MSN- A five-year-old San Diego, Calif. girl is at home, instead of starting off kindergarten with her friends, because her school, the Mt. Erie Christian Academy, refused to welcome her any longer because she has two moms, KGTV reports.
The child, who had attended Mt. Erie for pre-school and summer school was abruptly cut off when her parents were called in on the Friday before Labor Day, just before school started, where the pastor broke the news.
"It was heartbreaking,” Sheena, who didn't want her last name to be used, told the news station. “I didn't finish the conversation with them when they took us in the room because I just, I didn't want to look at them any longer. I just couldn't believe that they did that."
"They told us, ‘oh this is not about your child,’ but it is about my child," the stay-at-home mom added.
When asked by the news team if it was discrimination to stop the child from attending because of her mothers, a woman who described herself as the school's director, said, "The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. We don't condone any sinful lifestyles."
"If we knew from the beginning that this was unacceptable, they didn't condone or believe in this, if it was such a big deal, we would have never started her off there," Sheena countered. "I would never put my child's emotional wellbeing in an unstable setting like that."
I don't want to say that it a good thing that two mothers have to explain to their child why she is no longer allowed to attend school with her friends, but honestly, it kind of is. I say this as a progressive person that went to private high school, there is really no longer a reason to send your children to a devout religious institution anymore. Unless, of course, you believe in all the antiquated teachings of the Catholic church, or accept that your children will be taught those same antiquated teachings. The most popular reason that parents pay more their child to go to Catholic school is so that they receive a better education. However, if that very same education is full of outdated, discriminatory teachings then it does more harm than good anyway. Better these women found out that their "kind" was not accepted at school now, than find out after their daughter was taught that her mothers are sinners.
There have been tons of these types of stories lately. Homosexuals that aren't allowed to bring their boyfriend or girlfriend to a school dance. Gay people that complain when they get questions that relate to the acceptance of homosexuality wrong on a test. I think a general rule of thumb should be that if you or your child are gay, don't enroll them in a Christian school. That's like willingly sending your skinny kid to fat camp, or your Jewish kid to concentration camp. There is no need to put them in a position where their distinct difference isn't accepted by those around them. They may get better at math, science, and reading comprehension, but at a place that doesn't accept gay parents, they will undoubtedly become worse at positive human interaction. Isn't that the most important thing for a 5 year old to learn anyway?