UPDATE: Two Kennedy Catholic HS teachers’ departures stir controversy as supporters say they were forced out for being gay

SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Several West Seattle parents who send children to Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien have called our attention to a controversy that’s been embroiling that school’s community this weekend. Kennedy announced the sudden “voluntary” resignation of two teachers, both of whom, supporters say, are gay. Parents have organized a crowdfunding page for the teachers; Paul Danforth, an English teacher (who is also a Kennedy graduate, according to the school website), and Michelle Beattie, who taught health and coached soccer. The GoFundMe page set up to help them includes this introduction:

Two beloved and extraordinary teachers at Kennedy Catholic High School “voluntarily resigned” on February 13, 2020 because of their sexual orientation and desire to live authentically (and legally) married to their partners.

In addition to the sadness felt by their community of supporters, Paul and Michelle are both now without jobs or incomes. In the middle of a school year it will be difficult for either of them to find employment immediately.

The school’s email announcement on Friday, forwarded to us by one of the parents who received it, says only:

Please see the following statement provided to us to share with our community.

“Two teachers, Paul Danforth and Michelle Beattie, have voluntarily resigned their positions at Kennedy Catholic High School. They are highly capable, gifted, and qualified teachers, who have served our community with dedication and humility. Their loss will be felt deeply by their students and the entire community. We are thankful to Paul and Michelle for their years of service.”

The statement ended by referring questions/comments to the Archdiocese of Seattle. Its downtown HQ is where some concerned Kennedy parents are planning a protest at 9 am Tuesday, according to posts on a Facebook group set up to show support for the teachers. Other posts mention plans for a student walkout and community show of support that day (school is out tomorrow for Presidents Day).

The teachers themselves have not yet commented publicly so far as we have seen; a post in the aforementioned Facebook group said they were at the school earlier today to collect their belongings.

Similar controversies have erupted elsewhere in the country. The news publication National Catholic Reporter published this overview of the issue last year. It included a citation of this stat: Two-thirds of U.S. Catholics now support same-sex marriage.

ADDED MONDAY NIGHT: Tuesday’s protests are planned for 9 am at the Archdiocese offices and 1 pm at the school, which sent parents another email today acknowledging those plans (as well as a student walkout) and warned that community members and parents won’t be allowed inside the school, but will be allowed to gather at 1 pm “in front of the building.” We’ll be among those there to cover it.

76 Replies to "UPDATE: Two Kennedy Catholic HS teachers' departures stir controversy as supporters say they were forced out for being gay"

  • West Seattle Lurker February 16, 2020 (5:44 pm)

    Stunned the Catholic Church is not protecting it’s gay employees anymore. 

  • Jort February 16, 2020 (6:12 pm)

    It’s always a good question: how many times to conservatives want to be on the wrong side of history? Because they almost ALWAYS are.

    • T February 16, 2020 (10:15 pm)

      Your comment is so naive and offensive.

    • Elle Nell February 17, 2020 (9:32 pm)

      Completely agree with you, Jort. It’s getting old. 

  • Mark Miloscia February 16, 2020 (6:22 pm)

    It is time for wiser heads to prevail here in King County and to stop the persecution of the Catholic Church by the radical left.  All religions have the right to have only teachers that practice their faith, and teach their students. Those teachers made a choice to abandon Church teachings. Do we really want to repeal the first amendment and have the mob continue to threaten places of worship?  In a county named after the Rev. Martin Luther Jr  who had the same opinion on marriage?

    • Scubafrog February 16, 2020 (7:02 pm)

      And the church’s predator priests, who the church still protects?  Surely they abandoned the church’s teachings, and yet they still have the church’s blessings and protection.  How can you politicize this?  Are you asserting that all gay men and women are “radical leftists”?  Are all sexual predator priests then right wingers, per your warped logic?   Good heavens, get a grip, look at your tantrum “do we have to repeal the 1st amendment!”.Catholics aren’t being persecuted, they’re sheltering child predators throughout the world, and have been throughout modern history.  How dare you utter Dr, Martin Luther King’s name in the same sentence as the corrupt catholic church, he was a Baptist Minister and didn’t consider catholics Christian.

