A private Christian school in North Carolina has instituted a “Biblical morality policy” to take effect as it becomes eligible to receive taxpayer-funded private school vouchers in 2014.

The policy, announced in a letter dated November 13, has provoked a backlash against the Myrtle Grove Christian School in Wilmington.

School president J. Stacy Miller stated in the letter that the policy is not intended as a “statement of condemnation” but rather an opportunity to “stand firmly on the truth of the Holy Bible.”

“For this reason, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student if the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home or the activities of the student are counter to or are in opposition to the biblical lifestyle the school teaches,” Miller wrote. “This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, participating in, supporting or affirming sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bisexual activity; promoting such practices; or being unable to support the moral principles of the school.”

A demonstration last Sunday attracted a half-dozen protesters, including children, to rally against the policy. A second protest took place this Sunday.

“This message of hate to the children of the school really upsets me,” one of the protesters told WECT TV 6. “I don't think Jesus preached the gospel of hate. I think he preached the gospel of love.”

A Facebook page calling for a boycott of the school has attracted over 600 followers.