Kansas School Requires Students, Parents to Sign Anti-LGBT ‘Statement of Understanding’
Trinity Academy says it has the right to deny admission to or expel students if anyone in their home is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or an ally of equality. The private Wichita, Kansas, prepÂ school requires applicants and their parents to sign a form agreeing to this rule.Â
“Given the debate and confusion in our society about marriage and human sexuality it is vital that Trinity families agree with and support the schoolâ€™s traditional, Christian understanding of those issues,” the school’sÂ Statement of UnderstandingÂ reads.
“Therefore,Â when the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to the schoolâ€™s understanding of a biblical lifestyle, including the practice or promotion of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) lifestyle or alternative gender identity, the school should have the right, in its sole discretion, to deny the admission of an applicant or discontinue enrollment of a current student.”
Noting that “most Christian schools these days allowÂ celibate gay studentsÂ to attend without a problem,”Â Friendly Atheist’sÂ Hemant Mehta, who first reported the school policy, writes, ‘if you have a gay sibling at homeÂ who doesnâ€™t even attend Trinity, the school could theoretically kickÂ youÂ out for being part of a family that isnâ€™t appalled by whatâ€™s going on.”
The school’sÂ Statement of Understanding also requires families to attend church regularly, agree the Bible is the “inerrant” word of God, and “the only path to salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ.” It also requires students to “refrain from” using alcohol or illegal drugs, and agree that “sex is a gift from God intended only for a man and woman within the sacred bounds of holy matrimony.”
But in an extreme example of religious hypocrisy, the statement does not say specifically that violating any of those policies will get students expelled. But having an LGBT family member or allyÂ â€“ that’s important enough for the school to single out as grounds for being expelled.
Since Trinity is a private, religious institution, it is legally allowed to have this policy.
In the fall Trinity will be opening up a new school for kindergarten through 8th graders.
UPDATE: 12:30 PM EDTÂ â€“
Trinity’s website is now in “maintenance mode,” possibly because several sites are reporting the story.
In all fairness, however, the school does a great job on social media, and almost every post features students engaging in sports, theatre, etc. There are, however, many bible quotes interspersed among the posts, including this one from Twitter:
1Peter2 brings it! Focus on verse 12- don’t be surprised the world hates Him, but live so they may know Him! ðŸ™ðŸ’šðŸ’™ pic.twitter.com/4BYKLimqEt
â€” Trinity Academy (@TAknights94) April 2, 2016
Image via Facebook
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Wealthy Florida Community Got COVID Vaccine Before Anyone Else — Then the Governor Got a $250,000 Contribution
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may have scored big in the CPAC Straw Poll last weekend, but his citizens aren’t likely to appreciate wealthy communities being able to jump the line for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that Florida’s elderly are still struggling to sign up to get their first dose of the vaccine, but in a wealthy gated enclave in the Florida Keys, everyone was vaccinated in January.
A Jan. 22 newsletter sent to the Herald revealed that the Ocean Reef Club in north Key Largo despite the rest of the state struggling to get the vaccine, “Over the course of the last two weeks, the Medical Center has vaccinated over 1,200 homeowners who qualify under the State of Florida’s Governor’s current Order for those individuals who are 65 years of age or older.”
“We are fortunate to have received enough vaccines to ensure both the first and second for those vaccinated,” the newsletter message continued. “At this time, however, the majority of the State has not received an allocation of first doses of vaccines for this week and beyond, and the timing of any subsequent deliveries remains unclear.”
The Herald questioned whether the Republican donors who live in the area are behind the decision to give quick and easy access.
“In fact, the only people from Key Largo who gave to DeSantis’ political committee live in Ocean Reef,” said the report. “All 17 of them had given the governor contributions of $5,000 each through December 2020, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
One donor, in particular, gave Gov. DeSantis an extra $250,000 after the area got their vaccines in mid-January.
Trump DOJ Refused to Open Criminal Investigation Into Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao IG Says Was ‘Warranted’
The Trump Dept. of Justice refused an Inspector General’s request to open a criminal investigation into Transportation Secretary Elaine’s Chao’s possible misuse of her office. Chao resigned one day after the January 6 insurrection.
“A formal investigation into potential misuses of position was warranted,” Mitch Behm, the department’s deputy inspector general, said on Tuesday, The New York Times reports. The Times cites “a letter to House lawmakers, accompanying a 44-page report detailing the investigation and the findings of wrongdoing.”
The Inspector General’s report reveals the IG’s office had “referred its findings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia on December 16, 2020, and the U.S. Department of Justice Public Integrity Section on December 17, 2020, both of which declined prosecution.”
In one instance, Chao had her staff pressure a store to do a repair job for her father. “Tell them I’m the secretary of transportation,” she said.
“The report said the Justice Department declined to investigate her promotion of her family’s shipbuilding business while serving as transportation secretary in the Trump administration,” the Times notes, suggestion there is no question Chao engaged in “promotion of her family’s shipbuilding business while serving as transportation secretary.”
The Times adds: “The inspector general’s investigation detailed a series of instances where Ms. Chao directed her staff to spend federal government time and resources to help with matters related to the shipbuilding company and her father.”
A search of the IG’s 44-page report reveals the word “father” appears 82 times.
Read the Times’ full report here.
Jim Jordan’s Campaign’s Funds Reporting Is Off by Millions and May Trigger an Investigation: Report
The campaign committee for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is under scrutiny after apparent mismanagement of funds leading to an under-reporting of nearly $3 million over a two-year period. The problems are so severe “experts say that the dollar amount — errors totaling some $2.87 million — may trigger an FEC investigation,” according to The Daily Beast.
Over the past three days the Federal Election Commission has sent Jordan’s campaign committee ten notices “in reply to more than a dozen amended reports correcting errors that the campaign caught in a sweeping review of filings, going as far back as 2018. One of the filings discloses errors in spending and raising totalling $1,470,286.48.”
Jordan’s campaign has about a month to respond. Failure to “adequately respond” could result in enforcement action.
Campaign spokesperson Kevin Eichinger told The Daily Beast: “There was never any money missing from the account…In fact, the campaign’s cash balance is actually higher than previously listed on the campaign finance reports,” which is also not a good sign.
“The error occurred when the former campaign treasurer inadvertently double-reported certain fundraising expenses,” Eichinger adds. “When the error was discovered, the campaign hired an outside expert to conduct a comprehensive audit and file the appropriate amendments.”
Read the full report here.
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