Oh, Texas. Oh, Dallas. Oh, Homophobia.
A private religious school in Texas has denied admission to the daughter of a lesbian couple who wanted to enroll the child in preschool, citing its “clear teaching of the Christian faith” for the refusal.
In a statement e-mailed to CNN sister network HLN, the dean of St. Vincent’s Cathedral School in the Dallas suburb of Bedford, Texas, said the school is standing on its principles “in matters of marriage and sex outside of marriage” by refusing to seat 4-year-old Olivia Harrison.
“St. Vincent’s School as a ministry of St. Vincent’s Cathedral upholds the clear teaching of the Christian faith, the Holy Bible, and the Anglican Church in North America,” the Rev. Ryan Reed said. […]
In a follow-up e-mail, Reed said that the school had no problem with a single mother, “lesbian or not, living chaste” — but said St. Vincent’s has taken a hard line in other cases. He said it has rejected an earlier preschool applicant who came from a gay household, fired an unmarried teacher who became pregnant and removed a man “from leadership roles in the school” after he left his wife for another woman. […]
Tracy Harrison said she was raised in a strict Baptist home, she and her partner thought St. Vincent’s could give Olivia a good education and impart “the basic Bible teachings … follow the Golden Rule, the Ten Commandments, be kind to your neighbor.”
“The God that I know and the God that I love will love me and love my children no matter what,” she said.
In case you are wondering how it is that Christians have come to see the principle of hating gays, fornicating single ladies, and divorced men as MORE important than not judging other people, see this site. A snippet:
What does Jesus mean when he says – “Judge NOT, that you be not judged” in Matt 7:1. Is he telling us that we can never judge anyone?
No. Jesus did not intend to forbid judgements of all kinds. When Jesus said, “Judge not”, he forbade unkind, unjustified and improper censure resulting from hasty and superficial investigation, and without regard for the well being of the person, or persons, criticized.
What kind of judgments can we make about people?
We can make righteous judgments – John 7:24; Prov 31:9.
As a Christian we are to “have our senses exercised to discern (judge) both good and evil – Heb 5:14. This takes judgment.
What does “judge with righteous judgment” mean in John 7:24?
It means, we can judge people according to the righteous guidelines that God has given us. If a person is following those guidelines, then we can rightly judge that that person is doing right. If that person is NOT following those guidelines, then we can rightly judge that they are doing wrong.
Wow. That reading of the Bible isn’t subjective at all. Clearly, you can judge people who aren’t righteous based on your interpretation of the Bible, which is righteous because you are righteous and therefore you know the difference and can spot that unrighteous behavior when it appears.
And, in case this is confusing for you, Jesus, when he said “Don’t Judge”, didn’t mean “Don’t Judge.” He meant there’s a time and place for judgment. Only judge when you think you should because you think other people aren’t being righteous. It’s all there in the Bible people. It’s so clear and obvious.
I will definitely make sure to live my life in this society around my neighbors and in my community in a non-judgmental, righteous way. Except when someone else isn’t acting that way. And then I’ll judge them. Because Jesus told me to (except that he didn’t, sort of). Got it?
P.S. Don’t forget to hate gay people. Jesus said it’s okay.