By now, you’ve probably heard the story about former Southwestern Christian University student Christian Minard. She was kicked out of the Bethany bible college in March after the school learned she married her same-sex partner of three years during a private wedding ceremony in New Mexico.
Via The Huffington Post:
A lesbian student who married her partner was expelled from an Oklahoma university one semester shy of her sports management degree.
Christian Minard, 22, attended Southwestern Christian University, a school affiliated with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Bethany, Okla. As part of her admission requirements, she signed a lifestyle covenant that prohibits “homosexual behavior.”
Minard, who belongs to an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation in Oklahoma City, is a Christian, but her decision to marry her partner, Kadyn Parks, put her at odds with the school’s lifestyle covenant.
The two were married in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 17. On Wednesday (July 9), a letter addressed to Minard from Brad Davis, the school’s vice president of student life, arrived at her parents’ home, telling her she was being expelled.
“I was informed that you recently married someone of the same sex and saw a few pictures from Facebook,” Davis wrote. “Of course, this is opposing to our view as an International Pentecostal Holiness denominational university as well as the Lifestyle Covenant that all students must agree and sign.”…
The lifestyle covenant states that students may be required to withdraw for violating certain provisions of the covenant, including prohibitions on “homosexual behavior,” harassment, sexual misconduct, pornography, alcohol, tobacco and other “sins.”
Minard said she is aware that her relationship violates the covenant, but she is troubled at the inconsistent application of the rules, saying she believes she was singled out for being a married lesbian.
“Students violate parts of that covenant all the time, but they don’t get expelled,” she said. “I didn’t even get a hearing, just a letter to my parents.”
Connie Sjoberg, provost at the university, declined to comment on specifics of the situation, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, a federal law that prohibits colleges from disclosing information about students, even to parents.
This story is equal parts sad and happy.
It’s sad because it reminds us, once again, that discriminating against people based upon their sexual orientation is still going strong in Oklahoma. If you’re an intolerant Christian hypocrite, we are the state for you! Whether our Governor is trying to stop same-sex couples from applying for benefits, or a fledgling former bible college in Sally Kern’s house district is expelling a lesbian student who is obviously a lesbian for simply falling in love and getting married, hate and bigotry seems like it will always have a home in our state.
That being said, the news is kind of happy because Christian will now be able to pursue a degree from a legitimate university! Good for her. At last check, a typo looks better on a resume than a degree from Southwestern Christian University. That place makes Oklahoma City Community College look like a literal Harvard on May. It’s the perfect place to go to school if you want to be a manager at Best Buy or a career waiter.
Of course, this story has made international news. It’s even drawn outrage from local religious groups.
They’re filming another television show in Tulsa.
Unfortunately, it’s not an hour-long hit drama on a premium challenge, and a beloved sitcom character isn’t begrudgingly transferred here for a job he hates. Rather it’s that one crime docu-series about murder investigations you always find yourself watching on Sunday afternoons.
From News on 6:
The Tulsa Police Department says A&E’s popular reality show “The First 48” will start filming the Tulsa Police Department’s homicide investigators this week.
The show chronicles homicide detectives investigating murders.
The department says A&E’s cameras will follow TPD’s homicide investigators working during the hours immediately following a murder. Police say “The First 48” crews will stay with the investigators for the duration of the investigation.
“The show will bring positive exposure by demonstrating the detectives’ tireless dedication to solve the case and the compassion they have for the families involved,” said Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan.
Jordan says the show will provide an inside look into real-life murder investigations.
Tulsa Police said residents who are near a homicide scene will be asked whether they agree to be filmed and no resident will be filmed who does not wish to be.
Episodes featuring Tulsa will most likely begin airing this fall. TPD says the city’s agreement with the show has one-year duration.
On one hand, this is kinda cool…I’m guessing this means that the TPD is pretty good at solving murder cases. A&E wouldn’t want to come film a police department that didn’t have their shit together, right? (Well, actually as we’ve all seen in buddy cop films, incompetent police departments seems to make excellent entertainment fodder–but I digress).
On the other hand, uh, Tulsa has enough murders to supply a TV show with a whole season’s worth of episodes? That’s pretty terrifying. The occasional reality show contestant, sure. An entire cast of Biggest Losers, absolutely. But murder cases? Way to go, Tulsa PR department. Our Olympic bid is out the window for sure now. Oh wait…
In honor of this season of the TV show, I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at some of the other noteworthy television appearances that Tulsa had made. Check them out after the jump.
1. When Chandler was transferred to Tulsa for work in Friends.
“Let’s send Chandler to a place that Monica and most of our viewers find completely unpalatable…Tulsa, perfect!” –some Hollywood writer twelve years ago.
2. Center Of The Universe, which lasted exactly 10 episodes.
This show was about how everyone in a Tulsa man’s family depended on him for everything, from money to housing to personal life decisions (the Center of the Universe, get it?). John Goodman, Jean Smart, Spencer Breslin, and Ed Asner couldn’t keep this CBS series from getting yanked in 2005.
