MSN reports that eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle’s school, Timberlake Christian, in Lynchburg VA, decided her hair style and dress confused other students about her “gender identity,” so they invited her to find another school.
A letter from school administrator Becky Bowman that includes Bible passages condemning homosexuality and cross dressing stated, “We believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family clearly understand that God has made her female, and her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that [Timberlake Christian School] is not the best place for her future education.”
Of course, throwing in a few tears is sure to gain sympathy from MSN’s audience, so they reported that, “She cries every morning to get on the bus, she cries when she comes home because she wants to go back to Timberlake Christian with her friends.”
Now comes the heavy hitter, “Sunnie isn’t the only little kid getting kicked around by school officials that favor dress codes more than common sense and compassion: a little girl who shaved her head to support her friend with cancer was suspended from her Colorado school, although the decision was reversed after the incident garnered viral support through social media.”
MSN’s implied conclusion is that all Christian school administrators are bigoted, homophobic fundamentalists, and poor Sunnie Kahle was dealt an earth-shattering injustice. I can see no other reason for their publishing such a localized story. They, and most other news outlets, seem to seek out inflammatory news of Christians violating the statutes of Political Correctness, regardless how minor the incidents might be to objective observers.
I’m not trying to justify the Christian school’s action; there must have been less drastic ways of dealing with the issue. Knowing how careful private school administrators are, however, I suspect this action must have been their last resort. News outlets aren’t inclined to publish extenuating circumstances in such cases, unless they reinforce their covert biases.
What infuriates me far more than the fact of their obvious bias is John Q. and Mary Public’s gullibility. Fifty years ago we could pretty much trust the News to objectively report important events, but they’ve betrayed that trust, and most of us don’t even realize it.
I hope you don’t think I believe the sociopolitical left is unique in their misrepresentations. The right has their own biases and blind spots. Neither is name-calling unique to the left. When people are too stupid, ignorant, or lazy to inform themselves on both sides of the issues, all they have left is mud-slinging. I don’t pretend to possess the knowledge to objectively evaluate the world’s, or even my city’s important issues, but at least I’m honest enough to admit my ignorance.