School rejects 3-year-old because parents are gay, but still gets federal funds

Just in case you thought religious schools receiving taxpayer funds was only happening across the pond, here’s a case right here in the USA–Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A 3-year-old was kept from enrolling at a religious-based school because he has two fathers, according to a letter sent by the school.

Action 7 News got a copy of the letter that Hope Christian School sent to the family.It says in part: “Same gender couples are inconsistent with scriptural lifestyle and biblical teachings,” 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."

The school will receive more than $60,000 in federal tax dollars this school year.

The UK’s National Secular Society and British Humanist Association keep us up to date on the “faith schools” issue in their country, where sectarian religious schools are funded entirely by the taxpayers. Those schools, church-state separatists will be horrified to learn, are free to discriminate against students and employees on the basis of religion.

Now, we’re seeing some of that right here, without the usual pass-through tactic of school vouchers.

Hope Christian School is receiving federal assistance for professional development for its teachers, something for which even private religious schools qualify. And that would be fine . . . if only they were required to meet the same standards of educational quality and nondiscrimination as any public school. But they aren’t.

Hope’s administrators are happy to put their hand out and take money from taxpayers, and then turn around and tell taxpayers that their three-year-old isn’t welcome because of his parents’ sexual orientation.

Given Hope Christian School’s statement of faith, I can’t help but wonder why the parents–any parents–would want their children to attend this Christian madrassa. They espouse anti-intellectual, anti-human viewpoints which not only deny science, but also reduce humanity to the groveling, unworthy, guilt-ridden slaves of a tyrant, slaves who exist only to praise and worship this entity and feed its almighty ego. See for yourself:

We believe that the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, was given by inspiration of God, and is our only rule in matters of faith and practice. We believe in Creation, not evolution; that man was created by the direct act of God and in the image of God. We believe that Adam and Eve, in yielding to the temptation of Satan, became fallen creatures. We believe that all men are born in sin. We believe in the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth and the Diety of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe in His vicarious and substitutional Atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of His blood on the Cross. We believe in the resurrection of His body from the tomb, His ascension into Heaven and that He is now our Advocate. We believe that He is personally coming again. We believe in His power to save men from sin. We believe in the necessity of the New Birth, and that this New Birth is through regeneration of the Holy Spirit. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in the atoning blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe that God is almighty and deserves our praise and worship. The method used to worship God is not as important as the fact that we do worship Him. We are created for the pleasure of God and to fulfill this purpose. God seeks true worshipers to worship Him in spirit and truth.

What sort of depraved, anti-human message is this for a preschooler to hear? Why would a same-sex couple want to throw their child to these wolves in sheep’s clothing?

Given Americans’ First Amendment right to free practice of religion, it’s understood under current legal precedent to be perfectly OK to begin pounding such destructive, inhumane ideas into toddlers’ heads before they are able to critically examine concepts and make mature choices. If parents want to subject their children to this abuse, it’s their right to do so. And if Hope Christian School wants to visit the supposed “sins of the fathers” on the children, for as many generations as they like, that’s their right.

But if they want that right, they must also be cut off from the taxpayer teat. Access to tax revenues is not a right; it’s a privilege. We the People includes Buddhists, atheists, Hindus, Humanists, Muslims, and more . . . not just Christians. Only those schools willing to adhere to American values of liberty, inclusiveness, and intellectual honesty, instead of discrimination and religious bigotry, should be permitted to lay hands on We the People’s money.

2 Responses to School rejects 3-year-old because parents are gay, but still gets federal funds

  1. avatar Atheistically Yours

    WHICH is the bigger outrage?? GAY parents attempting to enroll their kid at a CHRISTIAN (not the bigoted religion here!) school, or the fact that this SAME BIGOTED SCHOOL GETS FEDERAL FUCKING FUNDS! There is truly no upside to this story! Gay parents attempting to enroll a kid in a school based in an anti-gay, pro-discriminatory religion makes as little sense as giving TAXPAYER DOLLARS to fund the school with!

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