A Public School In Michigan Drops Requirement For New Superintendent To Have A Strong 'Christian Philosophy' After ACLU Intervention

Aaron Homer

A northern Michigan school district has removed the requirement that its next superintendent have "a strong Christian background and philosophy" after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) complained, ABC News is reporting.

The requirement for a Christian philosophy and background was removed from the job posting the very same day the district received the ACLU's letter.

The McBain Rural Agricultural School District is in the market for a new superintendent, according to MLive. To find the right person for the job, the district is consulting with Scott Crosby of the Michigan Leadership Institute.

Crosby wanted the potential applicant to have a mindset that's compatible with the rural area's tight-knit, conservative values, and chose the words "Christian background and philosophy" to describe that trait.

The ACLU was not pleased.

"Our Constitution wisely requires public schools to remain neutral in matters of religion. When a school favors one religion over another, or religion over non-religion, students and teachers who do not subscribe to the favored religion are made to feel like they do not belong."
"There are other ways to reflect that. Clearly, it was not intended to discriminate in any way, shape or form."
"Even if it was a mistake, however, we are distressed by how many administrators and staff must have read the job announcement without thinking it was wrong or demanding that it be changed."
"As the person responsible for this posting, I apologize to your organization and to any individual who feels that our language was discriminatory in any way. There was no mention of preference, favoritism, or this being a requirement in reviewing this document."

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[Image courtesy of: Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty]