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Teacher Says Gays Have No Purpose In Life, Wants LGBT Kids Banned From Prom

by David Badash on February 11, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Civil Rights,Discrimination,Education,News

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UPDATE: Dan Savage: Teacher Who Said Gays Have No Purpose In Life ‘Should Be Fired’

A teacher of special needs children in Indiana is speaking out with other Christian parents and students by demanding LGBT kids be banned from a Sullivan High School prom. When asked, teacher Diana Medley responded to a reporter that she believes gay people have no purpose in life, and agrees that anti-gay parents and students should create a separate, “traditional” prom that would ban gay students from attending. Sullivan High School itself is allowing all students to the official prom, but these militant anti-gay Christians are trying to get students to attend their prom instead of the school’s official prom.

“Diana Medley is a special education teacher in town. She doesn’t believe anyone is born gay,” mywabashvalley.com reports:

“I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way; God created everyone equal,” said Medley.

“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,” said Madley.

“‘So the same goes for gays? 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 chosing [sic] God,” said Medley.

Medley, sadly, is in good company. As mywabashvalley.com reports, students, parents, and Christian pastors met at a local church to discuss gay students at prom, and they’re ganging up to raise money for a separate prom.

This video below (unfortunately poor quality, but you can see the original at mywabashvalley.com,) shows not one LGBT person speaking for LGBTQ kids, but it does show a small Christian war against them. This is organized bullying of LGBTQ students and there could be federal civil rights issues here. Hopefully the ACLU and other civil rights groups will investigate.

Medley should be placed on immediate suspension and steps should be taken to ensure she receives the counseling she needs before she is allowed back into a classroom. She has no business teaching or counseling any student right now if she places her personal religious beliefs above her job and fiduciary responsibilities to children, and if believes that gay people have no purpose in life.

How can an LGBTQ student possibly be forced to be “taught” by someone who thinks they have no purpose in life and should “choose God” over being who they are?

Fortunately there is a Facebook page to support the inclusive prom, Support the Sullivan High School Prom for All Students.

Dan Savage has a few thoughts. Here are a few excerpts:

Let’s pause here for a moment to feel the love. Because what says “love” quite as loudly as “you’re not wanted and God hates you”?

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 mentally challenged special ed teachers.

You know else has it hard enough? Queer kids growing up in Sullivan, Indiana, population 4,249.

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 groups that exists only to exclude LGBT adolescents from a milestone like prom. Sullivan First Christian’s contact page is here. They’re phone number is 812-268-4348. Give ‘em a shout.

The Christians who started the drive for a separate no gays prom started a Facebook group, which has since disappeared, but I was able to grab some screenshots. Feel the Christian love:

(101) 2013 Sullivan Traditional Prom

 

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Image, top, via mywabashvalley.com

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