THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Indiana Christian school at center of LGBT voucher debate

LGBT activists across the country are attacking private Christian schools and attempting to use the strong arm of government to fundamentally change the nature of these schools and their core values. Lighthouse Christian School in Bloomington, Indiana is one such school. Economically disadvantaged students are allowed the opportunity to attend the school utilizing an Opportunity Scholarship provided to the student with tax dollars that would have been used for the student at a public school. This allows parents to choose the best school for their children without being disadvantaged by their income. LGBT activists want to force these Christian schools to violate the tenets of their faith about sexuality if they are going to admit students who receive Opportunity Scholarships.

The U.S. Supreme Court has already determined several decades ago that vouchers that are given to parents and students are constitutionally permissible, even if they follow the student to a private school that follows Christian teachings. LGBT activists are attempting to punish schools, students, and parents that adhere to Christian teachings about homosexuality and gender norms by taking away their Opportunity Scholarships which allow freedom of choice to parents and students or by forcing the schools to violate their religious beliefs just to keep the students who receive Opportunity Scholarships. The Supreme Court found that it was not an unconstitutional establishment of religion for taxpayer dollars to go to parents and students for education, even if those dollars were spent on a religious school adhering to religious teachings.

Several private Christian schools in North Carolina that have enrolled students receiving Opportunity Scholarships have been attacked by the mainstream media and LGBT groups for enforcing statements of faith that follow Biblical teaching on homosexuality and gender norms, just like Lighthouse Christian School. However, it is settled law that these schools can continue to follow their religious beliefs while they are accepting students who are enabled to pay the tuition by an Opportunity Scholarship. It is a matter of freedom of religion and freedom of association, recognized in the First Amendment.

"Parents are free to choose which school best comports with their religious convictions," Brian Bailey, an attorney who is serving as the school's spokesman, said in a statement. "For a real choice and thus real liberty to exist, the government may not impose its own orthodoxy and homogenize all schools to conform to politically correct attitudes and ideologies."

From The Charlotte Observer:

The Lighthouse Christian Academy promises to provide an exemplary education, a caring atmosphere and service to God — but not for everyone. The school says in its admissions brochure that it reserves the right to deny admission to LGBT students because their lifestyle is prohibited by the Bible.

As the Trump administration seeks to expand school choice nationwide, the academy was thrust into the national spotlight last month as part of a heated debate over whether schools that receive money from taxpayer-funded vouchers can discriminate against certain groups of students, such as LGBT children or students with disabilities.

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