WWJD? Not that!: Teacher Fired for Having Premarital Sex

17 Jun

This story is making me rage.

Let’s get this out there: as a Christian, I do not believe what this school did was in any way Christian.

For those who don’t want to click links: A teacher at the Southland Christian School in St. Cloud, Florida has been fired from her job for getting pregnant three weeks before her marriage.

This women already had five children and her first husband had died. It’s not like she’d never had sex before. But that’s besides the point.

First off, the school had no right to pry into this teacher’s private life like that. Most family members aren’t even told dates of conception. But not only did the principal pry into the teacher’s life, he then went ahead and told all the other school employees AND the parent’s of the teacher’s students. Totally, totally inappropriate.

Secondly, I’m pretty sure that firing a woman for having sex with the man she would be marrying in 3 weeks is NOT what Jesus would have done. There’s nothing Christian in taking away a person’s job, spreading personal information they wish to keep private, and publicly ruining their life over a pregnancy. The correct thing to do would have been to congratulate the teacher on her pregnancy, give her the maternity leave that she asked for, and set up a room for her to pump in when she returned.

As a prochoice activist, there’s a third part to this that bothers me. What message is this religious school sending out? That if a person becomes pregnant, they could be fired? What if another employee were to become pregnant out of wedlock? Maybe she would decide to have an unwanted abortion instead of risk losing her job. Now we’ve got conservative Christian groups, which I’ll assume would fall into the category of antichoice, possibly causing women to have unwanted abortions. How in the world can they put themselves in that position? Making a woman choose between her pregnancy and her job is wrong.

This whole situation just baffled and angers me. A Christian school following Old Testament stoning ideas instead of the teaching of Jesus (love, mercy, forgiveness?). A conservative school punishing a woman for deciding to have a baby. A principal sharing private, personal information with people completely unrelated to the situation!

We need to speak up against this. We need to show our support for this woman and her choice, and anyone else in her situation. The school had no right to punish her for becoming pregnant.

(And just encase you weren’t mad yet, check out some of the comments on Fox News in support of firing the teacher for her “sexual sin.” )


4 Responses to “WWJD? Not that!: Teacher Fired for Having Premarital Sex”

  1. shelly June 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    I can understand why some Christians are reacting the way they are: they’ve been taught to believe premarital or extramarital sex is a sin.

    Never mind that Adam and Eve were never “officially” married. Never mind that Jacob was a polygamist *and* had sex with both his wives’ mistresses, to whom he was *not* married. Never mind that Solomon, too, had multiple wives and hundreds of concubines. Never mind that the woman at the well was, once Jesus found her, living with a guy she wasn’t married to.

    You get the idea. 🙂 (Truth is, the Bible is pretty ambiguous on the subject.)

    Anyway, I’m a Christian myself (and pro-choice); this was a very unchristian move. They ousted her because, to them, she committed a sin, and they need to preserve the school’s Christian image. But the way they did so was very much sinful, IMO! Invasion of privacy? Gossip? Slander? Seriously? It’s a shame.

  2. ProChoiceGal June 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    I thought the same exact thing. This is one reason why some women feel pressured to have abortions. People treat pregnant women and people who have sex in socially unacceptable circumstances like crap.

    Another thought I had: if the teacher were a man and the school figured out that he had non-marital sex, would he have gotten fired? My guess is no. And you can’t use the excuse “but this teacher was pregnant, it’d be a bad example for her students!”. Uh, no. The only reason her students know anything is because the school decided that it’d be a good idea to let the whole world know about her sex life. They wouldn’t have known a thing otherwise.

  3. Shayna June 18, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    I’m not Christian (Jewish girl here!) so I can only comment on the grounds on common sense and decency – both of which are lacking here. It’s disgusting and outrageous to imagine that level of intrusion into someone’s private life. If the principal were truly concerned about his students being ‘exposed’ to I’m-not-sure-what-ridiculous-horrors then he should have kept it to himself (or herself… yup, no link clicking here!) – so in essence, the only interests that were served were his own ego (if getting on TV was a goal), and the revenue of those TV stations/newspapers… not the teacher’s, and definitely not the students’.

  4. RustyShackleford July 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    I think this was a really low move on the part of the school, and I question the sincerity of their religious argument. I wonder if they just wanted to avoid the cost of paying this teacher maternity benefits.

    Of course, if they can prove that their motivations were purely moral and religious in nature (even if their morals and religion are pretty twisted), you can’t afford to dismiss their 1st Amendment argument out of hand. Religious freedom is important for everyone. Even jerks.

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