Demand Justice for Teachers Forced to Resign Because of LGBTQ Status

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Target: Paul D. Etienne, Archbishop of Seattle

Goal: Demand that Kennedy Catholic High School rehire teachers Paul Danforth and Michelle Beattie after forcing them to resign because of their sexual orientation.

A Catholic high school in Burien, Washington recently forced two teachers, Paul Danforth and Michelle Beattie, to resign because of their same-sex relationships. The school, which claims that the teachers’ lifestyles conflict with Catholic beliefs, is a religious establishment and therefore exempt from Washington’s state law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Paul Danforth and Michelle Beattie are valuable and well-liked educators who the school itself has described as “highly capable, gifted, and qualified.” In return for their dedication to the school and its students, they have been unjustly forced to give up their jobs as a result of committing to their partners. This is a violation of rights that sends a message of intolerance and bigotry to the community of Burien and to the young adults of Kennedy Catholic High School.

While the school claims that Danforth and Beattie’s sexual orientation amounts to disobeying the Catholic Church, it has taken no such action against divorced teachers, who are also in technical violation of the church’s teachings. This is an attack on the LGBTQ community under the guise of religious freedom. Urge the Archbishop of Seattle to reverse this decision and set a positive precedent.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Archbishop Etienne,

Paul Danforth and Michelle Beattie were unjustly forced to resign from their teaching positions at Kennedy Catholic High School. Although Danforth has taught at Kennedy for 10 years and the school has described both teachers as “highly capable, gifted, and qualified,” they have been removed from their roles because of their sexual orientation.

While the school claims that these teachers are in violation of church law, these laws are subject to the interpretation of religious leaders who must determine whether their enforcement aligns with the true principles of Catholicism. Forcing two dedicated teachers from their jobs and depriving their students of consistent educators and role models is an act of hatred and fear, not Christian love.

I urge you to consider the detrimental effects of Kennedy Catholic High School’s decision and to use your authority to direct the rehiring of Paul Danforth and Michelle Beattie. This is an opportunity to send a powerful message of acceptance that reflects the teachings of Jesus himself rather than the fear and ignorance that humans often fall victim to.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jeffrey Keefer




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5 Comments

  1. Were these teachers telling kids that they should become gay because they are? I seriously doubt it! If they can do their job teaching, then what is the problem? The Catholic Church needs to “chill” and show compassion. I believe that’s also in the Bible.

  2. Jennifer Day says:

    This is disgusting discrimination!!! The people who fired him MUST be fire!!! They are promoting hate which is unacceptable!! 1 in 10 people are gay!!! It’s 2020 this is horrific to treat someone like this!!
    Fire the staff that fired him and give him his jog back no question!!! What is wrong with these people? We need better people educating our children… not repressive people!! This is disgusting!!

  3. A Catholic high school in Burien, Washington recently forced two teachers, Paul Danforth and Michelle Beattie, to resign because of their same-sex relationships.
    F— your vile and evil Catholic High School. What right have you bastards got to make these two people resign because of their sexual orientation.
    The Catholic Religion is responsible for the rape and suffering of thousands of precious and innocent kids over the years that were raped and many taking their own lives.
    So shut you lowlife bloody mouths.

  4. So is OK for kids in a Godly environment to be educated by homosexuals and lesbians? Even if there is no education involved these people were in a God reflected environment. God does not endorse sexual relations of the same sex. Personal choices cannot be forced to the rest of society. Well done.

  5. Ass holes are u not awareTHAT U ARE BORN WITH THE GENES!! WOMAN HAS X AND Y GENES. MAN HAS ONLY ONLY ONE Y GENE
    SOOOO IT IS THE MAN S GENE THAT DECIDES ON THE SEX OF THE CHILD
    DO U CHASTISE THE BROWN HAIR AGAINST THE BLONDE HAIR PERSONS !!! GET REAL PEOPLE. I WORK WITH GAY PEOPLE, THEY ARE THE SAME AS U AND ME !!!! ONLY MORE ARTISTIC AND COMPETENT IN THEIR WORK. and I am 71 yrs and see it all
    Sooo don’t have a better than thou attitude stupids !!!

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