A five-year old girl has been rejected from a Christian elementary school in San Diego, California because she has two moms, ABC 10 reports.
Sheena her wife Lashaune were called to Mt. Erie Christian Academy, where their daughter attended preschool and summer school, the Friday before Labor Day. They met with a pastor who told them their daughter is not welcomed back at the school.
"It was heartbreaking,” Sheena said. “I didn't finish the conversation with them when they took us in the room because I just, I didn't want to look at them any longer. I just couldn't believe that they did that."
The director of Mt. Erie, told ABC 10 that the school has a non-discrimination policy. When asked whether it was discrimination to bar the 5-year old from attending kindergarten because her parents are homosexual, and the director responded saying: "The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. We don't condone any sinful lifestyles."
Sheena provided ABC 10 with a copy of the school's parent and student handbook. Underneath the non-discriminatory policy it reads:
“Mt. Erie Christian Academy is a religious, Bible-believing institution providing education in a distinct Christian environment, and it believes that its biblical role is to work in conjunction with the home to mold students to be Christ like. On those occasions in which the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to or in opposition to the biblical lifestyle that the school teaches, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, living in, condoning or supporting sexual immorality; practicing homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity; promoting such practices; or otherwise having the inability to support the moral principles of the school (Leviticus 20:13a; Romans 1:21-27; Matthew 19:4-6; I Corinthians 6:9-20).”"Religions and religious institutions, that do not in their activity receive public money, have the right to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation if that is part of their religious tradition," attorney Eugene Iredale told ABC 10. Stating that the First Amendment gives Mt. Erie freedom of religion.
The mothers are currently looking for an attorney to file a civil rights lawsuit against the school.