Two schools in Bloomington, Indiana have recently made the national news. One, a Christian school that dares to take a historically Christian view of sexuality and the other, a non-religious charter school that simply upsets so-called progressives by it’s very existence.
If liberty loving folks (along with a few Christians) don’t stand up to oppose these attacks on school choice, we are in real trouble.
All of this while the local Monroe Public Library advertises their “Drag Queen Storytime” later in July. What fun! Cancer is for kids too!
Notice the catastrophizing in this clip. “Rep. Clark badgered Sec. DeVos with the question, is there any form of discrimination you would oppose?” (More.)
What follows is a press release by the referenced school.
Lighthouse Christian Academy exists to partner with families in providing a Christian education for students in pre-K through 12th grade. Consistent with Christian learning through the centuries, Lighthouse trains each student to grow in knowledge without neglecting moral character. We delight in teaching students about God, His wondrous Creation through all its manifold academic disciplines, and what God requires of us.
Of course, this work isn’t easy. But we are blessed to pursue this educational mission in a country founded on religious liberty. Parents are free to choose which school best comports with their religious convictions. 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.
Increasingly, dissent from politically correct ideology on sexuality subjects the dissenter to harassment and ridicule. Christian schools are forced to decide whether to bow under pressure and depart from Biblical sexual ethics or stand in solidarity with and submission to Jesus Christ, Who set forth the divine standard of marriage and sexuality. (Matthew 19:4-6.)
While some politicians may scorn this standard and hector poor families and their children who want to enjoy its beneficent effects, we see no reason why socio-economic status should bar a child from an educational environment committed to a transcendent moral order. Why should the poor have less freedom of conscience? It is a hallmark of our nation’s founding and constitutional liberty that the poor have as much right to this freedom as the wealthy and powerful. They have as much right to stand on the protections of the First Amendment and should be able to direct their own tax dollars in choosing how best to educate their children. And we welcome them.
C.S. Lewis spoke truly when he said, “When the modern world says to us aloud, ‘You may be religious when you are alone,’ it adds under its breath, ‘and I will see to it you are never alone.’”
Here’s the story on the non-religious classical school.
A local coalition filed a lawsuit Tuesday to challenge the authorization of Seven Oaks Classical School by a private, religious entity.
The Indiana Coalition for Public Education-Monroe County filed the suit in federal court and called into question an Indiana statute that allows Grace College & Seminary, an evangelical Christian institution, to authorize Seven Oaks’ charter, according to a press release. IU professor Alex Tanford is the lead prosecutor in the case.
ICPE-Monroe County argues this statute, by allowing a private, religious institution to review the public school’s curriculum and deciding whether to authorize the charter, violates the separation of church and state. The suit looks to void the charter authorization and stop taxpayer money from going to Seven Oaks or Grace College. (The school’s founding charter was simply approved by a Christian college – the school has no religious curriculum.)
Later in the article the real reason comes out,
“When students leave public school districts for charters, the districts lose per-pupil funding, but their expenses do not go down proportionally,” the site says. “The loss of students is scattered across the district.”