A good friend once asked, “Why do you care if other people believe in God”. About 85 percent of the time, I don’t. My motto has always been “live and let live”; so long as you are not hurting anyone or infringing upon the rights of others, that is.
Which brings me to Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Indiana. Parents of some of the students met in hopes of joining together to plan a “traditional prom” which would ban gays and lesbians from attending. As one of the students supporting the separate prom stated,
“We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don’t think it’s right nor should it be accepted.”
Right. They love the “homosexuals”. They just don’t want to be around them or allow them entry into their school prom. I’m pretty sure love includes acceptance and equality.
Then there’s Diana Medley a special education teacher from a neighboring school, whom I believe should get the “Horrible Human Being of the Week” Award. Here’s what she had to say about it:
“We don’t agree with it and it’s offensive to us.” “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.”
Ms. Medley was then asked if she thought homosexuals had a “purpose”, she replied:
“No, I honestly don’t. Sorry, but I don’t … 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.”
So this is when I do begin to care about what a person believes or doesn’t believe. Beliefs matter. They dictate your actions. Actions can affect other people’s lives negatively. When people decide the rights of a fellow human being, based on a bronze-age text written by people who had little to no understanding of the world around them, it’s going to be a problem for me.
Thankfully, a lot of people in the town, including the local Christian Church where the parents met, do not feel the same way about this issue. Nor does David Springer, the high school’s principal who stated:
“That’s not your business to question whether or not two girls can go to the prom together”.