School Principal Responds to Cross-Dressing Controversy
by Chad Groening and Jody Brown
(AgapePress) – The principal of a Delaware middle school denies that his students were asked to cross dress last Thursday as part of a “Gay Recognition Week.”
Last week, we reported in this space that the father of a student at Stanton Middle School near Wilmington refused to allow his son to attend school on what the father understood to be a cross-dress day. David Masilotti contacted the district superintendent and the governor's office, and later received a return call from the superintendent who Masilotti says tried to downplay the matter.
Now the principal of the school, Timothy Nolan, says that he was completely unaware of any “Gay Recognition Week,” and that the cross-dressing idea was suggested for “Topsy Turvy Day,” part of an anti-smoking campaign at the school known as “Kick Butts Week.” According to Nolan, the intent for the day was for students to dress “differently” inside-out or backwards. Nolan also says the idea to cross dress came from a student member of the campaign's overseeing committee and was completely voluntary.
In response to e-mails from parents and others concerned by the report of cross-dressing at his school, Nolan points out that Masilotti never contacted him before calling the superintendent and the governor. “When the concern was shared by my supervisor [the superintendent] with me, I immediately clarified the scope of the activity to include only backwards or inside-out clothing for the day,” Nolan writes via e-mail. “There was no sanctioned activity of students dressing in the opposite gender's clothing/styles, and certainly no political or social statement was intended.”
Masilotti, whose son told him about the cross-dressing controversy, says he is skeptical. He says the school eventually cancelled Topsy Turvy Day, but he still believes the school was trying to cover its tracks.
by Bill Fancher
WASHINGTON, DC (AgapePress) – There is a new attitude surfacing among many conservative black ministers regarding those who are viewed as leaders of their race.
Pastor Marvin Williams of the group Emancipation 20-20 says the issues of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Louis Farakhan are not representative of all black Christians. Williams claims the constant screaming of these “self-appointed black leaders” about the Confederate flag and their support of the Democratic Party, no matter what, demonstrate they do not really care about their own race.
Williams says for eight years, these individuals have ignored the deaths of two million Christian black men, women, and children, and the enslavement of more than 300,000 others by the black Muslim government of The Sudan. He says that is proof they do not care about the black race.
“[F]or the last eight years, we've been pressuring Jesse Jackson to say something [but] he hasn't said a word,” Williams says. “Instead, [Jackson and the others are] walking around here flapping about the Georgia flag, and they expect me and other right-thinking black people to follow them in civil rights activity.”
Williams calls Jackson, Sharpton, and Farakhan “civil rights pimps” who are more interested in their own power than the plight of the black race they claim to represent. “They are no more concerned about the black community than some hog down here on the farm somewhere,” he says.
(This update courtesy of Agape Press.)