3. Summer’s New Year’s Eve date on The O.C. who was from Tulsa.
Apparently McG spent like, a year of his life in Tulsa and wanted to pay homage to it by having the guy Summer makes out with on NYE (instead of Seth) mention that he was visiting from Tulsa. Scraping the barrel here, you guys.
4. D.U.I. on TLC
According to Wikipedia, TLC picked northeastern Oklahoma as the setting for this show because not only do we have some of the strictest DUI laws, but we also have the fastest DUI court turnarounds. Uh…cool?
5. Rodney, which actually lasted two whole seasons on ABC!
A) Not one, but two major networks commissioned sitcoms that took place in Tulsa during the Fall 2004 season. B) I was unaware of both of them. In 2004, I guess I was too busy with AOL Instant Messaging and playing snake on my Nokia and watching American Idol for sitcoms destined for doom to know about Rodney or Center of the Universe. Speaking of which…
6. American Idol…sort of.
Semi finalist Melinda Doolittle attended Union High School. Winner David Cook was working as a bartender in downtown Tulsa when he auditioned. Winner and supermegastar Carrie Underwood totally had to drive here from Checotah to purchase prom dresses. Do any of these people mention our great city? Nah, instead the only people who claim us are certifiably insane Hollywood Week contestants and wannabe girl groups on The Voice.
Damn this was a short list.
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I’m constantly glad I don’t have children. Sure, watching them grow up and experiencing love on that level is probably rewarding, but is it worth all the work? Before you answer that, think about how tired you are of having to entertain your children during the summer, then come back at me with your response. Chances are your kid has already maxed out your credit cards by downloading crap for Mine Craft or left those brand new $75 cleats at the softball field last week to never be seen again. Suffice it say that I don’t think affording children is very rewarding. Plus, if I had a kid that told me they were bored, I would probably flip out on them since I would relish 3 whole months spent at home doing nothing but watching TV, eating pizza rolls, and having my iPad glued to my grubby paws.
The City of Edmond, however, understands that you need to find new and interesting things to do with your spawn, and they have you covered this summer. According to NewsOK.com:
EDMOND — Parks and recreation department officials this week will launch Life Size Game Days, which will recreate popular board games and allow families to portray the game pieces.
The first game is Edmondopoly, to be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Chitwood Park, one block east of Kelly Avenue between First and Main streets. The park is also known as rocket ship park.
The event is free, and participants will be given play money.
The parks department is partnering with local business owners to enhance the game days, said Diane Self, the city’s recreation programs manager.
“We will be using sidewalk paint to recreate a Monopoly board using local Edmond businesses that have purchased property spaces,” Self said.
“All businesses purchasing locations will have the opportunity to set up a table or tent to speak with the families who land on their property and will be available to take play money when families purchase amusement tickets.”
That’s cool, I guess. The worst board game ever, and you have to walk around and basically be the little metal hat with your parents? Sign us all up, Edmond!
But seriously, I guess it’s kind of a cool idea, and I’m sure a lot of time and effort is going into it. It’s just, well, Monopoly sucks. So, to make this better, I totally made a list of games Edmond should make lifesize at the park.
Earlier this week, The Tulsa World reported that Governor Mary Fallin’s approval rating hit an all time low of 52%. To put that in perspective, The Phantom Menace has a 57% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. So basically, people approve of shitty movies more than our bad governor.
From The Tulsa World:
The past year has taken a bite out of Gov. Mary Fallin’s approval rating, polling over the past four years indicates.
Fallin’s favorability with Oklahoma voters dipped to 52 percent in early June, according to an Oklahoma Poll conducted for the Tulsa World by SoonerPoll.com.
That represents a new low for Fallin in Tulsa World polling, and a 19-point drop from her high of 73 percent in September.
Falling’s rating stood at 71 percent a year ago.
Bill Shapard of SoonerPoll.com said some difficult political situations have likely cooled the enthusiasm of both conservatives and moderates. He specifically mentioned Fallin’s continued resistance to the Affordable Care Act’s expanded Medicaid program, and a revolt against important elements of the governor’s education agenda.
Yeah, this isn’t too big of a surprise. As Bill Shapard mentioned, there are several good reasons for people not to like Mary Fallin. He did miss some obvious ones, though.
First of all, she’s a woman. That definitely can’t help her cause. Whether we’re putting them in prison or simply telling them what they can or can’t do with their body, Oklahoma has a long, storied history of doing everything possible to make life miserable for women. The fact that we even have a female Governor is kind of a surprise.
Second, there’s that whole open records thing. How could you approve a Governor who wants to keep open records secret? If you’re going to turn down federal dollars that provide healthcare coverage for poor Oklahomans in order to advance your own political career, at least let us see the emails that helped you decide.
Third, she’s the George W. Bush of governors. Whenever she gives a speech, you can tell that she literally doesn’t comprehend a word of what she’s saying. Thank God a state can’t declare war, otherwise we’d be occupying Alberta, Canada to protect the interests of Continental Resources. I can’t wait to see her paintings once she retires.
Anyway, these new polling numbers have to be good news for Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Smokin’ Joe Dorman, right? According to The World, maybe not.
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