April 25, 2022 Updated 12:23 P.M. ET
NAPLES (FLV) – A pastor in Naples, Florida, planned to host a gay prom for children organized behind the back of administrators at Barron Collier High School.
After it was reported that a teacher at the high school planned a “gay prom” for students at a nearby church, the district said that the promotion flyer was taken down and an investigation is underway.
“The poster was placed without approval of the school administration, and it was promptly removed,” the district told FLV, saying that the prom was “neither organized nor endorsed by Barron Collier High or Collier County Public Schools.”
The Naples United Church of Christ is headed by Rev. Dawson B. Taylor, the Senior Minister. Their website says that Dawson became Senior Minister in 2016 and that he holds a B.A. in Political Science.
Dawson describes himself as a “progressive pastor.” In his Twitter bio, he includes “#BLM” in reference to the activist organization involved in mass political rioting in 2020.
The pastor also says that he “stand[s] with Planned Parenthood,” an organization that actively promotes the termination of unborn children’s lives, in contrast to pro-life Christians.
In a February 24, 2022 Tweet, Dawson exclaimed that “We are all Ukraine. We are all Transgender young people.”
“We are all women who need access to healthcare without government interference. Let us pray especially for those oppressed by bullies with power.” His account has garnered backlash from conservatives.
FLV reached out to the church where the event on Saturday, April 30, was supposed to take place and did not receive a response from Dawson or the church. They were given several days to respond. Dawson blocked FLV Founder and Editor-in-Chief Brendon Leslie after he criticized the pastor for hosting a gay prom for children “in secret.”
Lucas Miles, author of The Christian Left and well-known Christian personality, told FLV that the Christian church “should be leading the way to protect young minds from explicit materials and behaviors, definitely not approving of them, or God forbid, hosting an inappropriate event that appears to have been planned without the knowledge of parents—or even the school.”
“This isn’t about politics or policy anymore. It’s a battle for retaining basic moral truths and protecting a vulnerable generation of young persons from being groomed and indoctrinated by corrupt thinkers and damaging ideologies,” he continued.
The teacher who planned the event is the same teacher who taught students about the controversial “genderbread person,” students told FLV.
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