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Christian lawyer: Christian schools must ban same-sex couples’ kids because students might have positive ‘personal experiences’ with them

Far-right Christian activist and attorney Mat Staver spoke recently on an episode of the Liberty Pastors and urged Christian schools to ban the enrollment of children whose parents are same-sex couples, according to a video clip flagged by Right Wing Watch.

Staver said that children from traditional Christian families shouldn’t have “personal experiences” with LGBTQ families because it might weaken their commitment to the “biblical doctrine.”

“If I were running the school, I would not allow that student to come into the school that is from a same-sex household, and I would not allow a student to stay there,” Staver said. “You and I might be able to engage in this cultural war and battle and be biblically grounded, but these kids are not prepared for that. It is a real disservice to put these kids in the situation—particularly in a Christian school that ought to be a safe environment for them—where they can become very confused, and what they experience at that level can be life changing for the rest of their lives.”

From Right Wing Watch:

Staver is the chairman of Liberty Counsel, a religious-right legal group that advocates anti-LGBTQ discrimination under the guise of protecting religious liberty, and gained national notoriety in 2015 when he defended local Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision. During his appearance on “Liberty Pastors,” Staver took a question from a viewer who runs a K-8 Christian school and was seeking advice about what sort of language they should include in the school policies that will protect their right to discriminate against same-sex couples who might wish to enroll their children.

According to Staver, children being exposed to other children who have LGBTQ parents is like throwing them into a “viper’s pit.”

“Among Christians, not being grounded in doctrine no matter how the winds blow, but being changed by personal experiences is a problem,” Staver said. “That is the reason why this Respect for Marriage Act passed in the United States Senate. All of those people that voted for it, they were on record that they were in favor of marriage as a union of a man and woman. All of them. Why did they change? We know from some of their staffers, they changed because either someone in their family or people that they know, they found out are homosexual or in same-sex relationships. So, they couldn’t bring themselves to vote for the right thing. They knew what they were supposed to do, but they didn’t do it because of personal experiences.”

Watch the video below:

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