BIG BREAKING NEWS – CHRISTIAN SCHOOL – JOB LOST: Colorado volleyball coach lost Christian high school job after refusing to ‘denounce being gay’ [#InokeTonga] 08/27
A religious high school in Colorado forced a volleyball coach out of his post after it learned his sexual orientation and told him the only path forward was to “denounce being gay.”
Officials at Valor Christian High School, in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, acknowledged that they confronted coach Inoke Tonga over his beliefs “pertaining to sexuality and marriage” but contend that he walked away on his own accord.
Inoke Tonga, 30, a health care administrator, completed his first season as an assistant boys volleyball coach last spring and had been tapped for a similar spot with the girls’ program this fall.
The head coaching spot for the boys volleyball team became available over the summer.
So when Inoke Tonga was called into a meeting with Valor Christian’s athletic director and pastor last week, he assumed the chat was going to be about the boys volleyball spot.
Instead, Inoke Tonga said school officials confronted him demanding to know whether he is gay.
A pastor told Inoke Tonga that “parents pay too much money to have their kids be coached and taught by someone like you who identifies as a gay man.”
Inoke Tonga said last week’s meeting was a complete reversal from just a year ago, when he was hired into the boys’ program.
“During the interview process, it was such an uplifting experience. We talked about spirituality.”
– Inoke Tonga
“My faith in Christ was evident to them. It [sexual orientation] was never an issue or even mentioned until someone came across a post on Facebook that I identified as a gay man.”
– Inoke Tonga
Valor Christian High School acknowledged that its athletic director and pastor called Inoke Tonga into a meeting, worried that
“he may not support Valor’s beliefs pertaining to sexuality and marriage.”
Colorado volleyball coach says he lost Christian high school job after refusing to ‘denounce being gay’:
Valor Christian High School said “a separation is appropriate” because of former coach Inoke Tonga’s views “pertaining to sexuality and marriage.”: