Gay-straight alliances: ignore or forbid, what’s the difference?

It’s only by comparison that Ontario Catholic schools’ treatment of gay students and staff can be called ‘liberal’

by Emma Teitel

Ignore or forbid, what's the difference?

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A think tank representing Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic school boards coined the euphemism of the century recently when it proposed that gay-straight alliance (GSA) clubs operate under a hopelessly vague designation: “Respecting Differences.” You can just see it in lights: the clubs’ mission statements, and the Catholic boards’ iconoclastic revision to Emma Lazarus’s legendary sonnet: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to break free . . . oh yeah, also your gay, bisexual, transgendered . . . anyone with acne.” Alas, that won’t happen, because in addition to the name change, the proposal has also stipulated that gay kids (sorry, different kids) can’t talk about being gay. Perhaps “Ignoring Differences” would have been a more apt suggestion, because it’s obvious that Ontario’s separate school system is keen on treating homosexuality as an adolescent affliction like any other (bad breath, body odour) and the most humane way to deal with such an affliction is, of course, to sit a safe distance from the person who has it: i.e., to ignore it. Or, in the words of Ontario’s Catholic school boards, respect it. As one of the afflicted myself, I try to avoid the phrase, but “Respecting Differences”? That is so gay.

In another context, though, it’s oddly progressive. Take a look at the rest of Canada’s partially publicly funded faith-based schools (namely in Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia), and it’s clear that LGBT students in Ontario’s Catholic system fare better than their peers elsewhere when it comes to starting GSAs (or “difference” clubs). At least in Ontario the debate isn’t silenced before it gets too loud. In Manitoba, for example, which partially funds religious schools of all stripes, there is no provincial law requiring the independent schools to accommodate gay-straight alliance clubs. In addition, every religious independent public school operates, in large part, as its own school district—which makes it more difficult for students to lobby together at the provincial level.

Something similar operates in British Columbia’s partially funded independent Catholic schools, where the basic garden-variety student councils have been deemed an acceptable alternative to gay-straight alliances. In December of last year, Doug Lauson, the president of the Federation of Independent Schools Association of B.C. (and a superintendent of Catholic independent schools there), told the Vancouver Sun that as far as he was concerned, gay-straight alliances weren’t essential because student councils could protect student rights. “We would be 100 per cent behind a policy or legistation,” said Lauson, “that was against all forms of bullying. But to emphasize one form of bullying would be problematic.” In other words, to zero in on one group of victims, according to the B.C. Catholic system, is to unfairly elevate one group over another. Ergo, the “Respect for Life” club, at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School in North Vancouver, which emphasizes the victimization of the unborn, would be anathema to superintendent Lauson, too. Or maybe not.

But it’s only by comparison that Ontario’s separate system looks “liberal.” Its ill treatment of both its gay students and staff (I can’t imagine it would be easy for an openly gay teacher or administrator to advance professionally within the Catholic system) is only one of many problems the Catholic boards’ religious self-interest causes the rest of Ontario’s public schools. An equally messy problem, one that Alan Borovoy as general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Union lobbied against, is that subsidized religious education muddies the values of secular public education. After all, how can the loudly non-denominational Toronto District School Board tell one of its schools to forbid a Muslim prayer room on the grounds of separation of church and state, when there exists, in its province already, a publicly subsidized institution that binds church and state together? And how can board officials tell public alternative schools to tone down their anti-Zionist/Israeli apartheid rhetoric on the grounds of inclusivity, when there exists in their province already a publicly funded institution that refuses to include an entire group of people because of their sexuality?

I am in no way arguing that religious discrimination and homophobia are one and the same, only that when you tolerate intolerance in one specific state-funded institution (regardless of its constitutional legitimacy), you have to tolerate it in every institution.

And frankly, that isn’t something I want to pay for.




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Gay-straight alliances: ignore or forbid, what’s the difference?

