N.C. Policy Watch friend and contributor Stuart Egan, who teaches in the Forsyth County public schools, has a fine new post that provides the people who run Bible Baptist Christian School in Matthews with a brief, but powerful (and amusing) Bible lesson.
Egan was moved to action by yesterday’s Fitzsimon File in which Chris highlighted the school’s overtly discriminatory policies toward LGBT people — this, despite the fact that the school is receiving more than $100,000 in public voucher funds this year. As Chris noted, the school bases its stance on its reading of a chapter in the Book of Leviticus.
Here’s Stuart Egan:
If Bible Baptist Christian School chooses to use the Old Testament Book of Leviticus, one of the books of the Torah, as a basis for admission criteria and student conduct, then it cannot just adhere to just one of the verses and its commands, but all of them. And breaking any of these should be grounds for having to refund the public school system with the very money taken with a voucher to pay for tuition at the private, religious school.
No Red Lobster!
Lev. 11: 9-12 says,
- “These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
- And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
- They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.
- Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.”
One cannot be caught eating at the Red Lobster or other seafood restaurant that serves certain prepared aquatic delicacies. Even if a student is not eating one of the forbidden menu items, watching others do so and not acting to stop it is just as much a sin.
No polyester / cotton blended t-shirts!
Lev. 19:19 says,
- Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.
It doesn’t matter if the t-shirt has the school’s name and a picture of a cross; it breaks the law!
The post goes on to refer to several other rather amusing prohibitive verses, but you get the idea. The absurdity of the school’s policy just gets more and more obvious as the list goes on. Happily, Egan doesn’t leave the matter there. He concludes his post with another Bible verse from the Book of Matthew that one might have thought a “Christian” school would have wanted to rely on a little more explicitly:
“2. And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”