Editorial

Shaw Shout (09/07/2018)

Posted 2:39 PM by

  The Warren Central that we walk through today is not the same Warren Central that was around 20 years ago. This Letter to the Editor, in the Oct. 25 1998 edition of the Warren Owl, is a clear example of the disconnection between the modern, forward thinking community today and the community that was here 20 years ago. In that letter, the author held the opinion of what was the majority in 1998; he thought that homosexuality was a wrong “lifestyle.” I am not debating that there are not still people who think like that- I know there are people like that. However, how the writer ever had the gall to even submit the letter with his name on it, I do not know. That is because I graduate in 2019, and he graduated in 1999.

  To understand how he could maintain his point-of-view, we have to look back to the time period he was in. His letter was in the same month as the October 1998 murder where Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was beaten into a coma and tied to a fence outside of his town, dying days later. In the summer of 1998, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott equated homosexuality with alcoholism and kleptomania. As late as 2007, according to a CNN/ORC poll, the support for gay marriage was only 40 percent.

  There is a stark disconnect between what happened then and what is happening now. There is less outward and dangerous homophobia in our society. Some of the same people who opposed and went against homosexuals in the 90s are now in favor of gay marriage and LGBTQ+  rights. A perfect example of this was the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy in the military, where homosexuals were forced to be invisible in the US military or be barred from service. Introduced by the Clinton administration, this policy lasted from 1994 to 2011. Bill Clinton, who also signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a national policy defining marriage as between a woman and a man, into law, and his wife Hillary Clinton now try and advocate for the LGBT community after their direct or indirect opposition to the progress of LGBT rights.

  However, just because more important people are now watching out for the LGBTQ+ community’s back instead of stabbing them in the back, there is still a cultural and more subtle homophobia that occurs. The language that was used back then to put down the LGBT community is still being used now. Just because gay marriage is finally legal in all 50 states does not mean that the fight is over.

  Warren Central is not exempt from this. We have done a lot in the past few years to create a better environment for our increasingly visible LGBT community, but there is still a lot to do. My freshman year (2015-2016) was the premiere year for the GSA or Warrior Alliance. I have had class with two openly gay teachers. People are becoming more comfortable to be out of the closet. The infrastructure to treat our LGBT community right is there. It is time to be mature, to let go of harmful language and thoughts. Instead of treating the LGBT community as something that needs to touched with rubber gloves, integrate it into the community. We are Warriors, gay or straight.

 

- Letter to the Editor -

As a Christian at Warren Central High School, I feel that the story in the September 25 Issue of The Warren Owl titled, “The Rugged Road” was an unnecessary addition to the paper. I disapprovingly agree that homosexual relationships have increased from 10 years ago; but I must say that just because something is coming into practice more does not mean that we should accept it as being the correct lifestyle. Homosexuality is an alternative lifestyle, and ignoring the fact that alternative lifestyle means away from the normal way of life, let me offer you this explanation. Another alternative lifestyle that is on the rise is pedophiles (people who have sex with children). Do you think that we should accept this as well? Bestiality (having sex with animals) is also on the rise, should we say that this is a right way of life as well? Crime as a whole, but especially murder has also increased over the past 10 years; does that mean we get rid of police officers, lawyers, and judges because this is now an acceptable way of life? The point is clear; an increase in practice is not justification for an immoral lifestyle. Though I am not supportive of homosexuality, do not get the idea that I am supportive of the name calling, rude stares, or the assaulting of homosexuals. Two wrongs do not make a right. I am a Christian and am obedient to the Lord whom I serve. In doing that I have become accustomed to the name calling, stares and assaults. I understand the pain they go through every day. The only thing that gets me through each day is the love of Jesus Christ. The great thing about  Jesus’ love is that it is available to all that will accept it, because he has already accepted you as you are.

 

Sincerely,

Brandon Jackson, senior