Gay prom date approved for Ga. school

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 10:33 AM
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COCHRAN, Ga. - An 18-year-old senior at Bleckley County High School has won approval to bring a same-sex date to the school prom.

Derrick Martin says he first sought permission in January to bring his date to the April 17 dance at the school. Bleckley County High requires approval in advance for bringing a prom date from outside the county.

Principal Michelle Masters says there's no school policy covering the subject of same-sex dates.

County schools superintendent Charlotte Pipkin says the board discussed the matter but did not take a vote.

Both Masters and Pipkin say the prom will go on as scheduled. A request by a female student in Mississippi to bring a same-sex prom date led to the prom at her school being called off.

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emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 03/23/10 - 02:25 pm
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At least two sets of parents

At least two sets of parents who won't have to worry about their kid getting pregnant (or impregnating) on prom night.

wlightnin42
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wlightnin42 03/23/10 - 10:09 am
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LOL, your right, just a

LOL, your right, just a disease.

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corgimom 03/23/10 - 10:39 am
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I'm pretty sure the parents

I'm pretty sure the parents already know, don't you think? I mean, if my son told me he wanted to take another boy to the prom as his date, I believe I could figure that one out.

classyfox
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classyfox 03/23/10 - 10:41 am
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The word of God said that "

The word of God said that " Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind. It is abomination". Leviticus 18: 22-30
Be careful Georgia, we do not want to experience the wrath of God.

GeorgiaisCOOL
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GeorgiaisCOOL 03/23/10 - 10:55 am
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Classyfox...........the bible

Classyfox...........the bible says "love thy neighbor", I don't recall anything being after it that says "unless he or she is gay or lesbian". We should love everyone and not pass judgement.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 03/23/10 - 11:27 am
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Not so cool, Cool. Bible says

Not so cool, Cool. Bible says obey its teaching, and that means not ignoring what the Bible says. It says homosexuality is a sin. That's not judging, that's just quoting the text. By the way, Jesus also tells us to JUDGE everything, and do it righteously. This "judge not" mantra is pulled way out of context by you and others. That passage warns against hypocrisy, NOT about judging. You may not agree with the Bible, and that is your right; but you can't deny that it clearly says homosexuality is wrong. That's just what it says.

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subterraneanne 03/23/10 - 12:03 pm
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I don't understand the type

I don't understand the type of people who think it's OK to dictate to other parents who their children's prom date can be. It's your bible. You may believe what it says. The rest of us don't, so leave us alone! Young people today are much more advanced than previous generations who are defined by hate and fear. I doubt anyone else needed to get permission for their prom date, but well done to this school none the less.

squeaks30909
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squeaks30909 03/23/10 - 12:29 pm
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Kids are exposed to more but

Kids are exposed to more but that by no means make them smarter. Not sure if your old enough to realize that these "advanced" kids are not advancing our society in too many postive ways. Not saying all kids are bad but I would rather my kids grow up in my generation than what is out there now. A lot less to worry about and its where "a kid can be a kid"

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belle 03/23/10 - 01:48 pm
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Interesting, everyone
Unpublished

Interesting, everyone interprets the Bible differently. Howcanweknow, where does the Bible say homosexuality is a sin? Is it in the passage from Leviticus that classyfox quoted? I interpret that to say that persons are forbidden by God to engage in same sex sexual acts. I know of nowhere where the Bible says that people cannot love one another of the same sex as a husband and wife would. I for one am neither going to peek in their bedroom windows to confirm their activities nor am I going to assume that I, like God, have the ability and knowledge with which to judge others and sentence them to eternal damnation. It's just a dance.

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andywarhol 03/23/10 - 01:55 pm
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It's politically incorrect to

It's politically incorrect to only have a Prom King and Queen. What about Prom King and King? Anyone want to sword fight the king?

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Dudeness 03/23/10 - 02:07 pm
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**where does the Bible say

**where does the Bible say homosexuality is a sin?**
I would say that engaging in same-sex sexual acts constitutes as homosexuality.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 - "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

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emergencyfan 03/23/10 - 02:52 pm
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Corgi, I think you missed my

Corgi, I think you missed my point. It was a joke.

