In Prairie Village, Kan., controversy erupted last month over a decision by a Catholic school to deny admission to a kindergarten student with same-sex parents. About 1,000 members of St. Ann Parish signed a petition asking church officials to "prayerfully reconsider" their decision to refuse to accept the child.
The issue came to light after a priest at the parish sought advice from officials at the archdiocese, asking whether it would be appropriate to admit the child. Church officials said no, asserting that "same-sex unions are not in conformance with the Church's teaching on sacramental marriage," and "the parents cannot model behaviors and attitudes consistent with the Church's teachings."
As heartless as they may seem, discriminatory policies like this are common at religious schools. Students can be denied admission or be expelled for being LGBTQ, having same-sex parents, adhering to the "wrong" religion or failing to meet certain religious requirements. Youngsters can find the doors to these schools slammed in their faces because of how they live or, indeed, because of merely who they are.
This Kansas case is a reminder of why the term "school choice"...