JISHOU, HUNAN — Remember Constance McMillen, the Mississippi girl who got cheated out of her prom because she was — gasp! — a lesbian? To add insult to injury, the nutjobs from Westboro Baptist Church intend to picket her graduation May 22.
Elsewhere in the great state of Mississippi, another high school, fearful that the power of Teh Gay would strike its students blind, expunged a tuxedo-clad lesbian from her yearbook. No photo and no name.
Mississippi makes Kentucky look progressive by comparison.
Westboro, which I prefer to call Fred Phelps’ Family’s Home Hater Cult, hates gays and lesbians, Catholics, Jews, and probably a lot of other people. Moreover, church members believe that God Himself hates gays and lesbians, Catholics, Jews (who knew?), and probably a lot of other people. Westboro has picketed high schools with gay-lesbian associations, funerals of gay or lesbian soldiers killed in combat, shuls, Catholic churches, and tornado victims, to name just a few of their abominable activities.
Here’s what they say about McMillen (left). I am quoting from their website, OK? Don’t dump on me.
WBC will picket the graduation of Itawamba Agricultural High School to remind the parents, teachers and students of this nation that God said "Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind, it is abomination." Leviticus 18:22.
This generation has been raised to believe that they can live for the devil and still go to heaven, that God has no standards and the biggest lie of all - that God loves everyone. The parents of Fulton, MS feign outrage that a filthy dyke wants to parade her "girlfriend" around at their night of fornication called a prom. They had a duty to teach their children what the Lord requires of them. They shirked this duty. The Lord repays them to their face by sending dykes, burning in their lusts, to tyrannize them.
"For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change their natural use which is is against nature." Romans 1:26
God doesn’t love everyone? Some father he is. Seems his son didn’t quite understand that message from Pops.
McMillen, 17, wanted to wear a tux and take her girlfriend to her prom. Her school said no. McMillen and her folks told the American Civil Liberties Union, which sent the school a “letter of demand,” saying the school should either allow McMillen to attend the prom, avec tux, or end up in court for violating her civil rights. The school took a third course, and canceled the prom altogether.
McMillen’s schoolmates AND their parents got all pissy, and naturally blamed her. A judge told the school it had to have a prom open to McMillen and her date, and there was — for about seven kids. The rest of the graduating class was whooping it up at a private shindig at a local country club.
So the last thing this girl needs is some bunch of fucked up lunatics from Kansas screwing up her graduation. Odds are her community will blame her for Westboro coming to town, unless of course they agree with Westboro, which is entirely possible.
Ceara Sturgis, an honors student from Copiah County in Mississippi, ducked out of her prom, but last fall gave her yearbook a photo of herself wearing a tuxedo. Her school nixed the photo, and she and her mom asked the ACLU to intervene. Wesson Attendance Center (WTF?) then refused to comply with the ACLU’s letter of demand, saying their legal counsel advised that the school stood on solid legal ground.
Probably the school referred to a court case that basically said a school can tell students to wear whatever the school mandates, and if the student fails to comply, the school can just omit the photo.
But Sturgis’ school completely left her out of the yearbook. No photo, of course, but also no gray rectangle with her name underneath. No mention of her academic honors. No name in the list of graduating seniors. Poof! She’s gone. Understandably, she and her mom, Veronica Rodriguez, are hopping mad.
"It's like she's nobody there, even though she's gone to school there for 12 years," Rodriguez said. "They mentioned none of her accolades, even though she's one of the smartest students there with wonderful grades. They've got kids in the book that have been busted for drugs. There's even a picture of one of the seniors who dropped out of school.
"I don't get it. Ceara is a top student. Why would they do this to her?"
Omitting her gray rectangle could have been a clerical error. High school yearbooks are rife with those. But taking her completely out of the yearbook speaks of outright (Westboro Baptist-style) maliciousness. It’s hard to say how it happened, since the school ain’t talking.
This blogger has contact information for Sturgis’ high school officials. If you’re inclined, tell them what the rest of the world thinks about small-minded and stupid high schools.
The website for the Wesson Attendance Center is here. Ronald Greer is WAC’s principal and you can email him here. Oscar Hawkins is WAC’s high school principal and you can email him here. The Stranger.com blog also has their phone and fax numbers, but I will not publish those.