      • WTF February 16, 2020 (9:37 pm)

        So in the Catholic church the priest can rape boys but grown men cant be gay? Ok, that makes sense….smh I hope these 2 teachers file a lawsuit and win. This is not fair and not right in any way. We live in a country that was founded on freedom of persecution and freedom of religion. I realize this country no longer stands for anything that it was founded on but enough is enough

    • Dusty Bottoms February 16, 2020 (7:20 pm)

      I’m a lifelong, devoted Catholic and you are wrong. Nobody who has studied the life of Jesus and the gospels can credibly say that this is the Catholic way. Jesus would have fought for these teachers. Pope Francis also disagrees with you. I don’t know you, but I’ve found that the most vocal “Christians” who take positions like yours tend to be show the least commitment to following the life of Jesus in their actual lives. 

    • Jort February 16, 2020 (7:47 pm)

      I will not listen to one word of self-righteous, imposed morality from the supporters of the greatest systematic enabler of pedophilia in modern history; the Catholic Church. Don’t even start. Just don’t waste humanity’s time with this garbage. Don’t. 

    • Jort February 16, 2020 (8:07 pm)

      Also, in case this wasn’t clear: King County and the “radical left” didn’t institute a systematic ring of global lawless, immoral pedophilia.  That was the Church. And if you care to answer my earlier question: how long DO you want to be on the wrong side of history? Because comments like this show you seem to have no desire to learn from your Church’s misguided, morally abhorrent mistakes. What a shameful, pitiable sentiment. To lash out at the “radical left?” Nobody from the “radical left” enabled decades and decades of sexual abuse of minors by priests. You’re offended by a gay teacher?  It doesn’t get much farther from the Church’s teachings than sexual predation of children by priests. Disgusting and vile. 

    • Sixbuck February 16, 2020 (8:35 pm)

      Mr. Miloscia, I am a Kennedy alumni, class of ‘91.  I support these two teachers wholeheartedly.  It’s past time the Catholic Church adapts to the times.  300 years ago, scientists were being burned at the stake for simply stating that there might be other life in this vast universe.  The Church should wake up or die a miserable death. P.S.  You’ve lost my vote. 

    • CAM February 17, 2020 (12:18 pm)

      20 years of Catholic education left me with one indelible principle about the teachings of the church. We don’t get to judge others. It isn’t our place and we largely aren’t fit to do so. I’m always sad to hear when that wasn’t the message other people took away from the same writings. 

    • KM February 17, 2020 (1:54 pm)

      All, Mark is a lobbyist for the Washington State Catholic Conference of Bishops. His views and political leanings are readily available online. He’s a former state representative who lost his recent re-election. 

      • Tsurly February 17, 2020 (3:30 pm)

        I thought that might be the same dude.

  • Scubafrog February 16, 2020 (6:44 pm)

    The Catholic Church has gone to endless lengths to protect its priests who’ve molested millions of children worldwide (where said priests reoffend endlessly), but when it comes to homosexuality, that’s where they draw the line!?  The double standard and hypocrisy is palpable.  No wonder Christianity has been shrinking in this country so quickly.  In 2017, 75% of the nation identified themselves as Christian.  As of 2019, only 65% and shrinking rapidly.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decline_of_Christianity*I'm not asserting that all catholic priests are molesters

    • ACG February 16, 2020 (7:26 pm)

      And not all Christians are Catholics. 

      • Tsurly February 18, 2020 (8:31 am)

        Same water source, different well.

  • TJ February 16, 2020 (7:36 pm)

    If this is spelled out in school policy, as I’ve heard it is, then this is a non story. And the above comment on conservatives and history is stupid and comical. Let’s see how history plays out with the lefts ploy of telling so many their problems aren’t their fault and others need to pay. 

    • Sixbuck February 16, 2020 (11:31 pm)

      School policy CAN and SHOULD change.  It has happened before, it can happen NOW!

  • Proud Aunt February 16, 2020 (7:49 pm)

    What do I say to my nephew, who is gay and Catholic, about how the Church values him as a person?  What is his worth in the eyes of the Church?  In the eyes of God?  To pressure these teachers to resign because they are gay goes against so much of the Church’s teachings.  

  • Sixbuck February 16, 2020 (8:53 pm)

    King County was initially named after William Rufus DeVane King, who was Franklin Pierce’s Vice President in 1853 before his death. King also had a “domestic relationship” with former president James Buchanan.  Read into that what you will. King County was “renamed” in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2005. My, how things change!! Additionally, the Archdiocese of Seattle should be exhilarated that these two teachers’ “sexually orient” towards ADULTS!

