(Daily Mail) Leaders of a Christian school in Florida have received death threats after saying they will only refer to students by their sex assigned at birth and pupils who are LGBTQwill be asked to leave.
Barry McKeen, administrator for Grace Christian School and community pastor, said in an email to parents sent June 6: ‘We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender identity/lifestyle, self-identification, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful in the sight of God and the church.’
The private Christian school, located in Valrico around 20 miles outside of Tampa, said students found participating in such lifestyles will be asked to leave.
McKeen and his family have received death threats after news outlets quoted his email on the policy, forcing him to hire extra security at the school.
McKeen said he only answers to God, not ‘bloggers or TickTokers’ in a recorded response posted to the school’s Facebook page.
‘We’re not going to change because god’s not going to chance,’ McKeen said in a recorded statement. ‘We are not going to be hateful, but we are not going to back away from this policy.’
The Christian school charges up to $6,595 per year for a senior student to attend.
Barry McKeen, administrator for Grace Christian School and community pastor, is pictured. He has received death threats after saying the Christian school will only refer to students by their sex assigned at birth and pupils who are LGBTQ will be asked to leave
Some callers threatened to burn down his home, while others said they would kill his family, he said.
But despite the death threats, McKeen said he is refusing to back down.
In an interview with Fox News, McKeen added: ‘If I backed down from something like this, I’m abandoning what God has said is the truth. I …. kind of rack my brain to like, “How is this hard for people to understand? This is what God said.”
‘This is one of the many reasons we have a Christian school, and we’re not going to abandon this policy. God has spoken on these issues.’
One of the mothers of the school told a US outlet anonymously that she has decided to take her lesbian daughter out of the school after the email circulated in June made the policy clear.
It told parents they had to agree with the policies before their students could start the new school year — the mother said it was the first time she’d been made aware of the policy.
No students have been kicked out from the school over their sexual orientation, McKeen said in a video statement, although they had come to an agreement with one family that their student would change schools.