can not accept the sexually imoral as the normal way
Man plus woman equals kids there is no other way
It is the sign of the end times when new sodom arises and the antichrist arises
Accepting the lgbt is not what we should stive for
Rather prompting a healthy mother father aproch
Posted by God hates gays on February 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM · Report this
167
I just read through my comment post number 58. i DID NOT mean to say "her comments" i meant to put "Their comments" just wanted to clear that up. Guess i need to learn to make sure everything is correct before posting. Simple mistake
Posted by TerraK on February 12, 2013 at 6:05 PM · Report this
168
They asked her a question, she gave her thoughts. Should she lie about what she thinks of the whole LGBT mess? Most of LGBT students just want attention and they'll get over it soon. As for the rest,
I feel sorry for them...those twisted minds. You honestly think it's normal?
Posted by RealityKing on February 12, 2013 at 6:39 PM · Report this
169
And it appears that the Phelps clan has found this Stranger. I would bet that 161, 163,164 and 166 all came from the same IP address, located in Kansas, probably a WiFi from a McDonalds close to the Phelps compound in Topeka...
Posted by Opus the Poet on February 12, 2013 at 7:16 PM · Report this
lolorhone 170
@166: If you can hear me from all the way over their on the wrong side of history, an education will clear up your misconceptions about the LGBT community. It will also clear your grammar problem.
Posted by lolorhone on February 12, 2013 at 7:20 PM · Report this
171
I support the prom for all students, and there is also in the same ideation of tolerance of which Ms medley should not even have her job questioned. She is a Human Being and has the right to speak and have an opinion. She did not commit a hate crime or show any inclination toward violent oppression. This is a great opportunity for people to step forward and offer insight that would get her fears off of sexuality and on to the real consciousness of the person. Sexual preference has no bearing on the quality of the person.

Posted by Eric Kane on February 13, 2013 at 4:35 AM · Report this
172
I support the prom for all students, and there is also in the same ideation of tolerance of which Ms medley should not even have her job questioned. She is a Human Being and has the right to speak and have an opinion. She did not commit a hate crime or show any inclination toward violent oppression. This is a great opportunity for people to step forward and offer insight that would get her fears off of sexuality and on to the real consciousness of the person. Sexual preference has no bearing on the quality of the person.
Posted by makuakane on February 13, 2013 at 4:38 AM · Report this
173
Again a typical ordinary male and female that were put on this earth to propagate the human race is somehow being attacked for believing that homosexuals have no significant purpose other than to openly let others know they like to play with each other like perverts. A man touching another man is not natural and can be very violent and dangerous to each other as it should be in the nature of things. We are humans with basic animal instincts. How many times have you seen a male dog hump a male dog? Very few times. And it is this very few homosexuals in contrast to the human population that is very few indeed. Homosexuals need to keep quiet and do their weird thing in private as I do not want to know about it and most people do not as well.
Mr. Dan Savage, your a dam idiot. Elyza Byard, your a dam idiot.
What’s next, masturbating in public???
Will that be OK with you two?
Posted by Ken Silva on February 13, 2013 at 6:36 AM · Report this
174
People are free to do just about anything they want in this country. And that includes condemning people while they practice those freedoms. It goes both ways, gang: you can say gay people are sick and serve no purpose, but you don't get to avoid all recoil for that sort of remark.
Posted by Yeek on February 13, 2013 at 7:16 AM · Report this
175
Dan Savage needs to be bullied! He bullies schoold kids, so I think he needs a little bullying from me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao0k9qDsO…

Posted by straight on February 13, 2013 at 9:48 AM · Report this
loudersoft 176
The "Billy Madison" treatment got handed to the special ed teacher, this is brilliant http://youtu.be/_SzEITzydzc
Posted by loudersoft on February 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM · Report this
177
More bigotry from the homo Taliban.I hope this teacher stands strong in the face of their hate. Look at how they tried( yet failed) to crucify Chick fil A, and the
poor guy from the 49ers that spoke his mind about the destructive homosexual lifestyle.
Those screaming the loudest for tolerance are usually the most intolerant.
That includes you, scumbag Savage.
Posted by Dan savage is a bigot on February 13, 2013 at 12:47 PM · Report this
178
So....let's just say being homosexial IS a choice, which I personnaly do not believe..but lets just say it is.

SO WHAT? WHAT BUSINESS IS IT OF YOURS? ISN"T THIS AMERICA? DON"T I HAVE THE FREEDOM TO BE WHO I WANT TO BE? NOBODY IS COMING INTO YOUR HOME AND FORCING YOU TO JOIN OUR EXCLUSIVE HOMO CLUB. AND WHY WOULD YOU THROW THE "CHRISTIAN" ISSUE INTO THIS? 100% of "CHRISTIANS" DONT FOLLOW THEIR OWN TEACHINGS ANYHOW?
Posted by Cyclingpete on February 13, 2013 at 1:22 PM · Report this
179
So....let's just say being homosexial IS a choice, which I personnaly do not believe..but lets just say it is.