  1. Boy Emma Teitel really is on a roll with her Christian bashing articles. Does she write anything else?

    • I guess whether one considers it Christian-bashing depends on which branch of Christianity one belongs to. Jesus himself never addressed homosexuality, but his preachings generally would suggest (to me, at least) that he would have been as accepting of gays as of any other.

      Jesus definitey wasn’t big on hypocrisy. So this (non-RC) Christian doesn’t feel “bashed” at all.

      • I’m a non-RC Christian as well. But statements like this one:
        “Its ill treatment of both its gay students and staff (I can’t imagine it would be easy for an openly gay teacher or administrator to advance professionally within the Catholic system) is only one of many problems the Catholic boards’ religious self-interest causes the rest of Ontario’s public schools.”
         
        Is  a fatuous statement and a gross generalization about Cathololic school systems. And Christian bashing pure and simple.  I’ve been frequenting the MacLeans website on and off for the last few months. And the only ‘articles’ (ie.rants) I’ve seen from Teitel are ones where she bashes Christians and demonizes Christians.

        • When Christians of all varieties actually start behaving in Christ like ways, and obey the anti hate laws that apply to everyone else, inside the institutions they fund and operate, then perhaps her articles might be labelled rants, fatuous or even Christian bashing.  Until then it seems to me she is giving Christ a voice where one is needed. 

        • This might arguably raise to the level of Catholic-bashing, but is not broad-based enough to encompass the entire spectrum of Christianity.

          The RC schools/boards certainly aren’t being overly fair in their treatment of gay students, and having been (well, technically still) married to a teacher in a RC board in Ontario and having heard of some of the things that happen there, I would not be at all suprised if being openly gay would make career advancement difficult. They are, however, being true to their religious tenets – which makes one wonder whether religious schools should be publicly funded given religious beliefs in a multicultural society are sometimes at odds with government policy.

          As to Teitel’s other articles, of the handful I’ve read I haven’t noted anything that seemed particularly anti-Christian to me - certainly no more so than in the media generally.

          • No different than being a murderer or thief would make it difficult to make ‘career advancement.’

          • So are you saying you equate being gay with being a murderer or a thief, or you think they would?

          • YOU HAVE NO IDEA OF HOMOSEXUALITY OTHER THAN WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS…..
            JESUS SPENT HIS ENTIRE LIFETIME DEALING WITH
            OLD TESTAMENT QUOTERS LIKE YOU…..
            HE WOULD SAY, “IT IS WRITTEN THAT……”, BUT I SAY UNTO YOU….
            JESUS PUT THE MOST DESPISED..’THE SAMARITAN’
            INTO THE WOMAN AT THE WELL (WHOM JESUS SHARE S FROM THE SAME CUP) AND THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN.    
            SFRIESEN, DID YOU KNOW THAT IF THE ‘SHADOW’ OF A SAMARITAN PASSED OVER A JEW, THAT JEW WOULD HAVE TO GO TO THE JEWISH PRIESTS OF THE TIME TO BE PURIFIED.  WHY DOES JESUS CHOSE TO DRINK FROM THE SAME CUP OF A SAMARITAN AND PUT THE SAMARITAN AS THE HERO OF THE PARABLE?   TODAY, WHO WOULD JESUS CHOOSE?
            WHO ARE THE MOST DESPISED AMONG US?
            WHO IS DOING THE DESPISING?
            JESUS TOLD BIBLE QUOTERS THEY WERE WHITE
            TOMBS, ROTTEN INSIDE.  HOW APPROPRIATE.

        • To be fair, she did do an article where she was bashing people who were chastising Lego for trying to make lego more appealing to girls by making pink ones. 

        • Perhaps, rather than calling the writer names, you could explain specifically how it’s an incorrect generalization. But since Catholicism is an environment institutionally hostile to the acceptance of LGBTQ persons as normal, healthy human beings deserving of full equality, that might be a little tricky, huh?

