Target: Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Goal: Condemn the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for firing Assistant Principal Michael Moroski.
Michael Moroski, the former assistant principal of Purcell Marian High School, wrote on his personal blog in support of the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry. When Moroski’s employer, the Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, found out about his personal blog comments, they put him on administrative leave and gave him an ultimatum: recant the statements about same-sex marriage or face being fired. Moroski bravely refused to recant.
In his personal blog, Moroski went on to say, “After twelve years of working with teenagers whose respect I have earned, I simply can’t teach them the wrong lesson now and deny my convictions. I would not be able to look them in the eye. I have tried to instill a sense of faith and fortitude in all of them regarding issues of justice for my entire adult life. I did not turn down the Archdiocese’s terms in spite of my faith. I turned them down because of my faith.” For Michael Moroski, his faith is one of love and acceptance, not hatred and intolerance. Supporting the rights of same-sex couples is not a betrayal of his Catholicism, but rather a view in line with his belief in a loving deity worthy of worship.
On February 11th, 2013, despite a massive public push for Moroski to keep his job, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati went ahead with its plans to fire him. Michael Moroski, who had the courage to stand up for same-sex marriage rights, has now lost a job where he has done (and would have continued to do) much good in the lives of teenagers, including gay teenagers. By signing this petition, you will stand in solidarity with Moroski and other people of faith who believe that the rights of same-sex couples to marry are perfectly in line with the “family values” espoused by our churches.
Dear Archdiocese of Cincinnati,
Recently, you fired Assistant Principal Michael Moroski for refusing to recant his view that gay and lesbian couples deserve equal marriage rights. While you may believe that this view is in line with your religion, consider that the interpretation of religious doctrine has been known to change with human progress. Many years after the fact, your Church has apologized to Galileo Galilei and admitted that his then-controversial scientific views were accurate, although during his lifetime, he was forced to recant. With marriage equality making gains in the UK and multiple states throughout the United States, it is only a matter of time before discrimination against same-sex partnerships will be universally agreed upon as being as backwards and outdated as denying scientific progress.
I am writing to express my disappointment that you have allowed intolerance and bigotry to become intertwined with your faith. Though you may not realize it, there are probably gay youths at Purcell Marian High School, and the example you have set for them is a world in which people are ostracized for expressing support for our society’s vulnerable. This action is not in line with the Christian belief of taking care of those who need protection the most, something Michael Moroski understood in his faith.
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