SO WHAT? WHAT BUSINESS IS IT OF YOURS? ISN"T THIS AMERICA? DON"T I HAVE THE FREEDOM TO BE WHO I WANT TO BE? NOBODY IS COMING INTO YOUR HOME AND FORCING YOU TO JOIN OUR EXCLUSIVE HOMO CLUB. AND WHY WOULD YOU THROW THE "CHRISTIAN" ISSUE INTO THIS? 100% of "CHRISTIANS" DONT FOLLOW THEIR OWN TEACHINGS ANYHOW?

Leviticus 19:19 "'Keep my decrees. "'Do not mate different kinds of animals. "'Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. "'Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.

Deuteronomy 22:12 Make tassels on the four corners of the cloak you wear.

Deuteronomy 22:5 “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” (Im SURE you woman wear pants!)

James 4:12 ESV There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Peter 3:3 “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel…”


Genesis 3:16 To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

Corinthians 11:5 And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head--it is just as though her head were shaved.

Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.

THE LIST GOES ON AND ON..............STOP BEING HIPPOCRATES !!!!!!!!!!!




More...
Posted by Cyclingpete on February 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM · Report this
180
Read " The Arising Voice' Friday Feb 8th in the Sullivan Daily Times for my opinion on the matter.
Posted by arisingvoice on February 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM · Report this
181
Anybody that does this has no credibility to stand on when it comes to bullying. The people yelling the loudest for tolerance are often the most intolerant in the batch. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/…
Posted by Dan_Savage_is_a_bigot on February 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM · Report this
182
More hate from the undisputed KING of hate and bigotry himself, Dan Savage.

http://m.newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-shep…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla…
Posted by Dan_Savage_is_a_bigot on February 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM · Report this
183
I am from Sullivan, IN and would like to say something. A recent news article in our local paper as stated that the church serves as a meeting place for many groups like gardening club, AA, etc. The person in charge of scheduling different groups to the church had no clue as to the exact reason this group was meeting. The Sullivan First Christian Church is very sorry for hosting this meeting and has been quoted as saying they support the LGBT community and its rights. It has no affiliation with the group. So please be forgiving of the church. It has made a mistake that it regrets.
Posted by sorry citizen on February 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM · Report this
184
All you hateful ignorant assholes.
Go fuck yourself with a cactus.
A God loves, not hate.
He loves everyone, not just a group of people.
People who say "it's a sin to be gay" just hide behind a so called "religion's law" to deny that fact you think gay folks are gross and icky, and rather then saying what you truly believe, you hide it behind "God's words"
How discussing.
Posted by tinytinything on February 13, 2013 at 8:58 PM · Report this
scary tyler moore 185
@169: that is not the phelps family style. they stick to twitter, mostly or press releases. they want to reach the largest possible audience, like the fame whores they are.
Posted by scary tyler moore http://pushymcshove.blogspot.com/ on February 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM · Report this
186
simply inflammatory rhetoric... her opinions do not make her a racist or a bigot... if your definition is accurate the same could be said for you. BTW, homo is not a federally protected class. If you don't like that then change it, but don't be a hater because it's not.
Posted by isaiah5336 on February 15, 2013 at 9:48 AM · Report this
187
Wow, I checked out some of the Facebook pages of these folks as you suggested and, they don't show any activity hardly at all for 2013! It's like they never had a life to begin with (They're not blocked; there are stories showing for last year) or they've crawled under a rock all together somewhere. I guess they're finding out that, although you do have free speech in this country, you also have to take the consequences that come with it.
Posted by siddigfan on February 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM · Report this
188
Fuck this teacher.
Posted by sea'mo on February 21, 2013 at 12:03 AM · Report this
189
Diana Medley was setup by WTWO news? http://dcohen020431.tumblr.com/
Posted by 1969AKP on February 27, 2013 at 5:59 AM · Report this
190
How i love living in this state:/
Not.
People are so closed minded
Posted by Loveislove on April 11, 2013 at 2:40 PM · Report this
191
My child was treated the same way at shelburn school. A certain 6th grade teacher ,male. Questioned my special needs child daily on why he was so skinny and if he ate any. Teacher knew he was on ADHD nedication which one of the main side effets are weight loss and appetite decrease. My son would come home everyday and tell me. Plus getting bullied by kids who taunted him the same way. Then ended up being assaulted one day on videotape. But for once struck back with whatever he had in his hand at the moment( he was jumped from behind unaware). I asked to see video and was denied for 9 months. After filing complaint they retaliated by saying that my child acted aggressive cause he might of not been taking his medications So in the 9 months they elaborated on what they supposivly seen on videotape also, sayen my child was the instigator and monster, but after a 80$ suponea and a attorney, I finally got to see the 30 second video clip. And let me just tell you I never knew a Super Intd. a Special ed. Teacher, and a Principal could be such liars and violaters of the law in all my life. After filing complaint they retaliated by allegating that my child acted that way cause he might of not been taking his medications. Well I ended up losing my 12 yaer old son over a lie. My son lived with me for 12 years. They were so mad at me for speaking out and refusing to break the school law that they went as far as getting my ex husband whom I had a contact order against and call him and double team. And you worry about gay problems in a prom ? Maybe bullying is non bias, and includes every race, color, religion,and culture. Follow me at @chastity82674 for tweets
Posted by lawchick on October 3, 2013 at 4:48 PM · Report this
192
PRO-GAY BIGOTS

we hear the word "bigot" following "anti-gay" almost as much as we hear "woman" following the word "strong". it's like the thought-police want us to put each set of words together automatically and without thought.

now, let's put aside the fact that the lackluster physical make-ups of members of the little gender (the shorter/smaller/weaker gender) will always make a complete and total oxymoron out of the term "Strongwoman," just so we can focus on the term "anti-gay bigot". has anyone given any thought to the fact that the ones who usually utter this term are actually pro-gay bigots whose minds are totally closed-off to anything that puts homosexuality in a bad light? they are as hell-bent PRO-GAY as i am hell-bent ANTI-GAY.

pro-gay bigots run amuck in the media, just as much as the "strong women" who can't budge a 100-pound barbell. pro-gay bigots have even gone to the ridiculous extreme of editing the bible to take out every negative reference to homosexuality. now, aside from making gays seem weak enough to fall in the face of criticism, making edits of the most famous book of all time sounds quite orwellian. "you VILL not have any problems vith homosexuality, and you vill LIKE IT".

why don't pro-gay bigots make edits to the seven deadly sins - let's get PRIDE and LUST out of there and save a little more face. oh, i guess they've probably already done that.

actually, call me a bad christian, but i am one to find fault with anyone who has to get their anti-gay attitudes from any god's bible or from any other outside source, because anyone who doesn't see anything self-compromising and self-disrespecting in a "man" staring open-mouthed and wide-eyed-curious at another man has no sense of gender-identity. to borrow a phrase from a brilliantly-radiant (pun intended) stephen king novel, let me say that the respect i have for myself as a man is "all shot to shit" if i'm gawking at another masculine body. i am man enough to realize that i'm a masculivoid when i'm gawking in utmost reverence at another man's body, and it is a self-esteem issue to leave oneself feeling a void for masculinity when masculinity is what one's self IS...and has been since birth.

we don't need no bible to tell us what's wrong with homosexuality.

pro-gay bigots are so hell-bent in their close-mindedness, that they want people to buy into the whole "born this way" propaganda so that nobody has the nerve to question the legitimacy of homosexuality. i am one to believe that nobody can be "born with" an emotional desire for (or a psychological dependence on) anything, because the brain that spawns anyone's emotional desires and psychological dependences has nothing to base them on when it has just left the womb. speaking of having nothing to base anyone's sense of reality on, one would think that anyone who maintains that "a woman can do anything a man can do" must've also just been born. eureka, what do people mean when they say "do you think i was born yesterday" - they mean "do you think i have no knowledge of the world around me". come to think of it, anyone who says "do you think i was born yesterday" is homophobic because they're actually belittling people who haven't internalized their own gender's identity.

pro-gay bigots are so hell-bent in their close-mindedness that they always have something to prove to anyone who rejects their close-mindedness. what do you think "gay pride" is, and why should it so easily spawn the question "what are you trying to prove" - gay people, let's call them activists, have so much spite for and rage against reality that they should all be named mary (as in "mary, mary, quite contrary").

let me elaborate on gays' spite for reality, just for a minute or two. "aids is not a gay disease," that one just popped into my head as a mark of gays' spite for reality. i made a lot of t-shirts back in 1999, when i first started my jaggedlittledyl.com website, and one of the designs was "aids is not a gay disease...just please don't justify its epidemic status". hmn, how else are gays spiteful towards reality? well, there's the aforementioned rewrite of the bible. and there's the gay "man" (i have to put "man" in quotes when referring to a masculivoid) who had an embryo implanted inside of him. all of this is spite for reality. when it all comes down, i guess that nose-jobs are really spite for reality, though a pregnant "man" would be more of a spite, seeing that it's totally unnatural and unintended and impossible without hormones, surgical implants and i don't know (or care) what else that must be done to a man's body to accommodate an embryo. likewise, a sex-change operation is spite for reality - i realize that the devil's advocate would compare the sex-change operation to a nose-job operation, but when one thinks of everything entailed in a sex-change, not excluding daily hormones (hormones...don't "strong women" get testosterone-injections?), it's a much bigger deal. a much bigger slap in reality's face. it is not meant to be because it isn't naturally-occurring.

