Immaculata Catholic School in Durham, North Carolina has cancelled a lesbian speaker for their Black History Month event, reports WRAL.
Students and parents of the school were notified of the cancellation by a letter sent out yesterday, February 7th. In the letter school pastor Christopher VanHaightpointed to the planned protests by several organisations as the reason for the cancelation.
“As a pastor, I cannot place our Imaculata students into this contentious environment,”he wrote.
The speaker, Durham City councillor Vernetta Alston, took to twitter after the cancelation: “Immaculata is a religious institution and I believe strongly in the freedom to believe and worship how one chooses, even if a belief conflicts with something fundamental to my own life,” she wrote.
“That said, adherence to that basic principle means that I can freely say that the church, by depriving the students at Immaculata of the chance to honor black history, and in doing so, condemning the lives and rights of the LGTBQ community, is sending a sad, regressive, and life-altering message to our children.