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 as 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 being be what they want that person to be, to hell with God and nature.  Bullying is certainly not limited to kids picking on kids; adults under the guise of parenting and/or “religion” do it every day to kids and their peers.

Librarian fired from Shorter University for being gay.

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