Several local pastors also endorse the movement for a separate prom.
“Christians have always been prepared for a fight,” said Pastor Bill Phegley of Carlisle Christian Church. “Jesus gave us armor for the front, not the back; we’re not running anymore.”
Other people in Sullivan and the surrounding area reject the idea of a prom that excludes gays and lesbians. For that point of view, WTWO chose a local man named Jim Davis. The station identified him as a “local Christian” and he couched his arguments in religious terms.
“We shouldn’t be condemning people, and that’s what judgment is,” Davis said. “Christ came to save the people not to condemn them.”
Davis observed that everyone is a sinner according to Christian theological doctrine. He suggested that homosexuality is a sin, but no different from any other sins.
“The feeling of being loved and belonging is universal,” he added.
Opponents of a private prom that bans gays have already started a Facebook page called “Support the Sullivan High School Prom for All Students.” The number of “likes” for the page is rapidly increasing.