Indiana Teacher and Parents Try to Organize ‘Straight Prom’ That Bans Gay Students (VIDEO)

In a disturbing story from Sullivan, Indiana, a teacher is joining a group of students, parents and other Christians in the community in calling for a prom that bans gay students from attending.

WTWO-TV reported that the group met at Sullivan First Christian Church on Sunday to plan for creating a prom that is seclusive to straight students as an alternative to the regular prom at Sullivan High School.

“We don’t agree with [homosexuality],” said teacher Diana Medley in the news segment. “It’s offensive to us.”

But showing a differing of opinion, Jim Davis, a Christian who lives in Sullivan, said that even Jesus did not condemn anyone.

“He comes here to save the world, not to condemn it,” Davis said. “Love them as a person, you don’t have to love what they do because they may not — I mean, the gays may not like the bad things you make mistakes at.”

Medley, however, disagreed because she believes that homosexuality is a choice rather than a matter of inborn nature.

“I don’t believe they were born that way,” she said. “I think life circumstances made them choose that. I think God made everybody equal.” She continued, “I have kids come to me because of their sexual preference. And they know I don’t agree with it, but I care about you. And the same thing for special needs. God puts those people in our life for special reasons.”

Without acknowledging Medley’s comparison of gay youth with people who have “special needs,” the reporter then asked Medley if she thought “gay people had some sort of purpose in life.”

Medley replied: “I don’t. I personally don’t. I’m sorry. I just — I don’t understand it.”

Local pastor Bill Phegley said that he supported the straight prom proposal because Christians in Sullivan have gone silent too long in regards to their opposition to homosexuality.

“Christians have always been prepared for a fight, but Jesus Christ gave us armor for the front, not the back,” Phegley said. “We aren’t running no more.”

LGBT columnist and activist Dan Savage weighed in on the story and in a column on Sunday, calling for people to speak out in response to Medley’s comments.

“Let’s pause here to grieve for all the special education students in Sullivan, Indiana,” Savage wrote. “Students with learning disabilities have it hard enough without getting stuck with a mentally challenged special ed teacher.”

Following the publication of Savage’s piece, a page endorsing the straight prom disappeared from Facebook.

Watch the WTWO-TV story in the video below.



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    Jim Price

    February 12, 2013 at 3:13 am

    So, at around 1:45 in the video, the woman states directly that she doesn’t understand homosexuality, yet she nonetheless feels competent to lead opposition against the homosexual community. This makes me wonder exactly how self-righteously stupid one person can be.

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    Larry Dillon

    February 12, 2013 at 6:41 am

    I wrote this yesterday in response to a smart-a$$ Tea-Nut taking liberties with Dr Seuss.I think its funny as hell and I’m gonna re-post it a lot….Just sayin’

    I do not like the Tea-Nut God
    Nor his followers made from sod

    I do not like the Fascist seed
    When they rule people bleed

    Patriots are what they claim
    Actually they are just insane

    Its base you see aren’t very bright
    But very very Aryan white

    One thing they all do abhor
    Is the plight of the poor

    They say the 47 are just using “pricks”
    Funny coming from southern redneck broke ass hicks

    The brown and black man they do hate
    You see their pigment is “superior” great

    They wear misogyny like a cape
    Ask anyone,they are Pro-Rape

    When it comes to us abominable Queers
    Well thats the Jesus Junkies biggest fear

    The polls are out and it don’t look swell
    The Tea-Nut Nation is bound for Hell

    23 approval over-all
    19 in the House,now that is small

    Not much more to be said
    Tea-Nut Nation Dead Dead Dead

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    February 12, 2013 at 6:52 am

    There seem to be so much self-righteous bigotry and ignorance in Indiana!

    Why do you “Christians” always have to have somebody to persecute, to hate? Perhaps you have run out of options!

    You can’t persecute Jews, Gypsies, most fellow Christians anymore. So Liberals, Hippies, and Gays are your answer! Also persecuting Moslems is always fun.

