D.C. Private School Refuses to Play Sports at the Christian School Where Karen Pence Teaches
Leftists went into a tizzy after the press uncovered that the Christian school where second lady Karen Pence teaches holds to historic and orthodox Christian beliefs on sexuality and gender. Accusations of bigotry, fascism, and worse were thrown at Mrs. Pence and Immanuel Christian School. Most likely setting a precedent for other progressives to follow, D.C.'s Sheridan School is now refusing to allow their sports teams to play at Immanuel Christian School. The reason? The LGBTQ students felt "unsafe."
Rod Dreher got his hands on the email Sheridan School sent to their students' parents. Here's the pertinent section:
Since the majority of students wanted to play, we were initially planning to go to ICS with the student-athletes wearing a statement of support (such as rainbow socks or warm-up jerseys). As we talked more, we understood that some students did not feel safe entering a school that bans LGBTQ parents, students or even families that support LGBTQ rights. Forcing our children to choose between an environment in which they feel unsafe or staying home was not an option. So we decided that we would invite ICS to play all of the games at Sheridan. Since ICS declined our offer to host, we will only play our home games and will not go to ICS to play. [Emphasis added]
Think about it: "some students did not feel safe entering a school that bans LGBTQ parents, students or even families that support LGBTQ rights."
As best I can tell, ICS has never been accused of assaulting anyone, let alone LGBTQ individuals and their supporters. Sheridan School knows this; they know that their students are not in any physical danger when on the campus of ICS. In fact, knowing the ministry of ICS as I do, if any of their students taunted, ridiculed, or treated Sheridan students unkindly to any degree, ICS would take disciplinary action against their offending students. Once again, I'm fairly confident that the administration of Sheridan knows this about the administration of ICS. And this is where it becomes scary for Christians.
Sheridan School's actions are flat-out bigotry against Christians — Christianphobia, if you will. They are saying that they will limit their exposure and interaction with Christians over beliefs. Instead of shouting down the discrimination, their bigotry is being applauded.
It doesn't escape my attention that the actions of Sheridan School come on the heels of the infanticide kerfuffle roiling the nation. Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran introduced a bill that would legalize abortion up until the moment of birth. Taking it a step further, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam publicly advocated for infanticide.