Friday, October 29, 2010

Behind anti-gay Facebook rant, echoes of civil rights movement

"Clint McCance, a school board member in Arkansas, resigns after posting hateful comments about gays on Facebook. But the episode speaks to a deeper clash over gay rights in the rural South. McCance acknowledges that his comments were hateful. Yet the issue underlying them remains deeply divisive throughout much of the rural South as the push for gay rights takes on some of the aspects of a modern civil rights movement – with small groups attempting to make change on a local level," writes Suzi Parker. "The pushback from conservative Christians, however, remains strong. Some local conservative leaders condemned McCance’s statements and say that the public viewpoint of gays has changed over the years. They stress, however, that the Bible still says homosexuality is a sin." READ MORE