Catholic Church | Connecticut | Crime | Education | News

CT School Teacher Holds Job After Death Threats to Gay Lawmakers


The NYT looks at the recent threats in Connecticut to openly gay lawmakers Michael Lawlor and Andrew McDonald over their support of a bill that would have altered the legal, financial, and administrative structure of local parishes, giving local parishioners more control. The bill enraged Connecticut's Catholic community, some of whom (using the bill as a convenient excuse to also demonize the lawmakers for the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state) sent Lawlor and McDonald death threats, and led to the arrest of 26-year-old Timothy Kane.

Lawlor_mcdonald Kane's email read: "You better hope myself and other Catholics don't find out where you live, cause there's hell to pay for your attack on the church. Fuck off. God hates gay sex."

The NYT reports: "During an interview in his office, Mr. Lawlor seemed stunned at how he had fallen into a fight with the Catholic Conference, which has supported other elements of the progressive agenda, including health care reform and the abolition of the death penalty. 'This is a fight I don’t need to have,' Mr. Lawlor said. 'Only bad things happen when politicians wade into religious doctrine.' In Mr. McDonald’s view, one of those bad things includes Bishop Lori accusing him and Mr. Lawlor, who are both openly gay, of using the bill to intimidate the bishops over their opposition to gay marriage. 'It’s inaccurate,' Mr. McDonald said. 'It is unfair. And it was dangerous, because it engendered deep feelings of hostility and stirred homophobic responses from many people that resulted in very serious threats.' ... In an interview, Bishop Lori said he stood by his accusation. He also bristled at Mr. Lawlor’s suggestion that the bishops 'hit the panic button' by quickly mobilizing thousands of Catholics to rally in Hartford."

Kane_timothy  Meanwhile, Kane still holds a job in the New Britain school system, and some are wondering why:

"I can tell you one thing, after reading his e-mail today in a Hartford Courtroom, I wouldn’t want Kane teaching my child...A judge ordered the 26 year old teacher to undergo a mental evaluation and anger management training.  I’d say!  His attorney says Kane regrets what he did and is hoping to put this matter behind him and move on with his life.  He says Kane will formally apologize to the lawmakers if that’s what the Court wants."

The New Britain school system hasn't offered an answer.

Angry Catholic's Email Threat to Gay Connecticut Lawmakers Revealed [tr]
Man Arrested as Catholics Threaten Gay Lawmakers in Connecticut [tr]

Feed This post's comment feed


  1. Heaven help me for using this expression, but that guy has "gay face".

    Posted by: Joe | Mar 30, 2009 1:17:37 PM

  2. "you better hope myself don't teach your kids"

    Why doesn't some Catholic school give this p.o.s. a job? Tax dollars pay for this?

    Posted by: paul c | Mar 30, 2009 1:20:50 PM

  3. i agree that people make mistakes and should be given second, third chances, BUT this is DOUBLE STANDARD.

    if they found out that 6 years ago he was in a porn movie or he posed nude or semi-nude they would had sacked him immediately for the "kids safety", so why not here?

    Posted by: johnosahon | Mar 30, 2009 1:24:20 PM

  4. In light of what he wrote and the circumstances surrounding this email threat are there not federal laws which allow for persecution? Why is this man even walking around? we see tons of killings in which there are no visible threats and then too we see killings in which there are implicit threats! This man should be behind bars not teaching in schools!!!

    Posted by: alex in boston | Mar 30, 2009 1:29:02 PM

  5. I have to agree with Joe, there is something gay about him. Stay tuned i am sure something will turn up

    Posted by: George | Mar 30, 2009 1:37:54 PM

  6. 26? This exposes the continuing self-delusion behind the myth of "It's just older generations who hate us. The young will save us." Which belongs in the same trash bin as "Nancy Reagan's hairdresser told me she will save us"; Clinton will save us"; "Ellen will save us"; "Obama will save us"; blah blah fucking blah.

    We will only be "saved" when we stop putting the "fairy" in fairytale and start saving ourselves....just as blacks did after being smilefucked for decades by white politicians....and DISRUPT the status quo enough that those in power will be forced to change. Stonewall wasn't a pathetic candlelight vigil or postcard campaign or community service to prove that we "deserve" equality but civil disobedience!

    And the first act doesn't even require your putting on your shoes let alone marching, nor putting on your pants let alone illegally sitting in at the entrace to state houses and the White House.

    Simply write your local, state, and, most importantly, federal representatives and tell them you will not give another dime to the Democratic Party until they ACT on gay rights legislation.

    Obama has not yet kept a SINGLE promise to our community. Hell, he didn't even repeat the same cheap trick in his inauguration speech that got him so many votes in the election: dropping the G-word. Yesterday, his Secretary of Defense confirmed, as we've heard before, that NOTHING has been doing nothing to prepare the military for dismantling DADT.

    And STOP with the bullshit about "give him time, give him time" when he he quickly acted on the economy, Quantanamo, stem cell research, equal pay for women, etc.
    There is NO EXCUSE for his not having AT LEAST publicly stated that those "goals" posted on the White House Website that only political junkies see are REAL.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Mar 30, 2009 1:51:05 PM

  7. not only is the guy a nut-job who made death threats, but he is a homophobe. if those aren't reasons enough to can his ass, what about the fact that he can't make a distinction between the use of the words "myself" and "I" and, probably, "me".
    only idiots who don't know the proper usage of the three words cling to the false hope that using the reflexive 'myself' will hide their ignorance.

    what a tool. any and all of the above reasons should make him ineligible to have access to children.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 30, 2009 1:52:31 PM

  8. New Britain School Board: 860-827-2200

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 30, 2009 2:01:53 PM

  9. I have to also agree with Joe. He's screams homosexual.

    Posted by: Daniel | Mar 30, 2009 2:02:03 PM

  10. I'm over Obama and the system. It has failed us time and time again and I'm tired of being used by others to obtain their goals while leaving us behind. FUCK them all. And as for Bishop Lori....please, look into his seminary behavior.

