Target: Dr. Bill Chaney, Founding Headmaster of Davidson Academy
Goal: End alleged discrimination against families with gay parents.
Children who happen to have same-sex parents have been blocked admittance into the private nondenominational Christian Davidson Academy, according to Tennessee husbands Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard. This practice is discriminatory and should not be allowed. Demand that the school begin admitting students from families with same-sex parents.
Nashville’s Davidson Academy has come under fire after it cancelled a prospective visit from Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard, a married couple with two young children, after learning that the children are being raised by a same-sex couple. Denying the family the opportunity to even apply to the academy, the school sent a letter to the couple informing them that “another education provider would be a better fit for your children. Therefore, we cannot grant admission to your children.” According to Davidson Academy, its admission policy demands that all students, parents, faculty, and staff “manifest lifestyle conduct and actions which project an image consistent with the expressed purposes, missions and beliefs of the school,” and that homosexuality is in violation of that policy.
This is blatant discrimination and flies of the face of many advancements made in the rights of gay people both in politics of the United States and among many Christian denominations. Sign the petition below to demand that the academy start accepting children from same-sex parent families.
Dear Headmaster Chaney,
I am writing you today regarding the story that recently gained national attention about how your school handled the interest of a same-sex couple, Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard. Discriminating against any member of your community, or any prospective member of your community, on the basis of their sexual orientation is wrong.
The irony in this particular debacle is that one of the husbands your school snubbed, Greg Bullard, is a pastor with a local congregation called the Covenant of the Cross. Clearly Christianity is not necessarily at odds with homosexuality. It’s baffling, then, that a Christian school that is not affiliated with any specific denomination would disallow gay parents and their children from becoming part of its community. One would think that it would welcome the family of a pastor into its fold regardless of their sexual orientation and hail them as valued and true companions in faith. This is especially true in our day and age when the stigma historically attached to gay people is no longer socially acceptable.
Apparently, however, this idea is lost to you and your school, who have chosen to disregard love and universal compassion in favor of regressive and harmful attitudes about gay people that are, frankly, no longer relevant. I demand that you end your bigotry and stop discriminating against children who have gay parents when they show interest in your school.
[Your Name Here]
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