For all the SJW bitching about inane bullshit that has no bearing on anything, there are ACTUAL cases of anti-gay bigotry that go completely unpunished. But for once, as angry as this makes me, it’s nice to see the community coming to defense of the wronged person. Every time I hear the likes of Anita Sarkeesian bitching about something in movies that has nothing to do with anything, we get stories about Jocelyn Morffi, the latest in a long history of people whose livelihoods are destroyed because of something that as FUCK ALL to do with her job. Gotta love all that religious “tolerance.” I hate that term, and I still use it here. I believe acceptance of the LGBT community comes when we don’t have to “tolerate” them, but instead are just as apathetic about them as we are about anyone else. But in this context, the term is fitting.
Jocelyn was a teacher at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School. A private institution which it seems has a moral clause in their contract about not being gay. Because being gay is so immoral. I guess it didn’t stop them from hiring her, which sure is weird if this clause is so fucking important to them. I mean, it’s not like they decided to ignore their own “morality” clause when they gave a woman who CLEARLY qualified this job. However, they decided that they were going to clamp down on this when she decided to post pictures of her wedding with her wife on her social media accounts. An activity that would NEVER be scrutinized by anyone is straight people did it.
After posting pictures of her wedding, the school fired her. They called it a “difficult by necessary decision” in an open letter. Um, what? This is especially weird to me since this woman apparently was openly gay. So, she wasn’t closeted and hired without the school knowing what she’s like. Okay. Then what made this particular incident the thing that pushed the needle over the edge? It wasn’t her posting online telling all the kids that being gay is cool (even though I would still argue that there’s nothing wrong with that either. Plenty of gay kids who are scared of how they feel could use some encouragement to accept who they are from figures in their community they trust). She just posted pics of her wedding. A totally reasonable thing to do. It’s done by people all the fucking time.
What’s nice about this is that the community came to her defense. Many parents said that she was openly gay, but never forced it on the kids, and is an amazing teacher, so they don’t get what the problem is here. Good fucking question. In a private meeting with school officials, it seems that a group of parents hasn’t gotten a clear answer on why this woman was fired. Boy, it sure does look like this school decided that they don’t have a moral clause about being gay being bad (which religious schools can get away with because they are associated with religion, though we’ll get back to what bullshit that is in respect to this kind of institution very quickly) when they hired this woman, but suddenly have it now that they want to give her the boot, doesn’t it? Hm, that’s odd. Makes me wonder if there’s something that could actually be taken to court, doesn’t it?
A school official was saying that there is a moral turpitude clause in her contract, which she violated. Okay, but that doesn’t hold up if she was openly gay when she was hired. Was the clause that she can be openly gay, but not post anything online? Does it make that clear? What was the point that she crossed the line on this if the parents of all of these kids knew that she is gay before this? Was this just an opportune moment to shit-can her? Feels like it.
All of this is beside the point, though. What blows my fucking mind is that Catholic schools can have some big hang-up on morality when it comes to sexuality with how many pedophiles are currently in their ranks. That feels more than a touch bit hypocritical. Don’t you think? Could Father Child Toucher get a job there? After all, the church goes out of their way not to disclose all the pedophiles in their ranks so they can be brought to justice, so is that part of your bullshit moral turpitude clause too? Or would the school do as the church does and find a way to defend them or quietly sleep the whole thing under the rug. As we found out, the church has a fund dedicated solely to paying off the families of children who are sexually abused by priests so they won’t talk. Does the school rise to that same “moral” standard? Valid question, if you ask me.
This poor woman. A friend of mine who has been Catholic for so long mostly because of her mother who she was incredibly close to while she was still alive has had her faith shaken. It blows my mind how religious bigotry is so easy to justify, so long as you put it in a fucking contract. But the fact that this woman never hid her sexual orientation and the school still hiring her and deciding now to fire her does indicate that she’s got some legal ammo to go after them. This seems insanely hypocritical.
The PR lesson is this – if you are going to be a bigoted institution, then either keep to your bigoted positions and tell qualified people to piss off because they like the same gender, or don’t. Because I genuinely do think she has a legal leg to stand on when it comes to fucking up this school’s day, and I hope she does. Fuck Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School. If my suspicion is right, then I hope they end up shelling out big to this poor woman who lost a job she loved because of something that shouldn’t have mattered in the fucking first place.
Until next time, a quote,
“Some people are really fucking stupid.” – George Carlin