    Posted by: John | Mar 30, 2009 2:02:06 PM

  11. Ooh Andy...You're bad! I get more and more skeptical of what I read on Towleroad.

    These lawmakers are not simply 'supporting' this bill, and the bill would not simply 'giving local parishioners more control'.

    Do you really think that is an accurate description of the bill and these legislators?

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 30, 2009 2:18:08 PM

  12. John—and Obama's tied to this how?

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 30, 2009 2:19:58 PM

  13. He should be fired from his teaching job! What a poor role model for kids!

    Sad thing is, this guy will come out of the closet in 10 years and only wish he came out sooner.

    Posted by: ctprep | Mar 30, 2009 2:20:50 PM

  14. Total closet case. Look at that gayface.

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 30, 2009 2:22:24 PM

  15. Myth #2: everyone who is against gay equality is secretly gay him/herself. Some are; most aren't.

    Even if that nonsense were true, it's NOT THE POINT! Doing something to STOP them is, and just speculating about his real motivation is the worst kind of lazy, self-satisfied, armchair activism.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Mar 30, 2009 2:31:53 PM

  16. I don't care about his motivation. He is a danger to society and must be stopped.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 30, 2009 2:35:44 PM

  17. I'd get my child out of that classroom and out of that school building, pronto! Consider: how many wacked-out out-of-control gun-enabled massacres does it take to discern a pattern? It seems this guy is unbalanced, doesn't have a firm grip on the wheel, and could careen out of control at any minutes. If it was my kid, I'd vamoose, and the school district can pout if it cares to. Also, his judgment obviously is out of balance, and is looking at every policy proposal through the lense of whether it's an attack on the Catholic church. Yikes.

    Posted by: KevinM | Mar 30, 2009 2:50:45 PM

  18. Yeah, dead on. The guy's a closet case.

    Posted by: | Mar 30, 2009 3:02:30 PM

  19. "He says Kane will formally apologize to the lawmakers if that’s what the Court wants."

    What a fucking little bitch. He should apologize no matter what. He can be anti-gay all he wants, one can protest anything one wants, but this threatening note was not the way.

    Posted by: Will | Mar 30, 2009 3:07:21 PM

  20. "He'll apologize to the lawmakers if that's what the court wants?" How about taking responsibility for your actions? Isn't that the type of lesson we want teachers to teach our children? So he won't apologize otherwise?

    It's sad that an openly gay person teaching children is viewed by many as a more serious problem than someone making death threats. It's absolutely ludicrous that this man is still teaching and wasn't even suspended. Where is the line?

    Posted by: Larry | Mar 30, 2009 3:08:40 PM

  21. I called the school board, and they were cordial and polite. I suggest that anyone who call there suppress their outrage, and be equally polite. It won't do us any good to yell at the people who answer the phones, now will it? Keep in mind that they are dealing with something they weren't imagining when they showed up for work this morning. Neither were their bosses. This is a way that this hatred is to... hateful. It comes out of nowhere, and the unsuscepting have to deal with it. So, I'm suggesting we be as civil as possible, no matter how outraged one is. Dignity. Respect. If you don't give it, you don't get it.

    Posted by: KevinM | Mar 30, 2009 4:27:48 PM

  22. Funny thing

    with so much of xtianity borrowed from Dionysus = water to wine, crucifixation, decending into underworld and coming back up, resurection, IHS being used to rep both Dionysus and later the jesus myth, a virgin birth depending on which of the 3 myths you prefer (my fave is virgin born of male zeus after zeus ate his grandfathers primordial egg to gain power to defeat the titans. LOL). Hell switch Dionysus crown of grapes and ivy for a crown of thorns and change his being crucified on an iron cross beamed anchor to a wooden cross = dionysus/ jesus = LOVE gay sex. Dionysus after ascending from the underworld kept a promise to his guide who didn't make it to take him as his lover by carving a wooden phallus, plopping it on his grave, and then mounting it.


    anyway; it is all crazynees. xtianity being crazy because it doesn't aknowledge let alone remember its pagan roots.

    Posted by: jimmyboy | Mar 30, 2009 5:30:53 PM

  23. WOW! You'll find more crazy stories like this at . It's the leader for wild education news.

    Posted by: hall monitor | Mar 30, 2009 6:05:23 PM

  24. Teachers who write threatening e-mails to public officials should not be teaching.

    Re: gay face. If he's a closet case, that doesn't change the threat. And, news flash, a lot of homophobic zealots are actually straight. Either way, it doesn't matter!

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 30, 2009 6:45:01 PM

  25. Gay people aren't considered human, obviously. Any other minority, and he'd be fired, no question. His continued employment is a symptom of that fact. He's dangerous, and someone should show him what a meat hook can do to a person to prevent him from becoming another christian terrorist; or as they refer to them, martyrs.

    Some folks say that violence never stops violence, but that's simply false when dealing with the immediate threat a terrorist like this poses. You take them out; you don't have a conversation with them.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 30, 2009 7:09:20 PM

  26. 1 2 »

Post a comment


« «Mount Redoubt Volcano Eruption Inspires Dramatic Lightning Storm« «