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Seattle Times Editorial on the Student Protests at Eastside Catholic

The Seattle Times (which, for some context, endorsed the Republican Rob McKenna for governor in last year's election) has come out with a strong editorial supporting the students at Eastside Catholic who are protesting the dismissal (the school says he resigned, though he denies it) of a popular vice principal after he entered into a same sex marriage:

DOESN’T matter whether Eastside Catholic vice principal Mark Zmuda resigned or was fired.  His departure had nothing to do with his job performance. The Archdiocese of Seattle and Zmuda’s fellow school leaders refused to tolerate his legal right to marry a man.

A Thursday protest by Eastside students should awaken Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and school president Sister Mary E. Tracy to the obvious: The hearts and minds of many young Catholics are changing. The students’ rebellion should provoke an institution that preaches compassion to also accept that individuals have a right to marry the person they love. . . . The church has a history of selectively enforcing its own doctrine. Is Eastside Catholic now going to investigate whether its teachers use contraception?

 

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Why do you post so many times in a row?

I've been away for a few days, and hadn't seen the various comments directed to me.  I responded to some of this morning.  If you look at the time stamps, you'll see I spent more than an hour on responses - as much or more time than I had today.

On the occasions your comments contribute to the topic at hand, they are well worth reading.  I'd like to see more on-topic commentary from you.

 

Ok, dad.

I also think it is genuinely difficult for many people to feel much compassion toward members of religious institutions...

Jim--

I agree.   Shame on them.

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Eduardo Moisés Peñalver is the Allan R. Tessler Dean of the Cornell Law School. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the subjects of property and land use law.