Clint McCance Facebook postings, screenshot, courtesy of The AdvocateAn official from an Arkansas school district used Facebook as a platform for his religiously-inspired hatred of gays. The Advocate reports on his vile comments:

While schools across the country are taking action against bullying and suicide, a board member of an Arkansas school district is using his Facebook page to encourage “queers” and “fags” to kill themselves.

Clint McCance is a board member in the Midland school district in northern Arkansas. Responding to a call to wear purple last Wednesday to support LGBT youth, McCance wrote the following message on his Facebook page: “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.”

As one might expect in the heart of the Bible Belt, McCance’s hateful comments earned some support from other hyperreligious lunatics:

Initially, six people “liked” McCance’s message. He also received supportive comments, though some challenged his statement. A commenter wrote, “Because hatred is always right.”

At least one person challenged his Christianity:

McCance responded with, “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.”

That’s right, demanding that gays kill themselves because they “sinned” is decidedly Christian. Right?

Need I point out, though, that according to strict Christian doctrine, everyone is guilty of “sin,” as McCance’s own Bible says:

But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-26)

The Biblical solution for “sinners,” then, is NOT for “sinners” to kill themselves, but rather, to have faith in Jesus. Thus, McCance quite obviously contradicts scripture and is being un-Christian.

NPR reports that McCance has been quizzed about his comments, but has fallen back on an old dodge, and others around him are avoiding the subject entirely (cached article):

McCance didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment Wednesday left on his voicemail. But he told the Arkansas Times that the issue had been “blown out of proportion” and he planned to issue a statement later Wednesday. Officials at the Midland School District said Superintendent Dean Stanley was out of the office and not available for comment.

I’m not sure how an admonition for all gays to kill themselves could possibly be “blown out of proportion,” since it’s a fairly extreme statement all by itself. But hey, when you’ve been caught saying something horrifically hateful and are embarrassed by it, it’s much better to try to deny having said it, or that what you said means what you said, than just to admit you said it, concede it was wrong, apologize for it, and then move on.

That is, after all, the Christian thing to do. No?

Update: During an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN, Clint McCance apologized — sort of — and promised to resign his position (cached article). His “apology” was more along the lines of a non-apology apology; he apologized for having hurt people, but never admitted that the philosophy he’d expressed on Facebook was a vile, repugnant and immoral one that no one should espouse.

I predict he will become a martyr to the Religious Right: He — or others, or both — will claim he was “run out of office,” that he was “persecuted for being a Christian,” that his “free speech rights” were violated, and so on. It will all be a package of lies, of course, but it will be compelling to the rest of the Religious Right, because any suggestion of “persecution” is inherently appealing to them … as has been the case with Christianity since its origin. Christianity is, after all, a martyrs’ sect, founded on the career of a martyr. I further predict he’ll run for a higher office in a couple of years … very likely for Congress.

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