That aside, the real point here is that it was an OpEd piece in which opposing opinions were sought out. One look at the article is all the evidence that is needed to prove that. It is not the school or the school paper promoting either view. The paper itself in no way endorsed either opinion, but only sought to present both sides from the perspective of students.
I don't know if they were sought out. I don't know how it works in their school, but in mine, even the opinions are written by newspaper staff and closely vetted by the school. The fact that the school vets the paper makes it their responsibility if it interferes with the management of the school.
The article says, "Wegner, a student at Shawano High School, was asked to write an op-ed for the school newspaper about whether gays should be allowed to adopt
. Wegner, who is a Christian, wrote in opposition. Another student wrote in favor of allowing gays to adopt."
A look at the actual newspaper article depicts both opinions laid out side by side with a staged photo in the middle what I can only assume to be the article writers posed in a mock boxing stance. It was clearly intended to be exactly what it was, two opposing views of the topic. There is no evidence what-so-ever that the article in any way "interfered in the management of the school." There were no riots or demonstrations, no rallies of offended students. There was just one phone call from the parents of one student and that was all it took for the superintendent to turn on the boy and treat him deplorably.
I believe that it wouldn't have mattered if the student had refrained from using any Bible verses - though I am convinced that doing so only inflamed the school officials and presumably the "couple" who complained even more. If he'd merely referred to studies that suggest children need both mother and father, the gay couple in care would likely still have called the school in a huff. Because we just aren't allowed to so much as question the gay lifestyle in any way, shape or form. The fact that the boy is a Christian only gave them more reason to complain.
We have no evidence either way on this. However, more recent evidence suggests that gay parents are just as good as straight ones.
And that isn't the point of my post. It really doesn't matter if the boy's opinion was right or wrong. My point here is that our society no longer allows us to even have an opinion on such matters. Not without being called all sorts of unflattering names. If one does not champion the gay cause, then one is by default a bigot, bully, idiot, homophobe, the list goes on and on.
Imagine a different scenario: The article topic is whether or not there are any alternatives to Evolution. The opposing author offers the opinion that the only way to reject Evolution is to reject science. A parent, who happens to be a highly educated scientist who also supports "Intelligent Design," calls the school to complain that they are offended.
Now, do you think for one moment that the superintendent would have reacted in anything close to the same way? Would the school have issued an immediate apology and called the student a bully, ignorant, and threatened them with suspension, all without notifying his parents? No. Because it's perfectly fine in today's society to dismiss and even ridicule Christians and their views. But the homosexual lobby is so powerful these days that even the mere hint of disagreement with anything they say is grounds for unmitigated abuse and ridicule. And that is why I posted this. Because it's about far more than just this one school system's actions. It's about the prevailing culture in this country and how skewed it has become.