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The Therapy Sessions
Monday, November 28, 2005

Diversity of values

The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal discrimination complaint against a Catholic school, charging that it unjustly fired an unmarried teacher for being pregnant.

I'm sorry. I'm going to side with the archdiocese on this one. The main reason that people send their children to Catholic schools is for the education in values - Catholic values.

You may see them as intolerant. Fine. Don't join the club.

Catholic schools have the right to teach their values. You don't have to agree with those values. But no one should question the right of Catholics to hold them, or to enforce them within their community.

If you are a liberal, Quaker schools take advantage of the same right.

A Quaker school, for example, might object to a teacher who publicly encourages children to join the military. Or it might object to a teacher who vigorously defends his Second Ammendment rights.

It's the spirit of the age to beat up on Catholics (I'm an ex-Catholic - current Anglican - myself) but the school could have been Muslim just as easily.

Suppose a Muslim School fired an unwed pregnant teacher? Anyone want to go to court?

A private school is a private organization - much like the Boy Scouts are.

If you object to the Boy Scouts' stand on gay scout leaders, you can refuse to let your kids join. You can even object to them using public school property to recruit.

But you can't force them to do something that is against their beliefs just because you want them to.

That's an authoritarian impulse that should be rejected by all libertarians - and most Americans (but the wing nuts on both sides can't help themselves).

It's part of the freedom of association that allows like-minded individuals to come together and teach their children.

It's called respecting diversity. In this case, a diversity of values.

Get used to it. Because it is only going to get worse.

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