A private school in Tennessee has banned the use of all mentions of homosexuality because, administrators say, it is forbidden in the Bible.
One parent of a student at Rossville Christian Academy in Rossville, Tenn., told WREG News that they believe the policy change is aimed at one particular gay student at the 300-student school for grades K-12.
The new policy states: "Homosexuality is forbidden in scripture (Romans 1:27, Leviticus 18:22). A staff member or student who promotes, engages in, or identifies himself/herself with such activity through any word or action shall be in violation of this policy. Should the administration determine a violation of this policy, the person involved will be subject to disciplinary action with the possibility of permanent dismissal. Any applicant who is not in compliance with this policy will not be admitted."
According to University of Memphis law professor Steve Mulroy, the policy is legal because there is no state or federal law preventing such discriminatory rules against gay people. Furthermore, because the academy is a Christian school, there may be even more protections than if the school was a public institution.