Wednesday, January 25, 2012

School Supt.: Christian Student Ignorant, Anti-gay

After Wisconsin Superintendent Todd Carlson read a Shawano High School op-ed article in the school newspaper opposing "gay adoption" and presenting Biblical principles, he said that the 15-year-old student writer, Brandon Wegner, had "to be one of the most ignorant kids to try to argue with him about this topic."

-- From "Gay debate hits home in Shawano" posted at Green Bay Press-Gazette 1/15/12

The student newspaper column (.PDF) against same-sex couples says: "If one is a practicing Christian, Jesus states in the Bible that homosexuality is (a) detestable act and sin which makes adopting wrong for homosexuals because you would be raising the child in a sin-filled environment.

"A child adopted into homosexuality will get confused because everyone else will have two different-gendered parents that can give them the correct amount of motherly nurturing and fatherly structure. In a Christian society, allowing homosexual couples to adopt is an abomination."

"This is why kids commit suicide," said Nick Uttecht, who is raising four children with his partner, Michael McNelly.

Uttecht told school district officials he thinks the piece opposing gays as parents is hateful and should not have run. He worries the strong language will hurt his children and could lead students to bully gay classmates.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Gay adoption column causes Wis. district to tighten prior review" by Emily Summars, Staff Writer, Student Press Law Center 1/24/12

The Hawks Post published two opinion pieces about the issue of gay and lesbian adoption, one in support and one opposed.

Todd Carlson, superintendent of Shawano School District, issued a statement last week stating, “There is no intent by the school district to advocate for any of these positions. As a place of learning, Shawano school district strives to cultivate a positive environment for everyone.”

The article did not match the tone of the school district’s mission, Carlson wrote.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Atty Says School Threatened, Punished Boy Who Opposed Gay Adoption" by Todd Starnes, Fox News 1/24/12

Mathew Staver, the founder of the Liberty Counsel, sent a letter to Superintendent Todd Carlson demanding an apology for “Its unconstitutional and irrational censorship and humiliation” of Brandon Wegner.

[Staver] said the 15-year-old was ordered to the superintendent’s office where he was subjected to hours of meetings and was accused of violating the school’s bullying policy.

“The superintendent called him ignorant and said he had the power to suspend him,” Staver said. “He’s using his position to bully this student. This is absolutely the epitome of intolerance.”

Staver said the boy’s parents were never notified.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read 'Gay Rights' Winning, Loss of Religious Liberty Documented - Washington Post writer demonstrates it's a "zero sum" game: Winning homosexual 'rights' means Christians must lose freedom of religion.