Sunday, August 22, 2010

Andrei Here's a really tricky one

St. Vincent's Episcopal School is an Anglican, not Episcopalian Christian school in Texas. Anglican in this context means they are traditional Anglicans and have broken with the Episcopalian Church over - well let's say modern Episcopalian innovations.

Anyway a Lesbian couple decided that this would be a good school for their daughter and on the application form in the space for Father the non biological member of the pair put her name after crossing out Father and replacing it with Mother.

When the school found out this potential pupil came from a "non traditional" family they decided it would be inappropriate to accept her.

Fuss ensues.

On one hand this might present a lost opportunity to minister to the child and her mothers.

But on the other, the a major reason why this school is Anglican rather than Episcopalian is the very issue of same gender partnerships.

The schools reasoning is that the child would find herself conflicted between the values taught at school and the values held at home and it would not be in her best interests to attend.

Its not implausible that this is a set up by activist parents using a child in the ongoing gender wars that are wracking our society.

And if so that is perilously close to child abuse in my book.

5 comment(s):

Psycho Milt said...

The Harrisons said they picked St. Vincent's for their daughter because friends recommended it...

These would be their many close High Church friends who value sticking with the old Anglican traditions, I suppose?

Seán said...

The Harrisons said they picked St. Vincent's for their daughter because friends recommended it and they liked its low student to teacher ratio. Everyone there was also very friendly and helpful.

Clearly the religious values and character of the school wasn't a factor. That would be the reason I would reject the application on.

leftrightout said...

I don't see it as tricky at all, quite simple, in fact.

If the school takes any taxpayer$ then it should accept any students, regardless of what it may think of their parents.

A bit like "render unto Caesar ..."

scrubone said...

Sean - quite.

The school is there to give education within christian values. Given they weren't interested in those values, it would be utterly pointless from the school's POV to enroll the child.

LRO - and if there is no taxpayer $ involved I assume you'd back the school? Thought not.

The christian school near where I used to live stated in it's prospectus that it was there for members of the church next door, others could apply but it was up to the school whether or not to accept the application. And no, they didn't accept a dime from the government.

leftrightout said...

LRO - and if there is no taxpayer $ involved I assume you'd back the school? Thought not.


Actually, I would. But only if they took no taxpayer $. I guess that's the other side of "render unto Caesar...", but I doubt you knew that, didn't you? Didn't you? Oh, don't know your bible.

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