School trustees in a conservative community near Fresno are battling to save a dress code that currently prohibits boys from wearing earrings or having their hair long, the Fresno Bee reports. On Wednesday, the board of trustees for the Clovis Unified School District voted to strike down changes to the current decades-old dress code, even though it may violate state law. Despite the looming threat of litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union, the board voted 4-3 to keep the dress code as-is. “Let’s get real, what we’re doing is looking at a lawsuit if you don’t vote for this. I’m sick and tired of the ACLU. Because of them, I can have a male come into my daughter’s bathroom,” Melissa Fairless said at the board meeting.
“Now, I don’t want this to be interpreted as me saying that I have a problem with men who have long hair, because I think that both men and women were put on this Earth to be with one another. My problem is, however, with the fact that I strongly oppose the opinion that men should grow their hair, if in fact, they have enough hair to grow in the first place,” she added. “And the reason for this is the fact that men who have long hair actually symbolize women, which only adds to the growth of homosexualism as a disease that is plaguing all of us today.”
Fairless further continued: “I am sick and tired of constantly being accused of endangering the rights of LGBT people and their so-called ‘lack of equality.’ Regardless of what anyone says, gay people and lesbians are not the same as normal people, and that’s the only truth here. And then you have the ACLU who keeps saying that boys and girls, especially transgender ones, should be allowed to roam freely amongst each other while in school. Well, I’m sorry, but that’s just wrong, just like it’s wrong to teach young boys that growing their hair long is okay and acceptable. It’s just not.”
“And then people come up to me, asking, ‘How can you say that long hair on boys is not okay when Jesus himself and many other Biblical characters were depicted with long hair?’ Well, I’m not saying they didn’t have long hair, I’m saying that Jesus, who I believe in strongly, ended up being single and probably didn’t like women. Now, I don’t know if he was maybe into men, but all I know is that he had long hair and it’s very likely that he wasn’t heterosexual. And I’m sorry, I love Jesus, but I don’t want our sons to become homosexuals just because Jesus might have been one. I’m sorry, but I just don’t want that. You can call me conservative, you can call me overly-protective, you can even say I’m crazy, but I’m not having that. Just because I happen to believe in the Lord’s wisdom doesn’t mean I believe in the choices he made when he was still one of us,” she concluded.