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Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Claim Against Georgia Catholic School
NPR ^ | 07/09/2014 | ADAM RAGUSEA

Posted on 07/09/2014 12:45:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

For the past four years, Flint Dollar has been teaching music at Mount de Sales Academy, a Catholic school in Macon, Ga. He is, by all accounts, beloved by his students.

But Dollar won't be leading the band or teaching the chorus in the fall. His contract was not renewed after administrators found out he plans to marry a man.

Under federal anti-discrimination laws, employers are not prohibited from hiring or firing people on the basis of sexual orientation. Dollar is working to change that.

He says when he was hired, he was honest with school administrators about his sexual orientation. But a month ago, just as Dollar was letting his students out for summer, he was called to see the school president.

"When you're called in the last part of the day on the last day of the week, it's not a good sign," Dollar says. "I was told that ... the bishop of the Diocese of Savannah called and expressed his concern that if I was to return it would be against the teachings of the Catholic Church."

What changed? Well, Dollar had announced on Facebook that he plans to marry his longtime partner in Minnesota this summer. The Catholic Church's position against same-sex marriage is clear, and the diocese says it supports the school in its decision to let Dollar go.

School officials, without addressing this case specifically, released a statement saying they have to consider an employee's ability to teach Catholic doctrine when making staff decisions.

"I was told very specifically I didn't do anything wrong, that there were no parent complaints, no student complaints, but regardless, I would not be returning," Dollar says. "I'm still kind of processing that."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholic; gay; homosexuality; lawsuit

1 posted on 07/09/2014 12:45:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 07/09/2014 12:46:46 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

And so it begins.


3 posted on 07/09/2014 12:47:09 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Global Warming is caused by illegal immigrants!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“I’m still kind of processing that.”

You need to upgrade your CPU buddy.


4 posted on 07/09/2014 12:48:42 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: VRW Conspirator

Of course, the guy acts like “Gee whiz! Why they picking on me!” when he himself picked the fight, probably to further the usual agenda.


5 posted on 07/09/2014 12:48:44 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: MNDude

Its probably infected with a virus, which slows down processing.


6 posted on 07/09/2014 12:49:53 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: SeekAndFind

They will keep suing until they win.


7 posted on 07/09/2014 12:49:58 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SeekAndFind
Flint Dollar

This guy missed his calling. Would have been a great old--fashioned country music singer...or maybe a NASCAR driver.

8 posted on 07/09/2014 12:50:15 PM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: madprof98

They shouldn’t have hired him in the first place, even though he kept it more or less in the closet. When he shoved it in their faces, they had no choice. Scandalize the community, or fire the faggot ... Looks like poofy-boy gotta go. Bye.


9 posted on 07/09/2014 12:53:19 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: NorthMountain

Teh church does not discrimiante against gay just because they may have the prediliction toward the same sex, just like they would not discriminate against a married man who may secretely be attracted to anotehr woman. It only because a moral issue when the urge is acted upon. Once this teacher decided to “marry” a man, he made the decision that was inconsistent with the mission of the Catholic school.


10 posted on 07/09/2014 12:59:01 PM PDT by CWW (Pray for God's Protection!)
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To: NorthMountain
"They shouldn’t have hired him in the first place"

But they did, knowing he was homosexual. Now they want
to fire him for being too homosexual? Good luck with that.

11 posted on 07/09/2014 12:59:53 PM PDT by Sparklite
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To: madprof98

RE: Of course, the guy acts like “Gee whiz! Why they picking on me!” when he himself picked the fight

I’m not sure if the school has actually explained to him what the Catholic church stands for when it comes to homosexuality.

Homosexuality is considered in Catholic Church teaching under two distinct aspects.

1) Homosexuality as an orientation is considered an “objective disorder” because seen as “ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil”, but not as sinful.

IN THIS SENSE, the school hired him KNOWING he has this disorder.

2) Homosexuality as sexual activity is seen as a “moral disorder” and “homosexual acts” as “contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.

The Catholic Church believes that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and opposes introduction of same-sex marriage. The Church also holds that same-sex unions are an unfavorable environment for children and that the legalization of such unions damages society.

And because Marriage is considered a holy sacrament, the church will not allow their employees to OPENLY profane this institution.

So, the first question that needs to be asked is this — DID THE SCHOOL EXPLAIN TO HIM WHEN THEY HIRED HIM — HOW THEY EXPECT THEIR TEACHERS TO CONDUCT THEMSELVES MORALLY?


12 posted on 07/09/2014 1:01:26 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Sparklite; NorthMountain

I’m not sure if the school has actually explained to him what the Catholic church stands for when it comes to homosexuality.

Homosexuality is considered in Catholic Church teaching under two distinct aspects.

1) Homosexuality as an orientation is considered an “objective disorder” because seen as “ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil”, but not as sinful.

IN THIS SENSE, the school hired him KNOWING he has this disorder with the expectation that he could practice SELF-CONTROL.

2) Homosexuality as sexual activity is seen as a “moral disorder” and “homosexual acts” as “contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.

The Catholic Church believes that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and opposes introduction of same-sex marriage. The Church also holds that same-sex unions are an unfavorable environment for children and that the legalization of such unions damages society.

And because Marriage is considered a holy sacrament, the church will not allow their employees to OPENLY profane this institution.

So, the first question that needs to be asked is this — DID THE SCHOOL EXPLAIN TO HIM WHEN THEY HIRED HIM — HOW THEY EXPECT THEIR TEACHERS TO CONDUCT THEMSELVES MORALLY?


