A religious school in Louisiana allegedly expelled a five-year-old girl whose parents are homosexuals.
The Bible Baptist Academy in DeQuincy, Louisiana reportedly told Emily and Jennie Parker that they needed to find a new school for their daughter Zoey because their same-sex relationship did not follow the teachings of the school.
Jennifer Parker, 31, told the local news station KPLC, “We got called into the principal’s office for a meeting, they informed us that Zoey wouldn’t be able to go to school there anymore because of our lifestyle choices.”
During the meeting, which took place just two days before the start of the school year, 28-year-old Emily Parker made that statement. It was also made clear to her and her spouse at the conference that, since the school was founded on religious principles, it would inculcate in its students the belief that marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman.
After Jennie’s nephew died in a workplace accident in September 2020, the Parkers decided to adopt his daughter, Zoey.
Jennie told KPLC, “She lost her father, she lost her mother, and now she’s losing her school, which she loves very much.”
The family told NBC News that their daughter Zoey had a great experience in pre-school when she attended Bible Baptist Academy.
The Parkers claim to have received overwhelming community support since Zoey’s expulsion from Bible Baptist Academy.
The couple also mentioned that several other Christian elementary schools in the area have extended enrollment offers for Zoey to attend in the upcoming kindergarten year.
Jennie told KPLC that this situation was actually a blessing disguised as a setback. We can enroll her in a school that’s more convenient for us, and it will give her the chance to meet new people and form new friendships.
While explaining their decision to fire the Parkers, Bible Baptist Academy said in a statement that they are “committed to instructing and living in accordance with the teachings of Scripture.”
In addition, “As a Baptist academy, we are also committed to providing an environment that is consistent with the beliefs that we hold,” it said. Our philosophy is that it is not enough for students to simply be aware of our values; they must also be able to observe them in action. Relationships between two people, whether dating or married, should only be between a man and a woman, in our view.
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