Dance behind me, Satan

May 12, 2009

A few days ago, I blogged about Tyler Frost, a teen who’s closer to Kevin Bacon than 6 degrees because he’s sort of living out a real-life version of Footloose in his home town. At his super-fundamentalist Baptist school, they do not allow any dancing, hand-holding, or rock music, so Tyler was told that if he attended his girlfriend’s high school prom, he would be suspended.

Well Tyler went to the dance anyway and the school has suspended him.

Frost didn’t go to school Monday. Instead, he and his girlfriend are heading to New York for a Tuesday morning TV interview.

The teen says he’s now getting Facebook and e-mail messages from around the world.

The principal of Heritage Christian School has issued a statement in response, where he clearly explains that he was just doing what the Bible told him so, because of course, everyone knows that Jesus specifically forbid rock music and high school proms:

In the Old Testament, Joseph was in a place of temptation and he fled. Unlike this situation, he didn’t put himself in that place. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.” II Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee also youthful lusts but follow after righteousness faith charity and peace with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” When the school committee, many years before I became the principal, set up the policy regarding dancing, I am confident that they had the principle of fleeing lustful situations in mind. The question as I see it is, should a Christian place themselves at an event where young ladies will have low cut dresses and be dancing in them? Isn’t it contrary to the example of Joseph and the verses that I stated?

Friendly Atheist points out another Biblical verse that the principal seems to have forgotten:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

There’s a reason you only hear about these unmarried adult guys in the Bible hanging out with dudes and no ladies. Why else would men only enjoy the company of other men? Huh? What other possible explanation can their be but to prevent themselves from being consumed by lust?

Anyway, Tyler Frost gets a gold star from me. Damn the man!


Footloose a documentary?

May 9, 2009

Apparently there’s a fundamentalist Baptist school in Ohio that forbids dancing, rock music, hand-holding and kissing, which means it’s within 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon. But one teen,Tyler Frost, no doubt the new kid in town with a devil-may-care attitude, has decided to attend the prom.

The teen, who is scheduled to receive his diploma May 24, would be suspended from classes and receive an “incomplete” on remaining assignments, England said. Frost also would not be permitted to attend graduation but would get a diploma once he completes final exams. If Frost is involved with alcohol or sex at the prom, he will be expelled, England said.

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“I expected a short lecture about making the right decisions and not doing something stupid,” Frost said. “I thought I would get his signature and that would be the end.”

England acknowledged signing the form but warned Frost there would be consequences if he attended the dance. England then took the issue to a school committee made up of church members, who decided to threaten Frost with suspension.

“In life, we constantly make decisions whether we are going to please self or please God. (Frost) chose one path, and the school committee chose the other,” England said.

The handbook for the 84-student Christian school says rock music “is part of the counterculture which seeks to implant seeds of rebellion in young people’s hearts and minds.”