Tolerance Versus Legitimacy: Christianity and Homosexuality in the Public Schools

Jonathan K. Parker

One of the principal battlegrounds in the "culture wars" of the last decade has been the public schools. How the schools approach both homosexuality and Christianity have been two of the most inflammatory issues in this conflict. Jonathan K. Parker argues that the mandate of the public schools is not to grant legitimacy to particular belief systems or lifestyles, but rather to teach students why it is important for a democratic society to tolerate different viewpoints and to facilitate rational discussion about controversial topics. Christians are called on to support and work within this mandate based on the Apostle Paul's instructions to submit to governmental authorities in the thirteenth chapter of Romans. Dr. Parker is the Director of Teacher Education at Huntington College.

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