Indiana Teacher Diana Medley Joins Students, Parents and Pastors in Backing ‘No Gays’ Sullivan High School Prom
A group students from Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Indiana, backed by parents, some local pastors and even a teacher, are calling for a separate prom that bans lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students from attendance.
WTWO reports that Diana Medley, a special education teacher at North Central Junior-Senior High School in nearby Farmersburg, is supporting the Sullivan group calling for a “good”– read LGBT-free– prom. Medley said that gays and lesbians, who she believes chose to be that way, have “no purpose in life.”
While banning LGBT students from the school’s official prom is illegal, supporters of the “2013 Sullivan Traditional Prom” have borrowed a page from the Southern segregationist playbook and are attempting to organize a ‘separate-but-equal’ prom at which gays would not be welcome.
A significant number of Sullivan High students, their parents and local religious leaders are on board with the plan.
“If we can get a good prom then we can convince more people to come and follow what they believe,” student Kynon Johnson told WTWO.
“We want the public to see that we love the homosexuals but we don’t think it’s right nor should it be accepted,” another student said.
Bill Phegly, a pastor at the Carlisle Church, said he was ready for a fight.
“Christians have always been prepared for a fight,” he said. “Jesus gave us armor for the front, not the back; we’re not running anymore.”
Proponents of banning LGBT students from their prom met at the Sullivan First Christian Church on Sunday to strategize and express their bigotry towards gays.
“We don’t agree with it and it’s offensive to us,” Medley, the teacher, said of homosexuality. Medley told WTWO that she believes LGBT individuals choose their sexuality, a notion largely debunked by science.
“I believe it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way,” Medley opined. “God created everyone equal,” she added.
“Homosexual students come to me with their problems,” Medley continued. “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.”
When WTWO reporter Paige Preusse asked Medley if she thought gays have a purpose in life, the teacher responded in the negative.
“No, honestly I don’t,” she said. “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.”
Not everyone in Sullivan agrees with the anti-gay group’s open discrimination against LGBT students. Local man Jim Davis told WTWO that we should “love them (gays) as a person.”
“You don’t have to love what they do, because the gays may not love all the mistakes you make,” Davis said. “We shouldn’t be condemning people, and that’s what judgment is. Christ came to save the people, not to condemn them.”
Click here for contact information on North Central Junior-Senior High School Principal Candice Fritz, Vice President Monty Kirk and teacher Diana Medley. Here is a link to the Sullivan First Christian Church. Their phone number is 812-268-4348.
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