Christian School Administrator Defends Policies Keeping Leftist Indoctrination Out

A private Christian school in Florida has sent out an email to parents informing them that students will only be referred to by their biological gender, adding that students who are participating in LGBTQ lifestyles would be asked to leave the school. The school’s administrator is not backing down, and has instead fired back at those who are criticizing and questioning the policies of the institution, stating: “We’re not going to be hateful, but we’re not going to back down.”

On June 6, the Grace Christian School in Valrico, Florida — located about 20 miles east of Tampa — sent an email to parents with the subject line: “Important School Policy Point of Emphasis. … Please Read.”

“We believe that God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal dignity,” read the email from Grace Christian School Administrator Barry McKeen, according to reporting from NBC News.

“Therefore, one’s biological sex must be affirmed and no attempts should be made to physically change, alter, or disagree with one’s biological gender — including, but not limited to, elective sex reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or non-binary gender fluid acts of conduct (Genesis 1:26-28),” the email continued.

The school’s policy states: “Students in school will be referred to by the gender on their birth certificate and be referenced in name in the same fashion.”

“We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender identity/lifestyle, self-identification, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful in the sight of God and the church (Genesis 2:24; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; I Corinthians 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:2-7),” the email also noted.

“Students who are found participating in these lifestyles will be asked to leave the school immediately,” the email added.

McKeen made sure to highlight the fact that the school also has rules surrounding straight students — pointing out that it does not permit unmarried heterosexual students to be overtly sexual.

“God condemns any sexual activity outside of marriage,” he told Fox News. “I tell people, if a kid came in the doors, exclaiming how he was having sex with his girlfriend, that student would be expelled as well.”

McKeen went on to note that the policy of not allowing LGBTQ students to attend has existed since the school began 49 years ago, adding that the email was simply reminding parents so that they could “agree to all policies and procedures before your student may start school in August.”

The school administrator rejected requests for comment from NBC News, pointing out the fact that the left-wing news outlet likely had an agenda and therefore talking to them was not worth it. Nonetheless, McKeen defended his school’s policies after receiving backlash from the NBC News article.

McKeen – who has served the Grace Community Church for more than 20 years – addressed the supposed controversy in a video released on the school’s Facebook page.

“I chose not to talk to the reporter, because usually based on the call sign, based on the channel, you can usually tell what they’re trying to say and what they’re going to be trying to prove and I think it was clear from the get-go that this person is, is not for us, but against us,” McKeen said regarding the NBC News reporter.

The senior pastor explained that the policy against transgender and homosexual students is “rooted in the scriptures,” and pointed out that “almost every Christian School has such a policy.”

“God has spoken on those issues explicitly, aggressively,” McKeen said.

“I’m not going to backpedal. And it is our policy now. It will be our policy going forward,” the pastor added. “God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He does not change.”

“We are not a hateful group of people,” McKeen stressed. “We don’t hate students who are of a particular persuasion.”

“The biggest issue that happens in this culture is because you believe something and you stand for something – that you’re automatically hateful,” he continued. “We are not hateful. Probably that’s the thing in the article that hurt the most.”

McKeen then went on to point out that people do not have to send their children to his school if they do not agree with the Bible’s teachings, but he refuses to change the school’s policies to appease critics.

“This is a private Christian school where parents choose to send their kids to the school,” he said. “And it’s not for everybody.”

“The Bible says God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We’re not going to change because God’s not going to change. And we’re not going to be hateful, but we’re not going to back down from this policy. This has been our policy that this is our policy, and this will be our policy,” McKeen concluded.