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High school newspaper editorial condemns homosexuality, same-sex dating

Thursday, February 17, 2011

WICHITA, Kan. — A local high school student newspaper has published an editorial by one of their student reporters calling for a ban on same-sex dating.

In the editorial in Wichita High School East’s Messenger, student journalist Colin Johnson called homosexuality a disruption and said it should be kept out of school.

He also quoted two Bible verses, one which calls homosexuality an abomination, and another that says it should be punished by death.

From Wichita High School East’s Messenger:

These relationships just are not normal. One thing to notice is that there is legislation against homosexual marriage. However, there are no legislative restrictions to same sex dating. Dating does often lead to marriage, so same sex dating should be frowned upon.

Some teens see it as abnormal, as well as the intimacy that comes with it. Some people believe that since the Bible verse Leviticus 18:22 said “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination,” they do not think it is proper for same sex relations.

Also, less commonly cited, is the death penalty called for in another Bible verse, Leviticus 20:13, “If a man also lie with man, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” These are the most common arguments against homosexual marriage and/or dating.

Same sex dating in high school is not accepted by many, despite the efforts of a few. It is a social disruption in many cases, and should be kept out of school to ensure our educational mission with as little of a distraction as possible.

Johnson is reportedly getting a lot of kickback from students and parents who are upset over the piece. (As a side note, I’m pretty sure Wichita is just a hop skip and a jump away from Topeka. Now where have I heard Topeka referenced before?).

The Wichita School District defended the printing of the article, and said it was one writer’s opinion, not the entire journalism staff.

A response by the newspaper’s editors includes this statement:

“We acknowledge that many people have been offended by the content of the editorial and the reference to the Bible. It was not the intention of Colin to promote violence in any way. Our readers are not being given enough credit if the public sincerely believes students will begin engaging in violence against LGBT students based on the opinions of one individual.”

If the mood so hits you, you can contact the Messenger at: 2301 E. Douglas, Wichita KS, 67226, Journalism Room W301, Telephone (316) 973-7275.

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33 more reader comments:

  1. WTF that’s hate!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 9:58pm
  2. To me….that’s like racism.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 9:58pm
  3. i smell a lawsut against the school,teachers,newspaper,school board and family of the kid coming..and rightfully so….

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:00pm
  4. Its not a disruption..now that they said something about it..it’ll be one now. People make me so angry ignorant people iy yi yii

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:00pm
  5. Homophobic much? That’s just insane. Opinions should be allowed of course, but honey, get your knuckles off the ground. They’re getting really nasty callouses.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:01pm
  6. So there should be no dating in school! Really ignorance !

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:01pm
  7. I can’t handle this right now.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:01pm
  8. Ok like WTF! This shit has got to stop! I’m seconding that motion for Cody

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:01pm
  9. Ugh editorials…. if you called a race lessor you would be fired if you called women lessor you would be fired…. if you call gays lessor you get an article…

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:02pm
  10. OK, go ahead, but ban ALL dating at their school. If same-sex dating is a disruption, then so is opposite-sex dating.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:03pm
  11. is there a dislike button! hate is never acceptable! disruption oh please…someone need to take the stick out of their ass!

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:03pm
  12. :(

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:04pm
  13. How retarded is that newspaper/high school for even allowing that stupid shit. Homosexuality and same sex dating are NOT wrong. THEY are wrong for condemning it in the first place.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:04pm
  14. Lulz.
    Dudes, don’t even worry. It’s not like this hick is ever going to write for The New York Times.
    Worst comes to worst, we may have to read a follow up article about how his sister/wife broke his banjo string.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:06pm
  15. I obviously with the majority of the people in this forum disagree with this atrociously written column grammaticaly and opinion wise. Being a Kansan its very frustrating in two ways 1. Because I'm also a high school journalist and this is written very poorly.2ndly The natural connotation with lgbt community is that we are a bunch of Fred Helps supporters which we are very ashamed to be in the same state in let alone the country. Please stop playing the Kansas card smart and intellectualstudents come out of Kansas every year, and also were not hicks believe are not I live in a house with electricity and I don't farm, that argument is getting old.

    Replied on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 7:00am
  16. They wanna ban same-sex dating? Ok. Then they need to ban opposite-sex dating too. And I don’t see that happening anytime soon. And if they try to enforce it, bring on the picketing and lawsuits!

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:07pm
  17. Omfg what the fuck do these people think. Homosexuality as a distraction? What about the fuckin straight asswholes that like make out in class?! Thats not a distraction?!

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:08pm
  18. wow that’s stupid that is so wrong.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:08pm
  19. HIGHLIGHT OF THE STORY:
    “If the mood so hits you, you can contact The Messenger at: 2301 E. Douglas, Wichita KS, 67226, Journalism Room W301, Telephone (316) 973-7275.”