  • Jackie February 16, 2020 (9:38 pm)

    Here is the petition link:http://chng.it/jqyQgvyKg2

  • Curtis February 16, 2020 (10:28 pm)

    Many have erroneously interpreted the tone from Pope Francis as a change in doctrine – sadly it is not.   Awful turn of events for these two teachers, but not surprising either.  The Catholic Church is a very broken, hypocritical institution. 

  • Robert Goulet February 16, 2020 (10:30 pm)

    This is just unforgiveable.  So many people are leaving organized religion and is it any wonder?  Kennedy put out a completely confusing statement (I’m paraphrasing here) saying what wonderful people these 2 teachers were and how they were an asset to the students, school, community and yet they’re showing them the door?  Resigned on their own?  Hardly.Arch diocese affiliation or not, Kennedy should have shown a little moral fortitude and fought for these teachers.  With the newly assigned Arch Bishop, all I can say is welcome aboard and make this right or continue to lose parishioners and support from families and the community.Kennedy HS Alumni ’76

    • Ned Nederlander February 16, 2020 (10:46 pm)

      I agree that it would be nice to see the school step up. They seem to disagree with the decision by the archdiocese (given their statement). It’s tough to do especially if they have families, but it would be nice to see some people put their jobs on the line and stand up. At some point, you have to stand for something. Otherwise, you stand for nothing.

    • BTR February 17, 2020 (1:22 pm)

      There is nothing to make “right.”  The teachers violated their contract, and the Catholic Church’s view on the issue is hardly unclear or unknown.  

      • zark00 February 18, 2020 (3:19 pm)

        That’s not accurate actually – it is not possible to craft a legally binding contract in the state of Washington that explicitly states that if you are found to be gay you agree to be fired.  The best they could do was to force teachers to sign an agreement of tenets, based on the catholic churches ‘teachings’, and then use that to fire them for breaking it.  We should really make churches pay taxes.  Getting a tax break for promoting hate seems like bs to me.

        • BTR February 19, 2020 (7:02 am)

          They were not fired for being gay.  They were fired for agreeing to get married to someone of the same sex.  That is what violates Catholic teaching, and that is what violates the contract.  Catholicism does not condemn merely being attracted to persons of the same sex, and the teachers would have been fired for getting engaged to someone of the same sex even if they had been straight.  

          • Ryan Gierach February 20, 2020 (10:36 am)

            Bigotry explained is bigotry, nonetheless.

    • graciano February 17, 2020 (2:56 pm)

      I’d of thought you would had graduated much before 1976 Robert Goulet!?

      • ROBERT GOULET February 17, 2020 (9:49 pm)

        I’m older than I look…

  • ROBERT GOULET February 16, 2020 (10:37 pm)

    Finally, to all the posts supporting church policies and doctrines, the Catholic Church doesn’t typically approve of divorce.  I’m willing to bet there are divorced people out there who haven’t been fired or threatened with their jobs.  This is pure bigotry and discrimination against the gay community.

    • Chris Ott February 16, 2020 (11:33 pm)

      Amen. I also assume there are teachers who have used, and/or still use birth control. 

      • Sixbuck February 17, 2020 (12:35 am)

        GASP!! Shut yer mouth!

        • Nigel February 17, 2020 (1:41 am)

          Don’t forget that all of us property tax payers get to subsidize this church since the church is tax exempt on all their real estate holdings. Even if we do not share the same deeply held beliefs we have to pay taxes but the church is exempt. 

    • BTR February 17, 2020 (1:24 pm)

      The Church does not recognize any effect of divorce; that is different from opposing divorce categorically.  The issue is when divorced persons attempt to “remarry,” which from the Catholic viewpoint is adultery since the marriage never ceased to exist.

  • Qpid February 17, 2020 (5:45 am)

    People once again confuse the constitution with regard to separation of church and state.  The catholic school is a private school and has a right to its values.  They have a right to not have employees that disagree with their views as long as they are not receiving public money.  This is why I am against vouchers supporting private schools.  There is nothing keeping these two teachers from teaching in a public school.  Parents and students that are offended can send their children to public school or a private school that share their values.  They do not have to send them to a catholic school.   This is why their protests are silly.   The fact that people are shocked and upset is amazing to me.  If you disagree with Catholic teachings and doctrines, then leave.  That’s what makes this country so great.    

    • Scubafrog February 17, 2020 (10:18 pm)

      The Catholic Church receives $1.6 Billion USD per annum in Federal Subsidies.  Thus, they don’t have a right to their values when it comes to discrimination, particularly when my tax dollars fund their bigotry.

