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Actress Michelle Williams, who first shot to fame as beleaguered ex-bad-girl Jen Lindley on “Dawson’s Creek” and has since been Oscar-nominated for her turn as the beleaguered, heartbroken wife of gay cowboy Ennis Del Mar in “Brokeback Mountain,” won’t be getting her picture up in her High School’s hall of fame anytime soon

“We don’t want to have anything to do with her in relation to that movie,” Santa Fe Christian headmaster Jim Hopson told the San Diego Union Tribune. “Michelle doesn’t represent the values of this institution. We would not approve of her movies and TV shows (including the teen drama ‘Dawson’s Creek’). We’d not like to be tied to ‘Brokeback Mountain.’”

So Hobson wouldn’t even approve of “Dick,” in which Williams and Kirsten Dunst starred as teen advisors to Republican president Richard Nixon? Tough critic. At least he didn’t get personal, pointing out that Williams, who got her start in Christian Youth theater, and her fiance Heath Ledger recently had a baby.

“I hope we offered her something in life,” Hobson was quoted as saying. “But she made the kinds of choices of which we wouldn’t approve. ‘Brokeback Mountain’ basically promotes a lifestyle we don’t promote. It’s not the word of God.”

We can debate forever what exactly God says or doesn’t say about homosexuality (or any other issue), but what’s not debatable is that Hobson’s school holds a set of beliefs to be true, and his comments are consistent with their message. Gotta admire them for that–most private schools would be sucking up for the big donation.

Even Carla Williams, Michelle’s mother, admits that: “For some people, ‘Brokeback Mountain’ is difficult. He has the right to his opinion.” But she also notes that others from the school have contacted her and asked her to pass on their congratulations to Michelle.

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