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-Texas School Suspends Christian Student for Saying Homosexuality is Wrong

by Dr. D ~ September 23rd, 2011


At Western Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas, 14 year old Dakota Ary was sent to the principal’s office and suspended for telling a classmate that he believed homosexuality was wrong.

According to Fox news this is how the event unfolded:

Dakota was in a German class at the high school when the conversation shifted to religion and homosexuality in Germany. At some point during the conversation, he turned to a friend and said that he was a Christian and “being a homosexual is wrong.”
“It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me,” Dakota told Fox. “I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he was going to write me an infraction and send me to the office.”

The Principal originally sentenced Dakota to 1 day in-school suspension plus 2 days of full suspension. After meeting with Dakota’s mother and an attorney from Liberty Counsel, the additional 2-day suspension was dropped.

Dakota’s mother, Holly Pope, noted that Dakota was an honors student who played on the football team and was active in his church youth group. She said the following in an interview about her son and the situation:

“Dakota is a very well-grounded 14-year-old. He’s been in church his whole life and he’s been taught to stand up for what he believes.”

“He should never have been punished. He didn’t disrupt the class. He wasn’t threatening. He wasn’t hostile. He made a comment to his friend and the teacher overheard it.”
“My son knows people that are homosexual. He’s not saying, ‘I don’t like you.’ He’s saying, ‘I’m a Christian and I believe that being that way is wrong.’”

Liberty Counsel attorney Matt Krause claimed that the teacher may have inappropriately addressed homosexual issues in a German class:

“There has been a history with this teacher in the class regarding homosexual topics. The teacher had posted a picture of two men kissing on a wall that offended some of the students.”
“He told the students this is happening all over the world and you need to accept the fact that homosexuality is just part of our culture now.

“In German class there should be no talk of being pro-Gay or homosexual topics.”

Krause also indicated that Liberty Counsel would continue to monitor the situation.

Response: It is hard enough to get through high school without getting caught up in a incident like this. I really feel for the kid. Dakota was not picking on another student or challenging the teacher but only commenting to a friend about his religious beliefs in regard to homosexuality.

Talk about an over-reaction by the teacher and the principal. I could understand a student getting in trouble for taunting, bullying, or mistreating another student who might be homosexual. But in this case Dakota was only expressing his Christian Biblically-based beliefs.

Teachers and school administrators all across America are now being taught to be on the look out for potential bullies, particularly when it comes to homosexuality. Especially after one middle school student in California shot and killed a homosexual student sitting in front of him in a classroom.

Christian parents need to be on the look out for school teachers and administrators going over-the-top on this issue. Also, parents and pastors need to be sure and teach their youth to stand up for their faith on one hand but also be sure to extend the love of Jesus Christ to everyone and to never be involved in taunting or bullying anyone for any reason.

Has it really come to this? Is there no longer any freedom of religion and expression in this country when it comes to the issue of homosexuality? Have folks with traditional Christian beliefs about homosexuality become a pariah? Is Biblical teaching no longer tolerated? Has part of the Christian canon become ‘hate speech’?

In the UK and even in Canada pastors have been arrested for expressing a Biblical view on homosexuality. Christians need to stand up in this country and not allow that to ever happen here.

Fortunately conservative Christians still have a great deal of support in America and we are blessed with organizations like Liberty Counsel, Pacific Justice Institute, and Alliance Defense Fund to help out when our freedoms and rights are challenged.             *Top

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