A K–8 school in the nation’s capital is refusing to play sports at the Christian school where the wife of Vice President Mike Pence teaches, claiming that its “exclusionary polices” not bowing to the LGBTQ agenda make the students feel “unsafe.”
Sheridan School Headmaster Jessica Donovan insisted that despite the fact that her school has competed at Immanuel Christian School – where Second Lady Karen Pence teaches Art – in the past, she will not allow it to continue playing there because it does not accept the lifestyle promoted by the LGBTQ community.
“[ICS’s] exclusionary policies [against the LGBTQ community create an environment] some students did not feel safe entering,” Donavan claimed, according to TheBlaze.
Endorse ‘inclusion’ or be excluded
In fact, the head of the progressive Washington, D.C., school – which charges an admission of $36,000 per year – prepared an entire statement outlining why she decided to prohibit her students from stepping foot on the campus where Pence’s wife teaches.
“Along with many of you, we learned last week that Immanuel Christian School – a school in our athletic conference – has a written policy prohibiting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, parents and teachers,” Don0van wrote in her letter obtained by The American Conservative.
She then explained how biblical values on sexuality are not tolerated at her school, as they do not jive with campus politics that openly promote LGBTQ privileges or “rights.”
“Given our school’s fundamental belief in diversity and inclusion as expressed in our diversity statement, this information – and what to do about it – poses obvious challenges,” the letter continues. “Since the majority of students wanted to play, we were initially planning to go to ICS with the student-athletes wearing a statement of support (such as rainbow socks or warm-up jerseys).”
In other words, schools not openly supporting the LGBTQ lifestyle are openly discriminated against at Donovan’s school.
“As we talked more, we understood that some students did not feel safe entering a school that bans LGBTQ parents, students or even families that support LGBTQ rights,” the school leader continued. “Forcing our children to choose between an environment in which they feel unsafe or staying home was not an option.”
She specifically targeted Christian beliefs in her self-described “peaceful and respectful statement” that essentially attacks biblical values as wrong, discriminatory and bigoted.
"We were clear to separate the ideals of Christianity with the policies of this particular school, as we play many Christian schools that support LGBTQ rights," Donovan added.
It was then pointed out that her school will make a pro-LGBTQ statement when the Christian school comes to her school in the future.
“[Sheridan will still host ICS at home, but students] will wear their rainbow socks in support of LGBTQ rights, [and] some have made banners that respectfully celebrate LGBTW rights [that will be posted when ICS is the visiting team],” Sheridan stressed.
Beginning of the controversy
The pro-LGBTQ’s backlash was spurred several weeks ago, when the media divulged ICS’s employment requirement that calls future staff to sign a pledge that adheres to a Christian worldview on human sexuality and other moral issues.
“[Applicants must] live a personal life of moral purity,” the vow reads, according to the Washington Post. "I understand that the term 'marriage' has only one meaning; the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive covenant union as delineated in Scripture … [God intended sexual activity to only take place between] a man and a woman who are married to each other."
The pledge goes into more detail and targets many sinful behaviors – not just those carried out by the LGBTQ community.
“Moral misconduct which violates the bona fide occupational qualifications for employees includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as the following: heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites, and sexual abuse or improprieties towards minors as defined by Scripture and federal or state law.”
Parents of students at the Christian school are informed that school officials can decline admission to or expel students if their family’s conduct or home environment run contrary to principles taught in the Bible.
“[Such unbiblical behavior includes] participating in, supporting or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity, promoting such practices, or being unable to support the moral principles of the school. (Lev. 20:13 and Romans 1:27,)" the ICS Parent Agreement states.
The mainstream media quickly branded ICS as an anti-LGBT school because of its adherence to biblical principles.
“Several media outlets labelled Immanuel Christian School as a homophobic institution because of the policies.” TheBlaze’s Breck Dumas noted. “Newsweek’s headline read: ‘Karen Pence Teaching at Anti-LGBT School.’"
Other leftist media outlets and progressive groups followed suit in condemning ICS for putting biblical principles above LGBT propaganda.
“Sheridan is the latest group to target the school after Pence took a part-time job teaching art to students,” Fox News reported. “The NOH8 Campaign, the Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and several others attacked her and the school, which says it holds to traditional Christian values when it comes to marriage and other beliefs.”
Defending Christian beliefs
Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins defended the second lady when he declared that Christian schools in America are under attack.
The vice president agreed with Perkins and insisted that bashing Christian beliefs should not be tolerated as the media continued to condemn his wife for holding a part-time teaching job at the Virginia school because it does not allow homosexual men and lesbians onto its faculty.
"[A]ttacks on Christian education must end," Pence demanded, according to Fox News.