Then I would suggest that you refrain from ‘grand-standing and one-upsmanship’ yourself, as this whole diatribe of yours would most certainly count as ‘invective’ if it is ‘invective’ for me to say that I think your ‘equivalency’ is distorted. Especially as your diatribe is itself doing the exact thing it accuses me of doing - and while my point was relevant to the discussion, yours is nothing but a personal attack on me. :rolleyes:
This is all the more ironic as my point to Exiled Child was about the Golden Rule. Since Catholic institutions are notorious for firing employees who disagree with Catholic opinion, it is more than a little hypocritical for them to complain that “one can certainly lose one’s job for speaking out against homosexuality, depending on where one works”.
The rules should apply to all equally.
If it is OK for Catholics to fire employees for disagreeing with them outside work, then it is OK for non-Catholics to fire employees (even Catholic ones) for disagreeing with them outside work.
If it is OK for you to criticise me, then it is OK for me to criticise you.
And you apparently think that this is only true for Catholic teachers. In other words you are apparently assuming that your ethical beliefs are more sincerely and deeply held that those of anyone else.
I would say that every school has the same right to expect their teachers to be models of their ethical system. Catholic schools get no special consideration. Either all schools can fire a teacher for expressing views outside of school, or none can.
This is where the distortion of your ‘equivalency’ comes in - you seem to assume that all Catholic Schools automatically have more strongly held views than any other school, and that therefore a Catholic School can only fairly be compared to a single-issue campaign charity, not to another school.
The example I cited was of a man who had only expressed, on his personal blog, his views on gay marriage. Freedom of speech applies to all, equally.
Nothing about a teacher’s public life choices outside a Catholic school could possibly violate the school’s prerogative to oppose gay marriage. But Catholics seem to feel that Catholic schools have the right to force their beliefs on their teachers, but Catholic teachers have the right to express their views (often even at the school) if they are teaching elsewhere. :shrug:
Of course, but irrelevant. Noone has challenged this here.
More close to being relevant would be whether I support private organizations’ right to fire any employee who disagrees with them on some political or religious viewpoint.
But even that is a red herring - wherever you stand on that issue, the point I was making was simply about whether or not the rules apply to everyone equally, or is there one set of rules for one group and another set of rules for everyone else.
Unless you disagree with me that the rules should apply equally, you seem to be stirring up a rather belligerent debate about nothing. :rolleyes: