There was an uproar online earlier this week when a news report from Indiana’s WTWO-TV focused on a group trying to set up a separate, non-gay, prom at Sullivan High School. Less gay, we should say, because come on, what’s gayer than a prom in the first place? Among some of the highlights of the report, which you can watch below, are the dead-eyed pontificating of moral crusader, and Christian hero Diana Medley, a special education teacher from another nearby school. No one is born gay, she points out. “I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way; God created everyone equal. Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don’t agree with them, but I care about them. It’s the same thing with my special needs kids, I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason.”
Is the same true for gay students, the reporter asks. “Do you think they have a purpose in life?”
“No I honestly don’t. Sorry, but I don’t. I don’t understand it. A gay person isn’t going to come up and make some change unless it’s to realize that it was a choice and they’re choosing God,” Medley answers.
The rest of the group aren’t much better. “We believe what the Bible says, it says that it’s wrong. We love the homosexuals, but we do not condone what they’re doing,” explains one student.
Not everyone is a pinch-faced hate-filled crater of spite in the town (although, yikes, take a look at some of these people’s grills at the meeting.) “We’re not to condemn people,” citizen Jim Davis said. “Love them as a person. You don’t have to love what they do, but the gays might not like the bad things you make mistakes at. The feeling of wanting to be love, and to belong is universal,” says Davis, elevated to hero status by the mere fact of showing the basic standards of human decency.
Local pastors are prepared for the fight against Davis and his hoard of regular-ass compassion levels, like the awesomely-named Bill Phegley. “Christians have always been prepared for a fight,” he says. “But Jesus Christ gave us armor for the front, not the back. We don’t running no more.” Armor for the back is why homophobic Christians always carry around a Bible in their back pocket, by the way. It’s to ward off the enticing spell of the homosexuals, always trying to attack when you’re not looking.
Anyway, never mind though, it turns out these shitheads aren’t even affiliated with the school, they’re just your garden-variety hate-mongers.
“Anybody can go to the prom,” said Principal David Springer in a separate interview. “Of course, a girl could go out with another girl or if they didn’t have a date or that was their choice.” The church itself is even backing away from the group calling for the anti-gay prom. “Our church has no involvement in this whatsoever. It’s a community thing where people have met here,” said Pastor Dale Wise at Sullivan First Christian Church.
Hateful stuff. Although in a way, I can’t help but go back to what Diana Medley said up there. Gays have no purpose in life? She’s right, in a way, because none of us really have any purpose in life, do we? Singling out homosexuals for that existential distinction, however, is ridiculous. Everyone deserves to suffer the indignity of a cold, cruel universe the same as anyone else.