Private religious school receives state vouchers as it teaches homosexuality is a sin

In the western part of the state, the “Citizen Times” reports that a conservative religious school that receives a third of Buncombe County’s scholarships teaches students that homosexuality is a sin.

The Temple Baptist School in West Asheville also rejects the theory of evolution, the newspaper reports. He chooses to evangelize Young Earth creationism, which holds that the Earth is no more than 10,000 years old.

Here’s how Temple Baptist administrator Brian Washburn explained the school’s approach to these matters.

“What we do is based on the Bible as the foundation,” Washburn told the Citizen Times. “So that’s going to influence our approach to teaching all of our subjects.”

The Citizen Times reported that 95 of the temple’s approximately 150 Baptist students are receiving tuition assistance of up to $4,200 through the state’s voucher program in the 2018-2019 school year. .

Read the newspaper’s full report here.

Teaching children that homosexuality is a sin wouldn’t fly in a traditional public school, nor would Young Earth creationism. But such lessons are acceptable at Temple Baptist and other private religious schools despite the fact that these schools benefit from thousands of dollars of public money.

Private schools accepted 9,651 scholarships last year for a total of $37.7 million.

Critics complain that the voucher program drains money from traditional public schools. Meanwhile, proponents say the vouchers provide economically disadvantaged students with educational opportunities they could not otherwise afford.

Another main complaint about North Carolina’s school voucher program is that the program provides money to private schools that may discriminate based on race, gender, sexuality, and religious affiliation.

Kathryn Marker, director of grants, training, and outreach at the NC State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA), the agency that oversees the state’s voucher program, told Policy Watch in June that the program’s participation agreement prohibited discrimination based on “race, color, or national origin.”

However, this agreement does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Read the participation agreement here. Provision 5 prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin.

The language of the agreement is similar to federal law: “No person in the United States shall, on account of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation, denied benefits or be subject to discrimination in connection with any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

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