5-Year-Old Kicked Out Of Kindergarten Because Of Lesbian Mothers
I often hear Black people, particularly in the religious community, scoff at the notion that gay and lesbian rights are different from the civil rights we fought and are still fighting for today. They argue that a Black person is immediately identifiable while a person’s sexual orientation can be hidden or go undetected.
That’s true. But we need only look at the ways in which openly gay and lesbian people are being mistreated to see the shocking similarities. There’s nothing new under the sun. Not even oppression.
A Black lesbian couple were devastated to learn that their five-year-old daughter was being kicked out of school not because of anything she had done but simply because her parents, her mothers, are lesbians.
According to a San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV, a five year old girl is at the center of a fight between freedom of religion and nondiscrimination rights.
The five year old girl, who her parents have decided not to identify by name, is at home instead of attending school at the Mt. Erie Christian Academy where she was enrolled in pre-k and summer camp.
Just a few days before school started, administrators invited the girl’s mothers in for a meeting.
Sheena, one of the girl’s mothers, told KGTV, that she and her wife were called into school the Friday before Labor Day. They were escorted into a room where they met with the pastor. After they all prayed he told them their daughter was no longer welcome.
“It was heartbreaking,” Sheena said. “I didn’t finish the conversation with them when they took us in the room because I just, I didn’t want to look at them any longer. I just couldn’t believe that they did that.”
Sheena said the school has assured her it’s not about her child. She disagrees.
“But it is about my child…If we knew from the beginning that this was unacceptable, they didn’t condone or believe in this, if it was such a big deal, we would have never started her off there. I would never put my child’s emotional wellbeing in an unstable setting like that.”
A woman named Kailyn, who described herself as the director of Mt. Erie, told KGTV that the school has a non discrimination policy but also said that “The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. We don’t condone any sinful lifestyles.”
Sheena showed the news team a copy of the student handbook which was revised in June 2015. Right after a statement about nondiscrimination the handbook says,
“Mt. Erie Christian Academy is a religious, Bible-believing institution providing education in a distinct Christian environment, and it believes that its biblical role is to work in conjunction with the home to mold students to be Christ like. On those occasions in which the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to or in opposition to the biblical lifestyle that the school teaches, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, living in, condoning or supporting sexual immorality; practicing homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity; promoting such practices; or otherwise having the inability to support the moral principles of the school (Leviticus 20:13a; Romans 1:21-27; Matthew 19:4-6; I Corinthians 6:9-20).”
Then later in the handbook it says:
“MECA seeks to: Teach students the importance of loving and respecting each other, because all people are valuable in God’s eyes, regardless of physical, social, economic, ethnic, or other factors.”
Sheena says she wonders what her family has to do with anyone else’s.
A San Diego attorney says that legally the school is well within their First Amendment rights. They are a private school and tax documents show that they did not take any money from the public, meaning they have the right to bar membership based on religious beliefs. Publicly funded programs, businesses and institutions do not have that right.
A San Diego attorney believes this matter will eventually have to be decided by the Supreme Court due to changing public policy when it comes to homosexuality.
Personally, I can’t understand why the child is being penalized for her parents lifestyle. Or why they allowed her to enroll in pre-k and then summer school and even kindergarten before they changed the rules of admission. It’s interesting that the school director claims not to support any sinful lifestyle; if that were really true I wonder how many parents would be forced to take their children and their funding away from the institution or how many teachers would still be allowed to instruct.
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