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A Kentucky family is reeling after a picture of a birthday cake resulted in the expulsion of their teenage daughter from her private Christian high school in Louisville.

 

Kimberly Alford thought she had planned a lowkey birthday celebration for her daughter with just a few family and friends getting dinner at Texas Roadhouse. She brought a cake from a bakery to the restaurant, and by coincidence, the frosting matched her daughter’s shirt: Both featured a rainbow.

 

Alford’s daughter, Kayla Kenney, turned 15 on Dec. 30, and the mom shared the picture of her teen smiling with the cake on social media. The Washington Post reports that on Jan. 6, the head of Whitefield Academy, Bruce Jacobson, emailed the family to say that Kenney was expelled because of the picture with the rainbow birthday cake.

 

In the email, Jacobson claimed the image “demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy’s beliefs.”

 

A statement from the school claimed that Kenney had violated the student code of conduct several times before.

Alford acknowledged in an interview with the Courier-Journal that her daughter could have been expelled with one more behavior issue but contended that Kenney had gone months without any problems. She also argued that rainbow frosting is not a behavior issue. “I’m not saying she’s this or that—she’s just Kayla to me. … I ordered the cake, she didn’t,” said Alford. She also asserts that she didn’t specifically order a rainbow cake; she requested colors that “pop,” and the receipt says “assorted colors.”

 

When she initially tried to appeal the expulsion, Jacobson told her that the birthday cake and sweater “just kind of represents gay pride” and said she should have refused the cake. Alford noted that until the expulsion, the Whitefield Academy Parent Teacher Fellowship had a rainbow prominently displayed on its private page.

 

There is likely no legal recourse for Kenney, as the Louisville Fairness Ordinance allows religious schools to expel anyone who violates its religious beliefs. 

 

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if they were to keep on hunting rainbows,

they risk the extinction of their annual pots of gold

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Wenn I was young a rainbow was a rainbow, a beautiful part of a nature. Today it´s for some a political symbol and you can´t say "oh look, what a beautiful rainbow" without to be judged. Sad!

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University of Hawai'i  sports teams used to be called the "Rainbow warriors",  now they are just the Warriors.  ....dumb.

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22 minutes ago, CNXexpat said:

Wenn I was young a rainbow was a rainbow, a beautiful part of a nature. Today it´s for some a political symbol and you can´t say "oh look, what a beautiful rainbow" without to be judged. Sad!

You're imagining a fake issue unless you happen to go to some whacked out religious fanatic "school" in the bible belt. You most certainly can admire a rainbow in nature for what it is.

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31 minutes ago, daoyai said:

University of Hawai'i  sports teams used to be called the "Rainbow warriors",  now they are just the Warriors.  ....dumb.

Fake news --

 

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Religion.... whitefield, a Christ based school... lol... the sooner religion is banned the better.

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America seem to have a lot of problems unheard of in Europe and other civilised countries.  In the old days we called America for the Wild West. It's still wild and crazy but not in a way that belongs to the 21st century.  

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16 hours ago, Jingthing said:

I can't imagine that a school that would do something that bigoted and stupid can possibly be a very good school. 

Agreed. If the school holds such deep seated religious convictions, it should take a leaf out of its own guide book, quit hiding their light under a bushel and rename themselves Whitefield Christian Academy.

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16 hours ago, daoyai said:

University of Hawai'i  sports teams used to be called the "Rainbow warriors",  now they are just the Warriors.  ....dumb.

Really? So now we have to be PC and not use the 'r' word?

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1 minute ago, NanLaew said:

Really? So now we have to be PC and not use the 'r' word?

Not real. 

The team is the rainbow warriors. 

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The Aurora Borealis  must cause  some concern then ????

Now Children ! Do not ! I repeat  ...do not look skywards  !

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If the school has a problem with the gay community, why does it allow the gay community to have ownership of the rainbow? A rainbow is featured in the Bible as a promise that God won't kill all the unrighteous folks with a flood next time (next time it won't be so quick). So rainbows should be allowed just like crosses are. By banning rainbows he is diminishing God's story. Also it makes the school look ridiculous.

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Key word is PRIVATE...

 

"private Christian high school". 

 

They can do as they wish. If it were a PUBLIC school, then this would be news.

Somebody is wanting attention.

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