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Virginia Christian School Rejects Student For Not Acting Girly Enough: VIDEO


Timberlake Christian School in Virginia has refused to re-enroll an eight-year-old girl named Sunnie Kahle because “students have been confused about whether Kahle is a boy or girl,” and “administrators can refuse enrollment for [any family] condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity.”

In other words, they’re rejecting Kahle because she’s not girly enough. Kahle doesn’t identify as a boy and otherwise the school reports that she’s a good student. They just want her to conform to what their sexist preconception of how a little girl should act.

Here’s more from the school’s letter to her adoptive grandparents:

"You're probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment… We believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that TCS is not the best place for her future education."

The letter goes on to cites Bible verses that affirm the school's antiquated sex typing.

Kahle’s grandparents have taken her out of TCS and placed her in public school instead. Even though she is reportedly heartbroken at not being able to attend TCS with her friends, they have no interest in matriculating her back into TCS next year.

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  1. How can someone so stupid be put in charge of a school?

    Posted by: Armando | Mar 26, 2014 8:22:49 AM

  2. Yes we get it, Christian schools are run by bigots. Anyone sending their kid there and expecting them not to be bigots is simply stupid. The blame here lies with the parents for choosing this school in the first place and expecting anything less. I feel sorry for the little girl but deciding to pay bigots to educate your child is moronic.

    Posted by: terry | Mar 26, 2014 8:27:07 AM

  3. I wonder if Joan of Arc would have been singled out as well....

    It amazes me how so many Christians run their schools and organizations not based on the teachings of the bible but on an episode of "Father Knows Best" Jeepers!

    Posted by: Dan McLellan | Mar 26, 2014 8:28:10 AM

  4. To use the religious right's tired rhetoric, "won't someone think of the children" because it's not going to ever be them.

    Children deserve the right to develop naturally, as God intended. Altering His plan, to suit your own selfish needs, is a crime against nature itself.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Mar 26, 2014 8:30:58 AM

  5. The children being altered by religion will never develop into their own best person.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Mar 26, 2014 8:32:04 AM

  6. these bigots prove how un-christian they are every day. such kindness. didn't jesus say "bring the children to me," not "yeah, ugh, except for the tomboys."

    Posted by: woody | Mar 26, 2014 8:32:34 AM

  7. Lena Dunham?

    Posted by: Adam | Mar 26, 2014 8:34:13 AM

  8. @DAN... well we see where that got Joan of Arc...

    Private schools are welcome to do whatever they want; but if they get one cent of public funding, all bets are off.

    Posted by: Rad | Mar 26, 2014 8:35:29 AM

  9. Huh ?
    Did you call this Timberlake 'Christian' School ?

    And did this teacher/administrator just purport to speak for God ?

    The lunatics have taken over.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 26, 2014 8:36:16 AM

  10. I feel sorry for her that she will miss her friends, but this is probably the best thing that could ever happen to her. She has been rescued from years of indoctrination into hate and bigotry.

    Posted by: kit | Mar 26, 2014 8:37:45 AM

  11. Blessings in disquise are sometimes provided by the most hateful of bitches.

    Posted by: Mitch | Mar 26, 2014 9:10:49 AM

  12. @ Hey Darlin' - couldn't agree more. I find it sad that their concept of God is so limited, so puny, that they cannot conceive of a higher power that might have a bit more "creativity" in his concept of humanity. We are all, in the end, 50% male and 50% female, and it should not shock anyone that a few of us are just more of a mixture than most.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Mar 26, 2014 9:22:56 AM

  13. This is why sending children to religious "schools" is child abuse. She will be better off in the long run.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 26, 2014 9:23:13 AM

  14. Do they want her to dress like a female in Biblical times or modern times? Because if they are going to take the bible so literalistically, maybe modern dress isn't the way to go...

    Posted by: Neil | Mar 26, 2014 9:57:31 AM

  15. I find it rather confusing that these people claim to be experts and devout followers of their prophets word, yet break Jesus' most important rules to live by. It's my understanding that the most important value to live by is treating everyone of your fellow humans equally and as your brother. Don't worry about the sins of your brother as you have enough on your own plate to deal with. I was brought up in a Christian culture by a non-Religous mother who walked the talk and always believed that treating everyone fairly was a pretty good rule to live by, that include those you disagree with as well.

    The rules they are supposed to live by are supposed to be a bit like the laws of Robotics in Asimovs books. If the first and most important law would be broken by following law 2 then one supersedes rule 2.

    @capt doom: I couldn't agree more and your reasoning taken a step further is the primary logic that makes it very clear, none of our worlds religions come close to explaining or conveying anything relevant to the complexity of our Universe or any message a creator of something so complex would relay to us. If there was an active creator sending us messages on issues of such importance, the messages wouldn't be so obtuse and would include accurate info on the size of the Universe, wouldn't relegate the info to our blue dot and would certainly use the language of the Universe, Mathematics and physics.

    Posted by: Jason B | Mar 26, 2014 10:19:49 AM

  16. Jesus wore a dress in all the illustrations I've seen. What's the problem?

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Mar 26, 2014 10:27:15 AM

  17. yes, long hair and a dress.
    he was the queen of queens... uh... i mean king of kings...

    Posted by: woody | Mar 26, 2014 10:31:46 AM

  18. Those grandparents are fantastic.

    Posted by: Jude | Mar 26, 2014 10:38:15 AM

  19. Maybe she saw all those portraits of Christ with his long flowing lovely locks and figured that, as He was a man, she was suppose to have short hair?

    or maybe the people running this school are complete f****ing idiots.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 26, 2014 11:13:33 AM

  20. So it's a safe assumption they have no softball at that school.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 26, 2014 11:20:18 AM

  21. It is my belief that if you are going to claim to be a Christian school, then you should teaching the exact same thing Jesus died on the cross for: love. So what if this girl acts like a boy? Let figure out who she is. Who are we to judge? This is all coming from a Christian, stumbling in his faith because of things like this.

    Posted by: strivingforenlightenment | Mar 26, 2014 11:36:32 AM

  22. So the parents wanted her to go to a school that would teach her to hate LGBT??? They're just looking for the lawsuit lottery now.....

    Posted by: styler | Mar 26, 2014 11:57:55 AM

  23. So Rick wanted to post a ignorant, hateful comment under a different username to slip his horrible opinion in undetected. He's just looking to rile up the other commenters. What a desperate troll Rick/Styler is.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 26, 2014 12:29:20 PM

  24. ooooh. So sad. What a sad story and worse, a sad commentary on reactionary religious nuts.They are the ones who vote in politicians who used religion as part of the political platforms. This is so like the Taliban mentality. They don't even realize what they are doing. They are exclusionary and against everything Christ taught.They are also cowards. They refuse to speak out about their "reasoning"...hell, even the Westboro Baptist "church" is happy to speak about their twisted beliefs. Sadly, I would have to agree that Sunnie may be better off NOT in that hate pit. She may face a lot of bullying no matter where she goes to school and it is ironic that a "Christian" school doesn't want the likes of her in their precious flocks of hypocrites. Jesus would weep at their actions. Simply weep.

    Posted by: thom | Mar 26, 2014 12:49:46 PM

  25. This is just wrong. This "school" should be shut down! How can you accuse a child of acting too masculine or feminine? They are just discovering who they are and what they like. An 8 year old probably doesn't even know a lot about gay/straight. This is all about selfish adults being uncomfortable and that's pathetic.

    Posted by: reality | Mar 26, 2014 12:50:35 PM

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