Conservatives lash out at ‘satanic’ middle school mural drawn by teen

The Christian bigots should hear what they are saying.   They want a neutral place where all children are accepted and loved.  Really?  Yet what they really mean is where their kids and those that think / act just the good Christian way according to them are accepted and love.  LGBTQ+, any other religions, those that dress differently, atheist kids are not welcome.  These bigots also said that adults that pretend something not real is real is a mental illness and they needed medication.   Boy really can they hear themselves.   Their entire life is built around a pretend not real deity.    The article lays it out very well.   Give it a read.   Even a fellow conservative called them out saying it devolved into a hate fest against gay kids.  But again a small loud minority got what they wanted forcing everyone else to abide by their church doctrines of what is acceptable.   The rest of us who want to be included be damned.   Hugs

“It is hate material,” said one conservative parent of the “Stay Healthy” mural with smiling kids and cute animals
Conservatives lash out at 'satanic' middle school mural drawn by teen | The mural features smiling kids and sends a message of inclusivity and the importance of good health
The mural features smiling kids and sends a message of inclusivity and the importance of good health (screenshot via News 8)
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Aharmless mural painted over the summer at the Child and Adolescent Health Center at Grant Middle School in Michigan is under attack by Christian parents who claim it’s “Satanic.”

It was painted by Evelyn Gonzales, a sophomore at the local high school, who won a contest aimed to “brighten up” the health center with a painting that depicted smiling kids and the message “Stay Healthy.” The end result was a mural that included a number of kids, one of whom is wearing a shirt with the pink and white stripes of the transgender flag, another who is decked out in LGBTQ-friendly rainbow clothes, and a third in the colors of the bisexual flag. The point is that everyone is welcome at the school. No one is excluded. Though it’s not like the color scheme would be obvious to viewers unless they were looking for it; on the surface, we’re all just looking at happy smiling kids.

But there are also other symbols that drew predictable outrage from conservative parents who think everything’s part of some wider liberal conspiracy.

There’s a demon face (in the center left) that’s inspired by the video game Genshin Impact.

There’s also a “Hamsa hand” (on the far left) that, in some cultures, is said to provide good luck.

Gonzalez said the goal of her art was simply “to make people feel welcome.”

Again, none of this would be evident to casual viewers. But it unleashed massive outrage at a school board meeting last week:

“I feel like she did a really good job finding excuses to defend the things she put on,” says Katelyn Thompson. “None of us are that stupid.”

As for the transgender flag, one parent implied it’s a sickness.

“When adults pretend things that are like real life, it’s a mental illness,” says Danielle Beight. “We need counselors, we need medication that’s going to help bipolar disorder, fix their brains.”

With another saying it is discriminatory against Christian beliefs.

“We and our administration should embrace that and get all of this hate material out of our schools, because it is hate material,” says Nate Thompson.

Some parents who spoke with a local news reporter refused to give their names because they didn’t want to be harassed. The anonymous cowards broke from their prayer circle to explain why the mural was offensive to them… and why LGBTQ kids shouldn’t feel welcome anywhere.

“We just want a neutral place for our kids,” one said. “We don’t want our kids being politicized.”

“Our kids should have neutral places where everybody feels loved and accepted and there doesn’t need to be anything on the wall that causes any sort of division,” one said.

Imagine how warped by faith your mind has to be to look at this mural and claim it’s divisive. They say they don’t want their kids being politicized, yet they’re the ones demanding that LGBTQ kids be excluded from everything. They’re the ones demanding trans kids not be allowed to use the proper bathrooms. They’re the ones demanding schools act like LGBTQ people don’t exist and that acknowledging their existence (a la Florida) is synonymous with some sort of propaganda campaign.

Not all parents felt that way. Tracey Hargreaves spoke out in defense of the mural and called out the outrage of the other parents in the district:

“I am a conservative, right-wing, gun-loving American,” Hargreaves declared at the meeting. “And I’ve never seen more bigoted people in my life.”

In an interview with, Hargreaves said, “The meeting turned into a hate fest. Usually there are 10 people at these meetings, 50 showed up. It wasn’t even about the mural … People were talking about how we need to pray the gay away.”

“I had to stand up and say something,” Hargreaves added. “It was out of control. You can’t catch gay, honey. It’s not contagious.”

Hargreaves added that the symbols were being treated as if they were “satanic.” They were not.

But after running Gonzalez out of that board meeting in tears, by injecting their Christian conspiracy theories onto her work of art that was meant to bring joy to people, the bigots got what they wanted.

Administrators announced late last week that the mural would be revised to remove the Hamsa hand and demon image. The kids, however, would stay. Gonzalez agreed to those changes, in part because those images weren’t on her original submission. It was only when she was painting the mural and realized there was more space than she had anticipated that she added those icons to fill up the space.

If that’s what it takes to keep the rest of the mural up, and if Gonzalez is okay with the changes, so be it. But none of this will prevent those same bigoted parents from spreading conspiracy theories about what the artwork actually means. Instead of accepting the intentions of the child who created the mural, they’re led by their Christianity to pretend their bad-faith interpretation of the picture is the only correct take.

At least the school officials are defending the art and the intention behind it—even while making those minor changes. Unlike the conservative parents, they know what it means to support kids. 


6 thoughts on “Conservatives lash out at ‘satanic’ middle school mural drawn by teen

    1. Hello taurusingemini . Far too many of them are just what you say. And I personally do not like the message most of those kinds of Christian put out. However I have to remember that some churches / religious people are not like that and instead really do live up to the ideas of love, tolerance, acceptance, and helping others even when they are not like them. I get so angry at religious people who try to control my life I tend to lash out at all religious people, but I have some great people who come here to my blogging home that are wonderful people. I would hate for them to think I was attacking them when really I want to refute the haters like in this story. To tell the truth I don’t think there is any deity and I have never seen proof of any evidence of the supernatural existing, despite really enjoying stories / movies with magic in them. But I believe in the freedom of people to believe in any religion / faith they wish as long as they are not hurting anyone else. So if someone wants to wear magic underwear I don’t care as long as they don’t try to force me to wear them also. Hugs

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  1. If they weren’t looking for “those awful things” (my quote, not in the story,) they’d never have seen them, and would have thought it was cute. Maybe too cute for middle school, but an excellent piece of art by a local student. What awful, ugly adults: to look at a young artist’s work to find, on purpose, nits about which to pick.

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    1. Hello Ali. Yes great observation. They had to go looking for something to complain about. I admit after I read the story, I had to look for the devil they talked about because I had never seen it. In truth if they had not made an issue of pointing it out how many people would have noticed the color of the shirt or the pride stripes on the other kid? Just glancing over the picture, it did not jump out at me, and I would have missed it. Then again, I don’t go around looking for things to be offended by or at. I tend to not demand everything be done to please me, and if I don’t like a show on TV or the computer, I just change the channel or click something else. I do not try to stop everyone else in the country from watching them also. I find that anyone who felt good about making a kid cry over what was a good intention attempt to be inclusive is the real problem and issue. How dare any adult attack a kid over this, because they feel their god had his feelings hurt? They made the kid feel so bad over her attempt to do the right thing that you have to wonder if she will try to do something good again. I don’t find that being a good Christian, I don’t even find that even being a decent person. If their god is so fragile that they have to attack a kid to defend its feelings, it cannot be called a god. Seriously how do people like that live with themselves? Hugs

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      1. Exactly. It is great art, reflecting life,
        And, I agree, Scottie. No one has to like everything, but people can decide for themselves.
        I do not know how they live with themselves, Scottie, and that’s why I feel that some don’t actually believe in God at all.

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