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The only diversity this US school needs is the Bible

The only diversity this US school needs is the Bible

Posters advertising the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) are displayed at schools across America as part of a national campaign to combat anti-gay bullying, but when a teacher at a North Carolina school sent off for some of GLSEN’s material, all hell broke loose.

The teacher at Lake Lure Classical Academy, Layne Long, explained here:

I had researched GLSEN over the summer and ordered some stuff. I gave one poster to our guidance counselor who hung it in her office. Then when the student told me she wanted to start a [LGBT] club, I gave her the poster and she hung it up.

The subsequent formation of the club caused outrage among parents who “blindsided” the school’s board of directors at a meeting on Friday and forced them to shut down all student clubs.

One grandmother reportedly complained to the board that she would have to explain the meaning of “gay” and “lesbian” to her grandchild because of the club.

Another citizen said he did not have a child at Lake Lure, but if he did he would take them out immediately. He added:

The only diversity the school needs is the Bible.

Lake Lure Baptist Church Pastor Anton Roos warned that attendance at the school would dwindle if the LGBT club was allowed to continue.

Roos wailed that it was unfair that the “Raptors for Christ Club” was not allowed to hang posters in the school but said that the LGBT club was allowed to kick off with an “advertising campaign.” And the pastor called for Long to be disciplined.

This [LGBT] club was put together by a teacher and I would like to know what action was taken against her. We are in a time in which you as a board need to take a stand. We have entrusted [School Director Jessica Boland] with our children and you have failed them.

Actors Justin Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel receive a 2015 GLSEN Respect Award in October. The award was part of an annual gala to recognise the exceptional efforts of individual and corporate leaders who have made a significant difference to ensure schools are safe and affirming for LGBT students and their allies.

Actors Justin Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel received a 2015 GLSEN Respect Award in October. The award was part of an annual gala to recognise the exceptional efforts of individual and corporate leaders who have made a significant difference to ensure schools are safe for LGBT students and their allies.

Long explained that she had been happy to let students meet in her room when they came to her with the idea of starting an LGBT club.

This is not a religious club. This is a human rights club. My father is a Christian and I’ve been brought up to understand that God is love. Jesus wants to help people. I’m extremely proud of my students. If there was no need for this club to exist in this school, it would not exist.

School board member Mike Harrington responded to the discussion with a motion to suspend all club activity pending a review from the school’s legal team. The motion passed with a 5-3 vote.

Harrington said:

This topic of clubs has created a strong difference of opinions in the LLCA family and it concerns me greatly because this is a school of choice. I didn’t like coming into this meeting and being blindsided, I didn’t know anything about this issue until today. This situation is bad management on our part and there is work that needs to be done.

In a letter to parents on Monday, the board said that the Policy Committee of Lake Lure Classical Academy would put together a proposal prior to the December 10 board meeting. The statement said:

It is our hope that club activities will be reinstated, clear guidelines and policies written, and path forward for the creation and operation of existing and future clubs/groups at that time. We encourage all parents and community members to stand in support of our school and the Policy Committee as we seek to resolve this issue.

According to NC Policy Watch, Lake Lure Classical Academy is the only school in the Lake Lure area. It is a charter school backed by libertarian billionaire John Bryan, but it also receives public funds from North Carolina taxpayers.

16 responses to “The only diversity this US school needs is the Bible”

  1. Broga says:

    What is that causes such outrage amongst the parents? I will answer my own question: insecurity, ignorance and an inherent bigotry implanted by religious indoctrination.

  2. Newspaniard says:

    The song, “Harper Valley PTA” immediately comes to mind. I really feel for the poor old “… grandmother who reportedly complained to the board that she would have to explain the meaning of “gay” and “lesbian” to her grandchild because of the club…”. A closer look might reveal that, at most, she was in her 50’s. Even if older, explaining the facts of life shouldn’t be that difficult.

  3. Broga says:

    @Newspaniard: Great song “Harper Valley PTA.”

    I would guess, on past history, that many shouting about GLSEN are themselves covertly gay or lesbian.

  4. Marcus says:

    A “Raptors for Christ Club?” Really? And what would their posters depict? Predatory birds ripping the flesh off homosexuals?

  5. Lurker111 says:

    ‘Twas a transcription error. What the lady _really_ said was,

    “The only perversity this US school needs is the Bible.”

    Now it all makes sense.

  6. John Humpf says:

    What the school needs is a Christian Bigots Club.

  7. Cali Ron says:

    Marcus: Nice visual. Raptors is actually a good comparison to those christians who proselytize and to try to force there views on everyone else. Actually, vultures might be a better comparisons as they tend to take advantage of the those who are most vulnerable and eat the flesh of Jesus. Yeah: “Vulture For Christ Club”.

  8. barriejohn says:

    Newspaniard: Favourite trick of the press. Poor, put-upon “grandmother” for whom I am supposed to feel sorry turns out to be young enough to be my daughter! And just how old are these dear children who are not mature enough to cope with explanations of homosexual attraction? Do they not have access to books and the internet at Lake Lure? This whole brouhaha is ridiculous.

  9. AgentCormac says:

    I have to say that the GLSEN poster shown above is truly appalling. If something this banal has got the god squad’s collective blood pressure up so high then I fear there may have been fatalities had whoever came up with such a bland piece of communication actually bothered to engage even a modicum of the creative right side of their brain before producing woeful tosh like this. Rant over.

  10. Cali Ron says:

    barriejohn : Indeed. Is it the posters they have a problem with or just the fact that they are intolerant and hateful to LBGT people? Me thinks the latter.

  11. L.Long says:

    Some more nonviolent moderate xtians you can know and love!!???
    RRrrightttt!!!!

  12. Peterat says:

    Give the kids some credit for coming to their own conclusions. After all, it would appear that a number of the parents have been able to convince their kids about the veracity of a talking snake and raising people from the dead. Having them get their heads around the idea of someone having a different sexual orientation would be, no pun intended, child’s play!

  13. Vanity Unfair says:

    The Bible is full of diversity. The problem is that anybody diverse from the orthodox tends to get smitten and there’s an awful lot of smiting in its peaceful pages.

  14. AgentCormac says:

    ‘The teacher at Lake Lure Classical Academy, Layne Long, explained…’

    L.Long – anything to do with you by any chance?!

  15. H3r3tic says:

    Surely the salient point is that the constitution requires separation of church and state, therefore religious clubs in publicly funded bodies (such as schools) cannot be permitted under law. I’m unsure where the constitution mentions separation of sexuality and state; perhaps if our christian cousins are prepared to amend the constitution to reflect this viewpoint they may want to consider other areas, such as the legal ownership of semi-automatic weapons and armour-piercing ammo by anyone with the money to purchase them, at the same time.