Then don’t do it

(Language warning: This post is not appropriate for sensitive readers. Actually, it’s not appropriate for the writer, but there we are.)

“I would never support suicide for any kids,” he said. “I don’t support bullying of any kids.”

Those words were uttered by Clint McCance, the member of an Arkansas school board on his way out, for posting on his Facebook page this comment:

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.

He would, in fact, support suicide for kids. He just said so. He support bullying. What’s he going to say if a group of bullies hounds a gay kid, calling him “queer”? That it’s not right?

Of course he supports this stuff. His apology rings hollow. He can regret that he endorsed hatred, bullying, and suicide, but he can’t claim that he would never do so. He did. Right there on Facebook.

The comments get worse, of course. As he got some negative and positive feedback, he went on to elaborate just how much he’s against bullying and suicide:

“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 s*** to yourself. I dont care how people decide to live their lives. They dont bother me if they keep it to thereselves. It p****s 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.”[…]

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.”

He likes the fact that homosexuals get AIDS and die.

He would disown his kids and run them off.

But he thinks he has any idea what solid Christian beliefs are?

I don’t really care what you think of homosexuality. It has nothing to do with this post, really.

This is about bullying. This is about hatred. And it’s about collateral damage.

New Hampshire’s recent anti-bullying law ran into trouble with at least one Christian advocacy group that was concerned about homosexuality. You see, it’s impossible in this day and age to talk about bullying without mentioning homosexuality, because these kids are targeted brutally, and run higher suicide rates.

Bully Free NH really had little to do with LGBT issues except bullying, but was still targeted by Cornerstone Policy Research for mentioning that gay kids get bullied.

Kids don’t deserve to be bullied. They deserve to be protected. Whatever you think of other life choices, they don’t deserve to be beat up or tormented for it.

McCance and those like him will give lip service to the idea that they don’t wish ill on anyone … they’re lying.

His comments demonstrate absolute hatred. He claims that he now regrets what he said. Maybe. More likely, he regrets being caught so publicly and regrets the backlash.

After all, he laughed about the number of people who die. He wasn’t moved by five suicides. Did losing his job really get his attention?

Really?

Kids deserve protection. Whether they’re the heavy kids, skinny kids, rich kids, poor kids, gay kids, unathletic kids, kids with glasses, Muslim kids, bald kids, kids with the wrong style shoes, vegan kids, or anything else … the key word is “kids.” McCance betrayed them obviously, but how many other people hold similar sentiments?

If you don’t support suicide, then don’t say you do. If you don’t support bullying, then don’t do it. That’s a place to start.

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