      • Melissa February 18, 2020 (12:50 pm)

        Bingo, Scubafrog. If they are going to systematically discriminate against a protected class, they should lose their tax exemptions. 

    • NN February 18, 2020 (11:25 am)

      QPID – exactly.  Reading through all this I can’t help by wonder WHY did those parents who are upset over this issue chose a catholic school to begin with. 

    • zark00 February 18, 2020 (3:37 pm)

      @ QPID – you are incorrect.  The catholic school cannot create a legally binding contract that includes a clause allowing them to fire a person based on sexual orientation.  We have a state discrimination law that would prevent that contract from being valid.  It’s the same principal as creating a contract to allow someone to legally murder you – can’t do it.   Same with this situation – all the church can do here is make the employee sign an agreement to abide by “catholic teachings” with those teaching not defined at all.  There is no piece of paper these teachers signed agreeing to ‘not be gay’.  The school in this case is relying on Ministerial Exception.  Which means they fire the teacher for whatever the want, doesn’t even matter, and if/when any local/state/fed gov’t tried to stop them, they just claim ‘undue interference with our freedom to practice religion’ and they ‘win’.  It’s a petty, small, scared way for an organization, that should have died eons ago, to hold onto their fear and hate, to promote that fear and hate, and to infect the world with their evil.

  • Richard Maloney February 17, 2020 (6:32 am)

    The students and their families, if truly offended by these unfortunate terminations, can walk. Enroll in the local public schools. Hit Kennedy Catholic in the pocketbook and with dropping enrollment.

    It must be hard to be Catholic and tolerate membership in the largest sex ring in the world. What great comfort religion must be when women are disrespected; young boys raped; and the church covers for its miscreant, pedophile priests.

  • JFK alum February 17, 2020 (9:34 am)

    To the non-Catholics frustrated with us Catholics for the hypocrisy you mention, we see it too. Most of us don’t blame you for your frustration. Just know, there is a huge movement within the church and school to right this, and other wrongs. We need to earn back the trust of the community and our God.

  • Star February 17, 2020 (10:19 am)

    Back in the late 60’s early 70’s KHS used to put on great Rock n Roll concerts in that round building they had on Campus, Tower of Power was one concert…nothing to do with the subject in hand but just sayin’

    • MrMyke February 17, 2020 (11:39 am)

      Yep. Also a concert there by Bachman Turner Overdrive.  The original, real BTO. That one was in the gym. I actually believe Tower of Power was too.  And in 1979, a one hit wonder band called Pleasure…doing Pleasure for your Pleasure as their hit. 

      • star February 17, 2020 (2:59 pm)

        Oh, were the concerts in the gym…??? LOL! Couldn’t exactly remember…remember it WAS the 70’s. :>)

      • ROBERT GOULET February 17, 2020 (9:51 pm)

        That BTO concert was one of the best.  They booked them prior to the band hitting it big.  That gymnasium floor was definitely jumping!

  • HS February 17, 2020 (10:34 am)

    When I see actions like, a child graduates and becomes a recognized teacher at his alma mater but is then, years later, is terminated for sexual identity, I wonder about religious reach in our hospitals and medical care centers. Catholic Health Care Services owns a predominant number of hospitals and clinics in Seattle.

  • Mj February 17, 2020 (11:26 am)

    Has anyone read the employment contract between the school and the teachers involved?  Society as a whole, including me, has evolved on this issue as have many religious organizations.  But we must remember that the US Constitution specifically separates Church and State.

    • CAM February 17, 2020 (2:26 pm)

      Mj- I believe that the Supreme Court agrees with you, but I don’t recall the last time this issue was specifically addressed. I think the issue here is that the people who are paying for this education and the members of the community want to protest the decision made by the archdiocese and are asking for support. As members of that group they should have the right to protest those decisions if they want. It doesn’t mean it will change anything or that anything technically illegal has happened. 

    • Lucky Day February 17, 2020 (3:27 pm)

      I think you fundamentally misunderstand what is going on here. This has nothing to do with separation of church and state. This is about how members of the Catholic community have a very different take on the gospels and Jesus’s life than the archdiocese. This is an internal struggle within the Catholic community about the meaning of Jesus’s message, so folks need to stop making the argument that the church has a legal right to follow its beliefs. That’s not the actual issue here.

