Locally, we have a news story that encapsulates everything wrong with religion. An elementary school teacher in a local Catholic school was fired for privately expressing support of gay marriage.
It all started when her Bishop came to speak to class. He told them to tell their parents not to vote for gay marriage in the upcoming election. She thought to herself this was really a heavy political issue to place on ten year old children.
On her annual self-evaluation form, when asked to reflect on the teachings of the church, she wrote she did not agree with its stand on gay marriage. She was careful not to express this view to her class or parents. She told her Prinicpal about the remark and thought that would be the end of it.
Later, when she entered the Principal’s office for a routine signing of her contract, there sat the Monsignor, an agent for the Bishop. She was told to write a letter of resignation, ending an eleven-year career at the school which was by all accounts exemplary. She remains a life-long Catholic.
During all of this there were talks by priests from the pulpet telling people how to vote on the gay marriage issue. The teacher asked her priest if ever there could be a gathering where people talked to the clergy instead of being talked to. His reply was that could happen, but it would not change divine teaching.
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