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.
“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.