Students at Catholic School of Washington protest after two teachers fired because of same-sex relationships
Two teachers at Washington’s Kennedy Catholic School were fired last week due to their same-sex relations, that spiraled to the students’ protests against the school’s decision.
Paul Danforth and Michele Beattie were the popular teachers at the school and they did nothing wrong to be fires except that fact that they were in same-sex relations. And as Kennedy Catholic School is a private school, they have the right to set the rules and make both students and the employees follow them. So Danforth and Beattie were dismissed because the institution believes homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.”
But the school didn’t take into account the possible resentment from the students. Tuesday two separate protests against the Catholic school’s actions were held in addition to the students’ attempt to help the teachers.
Shortly after 10 a.m., Kennedy Catholic students made signs and staged a sit-in that clogged some of the school’s hallways. At 1 p.m., they walked out, meeting a crowd of several hundred people waiting at the bottom of the school’s front steps. They spilled out onto the lawn and spoke into a microphone in front of a banner that read, “Who would Jesus fire? #LoveisLove.” Kids and adults peered out through the school’s open windows.
Besides, via GoFundMe, the grateful students were able to raise more than $33,000.
And although the protest would unlikely help the teachers to get their job back, the protests served as a reminder that practicing Catholics don’t always agree with or care about the Church’s stated “values.” They belong to the Church for other reasons. But the bigotry can’t be separated from the institution.