***Update***: McCance is resigning from the school board:
“I’m sorry I’ve hurt people with my comments,” Clint McCance, vice-president of the Midland School District in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas said. “I’m sorry I made those ignorant comments and hurt people on a broad spectrum.”
Clint McCance, a school board member in northern Arkansas, posted the following message to his Facebook wall after a call to wear purple in support of the LGBT community:
“Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.”
Ah, yes. That’s some good old Christian love.
When someone called him out on his hate, McCance kept going:
“No because being a fag doesn’t give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives. If you get easily offended by being called a fag then dont tell anyone you are a fag. Keep that shit to yourself. I dont care how people decide to live their lives. They dont bother me if they keep it to thereselves. It pisses me off though that we make a special purple fag day for them. I like that fags cant procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die. If you arent against it, you might as well be for it.”
Jesus would be proud.
(How exactly does someone else’s homosexuality “ruin” my life?)But wait! There’s more:
“I would disown my kids they were gay. They will not be welcome at my home or in my vicinity. I will absolutely run them off. Of course my kids will know better. My kids will have solid christian beliefs. See it infects everyone.”
Love the sin, hate the sinner, and get those damn homosexual children out of my house.
At least the Superintendent of the district has made a statement condemning all of this:
The Midland School District, Board of Directors, administration, faculty, and staff do not support or condone the comments Mr. Clint McCance posted on his personal social networking page. Mr. McCance was not acting as an agent of the school board, but as a private citizen when this comment was posted. This post does not reflect the thoughts of the board or administration of the Midland School District.
The district strives to foster an environment that discourages all forms of bullying and an environment that encourages a safe and productive educational climate of all of our students. The district is very diligent in pursuing and addressing bullying of any variety on our campuses.
Dean Stanley, Superintendent
Midland School District
I don’t think you can ask for much more from the district. It looks like an isolated incident, and if the citizens of the community have any decency, they’ll kick McCance out of office at the earliest opportunity. (Or urge him to resign.)
And maybe a nice atheist in the area can run for his seat. If McCance won in the past, it’s not like the bar is set too high, anyway.
(Thanks to everyone for the link)