    You know what to do. ;)

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:08pm
  20. Yet another intolerant little bastard running around making it hard for….guess what a fellow human being. but to them we are all just monsters and should be abolished with fire and rancor.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:09pm
  21. Leviticus also commands that you hike at least 1/2 mile out of camp and dig hole to take a shit in. I wonder if ole’ Colin follows that decree? I mean, he does seem to have a talent for pulling repulsive things out of his ass.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:12pm
  22. Gay teens dating don’t lead to teen pregnancies. Also, How is it that religious rants are even allowed in a PUBLIC school paper?

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:12pm
  23. Lol I love how many people step up and freak out about teaching all forms of relationships including gay ones. And when someone posts an article consisting of biblical verse saying gays should be put to death it is perfectly okay….. I’ve had enough of this double standard. Its time for the government to put religion back in the church. It has no place in our schools.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:13pm
  24. Maybe the jerks would “get it” when THEIR rights are infringed upon.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:13pm
  25. Eating shellfish is also an abomination according to Leviticus. Here’s hoping Colin will, for his next article, agitate against the unholy distraction of crawfish on the cafeteria menu. What’s truly distracting, not to mention viciously divisive, is religion. Perhaps we should ban that.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:17pm
  26. wow…..just wow….i don’t know what to say….i agree with Kevin…religion should be banned..not everyone agrees with the church or the bible so why should we have to tolerate it?

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:25pm
  27. Who keeps liking the bad posts? Do you guys even read what you’re “liking”?

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:28pm
  28. I just wrote a letter to this newspaper program. This is not right and that teacher should be blamed just as much as that kid for even allowing that.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:33pm
  29. Oh gosh, sir.. please don’t put any ties between Wichita and the Westboro Baptist church. That’s a bit ridiculous. We have one dumb kid and we are in the same state and that is it.
    His group protested my high school in a suburb of Wichita a couple of weeks ago and I promise you we wanted nothing to do with them. We’re not as hick as you’d think.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:38pm
  30. This is a terrible abuse of journalism. While I must say the first amendment does protect this, the sad part is that it was published anyhow. It is a terrible article that inspired hatred, it most certainly did. It was a point that promoted the death of LGBTQ members of our society. Why should we stand for it? Why do straight people have the right of way so to speak in society? It is not right and we shouldn’t stand for it anymore. The newspaper’s response was less than adequate and it actually even pretty much condoned this speech promoting the death of LGBTQ people.
    One thing to remember is that while the first amendment protects this, it does not make it ok. However the focus shouldn’t be on the allowance of this by the amendment, there is nothing wrong with free speech, however there is something wrong with the hearts of those who create hateful free speech. It is a sad reality, but the truth is that the reason such things are published is fear and often because when one who has not yet come out sees another person comfortable with who they are they become fearful of being suspected. Another reason are the terrible religious practices that so many still find to be “true”. These practices that condemn LGBTQ people have no place in this society. It is a terrible thing that they still exist as they are so outdated.
    Anyhow, remember that it is through understanding and love that hearts change and that people’s minds open. If we keep striving to increase understanding and acceptance, we will find that hate speech such as this will still exist, however it will become less and less prevalent in our society today.

    My personal tidbit: Next time this jerk kisses a girl he should be suspended for disrupting the education of an LGBTQ member of the school. I’d love to see his face then.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:55pm
  31. or better yeat when one of his kids grows up and comes runing to him telling him dad im gay or lesbian

    Replied on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 2:36am
  32. seriously this really pissed me off..like i believe in god i pray every night i am gay. i have my beliefs that a part of the bible has false profits mainly cause i see people today how they can lie about things. it makes me thing back then a some one could have said hey im a profit im putting this in the bible. its now something false that everyone will believe. god accepts you if you accept him he can forgive you of sins. that is what is so great about him. i know in his eyes that i am not an abomination and i will not be put to death. he made us they way he wanted us to be and if some of us are gay thats okay cause he wanted us that way. now cause of the bible saying that there are alot of people out there that think being gay is wrong. well i think that they are wrong and they serve the purpose of hate and they should be punished.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 11:31pm
  33. So not only has hate against the LGBT community seeped into the school board (George Tekei thinks your a douchebag, Clint McCain), but it has been taken on by the students. It isn’t that someone wrote this that disturbs me, it that A) it was accepted into the final print, and B) No one said anything against it before print. Believe it or not, but B disturbs me more than A (the two sound the same, but they are very different). The fact that no one called out the writer to say that this could be offensive gives me chills.
    I attend a school where I hear the term “that’s so gay” ALOT. Does it bother me? yes. Do I do something about it? no. I know I can do something about it, but I don’t.
    And who is to blame? me.

    Society has made me frightened to be myself, and that ladies and gentlemen, is unnatural.

    Posted on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 1:29pm