Liberty University Associate Dean John Kinchen lost his bid to be on the Campbell County School Board in Virginia after criticizing a student for wearing makeup and feminine clothes.
Kinchen posted his opinion on a video on his Facebook campaign page on Nov. 5, which he has since removed, but was saved by the Friendly Theist who transcribed Kinchen’s comments about Mikel Jenkins, a student in Brookville High School’s 2017 yearbook:
… Several students were given focus for a specific talent, ability, or achievement, which is normal for any yearbook. Each was given a two-page spread and a nice paragraph describing their accomplishment. However, on pages 18 and 19, one student was highlighted for staying true to himself. This means wearing makeup and dressing in feminine clothing.
He says, “I wish people would teach their children to be open minded about things because that would save a lot of problems.” He goes on to say, “If I could do one thing to change the world, it would be to teach acceptance.”
Well, acceptance is important as we teach our children to consider others above themselves. This is a biblical principle. It is also a value of courtesy and deference.
However, acceptance has also become a code word sought by liberal activists. It begins with persuasion, then acceptance, moves to approval, where leaders and influencers condone the behavior and the way of thinking. The leaders in our school should have given more guidance to this publication.
But by allowing such a piece, they have tacitly condoned this way of thinking and this lifestyle. Lastly, once these ideas find their way into approval, it is normalized.
In response, Jenkins told WSET:
I like to wear makeup. I identify myself as a male… I’m glad it was me, because I’m accepting of myself and I’m strong.
ThinkProgress notes Kinchen has criticized LGBTQ students in the past.