Dudeness, in reading the quote you posted and using that argument, nowhere does it say "hate the homosexual" or "judge the homosexual" or "ban the homosexual from proms." All your quote says is that homosexuals won't inherit the kingdom of God. Seems pretty clear to me that this passage is telling you to keep your nose out of it because it's God's business and he'll be taking care of it in due time and that being homosexual is no worse than being drunk or cheating on your spouse. If you were dating an alcoholic would anyone be constantly telling you that she was an abomination and going to hell or that you have no right to get married or to be seen out in public? And I won't even go into the "thieves," "greedy," "slanderers," or "swindlers."

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Dudeness 03/23/10 - 03:05 pm
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My post wasn't in response to

My post wasn't in response to anything related to hating, judging or banning homosexuals from proms. It was in response to whether the Bible said that homosexuality was a sin.

Saying that something is a sin is not judging or hating and I haven't commented on the banning of a homosexual from a prom since that doesn't relate to this article at all. When I was in school, you always had to seek permission to bring a prom date that didn't attend that particular school. Seeking permission is a complete non-story. This article isn't even about someone winning approval of bringing a same-sex date as it tries to make it out to be. It was about gaining approval to bring a date from another county twisted into something that it isn't.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 03/23/10 - 03:40 pm
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Belle, there are a number of

Belle, there are a number of Bible references. Probably the most famous is Romans 1, where it is stated very specifically that if a man has relations with a man, that is an absolute abomination before God. Same passage speaks of the "sin" of women burning in their heart with passion toward other women. You can look it up. I'm not placing damnation upon anyone, but simply stating what the Bible clearly says. If you want to believe you can disobey God and have a total disregard for his clear directives without any concern, then fine. No problem. That's your choice. But, what you can't say is that the Bible approves of same-sex relationships. That's not true, and that fact is not up for debate. The evidence is all too obvious.

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brimisjoshan 03/23/10 - 04:10 pm
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Dudeness and howcanweknow,

Dudeness and howcanweknow, thanks for being bold and stating the facts about scripture but unfortunately you will be called intolerant, ignorant and hateful. I know because you are dealing with the same people on here that I have dealt with; ie. corgimom. I have stated the same thing about the gay parade. We love the people but hate the sin because that is what God calls it. They will deny, twist, and even play dumb about what the Bible says. Rush Limbaugh made a good comment today he said the reason the liberals hate us so much is because we bring attention to their immorality. I thought that was pretty accurate. Anyway, hang in there guys!

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Sargebaby 03/23/10 - 05:41 pm
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THIS JUST IN; JACKSON, Miss.

THIS JUST IN; JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district violated a lesbian student's rights by banning her from bringing her girlfriend to the prom, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, but he stopped short of forcing the district to hold the event.

U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson denied an American Civil Liberties Union request for a preliminary injunction that would have forced the Itawamba County school district to sponsor the April 2 prom and allow Constance McMillen to escort her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.
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Ahhh a precedent!

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brimisjoshan 03/23/10 - 05:51 pm
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That is awesome. Thanks for

That is awesome. Thanks for the report Sarge! Our country is facing a great battle at home for the hearts and minds of Americans. How I wish I would have been physically able to serve in the military for my country. I buy the soldiers lunch and pray for them every chance I get but I can fight for the values of what I believe have made our country great and I think that is something each of us must do.

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belle 03/23/10 - 05:58 pm
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howcanweknow....your name
Unpublished

howcanweknow....your name says it all. Who is to say that two persons of the same sex who LOVE each other is a sin??? You quote two passages that say "having relations" and "burning with passion"... Do you not think it is possible for a person to go through their entire life without sex? Do you peek in the windows of homosexual couples to see if they are "doing it?". That is my point. We are not in a position to judge that which we know much less that we don't know.

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brimisjoshan 03/23/10 - 06:36 pm
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Dear Belle, how can we know?

