Goal: Polly Skinner, Principal of Eastside Catholic
Target: Condemn Eastside Catholic for firing beloved teacher because he married his male partner
Up until recently, Mark Zmuda was the beloved vice principal of Eastside Catholic in Washington State. He has held a variety of roles during his time teaching, including math teacher, swim coach, and department chair, but in the end everyone knew him as a great and supportive member of the administration.
The affection the Eastside Catholic community has for Mark Zmuda is obvious from the protests that occurred after he was forced to resign for marry his male partner.
Marriage should be a time of celebration and love. Instead, it has cost Mark Zmuda his job. As a private school, Eastside Catholic is not legally obligated to allow Mark Zmuda to continue acting as vice principal. But by firing a teacher simply for marrying his partner, Eastside Catholic is setting a horrible example for the students who go to school there. Not only is the school instilling the idea that it is morally alright to discriminate against gay individuals, Eastside Catholic is also denying its students the opportunity to be led by an excellent man who has proven himself in the educational community through years of hard work.
Let Eastside Catholic know that their decision to fire Mark Zmuda was unfair.
Dear Polly Skinner,
I know that you believed you were acting according to the contracts that all Eastside Catholic administrators and teachers are supposed to sign, when you forced Mark Zmuda to resign. But many of the students who attend Eastside Catholic, in addition to their parents, do not approve of your decision.
Mark Zmuda was a well-loved figure at Eastside Catholic. The only reason he was asked to step down was because he married his same-sex partner.
While Eastside Catholic has to adhere to the tenements of the Catholic religion, firing Mark Zmuda was unethical and against the Catholic religion. After all, Pope Francis has urged members of the Catholic faith to not judge homosexuals.
Legally, Eastside Catholic is allowed to fire whomever it wants. But if Eastside Catholic were really following its faith, you would not have fired Mark Zmuda.
Can you imagine having to choose between your job and the man you love? Mark Zmuda had to make that choice. Luckily, he chose the man he loves. No one should have to make that choice in the first place, though. Eastside Catholic was wrong to force him to resign.
[Your Name Here]
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