You would think we’re done with the days when the mere existence of a Gay-Straight Alliance group at a public high school was controversial. But Tennessee still exists. So, you know…
At Franklin County High School, a group of bigots plan to rally against the GSA tonight at a meeting of the school board, as if their complaints are going to get the group to move off campus.
John Wimley is a Christian who organized a Facebook page against the GSA group, saying that a pro-ISIS club wasn’t too far behind:
OK F.C. IF WE DO NOT BAN TOGETHER AND STOP THIS B.S. THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW THEY WILL HAVE F.I.M.A. (FUTURE ISIS MEMBERS of AMERICA) #PUTGODINSCHOOLSPLEASE
You know he means it, too. Just look at those ALL-CAPS letters. It’s bigot grammar.
I guess he also missed the irony of calling for his God to be permanently forced into public schools just after lamenting an ISIS club…
The fact of the matter is that if the high school allows any non-curricular group to form on campus — a Drama Club, Bible Club, Anime Club, etc. — they cannot say no to the GSA because of the subject matter. That’s how the law works. And the GSA did everything by-the-book when it comes to getting approval from the school.
Wimley, however, wants the club to move off-campus. Which the school can’t do under threat of lawsuit.
One of the talking points the bigots bring up is that a fishing club was rejected by the school — what they don’t mention is the reason that happened. For all we know, organizers didn’t fill out the paperwork correctly, have a faculty sponsor, or generate enough interest in the group. But the school can’t deny their existence, either, provided they go through the same approval process as everyone else.
So this should be an interesting school board meeting. The Christian bigots will speak their (whatever they have in place of their) minds as to why gay students and straight ones can’t meet on campus to discuss issues that are relevant to them. And the real adults in the room will hopefully just smile, nod, and then move on to actual business.
Religious people are really the best argument against religion, aren’t they?
(via Raw Story. Thanks to Dustin for the link)