          • Frankly, there is very little sexual education taught in the western provinces independent catholic schools.    To say hostility toward gays is not correct.  Kids are not taught very much in the way of sexual education, other than to have meaningful loving relationships.  Then they are taught the biology of sexual health.  We have several gay friends. Get a grip on the hostile thing.  Just because the school does not want a gay club does not mean that it is hostile towards gays.      

          • If every time I saw you in the street, I walked up and demanded you refrain from ever saying anything your life, because I think you’re evil and “disordered,” I think you’d find that pretty hostile.

            Oh, I know, Catholic school policy is just fine with gays now –  unless they identify as gay, or talk about being gay, or intend to have sexual contact with other gay people, ever, or think that being gay isn’t bad. Wow, how could anyone ever see those conditions as hostile?

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        • Nobody cares what Jesus said.

          • Billions of people do, and you should to…since He’s God and your eternal happiness depends on it : )

          • SINCE WE ARE FEAR MONGERING….JESUS SAID,
            ‘DEPART FROM ME YOU CURSED….”
            I WAS HUNGRY AND YOU DID NOT FEED ME,
            THIRSTY AND YOU DID NOT GIVE ME DRINK…

            MAYBE, HOMOSEXUAL, AND YOU DESPISED ME
            AND QUOTED WRITERS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT WHO WERE IGNORANT (BEING 5,000 YEARS AGO) OF THE BODY, MIND AND SEXUALITY.

            BY THE WAY, SFRISEN, THE OLD TESTAMENT HAS A QUOTE WHEREIN THE OWNER OF A HOME GIVES HIS DAUGHTER TO THE STRANGER.   

            OH YES, ALL THE BIBLE IS TRUE AND MEANINGFUL,
            RIGHT?

          • while I agree that billions of people believe in Jesus,

            not all of them (thank God) have such a negative and

            fearful vision of Jesus.   Read Luke to get an idea of Jesus

            and his love for the widow, the despised, etc.

        • Lighten up, sweetie. We’re not going away; you are.

          • Perhaps it is you who are very hostile towards others. Just because there is not homosexuality support and clubs in Catholic schools  does not mean there is hostility towards gays.  

            And no one is going anywhere.  There are just differing opinions and beliefs that are close to peoples hearts.  I understand that you are passionate about the subject and feel discriminated.  Frankly, if a catholic school is funded by the public then it should follow public guidelines.  That is why they should not be funded entirely publicly.  I get that part of it. 

                

          • YOU GET A GRIP ON REALITY……
            I HAVE REPRIMANDED MANY A STUDENT WHO SAYS,
            “I HATE YOUR SHIRT, IT’S SO GAY!”
            OR “SHUT UP YOU FAG!”
            THESE STUDENTS WOULD NOT DREAM OF SAYING
            ‘NIGGER’ BUT ‘YOU HOMO’ IS O.K,  WHY?

          • Not so…in the age to come, those who refuse to love Jesus on His terms…eg. keep His commandments…will have no place on the earth, but will be confined to the lake of fire…eg. eternal destruction from the presence of the Lord.

            The good new is this…there’s still time for you to repent, and call on the name of Jesus and be saved.

          • Nah. Your magic man in the sky is a fairy tale, and your bigotry is losing support every day. Have a nice life.

          • There you go again with the fear tactics…the burning for eternity….where are the quotes of Jesus with children on his knee,….healing the sick…crying at the death of Lazarus….
            feeding the hungry multitude….?
            Jesus said, “Do not judge, least you be judged.”
            and “When you do it to the least of these, you do it to me.”
            (Yes, it was a child in this context, but we are all children of God and homosexuality is as old as Adam and Eve.”
            Which by the way is the Hebrew word for man and woman.
            GOD IS LOVE    GOD IS LOVE    GOD IS LOVE
            What don’t you get from these three words?

        • Give me a reference [book; chapter; verse]; I’d like to see what exactly was said, and in what context. “Sexual immorality” is a wide net that might, arguably, fit – but I don’t think it was specifically aimed at homosexuality, as you state.

