The Myrtle Grove Christian School in Wilmington, N.C. is reserving the right to deny admission to any student whose home life opposes the “biblical lifestyle,” specifically anyone who practices or supports “homosexual activity.”
The school released an official statement Wednesday that announced a new school policy. It claims that it’s “leading students to develop a biblical understanding of morality and to pursue a life that is governed by the biblical moral code” and thus families of students enrolling or re-enrolling in the school will have to sign their “Biblical Morality Policy.”
The school’s official statement went on to say:
“For this reason, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student if the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home or the activities of the student are counter to or are in opposition to the biblical lifestyle the school teaches. This includes, but is not limited to, participating in, supporting, or affirming sexual immorality, homosexual activity, or bisexual activity; promoting such practices; or being unable to support the moral principles of the school.”
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The K-8 school did say that its statement is “certainly not intended as a statement of condemnation. [Myrtle Grove Christian School] is well known as a community of grace, and we freely extend that grace to all of our neighbors.”
The head of the school, Stacey Miller, told WECT the policy will take place with enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year.
In 2012, a state-funded Christian school in New Mexico garnered media attention after admitting a 3-year-old but then taking back their admittance when school officials learned he had two gay fathers. The couple later sued the school.
One parent interviewed by WECT agreed with the Myrtle Grove’s decision, saying that Christian schools should reserve the right to observe policies like this, while another told the station that they were shocked and offended by the new policy.
Sources: Huffington Post, WECT, Patheos