13 posted on 07/09/2014 1:02:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Sparklite; CWW
Now they want to fire him for being too homosexual? Good luck with that.

Oh, he's gone ...he doesn't have a legal leg to stand on.

I know the Roman Church distinguishes between being tempted to sin (sodomy, in this case) and actually doing it. He apparently had a 'longtime partner' ... I think most people know what that means. The school, and other Christian schools, would be well advised not to ignore such things in the future.

14 posted on 07/09/2014 1:03:29 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: SeekAndFind

So let me see if I get this right. A poofter gets hired by the Catholic Church, comes out and declares he’s getting married to another poofter, and he’s surprised they didn’t renew his contract?

Things that make you go huh.


15 posted on 07/09/2014 1:16:03 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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RE: Things that make you go huh.

Well, that’s assuming the courts will use common sense in their decision.

But with the courts packed with Obama judges, I’m afraid the decision will make us go DOUBLE ‘huh’...


16 posted on 07/09/2014 1:22:26 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: AFreeBird

RE: A poofter gets hired by the Catholic Church, comes out and declares he’s getting married to another poofter

BTW, according to the article, he already came out when he was interviewed.

The school hired him anyway.


17 posted on 07/09/2014 1:23:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Flint Dollar?

Okay ......


18 posted on 07/09/2014 1:26:21 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I taught in Catholic schools and if I publicly declared I was having an affair with a women outside of marriage, I’d be let go. I had to publicly comply with the teachings of the Catholic church, it was in the contract that I signed.


19 posted on 07/09/2014 1:29:24 PM PDT by pleasenotcalifornia
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To: SeekAndFind

So unfair to cut him off from a prime recruitment center like a school full of young people.


20 posted on 07/09/2014 1:42:03 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: pleasenotcalifornia

RE: I taught in Catholic schools and if I publicly declared I was having an affair with a women outside of marriage, I’d be let go.

But if you were single, that would be OK... :)


21 posted on 07/09/2014 1:42:16 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: CWW

Would they be able to discriminate against a married man who was NOT currently involved in a adulterous affair, but openly admitted he was pursuing an affair with any woman who would say yes to his advances?

This school hired the guy while they knew he was (Presumably) an active homosexual. If homosexual “marriage” was legal in Georgia this guy could have a case under a “living Constitution” judge.


22 posted on 07/09/2014 1:59:56 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He wasn’t “fired”. His contract wasn’t renewed. Happens all the time.


23 posted on 07/09/2014 2:04:59 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Remember Mississippi!)
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To: CWW

Exactly. When I was a young lad, we had a pastor at our church that most of the kids loved. He was young and really brought fun to our Sunday School classes, etc...

But, when he started having multiple affairs, and the church found out about it, the church fired him.

Had he never made it known or better yet, he NOT did the deed, the church wouldn’t have said crap, but once you obviously thumb your nose at the very things you are attempting to espouse to others, will your students/parishioners really be able to listen or believe or follow you?

The church had no other option but to end this guys employment - period.


24 posted on 07/09/2014 2:06:26 PM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Contract Employee for a specified period of Time.

At the end of the Contracted Agreement, another Contract was not offered.

Nobody got Fired, period.


25 posted on 07/09/2014 2:10:41 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (THEY LIVE, and we're the only ones wearing the Sunglasses...)
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To: rollo tomasi

RE: This school hired the guy while they knew he was (Presumably) an active homosexual

I’m not sure if he told the school that he was “active” or not. All we know is he told the school about his orientation during the initial interview.


26 posted on 07/09/2014 2:18:56 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Kickass Conservative
The thing is if the Bishop stated what this male pole smoker said that his sexual behavior was the reason for not renewing vs. the Bishop just denied extension for no reason is an important part of the story.

In the “progressive” mindset that is not renewing because of anti-discrimination; such as saying we are not renewing because you have dark brown skin.

If the Bishop really did state this reason, he is a very short-sighted individual. Deny extension without reason, end of story.

27 posted on 07/09/2014 2:20:16 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why play with legal fire? I would not have hired him in the first place if sexual fetishes came up. Sign a morality clause and oversee it period.


28 posted on 07/09/2014 2:22:34 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Back in Georgia, Dollar is playing organ part time at a Presbyterian church . . ."

Playing the organ is what got him into this situation.

29 posted on 07/09/2014 2:29:36 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: rollo tomasi

Agreed...


30 posted on 07/09/2014 2:35:57 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (THEY LIVE, and we're the only ones wearing the Sunglasses...)
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To: SeekAndFind
Gay Homosexual Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Claim Against Georgia Catholic School

HOMOSEXUAL, because there's nothing GAY about it.

31 posted on 07/09/2014 2:38:12 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Under federal anti-discrimination laws, employers are not prohibited from hiring or firing people on the basis of sexual orientation.

So you are saying that a convicted pedophile applies for a position in a grade school and if otherwise qualified can not be turned down because of his/her sexual preference? Nonsense. By LAW they would not be allowed in that position......


32 posted on 07/09/2014 2:45:16 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would not be returning,” Dollar says. “I’m still kind of processing that.”

Well process it somewhere else. Shame on the Catholic school for allowing a practicing pervert from being in a school around children in the first place.


33 posted on 07/09/2014 2:47:49 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d be let go if I was single.


34 posted on 07/11/2014 7:08:52 AM PDT by pleasenotcalifornia
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