A Florida-based Christian school has sent an email advising parents that LGBTQ-identifying students “will be asked to leave the school immediately.”
According to the email obtained by NBC News, the principal administrator of Grace Christian School in Valrico, Florida, Barry McKeen, sent the email to families at the 12th grade kindergarten on June 6. He then confirmed and doubled down on the policy. in an August 18 video on the school’s official Facebook page.
The June email read: “We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender identity/lifestyle, self-identification, bestiality, incest, fornication , adultery and pornography is a sin in the eyes of God and the church. Students who are found to be participating in these lifestyles will be asked to leave the school immediately.”
According to the email, the school said students would be “designated by gender on their birth certificates.”
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The email, titled “Important School Policy Point of Emphasis. … Please read,” also pointed, according to NBC News, to a Bible verse, Genesis 1:26-28, as a way to condemn “the elective sex change, transvestite, transgender, or non-binary gender fluid acts of conduct.”
Gender is defined as a social construct while sex is defined as biological differences, according to the National Institutes of Health. Messages sent by USA TODAY to Grace Christian School on Monday morning were not immediately returned.
School policies are not new policies, however, the email that enforces them is. Parents were informed by the June email that they must sign documents that meet the standards before students can enroll this month. In the August Facebook video, McKeen said, “It’s true that a student cannot come to our school…and be transgender or gay. It’s rooted in scripture….we have these policies in our school since day number one in the early 1970s.”