let me play "devil's advocate" and say that i should not have had a corneal-transplant surgery because it was not naturally-occurring and it was a spite against reality. i could say that people should not have hair-transplants, yeah, but my corneal transplant was necessary when both a hair-transplant and a gender-transplant isn't. i guess changing anything about oneself is all a matter of the importance one places on what's going to be changed. if he doesn't think highly enough of himself as a man, he's going to either get a sex-change or a boyfriend to make himself complete. if he doesn't think highly enough of himself as a fat man, he's going to go on a diet to make himself content. if he doesn't think highly enough of himself as a football player, he's going to find another hobby. if he doesn't think highly enough of america, the nigger's going to try to dhange it.

that gets us back to the contemptuous bigot who is totally closed-off to opposition. now, gays aren't the only ones who have contempt for reality. as i mentioned in passing not long ago, any little female who deliberately gives herself mens' hormones is contemptuous of her physical abilities paling in comparison to mens'. which brings me to another type of bigot - gosh, my brain is as "all over the place" as the bangles were in 1984.

the quintessential "male chauvinist pig," made famous by dabney coleman in a movie also starring the biggest tits i've ever seen, has been replaced in today's society by the "female chauvinist pig". like gay people are pro-gay bigots, feminists are not pro-woman as much as they are pro-woman bigots. this is why i have so much rage against them - it's why i disrespect them by referring to them as vaginas. my disrespect towards vaginas has nothing to do with my being a masculivoid, it has everything to do with pro-woman bigots. i should do a parody of the spin doctors' "little miss can't be wrong" and call it "little miss can't do wrong". that describes the mentality of a pro-woman bigot. i say "fuck you" to all of them, and my elaboration is my website - and the essays on that website. quite like the one you're reading now.

thank you,
dylan terreri, i
sheldon cooper, ii
--------------------------
"When I'm hungry, I eat. When I'm thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it." - Madonna
www.jaggedlittledyl.com/essays
More...
Posted by dylquesne2 on October 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM · Report this
193 Comment Pulled (Duplicate) Comment Policy
194 Comment Pulled (Duplicate) Comment Policy
195
"Let's pause here for a moment to feel the love. Because nothing says "love" quite as clearly as "you're not wanted and God hates you." ". And yet, no Christian in this blog is saying that. Way to try to put words in other peoples mouths. *slow clap* Oh, and GOD BLESS that special education teacher! It's nice to see special ed teachers also be Christian. Christians aren't hurting anyone. Faiths don't hurt people, people hurt people. Christianity encourages people to love and treat others as themselves. They just don't have to accept sin as okay. Any everyone sins, so nobody is taking the holier- than- thou approach here. People who use people of faith as scapegoats do so because they personally don't know and thus afraid of what they don't know, it really has nothing to do with them pitying others as well. And what's there to pity? Are these gay kids getting the shit kicked out of them? Harassed? Isn't that more an issue of people being shitty and not their beliefs when it happens? It's sad when intolerant people get so overworked, frothing at the mouth, ridiculous whenever someone uses the word "church". Were the people in the traditional prom committee all Christian? The article failed to mention that too. Did you know that one doesn't have to be religious to disprove of homosexuality? True story. Now, I champion people expressing their religious convictions, but there really is a thin line drawn there with how much is appropriate. From the painful lack of information and for arguments sake, let's say this school is made up of a majority that tolerates gays, but just refuses to accept homosexuality as moral. They know this, they can talk amongst their peers about it. But where these kids running for politics? Did they ever have the intent to make their opinions known in any headlines? I doubt it, much less for a prom in a highschool I'm some Podunk Indiana town. Don't see their statement making a difference. That said, let the gays be in the same prom. It's not like you have to associate with them or acknowledge their presence if you wanted to.
More...
Posted by BullshitElliminator on March 14, 2014 at 2:56 PM · Report this

Add a comment

Advertisement
 

Want great deals and a chance to win tickets to the best shows in Seattle? Join The Stranger Presents email list!


All contents © Index Newspapers, LLC
1535 11th Ave (Third Floor), Seattle, WA 98122
Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Takedown Policy