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North Carolina Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher: VIDEO

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In yet another case of anti-gay discrimination in Catholic schools, Charlotte Roman Catholic diocese, North Carolina fired teacher Lonnie Billard (above left, with his partner Rich) after he announced his engagement on Facebook, reports the Advocate.

Before his dismissal, retired Billard had continued to work as a regular substitute teacher in Charlotte Catholic High School.

Although the diocese has claimed that the school made the decision, Billard has challenged this version of events:

“This was not a decision by Charlotte Catholic High School. I had talked with one of the administration officials. He knew [about the engagement announcement]. He didn’t care. He said he knew me to be a good teacher and a good person.

“Apparently there were a couple teachers there who are super-conservative Catholic. They are not friends of mine on Facebook, but they found out about it and escalated it so it got to the diocese.

I knew the Catholic Church is behind the times when it comes to understanding and acceptance of gay people, but I thought with the current pope saying, ‘Who am I to judge?’ that maybe things would be better, but apparently that’s not the case.”

According to diocese spokesman David Hains, Billard was not fired for being gay but for violating an employment contract that prohibited him from opposing church teaching.

However, responding to objections from the diocese on the facts as presented by Qnotes, the Charlotte-based LGBT community newspaper stated:

“The violation of Billard’s contract was his statement on his intention to marry. Without this statement, Billard wouldn’t have been fired. Therefore, it is factual and accurate to report that Billard was fired because he is a gay man who announced his intention to marry his same-gender partner — an act the church calls ‘disobedience,’ but which is also a fundamental human and civil right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, as recently upheld by North Carolina’s U.S. District Courts and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.”

In March of last year, an assistant theology professor at Charlotte Catholic caused a furore - and a backlash from parents and students - when she claimed in a speech that homosexuality occurs mainly as a result of pornography and parents' shortcomings.

Watch a report on the case, AFTER THE JUMP... 

 

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Anti-Gay Cardinal Raymond Burke Blames Catholic Church's Woes On Womankind: VIDEO

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Grumpy Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the most outspoken anti-gay Catholic activists, has blamed women for the problems the church is facing today, reports the Irish Times.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d07fe14f970c-150wiIn an interview with The New Emangelization -  a website that aims to address the “man crisis” in the church - Burke suggests that Catholicism has become too feminized and argues that the use of altar girls and the women’s rights movement may be the crux of the problem:

“Apart from the priest, the sanctuary has become full of women...the activities in the parish and even the liturgy have been influenced by women and become so feminine in many places that men do not want to get involved. Men are often reluctant to become active in the church. The feminised environment and the lack of the church’s effort to engage men has led many men to simply opt out.”

Burke was in Rome last week to meet Pope Francis following the pontiff’s decision to demote the cardinal from his role in the powerful Apostolic Signatura to a largely ceremonial one with the Knights of Malta.

The cardinal was one of the most vociferous opponents of an attempt last October to introduce language aiming to be more inclusive of gay people and conciliatory on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Speaking at a conference on "the Catholic family" in Ireland last November, Burke said he would refuse holy communion to any politician who has been supportive of same-sex marriage. 

Watch Burke explain why it's "perfectly good and just" to discriminate against gay people, AFTER THE JUMP...

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MolsonCoors Chair Pete Coors Drops Out of Rabidly Anti-Gay Catholic Group's Summit

Peter Coors, the Chairman of the MolsonCoors Brewing Company and MillerCoors, has withdrawn from a speaking appearance at the rabidly anti-gay Legatus organization, after attention was brought by Good as You blogger Jeremy Hooper earlier this week.

CoorsCoors joins actor Gary Sinise and FOX News Anchor Bret Baier in pulling out of the proceedings, which were set to take place at the end of the month.

If we can find an official statement from Peter Coors we'll post it, but MolsonCoors responded to an inquiry from blogger Joe Jervis in a tweet, saying "Thanks for sharing your concerns with us. Pete Coors was previously unaware of the controversy surrounding that organization's position on LGBT issues and will not be speaking at the summit."

The Legatus organization, as we reported earlier, espouses a number of ugly, discredited and extremist views on homosexuality, including the notion that same-sex attraction is a "disorder" that can be "cured".

While neither Sinise, Coors, nor Baier addressed the substance of those views or renounced them, choosing to use similar talking points — "they were unaware of the controversy" — it's good to see that exposing them to the light of day can make a difference.