Dear Belle, how can we know? Not by our own opinions for sure because we can all be missguided or deceived but the Bible makes it clear. I know how to read the oringinal Greek of the New Testament and it is pretty clear that it is speaking of homosexuality. Again, we are to show love to them even though we are not to condone the lifestyle. You know when we are just typing words on here it is easy to misunderstand the attitude behind the words. I don't think anything gives us a reason to be mean spirited or ugly toward others. We all have sins we have to confess and repent of regularly. It is important however that we don't just accept something because of our culture or fear of being misunderstood.

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baronvonreich 03/23/10 - 06:56 pm
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Thankfully not everybody

Thankfully not everybody lives their life by the tales in the Bible.
Thankfully our government isn't run according to the tales in the Bible.
Thankfully our government run schools who take tax money from everyone regardless of religious affiliation don't make their policies based on the tales in the Bible.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 03/23/10 - 07:01 pm
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Belle, you simply asked a

Belle, you simply asked a question, and I gave you an answer. You displayed your admitted ignorance of the Bible, and I helped point out the facts. I didn't say you had to believe it, and you obviously don't. That's your choice. More power to you. But, don't ask what the Bible says if you don't want to find out. I didn't pass any judgment. I simply passed on what the Bible says is God's judgment. Again, if you disagree with God, then fine. Don't shoot me, the messenger; take it up with God. He is the one "who knows". Certainly not me.

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brimisjoshan 03/23/10 - 07:04 pm
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If Christianity is just a

If Christianity is just a tale, a fantasy, a dream oh may I never wake up!

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 03/23/10 - 07:07 pm
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We've been through all the

We've been through all the reasons why Christianity is factual. Spent hours discussing this matter on this forum. About the only thing that is clear is that so many here are very determined NOT to accept Christianity, that no amount of fact and truth will change their minds.

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brimisjoshan 03/23/10 - 07:16 pm
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howcanweknow, you are right,

howcanweknow, you are right, we can never really argue anyone into being a Christian. Baron, how you doing? I meant to post on another story about the Healthcare that I thought you were making some good points. Hope you are having a good day.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 03/23/10 - 07:19 pm
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Brim, I agree. You can't

Brim, I agree. You can't argue about it. Hardly ever works. But, as you know, I Pet 3:15 tells us to always be ready to defend our beliefs and give a reason why we believe. Sometimes it's hard to strike a good balance between truth and love. Some folks just get mad. But I guess you have to keep trying....

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Sargebaby 03/23/10 - 07:52 pm
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Baron says; "Thankfully not

Baron says; "Thankfully not everybody lives their life by the tales in the Bible."
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You would be correct, if you're referring to the entire world, but in America, Americans who identify themselves as Christian dropped from 86.2% to 76.0% in 2008. Still, a clear majority, (thankfully)!

Source; http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_prac2.htm

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Sargebaby 03/23/10 - 08:03 pm
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howcanweknow, let me provide

howcanweknow, let me provide you with an answer (to your name)! I believe for many reasons. First, I credit Almighty God, then, my parents for their strong Christian influence. But, there is more. Faith is belief, and while in Vietnam, I returned to my Faith, after having prayers answered before I finished praying. Long story there. Then on July 27, 2007, my heart stopped. Not once, but three times. It's difficult to describe what I experienced, but when I woke up out of my coma, about forty days later, I recalled a new experience that changed my life forever. Let me just say, God answers unencumbered, sincere, prayers.

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Little Lamb 03/23/10 - 08:34 pm
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Sargebaby (quoting a poll)

Sargebaby (quoting a poll) said:

Americans who identify themselves as Christian dropped from 86.2% to 76.0% in 2008.

Wow! That is a tremendous drop among the faithful for just one year!

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brimisjoshan 03/23/10 - 08:36 pm
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Sarge, its great to hear your

Sarge, its great to hear your story. God is so good to reach us where we are at. I was a 20 year old pothead when I first experienced His love for me. Been an awesome ride ever since! I am now 46.

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Dixieman 03/23/10 - 09:45 pm
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When I was a kid,

When I was a kid, homosexuality was forbidden.
Today it is permissible.
I hope I check out of this world before it becomes compulsory!

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