A Christian school in California has expelled a 14 year old student because she has two lesbian parents:
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.
I dare say they’ll be hard pressed to find any set of parents – or people in general – who do not engage in immoral practices by their standards. The school, of course, is well within their rights to do this. They are a private school and can accept or reject any applicant they wish for any reason they wish. But it’s a good example of why it’s important for public schools to treat children from such families as no different from any other family. A parent in Massachusetts is freaking out over an elementary textbook that treats such families matter of factly. The book says things like:
“Laura and Kyle live with their two moms, Joyce and Emily, and a poodle named Daisy. It takes all four of them to give Daisy her bath.”…
“Robin’s family is made up of her dad, Clifford, her dad’s partner, Henry, and Robin’s cat, Sassy. Clifford and Henry take turns making dinner for their family.”
Two examples out of a book full of examples of more traditional family situations. But the mere fact that they acknowledge the existence of families headed by gay partners is enough to send some people off the deep end. But there were 600,000 such families in the census in 2000, and that is probably an undercount. More realistic counting probably puts the number at over a million such families. That means that statistically speaking, there are likely such families in every school in the nation. Is it really a problem to send a message that those kids are no different than kids from traditional families and should be treated no differently? I dare say Jesus himself would treat such families far better than many who claim to be his followers.