          There was a time that left-handed people like me were thought to be inherently wicked and marked by the devil; only the truly fringe element believe that now. God made me this way.

          God also made gay people the way they are. I count a number of them as friends and find them to be no better or worse, on whole, than anyone else.

          I’ve met many with your view who argue that homosexuality is a Job-like affliction; a trial they must overcome. I don’t think that’s true, but perhaps if God is testing anyone, it isn’t those he made gay, but those who have a hard time with concepts such as “Judge not, lest ye be judged”; “Let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone”; “Love thy neighbour as thyself”.

          My father (an Anglican minister) once thought that homosexuality is a choice, and that gays are therefore sinners. He told me only a few weeks ago that he has thought long and hard on this, studying scripture, Christian teachings, Church history, and reflecting on his encounters with gay Christians, and he has concluded God made them that way and should be treated as any other person. I’ve always been proud of my father, but that day I felt just a little prouder – because I know that was a hard conclusion for him to reach.

          We’re all sinners – and yet God loves us for who we are. You might want to remember that Jesus hung around with the outcasts of society and put the “righteous” in their place on more than one occasion.

          Judge not, my friend, and love thy neighbour.

          • regardless of what your ‘father’ said to you…it is Jesus Christ you will stand before and give an account of your life. God loves you, no question, but has made provision in Christ Jesus for you to be free from your sin. He “now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained (Jesus). He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

            Here’s what the Bible has to say about homosexuality, a few references anyways:

            NT:
            Rom 1:22-32
            1Cor 6:9-10
            1Ti 1:8-11
            Jud 1:7
            Rev 2:14, 20-21

            OT
            Lev 18:22

            I’m sure there’s more.

          • The bible says a lot of things about a lot of things. Even your fellow believers ignore most of them today. Shameless copypasta, from an American perspective:

            a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

            b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

            c) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

            d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

            e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

            f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an Abomination(Lev 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?

            g) Lev 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

            h) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev 19:27. How should they die?i) I know from Lev 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

            j) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev 24:10-16) Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

          • I suggest you ‘eat’ the whole ‘scroll,’ and not make piece-meal out of the Bible.  If you take the WHOLE book as the inspired word of God (which it most certainly is), you’ll find that the Law (revealled in Leviticus and elsewhere) is just and holy and good.  You’ll also see that only faith in Jesus can make a person acceptable to God (apart from keeping the law), but that those who practise evil (eg. sexual immorality – which includes homosexuality, murder, sorcery, idolatry and the like) and refuse to repent from their evil, WILL be condemned to the Lake of Fire, to forever be banished from the glorious and holy kingdom of God.

            The good news?  You still have breath and can turn away from your wickedness, and be saved in the name of Jesus.  I pray you take this route.  God bless

          • From your second cite:

            10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. [My emphasis]

            Guess you’re outta luck on the kingdom front.

            None of the cites are to the four Gospels; none are therefore the words of Jesus, which was what I challenged you to find.

            BTW  what’s with the quotes around ‘father”? You questioning my parentage? Aren’t you the nice one!

            My ‘father’ has devoted years to the scholarly study of Christianity and to the service of Christians. He is an ordained minister and served as parish priest for close to two decades. Aside from memorizing chapter & verse and using the bible as an excuse for your hatred, what are your credentials?

            We clearly have very different understandings of what it means to be Christian. Keep casting them stones.

          • Yes, different understandings indeed.  One of the quotes was directly from Jesus –  ”And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. “Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. – Rev 2:21-22.  The others were most certainly inspired by Him, and penned by His apostles.  Also, the Law itself was spoken directly by God, which Moses transcribed.  

