Californian special needs teacher, Michael Stack from San Luis Obispo High School has resigned from his position. He chose to leave after the response to a letter he wrote to the Editor of his school’s campus newspaper. In that letter he quoted part of the Bible, as it pertained to how he felt about homosexuality. He wrote:
“I love the staff and students at SLOHS. My students know that. But I love God more, so in obedience to Him, I am writing this letter. I’m a teacher, and I don’t want to displease God any more than I already have with my sinful life, so in obedience to Him, I’m asking you to please slowly read and consider the following excerpt from the book of Romans.”
He then quoted a part of the Old Testament which says that homosexuality is not natural and that:
“God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die.””
The letter then goes on about how people have abandoned God and what he wants from us. He continued:
“So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and shameful things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the creator Himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. “
He has since said that he was merely exercising his first amendment rights and when others responded to his letter, that they were doing the same. However then he posted the following online:
“…The community apparently wants me out, so I hereby grant them their desires.”
Michael Stack has, like so many others, used religion in an attempt to shame people and who they are, in this case homosexuality. When people are young and still establishing who they are, a letter like Stack’s could be devastating for them. Federal law, thanks to former President Barack Obama, now recognizes marriage equality. (More after the jump.)
This was a huge step for the acceptance of homosexuality in society.
Letters such as Stack’s show that some people still have a long road to travel, until society reaches full acceptance.
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