      • WS Foodie February 18, 2020 (12:47 pm)

        Very good point, Lucky Day.  Thanks for framing the issue that way. 

      • CMT February 18, 2020 (4:55 pm)

        Exactly Lucky Day.   The majority of Catholics support same-sex marriage (https://www.pewforum.org/fact-sheet/changing-attitudes-on-gay-marriage/) and believe that doctrine to the contrary is antiquated, if not an incorrectly twisted interpretation of the original biblical passages.  The Church should reflect the beliefs of the people that comprise it and the Catholic community is struggling to make that happen.  Love is love.

        • BTR February 19, 2020 (7:05 am)

          “The Church should reflect the beliefs of the people that comprise it and the Catholic community is struggling to make that happen. “You seem to fundamentally misunderstand the Catholic Church.  The Catholic Church views itself as a moral authority that is independent of the incidental beliefs of its members, whose beliefs may or may not be misinformed.  That is, in fact, the entire point in asserting the authority of the Magisterium.  Frankly, it is shocking that anyone who believes Catholicism should reflect the beliefs of the masses is Catholic given that the religion basically stands in complete opposition to that principle.  

          • CMT February 21, 2020 (3:55 pm)

            Sorry to shock you, although I don’t believe that I said that Catholicism should reflect the beliefs of the masses, whatever those beliefs may be.   My comment was in the context of same-sex marriage.  The majority of Catholics support same-sex marriage because it is consistent with Jesus’ teachings.  For that reason, the Church should reflect those beliefs.  Vatican II is an example of the Church’s ability to change and evolve.   I and many others remain hopeful that the Church will make changes.

  • CMT February 17, 2020 (2:20 pm)

    If you want to see how many Catholics do not believe that being LGBTQ and living fully as such is wrong or against Christ’s teachings, I would urge you to head down to Kennedy Catholic tomorrow at 1 p.m.  There is a facebook page of parents and alumni concerned about this issue that grew from 0 to over 4,000 in less than 48 hours and has raised  $30,000 to support the teachers that “resigned.”  It is time for change in the church and I hope we see history being made.

    • WSB February 17, 2020 (2:43 pm)

      All of what you mentioned are part of the story. (The group requires membership and I had to join, after a parent told us about it,, to get some of the information, and I imagine some other journalists did the same.) We’ll be among those covering the 1 pm event tomorrow. – TR

      • CMT February 17, 2020 (3:49 pm)

        Oh  – sorry – I didn’t (and still don’t) see the info about being at the school at 1:00 to support the students.   As always, appreciate your coverage!

  • Kadoo February 17, 2020 (7:37 pm)

    Posted in Catholic schools (staff rooms): ‘Canon law supersedes civil law.’ Something similar happened at Eastside Catholic. Religious schools can set whatever requirements they want. I’m just as bothered by what happened as the rest of you but the school’s actions are legal.

    • Ryan Gierach February 20, 2020 (10:37 am)

      Unfortunately, Catholics don’t operate a Christian Sharia state. The state’s laws supercede religious law in this nation.

  • Sixbuck February 17, 2020 (9:27 pm)

    You are correct, but…Legal does not equal Right

    • ROBERT GOULET February 17, 2020 (9:55 pm)

      Exactly.  and that’s why it should be changed.

  • Go Public February 17, 2020 (11:15 pm)

    What? The Archdiocese doesn’t support gay marriage??? Are they going to denounce abortion too? There are several high schools in West Seattle and beyond that support inclusion with happily-married gay educators. If this issue is supremely important to you, Catholic schools may not be right for you. 

    • Sixbuck February 18, 2020 (2:55 am)

      Two completely different and unrelated issues. Red Herring Fallacy

      • BTR February 19, 2020 (7:06 am)

        How are they different at all?  In both cases, people signed up for something that was perfectly clear in advance and then acted surprised at reality.        

  • don February 18, 2020 (7:48 am)

    They would be far better off serving the students if they spent their energy ridding the school and church of pedophiles then firing gay teachers.. 

  • Just Go February 18, 2020 (8:06 am)

    The problem is the parents who ignore their own liberal values and send their kids to Catholic school. The Catholic Church is horrible with respect to gay rights, horrible with respect to women, and horrible with respect to birth control. So don’t be shocked when the misogynistic bigot you signed your kids up with acts like one. 

