by Max Brantley
The Advocate.com has posted a sad story about an Arkansas school board member's reported death wish for gay youths. We could hope it's not true. I've tried without success to reach the school board member — Clint McCance of the Midland School District near Batesville — reported to have made the quoted remarks on his Facebook page, so all I know is what is said at the link. Would an Arkansan — another human being who claims to be a Christian — really post this on his Facebook page in response to an effort to wear purple shirts to show support for gay youths?
"Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE."
... "I would disown my kids they were gay. They will not be welcome at my home or in my vicinity. I will absolutely run them off. Of course my kids will know better. My kids will have solid christian beliefs. See it infects everyone."
The news is exploding across the web and has inspired a Facebook page of its own.
McCance's Facebook page for his carpet cleaning service (which has done business with the School District he governs) is getting some, er, testimonials tonight. UPDATE: I think McCance's business and personal Facebook page have been disabled, but the Fire McCance page still shows screen grabs of his posts.