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Delaware Christian School Will Acknowledge No Gay Alums

Once upon a time, Delaware Christian School was thrilled to boast about its semi-famous alum, David Emerson. And why not? He's a respected radio personality in Columbus, OH, and in his professional life he exemplifies a lot of good, bedrock American virtues. He's hard working, producing a morning show on Sunny95 FM before dashing off to do afternoon broadcasts on Rewind 103.5. He's a good Christian boy, having once hosted shows on an upbeat Jesus-centric station called JOY FM. And on his LinkedIn profile, Emerson claims to be a serious self-starter, willing to hurl himself at unfamiliar broadcasting and sound-editing software with a cheerful determination to learn well and fast. Maybe most impressively, he's a 26-year-old somehow hacking out a living as a full-time media person. Not so easy in 2011.

So, yeah, why wouldn't Delaware Christian School feature Mr. Emerson on its Alumnus Page?

Oh. Because he's gay.

Apparently, the webmaster at the school's website yanked Emerson's page last April month after learning about Emerson's sexual orientation. It's unclear what they hoped to accomplish, even though Delaware Christian's principal, a Mr. Gordon McDonald, issued this statement to ABC6:

David Emerson is a fine young man of whom I think very highly. I am very proud of his professional accomplishments. I regret the deep differences that have occurred. However, speaking for the Delaware Christian School I cannot approve of the lifestyle he has chosen to endorse as posted for public viewing on his Facebook site.

Translation: "If you attend my school, I will stalk your Facebook page ever-after, seeking out signs of unChristian behavior." Sweet. Sign me up.

McDonald continues:

Based on David's posting last April I removed David's photo and comments from our alumni website. He has publicly chosen to identify himself with a lifestyle that is not in keeping with the biblical belief taught at Delaware Christian. I respect his right to choose and live out his belief but do not want to convey the message that I approve that lifestyle. [sic]

Well. You gotta admire someone with that kind of integrity. Ever since McDonald rid the alumnus page of all its divorcees, pro-choicers, agnostics, pre-marital cohabitators and Sunday church-skippers, nobody's for a moment doubted the school's sincer --

What's that? He only got rid of the gay guy? Oh. In that case, he's just nasty.

Check out ABC6's coverage of McDonald's ridiculousness AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. OMG! He's not going far enough. They must purge their history books of any famous homosexuals...no da Vinci, Alexander the Great, etc...quick, get the white corrector fluid out...

    Posted by: Todd | Oct 16, 2011 1:13:07 PM

  2. This is the Christianist agenda: make us invisible, pretend we don't exist. If we have audacity to live as an honest and open human being, then banishment is the only recourse.

    After all, isn't that what Jesus would do? Suffer the little children to be thrown to the wolves?

    Posted by: RWG | Oct 16, 2011 1:47:55 PM

  3. David should be thankful his name is no longer on their alumni page. I would personally be embarrassed to have my name attached to a "Christian" school. It's sad that the word "Christian" now invokes (to me anyway) hatred and ignorance. Who wants to be part of that b.s.?

    Posted by: shle896 | Oct 16, 2011 2:08:05 PM

  4. I'm not really sure why Mr. Thorp thinks this is a news story. I mean "Christian school headmaster denounces gay lifestyle of alumnus" is not exactly front-page news. Does this really surprise us? Also, the headmaster did indeed indicate "what he hoped to accomplish" here - to prevent the notion that the school approves of its alumnus's choices. And since a Facebook page can be viewed by anyone, how it is "stalking" if someone were to read it? Mr. Thorp's argument about the other sinful behaviors of the school's other alumni should take into account that most of its alumni are not famous, and not all sins are overt (hence not all run the risk of the school seeming to endorse them) True, all alumni could probably be denounced for something sinful, but being in the public eye has its disadvantages and this is one of them. Interesting that even the headmaster's praise of this alumnus for his character doesn't matter to Mr. Thorp.

    Homophobia used to mean hostility to gay people or irrational fear of them. Now it has come to mean anything that gay people wish didn't exist.

    Posted by: Mary | Oct 16, 2011 2:09:14 PM

  5. I hope David makes sure they get none of his alumni dollars. That's what I've done to my Christian school...they are always asking for donations but you know what, they ain't getting mine.

    And I would also say to David, all the better they don't name you because Mr. McDonald's lifestyle of hate is better off not to be associated with. (And by the way, Mr. McDonald, David is no longer a student at your school, he doesn't have to live by your standards.)

    Posted by: Bart | Oct 16, 2011 2:16:19 PM

  6. "Homophobia used to mean hostility to gay people or irrational fear of them. Now it has come to mean anything that gay people wish didn't exist."

    Homophobia has always meant discrimination against gays of any kind. Secondly, from the article, it is certain Christian groups who seem to wish we didn't exist.

