Sunnie Kahle is an eight year-old girl in Virginia who seems to have been born with quite the heart.
Thompson has raised Sunnie since the girl was an infant. When she turned 5, Sunnie asked for a short haircut, her great-grandmother said.
“She had hair down to her waist and she wanted to give it to a child with cancer,” said Thompson. “After we cut her hair she started wanting to wear jeans and a T-shirt. She didn’t want to wear her frilly dresses anymore.”
Sunnie said her classmates would occasionally ask whether she was a boy or a girl, but she said the question did not hurt her feelings.
When I was five I’m not sure I knew what cancer was. Good on her. And to get that awkward question on account of doing a really compassionate thing and be ok with it? I only hope that if I ever have a child she’ll be that cool.
But what’s cool for the atheist is shit for the faithful…or was it what’s good for the goose is good for the…I’m confused. The point is that the school wasn’t as thrilled about Sunnie as I am:
The issue caught the attention of administrators at Timberlake Christian School, where Sunnie was a student.
Elementary principal Becky Bowman sent home a letter last month, reminding Thompson of the school’s religious affiliation and its policy of refusing students who contradict a “biblical lifestyle.”
“We believe that unless Sunnie and 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,” Bowman wrote in the letter, which was given to WDBJ7 by Thompson.
Wow. Let’s get voucher programs in Virginia so federal dollars that can be diverted away from public schools toward schools like this. You know, if the bible gives more of a shit about the length of her hair than about the character of the young girl and the needs of the cancer-ridden person that she helped alleviate, the bible can jump off a fucking bridge.
And note that her “god-ordained identity” has nothing to do with the things that Sunnie finds appealing.
Thankfully Doris Thompson, Sunnie’s great-grandmother and legal guardian, was having none of that shit.
Thompson says Sunnie is simply a tomboy, and that she’s too young to understand sexual orientation or gender issues.
“If my child grows up to be homosexual or transgendered, I will love her that much more,” Thompson said.
Although she wasn’t forced to leave, Sunnie left Timberlake Christian and is now attending public school. She wishes things had turned out differently.
“I should just be able to be me and not let them worry about it,” Sunnie said.
God simply doesn’t want you to be you. He wants you to be a person who follows a bunch of arbitrary rules that conflict the personality with which he bore you. That’s why he gave you free will.
Thompson said that Sunnie never had any behavioral issues at TCS and maintained a 4.0 average in her academic work. She said the only disciplinary issue that Sunnie might have caused was that she wanted to wear boy’s pants as part of her school uniform.
This girl is too good for that school. And if the school’s assessment of the bible is correct, she’s too good for Christianity and its god.