Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fired For Being an Episcopalian

If you ran a Christian school, and if you had a rule that your teachers would adhere to Christian beliefs, and if you found out that you had an Episcopalian elementary school teacher on your staff, or if you found out that the Episcopal church had left the reservation, what would you do?

You might inquire as to whether or not the teacher adheres to the doctrine and discipline of the Episcopal church. You might ask if she is resident in an diocese which supports same-sex marriage. You might ask if she is subject to a bishop who promotes non-christian teachings by welcoming an active lesbian as Bishop Suffragan. You should ask if your elementary school teacher agrees with her bishop's teachings.

If the answers to all of those questions is "Yes", then you might fire that teacher.

As shocking as this may sound to some, many think the Episcopal church is not a Christian church and that her followers might pose a danger to young minds.

At least that might be what Crossroads Christian School in Corona California thinks.

In 2010 they fired eleven employees because they did not adhere to certain religious beliefs, and you guessed it, one was an Episcopalian.
The story is still subject of discussion as to the legality of the dismissals as reported by The Press Enterprise recently,
"Four years after Corona’s Crossroads Christian Schools fired 11 employees for their religious beliefs, legal experts disagree as to whether the dismissals violated the law.
In May 2013, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found 'reasonable cause to believe' that the conservative evangelical Christian school violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by dismissing the four teachers and seven other employees, most of whom are Catholic.
But the EEOC opted not to file a lawsuit, and the two fired employees who complained to the commission also haven’t sued."
"The case pits the religious freedom of the school against the religious freedom of employees.
School officials contend that, as a ministry of the church, the school should expose students only to beliefs that are in line with church teachings. With more than 8,000 worshipers, Crossroads is one of the largest churches in Southern California."
"Marylou Goodman, 55, an elementary school teacher who was fired in 2010, said she and the other 10 ex-employees never attempted to inculcate the students with their beliefs.
'When you knowingly hire someone of a different denomination and they work and do a good job and then you fire them just because they’re of a different denomination, then it’s religious discrimination,' said Goodman, who is Episcopalian."

I suppose the school should never have hired the Episcopalian teacher in the first place, but wouldn't that have been considered discrimination as well?

Is it any coincidence that the firing took place in 2010, the same year that Mary Glasspool, an active lesbian, was ordained as the eighth bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles?

Maybe it was that ordination that opened the eyes of Crossroads Christian School to the difference a denomination can make.

Episcopalians just can't see it.

Unless they check out the Dio of L.A.'s web pages,
"Bishops will celebrate at gay pride events on May 18, June 8
The bishops suffragan of the diocese will take part in gay pride events on May 18 and June 8. Bishop Mary Glasspool will preside and preach at the Communion on the Bluff at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 18 before the Long Beach Pride Parade, in which she and her partner Becki Sander will ride as guests of St. Luke's Church, Long Beach. Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce will celebrate the L.A. Pride Eucharist at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 8 preceding the Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade. The Eucharist will take place in the Bank of America parking lot at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Crescent Heights, Los Angeles. Preacher will be Dr. H. Adam Ackley. All are invited to both events; pride tee shirts (shown in the photo at left) are available for purchase."
From their Facebook page


  1. "Marylou Goodman, 55, an elementary school teacher who was fired in 2010, said she and the other 10 ex-employees never attempted to inculcate the students with their beliefs." This is an unfortunate but telling use of the word 'inculcate'.

    1. If the word was used in the sense as defined by Webster: to cause (something) to be learned by (someone) by repeating it again and again, then it would seem to leave open the possibility of, "Well... maybe, once or twice..."