    Posted by: LiamB | Oct 16, 2011 2:18:25 PM

  7. Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

    It is a news story here because it is a prime example of discrimination against homosexuals. The great sin of being a "public homosexual" was committed.

    Oh, and homophobia still means the same thing, bigotry, which I'm sure you are familiar with.

    Posted by: Asked & Answered | Oct 16, 2011 2:20:35 PM

  8. You know, gays are being shamed, killed, lynched, discriminated, mocked, driven to suicide, repressed, tortured and discredited; yet Christians somehow manage to play it like they are the victim.

    Posted by: shello | Oct 16, 2011 2:23:22 PM

  9. It's a good thing my boy Jesus doesn't have a Facebook page!

    Posted by: Jesus' Mom | Oct 16, 2011 2:25:21 PM

  10. I guess someone doesn't care about alumni gift giving.

    Posted by: No more gay money | Oct 16, 2011 2:29:25 PM

  11. http://www.dcschool.org/index.php/contact/

    Posted by: Joe M | Oct 16, 2011 2:38:44 PM

  12. Carry on Dave. You don't need a church or religion to be Christian.

    Posted by: Dale | Oct 16, 2011 2:57:53 PM

  13. @Brandon Thorp:

    Gordon McDonald is the school's principal, not its principle. The school has no principles.

    Also, in your post below, you refer to a man who is a candidate and a National Guardsmen. Unless he has multiple personalities, the use of the singular is required.

    If Towelroad can't afford a proofreader, perhaps you could get one of your friends from Grindr to do it.

    Posted by: Seth | Oct 16, 2011 3:07:00 PM

  14. Christianity in this country needs to be shut down. ANY religion that lies to their followers and discriminates against the same should be run out of America. Christians and Mormons are America's worst enemies.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Oct 16, 2011 3:13:12 PM

  15. Dear Seth:

    Hi! Thanks for the correction. Blogs are necessarily first drafts, and typos are inevitable. Please keep pointing them out, and Ill happily keep fixing them.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Oct 16, 2011 3:13:27 PM

  16. Obviously, the school's principal is a fool and a bigot and deserves condemnation. But seriously, David Emerson says that he spent the "whole night crying in my bed" because he was deleted from the school's website? And he says this on TV?
    Does anyone know any 26-year old straight men who would act like this?

    David, from the hair on your face, you appear to be a man. Act like one. Show some inner strength and resilience. Don't send the message to the world that gay men emotionally arrested, weepy, overwrought sissies.

    Posted by: Dev | Oct 16, 2011 3:15:08 PM

  17. Shello's comment is dead on.

    The reality is while the Christian Reich is playing the victim for now, their true agenda is to take political power and wipe us out holocaust style.

    Posted by: Sean | Oct 16, 2011 3:17:12 PM

  18. Unfortunately I went to this school, and I'm not surprised at their response at all. DCS is known for expelling students for many "sins" from homosexuality to unwed pregnancy. I was pretty much bullied out of the school and had to transfer because I couldn't take it there anymore. It's pretty sad what this principal is doing there. He's basically teaching his students that disregarding those who are different is a principle to live by. The school is producing bigots and standardizing hate.

    Posted by: Dwayne Steward | Oct 16, 2011 3:38:36 PM

  19. My husband and I both attended a "Christian" collage. When we got married, I sent an announcement to our alumni newsletter. They refused to print our announcement, but they did start sending a single copy of the alumni paper addressed to both of us. Formerly we each received our own copy. Apparently their Christian principles can be comprimised when they can save a buck.

    Posted by: voet | Oct 16, 2011 3:43:40 PM

  20. mary carries water for the bigots who wish us out of reality

    Posted by: gomez | Oct 16, 2011 3:44:29 PM

  21. He like not celebs.

    Posted by: .♥.handsome.♥. | Oct 16, 2011 4:35:30 PM

  22. He's lucky to have come out OK. Good riddance to the school.

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 16, 2011 4:40:56 PM

  23. Well, I hope he's not going to turn the other cheek. Maybe he could start an alternative website for gay alumni of that school, titled similarly, so that it comes up in web searches, and start by featuring himself and invite other gay alumni to join him.

    He can't be the only one.

    Posted by: better than crying about it | Oct 16, 2011 5:14:07 PM

  24. @Seth: I write and edit for a living. There are typos on this blog all the time---Andy made a bunch on Friday---yet few people bash Andy. Instead everyone seems to love attacking his weekend replacements. Again, it's a blog. It's not the New York Times or even Huffington Post. Time and resources are limited. Calm down.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 16, 2011 5:49:03 PM

  25. Keep supplying these so called "Christians" with more rope. Eventually they'll hang themselves with it.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Oct 16, 2011 6:41:48 PM

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