Equality NC Targets Christian School Morality Policies

Special Report - December 2, 2013

Christian schools in North Carolina with admission policies requiring adherence to Biblical values are the latest target for a homosexual advocacy group that wants these schools excluded from the state’s new scholarship grant program. At a press conference in Wilmington on November 26, Equality North Carolina announced a new campaign against the inclusion of Christian schools in the state’s Opportunity Scholarship program, which will allow eligible families to apply for scholarship grant money to cover the costs of tuition for private (non-public) schools beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

“This latest Equality NC campaign is yet another example of homosexual activists attempting to force their agenda upon the people of North Carolina, even if it means trampling the First Amendment rights of Christian schools and families in the process,” said John L. Rustin, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council. “The fact is that a large percentage of private schools in North Carolina that are eligible to participate in the Opportunity Scholarship program are religious schools with the constitutional right to determine their own admissions and behavior policies.”

Equality NC’s attack on Christian school admissions policies began with a Star News report about a new “Biblical Morality Policy” that Myrtle Grove Christian School in Wilmington plans to implement in the next school year. That policy states, in part, “the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student if the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home or the activities of a student are counter to or are in opposition to the biblical lifestyle the school teaches.” The policy continues, “This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, participating in, supporting, or affirming sexual immorality, homosexual activity, or bisexual activity; promoting such practices; or being unable to support the moral principles of this school.”

Equality NC responded to the Christian school’s policy by calling it “shameful,” while acknowledging that “it is lawful for private schools” to determine their own admission guidelines. “Because Myrtle Grove will be one of the private schools eligible for tax-payer funded vouchers in the 2014-2015 school year,” the group said in a statement, “Equality NC pledges to rally our supporters to take immediate action and lobby legislative leaders to make sure that not one dollar of taxpayer money can be used for schools that discriminate for any reason, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

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