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Petition to Pope Francis

Justice for Catholic high school teacher fired because he supported same-sex marriages

The Case of Mike Moroski    Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati dismissed Mike Moroski, the assistant principal of Purcell Marian High School (Dayton, OH) after he refused to remove a private blog expressing support for same-sex marriages.  Here are the words of Mike Moroski describing the situation that was imposed upon him: On Monday, February 4th [2014] I was given an ultimatum by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  Namely, to take down my post on this site entitled, “Choose Your Battles,” sign a number of documents assuring my silence and keep my job – or, resign. After much deliberation with my wife, family, trusted clergy, professionals from all walks of life and my own meditative silence, I decided not to take the post down, nor to recant my position that “I unabashedly believe gay people SHOULD be allowed to marry. . . .” If I take that post down I would not be able to look at the thousands of former students and families with whom I have worked for twelve years in the eye. . . .   What would I say to all of them if I were to go against my OWN conscience so that I could keep my job . . . ? If any of you Cavaliers [students at Purcell-Marian High School] are reading this, please know that I love you and I am in your corner.  I hope that someday you may come to understand why I am not in my office to share a laugh, a cry or a story. . . .   As I always tried to teach you – NEVER compromise who you are for someone else – and NEVER let anyone make you someone THEY want you to be.  Be strong and take care of one another [. . .] Archbishop Schnurr delivered his ultimatum because he saw himself as responsible for insuring the parents who sent their sons and daughters to Purcell Marian High School that they would encounter teachers entirely supportive of the official Vatican norms that oppose granting civil "marriages" to same-sex couples. Mike Moroski refused to capitulate because, according to his informed conscience, civil same-sex marriages would provide gays and lesbians with a measure of dignity and the protection of their civil rights as “married partners.” According to Archbishop Schnurr, it would appear that free and open discussion of the merits and liabilities of granting civil marriages cannot take place within Catholic schools.  The case here does not imply that Mike Moroski ever promoted any such discussions of this issue among his students. Rather the issue turns entirely on the unwillingness of Mike Moroski to accept the "gag order" mandated by the Archbishop.     The “gag order” of Archbishop Schnurr denies the free speech rights of Mike Moroski both as a citizen and as a Catholic.  More importantly, the Archbishop leaves the impression that Catholic schools do not build character based on informed consent.  Rather, the Archbishop implies that thought-control and conformity to pre-existing decisions substitutes for the free and open exploration of contemporary issues.  As such, Catholic education falls victim to becoming a coercive indoctrination in the service of a false piety. By signing this petition, you are calling upon Pope Francis to intervene in this case (a) by exonerating Mike Moroski of all charges against him, (b) by praising him for his exemplary fortitude in resisting unjust oppression, and (c) by reinstating him with a ten-year teaching contract [should he be willing to accept this]. Furthermore, at a time when free and open discussion is the necessary landscape whereby Catholics everywhere might hope to arrive at an informed understanding of the issues surrounding same-sex marriages, signing this petition urges Pope Francis to challenge Archbishop Schnurr to mend his ways and to reverse the damage he has done by publicly acknowledging to Mike Moroski and the students of Purcell Marian High School that he failed as a Christian and as an Archbishop when he imposed a "gag order" on Mike Moroski.  As a long-time teacher in Catholic schools, I have felt the silent terror of working in an authoritarian environment.  Not a week passes when I don’t hear of another dismissal of the kind reported above.  A single intervention on the part of Pope Francis would give hope to tens of thousands of teachers who face dismissal should they support same-sex marriages.  Pope Francis' intervention would send a clear signal: “Indoctrination is not the heart and soul of Catholic education.”  This intervention would alert administrators everywhere that “mindless conformity” is the toxic authoritarian substitute for the hard work of developing skills for sensitive listening and compassionate acceptance that is at the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Need further details and analysis, click here.

Dr. Aaron Milavec
160 supporters
Started 5 days ago

Petition to Maryland State Education Association, Jabari l

Stand with Nicola, parent fired for standing up against transphobia in Frederick schools

In May 2018 Nicola van Kuilenburg was fired from her job with the Maryland State Education Association after she asked Frederick County Public Schools to not use the slur ‘tranny’ in a school play her son was going to see. Her employer, MSEA, argued that it is a conflict of interest for their staff to advocate for safe and affirming schools for transgender youth in general, and for their employees to want their own children to be safe and affirmed at school. She was also disciplined because GLSEN Maryland reached out to the school involved to discuss working together to help LGBT students.By firing Nicola they sent a strong message that the organization believes it's more important for their staff to defend an educator's right to harm vulnerable and marginalized kids over protecting youth from bullying and stigmatization from adults and peers.This is unacceptable.  We therefore call on MSEA to reinstate Nicola IMMEDIATELY. Nicola is a nationally known and well respected parent advocate and she has worked tirelessly for safe schools. Her family's efforts were vital to the passage of one of the most inclusive policies protecting transgender youth in the US. A policy that MSEA has taken credit for helping to pass, but apparently is unwilling to defend. Nicola is a single mother and the cruel actions of her employer threatens the safety and wellbeing of her family.  

