March 14, 2019 - Thursday
Vice Verses? Ohio School Suspends over Scripture
We’ve come a long way in America when the Bible that used to be the curriculum in schools is suddenly the reason you can be kicked out of one! Ohio’s Gabby Helsinger found that out last week, when she got to school and saw walls of LGBT propaganda covering the school. If that was okay, she thought, then the high school shouldn’t mind if she put up some Scriptures too. But they minded all right – so much that she got suspended.
It was just an ordinary day, but when Gabby walked into school, there was nothing ordinary about the pride flags and posters all around my school. “I felt the need to write down some Bible verses, so I could put them around my school. And I wrote them down, and I put them around the lockers [and] walls.” The next day, she was called to the office where she was informed that she had in-school suspension. The reason? Because the verses “abused and disrespected” others. It was considered “targeting” of the GSA, the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.
Her mom, Tina, was furious. On Facebook, she asked parents what they would do if this was their son or daughter. “Please listen to her story. If you feel she is being unjustly punished please flood emails and calls to the Principal and Assistant Principal of Lebanon High School.”
When the principal asked Gabby why she did it, she said “to spread the word of God.” “Seeing that there [were] people in my school that needed help…” she told Fox News. “They don’t need to be living in the confusion of wondering if they should be gay, bi, lesbian, trans -- anything like that. And I know that God is the only way that they can be healed by that, and that’s why I did it.”
Gabby’s pastor, Lawrence Bishop of Solid Rock, told me Wednesday night on “Washington Watch” that he isn’t surprised by her courage – or the school’s reaction. “I’m not surprised by anything on the liberal Left as it pertains to God. The Bible is very offensive to anyone on the Left. But I was surprised that there aren’t any Christian teachers at Lebanon High School – and if there are, they’re secret agents. They’re afraid to lose their jobs. I tell you what, as goes the leader, so goes the flock.”
Like a lot of Bible-believing pastors, he’s tired of people not showing the courage the gospel requires. “We believe that if you’re a man of God or woman of God, you have to know what you’re for and know what you’re against… It breaks my heart to see pastors -- and some of the biggest in the nation -- that are stone silent about abortion, silent on gay marriage, silent on everything except the happy parts of the Bible, because they’re afraid they’re gonna lose somebody. I tell you, it’s time pastors stand up for what is right and stand against what is wrong… Yes, we love the homosexual [community], but the Bible is very clear on the sin of homosexuality.”
“It’s simple,” he said. “Read any book of the Bible. The champions for God stood up and didn’t just try to give people a religious massage on a Sunday morning and go home feeling good about t hemselves no matter how they’re living. We challenge people.” And with any luck, so will Gabby – just by finding her voice to speak the truth that matters.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.