First it was Jim ‘gay marriage makes me vomit’ Buell from Florida. Then it was Viki ‘homosexuality is a sinful cancer’ Knox from New Jersey. And now the latest teacher to share their anti-gay views via the innerwebs is Jim Whitney, a teacher at Joplin High School in Missouri who joked about Jamie Hubley’s suicide—nice.
Did these educators not learn that Facebook walls are public?
When Mr. Whitney’s former student Josh Gonzales placed a link to Hubley’s story on his wall, Whitney replied, “Moral of the story: Don’t be gay.” Then when another person asked, “How many more kids have to kill themselves before everyone realizes that this is an actual issue?”, Whitney responded, “11-13 ought to do it.”
Even though Whitney said his FaceBook account had been hacked, he did,in his apology statement admit some guilt.
Christians, Conservatives, Limbaugh, they argue that anti-bullying courses in schools are a sinister attempt to turn kids into flaming faggots, that bullying is a normal part of growing up anyway and that queer teens should just act less gay if they don’t want to get beaten up. Mild teasing is one thing, constant harassment is quite another. Turning the blame toward the victim is the usual defense of the bully. It tries and deflect the real scrutiny away from the perp on to the victim. (follow the Herman Cain saga or Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hearing). Blaming the victim has a long tradition in our society. Just take the girls who dress “slutty”. They are clearly asking to get raped! And that’s why this whole “being gay is a choice” crap is so dangerous. These are conservatives without soul, only looking out for themselves, not our collective Republic and wrapping it all up in God and flag. Well Halloween is over, let’s see your real face.
Studies have shown (e.g.European Union’s Commissioner for Human Rights) that the pursuit of happiness in countries that address the issues of diversity and bigotry head on produce happier people. Sweden, The Netherlands and Denmark– were given the highest approval rates when asked about their support for same sex marriage and adoption by same sex couples. It’s probably no coincidence that those three countries also happen to be among the world’s happiest countries (and the most democratic and the ones with the most press freedom and the least corruption). But that’s a study…with facts and stuff…not really reality and who has time to listen to reason anyway?
and so it goes…