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    Heather Rhine

    February 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    “We don’t agree with [homosexuality],” said teacher Diana Medley in the news segment. “It’s offensive to us.”

    my response to this: i find your bigotry offensive and, by the way, so would Jesus.

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    James Mack

    February 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    The population of Sullivan, IN is under 5K people. Statistically that makes for about 100 gay people total. How many of them are in high school and looking forward to the prom? Everyone making an issue of this is just wasting their time and ours for no reason.

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    February 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Yes, Diana is the one talking but LISTEN!!!! Her and several other students and TEACHERS feel the same way!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hello! This woman does care about the students, I know her, I have seen her help the kids! She loves the people not their choices, she plainly states that! Now put that into perspective, how many people do you love and care about even though you do not agree with their choices???!!! I can pipe in on this one, I hate that my 15 year old son is going to be a father, but I love my son! I hate the choice… I love my boyfriend Bill Sturma with all of my heart, he has one issue I hate! I love my professions as both an educator and a medical professional, I hate medical red tape, I hate unruly bratty kids. You can yell and scream and rant and bash on facebook all day long, but at least pick a side and stick to it. The same people bashing her on her views of the gay etc. community are the same ones who don’t want their daughters subjected to a lesbian gym teacher in their locker room! Just my point of view. Leave this woman (who is among “several others”) alone. The kids love her, have you been to the school and seen the students flocking to her room? I have!

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    February 12, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    The video also states an alternative prom. So um, Don’t go to a straight prom go to the regular one and be happy! At least you aren’t in the closet dancing with yourself.

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    Larry Dillon

    February 13, 2013 at 4:46 am

    The LGBT Community and our Straight supporters are going to crush her…FB pages have been created,petitions are being circulated,e-mails are being sent,phone #’s are being dialed…We will cost her her job,she wont get another in the education field and we are going to make her a pariah within the society…We will always have hate among us, but society is beginning to make the penitence for such remarks and action quite severe……No “choice” about it pumpkin….being ignorant is also starting to be frowned upon as well

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    Larry Dillon

    February 13, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Its a huge Human Rights,Civil Rights issue you homophobic irrelevant breeder theocrat….

    The LGBT Community and our straight supporters are gonna crush her…..obliterate her….make her a pariah within society…hater’s can either assimilate or dissipate but we will not tolerate.

    By the way we are Many,Many and Mighty,Mighty….

    Here is who gives us Money,Money….lots of it..

    Businesses who Support Gay Marriage and Equal Rights for all Americans:

    American Airlines
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    Best Buy
    Coors Beer
    Delta Airlines
    Electronic Arts (EA Games)

    General Mills (whose lineup includes such iconic brands as)
    Wheaties, Bisquick, Cheerios, Bugles, Chex, Fiber One
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    Haagen-Dazs, Progresso, Total, Trix, Totino’s, Jeno’s, Kix
    Pillsbury, Fruit Snaks, Gold Metal Flour, Cinnamon Toast Crunch
    Yoplait, Good Earth, Macaroni Grill, Lucky Charms, Old El Paso

    General Motors
    Gerber Baby Products
    Hilton Hotels
    Home Depot
    Jim Henson Company (Muppets)
    Kraft Foods
    Marriot International
    Miller Beer
    Office Depot
    Olive Garden
    Playboy (Hugh Hefner)
    Proctor and Gamble
    Red Lobster
    Rite Aid
    Southwest Airlines
    State Farm
    United Airlines
    Walt Disney Company (Here is one that you will have fun telling your children that they can never watch a Disney or Pixar Movie or Ever go to Disneyland or Disneyworld ever again!

    So to all of you “Haters” who do not want equal rights for all Americans or do not Believe in Gay Marriage then you will have a hard time doing without these items…

    Better not use your IPad or IPhone or Google anything on your Microsoft or Apple Computer!

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