Earlier this week, it was reported that a school teacher was fired after she participated in a same-sex wedding. The female school teacher, who entered into a civil marriage with another woman, ignored the teachings of the Catholic Church, to which she belongs, and violated the terms of her contract. As a result, she was fired.
But the mainstream media saw things very differently. They didn't report the firing as a case of a Catholic school firing an employee for violating the terms of her contact but instead implied that an employee was unjustly fired for marrying a person she loves.
ABC News, for instance, wrote that the teacher was "fired for marrying the love of her life." Similarly, NBC News inaccurately reported that "a Catholic school teacher was fired for being gay." In the majority of stories written on the subject, the story was reported in a rather predictable yet inaccurate way. The school, adhering to out-dated views on marriage and sexuality, fired a qualified teacher for embracing her self-identity and marrying the person she loves.
This was certainly the view attributed to the majority of parents, who apparently are outraged that the teacher has been fired.
"This teacher in particular has made such a contribution to the school," says a mother, according to USA Today. "She never imposes her personal beliefs on others. She just does everything in love. She has a way of teaching that is so amazing.”
There is, however, a different side to the story. National Review, for instance, has claimed that the reporting of the mainstream media has signaled a disrespect for religious liberty.
"Why should anyone be surprised that a Catholic school follows Catholic teachings?" they ask.
National Review then answers: "National news organizations are populated with people who loathe orthodox Christian teaching on sexual orientation and identity, and stories like this are simply advocacy disguised as reporting. They know news articles ratchet up the pressure. They know members of the community respond to negative coverage."
"The media pressure is familiar," continues the National Review. "Reporters who gravitate to sex and identity beats are often activists in disguise, and the stories that interest them are the confrontations between tradition and sexual liberation. They admire lesbian Catholics. They’re drawn to the narrative of the reformer facing the entrenched hierarchy. They see themselves as 'afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted.'"
What was clearly under-reported in this story was the response of the archdiocese. Indeed, according to the Miami Archdiocese, the teacher broke the contact that she originally signed when she was hired as the Catholic school. This contract, which she comprehended and agreed to at the time of her hiring, claimed that she would conduct herself in a moral and ethical manner consistent with Catholic principles.
The contract also clearly stated entering into a same-sex marriage would be grounds for disciplinary action including termination.
According to the archdiocese, “because of the Church's particular function in society, certain conduct, inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, could lead to disciplinary action, including termination, even if it occurs outside the normal working day and outside the strict confines of work performed by the employee for the Archdiocese."
"One has to understand that in any corporation, institution or organization there are policies and procedures and teachings and traditions that are adhered to. If something along the way does not continue to stay within that contract, then we have no other choice," the diocese added.
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