Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. – Genesis 2:15
A 15 year old High Schools student was censored and punished by his school for writing an article expressing his Christian beliefs regarding gay adoption (a PDF version of the article can be found here). Brandon Wegner, who writes for the Shawano High School student newspaper, wrote an editorial column which supported children being raised in a home by a mother and father. Another student wrote an article in favor of gay marriage. Wegner did not use deragatory language towards homosexuals and wrote a substantive argument in support of his position:
“If one is a practicing Christian, Jesus states in the Bible that homosexuality is (a) detestable act and sin which makes adopting wrong for homosexuals because you would be raising the child in a sin-filled environment.
A child adopted into homosexuality will get confused because everyone else will have two different-gendered parents that can give them the correct amount of motherly nurturing and fatherly structure. In a Christian society, allowing homosexual couples to adopt is an abomination.”
He cited various authorities and sources, including Scripture, in defense of his opinions. Wegner argued that children raised in an environment in which the mother and father are present had the best chance for success and that homosexual adoption should be prohibited. His article was released in conjunction with an opposing viewpoint provided by another student, Maddie Marquardt, also “The Hawk’s Post” copy editor. Marquardt countered in her argument that gay couples should be able to adopt because the foster system is broken and children need a two-parent home. As the Christian Post reported:
School officials at Shawano School District were alerted to the editorial column by a homosexual parent who wrote a formal complaint that Wegner’s opinion “constituted as hate speech” and could “cause kids to commit suicide.” The School District then issued an apology stating that “offensive articles cultivating a negative environment of disrespect are not appropriate or condoned by the Shawano School District,” USA Today reported. Liberty Counsel, a non-profit legal advocacy group that fights for religious freedom from persecution for Christians in America, is representing Wegner in this matter. They cite the principal as saying Principal Zwirschitz allegedly told the student: “in a public school, you can’t use the Bible as a source because we can’t impose our religious beliefs on other people.” He is also said to have remarked: “the school newspaper is not the place to be talking about your religious beliefs at your age.” Zwirschitz allegedly added: “because of this article you can’t write about religion, politics, or social issues in the school paper.” (source)
The District Superintendent also met with Wegber and asked the young man if he now regretted writing the article but Wegner stood by his Biblical beliefs. Upon hearing Wegner’s response the Superintended said the young man “”had got to be one of the most ignorant kids to try to argue with him on this topic,” and that “we have the power to suspend you if we want to.” These meetings all took place without notifying Wegner’s parents.
“His article was done in a tasteful way,” countered Matthew Staver of the Liberty Counsel. “The [District] humiliated Brandon in front of everyone, prevented him from his exams, and jeopardized his academic progress.” According to the lawyer, the 15-year-old’s parents were never notified about these meetings with the school district. “The actions taken by the district to censor only the religious speech of students, while allowing opposing viewpoints on the same topic is simply unconstitutional,” the letter reads.
Once again, the effort to silence Christians a Biblical worldview is taking hold in American public schools. God, who created marriage in the book of Genesis has set an order for the family, and that is between a man and a woman (for more on this see “Christian Singer Jennifer Knapp “Comes Out”: Is It OK to be Christian and Gay?“). Bible-believing Christians have every right to express this view, even in a public school. If the nation and political leaders want to change the definition of marriage, that is their right and prerogative. But Christians are called to be separate from the world. This means that despite what movement away from Biblical righteousness and morality, Christians are to stand firm on Biblical truth. Jesus prayed over His disciples and said:
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. – John 17
Pray for this young man to keep his faith in the face of hostile persecution from his school and for Christians to continue to stand for what the Bible says over the current trend in society.