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Texas Montessori School Rejects Toddler Because He Has Gay Mothers: VIDEO

Dawn and Tracy Kelly

New Beginnings Montessori School of Bedford, Texas was the school mothers Dawn and Tracy Kelly wanted for their son, and it seemed at first that the school wanted them as well. During a tour of the school, Dawn explicitly asked if it was ok that their son had two mothers, and the teacher providing the tour said that it wasn't a problem. However, an hour after the tour the mothers received a call from the school's director, Shamain Webster, who rejected their appication and told them,

We are not going be able to enroll Landry in our school because it’s against my religion, and we don’t live that way.

As a private school in Texas, New Beginnings has the legal right to refuse enrollment based on religion and anti-gay bigotry. Though one wonders if the director has actually read the Bible and has examined how moral it is to punish a toddler for the "sins" of his parents.

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  1. God punished the whole of humanity for a sin Adam and Eve, the first humans, had committed. So, yes, punishing children for the sins of their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents ... is perfectly moral according to the Bible.

    Posted by: borut | Mar 28, 2014 7:56:04 AM

  2. God even went one better - he KILLED his own son for the sins of others. Sins that he himself had ascribed to those others because of the something that Adam and Eve had allegedly done. If you're looking for morality (or even logic) the bible is not going to be much help.

    Posted by: tomkitten | Mar 28, 2014 8:06:25 AM

  3. “All these disasters will come on you, and they will be with you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the LORD your God and keep all the laws that he gave you. They will be the evidence of God's judgment on you and your descendants forever.« (Deuteronomy 28, 45 -46)

    What Bible has Towleroad been reading?

    Posted by: borut | Mar 28, 2014 8:20:00 AM

  4. Oh, boy! Please don't let TOWLEROAD become a forum for Scripture-quoting commentators. It's been one of the few sites of sanity over the years.
    And, not for nuthin', Maria Montessori had zero inclusion of religion in her philosophies and practices for early childhood education. The zealous owner betrays the brand by insinuating her faith into what are very strict and specific ways of teaching and learning. Shame!

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Mar 28, 2014 8:44:10 AM

  5. Since when are Montessori schools religious?

    And since when can principals cite their own personal beliefs in such things?

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 28, 2014 8:51:44 AM

  6. Actually, those quotes were spot on. And since when has towleroad been one of the few "sites of sanity?" I hope you're not talking about the comments, which are usually horrible.

    For what it's worth, my ex-boyfriend's sister went to a Montessori school and ended up very badly socialized when she switched to a public high school. Purely anecdotal, I realize, but still, there it is.

    Posted by: Zell | Mar 28, 2014 8:53:30 AM

  7. Obviously the "school" needs to learn a bit about the Bible.

    But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (NIV Romans 5:8-11)

    We're all good.

    Posted by: Chrislam | Mar 28, 2014 9:19:03 AM

  8. Maria Montessori is rolling in her graving. Her mission was to teach children basic living skills...like getting along with others, sharing knowledge and not being judgmental. This school should be ashamed by abusing the Montessori name.

    Posted by: Howard | Mar 28, 2014 9:46:15 AM

  9. I think it's great that these women discovered BEFORE their kid was inculcated by these haters that the Montessori school is a bigoted organization! Imagine if their kid had been indoctrinated with hatred for gays!
    Ugh! That would have been really sad!

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Mar 28, 2014 9:47:27 AM

  10. Sadly, ignorant people continue to place value on the odd and silly writings contained in the Bible. Anyone, and I mean ANYONE who places any degree of belief or faith in that book is simply a moron... demonstrably so!

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Mar 28, 2014 9:49:43 AM

  11. WAVIN' DAVE: this is the problem with the current case before the Supreme Court. If the ACA allows churches, or companies or individuals to do whatever they want because their religion tells them to do so, then state laws cease to exist... if the state (Supreme Court) says that a person's religious beliefs trump even the laws of the state --which is seems the Supreme Court is ready to rule-- then no state law is operative against anyone who claims a religious reason for doing what they do. This could actually vitiate any laws against killing people so long as you have a sincerely held religious belief for killing someone. Yes, there is a law against murder, but if a individual who believes in the Bible and believes that a gay person should be stoned to death (which is in the Bible), then they could not be prosecuted for murder because acting on their religious beliefs trumps a state criminal charge for murder. That's what's going to happen once the Supreme Court invalidates the mandate that religious organizations provide contraceptives under the ACA.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Mar 28, 2014 9:55:18 AM

  12. The term "Montessori School" has no legal or educational meaning when applied to an actual school; any school can call themselves a Montessori School without adhering to any of the principles of Maria Montessori. There's no central board, there's no Montessori accreditation, non one ever comes to check to see if the Montessori techniques are used.

