DALLAS (Baptist Press) — A Southern Baptist church employee in Texas and a Maryland Christian school have been dropped from public programs, accused of discrimination for promoting Bible-based views of marriage and gender.
In the most recent case David Roark, communications and resources director of the Plano, Texas campus of The Village Church, was dropped as a speaker at a communications conference in Dallas. Roark was dropped from the lineup of the Circles Conference in September because his employer, The Village Church, teaches Bible-based views regarding gender.
Conference organizers dropped Roark after the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) refused to participate in the conference because “the 2019 conference speaker roster includes the communications director of an organization that does not meet our standards of inclusion because of openly discriminatory policies and practices towards women and the LGBTQ+ community.”
In Savage, Md., Bethel Christian Academy filed a federal lawsuit after being denied participation in the school lunch voucher program for low-income students. State officials dropped the Assemblies of God grade school expressly because the school teaches marriage is between a man and a woman, and that God created the two distinct genders of male and female.