Iowa High School Students Bombarded with Anti-Gay, Pro-Life Messages
Last night, I was alerted to the 10 o’clock local news. A report was airing talking about the superintendent of an Iowa high school apologizing for an earlier assembly. As I listened, I couldn’t believe what came next.
Apparently the superintendent invited a rock band, representing Christian youth ministry “You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide,” to talk to the kids about usual high school stuff: The dangers of provocative lyrics, saying no to drugs, condemning the LGBT community and showing you what an aborted fetus looks like. You know, normal stuff.
“They told my daughter, the girls, that they were going to have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren’t virgins,” said Jennifer Littlefield, a parent upset with the band’s performance.
Littlefield also did not appreciate what she described as gay bashing.
“They told these kids that anyone who was gay was going to die at the age of 42,” she said. “It just blows me away that no one stopped this.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, they then split the room into three groups–boys, girls and teachers–and starting soliciting their extreme views in other areas, including drugs, women assuming a submissive role, and the U.S. Constitution.
Members of the group blasted other performers, like Toby Keith, for their improper influence.
The girls, meanwhile, were told to save themselves for their husbands and assume a submissive role in the household. According to witnesses, the leader in that effort also forced the young ladies to chant a manta [sic] of sorts about remaining pure.
Those who walked out or attempted to confront the speakers were shouted down or ridiculed as disrespectful, according to students.
I can’t think of anything more damaging or dangerous than a group, under the guise of good intentions, going into a high school and telling students that anyone who is gay is going to die when they’re 42.
Many of those same kids could be getting bullied for being gay or being perceived as gay right now, and this does absolutely nothing to help the situation. It’s disturbing and vulgar, to say the least.
The superintendent was apparently mortified, and had no idea what this group represented. He said that he had contacted other schools in the area and heard nothing but good things said about the band. As a resident of this state, I sure hope that’s not indicative of Iowa being A-OK with this stuff.
Also, should come as no surprise, but Michele Bachmann has supported this radical band and its Christian youth ministry. Keep it classy, Bachmann.