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I don’t know whether to be angry or not.

Eddie Walker, principal at Irmo High School in South Carolina, is resigning at the end of the next school year. Why? Because a Gay/Straight Alliance group is being allowed to form at his school and he can’t deal with it.

In a letter sent to the student body and faculty, and obtained by WIS News 10 Columbia, Irmo High School Principal Eddie Walker wrote, “The formation of this club conflicts with my professional beliefs in that we do not have other clubs at Irmo High school based on sexual orientation, sexual preference, or sexual activity. In fact our sex education curriculum is abstinence based. I feel the formation of a Gay/Straight Alliance Club at Irmo High school implies that students joining the club will have chosen to or will choose to engage in sexual activity with members of the same sex, opposite sex, or members of both sexes.

How can someone so ignorant be in charge of educating anyone, much less being in charge of an entire school?

Hence the dilemma.

He’s staying in his position through next year because of his professional obligations. He’s not standing in the way of the group. He even writes: “It is very important to me that the club sponsor and all students who join this club receive Golden Rule treatment from everyone.”

So that’s a plus, I suppose…

I’m all for respecting people even if I don’t respect their beliefs. But when your beliefs cause you to be intolerant and bigoted, that respect fades quickly.

Making idiotic comments also helps.

Like saying that joining a GSA group will lead to all sorts of sex.

As one blogger writes:

I dare anyone to show me proof that GSAs encourage sexual activity. There has never been any proof of this assertion because it is a false notion created by the anti-gay industry designed to scare ignorant people.

GSAs exist so that lgbt teenagers can meet and interact with others like themselves. GSAs exist so that lgbt teenagers do not feel so isolated in a school environment, which at times can be homophobic.

The argument doesn’t hold much water, anyway.

Students know their own sexual orientation at a young age — younger than some might think. Allowing them to be open about that is not the same as promoting sexual activity.

Teaching tolerance, especially in the face of religious bigotry, should be encouraged, not dismissed.

Not to mention GSA groups discuss a whole host of issues. Including how to deal with people who don’t understand LGBT issues. Like, say, the principal of your high school.

(via Pam’s House Blend)

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