For the publisher:
I am responding to Trudy’s letter (Trudy Madetzke, June 29)
When or how are Christian children not taken care of?
I have never met a student who feared their parents would kick them out over the weekend because they turned out to be Christians. I have never had a student ask for a counseling appointment as they have a hard time being accepted as Christians, they have never hesitated to ask me for help raising funds for a mission trip , to share that they celebrate events such as confirmation, weddings, baptisms, or other religious celebrations.
Christians do not come to school on any of their religious holidays (this cannot be said for our students of another denomination), they have activities on Wednesday evenings, they are served meatless options every Fridays during Lent they are allowed to pray, they organize FCA meetings in the school (where student leaders are required to sign homophobic contracts which are probably not in line with school policy).
Christians are the most supported and welcomed students in schools across America, but especially in small, conservative areas such as Marshall. Their freedom of expression is and always has been respected.
Being gay is not a religion or an anti-religion. Bigotry is not an opinion. There are not two sides. Homosexual children exist. That’s it. Stop seeing their existence as an attack on your religion.
Any child can (and often does) pray, post Bible quotes in their locker, share their favorite verse, etc. The existence of homosexual children does not change anything.
Let go of the hate you spit out or at least stop calling it Christianity. It is time to move on.