catholic_school_new_policy_fire_gay_teavhers_gay_supportersAn American Catholic school’s new policy will punish gay employees or any employees who show support for gays and lesbians.

The Cincinnati Archdiocese added the “morality clause” to the new employment contract for the school’s 2014-2015 year.

It makes being gay or lesbian grounds for being fired and any expression of support for the so-called “homosexual lifestyle” will also be grounds for dismissal. The new contract further prohibits membership in any LGBT rights organisation.

The contract reads: “Such conduct or lifestyle that is in contradiction to Catholic doctrine or morals includes, but is not limited to, improper use of social media/communication, public support of or publicly living together outside marriage, public support of or sexual activity out of wedlock, public support of or homosexual lifestyle, public support of or use of abortion, public support of or use of surrogate mother, public support of or use of in vitro fertilisation or artificial insemination, public membership in organisation whose mission and message are incompatible with Catholic doctrine or morals, and/or flagrant deceit or dishonesty.”

The new contract comes in the wake of a wave of firings of LGBT teachers and administrators at Catholic schools in the US over the past two years.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called on diocese leaders to show true Christian values and not discriminate against LGBT teachers or straight allies in their employment practices.

“At a time when Pope Francis is talking about support of civil unions, the Cincinnati Archdiocese, in a throwback to past times, is talking about firing gay and lesbian teachers and silencing their straight supporters,” commented Dr. Sharon Groves, director of the HRC Religion and Faith Program.

“This isn’t in keeping with the olive branch Pope Francis has extended to LGBT people around the world, but even more importantly, it’s not in keeping with the living message of God’s love of all people.

“The majority of Catholics and people of faith believe LGBT people deserve dignity, respect, and equal protections under the law, and at the same time leaders of the Cincinnati Diocese are determined to weed out supporters of LGBT equality. This must stop,” she said.

According to HRC, recent polling found that 86 percent of American Christians believe the very tenets of their faith compel them to support protections for LGBT people under the law and 59 percent of lay American Catholics support marriage equality.

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