Two members of the USD 383 Board of Education asked the board Wednesday to schedule a January discussion on district policies regarding clubs and organizations. The request followed the recent resignation of the co-president of the MHS chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes amid reports that he is homosexual.
Board member Leah Fliter asked for the discussion about “FCA and club guidelines (regarding discrimination),” a request reiterated by board member Beth Tatarko. Board members agreed to schedule a January discussion on the topic.
Patrick Day, the student in question, resigned his co-presidency of the organization after his fellow co-president, Caitlyn Webb, asked FCA officials for clarification regarding whether FCA policy permitted a homosexual from serving as an officer of the organization.
Prior to Day’s resignation, members of the local chapter had planned to hold a discussion of the question of Day’s status as co-president, but that meeting was reportedly cancelled by an assistant principal at MHS. Reports published in Tuesday’s edition of The Mentor, the Manhattan High School student newspaper, indicated that there were conflicting views among the MHS FCA chapter regarding that question.
On its website, FCA describes its mission as “to present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.”