I don't know why, but reading about Constance McMillian and the prom being cancelled by her high school because she wanted to wear a tuxedo to accompany her female date, reminded me of an incident several years ago. I worked for a transitional home for the chronically mentally ill, and we were having to find a new residence.
Well we found a house in a nearby community which fit the bill. But, the minister of a local baptist church, began a campaign to keep those "deviants" out of their community because there was no telling what kinds of horrendous occurrences would befall the community, if we were allowed to enter. Needless to say, in the 20 years the transitional home had been operating, no incidents had ever occurred at or around our home. A ninety year old neighbor even testified to what wonderful neighbors we had been! Nevertheless, the minister prevailed and we were denied access to the community. Three months later, the ministers 16 year old son was arrested for having raped and killed a nine year old girl.

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Comment by Reggie on March 11, 2010 at 10:38pm
Ironic.
Comment by Doug Reardon on March 11, 2010 at 10:40pm
Reggie: boy you need to get a life, I just published that and you already had a response, sheesh, dude!
Comment by Reggie on March 11, 2010 at 11:00pm
I'm practicing for parenthood, Doug, by not having a life. Also, I really do need to get a life. :-(
Comment by Doug Reardon on March 11, 2010 at 11:24pm
Reggie: I never wanted to be a parent, had no desire to be one. But my wife went "baby Crazy" around age 33 and we ended up adopting our son, now age 20. I never wanted to be a daddy, but when they put him in my arms, I became one, and I've never regretted it, and am thankful I had the opportunity. My only concern is that he is so good, it scares me!
Comment by Reggie on March 11, 2010 at 11:41pm
I think that many men don't have that innate desire to be a father. It's that desire for sex that get us into a situation where we appreciate fatherhood 9 months or so down the road.

And with that, I am going to go to bed. Or a party. Yeah. Bed it is.
Comment by Gaytor on March 12, 2010 at 9:52am
Mississippi... we couldn't be talking about anywhere other than a Red State for the Prom Prob. How many generations will it take to see change?
Comment by Doug Reardon on March 12, 2010 at 12:50pm
The School prom incident was in Mississippi, the transitional home was Alabama.
Comment by Dave G on March 12, 2010 at 1:29pm
Clearly, Doug, the community needs to take action to keep those dangerous deviants (Baptist ministers and their families) out of the community.
Comment by Shine on March 12, 2010 at 3:01pm
“Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” His bible must have been missing a few pages from the Gospel of John.

I really cannot understand why residents of a mental health facility would be labeled as "deviants." I mean, by residing in a facility and receiving help for their conditions these people would be doing exactly what society accepts and expects of them. It just seems entirely contradictory to insinuate that someone who is following society's prescription for treatment is then also deviating from the social norm.

But then again, that is what I get for attempting to apply logic to a preacher's statements.
Comment by Reggie on March 13, 2010 at 10:12am
I really cannot understand why residents of a mental health facility would be labeled as "deviants."

Cause they are different. And different is bad! Try not to be so enlightened for a moment and it will all come together. ;-)

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