Clint McCance, the Arkansas school board member who made headlines this week for the outlandish anti-gay hate speech he wrote on his Facebook wall, has officially decided to resign from his position.
McCance told CNN’s (gay heartthrob) Anderson Cooper yesterday, “I’m sorry I’ve hurt people with my comments,” adding, “I would never support suicide for any kids. I don’t support bullying of any kids.” The school board VP had the nerve to suggest that he’s really a kind-hearted person deep-down, saying, “I give everyone a chance and try to love everyone.”
Mmm-hmm. So that’s what you meant when you said, “I like that fags can’t procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die,” right?
It’s amazing to me that these blatantly sociopathic, homophobic bullies are able to completely change their tune when the lights are on and the camera’s running. McCance blames his homophobia on his Christianity, which is unfortunate. Earlier this month, columnist and It Gets Better founder, Dan Savage, addressed the convergence of Christianity and gay bullying in a scathing response to a reader who suggested she had “never in (her) life known someone who loved the Lord who wished ill will on other people and certainly not death ‘so that [we] can perpetuate [our own] agenda’.” In his retort, Savage cries, “The dehumanizing bigotries that fall from lips of “faithful Christians,” and the lies that spew forth from the pulpit of the churches “faithful Christians” drag their kids to on Sundays, give your straight children a license to verbally abuse, humiliate and condemn the gay children they encounter at school.”
While I don’t believe by any means that all Christians are perpetuating hatred toward gay people, I do believe that all Christians who adopt the “hate the sin, love the sinner” approach are missing the boat on this one. Clint McCance has obviously identified himself as someone who believes gay people are sinners, and he hates them for it. And now much of America hates him for it. I’d like to say I wonder when this cycle of hatred will stop, but the truth is, I know the answer, which is, when gay people are given civil rights. How long that will take, I can’t say. But I hope the public isn’t forced to meet another Clint McCance along the way.