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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. I hope the students at Delaware Christian start wearing armbands in support of David.

    Let's hope otherwise that this incident discourages comparatively decent parents from sending their kids to a school with an anti-gay leader.

    Posted by: Luke | Oct 16, 2011 7:22:14 PM

  2. Stand with David!


    Posted by: Stand with David | Oct 16, 2011 7:30:22 PM

  3. @btk
    @paul r

    Mixing up principle and principal - or it's and its, they're and their, you're and your - isn't a typo, it's a real error. But my main complaint with the weekend postings is the tone. There seems to be a consistent pattern of flippant comments in articles that aren't necessary - or, from my perspective, welcome.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Oct 16, 2011 8:03:49 PM

  4. Though theology is unlikely to be the conversation of choice in any LGBT hotspot (well, outside an RC rectory LOL), this school is actually a strain of fundamentalist evangelical Protestantism. They probably follow a literal interpretation of scripture and believe in the so-called Rapture.
    That crowd in 21st century America wants to hijack the word "Christian". It is shallow and bigoted of some in the LBGT community who fail to concede they have friends in the mainline churches outside fundie land, and instead accept that hijacking of the word Christian by the fundies.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Oct 16, 2011 8:13:04 PM

  5. Hey David, I'm a Christian. I am ashamed. i see people posting signs on their facebook profiles "love the sinner, hate the sin" thats pathetic, when we dont do anything. im not going to say homosexuality isnt a sin, because it is, but to treat you any differently, to judge you because of it, is wrong. we should LOVE you. most people who claim to be christians turn their backs on homosexuals because they "hate the sin" we focus so much of our energy in hating the sin, that we dont even care about loving the sinner. we are all sinners, im a sinner. your a sinner, everyone posting on this page is a sinner. Jesus walked around with sinners! thats who he talked to, hung out with, he hung with prostitutes, tax collectors, thieves, murderers. did he judge them? no. he loved them, he did hate their sin, but he loved them. he died on a cross to give a way for you, me, the person who wrote the comments below mine, EVERYONE to have eternal life. he did the ultimate act of love, you wouldnt know that he hated the sin, because he spent all of his energy in encouraging, building up, and ministering to the sinners. just because your homosexual doesnt mean your the worst of the worst, contrary to some christians beliefs. the druggie down the road, the whore next door, the liar, the thief... everyone sins. christians act as if homosexuality is the lowest you can go, when its not. im not gonna sit here and say its all good, and im NOT saying your equal to a thief or murderer or anything like that, but christians go and show love to people like that all the time, most of the homeless people in communities are druggies, alcoholics, they put themselves in that situation yet we still love them. why cant we do that to homosexuals? i dont judge you in any way, i dont know you. David, i am 16 years old, i am close with several people at DCS. just know not all "christians" are viewing this the same way. no matter what, homosexuality is wrong. you cant justify it, but loving you, is what my job is, what all our jobs are as christians.

    Posted by: MDESRO | Oct 16, 2011 9:24:09 PM

  6. Does Richard Simmons represent all gay men?

    Did Liberace?

    How about Hedda Lettuce or Lady Bunny?

    Are @Rick and James St. James existing in remotely the same stratosphere?

    Does Rob Halford represent "gay" in the same way that Bobby Trendy does?

    If there is room within the GLBT community for this type of diversity of expression does it not stand to reason that not all Christians are represented by this yo-yo head?

    Posted by: Rin | Oct 16, 2011 10:59:47 PM

  7. What is wrong with those so call Christians? They are such hypocrites. What about loving all children of God and treating others with respect?

    Posted by: Marie | Oct 17, 2011 9:09:00 AM

  8. Based upon some of the comments,I have to keep reminding myself that hatred and hate full remarks by "Religious" leaders are motivated by one thing only; i.e. - "Most homosexuals will not marry opposite sex partners; so they will not directly produce children to be raised as Cristians to "Go To Church" and put money in a collection basket each week so the Minister or Priest does not have to go out and do something productive to earn a living. It is all about money.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Oct 17, 2011 10:25:56 PM

  9. Does anyone actually believe that if the Roman Catholic Church (IE: Rome)could get back their Army that there would not be a Stake in every town square for Burning non believers and sinners?

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Oct 17, 2011 10:36:07 PM

  10. I can assure everyone that Gordon McDonald does not save his judgement and ridicule for just his gay alumni. I attended Delaware Christian for 6 years and watched this man terrorize any student who didn't march to the beat of the Delaware Bible Church drum. I myself were a victim of his emotional abuse and even 16 years after leaving that school and now being an adult I cannot wrap my mind around how he treats people or how he feels that he has any right to judge others. Myself and others ended up with a very distorted view of Christianity thanks to Mr. McDonalds leadership. David, I am so sorry you have to deal with the even after graduation.

    Posted by: AmandaD | Oct 25, 2011 8:39:15 PM

  11. I feel, sisn is sin, if they are going to do this to David, what about all the ones who are divirced, done drugs, live with someone out of wed-lock, have babies not being married, these are all sins, why not take their pics off also? do it to one in the name of SIN do it to all who have SINNED!!! SIN IS SIN, thre is no big sin,little sin or inbetween sin!!!!

    Posted by: pam haver | Oct 29, 2011 11:18:06 AM

  12. If Mr. Emerson is such a respected radio personality, why was he let go from the Christian radio station 104.9???? Why isn't he picketing them? Could it be because he lied to get the job in the first place???? Delaware Christian School is a Christian school. It follows the teaching of the bible. The bible is clearly against homosexuality. It's the school's web page. They get to control it. If Mr. Emerson wants to post things, let him start his own website.

    Posted by: REALLY???? | Nov 16, 2011 12:50:12 PM

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