  • dzag February 18, 2020 (12:48 pm)

    My wife and I who are lifelong Catholics are very sad and disheartened with this news and the insensitivity of the Seattle Archdiocese and Kennedy High School Leadership. My wife is a graduate from Kennedy, and poor administrative behavior such as this has never been supported or condoned by Kennedy or the community. We were looking forward to continuing our family tradition and sending our kids to Kennedy, but as it stands we don’t feel comfortable sending our children there for education.  We need to correct this injustice for us to again consider Kennedy as a possibility. Other Catholic organizations have ended discriminatory and bigotry practices. We feel it’s a shame that Kennedy and the Seattle Archdiocese hasn’t followed suit. We feel that these teachers should have their positions reinstated with a public apology from those involved. We are disappointed that we haven’t heard any statements from  the arch Bishop since this has become national news. We need to learn from past mistakes.  Hopefully this national press, declining enrollment, and peaceful protests will help them change their ways and be the loving organization they promote. 

  • Kathy February 18, 2020 (2:10 pm)

    It’s sad, I had to part company with the Pope 48 years ago due to the Catholic Church’s position on birth control. I would have loved to send my daughter to Catholic schools because they teach great moral values, and confession is good for the soul, however, I could not in conscience do that because of the few areas where I cannot subscribe to their inflexible policies or inflect them on my child.

  • Sillygoose February 18, 2020 (2:16 pm)

    As someone who has studied religious theology in depth I find it so shocking that the Archdiocese has taken this antigay stance completely out of context as well as showing so much ignorance around the reason for this and completely misrepresenting the word of The Lord. As cited in Leviticus 18:22  unequivocally condemn[s] same-sex sexual behavior.” But he theorizes that the ancient Hebrews saw any sexual activity which could not lead to the creation of life as a form of abortion or murder.  Then Jesus was trying to populate the earth hence the reason for this belief.  The bible also stated under this same scripture that intercourse during menstruation, polygamy, concubinage, and slavery  are all for bidden.  This is obsolete or in need of reinterpretation as well,  such laws were intended only for their day and time, such as kosher dietary laws and harvest regulations.  So NO Jesus or God would approve of this type of abandonment to his beloved children.  God loves everyone!!  Shame Shame on this High School and the Archdiocese for punishing 2 amazing teachers.

  • WSB February 18, 2020 (5:08 pm)

    For anyone checking back here, our coverage of this afternoon’s rally is now up:

  • Non-bias, lets educate February 20, 2020 (1:35 pm)

    Bottom line: It’s a private school, private property and therefore they are allowed to have their own rules and stipulations to a degree. Instead of spreading angry context and bringing up issues unrelated to this topic, how about we take a non bias opinion on the matter and look at the facts:What was the teachers contract of employment?Did their terms of employment include this situation or not?If it does, that’s the end of it, if it doesn’t then maybe there some legal action they can take.To take a view and say a private school has to go against their own views isn’t correct. I would highly encourage anyone that wants to voice their opinion to do so, but remember it is just your option based on your life experience and such. If you actually want to advocate for a cause of a belief, then provide some facts, som resources and educate people on the matter.Every religion (which simply means your beliefs) has a right do worship how they choose and especially on their own property.If this was a public school then yes, the opinions above would be more valid, however it is not. Simply, from a business point of view it’s a private school, private property. http://www.irs.gov will provide federal information and facts on some of the rights for private property, private business, and schools. Lets educate each other and our youth more than just state opinions and statements based on valid sources. If someone wants to make a statement, then provide the facts to back it up.   

    • heartless February 20, 2020 (2:30 pm)

      You’ve missed the point, and you’re missing what many, many people in the comments have been saying: that the view of the school is incorrect, regardless of whatever contracts had been signed.  It’s really simple as that. 

      Commenters and students and affiliates of the school are, in general, pointing out that even from a biblical standpoint, there are many issues or directives the church/pope/school/people/whatever choose to ignore–I mean, the bible straight up says people shouldn’t wear clothes made from two different kinds of material (Leviticus 19:19), but the school isn’t upholding that standard, is it? 

      The point then is not whether or not the school has a legal right to do what they did, but rather if what they did is right from a moral, social, or, yes, even religious viewpoint.


      “Every religion (which simply means your beliefs) has a right do worship how they choose and especially on their own property.”

      A)  That has never, ever, anywhere on earth, ever been true.
      B) You should really try not to conflate beliefs with religion.  It is utterly inappropriate and demonstrably untrue.

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