UPDATE 8:47pm 12/13/14: For the record, I did not call any of the lesbian individuals abominations or disgusting. In my earlier years, I have referred to the lifestyle as being disgusting when referring to homosexual intercourse, because of the diseases that it has been known to transmit. I do not hate anyone, including her. I love everyone, including her. The Bible says to love even your enemies, and though I might disagree with this individual, I do not hate her in any way whatsoever, and I have forgiven her for threatening me and her remarks. I hope that she has developed a better understanding of my beliefs. This article is also not directed toward any individuals (that’s why I didn’t mention names), but rather a concern that I have for the rights of Christian students.
BUCKHANNON, WV – Buckhannon-Upshur High School has started a new club called the Gay Straight Alliance. The slogan of this alliance is “empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia.” Their mission is to “create safe environments [for homosexual pupils] in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia, transphobia, and other oppressions, educate the school community about homophobia, transphobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues, and fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.”
This organization states that they fight discrimination, harassment, violence and bullying of LGBT youth; however it creates discrimination, harassment, violence and bullying against Christian students who oppose the homosexual lifestyle.
According to an article from Mass-Resistance, “A purpose of GSAs is to indoctrinate the kids (including those calling themselves ‘straight’) in the radical ideas of the LGBT movement, which they term ‘queer theory.’ Most people are not aware just how extreme this is. Then the GSA leaders have the kids spread those ideas to the rest of the school through events like the ‘Day of Silence’, ‘Gay History Month’, and ‘Transgender Awareness Day.'”
This can cause extreme negativity to form against students who even just civilly disagree with this lifestyle.
When I was a freshman at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, I was bullied for my religious beliefs. The first week I attended the high school, out of nowhere, I was called over by a group of lesbian students.
I was sitting with a group of my friends, then all of the sudden, I heard “Cowger…Caiden Cowger!” I looked around and saw that it was a group of LGBT individuals calling me over. I decided to go, and see what they wanted.
“Hey Cowger, we watched your video; you hate gays,” she said.
“No, I never said that; I don’t hate anyone,” I replied. “I just disagree with homosexuality; it can be harmful and the Bible says that it is a sin.”
“I am a f**king Christian, and I was f**king born this way,” said one of the lesbian individuals.
“Well, you know, we are all entitled to our own opinions,” I responded.
“If you want to see a real organization that is hateful, take a look at Westboro Baptist; They are a real hate organization,” I said.
Then, a student who was also a member of my grade grabbed me by the arm and pulled me aside.
“They told me you’re hating on gays; you keep it up, I’ll beat you up,” stated the student.
It appeared that one of the lesbians, recruited one of her friends to threaten me into being silent. I tried to explain that they called me over, but he would not listen.
I was forced to go to the administration and report the incident. After the occurrence, the individual apologized to me and said that they had told him to do it.
A few weeks passed, and then another incident happened. I was sitting with a group of my friends at lunch, and then I heard screaming at another table around ours.
“Stop staring at me! Hey you, stop f**king staring at me,” shouted a female voice.
I looked around to see what was going on, but I could not see anything.
The screams continued, “Stop f**king staring at me! Cowger!”
Then I turned around and looked to see what all of the fuss was about, and one of the same lesbians, was now accusing me of staring at her.
“I wasn’t staring at you,” I responded.
I turned back around and continued talking with my friends. She then stood up from her seat and approached me while continuously yelling, “Why were you staring at me?”
“I was not staring at you,” I said.
“Oh, so you are a smarta**; I can f**king beat you up,” she threatened.
“I am not being smart; I wasn’t staring at you,” I responded.
“Sit down,” said a senior at BUHS.
I tried turning around, hoping that she would just leave, but by this time, my entire table and the surrounding tables were staring at us.
“Oh, so you think you are a bada**; why are you scared then?” she said angrily.
“I’m not scared,” I said.
“Then why are you shaking?” she asked.
“I’m not shaking,” I said.
“Oh yeah, put out your hand,” she commanded.
I put out my hand and started purposely shaking it; she apparently did not find that funny.
One of her friends started pulling her back and she yelled out, “F**k you!”
“No thank you,” I responded.
Then one of the vice-principals approached me and said that I need to come with him to the office and fill out a report. I did so, and gave him a list of the names of others who saw the incident unfold.
For the next several weeks, I honestly feared for my safety. The previous year, there was a student who was surrounded in the hallway by LGBT students and was attacked from behind, because he opposed homosexuality. The incident was so bad, that he was knocked out and had to be taken to the hospital.
According to Americans for Truth, “Often without parental knowledge, local schools are instituting policy changes that not only promote respect for homosexuality, but often even celebrate it. From teacher lesson plans to books in the school libraries to special speakers addressing children in school assemblies, activists are touting the ‘naturalness’ of homosexuality.”
This means that regardless of their beliefs, students will be forced to participate in homosexual-related activities, with the possible denial to opt-out.
In Gaston County, North Carolina, LGBT activists wanted to start a GSA. Chris Howell, a member of the school board, opposed the alliance. Howell stated, “They’re allowing a school-sponsored club to conduct activities during the day that will have a virtual guaranteed outcome of splitting the school and creating division.”
I am afraid that this alliance will create a hostile environment for Christians such as myself. It has basically formed a homosexual gang, supported by our school, with a mission to fight opposition to homosexuality (whether that opposition is because of a religious affiliation or otherwise) and “transform” the school’s atmosphere.