Arkansas School Official Posts Anti-Gay Facebook Rant

McCance_FBWhile every school board member has the right to their own opinions and religious beliefs, it does not need to be posted on Facebook. Then again, the first amendment condones this behavior. The Washington Post reports:

A member of a northern Arkansas school board, commenting on campaign to get people to wear purple to show support for bullied gay and lesbian youth, purportedly posted on Facebook that the only way he would wear purple is “if they all commit suicide.”

The Arkansas Department of Education on Wednesday condemned the alleged posting by Midland School Board member Clint McCance.

The Advocate, a magazine that reports about gay issues, first reported about the posting on its website. The Facebook page has been disabled, but The Advocate posted a screen grab of the purported postings that it says someone forwarded to it.

McCance’s alleged posting was in response to a Facebook campaign that asked supporters to wear purple last Wednesday to show solidarity after several gay and lesbian youths killed themselves, reportedly because of bullying.

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  • Joeblow

    You mean a Scots-Irish redneck is homophobic? No way!

  • Joeblow

    You mean a Scots-Irish redneck is homophobic? No way!

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Thats funny…I’m a Scotch-Irish homo who’s redneck-phobic! I wanna meet that guy…in a dark alley…with a bat.

      • damg

        you know we love you, but PLEASE dont say “scotch”, say “Scottish! We hate it when people say Scotch.

        • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

          true that…just so damn fun to drink…I can’t help but want to share a heritage/name with single malt goodness…in my book, the only real whisky…all the others are pale imitations. ;-)

  • Haystack

    I hope he doesn’t start to feel cyber-bullied by this. *g*

  • Haystack

    I hope he doesn’t start to feel cyber-bullied by this. *g*

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Thats funny…I’m a Scotch-Irish homo who’s redneck-phobic! I wanna meet that guy…in a dark alley…with a bat.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Well…he’s exercised his freedom of speech…and I’m sure that will form the defense of his character as officials scramble with the backlash from conservatives if they try to fire his ass. There’s no guarantee with freedom of speech that what you say won’t carry consequences because of people’s disgust and horror with you as a human being. The same treatment would be true, on the opposite side, if someone announced their support as a school administrator for NAMBLA. Some shit is just so horrible…that if you say it…it makes it clear that, never mind free speech, you’re mentally and morally unfit to work with kids. This guy meets that criteria…he is the essence of the problem…not the solution. Dump his ass to the curb and hire a human being with a moral compass somewhere in their soul.

    Even Arkansas…home of rednecks extraordinaire… pauses and blanches for a moment at the idea of dead gay teens as a good thing. This at the same that Laura Bush did a video for “It Gets Better”, rightly mentioning that this isn’t right or left, conservative or liberal…its a human issue…and I’ve known countless people over a lifetime that woke up in hospitals after ODs or slashed wrists…wound up in foster care or as wards of the state…rehabs and mental hospitals…the works…across the spectrum…all because they were young and gay and it was damned hard.

    Hell…all that made it bearable for me was coming from a family with a stoic worldview…I already knew life was painful and difficult…and our job is to bear up under the strain and try to look cool doing it…it helped when things got bad…and of course it made me tough enough that, unlike some, it was a bad idea to pick a fight with me…it never ended well. But thats not true for most others…and years of small and large abuse day after day can wear anyone down until they can’t stand the idea of facing one more day of fear, pain and drudgery.

    I don’t even own purple…but my support is just the same every single day…because I was always aware of the problem…long before there was a ‘movement’ or a color or anything else…so I’ll cut myself some slack on that one.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Well…he’s exercised his freedom of speech…and I’m sure that will form the defense of his character as officials scramble with the backlash from conservatives if they try to fire his ass. There’s no guarantee with freedom of speech that what you say won’t carry consequences because of people’s disgust and horror with you as a human being. The same treatment would be true, on the opposite side, if someone announced their support as a school administrator for NAMBLA. Some shit is just so horrible…that if you say it…it makes it clear that, never mind free speech, you’re mentally and morally unfit to work with kids. This guy meets that criteria…he is the essence of the problem…not the solution. Dump his ass to the curb and hire a human being with a moral compass somewhere in their soul.

    Even Arkansas…home of rednecks extraordinaire… pauses and blanches for a moment at the idea of dead gay teens as a good thing. This at the same that Laura Bush did a video for “It Gets Better”, rightly mentioning that this isn’t right or left, conservative or liberal…its a human issue…and I’ve known countless people over a lifetime that woke up in hospitals after ODs or slashed wrists…wound up in foster care or as wards of the state…rehabs and mental hospitals…the works…across the spectrum…all because they were young and gay and it was damned hard.

    Hell…all that made it bearable for me was coming from a family with a stoic worldview…I already knew life was painful and difficult…and our job is to bear up under the strain and try to look cool doing it…it helped when things got bad…and of course it made me tough enough that, unlike some, it was a bad idea to pick a fight with me…it never ended well. But thats not true for most others…and years of small and large abuse day after day can wear anyone down until they can’t stand the idea of facing one more day of fear, pain and drudgery.

    I don’t even own purple…but my support is just the same every single day…because I was always aware of the problem…long before there was a ‘movement’ or a color or anything else…so I’ll cut myself some slack on that one.

  • Terrycastleman

    i would help call me terry castleman springfie3ld illinois a very gay man

  • damg

    you know we love you, but PLEASE dont say “scotch”, say “Scottish! We hate it when people say Scotch.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    true that…just so damn fun to drink…I can’t help but want to share a heritage/name with single malt goodness…in my book, the only real whisky…all the others are pale imitations. ;-)

  • MoosePasteInventor

    I’m probably going to be hated for this, but…

    Clint McCance is protected by the First Amendment. I do not in any way agree with his viewpoint. I, too, am infuriated by his Facebook post. However, he did not actually act upon his apparent beliefs. One of the great things about this country is that anyone can have any opinion they want, and it is not against the law to say what your beliefs are, no matter what they are. Had he been involved with these young men who took their own lives in any negative way, such as even posting something like that before the deaths, it would be different. As it stands, he did not physically hurt anyone, and while his words may have been painful to just about everyone, including me, he is completely entitled to do say what he wants. Simply being hateful is not a crime. I’m not sure the same can be said about the apparent threats on Mr McCance’s and his family’s life.

  • MoosePasteInventor

    I’m probably going to be hated for this, but…

    Clint McCance is protected by the First Amendment. I do not in any way agree with his viewpoint. I, too, am infuriated by his Facebook post. However, he did not actually act upon his apparent beliefs. One of the great things about this country is that anyone can have any opinion they want, and it is not against the law to say what your beliefs are, no matter what they are. Had he been involved with these young men who took their own lives in any negative way, such as even posting something like that before the deaths, it would be different. As it stands, he did not physically hurt anyone, and while his words may have been painful to just about everyone, including me, he is completely entitled to do say what he wants. Simply being hateful is not a crime. I’m not sure the same can be said about the apparent threats on Mr McCance’s and his family’s life.

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