Gay Teen Who Ripped Out Bible Pages Suspended By Texas School

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  • When Isaiah Smith (pictured) was allegedly bullied for being Christian and gay and carrying a Bible to school with him, the 18-year-old senior at Birdville High School in North Richland Hills, Texas, tore out scripture in protest. After being handed a three-day suspension for his actions, Smith is now looking to sue, according to the Star-Telegram.

    On October 28th, students reportedly used the Leviticus passage to justify why Smith is going to hell. In reaction, Smith claims that he tore out the biblical passage to drive a point home about bullying, telling the Star-Telegram, “At my high school, some kids like to say that being gay is a sin and that you can’t be gay and Christian,” Smith laments. “I wanted to bring my Bible to school and interpret the books of Leviticus and Romans, because they are often used to bully gay people.”

    According to Smith, he carried around the Bible for three days before he was summoned to the vice principal’s office and reprimanded for his actions by the school’s vice principal, Glenn Serviente, who allegedly took Smith’s Bible and said that his actions were a “distraction and disruption in class.”

    On Monday, Smith returned to his high school to fight the punishment he received. With the help of the Washington, D.C.-based organization American Humanist Association, who contend that Smith’s suspension was a violation of his First Amendment Rights, Smith says, he plans to sue the district to get the suspension expunged from his record.

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    7 thoughts on “Gay Teen Who Ripped Out Bible Pages Suspended By Texas School

    1. This is not about religion. He’s at a public school and therefore should not be punished for ripping pages out of his own property. Btw, this is America; if you want to live in a country that governs through religion take yourself to Saudi Arabia or Uganda. This is not the place for you.

    2. Christianity also speaks against judgement and many other sins. Sin= separation from God. There are many things daily that we overlook that separate us from God’s Holy presence. I can’t count them but I have no doubt those passage out number those against homosexuality. We magnify the sin due to our discomfort. No sin is to be justified but we have no right or priveleges to magnify them either. If homosexuality will keep you from God’s grace so will a list of other sins. Our community needs to see the love of Christ not the judgement of our insecurities on this matter.

    3. Please black people wake up we are being turned upside down and inside out and confusing our children. Clearly all three major religions speak against homosexuality.

      • Please Americans of African descent, do not indulge in the hypocrisy of condemning people based off their sexuality. This does not affect you in any way even if you had kids. According to the bible, all sex outside of marriage is sin. Instead of focusing on something you cannot change, use that energy to encourage children and adults to want to build wealth and to foster higher education and community service.

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