Petitioning Christian Brothers High School -Let Lance Sanderson take my date to homecoming

  • metta

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    Sep 24, 2015 5:55 AM GMT
    Petitioning Christian Brothers High School
    Let me take my date to homecoming

    I realize that it is a private school and that they are allowed to do this but it is worth at least trying:

    https://www.change.org/p/christian-brothers-high-school-let-lance-take-his-date-to-homecoming
  • a303guy

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    Sep 24, 2015 3:20 PM GMT
    Signed. Definitely an uphill battle, but thanks for sharing this Metta.
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    Sep 24, 2015 3:54 PM GMT
    metta saidPetitioning Christian Brothers High School
    Let me take my date to homecoming

    I realize that it is a private school and that they are allowed to do this but it is worth at least trying:

    https://www.change.org/p/christian-brothers-high-school-let-lance-take-his-date-to-homecoming


    Maybe with the Jesuits or Augustinians, but w/ the Xtian Bros.? He's likely to get the shit beat out of him!
  • tazzari

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    Sep 24, 2015 5:49 PM GMT
    Signed, with note attached. This one may not be won, but the tide is setting with us, and we need to keep working at prejudice,
  • HypnotizeNLP

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    Sep 24, 2015 8:03 PM GMT
    I signed as well, I don't feel optimistic but it doesn't hurt to sign.
  • tazzari

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    Sep 24, 2015 8:34 PM GMT
    HypnotizeNLP saidI signed as well, I don't feel optimistic but it doesn't hurt to sign.


    I share that. But we have to keep chipping away. Little steps add up, and the more we call the homophobes on the garbage, the more reasonable people hear us, and the liklier the phobes are to think twice next time.
  • HypnotizeNLP

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    Sep 24, 2015 8:37 PM GMT
    tazzari said
    HypnotizeNLP saidI signed as well, I don't feel optimistic but it doesn't hurt to sign.


    I share that. But we have to keep chipping away. Little steps add up, and the more we call the homophobes on the garbage, the more reasonable people hear us, and the liklier the phobes are to think twice next time.


    True. I have to remind myself to be patient; its a process.
  • tazzari

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    Sep 24, 2015 11:36 PM GMT
    It's never the "convinced" we should try to convert - they're usually beyond reach or reason. I always remember when writing, that it's the reasonable, if uninformed, person in the middle that I'm speaking to.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Sep 25, 2015 1:28 AM GMT
    metta saidPetitioning Christian Brothers High School
    Let me take my date to homecoming

    I realize that it is a private school and that they are allowed to do this but it is worth at least trying:

    https://www.change.org/p/christian-brothers-high-school-let-lance-take-his-date-to-homecoming


    I signed also.
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    Sep 28, 2015 8:44 PM GMT
    So, yeah, things didn't go over very well for the Admin this weekend. Now they're punishing Lance by taking away his privately-paid education. "Religious freedom" for thee, but not for me...

    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/high_school_suspends_gay_student_who_wanted_to_bring_same_sex_date_to_dance

    The New Civil Rights Movement"Today I arrived at school around 6:30am," Lance wrote in a letter to the school's administrators, to explain his side of the story.

    "I sat down to complete my assignments for the classes I planned on attending today. At 7:30am, I was speaking to a teacher when an administrator walked into the room and told me to gather my books and come to the office.

    "When I arrived at the office I was told that the administration 'had 890 other students to worry about' and could not deal with me. I was told to go home for the week. I said goodbye to a few teachers and students, then drove home."

    Lance says he is "hurt by this exclusion," and notes that it "goes against the Lasallian value of brotherhood that the school is supposed to stand for."

    "You won’t let me dance with my date and you won’t let me go to class now either. I had hoped that today would be one for positive conversation going forward. Instead, I was sent home."

    "I haven’t done anything wrong and haven’t hurt anybody," Lance notes. "I want to be welcomed back to the school building today and I want this mean-spirited semi-suspension ended, so that I can do my classwork like anybody else."

    NewNowNext, which first published Lance's letter today, reports that all he did was "speak out for LGBT students everywhere who experience discrimination from faculty and school administrators citing baseless, outdated policies."

    Apparently, that's enough to warrant a week's suspension.

    On its website, Christian Brothers High School says tuition and fees total nearly $14,000 a year.

    Told they have "890 other students to worry about" while his rights and the respect he deserves are being ignored? Hardly the way to educate anyone.


