Remember the Kids Who Protested When Their Gay Administrator was Forced to Resign? This Catholic Wants Them Expelled

A few days ago, upon finding out that Vice Principal Mark Zmuda was forced to resign from Eastside Catholic High School (in Seattle, Washington) for the Jesus-induced crime of being a gay man who married the love of his life, 300 students at the school staged a protest in his honor:

Rebecca Hamilton, a Catholic blogger here on Patheos and a long-time member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, was appalled by what happened.

I mean how dare those administrators, right?! Wait… no. She’s perfectly fine with them. It’s the students she has it out for:

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Catholic Students Protest on Behalf of Gay Assistant Principal Who Was Fired for Getting Married

In case you needed more evidence that Catholic school students are often kinder, more decent people than Church officials, just look at what happened at Eastside Catholic High School (in Seattle, Washington) today.

On Tuesday, Assistant Principal Mark Zmuda was forced to resign from his position after school officials confronted him about his sexual orientation and summer wedding. Tomorrow will be his last day at school thanks to the “loving,” “grace-filled” nature of the Catholic Church.

But the students at the school weren’t taking that decision lightly. Today, they staged protests online, on Twitter, in the cafeteria, and outside the school:

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London School of Economics Apologizes for Censoring Atheists Who Wore ‘Jesus & Mo’ Shirts

Two months ago, Abhishek Phadnis and Chris Moos, students at the London School of Economics, were manning a table for their school’s atheist group at an organizational fair when they were told they had to remove their “offensive” shirts that featured the title characters from the webcomic Jesus & Mo:

When we asked what rules or regulations we were in breach of, they told us that they did not need to give reasons for removing students, and we would be informed at a later point in time. As we refused to take off our t-shirts or leave without appropriate explanation, we were told that LSE security would be called to physically remove us from the building. We came to the Freshers’ Fair to promote our society to new students. Our ability to do that was heavily curtailed by the actions of the LSESU staff. We especially felt that the abrasive behaviour of the LSESU staff was not aimed at protecting other students from harm, but rather an attempt [to] humiliate us in front of dozens of students.

The next day, in protest, they wore the shirts again, this time with tape over the images of the characters with the phrases “This has been censored” and “Nothing to see here” written on it. That didn’t go over well, either:

Shortly after midday, the LSESU Deputy Chief Executive Jarlath O’Hara approached us, demanding we take the t-shirts off as per his instructions of the previous day. We explained to him that we had covered the “offensive” parts this time, and offered to use our tape to cover any other areas deemed “offensive”. He refused to hear us out, insisting that if we did not take off the whole t-shirt, LSE Security would be called to bodily remove us from the premises. He left, warning us that he was summoning LSE Security to eject us.

Keep in mind these were not offensive images of Jesus or Muhammad. It was criticism of religious ideas, not Muslims. Yet, the students were told to change their clothes because they were “offending” people. It was ridiculous, spurring many students to wear Jesus & Mo shirts of their own on campus in protest.

Today, the LSE issued an apology to Moos and Phadnis. And it’s about damn time:

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Catholic School Officials Fire Engaged Teachers for Having Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancy, but There’s a Happy Ending

Remember that innkeeper who told Mary and Joseph they might as well sleep in the stable because there was no room at the inn? That’s what came to mind as I read about Sean Houlihan and Natalie Ferland.

Both were teachers at Lawrence Catholic Academy in Massachusetts, a school describing itself on its website as “a community of believers who strive to permeate the school with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.” Houlihan and Ferland were friends and colleagues for years before they began dating last spring. When Ferland discovered in October that she was pregnant, the pair made plans to marry.

When the school’s principal and the affiliated priest became aware of the situation, however, Lawrence Catholic Academy fired both Ferland and Houlihan for violating their employment contracts, which require them “to adhere to the teachings and principles of the Catholic Church.” Out-of-wedlock pregnancies, even with the sincere intention of marriage, go against Church teachings.

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All Four GOP Candidates to Become the Next Lieutenant Governor of Texas Embrace Creationism

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how all four Republican candidates to become the next Lieutenant Governor of Texas embrace Creationism:

You can read more about how Texas is screwed if they elect any of these buffoons here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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