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Catholic School Bans Gay Man From Graduation Keynote: VIDEO


Dominic Sheahan-Stahl's alma mater, Sacred Heart Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, invited him to deliver this year's keynote address. He was thrilled, obviously, particularly since this year marks the graduation of his little brother, the final member of three generations to attend Sacred Heart. Unfortunately, Sheahan-Stahl's celebration has been cut short, because he was informed this week that Sacred Heart snipped him from the schedule after reading on Facebook about Sheahan-Stahl's engagement to another man.

In a seven-minute video posted AFTER THE JUMP, Sheahan-Stahl explains the situation and argues that Sacred Heart and its ideological peers need to face the fact that their discriminatory habits are based in fear, and should be challenged.

The incident has caused a stir already in Michigan -- there's already a Facebook page called Let Dominic Speak, the Morning Sun reports -- and school officials are apparently prepping a statement to be released this afternoon.

Watch Sheahan-Stahl's video AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. The only way the Catholic church will change is through massive public pressure, something they really have never had to endure. The one condition is, that massive pubic pressure has to come from Catholics themselves. They have to be the ones to demand debate, and challenge the church and bishops. Many Catholics actually don't agree with the Church's official position on LGBT and other issues. It's just a point of getting them to speak up for it.

    Posted by: Mk_Ultra_Again | Apr 26, 2012 3:46:35 PM

  2. The fact he was originally asked makes it particularly egregious.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 26, 2012 5:06:24 PM

  3. there's a difference between saying he's asking for it and pointing out that it's no surprise when the catholics behave this way. I am not surprised yet I keenly feel his disappointment. I left the church many many years ago but still feel the sting (and stink) of being nurtured spiritually and then having it yanked away from you.

    Posted by: trailrunnr | Apr 26, 2012 5:36:54 PM

  4. Mk_Ultra_Again
    HAS IT EXACTLY RIGHT -- don't bother with acting hurt, make some noise. Action beats complaining, any day.

    Posted by: Bob | Apr 26, 2012 5:52:05 PM

  5. If three generations of Dominic's family went to the Sacred Heart ACADEMY they should know the Catholic Churches teaching about homosexuality. Did he really think that an out homosexual engaged to his boyfriend would be allowed to give the graduation address? Really? His family's mistake was sending generations of their children to such an institution to be brainwashed. To pretend that you are surprised by their decision is a joke. Get out of that institution, that church, that bible. Live as liberated 21st century FREE MEN and WOMEN.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 26, 2012 6:58:44 PM

  6. Two words: Well, DUH.

    Posted by: jim | Apr 26, 2012 7:18:05 PM

  7. By now everyone knows the Catholic Church will do every thing it can to stop gays from being involved with their church/schools. They why do gays do it? Gays should avoid everything Catholic. Join a church that accepts gays if you want to be religious.

    I feel bad for the guy, but we're beating a dead horse. Every day it seems that some gay is having a problem with Catholic. Face it, they only thing they want gay is when a Priest wants a boy he wants a gay one.

    Posted by: Macmantoo | Apr 26, 2012 10:33:54 PM

  8. The man in question does not respect or exemplify the values of Sacred Heart Academy. So he's clearly a bad choice for giving the keynote address. The high school should have done their research before extending the invitation. Given that they did extend the invitation, the only way that Sacred Heart could have salvaged their institutional integrity was to do exactly what they did.

    The Church does have arguments for its positions concerning healthy and unhealthy sexual activity. Thinking that the Church gives cogent arguments does not make one a bigot.

    Posted by: Araelus | Apr 27, 2012 12:08:04 AM

  9. I wonder what Jesus would do? I think He'd let him speak. They wouldn't have even known about his fiancee if they hadn't been snooping. The time to snoop, spy and do other devious things is BEFORE you invite someone to speak. That way, you don't end up with egg on your face. Are you listening, Catholic Church? I sure hope so, as all this bad press about the Church is really beginning to take its toll.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Apr 27, 2012 4:16:20 AM

  10. Unbelievable some of the comments here.
    Did some of those commentators watch the video? It expresses the hurt of DISinvitation and through it, a call to eradicate fear, discrimination and live life through love.
    Let's concentrate on that!!

    Posted by: Jim | Apr 27, 2012 11:22:47 AM

  11. "The Church does have arguments for its positions concerning healthy and unhealthy sexual activity. Thinking that the Church gives cogent arguments does not make one a bigot."

    There is no cogent argument against homosexuality. There never was, and there never will be.

    Posted by: Cecil | Apr 27, 2012 11:35:11 PM

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