A California appeals court ruled Monday that a Christian school could expel students perceived as gay. California Lutheran High School in Riverside County–part of the extremely fundamental Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod–expelled
two 16-year-old girls for having "a bond of intimacy" that was "characteristic of a lesbian relationship."
The court ruled that because the private religious school was not a business it did not have to comply with a state law that prohibits businesses from discriminating.
The girls had been reported to the teacher by another student in 2005 for saying they loved each other; a search by the school on their MySpace pages revealed one girl described herself as bi-sexual and the other listed "not sure"as her sexual orientation.
John McKay, who represented the Riverside County-based California Lutheran High School said
that the school’s purpose was to "teach Christian values in a Christian setting pursuant to a Christian code of conduct."
McKay said the girls, then juniors, were expelled for
conducting themselves in a manner consistent with being lesbians.
The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod believes homosexuality is a sin and the school’s "Christian conduct" code said students could be expelled for engaging in immoral or scandalous contact, on or off campus.
The girls sued, contending the school had violated a state anti-discrimination law; however Justice Betty A. Richli wrote:
The school’s religious message is inextricably intertwined with its secular functions. The whole purpose of sending one’s child to a religious school is to ensure that he or she learns even secular subjects within a religious framework.
The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod rejects
any thought that makes only part of Scripture God’s Word or that allows for the possibility of factual error in Scripture, even in so-called nonreligious matters such as historical or geographical details. We likewise reject all views that say Scripture is merely a human record of God’s revelation as he encounters mankind in history, and so is a record subject to human imperfections.
which means man and dinosaurs lived together; Noah’s Ark held two of each species (and all the food for them); and Lot’s wife really did turn into a pillar of salt. Etc.