Re­li­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - VIEWPOINTS -

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

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