Nashville Christian School said B Hayes violated their dress code. Somehow.
Jesus couldn't be bothered to intervene in the Holocaust, or prevent a child from being raped by a priest, but he really, really cares about what people wear to prom. It isn't about any standard this school is supposedly trying to uphold, it's about forced conformity, and letting people know what happens when they get out of line. I hope this bone-headed move motivates some of these kids to abandon religion the minute they can.
Yet once again, a Christian school decides that it's okay to be an asshole to a minority because Christianity. [Sun rises in the east, water is wet, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead, et cetera, et cetera.] The sad thing is that, once again, the school can get away with it, presuming they don't accept public funds.
If anyone wants to keep track of the myriad reasons why Christianity is losing traction, particularly with millennials and Gen Z, here ya go.
Nice to see that Christian schools have their priorities in order. :S
Of all the things there are in this world to get worked up about- many of them actual, honest-to-goodness existential threats- 𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴 are what you're going with? Not even pants in general, just "pants if they're on a set of legs connected to an AFAB person." 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺, Christians... and you wonder why we don't respect you. This- this right here? 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘺. If you don't want to be ridiculed, 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘰𝘶𝘴.
OT: Sad News: Harry Belafonte has died at the age of 96. Wonderful voice, genuine talent, and tireless fighter for human rights.
My late wife spent years in corporate America. She never wore a dress to work, always a suit. I wonder how this school would have reacted to her if she had shown up to audit their books? (She was an accountant.)
I like how "biblical principles" for dress just happen to accord with ye old American cultural gender expectations of the 19th century.
By the way anyone saw the woman/girl with the blue dress at the right of the picture ? How spagettis straps are modest* ?
* I am not shaming her but shouldn't the school ban her from the premises for showing her shoulders ?
Okay, so women have been fighting this fight for generations. How many stars were dragged for wearing slacks, rejected from roles and studios because they insisted on pants in the forties and fifties? Wasn’t there a big kerfluffle over someone wearing a tuxedo to the Oscars in the 90s? This school is fighting a fight lost ages ago.
At least they are troubled over someone they consider feminine being masculine rather than someone they think ought to be masculine being feminine. Because the worst thing a man can be is considered too lady like. But it’s the same thing I guess. No matter how much they claim they love and respect women, they are misogynistic. Women need to be feminine so they can oppress them correctly and men cannot be feminine because they aren’t supposed to be oppressed that way. (If they’re poor, or a person of color they get to be oppressed, just not the same as women)
The problem is NOT that she wore a suit to the prom, the problem is that she attended the christian school for 13 years.
Well, if the school policy states that students should choose attire consistent with "biblical principles," then every person wearing clothes made of blended fabric should have been kicked out. It's one of Yahweh's many commandments: "Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material." (Lev. 19:19 and Deut. 22:11)
Wonder what the school's reaction would've been had a boy rebelled against the school's dress code and came to the prom dressed in a robe and sandals like you-know-who?
Just a thought.
Nashville is one of the two "buckles" of the Bible Belt because it has multiple Christian schools and over 700 churches (Abilene, Texas is the other). So what do you expect? Every day I thank the divine spaghetti monster that I don't live in that part of the country. My advice to B is flee any state controlled by the Christian Taliban.
If a dress was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for B.
They want people to fit into two (and only two) neat little boxes. Then proceed to narrow those boxes so tightly that no one really fits.
Meanwhile, American Christian schools and churches keep trying to blame their dwindling numbers on anything other than their own regressive policies, obsession with control and conformity, and bigoted behavior. This incident is a classic example of the demise of American Christianity. Let's run the likely outcome forward:
B, his friends, and the fellow students who sympathize with him will remember this marred prom as they continue to grow into full adulthood. Many of them will marry and have children, and because of this "last straw" experience, many will choose to definitely NOT send their kids to their old school or any other Christian school. So the next generation of students for Nashville Christian School will not be supplied by as many alumni as the previous generation, and the student body will shrink year by year until the school cannot stay afloat. Bye.
I wish B and everyone who has been supportive of him a good life.