Monday, March 24, 2014

What do the RC Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Russia have in common?

In Vladimir Putin's Russia, it is officially illegal to support LGBT rights, because it is "gay propaganda". In the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, same thing holds.

Now, we know after a spate of recent firings across the US that out gay teachers in Catholic schools, and musicians in churches, aren't welcome if they get married. But now, even saying you believe in civil rights for gay folks is grounds for firing.

This codifies what happened to an Assistant Principal at a Catholic high school in Cincinnati, who wrote on his personal blog that he supported marriage. THere is no evidence that he brought that opinion to school, this was his own blog. "Recant!" he was told, but he wasn't going to lie, so out he goes. He wasn't even gay, but a married straight ally.

Now, the Archdiocese has made it explicit that merely supporting LGBT rights in grounds for termination. The HRC points out that this might mean simply receiving an HRC email may be grounds for termination.

Think about it.  Apparently if you are a teacher in a Catholic school, you aren't only supposed to be an exemplar in the classroom, you aren't allowed to have any personal views that differ.

When you realize that upwards of 60% of Catholics support marriage equality, you wonder how long this will last.

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