An Open Letter to Clint McCance

Dear Mr. McCance,
Your recent comments on Facebook about Spirit Day were out of line. I realize you must be frustrated with the state of our society. Being on the wrong side of history can be an uncomfortable place.

I can probably guess what you will say, and are undoubtedly saying now behind closed doors: ‘I have the right to say what I want, and if no one likes it, tough.’ I sympathize. However, there is a fine line between Constitutionally protected free speech and hate speech.

Let me see if I can explain it well enough. Had you said that you disapprove of being gay or lesbian, or that you viewed it as a sin, but were committed to fulfilling your obligations as a school board member, regardless of your opinion in the matter, more than likely, nothing would’ve been said about it.

Unfortunately, you chose a more boneheaded approach to the matter. To refresh your memory, you said:

“Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.”

(I’ve not bothered to correct your grammatical miscues, Mr. McCance, since I didn’t want to dilute the message here.)

Responding to a comment made by someone else, you had this to say:

“No because being a fag doesn’t give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives. If you get easily offended by being called a fag then dont tell anyone you are a fag. Keep that shit to yourself. I dont care how people decide to live their lives. They dont bother me if they keep it to thereselves. It pisses me off though that we make a special purple fag day for them. I like that fags cant procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die. If you arent against it, you might as well be for it.”

Why, Mr. McCance, when someone asked how a supposedly upstanding Christian could spew such hate, you fired back with this:

“I would disown my kids they were gay. They will not be welcome at my home or in my vicinity. I will absolutely run them off. Of course my kids will know better. My kids will have solid christian beliefs. See it infects everyone.”

Seriously, Mr.McCance, you would disown your own children if they were Gay or Lesbian? What kind of parent are you? The quality of your character as a person is quite clear from your statements.

Mr.McCance, the level of your insensitivity is staggering. Add to the fact that you don’t even have the guts to defend your own words, instead sending YOUR FATHER to do it for you. Honestly, sir, I think your dad threw you under the bus a bit. Here, take a look:

Wow. You fucked up, dude. Plain and simple.

To their credit, your colleagues on the Midland School District Board had the decency to speak out against your comments. They, at least, get it. Or perhaps they are smart enough not to post such hateful comments, even on their own profiles. Not sure which.

See, Mr. McCance, the difference between free speech and hate speech is simple. Disagreeing with what you view as a ‘sin’ is one thing. Saying that an entire group of people should die because you hate them is something else altogether.

You claim you are a Christian. I don’t doubt that you think you are a Christian. I don’t doubt that you think you are the hero in this matter. Or that you believe you are the aggrieved party. The truth, Mr. McCance, is that you are the aggressor here. You, sir, are the bully (and not in the nice way, either).

I don’t doubt that there will be people (at least 6-8 who liked your post to begin with) who will support you in your hate filled tirade. You might even get some anti-gay politicians on your side. There are certainly enough of them to go around these days.

In truth though, Mr. McCance, you, and they, are on the wrong side of history. The furtherance of social justice is inevitable and throwbacks like yourself are a rarer and rarer breed these days. Soon, such antiquated views will disappear from the Earth and those who are left in this post-hate world will be better off for the disappearance of such views.

Enjoy your fifteen minutes of ‘fame,’ Mr. McCance. Enjoy the feeling of being ‘superior’ to others and pushing them around while you have the chance. We know the hate in your heart now, sir. It’s only a matter of time before it consumes you.

I sincerely hope that if your children do come out as being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered, they get as far away from you as possible and live happy, healthy lives full of joy and love. Clearly, they would have no love in your presence.

In closing, I want to urge you to resign from your post with the Midland School District. In a time when so many young people are in need of understanding and love, you, sir, are a bastion of hate and intolerance. You’ve made your views quite clear and I hope that you will resign and disappear into obscurity.

Your fifteen minutes are up.

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4 Responses to An Open Letter to Clint McCance

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  2. Skatha says:

    Maybe it’s because people like Mr McCance are so vocal and get snapped up by the media as a story worth telling, but it feels to me like “they” are winning more and more. Perhaps the better answer is for them to be ignored. Talking about them on the news like this will only provide a way for like minded people to be in touch with each other. You mention 15 minutes of fame, but we, as a society, allow that 15 minutes of fame by putting their stories on national news. Sometimes I wonder if the media isn’t just as at fault for bringing these bullies to light.


    • WonderGoon says:

      I’m sorry, Skatha, I have to disagree. Ignoring them is exactly the wrong thing to do, in this case.

      Recently, probably in response to this and other bullying stories in the media, a friend on Facebook sounded off about his views on the anti-bullying campaigns that have cropped up.

      The point I made to him, and that I will repeat here, is this:

      Bullies hate the spotlight. They are dependent on the lackadaisical attitudes of parents and school officials to allow them the leeway to push others around. They scamper like roaches, however, when any sort of attention is paid to their activities.

      It is for this reason that we must continue to shine that spotlight on their actions. Clint McCance is a perfect example of this philosophy in action. I’ve never seen so many groups organize and respond to such commentary in so short a time.

      In short, the media is our best weapon against bullies. Nothing corrects reprehensible behavior like public ridicule.

      Thanks for commenting.



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