The Biden administration and the Florida Agriculture commissioner are threatening to pull lunch money from the Tampa, Florida, Christian school over its biblical stance on marriage and sexuality, in accordance with a fresh lawsuit.
Students at Grant Park Christian Academy in Tampa receive free meals from the schools lunch program through the federal National School Lunch Program administered by Florida Commissioner Nikki Fried, based on thelawsuit.
But Fried now could be telling the institution it must adhere to a Biden administration interpretation of Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits discrimination based on sex. The Biden administration interprets Title IX as also prohibiting discrimination predicated on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Predicated on this redefinition, Commissioner Fried is poised to block Grant Park Christian Academys funding for school lunches this season, the lawsuit says. … Commissioner Frieds office gave the institution one option once the school objected to violating its religious beliefs your school is not needed to take part in the National School Lunch Program.
The institution, based on the lawsuit, serves children from the low-income, minority community in Tampa. For most children at the institution, the lunch they eat is the greatest meal they eat all day long and sometimes, its the only real meal, the suit says.
But Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Biden Administration are threatening Grant Park Christian Academys capability to feed hungry children, the suit says.
The schools ministry statement says the term marriage has only 1 legitimate meaning, which is marriage sanctioned by God, which joins one man and something woman.
The Biden administration is threatening to eliminate lunch money from low-income children since they attend Christian schools, said ADF lawyer Erica Steinmiller-Perdomo. Grant Park Christian Academy is attempting to revitalize their historically underprivileged community, and offering children nutritious meals is really a vital section of their service. The Biden administration is ignoring regulations and forcing this wonderful school to create an untenable choice: violate its religious beliefs or stop providing lunches to children.
The lawsuit claims the policy violates federal law and the schools free speech and religious liberty rights beneath the U.S. Constitution.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press,Christianity Today, The Christian Post, theLeaf-Chronicle,the Toronto Star andthe Knoxville News-Sentinel.