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Davidson Academy, a Homosexual Couple With Children, and the Right to Refuse

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The Torch Leadership Foundation's Cross in Culture Podcast #14

Recently, Christian school in Tennessee turned down an application for two students because their adoptive parents were two "married" homosexual men. When this situation came to the light it caused a good deal of controversy, as expected. Of course, on one side, there was the homosexual rights advocates and their allies. But, in the Christian community there was also division -- some people applauded the school's decision while others questioned whether the school was right to reject two young children simply because of their parents' sinful lifestyle.

To be clear, the school in question already had a policy in place that states the following: "Davidson Academy has the right and responsibility to do everything possible to ensure that its expressed purposes, mission, and beliefs continue in their highest traditions and are not harmed, compromised, or hindered by unacceptable lifestyle conduct on the part of its students, parents or guardians."

Because of this policy which was in effect before this situation ever took place, the school is well within its rights to do what it did. However, all Christian institutions -- churches, schools, colleges, businesses, and non-profit organizations -- must see this case as a wake-up call. Situations similar to this one that took place in Tennessee will continue to take place with greater frequency across the nation. The leaders of these institutions must decide now what they will do when they are faced with such a situation, put it in writing, and then prepare the legal defenses they may need to protect their policies. 

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