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March 26, 2014

In which we puncture holes in your weak “freedom of choice” arguments

In response to the piece on eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle we ran earlier, I’ve seen a couple of people defending the school. I’d like to call both of ‘em out, just for funs.

sleeper-ag3nt says:Because the school is a PRIVATE school that sets their own rules and dress code and if you’re paying tuition for a private school you must abide by their rules or they will ask you to leave. 

Personally, I think going to the press was a poor choice on their part because they didn’t follow the school’s rules and now they’re blaming the school for following their own rules. No one forced them to send their child to a private school, they made that choice their own and now they’re criticizing the rules they didn’t bother following. 

curiositykilledthecoed says: This is a PRIVATE school. They have their own rules and if the little girl doesn’t want to abide by the rules, she’s free to find an establishment that fits her. Everyone wants to make a big stink about every incident in which Christians aren’t permissive of everything under the sun and within their own establishments. If some non-Christian private organization has structured rules and kicks someone out for a failure to follow them, so be it.

» SFB says: Sometimes the rules and standards are wrong and they need to be called out. Plus, this argument holds no water, because the letter the school sent the grandparents called poor Sunnie out for her potential homosexuality. From the article we cited:

The letter goes on to say that students have been confused about whether Sunnie is a boy or girl and specifies that administrators can refuse enrollment for condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity.

The letter goes on to reference specific Bible verses that affirm these beliefs.

This decimates your argument on this merely being an issue of being about the rules, and comes down to discrimination without cause. These parents didn’t pay all this money for the school to imply their granddaughter was probably gay for no reason other than she likes sports and wears sneakers. If their goal was to tell the child to dress a little better, why even bring up your school’s standards on homosexuality? It seems a little preemptive to suddenly imply something like that about an 8-year-old girl, don’t you think?

They may have the personal freedom to kick her out, but we have the personal freedom to point out their hypocrisy. And we shall do just that. — Ernie @ SFB

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This is part of a larger memetic post, but I’m posting this separately because I want this shirt as a way of showing off my internet superiority. Everyone will know that I am a star of desktop and mobile devices with a shirt like this.

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Meet 8-year-old Virginia resident Sunnie Kahle. She digs sneakers, sports, and rocks short hair. Kahle’s grandparents recently received a letter from her school, Timberlake Christian School, informing them that if the girl didn’t follow Biblical standards (i.e. act more like a girl—whatever that means—and avoid nontraditional lifestyles), she would be kicked out of the school. Kahle’s grandparents beat them to it, and put her in public school. Oh yeah, they went to the press. Good on them.

Meet 8-year-old Virginia resident Sunnie Kahle. She digs sneakers, sports, and rocks short hair. Kahle’s grandparents recently received a letter from her school, Timberlake Christian School, informing them that if the girl didn’t follow Biblical standards (i.e. act more like a girl—whatever that means—and avoid nontraditional lifestyles), she would be kicked out of the school. Kahle’s grandparents beat them to it, and put her in public school. Oh yeah, they went to the press. Good on them.

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