Clint McCance, a member of the school board for Midland, Arkansas, posted several messages touting the benefits of gay teen suicides. McCance posted his anti-gay rhetoric on his Facebook page. McCance’s reasoning? Homosexuality is a sin, and he wished for more suicides by gays . McCance said that the only way he would wear purple (referencing the anti-gay bullying campaign) would be “if they all commit suicide.” After posting the inflammatory comments, the Arkansas Department of Education condemned McCance’s statements but said that he is an elected official and the Department has no power for reprimanding him.
Clint McCance, of the Midland, Arkansas school board posted some very inflammatory hate speech on his Facebook page. Some of McCance’s post are so hateful and offensive that I will not be posting them here. However, you, the reader, deserve to get a sense of what McCance wrote, so allow me to inform you with some choice quotes.
McCance wrote: “Seriously they want me to wear purple because five q—-s killed themselves.” McCance went on to say. “I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin.”
McCance’s views are hateful and archaic to most people, but an interesting question arises from this incident, as well as others of a similar nature. That question being what role will homosexuality play in American politics?
It is obvious to anyone with a television that homosexuality has quite rapidly, in recent years, moved into mainstream media. The result or which is that gays are being more and more accepted by more of the population. More importantly, the youth of America is growing up far less prejudiced.
GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is finally making headway with their civil rights quest. Several states already legalized gay marriage, and it is more than likely that many more states will follow suit in making gay marriage legal. This issue is not going to fade away, and the proverbial genie is out of the bottle.
In a society such as the United States claims to have, there must be tolerance and acceptance of different people with different lifestyles. Be that lifestyle due to religious views or from simply being born homosexual.
The American “nuclear family” model seems to think it is under attack when in reality it is not. Gay marriage has no bearing on conventional marriage. One prime factor is that conventional heterosexual marriages are both legally binding by the courts, but more importantly they are a religious rite of passage.
In contrast, gay marriage would only be a legally binding event involving the courts, primarily. I would be greatly surprised to find any of the mainstream religions performing marriage ceremonies for gay couples. So the conventional marriage is not under any threat, as it is a binding through faith and the blessings of God. In the eyes of any church, a marriage by a judge is not really a marriage.
I brought up the subject of gay marriage because it is already a reality. With its growing acceptance, homosexuality is no longer the scarlet letter it once was, and gay men and women are becoming empowered.
What do I mean by empowered? I mean that gay men and women won’t need to hide in the proverbial closet. They will be able to support their civil rights causes without worry of persecution, but even more importantly they will be voting in droves.
Homosexuals may very well be the new “big” minority that politicians will have to cater to in order to get their votes. What makes this “minority group” so unusual is that homosexuals come from every race and creed, and are yet united by one common issue: the fact that they are homosexuals and very likely they were born that way.
Mr. McCance is hopefully a relic of a past that is loaded with hate; we don’t need his brand of “guidance” as an elected official. Anyone care to guess which “minority group” could well vote McCance out of office.