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No Choice, Says Priest to Teacher -- You're Gay, Okay, You're Married, You're Fired

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Michael Griffin

Oh, those prickly Catholic priests, sticklers for the rules. Especially when you're the headmaster at a Catholic school. Rules are rules. There is no any choice.

Michael Griffin, an openly gay teacher the Holy Ghost Preparatory School, was fired from the Catholic institution he has worked at in Bensalem, Pennsylvania for the past 12 years. His crime? He applied for a marriage license. A same sex marriage to take place in New Jersey where it's legal.

Griffin who teaches French and Spanish, said his sexuality was no secret at the Bensalem school. As a matter of fact, he and his same-sex partner of 12 years had been dinner guests more than once at the home of the school president, Father James McCloskey. Everything was fine and dandy until the two gay men decided they wanted to sanctify their relationship with a legal marriage.

How does being legally married disqualify this teacher from being a good faculty member after being openly accepted for the past dozen years? The answer to that from the principal is simple: He has no choice.

No choice? That seems so convenient. Did he take into any consideration that Mr. Griffin has no choice either? His sexual identity isn't a choice. He didn't pick it up at school (coincidentally, he attended this same Holy Ghost Prep as a youth). If they believe sexuality is a choice, does it mean he learned to be gay at this Catholic school? If so, they have bigger problems there.

The sad thing is that by making his living conditions legal, this popular teacher is losing his job. For Holy Ghost Prep, it's okay to be homosexual and live outside the law, but try to bring love, decency and a marriage license into a relationship and the church is saying that's bad. No wonder Pope Francis has so many problems among his flock. Ignorance has pervaded many of their educational institutions.

Here's the story in video form. It's short but fills in some details. But you have the broad strokes of the failings of understanding at this Catholic institution. And I'm sure they're not alone. But what hypocrites this school is to welcome a good deserving teacher until he does something just and right. I guess you have to remove human emotion and tolerance for your fellow man/woman if you want to live by these limited tenets.

 

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How Long Does It Take To Realize Your Child's Missing?

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Britney Sierra

There is so much wrong with this story -- MailOnline NEWS:

Brittney Sierra, 22, from South Florida, was jailed in January for child neglect resulting in bodily harm after police found the skeletal remains of her five-month-old son Dontrell Melvin buried in the back yard of her former home.

The charges were downgraded yesterday to simple child neglect. She faces ten years in prison if convicted.

She has not been charged with causing the baby's death.

A bit of perspective. A woman who's failed to notice her 5 month old child is missing for a year and a half, is visited by Child Welfare Services 30 times over that 18 month span, failing to produce her child, and it didn't raise some eyebrows? Who led authorities to the unmarked grave in the backyard? She's got to be guilty of more than just child neglect. That's like calling a beheading a kink in the neck.

Here's the video:

I don't get it, truthfully. I guess to know what really went on, you'll have to ask Brittney Sierra about her son, Dontrell. Or maybe ask the child's father, Calvin Melvin Jr.

Chances are they're not talking because they now both blamed each other for the death of their five-month-old son, Dontrell.

So, what does the court do? They lessen the charges against the mother on Monday, then release her without bond so she can have her child.

I have a few questions here. If this mother is possibly the killer of her infant son, after she gives birth to this next child, are they going to let her care for the newborn?

Why are the authorities lessening the charges against this woman? After all, her son Dontrell is dead. We at least know that much. And she never reported him missing. Oh and she is the one who led the authorities to the dead infant's grave. This is child neglect? Seems a bit more serious than that.

And how do you drop charges from child neglect resulting in bodily harm to simple child neglect. I can see murder 1 charges dropped to involuntary manslaughter. But this reduction takes the cake. He hasn't risen from the grave, healthy and good as new, as far as I know. He's still very dead. And that's not simple neglect. A lot's not right here. How can this all be explained?

Oh, yeah, now I get it. This happened in that hotbed of social justice, Florida. What is going on in the Sunshine State?

UPDATE: (9/25/13   7:02 AM PST)

Just hours after Brittney Sierra's release, she was busted again for breaking her terms of release and is now back in police custody. Here is the link to the video of her re-incarceration, courtesy of WSVN - TV, Channel 4, Miami. Looks like her next child is going to be born behind bars. This is a sad story on every level.

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Rush fan to daughter: "I've come to the conclusion that although I really like Rush Limbaugh, I love you more."

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In today's Los Angeles Times, there is an op-ed piece by Madeline Janis, the national policy director for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), a nonprofit advocacy organization. In that op-ed, she discusses her relationship with her father, a devoted Rush Limbaugh "dittohead." Janis, on the other hand, is quite the opposite.

She loved her dad, who was nearing the end of his life, and was trying to avoid tangling with him over bringing his collection of Limbaugh baseball caps to an assisted living facility. But in spite of herself, she found herself arguing with him about it. When things calmed down, this happened:

"Sweetheart, I want to tell you something," he said.

"It's OK, Dad," I replied. "I know that we disagree on many things, so let's just not talk about politics."

But he persisted. "I've been thinking," he said. "And I've come to the conclusion that although I really like Rush Limbaugh, I love you more. So I'm going to give up the caps." [...]

My father died this month. He was 87 years old and went peacefully. [...]

Our love for each other and our family helped my father and me transcend the enormous ideological divide between us.

It makes me wonder if there isn't something in these experiences that might help us, as Americans, transcend our political differences. Even if we don't have the same closeness as a family, Americans of all political stripes do share a love of country. And that could be a start, at least, at reaching across the gulf of ideology to work cooperatively and respectfully to solve the challenges facing the nation.

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Please read the entire piece here.

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Mid Day Distraction- 3 y/o deaf boy hears dad’s voice for 1st time

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Something in my eye. Via John.

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VIDEO- Mitt Romney: "It would be helpful to be Latino."

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NOTE: The video was disabled, so I've replaced it with another.

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Mitt Romney's Dad was born in Mexico

Maybe he will "self deport".

I bet he'd never say, "It would be helpful to be African American."

H/t: @OFA_Jarryd

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Okay, okay, Christine O'Donnell's dad is only a PART-TIME Bozo

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In a previous post, I made an egregious error! I quoted a New York Times article that said Christine O'Donnell's dad had a gig as Bozo the Clown.

I hang my head in shame. That was only partially true:

Daniel O'Donnell was an occasional understudy Bozo, not a full-time holder of the Bozo mantle. From their phone conversation: "Who told you I was Bozo?" he wanted to know.

"Your son," I said, at which point he confirmed that yes, he was Bozo, but not an official, full-time certified Bozo, more of a part-time Bozo. [...]

Mr. O'Donnell said... "I was the fill-in Bozo."

What can I say? The guy was only a part-time clown. His daughter, on the other hand...

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O'Donnell Watch: The Bozo gene

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Per New York Times, we finally see how Christine O'Donnell attained her status as a clownette. It's genetic:

Delaware U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's (R) father "worked a series of small television roles before scoring his signature gig -- playing Bozo the Clown."

Via Taegan

H/t: @Lensman23

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