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Catholic Teachers Fired Over LGBT Support Request Audience With Pope Francis

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:40 PM May 29, 2014
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Nine Catholic School teachers fired for being gay or supporting gay family members have bypassed their bishops and asked for an audience with Pope Francis.

Education

A Teacher Responds To Chris Christie’s Finger In Her Face

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:38 AM November 4, 2013
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This weekend, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wagged a finger in teacher Melissa Tomlinson’s face screaming “What do you people want?” Here is her answer.

Civil Rights

Updated: Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher For Getting Married

by David Badash ● 7:41 PM July 31, 2013
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A California Catholic high school has fired Ken Bencomo, a gay man who chairs their English Department, after 17 years of service, because he married his same-sex partner.

Education

‘What Queers Do Is An Abomination Against God’ High School Teacher Tells Students (Audio)

by David Badash ● 9:41 AM February 1, 2013
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An Alabama high school teacher, Bob Grisham, was recorded telling his students that what “queers” do, “it’s an abomination against God.”

News

Romney: ‘It’s Time For Us To Cut Back On’ Firemen, Policemen, Teachers (Video)

by David Badash ● 4:48 PM June 8, 2012
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Mitt Romney, forever out of touch with the “real America,” today in Council Bluffs, Iowa told farmers that “It’s time for us to cut back on” firemen, policemen, and teachers.

Bigotry Watch

Christian School Hires, Then Fires Teacher Within Hours — For Being Gay

by David Badash ● 10:19 AM June 6, 2012
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A Cincinnati Christian academy hired a music teacher, then called him back in, asked him if he is gay, then fired him, all with hours.

Bigotry Watch

29% Of Republicans Believe Being Gay Is A Reason To Fire Teachers

by David Badash ● 9:38 AM June 5, 2012
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29% of Republicans — almost three out of every ten — believe that school boards should be able to fire teachers simply for being gay.

Bigotry Watch

School Board Teaches ‘It’s OK To Be Gay’ Teacher It’s Not OK To Say So

by David Badash ● 8:15 AM May 31, 2012
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James Yoakley, a Tennessee yearbook teacher has been transferred after a half-page interview positively depicting a gay student appeared in the school’s yearbook.

Bigotry Watch

School Board Member Wants Firing, Arrest Of Teacher For Pro-Gay Article

by David Badash ● 4:11 PM May 4, 2012
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A journalism teacher is under attack by a Tennessee school board member for an article, “It’s OK to be Gay,” written by a student & published in the school yearbook.

Education

Tennessee Monkey Bill Protecting Teachers Who Teach Creationism Soon Law

by David Badash ● 6:57 PM April 10, 2012
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The Tennessee Legislature just passed a bill that protects teachers who teach creationism, and those who welcome “debate” on culture war issues like global warming.

Analysis

Return of Mad Men Series is Strange “Meme” of Our Times

by Tanya Domi ● 6:47 PM March 25, 2012
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The return of the Mad Men series tonight coincides with a strange “meme” of our times as the Republican Party pursues a war on women that would return us to the era of the early 1960s when men were men and women were second-class citizens.

Bigotry Watch

“C’mon, Blacker,” Teacher Tells Black Student To Read In “Blacker” Voice

by David Badash ● 9:25 AM March 19, 2012
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A Virgina high school teacher is under fire for telling the only black student in her class to read a poem aloud and then insisting he read it in a “blacker” manner.

Bigotry Watch

Watch: Georgia Teacher Likens Gays To Necrophiliacs In House Testimony

by David Badash ● 4:01 PM February 25, 2012
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A teacher testified this week in a Georgia House committee hearing and likened gays and lesbians to necrophiliacs, pedophiles, and people who have sex with animals.

News

Teacher Molested, Bound, Photographed, Fed Semen To 23 Students Arrested

by David Badash ● 5:47 PM January 31, 2012
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A 61-year old LA school teacher, Mark Berndt, has been arrested after police say he molested at least 23 of his male and female seven to ten-year old students.