Several private academic institutions have codes of conduct. For example, a school may ask its students to agree that they will not drink alcohol or engage in illicit drugs. But just wait until you hear this one…
Trinity Academy, a Christian high school in Wichita Kansas, has added a new requirement for its students: no LGBT relatives!
You read that correctly. Not a typo.
The private religious school has sent an official form home to parents titled: “Statement of Understanding and Agreement for Parent and Student” which reads:
“Trinity Academy is dedicated to partnering with the Christian home to provide a Christ-centered, college-preparatory education for students committed to spiritual growth and academic excellence. In order for the partnership to succeed it is necessary that Trinity students and families understand, agree with and support the school’s orthodox Christian beliefs and practices. These beliefs and practices include but are not limited to the following:”
This form then goes on to list typical religious priorities that you might expect to see, such as the importance of the Bible, going to Church, no premarital sex, etc. But then the last bullet on the form surprisingly states:
“Given the debate and confusion in our society about marriage and human sexuality it is vital that Trinity families agree with and support the school’s traditional, Christian understanding of those issues. Therefore, when the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to the school’s understanding of a biblical lifestyle, including the practice or promotion of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) lifestyle or alternative gender identity, the school should have the right, in its sole discretion, to deny the admission of an applicant or discontinue enrollment of a current student.’
No joke. We wish it was. But Trinity Academy is actually reserving the right to deny a student the right to be educated at the school if he/she has a gay brother or a lesbian sister!? In fact, take it one step further – your relative doesn’t even have to be LGBT, but if a student’s relative simply “promotes” LGBT rights then that student could actually be expelled from Trinity.
In a word: wow!
So if Trinity is truly concerned about the “traditional, Christian understanding of marriage” as it so espouses, does Trinity also plan to expel students who have relatives who have been divorced? If so, a lot of Trinity students will need to look for new schools in the fall. And we can only hope that so few students would remain at Trinity that the school would need to close its doors forever.
As nice as that sounds, it’s unlikely to happen. After all, if there is one thing we’ve learned about bigots who hide behind religion, their hypocrisy knows no limits.