Nice work, Hooper.

We should note that several people, including NYC Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and a few others are still on the list.


FOX News Anchor Bret Baier Joins Gary Sinise In Pulling Out From Anti-Gay Catholic Group's Annual Summit

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Hot on the heels of actor Gary Sinise's announcement that he would be pulling out from the annual conference of the anti-gay Catholic organization Legatus, comes word that FOX News anchor Bret Baier has also canceled his participation in the event, AdWeek reports:

“Bret Baier has withdrawn his participation as a speaker at the upcoming Legatus Summit due to the controversy surrounding some editorial stances in the organization’s magazine,” a Fox News spokesperson tells us. “Bret accepted the invitation to speak about his book, his faith, and his son’s congenital heart disease. He was unaware of these articles or the controversy surrounding them.”

Still slated to headline the event are Pete Coors, the Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors, along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and NYC Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

As Andy pointed out earlier, Legatus promotes the idea that homosexuality is a "disorder" that can and should be "cured". You can read more on Legatus HERE.


Actor Gary Sinise Pulls Out of Anti-Gay Catholic Group's Annual Summit

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Yesterday we reported that actor Gary Sinise, FOX News Anchor Bret Baier, and Pete Coors, the Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors, along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and NYC Archbishop Timothy Dolan, are headlining the annual conference of the anti-gay Catholic Legatus organization.

Legatus pushes the notion that homosexuality is a "disorder" that can and should be "cured". Read more HERE.

Last night, Sinise pulled out of the event, writing:

"For me, faith has been a catalyst for my mission to honor the men and women who serve in our nation’s military. When I accepted the invitation to speak at the Legatus conference about Veterans issues and share my story, I was unaware of the controversy surrounding some of the participants, and their views on personal matters. I don’t want my mission—which is designed to be unifying—to be disrupted by these, or any controversies, and therefore have decided to withdraw."


Gary Sinise, FOX News Anchor, and Coors Exec to Headline Summit of Rabidly Anti-Gay Catholic Group

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Actor Gary Sinise, FOX News Anchor Bret Baier, and Pete Coors, the Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors, along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and NYC Archbishop Timothy Dolan, are headlining the annual conference of the Legatus organization.

UPDATE: Sinise has pulled out.

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Jeremy Hooper at Good As You points out that the organization has some very hateful views on gays and calls same-sex attraction a 'disorder'.

It’s impossible to see homosexual unions as being in line with God’s intentions for marriage since the product of intercourse is not fruitful. Along with masturbation, fornication, and adultery, homosexuality is a selfish act that cannot fulfill the divinely ordained purpose of the reproductive powers. The Church teaches that God instituted the sacrament of Marriage, and only He has the authority to change the nature of marriage. Neither the Church nor the state has the competence to alter the substance of marriage or the family. Attempts by civil government or the courts to alter the law in favor of same-sex unions distort the true meaning of marriage, which has existed for thousands of years. 

The Church encourages people who suffer from the disorder of same-sex attraction to live a chaste and celibate life. Chastity is required of all people, no matter their state in life — single, married, or celibate. It is a virtue in which our thoughts, words, and actions are modest. Celibacy is a discipline by which one does not marry.

As a remedy they suggest harmful conversion therapy:

There are many reasons why people suffer from SSA disorder. Some “discover” this tendency within them. Others grow into it through pursuits of pleasure or experimentation. Some use it to punish themselves or others. Whether the disorder has some deep, unknown roots over which one has virtually no control, or whether it’s a developed disorder resulting from bad choices, it leaves an individual disposed toward activities and a lifestyle that are dangerous — physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Fortunately there is hope for those who suffer from the disorder. The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality reports that significant numbers of homosexual persons have undergone treatment and had their sexual drives properly ordered. These findings are a beacon of hope to those suffering from SSA, as well as for their family and friends who desire their happiness and good health. Finally, for those who for whatever reason cannot be cured, there is a support group known as Courage to help them live safe, moral, chaste lives. Those who continue to suffer from this disorder can find true help through an orientation toward their Savior and Redeemer, “the Orient from on High,” and the life that He offers them in Himself.

This is the same group's summit that Bob Newhart pulled out of last year after Hooper drew attention to their actions against marriage equality and candidates who support it, as well as this notion that homosexuality is a "disorder" that can be "cured".


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