Target: President of Seton Hall University Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban
Goal: Rehire the priest who was fired for supporting the LGBT community.
Campus Priest Warren Hall has been removed from his position as director of the Seton Hall University campus ministry after making a post on Facebook that supported the understanding of the LGBT community from the “NO H8” campaign five months ago. Hall thought the incident had blown over but it is evident in his removal that the university was not comfortable with his continued presence on campus.
Seton Hall has a history of not being inclusive to the LGBT community. In 2011 the school was sued by a gay student who claimed that the university was discriminating. The school has also been sued for not allowing an LGBT group on campus.
While Hall is gay, he did not post his statement on Facebook because of his sexual orientation. His message was more oriented towards opposing hate based upon race. However, because his message supported the NOH8 campaign which promotes marriage equality and the end of bullying against the LGBT community, Hall was fired since the church is against same-sex marriage and the university did not want to make the statement that it is against the church. Politics of the church should not interfere with the Reverend being fired with the statement he had made.
Sign this petition to show your support for Warren Hall and ensure that he is offered his job back.
Dear Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban,
I am writing this letter to express disapproval in the actions that resulted on the firing of campus priest Warren Hall for supporting the pro-LGBT campaign “NO H8.”
Catholic Universities have a long history of being institutions in which conventional ideas are challenged. Yet, because your university does not want to go against the Catholic Church, it was decided that the Reverend must be fired. This sets a precedent for your students that they should not challenge authority. This is not a reputation that a university would want to have. Furthermore, college is a time for students to speak their minds and voice their opinions. If a well-respected reverend is fired for voicing his opinion, this may diminish students of your university from speaking their own minds.
Faculty, staff, and students of Seton Hall University deserve to be part of an inclusive and understanding environment that fosters the understanding and tolerance of the LGBT community. By firing Warren Hall, you send the message to the Seton Hall University community that only people with a certain sexual orientation are welcome on campus.
Above all, I am disappointed and believe that it was a mistake that Seton Hall University chose fear instead of love when firing Warren Hall. Please show your support for the LGBT community and offer Hall his job back.
[Your Name Here]
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