Friday, September 23, 2005

A little Christian charity

The title is not intended to be a slam on Christianity. It's intended to be a slam on the people who run this "Christian" school who think it is entirely appropriate to kick a 14 year old girl out of their school because they don't like who her mom is in love with. Even if you buy the whole "homosexuality is immoral" thing, which you shouldn't, this does nothing to help the girl out. She has no control over who her mom likes. If you are a good Christian and you think that one of your girls has a messed up family, what do you do? Offer her continuing support in a loving atmosphere? Be there for her to make sure she grows up healthy and educated? No! You boot her from the school. I love this concept of "infinite grace." I hope these people get made fun of nationally for several weeks. Here's the article from AP gathered from Yahoo news.

I should add that of course the school has the legal right to do this. They boot children out of schools who don't follow the dress code. Nazis have the legal right to rally at the City Courthouse each Saturday. I am saying that it is morally wrong to do so.

ONTARIO, Calif. - A 14-year-old student was expelled from a Christian school because her parents are lesbians, the school's superintendent said in a letter.

Shay Clark was expelled from Ontario Christian School on Thursday.

"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.

Stob could not be reached for comment by the newspaper. Shay and her parents said they won't fight the ruling.

School administrators learned of the parents' relationship this week after Shay was reprimanded for talking to the crowd during a football game, Tina Clark said.

Clark and her partner have been together 22 years and have two other daughters, ages 9 and 19.


NocturnalMe said...

I used to be involved with a Baptist Church in TX. USED TO. The last straw was a poster that said good christians MUST be the product of good cristian parents. I got so pissed I ripped it off the wall and never went back.

I tell you this in agreeance with what you've pointed out about the way some christians choose to ingore 'loving their neighbor' in favor of upholding their interpretation of Old Testament-based morality.

I'm not able to articulate what I'm trying to say fully. Its just that your post struck a chord with me. Glad to see someone else recognizes the ill logic of these fundamentalists.

Anonymous said...


That poster is wrong. My parents are athiests and I'm a Christian. That being said, Christ didn't abolish morality of the OT and "love thy neighbor" shouldn't stop Christians from discernment. I think the school is wrong unless she was actively advocating for the homosexual lifestyle at that football game. And they should have caught it sooner consider they require a family interview.

pacatrue said...

I agree with our anonymous commenter that "love thy neighbor" should not stop Christians from exercising moral judgement. My point is that: let's say homosexuality on their view is either a disease or a simply an immoral act. I don't agree, but let's assume that. You discover you have a 14 year old student whose family has problems in your view. Let's list other possible problems. Her mom is a drug addict; she's a prostitue; she drinks too much; whatever. Name your sin or disease. How do you help a girl living in these circumstances find God? Apparently, the school thinks you kick her out for her family's supposed flaws.

Christopher Robin said...

This type of thing frustrates me to no end. I'll admit to being an atheist, yet I often see myself as being a better 'christian' than many who claim that faith. I always got the message of inclusion and love from the church when I was young and attended services. Why then do they not follow on their own advice?

Kristin said...

Christians are human beings, too. That is the whole point to being a true Christian. Admitting to God and to yourself that you are a sinful human being and need God's help in life. No one is perfect. No one can aim to be.

I am no better than you or even a murderer in prison. We ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

As for the school, they did have a policy, and this particular couple still chose to put their daughter in this private school, even though they knew their lifestyle violated their policies. As a private school, they can pretty much have whatever kind of 'morality' policies they want. And, if you were a lesbian couple, why would you want to put your kid in this type of school??

You might not agree with their policies, but nobody forced these 2 women to put their kid in this school.