Fight for Mr. Zimmerman's right to teach!

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Jim Zimmerman is a teacher at Archbishop Alter High School, which is a Catholic school, he has taught English there for 23 years. He is the favorite teacher for many of the students and well known by students who don't even have him in class. He is a teacher who does not just teach the curriculum but also teaches important life lessons.

His class is always fun to be in and he is constantly entertaining his students keeping them engaged. He has puzzle Fridays which almost everyone loves. But recently the student body has found out that his contract with the Archdiocese had not been renewed. It was not renewed because of who he is married to: a man. This is seen as not right in the Church, but to take away someone's job for this reason is outrageous.

The Church has always told me and my fellow students to love and accept others. 1 Peter 4:8, "Above all, LOVE each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." Also, In Romans 15:7 it says, "Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepts you, in order to bring praise to God."

But what the Archdiocese is doing is not accepting nor loving Mr. Zimmerman but pushing him away just because who he loves. Mr. Zimmerman acknowledges the love that everyone should have because he himself is a Christian. I have heard in many homilies to accept and love others and I think the Archdiocese needs to listen to their own advice. Stand with the student body and Mr. Zimmerman and please sign the petition and help us fight to get his deserved job back.