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New Mexico Christian School Rejects Kid with Gay Parents: VIDEO

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A Christian school which accepts federal funding has rejected a 3-year-old from attending because the prospective student's parents are gay, KOAT reports:

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. 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.

“We don't think agencies that discriminate or use religion to discriminate should be receiving our federal or government funds,” said Peter Simonson with the ACLU.

Watch KOAT's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Excessive government interference? A comment like that says it all. Time to tax churches!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 30, 2012 10:45:15 AM


  2. Why is a gay couple trying to enroll their child in a christian school which he'll be certainly exposed to bigotry from the pulpit?

    Posted by: Sarina | Jul 30, 2012 10:47:24 AM


  3. Anti-abortion, pro-birth zealots: "Don't punish a child for the sins of his father!"

    Anti-gay, pro-bigotry zealots: "Punish a child for the sins of his father!"

    Derp: They are the same people

    You'd think they'd welcome an opportunity to groom another NOM my-parents-were-gay-and-I-had-a-horrible-childhood puppet.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Jul 30, 2012 10:50:39 AM


  4. When I look at a cross, often I see a swastika.

    Posted by: Johnson | Jul 30, 2012 10:50:40 AM


  5. What gay parents in 2012 would choose to send their children to a christian school? Don't they know that all religion is myth? At what age will they tell their children that the tooth fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are similar myths? Grow up people. Don't rely on ancient myths. Teach your children about the wonders of reason and science.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 30, 2012 10:55:15 AM


  6. Jack M, do you know how fast the Democratic party would be destroyed if it proposed taxing churches? Believe me, you don't want to go there.

    Parents should not enroll their children in a school that teaches that the parents' lifestyle is unGodly. This couple should find a church that agrees with them about gay relationships/marriage and enroll the kids in THIS church's school. Sarina raises a good point. Why would the couple want the "anti-gay" school, and wouldn't it be unfair to put the kid in the middle of a theological conflict?

    Posted by: Mary | Jul 30, 2012 10:59:13 AM


  7. When the Christ said not to judge, 'christians' argue back it's 'freedom of speech' or 'freedom of religion'.

    When Christ gave the commandments to love God AND love thy neighbor as thyself as the GREATEST COMMANDMENTS OF ALL BIBLICAL LAWS, this "christian" school chose to do the OPPOSITE by discriminating the child because of of their belief of the "scripture" & "biblical" teachings.

    Clearly, this school is not only an evil and deceptive institution, but also an antiChrist organization.

    Posted by: Simon | Jul 30, 2012 11:18:08 AM


  8. Any school that categorically refuses to serve LGBT families; that would refuse to enroll a student who is being raised by two parents of the same gender, deserves neither public funding nor state accreditation. Churches have a right to their beliefs, but that right does not extend to public funding or credentials from the state if they explicitly do not serve the public. I think we are beyond the point where we can pretend that LGBT people are not a part of the general public.

    Posted by: Nicholas Reed | Jul 30, 2012 11:35:29 AM


  9. The real question is why are these parents enrolling their kid in a christian school!

    Posted by: Luke | Jul 30, 2012 11:58:19 AM


  10. Bringing to light the fact that they get partial funding from our tax dollars is enough reason to bring this into the light. Who cares about christian schools really...what garbage...but when they get our tax dollars we make it an issue in any way we can and get it exposed.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Jul 30, 2012 12:12:06 PM


  11. There is nothing wrong with being Gay and Christian.

    Jesus is not the one who ever stated love thy neighbor except if he is gay.

    With that aside, this will be an easy case for the ACLU. The child is being discriminated based upon who his parents are and there is no rational basis as to why the CHILD could not attend to go to school there. The bigots might as well kiss those federal funds goodbye!

    Posted by: GLAW2014 | Jul 30, 2012 12:18:14 PM


  12. Perhaps they attempted to enroll the child to see the schools response and expose it's practices and the fact that they are receiving federal dollars to operate. Hopefully they will file a lawsuit against the school to either allow them to attend or for the government to cease it's funding. Hit the bigots where it hurts, the pocket book.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jul 30, 2012 12:21:12 PM


  13. OK, so let's ask the bigots: Where exactly does the Bible say anything about same-gender couples?

    Also, just what is a "scriptural lifestyle"?

    Is it polygamy (many of the Old Testament patriarchs were polygamists)?

    Is it incest (Lot slept with his daughters)?