            This one’s directly from the Father (as in Father, Son and Holy Spirit):
            “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” – Rev 21:7-8 NKJV

            It’s not I who condemn you, it’s the word of God.  I pray your eyes open to see the real Jesus, while there’s still time for you to repent.  God bless

          • I’m among those who put little or no weight in the Book of Revelation. I’m definitely not a fundamentalist either.
            Faith came first and the Bible followed; while it is an attempt to reflect the beliefs of the writers it is a flawed document, at least in the form available to us today, having been subjected historically to edits and mistranslations. In term of the “whole scroll” (I saw your note to AVR), there are clear contradictions within the Old Testament, and as one who believes in evolution the creation story is myth or, at best, allegory. It was a people without our current understanding trying to make sense of their world.
            Stoning, polygamy, handmaidens… I take it you are in favour?

            Matthew 22:36-40
            New International Version (NIV)
            36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
            37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
            There are no footnotes, no fine print to the Great Commandments. Yet you seem intent on applying all kinds of qualifying conditions on the second.
            You have a small, caged soul. I hope you find the wisdom to set it free.

            Subject: [macleansca] Re: Gay-straight alliances: ignore or forbid, what’s the difference?

          • lol…you seem to equate love with tolerance.  Sorry, but loving God and your neighbor has NOTHING to do with promoting or condoning or agreeing with the sin of homosexuality (or any other sin for that matter).  Quite the contrary, love “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”  

            It is your soul that is caged…”Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”

            I pray you find wisdom, in the Man Christ Jesus.  That you would come to your senses and be restored to Him by turning from your evil thoughts and ways, to the way of truth.  And not you only, but all those caught in this deception – calling what is good evil, and evil good.

            In His affection
            sf

          • LOOK AT ALL THE ABOMINATIONS IN LEV.
            IF YOU WEAR TWO DIFFERENT FABRICS ON YOUR BODY ( SAY,COTTON & WOOL) OR HAVE MEAT WITH
            A DAIRY PRODUCT ON YOUR PLATE, OR SLEEP IN THE BED WITH A MENSTRAUTING WOMAN, OR EAT PORK OR SHRIMP, THEN YOU ARE EQUALLY COMMITTING
            ABOMINATION.   IRONICALLY, WHILE IGNORING ALL OF THESE, SOME CHRISTIANS KEEP THE HOMOSEXUAL ABOMINATION.

          • OH, PLEASE QUOTE JOHN 1 – GOD IS LOVE.

            I notice all the ‘judgments’ and ‘righteousness’ and fear mongering…..Read Deepok Chopra on the five ways to
            know God…..yours is, in my opinion, on the level of
            more of a fear of God than a love and trust in God.

            God is the Father/Mother of all his/her children and loves them all equally……try to do likewise and to quote
            John again, “abide in love.”

            Love not fear gets us into the Kingdom.
            Loving not hating and judging others will get us into the
            kingdom.

          • KeithBram’s father leads or in the past led people to a Jesus who is loving, kind….You try to bring people to Jesus as if they had no choice…believe or be damned.
            Keith’s father studied the words of scripture and how they can be used to ‘kill a soul.’   Which is some of the few sins that Jesus said were of the Holy Spirit and despicable.
            sfriesen you need to grow in your knowledge of God….read
            God’s inspiration in other books…..God cannot be limited
            Read other faiths…..Don’t be afraid!!!!
            because you cannot separate God from other people….
            It is like loving the head of the family next door to you and then judging and pointing the finger at all the children.
            The father of that household loves all his kids.

    • TRY BEING IN A CLASSROOM WHERE A TEACHER IGNORES REMARKS SUCH
      AS ‘SHUT UP FAG,;’    AND A STUDENT VOLUNTEERS AN ANSWER AND SOMEONE CALLS OUT, “THAT’S SO GAY!”
      KIDS ARE BEING BASHED UP EVERY MINUTE AND SOME IN CHRISTIAN (SIC)
      CATHOLIC SCHOOLS.   BY TAKING SIDES VERONICA YOU ARE PERPETUATING
      THE PROBLEM.   PARENTS NEED TO BE CHRIST LIKE OR BUDDHA LIKE
      OR JUST PLAIN HUMARITARIAN…..THE SUICIDE RATE OF GAY TEENS IS CRYING OUT….DON’T BE PART OF THE PROBLEM, VERONICA, BY PULLING OUT THE
      OLD….CHRISTIAN BASHING….CHRISTIAN KIDS ARE SCHOOL ARE NOT BEING
      BASHED COMPARED TO THE NUMBER OF GAYS.

