Friday, March 12, 2010

From the "How Stupid Can You Get" file

Everyone together now, let's spell Morons.

M - O - R - O - N - S

Who the hell cares who she goes to the prom with? So fucking what? And these are the same people who preach tolerance and loving thy neighbor in church on Sundays.  Ugh

"I don't agree with homosexuality, but I can't change what another person thinks or does."

How the hell can you agree or disagree with homosexuality?  It's not a fucking argument! If we're going that way, I don't agree with pregnancy!  How abysmally moronic is that statement? And I don't care that it comes from a teenager. Use the damn head your god set on your damn shoulders!!!!

Ok, I'll shut up now and let you read for yourselves.


Miss. school prom off after lesbian's date request

This 2009 photo released by Constance McMillen's family via The 
ACLU of AP – This 2009 photo released by Constance McMillen's family via The ACLU of Mississippi, taken in Fulton, …

JACKSON, Miss. – A northern Mississippi school district will not be hosting a high school prom this spring after a lesbian student sought to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.

The Itawamba County school district's board decided Wednesday to drop the prom because of what it called recent distractions but without specifically mentioning the girl's request, which was backed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The student, 18-year-old high school senior Constance McMillen, said the cancellation was retaliation for her efforts to bring her girlfriend, also a student, to the April 2 dance.

"A bunch of kids at school are really going to hate me for this, so in a way it's really retaliation," McMillen told The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson. Calls to McMillen by The Associated Press late Wednesday went unanswered.

School policy requires that senior prom dates be of the opposite sex. The ACLU of Mississippi had given the district until Wednesday to change that policy, arguing that banning same-sex prom dates violated McMillen's constitutional rights.

Instead, the school board met and issued a statement announcing it wouldn't host the event at Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, "due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events."

The statement didn't mention McMillen or the ACLU. When asked by The Associated Press if McMillen's demand led to the cancellation, school board attorney Michele Floyd said she could only reference the statement.

"It is our hope that private citizens will organize an event for the juniors and seniors," district officials said in the statement. "However, at this time, we feel that it is in the best interest of the Itawamba County School District, after taking into consideration the education, safety and well being of our students."

Kristy Bennett, legal director for the ACLU of Mississippi, said the district was trying to avoid the issue.
"But that doesn't take away their legal obligations to treat all the students fairly," Bennett said. "On Constance's behalf, this is unfair to her. All she's trying to do is assert her rights."

Itawamba County is a rural area of about 23,000 people in north Mississippi near the Alabama state line. It's near Pontotoc County, Miss., where more than a decade ago school officials were sued in federal court over their practice of student-led intercom prayer and Bible classes.

Anna Watson, a 17-year-old junior at the high school, was looking forward to the prom, especially since the town's only hotspot is the bowling alley, she said.

"I am a little bummed out about it. I guess it's a decision that had to be made. Either way someone was going to get disappointed — either Constance was or we were," Watson said. "I don't agree with homosexuality, but I can't change what another person thinks or does."

Other students are on McMillen's side.

McKenzie Chaney, 16, said she wasn't planning to attend the prom, but "it's kind of ridiculous that they can't let her wear the tuxedo and it all be over with."

A Feb. 5 memo to students laid out the criteria for bringing a date to the prom, and one requirement was that the person must be of the opposite sex.

The ACLU said McMillen approached school officials shortly before the memo went out because she knew same-sex dates had been banned in the past. The ACLU said district officials told McMillen she and her girlfriend wouldn't be allowed to arrive together, that she would not be allowed to wear a tuxedo, and that she and her girlfriend might be asked to leave if their presence made any other students "uncomfortable."
McMillen said she feared she would be thrown out of the prom because "we do live in the Bible Belt."


Em said...

And people sometimes wonder why I left MS and would never, ever, ever go back! This is just so sad.

Big Brother said...

Are we in the 21st century?

furiousBall said...

the stupid overfloweth. and this further confirms my joy in moving out of the south

rachel said...

I can't say that I'm suprised. It IS Mississippi, after all,a festering cesspit of fundamentalist jackassery.

geewits said...

Safety? Really? Did that guy say "safety?" I would love for someone to explain the safety part to me. That just makes something stupid even more stupid.

Suldog said...

Really, who gives a damn? What do they think is going to happen? Idiots.

secret agent woman said...

They can't let them attend. Their gay germs might infect the other students and the next thing you know the entire school will be gay and then there will no no more new babies. With no new children to stock the Sunday School classes, the churches will fall apart and then everyone in Mississippi will burn in hell. There's your danger right there.

Jazz said...

Em - I can totally understand. God knows, I wouldn't live there. Its a scary place.

BB - Not there we aren't. They're in some sort of weird Twilight Zone. Much less open than yours.

Furball - the stupid is everywhere

Rachel - Can I just say how much I adore the phrase festering cesspit of fundamentalist jackassery.

Geewits - I think SAW probably has the explanation right above.

Suldog - Others might dare to take as stand?

SAW - I like it when you get annoyed! To quote a bumper sticker I once saw: It's your hell, you burn in it.

Running Goddess said...

As I said to Thomas when he posted that link, I sometimes despair that the world will ever accept homosexuality. I will also quote someone else who asked which century these people live in...: "oh wait, that would be the century where it is perfectly OK to date/marry/have children with your 15 year old cousin AS LONG as they are of the opposite sex?" I thought it was a very good answer :)

Fucking idiots.

Jeaux said...

Disturbing how the school board canceled the prom - "Take that!" - making Constance the villain. Just who is the adolescent here?

Anonymous said...

We thought we were finding our way out of the forest of ignorance and bigotry, but we're still hopelessly lost it seems.

e said...

The finest in fuckwittery!

Warty Mammal said...

If she has a supportive family, that's at least something positive in this whole mess.

I guess I've seen so much of this narrowminded crap that it saddens but doesn't surprise me too much anymore.

Von said...

"the education,safety and wellbeing of students" yeah right!All of them or just the ones who aren't dangerous homosexuals?

tattytiara said...

"I don't agree with homosexuality..."

It's literally tragic how ignorant that statement is.

Jocelyn said...

I cannot even tell you how much I'm able to hate my country.

I don't have to. You get it.

Effing Religious Right is so insidious that it shapes mainstream culture. Effing. Effing. Effing.

Shrinky said...

My God, I can't believe this blatent bigotary, the mind boggles.. I feel so angry over this, how DARE they introduce their repulsive homophobic views in as college policy?

lime said...

i'm straight and i wanted to wear a tuxedo to the prom. my daughter and a female friend of hers are straight but they plan to be each other's date because they just don't want the pressure of having to find a guy as a date.

the folks in mississippi need to get over themselves.