Target: Superintendent Luvern Gubbels, Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines, Iowa
Goal: Re-hire teacher fired for being gay.
A substitute teacher who was offered a permanent position at Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines, Iowa was recently denied the job because of his sexual orientation. Tyler McCubbin, a teacher popular with the school’s student body, was denied the position after a search of his social media profiles revealed he was in a same-sex relationship. When local students and parents began to criticize the decision, the school sent out a mass newsletter referring to McCubbin’s lifestyle as “sinful.”
Seniors at the school described Mr. McCubbin as a passionate, fun teacher, while the school’s initial job offer implies that he was a competent educator. He was not only denied the job due to his sexual orientation, but will also no longer be allowed to teach at the school as a substitute. While this type of discrimination is usually illegal under Iowa law, the school is able to get away with it due to its label as a religious institution.
While the Catholic Bible does call homosexuality a sin, it also teaches acceptance, respect, and tolerance, and urges followers to “judge not, lest ye be judged.” By denying a man a job due to his sexual orientation, the school is choosing to follow minor details rather than the bigger, more important tenets of Catholicism, all the while projecting the impression that bigotry and intolerance is acceptable. Sign the petition below to demand that Dowling Catholic High School reverse its decision and give Tyler McCubbin fair consideration for the position regardless of his sexual orientation.
Dear Superintendent Luvern Gubbels,
A man was recently denied a job as a teacher due to his sexual orientation. Tyler McCubbin, a passionate and dedicated substitute teacher, was passed over for a permanent position at Dowling Catholic High School after it was revealed that he was in a same-sex relationship. He was also banned from ever substituting at the school again, and a newsletter was sent out accusing him of being “sinful.”
One of the main teachings of the Catholic faith is to practice love and tolerance at all times. By choosing to judge another person based upon a small portion of the Bible’s teachings, the school is ignoring the most important bits. We, the undersigned, condemn your poor interpretation of Catholicism’s teachings, and demand that Mr. McCubbin is given a fair chance at the position.
[Your Name Here]
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