GLSEN Maryland
341 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Michel Aoun, Human Rights Campaign, Lebanese parliament

Let’s Stand Together for LGBTQ+ Equality in Lebanon

Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code harshly states, “Any sexual intercourse contrary to the order of nature is punishable by up to one year in prison.”  It’s not a government’s job to choose what’s natural and what’s not, especially if their “choice” is absurd. Homosexuality is not “unnatural”, it’s simply a sexual preference. Major human rights are being violated by the presence of this article. It is being used as a weapon, expanding to wider ranges of human rights abuses such as the threat to one's privacy and personal freedoms. LGBTs are subjected to arbitrary anal examinations, harassment, and public humiliation. Additionally, what they experience in prison is inhumane and barbaric. The consequences of article 534 proceed to other levels violating economic and social rights, affecting marriage and custody of children, loss of employment with no ability to seek redress. These acts have had negative psychological effects causing damage and its social consequences of stigma and marginalization, even in prison, with lifetime effects destroying one’s social and economical life and valuable contribution to society’s development as an accepted tolerated person. This all goes back to the major reasons why this article exists. Laws are not formed to monitor and punish people on their personal lives and what they do with their bodies, whether they did it or have the intentions to do it. The point of having laws is not to have a punishment, yet to have protection. The intervention of the government and police force in a person’s private life and liberties does not put society as a whole, nor individually, on a better level of protection, yet they violate the rights of each person abide by this constitution – even if the matter is not linked to homosexuality. We aim to make Lebanon a safe country for the LGBT+ community where they can live as freely as any other citizen. ... Sign and share this petition to help the Lebanese LGBT+ community. Share using the hashtags #BanArticle534 & #ENOUGHISENOUGH ... You can find us on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter as @ColorfulLebanon ... Reference: Hammoud, J. (n.d). REPORT TO THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL FOR THE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE REPUBLIC OF LEBANON. Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights. Retrieved from ... Video youtube link: —————————— ساعدونا في إزالة المادة 534 من القانون اللبناني التي تنص بصرامة على أن "كل العلاقات الجنسية المتناقضة مع الطبيعة يعاقب عليها من 3 أشهر إلى سنة واحدة."ويجري انتهاك حقوق الإنسان الرئيسية بوجود هذه المادة. ويجري استخدامه كسلاح. وهو يتسع ليشمل نطاقا أوسع نطاقا من انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان مثل التهديد بالخصوصية والحريات الشخصية. ويتعرض المثليون والمثليون جنسيا ومزدوجو الميل الجنسي ومغايرو الهوية الجنسانية إلى الفحوص الشرجية التعسفية .والتحرش والإذلال العام وتنتقل نتائج المادة 534 إلى مستويات أخرى تنتهك الحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية، وتؤثر على الزواج وحضانة الأطفال، وفقدان فرص العمل دون القدرة على التماس الإنصاف. ولهذه الأفعال آثار نفسية سلبية تسبب أضرارا وعواقبها الاجتماعية للوصم والتهميش، حتى في السجن، وتؤثر آثارها مدى الحياة على الحياة الاجتماعية والاقتصادية والمساهمة القيِّمة في تنمية المجتمع بصفته شخصا مقبولا. هذا كله يعود إلى الأسباب الرئيسية لوجود هذه المادة. ولا تشكل القوانين لمراقبة ومعاقبة الناس على حياتهم الشخصية وما يفعلونه مع أجسادهم، سواء كانوا يفعلون ذلك أو لديهم النية للقيام بذلك. إن وجود قوانين ليس العقاب، بل يجب أن يكون لها حماية. إن تدخل الحكومة وقوات الشرطة في حياة الشخص وحرياته الخاصة لا يضع المجتمع ككل، ولا على مستوى فردي، على مستوى أفضل من الحماية، ولكنه ينتهك حقوق كل شخص يلتزم بهذا الدستور - حتى لو كانت المسألة غير مرتبط بالمثلية الجنسية. يرجى التوقيع على هذا الالتماس ومشاركته لمساعدتنا على وضع حد للمادة 534 التي تستبعد حقوق الإنسان الأساسية —————— !L'article 534 du Code pénal libanais stipule sévèrement: "Tout rapport sexuel contraire à l'ordre de la nature est passible d'une peine d'emprisonnement pouvant aller jusqu'à un an." Les principaux droits de l'homme sont violés par la présence de cet article. Il est utilisé comme une arme. Il s'étend à un éventail plus large de violations des droits de l'homme telles que la menace pour la vie privée et les libertés individuelles. Les LGBT font l'objet d'examens anaux arbitraires, de harcèlement et d'humiliation publique. Ce qu'ils vivent en prison est inhumain et barbare. Les conséquences de l'article 534 se poursuivent à d'autres niveaux violant les droits économiques et sociaux, touchant le mariage et la garde des enfants, la perte d'emploi sans possibilité de recours. Ces actes ont eu des effets psychologiques négatifs causant des dommages et leurs conséquences sociales de la stigmatisation et de la marginalisation, même en prison, avec des effets destructeurs sur la vie sociale et économique et une contribution précieuse au développement de la société en tant que personne tolérée. Tout cela revient aux principales raisons pour lesquelles cet article existe. Les lois ne sont pas formées pour surveiller et punir les gens sur leur vie personnelle et ce qu'ils font de leur corps, qu'ils l'aient fait ou qu'ils aient l'intention de le faire. Le point d'avoir des lois n'est pas d'avoir une punition, mais d'avoir une protection. L'intervention du gouvernement et de la police dans la vie privée et les libertés d'une personne ne met pas la société dans son ensemble, ni individuellement, sur un meilleur niveau de protection, pourtant elle viole les droits de chacun de respecter cette constitution - même si l'affaire n'est pas lié à l'homosexualité. Nous visons à faire du Liban un pays sûr pour la communauté LGBT+ où ils peuvent vivre aussi librement que n'importe quel autre citoyen.

Colorful Lebanon
11,933 supporters