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Moorhead teacher fired for gay marriage stance [UPDATED]

Published 8:41am Tuesday, June 12, 2012 Updated 11:44am Tuesday, June 12, 2012

MOORHEAD — A Catholic school in Moorhead terminated a fifth grade teacher after she told administrators she disagreed with the church’s stance on gay marriage.

Trish Cameron was notified June 1 that she wouldn’t be offered a new contract at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. The decision came after Cameron filled out a self-evaluation form in which she admitted to personally disagreeing with the church’s stance on some issues, but said she never brought those opinions into the classroom, The Forum newspaper reported.

“We tend to focus on respect and love for one another and living out our call as servants whenever a ‘political’ topic crops (which it rarely, if ever, does),” Cameron wrote in a letter to families and staff at St. Joseph’s after she was terminated.

Cameron wrote that her disclosure on the self-evaluation form led to a follow-up meeting with school officials in which she specifically voiced disagreement with the church’s opposition to gay marriage. She was then asked to write a brief letter of resignation, she said.

Cameron had taught at the school for 11 years. Catholic schools are not bound by the same employment laws as public institutions and can terminate employees for not properly teaching tenets of the faith, although the law is less clear on whether they can be fired for privately held views not expressed in the classroom.


  • Walt Henry

    Maybe some have a different Bible than others. Or it could be some are just plain wrong.

  • Richard Olson

    “Catholic schools are not bound by the same employment laws as public institutions and can terminate employees for not properly teaching tenets of the faith”. Of course they aren’t, the church gets a pass on that law. The same catholic church gets a pass on pension laws also. They aren’t subject to ERISA nor do they pay insurance premium to the pension guarantee corporation. They certainly aren’t subject to the any law regarding child molestation or rape. They get a pass on paying taxes also. Now they want a pass on contraception portions of insurance policies, even though the Catholic church is heavily invested in several insurance companies from which they get a profit. It’s O.K. to make money on contraception issues, it’s just not OK when they have to pay. In short the Catholic Church like some other churches are above the law, simply because they believe in magic and superstition. You can do just about anything you want in this country as long as you say it’s a religion. In my opinion, the Catholic Church (more so than some others) is nothing short of a criminal organization and should be subject to RICO laws.

    They even got their way when I was in grade school. We non-catholic students had to conform to the catholic rule of no meat on Friday and had to eat stinking fish sticks for six years.

    They should slam the pope and his henchman in jail and feed them fish sticks for the rest of their lives. And since they don’t believe in laws…no trial before the slammer.

    Oh, by the way, just in case anyone did not notice….this teachers is being fired, not for what she did, but what she thought. It’s just like the “Inquisition” where people were tortured and maimed and/or killed for what they thought. Catholic or not it should bother each and every citizen of these United States that anyone can lose their livelihood for what they think. Shame on the Catholic Church, shame of the Catholic School and the people who run it and shame on anybody who want’s to defend this immoral conduct.

  • Swedegirl

    She should consider it a compliment.

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