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    Cornfield Uproar: Gays at the Prom!


    A  brouhaha has broken out in the Cornfield, this bastion of social  conservatism. School authorities are allowing same-gender couples to  attend the Sullivan High School prom later this spring...gasp!

    The  trouble all began when students began circulating a petition to ask the  school administration to allow same-gender couples the right to  participate in the prom. School officials nixed the petition noting that  there were no rules nor policy preventing gay and lesbian couples from  participation. Those officials also noted that federal court rulings  will not allow schools to bar same-gender students participation in a  school-sanctioned function.

    This  has set off a ruckus with some parents now planning and preparing to  conduct a "Christian" prom or traditional prom restricted to only  male-female couples. But not everyone in the Southwestern School  District agrees with having two proms. Some think that equality is only  right and welcome same-gender couples participation. Some of the letters  to the editor of the local newspaper, The Sullivan Daily Times, have held out strong opinions both for and against the inclusion.

    Both  my sister, Leticia, and I are graduates of Sullivan High School albeit  20 years apart. Leticia's son, Chance, my nephew, is a senior at  Sullivan High and his sister, my niece, Jackalee, is a freshman. Leticia  in a posting today on Facebook pointed out the hypocrisy of those  planning the "Christian" prom. Leticia wrote:

    "My  question/statement on the issue: Why isn't this group holding a prom  that is free of worldly music, kids who have premarital sex, unwed  parents, no one who drinks, smokes, drugs? The community would not be in  an uproar if these Christians stood up for ALL of their biblical  beliefs and respectfully held a 'Christian Prom'. However, that's not  the case here.

    "They have singled out the gay students and basing this decision on 'their beliefs'.

    "So being sexually immoral is ok as long as you are straight?

    "Doing drugs and getting drunk is okay as long as you're straight?

    "This is MY personal issue with this situation.

    "It's not a separate Christian prom. It's a prom that is anti-gay.

    "Stand up for your beliefs and when you do so, don't pick and choose which sins you don't accept.

    "And  by the way being around sinners, gays etc. isn't saying you accept  everything they do. It's saying even though you may not agree with the  way they live their lives, they are still loved and accepted as human  beings. Jesus didn't win the hearts of sinners by casting stones. He did  it by loving them. He didn't separate Himself and they knew He didn't  accept their sin, but He sat with them and He was a light to them.

    "I  do believe that most of the people handling this 'traditional prom' are  good loving people. I believe it was handled wrong. I believe they  aren't doing this out of hate, that they really feel they are doing a  good deed by having their own prom that supports their beliefs.

    "But  with that said, their prom should support ALL Christian values, not  just anti-gay. If you're taking a stand, then stand up against all  sins."

    Little Sister, I couldn't have said it better.

    People  tend to pick and choose which "sins" they will condemn and which they  tolerate. This runs contrary to most Christian teaching that all "sin"  is sin. Of course what is sin continues to be debated. The Apostle James  in his epistle stated that anyone that knows to do good and doesn't do  it, "to him it is sin."

    So  if we know equality is good, but refuse to provide equality to all is  that not "sin" under the definition provided by James, "the brother of  our Lord"?

    Times  are changing and progress is being made be it ever so slow in  happening. Who would have "thunk it" that the Cornfield would be the  next battlefield in the struggle for equality for all Americans?

    From  the Cornfield, I applaud the fact that same-gender couples will be  allowed to participate if they so choose in this year's Sullivan High  School prom. For those conducting the "Christian" prom, Leticia preached  a good sermon on standing up, not for some beliefs, but all beliefs and  not picking and choosing which "biblical principles" to accept or  reject.


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