    Is it the various accounts of rape found throughout the Old Testament (and the granddaddy of all rapes, the impregnation of Mary the mother of Jesus by the, uh, Holy Spirit, against her will)?

    Is it the misogyny that permeates the Old and New Testaments (the subjugation of women to nothing more than chattel to be bargained away against their will into, uh, traditional marriages)?

    See, it's time to call the bigots out on their interpretation of the Bible. The scholarship, the logic, the proof is there to expose the evangie-fundies for what they are: bigots, hateful, spiteful bigots.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 30, 2012 12:49:39 PM


  14. Somebody should challenge the use of taxpayer money to support those bigots. However, I think the parents of this kid must be out of their minds if they want to send their child to such a nest of vipers. They should be happy that the bigots turned them down. Otherwise, they would be guilty of child abuse.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 30, 2012 1:00:37 PM


  15. If it goes to court the school may very well lose. The Federal government does have the right and exercises it often...to attach strings to federal money (see GW Bush and his abstinence agenda).

    In Canada and the UK, religious schools have lost this fight for the same reason.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jul 30, 2012 1:58:45 PM


  16. Jack M,

    How would that taxing work? Would they be taxed at the same rate as, say, GLAAD?

    Or would they be taxed only on their business side and not their charitable side?

    Or maybe, we could just tax the lavish funds that they spend on their leaders?

    Or maybe you could educate yourself enough to know that we ALREADY DO all of the above. Churches are treated nearly identically to Gay and Lesbian Centers and Environmental Community Groups and a whole host of organizations of which you no doubt approve.

    So I'm guessing that either you are completely ignorant, or you just want to lash out blindly at those whom you don't like and want special treatment for those whom you do.

    Posted by: Timothy | Jul 30, 2012 2:09:50 PM


  17. jamal49,

    my favorite game is to ask the fundies just which biblical hero we should pattern our marriages after.

    Is it Abraham who married his sister, Jacob who married two sisters, David with his many wives (none of which loved him as much as Jonathan, or so he said), or perhaps the disciples who left their wives to follow Jesus? Or maybe it's Daniel the eunuch, or Paul who could barely contain his objection to marriage? Or bachelor Jesus?

    Really, there are almost NO marriages in the bible which they would approve of today.

    Posted by: Timothy | Jul 30, 2012 2:13:49 PM


  18. This isn't brain surgery. NO private FOR-PROFIT school should receive any government aid, religious or secular. Yes, that goes for colleges too.

    I really have no complaint about a Christian school rejecting a kid with gay parents if the sentence above was true.

    Posted by: Sam | Jul 30, 2012 2:28:21 PM


  19. If these parent's tax dollars go to that school, then they should be able to enroll their kids there. If that school wants to discriminate, they should refund any tax dollars that go to that school. No gay families, then no gay money!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Jul 30, 2012 2:30:04 PM


  20. Deuteronomy 24:16

    Got to love their selective interpretation of the "Bible."

    Posted by: Garst | Jul 30, 2012 2:32:43 PM


  21. There seems to be several things wrong in this story !!! A "private" school has NO business receiving Fed funds!!!!! The fact that this smacks of Hatred is what is wrong today, with our society in general.
    SAD SAD SAD !!!

    Posted by: pattimae nearing | Jul 30, 2012 8:25:19 PM


  22. The LGBT community pays taxes too so they have every right to enroll at ANY SCHOOL THAT RECEIVES GOVERNMENT FUNDING.

    Posted by: DontHate | Jul 30, 2012 8:26:30 PM


  23. The LGBT community pays taxes too so they have every right to enroll at ANY SCHOOL THAT RECEIVES GOVERNMENT FUNDING.

    Posted by: DontHate | Jul 30, 2012 8:26:33 PM


  24. Please what does 2 parents being gay have do with their child getting a good education! Not a thing at all it is stupid that the kid got turn away that is like saying children should be punished for the mistakes or choices of the parents. It is not right we all have a choice to be who we are and love who we wish and if we want to give a child the benefit of a great life and a great education who does the established order think they are to deny it. I mean come on!!

    Posted by: Trisha | Jul 30, 2012 8:26:35 PM


  25. While they are allowed to have their bigoted and ignorant views since they ARE in America and are free to do so (and I will fight for their right), they certainly should not receive any federal funding...

    Posted by: Feydakin | Jul 30, 2012 8:33:15 PM


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