Anti-gay Texas brat was ‘persecuted’
MEET Dakota Ary of Fort Worth, Texas. He’s just 14, and the latest pin-up boy for the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, which has him starring in a video as a victim of anti-Christian persecution.
Ary got into hot water for spouting homophobic messages at his school in September 2011.
Ary and four boys were sitting in a German class, where the teacher kept a “word wall”, including clippings from German magazines. One of the articles from the magazine was about gay rights and featured a photo of two men kissing. Either Ary or one of his friends ripped the photo down from the wall.
When asked about it, Ary replied:
I’m Christian, and to me, being homosexual is wrong.
Ary said his remark upset his German teacher, who wrote him up and sent him to the principal’s office, where he was punished with four hours of in-school suspension.
The NOM video shows Ary moaning over the fact that his freedom of speech had been violated, and that he had been portrayed as a little Hitler. He says that the picture of two men kissing:
Is not appropriate to be in school. Maybe two guys holding hands or something [would be OK] but they were full-blown making out.
NOM’s video asks viewers to send messages of encouragement to Ary, and:
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On the face of it, Ary’s suspension seems a little unjust, but, as always, there’s two sides to every tale, and according to this report, it was the teacher who had been the target of homophobia, having been harassed by Ary and his friends for months because they perceived him to be gay.
Marvin Vann and members of a local group which strives to protect local LGBT students and teachers from harassment, met with the teacher and heard his side of the incident. They concluded that teacher’s version of events, which Vann says had been substantiated by several students who witnessed the incident, has been found “entirely credible”.