A three-year-old in New Mexico has been denied admission to a Christian school because he has two fathers.
Yes, you read that right: the preschooler was refused entrance to the school, which his religious parents chose because it is faith-based, not because of his abilities, but solely because he has two dads.
Thanks to Action 7 News in New Mexico, we can see a copy of the letter that Hope Christian School sent to the family.
“Same gender couples are inconsistent with scriptural lifestyle and biblical teachings,” it reads, and “Home life doesn’t reflect the school’s belief of what a biblical family lifestyle is.”
The letter also says since the school is private, it is free from “excessive government interference in matters of religion.”
It’s true that private schools, unlike their public counterparts, are free to choose who they admit to their schools. However, in the case of Hope Christian School, the school is slated to receive more than $60,000 in federal tax dollars this school year. That money will be used for educator professional development, according to the state’s Public Education Department.
The school qualifies for that money under federal guidelines.
As Peter Simonson of the ACLU put it, “We don’t think agencies that discriminate or use religion to discriminate should be receiving our federal or government funds.” Not to mention, it’s illegal to discriminate against anyone on the basis of sexual orientation in New Mexico.
This school offers neither hope nor Christianity.
This decision seems wrong on a legal basis, but it is also wrong in a humanitarian, Christian way. True Christians embrace all mankind: my nephew, who is gay, has two adorable daughters, and my brother-in-law, a minister in the Church of England, loves his grandchildren unconditionally.
Isn’t having loving parents what counts most, not what gender they are? Our children need all the help and support they can get in this world.
If you agree that Hope Christian School has made a thoroughly un-Christian decision in discriminating against a three-year-old with gay parents, please sign our petition by clicking here.
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