Re: Sept. 20 article, “Amid church protests, AISD considers limits to facility rentals.”
The Austin Independent School District wants to develop and maintain community partnerships. Discontinuing a partnership with Celebration Church because AISD doesn’t agree with the Biblical references made on its website is religious discrimination.
Also, the AISD values of equity, diversity and inclusion are violated by this possible action because:
■ you are not being fair to all organizations,
■ you do not recognize the uniqueness and differences among religious groups, and
■ you are excluding the organization.
If AISD enters into this new standard of review for community organizations, we believe AISD will need to review all public statements and websites of organizations requesting a relationship with AISD.
Beliefs that are not “mainstream” thinking are not a legitimate reason to be excluded from benefits of a school system funded by the public. BRIAN AND VIRGINIA ALMON, AUSTIN