Middle School Teacher Suspended for Showing Students Music Video Promoting Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

chalkboardTAYLORSVILLE, North Carolina — A middle school teacher in North Carolina was recently suspended for showing his students a popular music video that promotes same-sex ‘marriage.’

The unnamed social studies teacher is employed at West Alexander Middle School in Taylorsville, North Carolina. According to reports, he played the video “Same Love” by Mackelmore and Lewis for eighth graders at the chagrin of school officials.

The music video, which won the 2013 MTV award for “Best Music Video with a Message” and remains in the top 40 songs played on hit radio stations, features two homosexual men who kiss, become engaged and get married.

“The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision/And you can be cured with some treatment and religion,” the lyrics to the song state. “Man-made rewiring of a predisposition/Playing God, aw nah, here we go/America the brave still fears what we don’t know/And God loves all His children, is somehow forgotten/But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago.”

Superintendent Jeff Peal told the Taylorsville Times that it was “inappropriate” for the teacher to show the video to the students.

“At West Alexander Middle School, there was an inappropriate video shown in class, outside the bounds of the curriculum that called for disciplinary action last week,” he said.

School board attorney Joel Harbinson explained further to CNN, advising that officials believed the video was unfitting for a middle school classroom.

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“The issue in this matter was one of whether the video was curriculum-based, educationally-related, and age-appropriate for a class of prepubescent 13-year-olds,” he said.

Reaction to the suspension has been mixed.

“I am a practicing Christian and teach the high school youth in my Baptist church in Hickory, NC,” wrote one commenter. “What some parents in rural, white, Alexander County, NC teach their children is to hate others for any variety of reasons–skin color, religion, sexual orientation, etc. I am glad there are teachers willing to present opposing views! … If you teach your children to hate anyone by using passages from the Bible, please do the rest of us a favor and do not call yourself a Christian.”

“This video is offensive to Christians and should be,” stated another. “Homosexuality in God’s words is a sin. … Causing the little ones to sin is really really bad. What did Jesus say about that? Something about a millstone around the neck?”

“I can love people predisposed to same sex [temptations] and not accept homosexuality,” he continued. “Most people sin, i.e., lie, steal or cheat on their taxes and all kinds of other stuff. We don’t turn these actions into virtuous behavior because we want them to be equal. … I just won’t believe that it’s not a sin and I don’t want that promoted to my child either. God is not a liar.”

The teacher was suspended for three days and has since returned to class.

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  • Betty Jewell

    If the Bible says it I belive it period.

  • Shereene

    This is a simple case of following a set of rules and regulations. This teacher knew the curriculum and decided to add to it by showing a music video he picked out. I’m a college graduate from an art and design school, and even there the Professors have to tell you in detail what they’re going to show you if it’s not on the syllabus. Even if he/she thinks its completely harmless or appropriate, details about a video must be given before actually showing it. Anything of a religious, sexual, violent, controversial, even unusual subject matter cannot simply be shown because you don’t know who may find that material offensive. Keep in mind, in this case, these are kids, not adults. The parents, then the school board, and then the teachers approve of the material presented in class. This teacher knew he was not presenting material pre-approved by the board and parents but he went outside the curriculum and showed it anyway. If Christian teachers can be fired or sued for talking about God, Jesus, or the bible in schools when the curriculum does not include any of these, so can this teacher in North Carolina for showing a music video about homosexual love and marriage if its not in the curriculum.