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Church "Laws" Clearly Enforced on Selective Basis

Letter to the Editor

As a 1993 graduate of Lauralton Hall in Milford, I was ashamed to read the article about two teachers who were forced to resign simply because they are gay. Citing Catholic law as the reason for the firing is just an excuse. I find it hypocritical that the church will pick and choose which "laws" it will enforce. A lesbian teacher in an all-girls school is unacceptable, but Catholic priests molesting little boys is forgivable.

Teaching in a Catholic school is not glamorous. Those who choose to do so are in it for the right reasons; it's certainly not for the money or the fame. They do it because teaching is what they love to do.

The article stated the teachers were "extremely well-liked and respected." These teachers have done nothing wrong and should be judged only by their performance in the classroom, not their private lives.

As a prospective teacher myself, I am unnerved by the prospect of schools overlooking federal anti-discrimination laws when making decisions. The Catholic Church does not have the authority to supercede federal law.

I encourage all students, alumnae and parents of Lauralton Hall to voice their disapproval of the school's decision to fire these teachers. If the school is not ruled by reason, perhaps they will listen when their financial wells run dry.

Related Stories:

July 2, 2002 - Lesbians' Firings Fuels Outrage

July 2, 2002 - Letter to Editor: Gospels' Voice Marred

July 2, 2002 - Letter to Editor: Punishing Pair's Love Makes Alumna Ashamed

June 29, 2002 - Lawyers Don't Agree on Firing of Lesbians

June 28, 2002 - Lauralton Will Oust Two Lesbians

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