Jack Conkling, a social studies teacher at Prairie Hills Middle School in Buhler, KS, has stirred up a hornet’s nest after he posted a Facebook post stating that that homosexuality “ranks in God’s eyes the same as murder, lying, stealing or cheating.”
Conkling’s post in full:
“All this talk in the news about gay marriage recently has finally driven me to write. Gay marriage is wrong because homosexuality is wrong. The Bible clearly states it is sin. Now I do not claim it to be a sin any worse than other sins. It ranks in God’s eyes the same as murder, lying, stealing, or cheating. His standards are perfect and ALL have sinned and fallen short of His glory. Sin is sin and we all deserve hell.
Only those who accept Christ as Lord and daily with the help of the Spirit do their best to turn from sin will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. There aren’t multiple ways to get to Heaven. There is one. To many this may seem close minded and antagonistic, but it doesn’t make it any less true.
Folks I am willing to admit that my depravity is just as great as anyone else’s, and without Christ I’d be destined for hell, if not for the undeserved grace of God. I’m not condemning gay marriage because I hate gay people. I am doing it because those who embrace it will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. And I desire that for no one.”
It seems Conkling doesn’t regret his words, just that the wrong people read them (damn those Facebook privacy settings!)
“I wrote what I wrote for my Facebook friends who understand my heart and my intent,” he told the Hutchinson News. . “I understand that there were some folks who didn’t understand my heart, and while that’s sad, it is what it is.”
The school district has no policy expressly covering personal messages posted by teachers on Facebook, Prairie Hills principal Craig Williams said he’s “looking into it.”
Ironically, Conkling is also a coach for the women’s basketball team at nearby Buhler High School. Nope, no homosexuals there.