Student Who Leaked Christian School’s Extreme Anti-Gay Policy Explains Why He Did It

Last week, we posted the “Statement of Understanding” from Trinity Academy — a private Christian school in Wichita, Kansas — that all students and parents are required to sign. While most of what it said was to be expected from a conservative Christian school, one passage seemed to say students could be expelled for merely having a gay relative living at home with them.

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What I didn’t say at the time was that the document was leaked to me by Morgan Faulkner, a former class president at the school. He’s pro-LGBT rights and extremely disturbed by how Trinity treated that community when he attended the school.

Now, in a guest post at The New Civil Rights Movement, Faulkner writes about why he leaked the document:

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After Football Sex Scandal, Baylor U. Merely Demotes Ken Starr From President to Chancellor

The sexual assaults that happened on Ken Starr‘s watch at Baylor, the largest Baptist university in the world, won’t cost the former Bill Clinton tormentor his employment. 

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After Muslim Controversy, Swiss Canton Will Fine Parents Whose Kids Don’t Shake Hands With Teachers

Last month, I posted about a tradition in Switzerland in which students shake hands with their teachers before and after class — it’s a sign of respect, not to mention a way to calm everyone down before the lessons start. But a school in the Basel-Country canton was at the center of controversy after two Muslim students said they didn’t want to participate in the ritual because their religion forbade them from touching women outside of their families.

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Now, they’re turning the dial to 11, issuing a ruling that will fine parents if their kids don’t shake their teachers’ hands.

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New Jersey Appeals Court Rejects Bill Giving $11,000,000 in Taxpayer Money to Two Religious Schools

In a major ruling handed down today, a New Jersey appellate court said that the state cannot give $11 million in funding to two religious schools. Americans United for Separation of Church and State calls this “the first major state court precedent in almost 40 years concerning New Jersey’s prohibition on using taxpayer funding to support a religious ministry.”

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Principal Charged in Cheating Scandal Said Kids’ Scores Improved Because She Prayed For Them

A couple of years ago, in Mississippi’s Clarksdale Municipal School District, teachers noticed that their students, whose standardized test scores were through the roof, weren’t performing that way in the classroom.

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A principal has now been charged in the cheating scandal, but not before she told state officials that the kids’ scores improved because she prayed for them.

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