The Hidden War Against Gay Teens: Private Christian schools are exploiting local laws to raise money while expelling kids for the crime of being not straight

Source: Alex Morris, Rolling Stone, October 10, 2013

…Though there’s a Chili’s closer to their homes, they’ve requested to meet here because if authorities at their school learned they were gay, they would not just be punished, they would be expelled.

Many Christian schools in Georgia and across the nation have similar policies, sometimes explicitly written into a pledge that students or their parents must sign when they enroll. At certain schools, a student need not even engage in acts of sexual “impurity”; simply identifying as gay or acting in support of a gay friend can lead to dismissal. …

…As religious institutions, these schools have the legal right to uphold and enforce any faith-based belief system they please. And parents who enroll their children – if not always the children being enrolled – understand the repercussions of such policies. However, by exploiting recent legislation, Christian schools in Georgia that openly discriminate against gay students have been receiving millions of dollars in diverted public funds as a result of a 2008 law meant to provide funding to help low ­income children transfer to private schools. …