  2. Thank you, Emma. I agree entirely.

  3. Our kids go to catholic school in BC. We are practicing catholics as are most families who attend the school.  We pay for it because it is only partially subsidized by the government in BC as are all  independent schools in BC.  I have no issue paying for catholic school  because it is a specialized religious education.  Mixing public money for religious education does not work. It is not done for Jewish, Muslim or  Christian schools in BC.  There are no homosexual clubs or heterosexual clubs in catholic schools. Why do we need a club for sexual orientation when we are all supposed to be loving to each other. There is a Respect for Life Club because it is a fundamental belief of the catholic church, which is why we have our kids there in the first place…to practice the fundamental beliefs of our faith.  That is also why the church and parents pay for the school.  At religious schools in BC, children actively study theology and it is incorporated into to all that they do in school. Kids have to do service hours.  They must practice the faith at the school.  Public money should not fully pay for catholic schools, or at least no more than any other private school. Specialized religious education in Ontario should be independent of public schools and it would save a lot of trouble. 

    Just to be clear.  Donations from the church fund practicing catholic children in BC to attend the school if they cannot afford it. If you want to raise a community then pay for it.

  4. In Canada, a church is not supposed to hang onto its traditional values. Instead, only pro-abortion, pro-conception, pro-gay marriage churches which take no stand on moral issues (except how much of your tax dollars should be sent on social programs need apply). Church that acts like the NDP from the pulpit is allowed. Anyone else is ordered out of the public square before the politically correct fascist of the human rights commissions start prosecuting.

  5. I don’t usually comment on such things. But I have to wonder how this child got space in Canada’s weekly newsmagazine. Illogical, meanspirited, immature nonsense. Where’s Mark Steyn?

    • In semi-retirement due to illness. 

      Now, why don’t you try addressing the argument on its merits?

  6. The saddest part of this is characters like Emma couldn’t care less about bullying or the suicide rate. They just want to push a gay agenda either to recruit kids or push their self-centered views on other people.

    • I agree! Why is Maclean’s giving Emma Teitel a platform for her gay rights activism? Please Maclean’s,  pull the plug on this columnist.

      • How’s the weather back there in 1950?

        • Wouldn’t know….still in the closet.

  7. Gays already have their rights the only thing they may need is anti-bullying measures to be taken, an anti-bullying alliance wouldn’t be limited to gays that would be more effective use of your keystrokes and school officials time.

  8. Kieth Bram, you write: “his preachings generally would suggest (to me, at least) that he would have been as accepting of gays as of any other.”  I hear that a lot. Generally this is a statement made by those that have read very little of the New Testament  addressed to misinform people who have read little of the actual RED LETTER words of Jesus. By accepting, do you mean qualified to become one of his disciples and become a Torah Teacher  and practitioner  like Himself. Only if that person gave up the practise of homosexuality and follows Jesus in all ways could he become a disciple. Jesus drank with drunkards and prostitutes. But to follow him they would have to give up drunkeness and adultery.  Where does it say in scripture that man was designed to have intercourse through the back entrance. You know there is a reason we have toilet seats.!That is the ONLY use for that part of the body. Could you see the disciples go off to a shady glade and perform homosexual acts one with another or with sheep or goats?  Jesus re-inforced the Torah of Moses through all he preached and taught. He solded teachers of the Law because their hearts were not right and they followed their own man made torah. One of Jesus’s more famous quotes that touches us all in a sore spot ” If a man even looks at a woman with lust , he has already committed adultery in his heart.” Since where in the Word of God is a man excempted from lusting after another man. The Lord wants us to love each other in purity and selfless affection putting one anothers needs above his own. This is the only successful way to love one another. And  this does not include mutual masterbation.

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