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Imagine this:
You are a working parent who sends your children to Catholic school. It is expensive, but you sacrifice because you feel the education is better and they teach the values you want taught. You are paying for prayer in your school. You pay for a uniform. You are paying for Catholic morality. Then, one day you see your 4th grader’s teacher robbing a bank. Or the principal is in the newspaper getting arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Or the school secretary is found to be dealing weed. Are you pissed? You should be. It isn’t what you pay for. You entrust these people with your kids. They don’t have to be saints, but they ought not flagrantly break the rules.
This is basic stuff, no? To some people, like the New York Civil Liberties Union, it isn’t.
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 don’t understand how a religion that prides itself on forgiving and on valuing life could terminate me because I’m pregnant and choosing to have this baby,” Michelle McCusker said Monday at a news conference to announce the suit.

Funny how Catholic principles suddenly get important to this woman when it appears they weren’t a high priority before she got pregnant. Forgiveness is not the issue here. I’m sure nobody feels very good about having to dismiss her. But you cannot run a school that teaches Catholic values and have one of the people that teaches those values being a living memorial to ignoring them. This isn’t new; teachers agree to abide by a certain code of conduct in and out of school when they are hired.

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To the credit of the diocese, they offered to continue her health insurance through August of 2006. They didn’t have to do that, but it was the right move for any organization that is pro life and wants to walk the talk. McCusker declined. There are those that say she should be praised for not terminating the pregnancy; I’m glad she didn’t add killing the baby to her problems. The bottom line here is that the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is a private entity and not subject to the same rules as public schools. Forgiveness, as I said, does not mean that there are no consequences. McCusker should have considered the consequences before she tempted fate.

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The US has finally begun to engage outlets like al Qaeda Jazeera and the NY Times doesn’t like it one bit.
Good. It’s about time we started fighting fire with fire. If state-run media continue to slant the news in the region against us, we have to respond in kind. The Times should hardy act morally superior. This is a war, not an Upper East Side cocktail party.

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Yours Truly has authored a brief rant over at The Blue State Conservatives on the most recent gaffe by the New York Republican party. Check it out.
Follow up: It gets worse.

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Eye Test

Count every "F" in the following text:

FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE

SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI

FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH

THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS…

(SEE BELOW)

HOW MANY ?



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