excuse me while i scream

A 14 year-old girl has been expelled from Ontario Christian School.

Is it because she set fire to the chapel? No.
Because she got bad grades? No.
Because she caused a ruckus in class? No.
Is it, in fact, because of anything she did? Of course not.

It’s because her parents are gay.

“Your family does not meet the policies of admission,” Superintendent Leonard Stob wrote to Tina Clark, the girl’s biological mother.

Stob wrote that school policy requires that at least one parent may not engage in practices “immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian life style, such as cohabitating without marriage or in a homosexual relationship,” The Los Angeles Times reported in Friday’s edition.

Yeah, I know that the school, as a private institution, can set pretty much whatever policies they want . . . but replace “cohabitating without marriage or in a homosexual relationship” with “being African-American or Hispanic” and see how much sense it makes for them to have this policy. Just because they have a right to do it doesn’t make it right.

I’m not a religious person (spritual? yes. religious? no.) but I’ve always respected everyone’s right to have whatever mythological beliefs they want . . . so long as their mythology doesn’t hurt other people. I’ve just about had it with ignorant, intolerant people using a narrow interpretation of a work of fiction to justify their bigotry.

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9 Replies to “excuse me while i scream”

  1. I grew up going to christian schools and there were always jewish familes as well as other religions (and non-religious) families. I’m curious to know if this goes on at the same school. I’d say THAT’S promoting a non-christian lifestyle!

  2. Hmm, I wonder if they expel students if their parents divorce. That’s certainly not allowed in the new testament.

    Or if their parents are polluters. God did mention something about being good stewards of the Earth.

    or if their parents eat too much…

  3. OP: ‘…but replace “cohabitating without marriage or in a homosexual relationship” with “being African-American or Hispanic” and see how much sense it makes for them to have this policy.’

    Yes, and replace the same phrase with “copulating with goats and eight-year-old retarded girls,” and you can imagine how (medievally) some Christians view “alternative” lifestyles.

  4. As someone who went to a Christian school with very close ties to that particular school in the article, I can’t say I’m surprised. In the school I went to, there was much judgement and intolerance of others, quite contrary to what the bible is supposed to teach. Obviously everyone likes to interpret the bible to mean whatever they want. (Can you tell I am a little bitter about having religion force-fed to me? Perhaps I have more than a just little bias on this issue) I remember myself and my parents being “screened” by the administration of the school I went to prior to acceptance. They wanted to make sure we were sufficiently religious to their standards. And that our wallets were fat enough.

  5. That is absolutely horrible!
    I’m still surprised that people don’t see how discrimination against homosexuality is so close to bigotry, racial and sexual discrimination etc.

  6. …I’m actually not very surprised.

    We’re talking about an Institution that is reknown for being closeminded and vitriolic…on good days. Though expelling her is a bit much, I wouldn’t want my kid going there in either case, were I in a gay relationship; it obviously wouldn’t be the most comfortable or safe environment for my child.

    Best bet for people is to just stay away from these private Christian schools altogether and their hatemongering…

  7. As “Ontario” is a respected Canadian name we respectfully ask that those %^$&%^$# Chrissy nutballs change their school name to something else.

  8. I find the whole logic amusing. Like it’s somehow okay if one of your parents is a drug addict, so long as the other one is a positive Christian influence. We all know how great the children of abusive marriages turn out!

    There are so many permutations where technically speaking it would be okay for her to stay in school… i.e. if she had a single lesbian parent, or happened to live with two straight people, but had one biologically gay parent who lived elsewhere… It’s so arbitrary.

    And the symmetry thing is weird. You have two loving parents in the same household, who love each other – therefore – bye bye. If you had just one loving parent in a sexual rut, it may have been okay for you to stay in school.

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