Christian School Defends Controversial Policy ‘Rooted In Scriptures’

A private school in Valrico, Florida, recently sparked controversy with a policy stipulating that students would only be referred to by pronouns that match their biological gender. Grace Christian School also confirmed in its recent update that LGBTQ students would be expelled.

“Students in school will be referred to by the gender on their birth certificate and be referenced in name in the same fashion,” the recent email affirmed.

Citing several biblical passages in defense of the policy, the school wrote that students engaging in “any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender identiy/lifestyle, self-identification, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography … will be asked to leave the school immediately.”

Amid widespread backlash from the community and on social media, administrator Barry McKeen offered a public defense of the policy and insisted that it is not targeted only toward the LGBTQ community.

“God condemns any sexual activity outside of marriage,” he told Fox News. “I tell people, if a kid came in the doors, exclaiming how he was having sex with his girlfriend, that student would be expelled as well.”

He further noted that the policy has not changed since the school’s inception nearly five decades ago and the recent email was only sent out to ensure that parents “agree to all policies and procedures” ahead of the upcoming school year.

McKeen previously declined an interview request with NBC News, noting that “you can usually tell what they’re going to say and what they’re going to be trying to prove,” predicting that the mainstream media reporter “is not for us, but against us.”

Instead, he chose to offer his side of the story to Fox News and defended policies that he said were “rooted in scriptures” and shared by virtually every other Christian private school in the country.

“I’m not going to backpedal,” McKeen added. “And it is our policy now. It will be our policy going forward. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He does not change.”

As for those critics who believe the school’s policy is rooted in hatred and bigotry, he said that nothing could be further from the truth.

“We are not a hateful group of people,” McKeen concluded. “We don’t hate students who are of a particular persuasion. The biggest issue that happens in this culture is because you believe something and you stand for something – that you’re automatically hateful.”

In the end, he said that “parents choose to send their kids” to an institution like Grace Christian School, acknowledging that “it’s not for everybody.”