    How many parents, do you think, are aware of this? Than I could set up a "Montessori" school that teaches children by rote and repetition and not be breaking any law or even accused of false advertising?

    Posted by: Elsewhere1010 | Mar 28, 2014 9:58:37 AM

  13. @WAVIN' DAVE

    It is the article that suggests the director should study the Bible more carefully and act according to its teachings. I don't see how quoting Scripture in a comment to such an article should be inapproriate.

    Posted by: borut | Mar 28, 2014 10:23:30 AM

  14. A Montessori school??? Oh, wait, a TEXAS Montessori school, now I get it. Sorry, I have to grasp on to things from the few states that make me feel a little less bad about living in Virginia (yep looking at you Florida and you too South Carolina).

    Posted by: rjinva | Mar 28, 2014 10:24:49 AM

  15. the comments in this post are actually pretty funny AND right on, fancy that...

    Posted by: bandanajack | Mar 28, 2014 10:28:28 AM

  16. Hey, people, it's Texas... the state that gave us gw. and think of him as a great politician.

    Posted by: Reggie777 | Mar 28, 2014 11:09:10 AM

  17. "Is it [Montessori] oriented to a particular religion?

    No. A true Montessori school offers a religiously neutral environment, that is, it is not associated with any particular religious persuasion. However, it is important to stress that it does not have any conflict with any religion, either. In fact, schools have been sponsored by groups representing non-sectarian interests as well as by the Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Hindu and other faiths. "


    Posted by: Graham Anderson | Mar 28, 2014 11:27:13 AM

  18. DAN COBB, you are spot on. This SCOTUS ruling is a very scary and real thing. We should pay very close attention to this. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until June until there is a ruling.

    Posted by: WTF21 | Mar 28, 2014 11:38:27 AM

  19. @Dan Cobb, the ACA ruling will no doubt be limited to property rights like Arizona's SB 1062. Just as with Citizens United, where they said regulating property is regulating speech, they'll say regulating property is regulating religion. Still detestable, but not the carte blanche immunity you suppose.

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 28, 2014 12:41:35 PM

  20. G.W. was born in Connecticut. He just festered in Texas before his boil erupted all over US.
    But, why did she have to ask if it was OK that their kid had lesbian parents? It implies there is something wrong with being gay. Subbing Jewish, Black or even being left handed doesn't make sense either. Wouldn't it have been better to have been judged as a parent first?
    Am I living in a dream world?

    Posted by: parkrunner | Mar 28, 2014 12:42:14 PM

  21. Hey, thanks for the responses, reassuring me that TOWLEROAD still has balance. When I began my morning with pull quotes from The Bible, I had a moment of despair. The follow-ups, varied as they are, seem literate and informed and collegial. Montessori would approve!

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Mar 28, 2014 12:47:42 PM

  22. This could be a blessing in disguise. Imagine the horrible indoctrination this child would receive from a school run by such a bigoted administrator.

    Posted by: Howard B | Mar 28, 2014 12:55:14 PM

  23. I question the reporter's conclusion that as a private business, the school has the right to discriminate on the basis of religion. Widely enacted public accommodation laws specifically deny private businesses froom doing just that. Do they exist in TX?

    I've read and watched too many journeyman reporters assert such false claims. Is this misinformation part of a right wing propaganda campaign?

    Posted by: Marco Luxe | Mar 28, 2014 3:21:22 PM

  24. the toddler is better off. a lot of Montessori kids fail spectacularly in university, as they're used to being coddled by teachers who hover over their shoulders to make sure they're doing A-OK. that, of course, doesn't happen with profs in most universities.

    many a Montessori grad gets out into the real world and is faced, in university, with students who actually had to work and compete hard to get to where they are, as opposed to having specialized teachers guiding their every move - parents that pay montessori fees don't expect to have their kids fail classes; so they get many a leg-up. that simply doesn't help students when they need to stand on their own two feet.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 28, 2014 3:33:00 PM

  25. And Montessori is supposed to be so "progressive"...

    Posted by: John P Ouderkirk, MD | Apr 10, 2014 8:57:35 AM

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