Gazette wrong on Central High coach editorial

2014-03-09T00:00:00Z 2014-03-10T11:50:33Z Gazette wrong on Central High coach editorial The Billings Gazette
March 09, 2014 12:00 am

I'm going to disagree with The Gazette’s opinion that the Catholic church erred in dismissing Tarn Duff. I think the issue here is very clear-cut and simple. She works for a Catholic institution that has a well-known entrenched pro-life stance. No matter how fine a person and coach she is, she cannot walk out the door of the Catholic school and then figuratively cross the street to also work at Planned Parenthood.

This is not a public school. She had a choice to make, and while it is the prevailing climate that one is entitled or should be able to "have it all," I'm sorry, you can't. The editorial stated that she wasn't talking to her students about Planned Parenthood services, but what if the subject arose? She would, I assume, and rightfully so, answer with her point of view. And that is precisely why she can't hold both jobs.

How can the Catholic school pay a teacher who would espouse against their religious tenets? I give her credit for her respectful quotes to the media. She has handled this very respectfully. She can continue her right to work at Planned Parenthood but needs to teach at a public school. As for Pope Francis, I do believe, in this instance, he would concur.

Shirley Stoican


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