Brad = Pissed Off. Warning: Capitalized letters below.
Newsflash: It’s socially marginalizing to be gay in high school. Adding fuel to the fire, the Itawamba County Agricultural High School canceled the senior prom to avoid having two young women bring each other as dates. I don’t know what the hell they’re so scared of.
Oh wait, she was going to wear a tuxedo. And we all know that women look better in tuxedos that men do. Sorry to discriminate, but it’s true. (I have a small crush on Ellen DeGeneres. Sorry Kathleen.) Those school board officials just couldn’t handle that. You gotta’ stick to your assigned gender roles, people! If you don’t do that, how are us white dudes going to stay in charge!?! We need ORDER!
Here’s a quote by the young women in Itawamba, from the Clarion-Ledger article. Don’t let the high-school talk distract you:
“Oh, my God. That’s really messed up because the message they are sending is that if they have to let gay people go to prom that they are not going to have one,” she said. “A bunch of kids at school are really going to hate me for this, so in a way it’s really retaliation.”
Back to me: Notice her observation. “It’s really RETALIATION.” She’s making a wise and prophetic observation here, a SYSTEMIC analysis. The school board is PUNISHING her for being gay by canceling the prom, therefore making all the kids at school hate her and treat her poorly.
Here’s the kicker: This proves that BEING A QUEER IS A THREAT TO THE STATUS QUO, and that’s AWESOME. Powerful people find queer sexuality a threat to the worldview that keeps them in power. Otherwise, they wouldn’t give a damn. The task at hand is banding radicals together to support each other in the work of liberation. I wonder if there’s a radical person that we could rally around… someone of high moral character who confronted socially powerful people while also bringing good news to the marginalized… someone willing to lay down their life for the cause… let me know if you think of anyone.
The social abuse and orphanage of gay teenager is a giant systemic evil in our society. This is why we need a theology of young liberation. Someone should write their master’s thesis on that.
Friends, you gotta’ read this craziness. This isn’t particularly news for me, so I’m not getting too worked up about it.
Theologically, of course, Jesus was engaged in struggle, but the important question is FOR WHOM. Jesus spent his time with poor day laborers and repentant tax collectors. Sadly, these young men are being taught to fight for themselves, not for “the least of these, who are members of [God’s] family.”
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