Christian school earns right to expell lesbians

A California kangaroo court has ruled that a private Catholic school is well within its rights to expel anyone it “believes” is lesbian. By some quirky loophole, the school isn’t part of the California civil rights package which I guess would otherwise frown on this sort of thing.

Apparently they based their case on the Boy Scouts:

Relying on a 1998 state Supreme Court ruling that allowed the Boy Scouts to exclude gays and atheists, the Fourth District Court of Appeal in San Bernardino said California Lutheran High School is a social organization entitled to follow its own principles, not a business subject to state anti-discrimination laws.

“The whole purpose of sending one’s child to a religious school is to ensure that he or she learns even secular subjects within a religious framework,” Justice Betty Richli said in the 3-0 ruling, issued Monday.

As with the Boy Scouts, she said, the primary function of the school is to instill its values in young people, who are told of its policies when they enroll.

Kirk Hanson, a lawyer for the two girls, said he was disappointed and would talk to them about a possible appeal to the state Supreme Court.

According to the court, he said, “if you’re a religious school, you can discriminate on any basis you want.”


Hanson, like me, wonders over the sense of comparing compulsory education institution with an optional/after-school club. I thought the function of a school was to teach kids about math and science and geography and history and health and phys. ed. and civics and languages and other things that might help a kid get employed somewhere other than a burger joint after grad. Or, are they just running a Christian charm school over there? School has to be about more than values doesn’t it?

John McKay, a lawyer for California Lutheran, said he was pleased the court recognized that “a religious school is not a business, and the purpose of a religious school is to teach Christian values.”

Any state law that required the school to admit gays or lesbians would violate the school’s freedom of expression and religion, McKay said.

The ruling is the first to consider a religious school’s status under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination by businesses and was amended in 2005 to include discrimination based on sexual orientation. State education law also forbids anti-gay bias, but that law applies only to public schools.

I wonder whose snazzy idea that was, leaving private Christian schools out. Here’s how the school came to their conclusion:

The girls were juniors at the high school in Wildomar (Riverside County) when the principal, Gregory Bork, summoned them to his office in September 2005 and questioned them separately about their sexual orientation and whether they loved each other. The principal acted after another student reported postings on the girls’ MySpace pages.

Bork suspended the girls based on their answers, and the school’s directors expelled them a month later.

There’s so much wrong with this, I don’t even know what to pick to complain about.

Why do any homosexuals want to be Christian when they know this kind of treatment is going on? Sure, some more liberal churches are making space for them by remodeling their own sets of values, but people like Bork are still wandering around, often in powerful places. Why are they willing to align themselves with a group that still, by and large, thinks homosexuality is a one-way ticket to hell? Do they think God’s put this insurmountable challenge in their path to prove his love? Do they think their parishes will have some sudden miraculous change of heart? Do they love Jesus more than they love the freedom to be who they are wherever they are? I don’t get it.

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2 Responses to Christian school earns right to expell lesbians

  1. Teleprompter says:

    I don’t know any more than you do.

    But it’s probably for many of the same reasons that other people stay in religion…comfort, a sense of community, possibly guilt or fear.

    Yes, there is so much wrong with that school’s policy…I’m not even going to think about it.

    One aspect that really disturbs me is the implementation of school policy based on another kid’s reporting of what was on someone’s MySpace page. What a blatant violation of privacy!

  2. GordonFreemansSecondCousin says:

    what kind of bull are they pulling? you have a right to be whatever the heck you want to be. the way they break this right for their religion is stupid. Im not anti religious, even though im atheist, but when religions discriminate, it makes me want to barf all over their religion.

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