Georgia-Backed Scholarships Benefit Schools Barring Gays

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As the nation works its way through the debate over vouchers and other alternatives to traditional public education funding, a quieter battle over homosexuality, religious education and school tax money is under way in Georgia.

t issue is an increasingly popular tax credit program that transforms state money into private school scholarships, some of them used at religious-based schools that prohibit gay, lesbian or bisexual students from attending.

The policies at more than 100 such schools are explicit.

The 400 students at a private school in Woodstock, for example, must adhere to a policy that states, “Homosexual behavior, whether an ‘immoral act’ or ‘identifying statement,’ is incompatible with enrollment at Cherokee Christian Schools and is a basis for dismissal.”

A male student at the Shiloh Hills Christian School in Kennesaw, who utters “I like boys” or “I am a homosexual” will be expelled.

And at the 800-student Providence Christian Academy 20 miles north of Atlanta, a student who is gay, lesbian or bisexual or supports people who are could be kicked out.

At least 115 religious-based schools in Georgia have severe antigay policies, according to areport issued this month by the Southern Education Foundation. Public information about the scholarship program is limited by law, so the number is probably much higher, according to the foundation, which was founded in 1867 to improve education for poor children in the South.

Steve Suitts, the vice president of the foundation and the author of the report, said that as many as a third of the schools in the scholarship program have strict antigay policies or adhere to a religious philosophy that holds homosexuality as immoral or a sin.

Written By: Kim Severson
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7 COMMENTS

  1. Personally, I think this is nothing short of scandalous. Not only is the anti-homosexual discrimination so blatant, but the religious motivation behind it seems to be giving it an automatic pass it hasn’t actually justified — an example of “religious freedom”? I can’t imagine such a proposal being offered in the UK or the rest of Europe.

    Seriously, though, I find it difficult to see the reasoning. Why does anti-homosexual prejudice even exist? On what grounds do they claim homosexuality as immoral or sinful, and why should it be considered severe enough to deserve exclusion? Are homosexuals considered some kind of societal poison or contaminant or disease, or “not-one-of-us” backstabbing deviants, or is it simply because they break arbitrary rules and are therefore subverting a social authority? Do homophobes believe gays are inherently dangerous people, or that they’re scammers, con artists, or rich fat cats with too much time on their hands?

  2. Didn’t you know that they are a threat to conventional marriage between a man and a woman?? Didn’t you know that the society as we know it will collapse if we accept gays and treat them the same as everyone else?? Shame on you for not knowing all that! And in the 21st century too! What ignorance! :)

    Seriously, though, there must really be something in them waters there in that South yonder.

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    Seriously, though, I find it difficult to see the reasoning. Why does anti-homosexual prejudice even exist? On what grounds do they claim homosexuality as immoral or sinful, and why should it be considered severe enough to deserve exclusion? Are homosexuals considered some kind of societal poison or contaminant or disease, or “not-one-of-us” backstabbing deviants, or is it simply because they break arbitrary rules and are therefore subverting a social authority? Do homophobes believe gays are inherently dangerous people, or that they’re scammers, con artists, or rich fat cats with too much time on their hands?

  3. As always I’m in two minds here.
    Granted the school shouldn’t discriminate or receive any public funds if that’s their policy.
    Besides most kids aren’t aware of their sexuality until puberty kicks in so vetting them at admissions would be near impossible.

    On the other hand, given that this is the expressed policy of the school we’re dealing with, arguably they’re doing the gay kids a favour by expelling them from an institution that endorses rampant homophobia.
    It brings to mind the Simpsons episode where Homer gets rejected by the Springfield Masonic lodge and protests to Marge “They won’t let me into their stupid club for jerks”.

    The words “better off out of it” spring to mind. Rather that than wind up like Ted Haggard, George Rekers or any number of self-loathing closet cases

    http://gayhomophobe.com/

  4. We need a policy that states, “Supernatural belief whether an ‘ignorant act’ or ‘identifying statement,’ is incompatible with enrollment at any University and is a basis for mockery.”

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