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Kansas Christian School Under Fire For Discriminatory Policy Against LGBT

( [email protected] ) May 23, 2016 09:06 PM EDT
A Christian high school in Wichita, Kansas prohibits admission of a child with a gay relative, or even practices or promotes LGBT at home
Trinity Academy is firm not to accept students with LGBT kin. Photo: ChristianToday

A Christian high school in Wichita, Kansas prohibits admission of a child with a gay relative, or even practices or promotes LGBT at home  

The prohibition is stipulated in the "statement of understanding" sent to parents who wishes to enroll their children at Trinity Academy for concurrence by both of them. It gives the school absolute right to expel students with LGBT kin.

It invokes its belief to biblical doctrine as the framework in admitting a child, stating that "it wouldn't even be enough that the sibling was celibate, by this rule; the fact that someone gay lives at home could be a deal-breaker."

The prohibition drew quick criticism from a human group describing it an incisive discriminatory policy.

"We believe that religious liberty is a bedrock principle of our nation. However, faith should never be used as a guise for discrimination." Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign said.

The issue of homosexuality heats up under the administration of President Barack Obama, more especially about the White House "toilet transgender policy".

Prohibition by the 1972 Education Act against LGBT discrimination is applicable only in public schools. Private schools or those that are run by religious sector are not bound by it, and in fact, at least 230 private schools have been granted an exemption.

"A conduct within a particular home is counter to the school's understanding of a biblical lifestyle, or should there exist an alternative gender identity, the school should have the right, in its sole discretion, to deny the admission of an applicant or discontinue enrollment of a current student," a paragraph in the statement read.

 It added that "given the debate and confusion in our society about marriage and human sexuality it is vital that Trinity families agree with and support the school's traditional, Christian understanding of those issues."