St. Ann Catholic Church and School, located in Prairie Village, Kansas recently decided to not allow a kindergarten-age child into their school because the child has same-sex parents, but over 1,000 people have signed a petition that urges the school's administration to reverse the decision, according to the New York Times.
This decision came about because the school believes that same-sex marriages “cannot model behaviors and attitudes regarding marriage and sexual morality consistent with essential components of the Church’s teachings” and that if they accepted the student with same-sex parents it would create "a conflict for their children between what they are taught in school and what is experienced at home." Translation: We wouldn't want this child to be confused by the homophobia we teach because they were probably raised to be accepting of other people. They also said that it would confuse the other students.
The school serves students from kindergarten to eighth grade and apparently has a divided parish, as over one-third of the signatures came from members of St. Ann's own parish members or had children enrolled in the school. Other signatures came from members of other parishes. An accompanying letter to Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann and the superintendent of the archdiocese’s schools, Kathleen O’Hara that asked whether or not the school admits students whose parents live lives inconsistent with biblical teachings on marriage, such as divorcées, men who have had vasectomies, or women who have gotten pregnant through in vitro fertilization. And that is a very good question; is the school just cherry picking? I wonder if any of the students' parents have tattoos…
Joe Skates, a resident of Prairie Village whose child attends a different Catholic school commented on the hypocrisy of the school by not allowing a child to attend because they have same-sex parents. He said that he signed the petition because he finds it hypocritical that the school would deny the child while protecting and even promoting priests who sexually abuse children.
The petition really does raise some interesting questions. Are these religious leaders really concerned about people following the scripture or are they really just concerned about what two consenting adults do behind closed doors? I'm willing to bet that it's the latter.
h/t: New York Times