A lawsuit is pending over the three day suspension of an 18 year old gay senior at Birdville High School in Texas. It all started last week when Isaiah Smith brought his Bible to school and then began ripping out pages from the books of Leviticus and Romans in front of other students in his Spanish class.
According to Smith, other students in his class began to taunt him about being gay and they quoted from the Book of Leviticus, telling him that homosexuality was a sin. That’s when he ripped out the pages from his Bible, in an act of protest against his fellow students. He carried his torn up Bible with him the rest of the day Monday and again on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Smith was called into the office of Vice Principal Glenn Serviente where Smith was told that he was allowed to bring his Bible to class, but not allowed to rip it apart in class. Serviente asked Smith how Muslims would feel if someone ripped a Quran apart in class and Smith responded that they wouldn’t like it, but then justified his actions by saying it was his own Bible that ripped apart, not someone else’s. The school then suspended Smith for three days for ‘distraction and disruption in class by tearing up Bible in class.’ Serviente then confiscated Smith’s Bible and put it in one of his desk drawers.
When news of the suspension got out, Smith told the Fort-Worth Star Telegram:
“At my high school, some kids like to say that being gay is a sin and that you can’t be gay and Christian. I wanted to bring my Bible to school and interpret the books of Leviticus and Romans, because they are often used to bully gay people.”
As soon as Smith’s story became public news, Bill Burgess, an attorney with the American Humanist Association got involved. He sent a letter to the Birdville school district asking them to expunge Smith’s school records of the suspension and if the school fails to do so that he will file a lawsuit against them. In his letter, Burgess wrote:
“Isaiah’s Bible was not the source of disruption, the bullying was. Instead of reprimanding the bullies, the school punished Isaiah for offering an alternative viewpoint on the Bible.”
To begin with, the Christian students in Smith’s class acted in an un-Christian manner if they were truly taunting and bullying him. We never see Jesus acting that way in the Gospels. What they should have done is spoken to Smith in a kind and loving manner and shared the scriptures from Leviticus and Romans with him to show him what the Bible says about homosexuality. They should have told him that they would pray for him and be willing to help him embrace what the Bible says and lead him back to a straight lifestyle.
The Christian students were also wrong when they said he was condemned to hell for being gay. They forget that they and all of us, are sinners and that no one is worthy of heaven. What condemns someone to hell is refusing to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Ephesians 2:8-9 is very clear on that:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Saying that, I have to wonder what the real story is between Smith and his fellow students. In the articles I read, we only hear Smith’s side of what happened and from my experience, many gays have a tendency to blow things out of proportion when they are confronted with the truth of God’s Word.
That being said, I am happy to see someone stand up against the destruction of the Bible. We have seen American troops punished for burning Qurans that were already defaced by Muslim prisoners. Those same troops also burned Bibles that were defaced, but received no punishment for destroying the Bibles, just the Qurans. Americans have spat and urinated on the Bible, others have ripped it apart and others have burned it and nothing has happened to any of them because they were exerting their First Amendment rights. However, when a radical Florida pastor threatens to burn copies of the Quran, some people starts running around screaming how wrong and offensive it is. Such is today’s un-Christian America.