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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I really think we need to come up with a different classification for people that would do something like this in the name of the same Christ I also serve. I mean, how is this at all Christian?
After a Lutheran school expelled two 16-year-old girls for having "a bond of intimacy" that was "characteristic of a lesbian relationship," the girls sued, contending the school had violated a state anti-discrimination law.

The girls were expelled in their junior year for "conducting themselves in a manner consistent with being lesbians," said McKay, who added that the girls never disclosed their sexual orientation during the litigation. Hanson said the girls had been "best friends" and, citing their privacy, declined to discuss their sexual orientation. They are now in college, he said.

The dispute started when a student at the school told a teacher in 2005 that one of the girls had said she loved the other. The student advised the teacher to look at the girls' MySpace pages. One of the girls was identified as bisexual on her MySpace page, the other's page said she was "not sure" of her sexual orientation.

McKay said the website also contained a photograph of the girls hugging.

According to the principal, who called each girl out of class separately, both admitted they had hugged and kissed each other and told other students they were lesbians. The girls said they admitted only that they loved each other as friends.

One of the attorneys arguing for the girls said that the court has essentially given these schools license to discriminate, and I have to agree. But that's only the superficial part of this, to me. This school did this because not because these girls vandalized the property, got into a fight or cut a class. They did it because they felt these girls were sinners and they wanted them cast from their midst. (Sorry for the biblical language, but apparently these people think that God loves all of His children - except the gay ones.)

Sarah Hepola from Broadsheet (look out for the pun in that title) expounds:
So, OK: It's a private school that wants to uphold a certain religious ethos. (The school is associated with the same religious denomination as Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann.) Should they be allowed to discriminate based on their shame-based ethos? I'll leave that for the courts to decide. (A lawyer for the girls hopes to take the case to the California Supreme Court.) But at a time when our school system is so embattled -- fingers crossed, economic stimulus plan -- and at an age when kids are discovering themselves and in the very place you might hope adults would be trying to sheperd them into an adult world, it's just a damn shame that a school would spend its valuable resources on this kind of witch hunt.

Many often cite Matthew 7:1, often paraphrased as "Judge not, lest ye be judged".

But you have to look deeper. Read on:
1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

Considering that the church has had so many specks in its eyes, nose and mouth with regard to repressed homosexuality over the years, I have always found it sickly ironic how fervently they seek to judge those courageous enough to be whom...

...well, whom God made them to be.



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