    Christian Brothers is issuing out a lesson. Just not the one they're intending to teach...
  • metta

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    Sep 28, 2015 9:05 PM GMT
    ^

    thanks for the update!



    https://www.facebook.com/Christian-Brothers-High-School-Memphis-TN-176758865718502/timeline/


    https://twitter.com/CBHSMemphis
  • metta

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    Sep 29, 2015 5:32 AM GMT
    You can review the school on FB:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christian-Brothers-High-School-Memphis-TN/176758865718502?sk=reviews
  • HypnotizeNLP

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    Sep 29, 2015 7:47 AM GMT
    Now he's been suspended

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/atheology/2015/09/the-memphis-high-school-senior-who-appealed-to-bring-his-same-sex-date-to-homecoming-has-now-been-suspended/
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    Sep 29, 2015 11:26 AM GMT
    In the words of the famous song written by Diana Ross, for LGBT's in the 80's, 'I'm coming out'. I say, let him take his date to Homecoming Dance. If not, why not?
  • metta

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    Oct 01, 2015 7:00 PM GMT
    Clark Plunk, a Lakeland commissioner - ‘Let the little homo sue': TN official bashes teen who wanted to bring boyfriend to homecoming dance



    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/let-the-little-homo-sue-tn-official-bashes-teen-who-wanted-to-bring-boyfriend-to-homecoming-dance/
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    Oct 01, 2015 8:44 PM GMT
    metta saidClark Plunk, a Lakeland commissioner - ‘Let the little homo sue': TN official bashes teen who wanted to bring boyfriend to homecoming dance



    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/let-the-little-homo-sue-tn-official-bashes-teen-who-wanted-to-bring-boyfriend-to-homecoming-dance/


    "I didn't know 'homo' was a slur! Or that 'little' was belittling!" in 3, 2, 1... icon_razz.gif

    Is it bad that I saw the name "Clark Plunk", clicked the link, and he looked EXACTLY like I thought a Clark Plunk would look? icon_wink.gif

    Clark Punk, er Plunk (via RawStory)"...as a whole, gays are mean, cruel spiteful people with an axe to grind.


    Mean! Cruel! Spiteful! NOTHING like Clark Plunk! Nosiree! icon_lol.gif

    Can somebody tell Clark Plunk to quit looking for gay guys in the All Things Gay section of RJ? icon_twisted.gif

    He also looked exactly like a public official who doesn't quite understand how Teh Internets work...

    Raw StoryOn Tuesday, Plunk stood by his comments and also said he meant for them to be private because they were on his personal Facebook page.
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    Oct 16, 2015 12:37 AM GMT
    :-)
  • metta

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    Oct 16, 2015 12:48 AM GMT
    ^
    Thanks.
  • Cutlass

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    Nov 01, 2015 9:45 AM GMT
    How about the rest of the students? Do any of them support him?
    A catholic school in my neck of the woods had a male teacher who married his male friend. When the school learned of this, they fired him. However, some students drew up a petition to let him keep his job; they even picketed and demonstrated outside the school. Now maybe the younger generation of catholics are discovering the injustice and anti-human rights stance of their religion.
    In a related case in my neighboring state of Oregon, a woman was hired by a catholic girls' school, but the offer was withdrawn when it was learned she is a lesbian. Immediately the administration called her in and told her that she would not be hired but that the administration would pay her off if she would keep quiet about the situation and let the catholic school off the hook. Well, I think she told the news media because it was reported on the TV news, but I can't recall whether she was suing to keep her job.
    In a third case, (this was quite a while ago) a catholic teacher at a catholic high school was fired because she wasn't true to catholic teachings. Her crime? She was living with her boyfriend. My, my, what a horrendous transgression.
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    Nov 02, 2015 1:06 AM GMT
    ^ let's turn the tables. For the sake of argument, what would you do if you ran a school for gay and lesbians students and found out one of your teachers was a republican that actively worked against all legislation in favor of LGBT people?

    The shoe pinches when it's on the other foot. Doesn't it?

  • Cutlass

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    Nov 02, 2015 4:04 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]UndercoverMan said[/cite]^ let's turn the tables. For the sake of argument, what would you do if you ran a school for gay and lesbians students and found out one of your teachers was a republican that actively worked against all legislation in favor of LGBT people?

    The shoe pinches when it's on the other foot. Doesn't it?

    The situation is not at all analogous. The teachers I cited did not have a record of working against the catholic church; in fact, one of them is a catholic, while I don't know the religion of the other. They sincerely wanted to teach.
    A republican working against LGBT legislation wanting to teach at a school for gays and lesbians? If he was sincere in wanting to help, he wouldn't apply at a gay-lesbian school, much less be in the same room with them. A teacher's obligation is to help students learn, not to promote hatred of certain people.
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    Nov 02, 2015 6:19 AM GMT
    ^ The republican in my scenario sincerely wants to teach also. He doesn't do his political activism on school grounds or school time, only after hours and on weekends. How does his political leanings impact his ability to teach algebra?