Friday, September 23, 2005

Bigots in the News

  • As if we needed more proof that organized religion is evil:

    A 14-year-old student was expelled from a Christian school because her parents are lesbians, the school’s superintendent said in a letter.

    Shay Clark was expelled from Ontario Christian School on Thursday.

    “Your family does not meet the policies of admission,” Superintendent Leonard Stob wrote to Tina Clark, the girl’s biological mother.

    Stob wrote that school policy requires that at least one parent may not engage in practices “immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian life style, such as cohabitating without marriage or in a homosexual relationship,” The Los Angeles Times reported in Friday’s edition.

    Stob could not be reached for comment by the newspaper. Shay and her parents said they won’t fight the ruling.

    School administrators learned of the parents’ relationship this week after Shay was reprimanded for talking to the crowd during a football game, Tina Clark said.

    Clark and her partner have been together 22 years and have two other daughters, ages 9 and 19.

  • And there’s this:

    The House voted Thursday to let Head Start centers consider religion when hiring workers, overshadowing its moves to strengthen the preschool program’s academics and finances.

    The Republican-led House approved a bill that lets churches and other faith-based preschool centers hire only people who share their religion, yet still receive federal tax dollars.

    Democrats blasted that idea as discriminatory.

    Launched in the 1960s, the nearly $7 billion Head Start program provides comprehensive education to more than 900,000 poor children.

    I have yet to be convinced that this idea of “faith-based” programs isn’t just a nice excuse for institutionalized and tax-supported bigotry.