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Tomboy pressured to leave Christian school

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  1. Vitalogy
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    http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20140329/NEWS03/303299975/1006/NEWS

    Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle likes to keep her hair short, wear boys clothes, collect hunting knives and shoot her BB gun.

    “She’s a pure, 100 percent tomboy,” said her great-grandfather Carroll Thompson, who along with his wife, Doris, adopted their granddaughter’s child.

    But to Timberlake Christian School administrators, the second-grader’s boyish ways warranted an ultimatum: Start acting like a girl or find another school.

    The Thompsons found another school, but they didn’t go quietly. After being told by lawyers that they have no grounds for a lawsuit because Timberlake is a private school, the Thompsons have gone public with their complaints.

    “I don’t see nothing Christian about it,” 66-year-old Carroll Thompson said in an interview at the family’s house just outside Lynchburg, home of Liberty University, the Christian school founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

    Doris Thompson, who’s 69, said she was stunned when she received a letter last month saying the school can deny enrollment to applicants for condoning “sexual immorality,” homosexuality or alternative gender identity.

    Principal Becky Bowman wrote that “we believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that TCS is not the best place for her future education.”

    Posted on March 30, 2014 - 10:59 AM #
  2. Skybill9
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    That is almost as stupid as what they do in public schools.

    Posted on March 30, 2014 - 11:39 AM #
  3. duxrule
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    Why would the grandparents want to keep their child in the company of such Neanderthals?

    Posted on March 30, 2014 - 11:40 AM #
  4. Amus
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    "That is almost as stupid as what they do in public schools."

    You mean like teach evolution?

    Posted on March 30, 2014 - 11:45 AM #
  5. missing_kskd
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    Nothing like God's people, doing God's work, hating on God's own creation...

    Seems to me, if somebody is a believer in creation, they need to go whole hog and just deal.

    Failure to own their own shit means taking it out on others just so they can feel better about it all. Doing that isn't OK. Ever.

    Posted on March 30, 2014 - 11:47 AM #
  6. Skybill9
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  7. Skybill9
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    “I don’t see nothing Christian about it,” 66-year-old Carroll Thompson said..."

    Looks like this on flunked English class. Probably at a PUBLIC school.

    Posted on March 30, 2014 - 12:01 PM #
  8. missing_kskd
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    Well, we've got a basic difference in what is happening here.

    The religious school is picking on somebody for WHO THEY ARE, NOT WHAT THEY DO.

    We can discuss whether or not those choices made sense in the cases you linked, but let's be clear, they are choices that don't need to be made. So there is a rational discussion there. Was the rule appropriate, what motivated the choice, etc... Ordinary.

    The religious people are calling the girl out for failure to comply with their perception of who she should be and they are doing that with antiquated gender norms, completely failing to understand who she is, instead requiring her to simply live a lie to be accepted at the school.

    Of course, that's a crock. We don't require people live lies in the USA. That's what Russia and other "we don't get it yet" nations do. Some of those nations consider death as a cure for people who don't happen to fall into highly normalized boxes. Think about that, and the context of this event becomes far more clear.

    Posted on March 30, 2014 - 12:03 PM #
  9. Skybill9
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    Doesn't matter, both are stupid acts by schools.

    Posted on March 30, 2014 - 12:07 PM #
  10. duxrule
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    "“I don’t see nothing Christian about it,” 66-year-old Carroll Thompson said..."

    Looks like this on flunked English class. Probably at a PUBLIC school."

    Probably a Vietnam vet that never got the chance to finish school.

    Posted on March 30, 2014 - 12:08 PM #