What’s the difference between a father who beats his son with a belt because he cannot catch a ball and an institution that describes itself a “religious school of higher learning” that fires someone for being gay?

There is no difference.  Both are instances of incredibly ignorant, emotionally immature people demanding their another human be what they want that person to be, not how God and nature intended.  Bullying is certainly not limited to kids picking on kids; adults under the guise of parenting and/or “religion” do it everyday to kids and than peers.

Librarian fired from Shorter University for being gay.

Video of father hitting his son with a belt for not catching the ball.