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March 10, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Eastside Catholic: Homosexuality not against Catholic teachings

I was struck by the mischaracterization of Catholic doctrine by Eastside Catholic’s legal team in its attempt to defend the firing of Mark Zmuda ["Court battle next in ouster of Eastside Catholic educator,” Local News, March 6]. It stated “to employ a person married to someone of the same sex [is] a violation of…

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January 21, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Eastside Catholic: School had no choice but to fire Zmuda

I just read The Seattle Times article “Church doctrine, gay marriage colliding in Catholic workplaces” [Local News, Jan. 14]. I was a principal in the Catholic schools in Western Washington for 12 years and superintendent of the Catholic schools from 1989 to 1994. Therefore, I know the workings of the system. Even though…

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January 13, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Eastside Catholic: Is gay marriage or Zmuda’s firing against church teachings?

Zmuda’s firing is a travesty on the teachings of Christ

I am writing to express my support for reinstating Mark Zmuda as vice principal at Eastside Catholic High School [“Reinstate Mark Zmuda at Eastside Catholic High School, Opinion, Jan. 3”].

Many churches have lost their vision and understanding of Missio Dei (God’s Mission).

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January 7, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Edward Snowden: Obama on the wrong side of history

While I generally support President Obama, his position on Edward Snowden sure puts him on the wrong side of history [“2 newspapers call for clemency for Edward Snowden,” News, Jan. 3].

World opinion increasingly hails Snowden as a hero, and it’s become quite clear that this is how history will view him. The president really needs to do an about-face on this one or risk future generations putting him in the same mental folder with the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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January 6, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Eastside High School: Hope to LGBT people everywhere

I was moved by Seattle students’ solidarity over the issue of high school vice principal Mark Zmuda being fired because he married his male partner [“Reinstate Mark Zmuda,” Opinion, Jan. 3]. Links to this story came from foreign and domestic press sources, spreading hope to LGBT people everywhere. Good job, students! Nathaniel Batchelder, Oklahoma City

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December 26, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Gay marriage: ‘Duck Dynasty’ and Eastside Catholic

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This undated image released by A&E shows brothers Silas “Uncle Si” Robertson, left, and Phil Robertson from the popular series “Duck Dynasty.” Phil Robertson was suspended for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gays. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

It appears that the cultural leaders promoting the propaganda myth about the majority of Americans endorsing gay marriage have been dealt a setback from the “Duck Dynasty” controversy [“Reality has it risks,” Opinion, Dec. 26].

Proponents of the myth have used it to foster a sense of cultural superiority to oppress anyone who dares to take a different view. I’ve repeatedly exposed the myth as both false and intentionally manipulative.

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December 23, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Eastside Catholic: More reader responses from both sides of the debate

The majority of emails and letters we received over the weekend concerned the dismissal of gay vice principal Mark Zmuda. Here are 3 reader submissions:

The real outrage at Eastside Catholic High School is not the firing of the vice principal, it is the lack of moral formation shown in the rallies [“Thanks to the Students of Eastside Catholic,” Opinion, Dec. 20, 2013].

This is a common problem. That is why the pope called for a new evangelism. The Ten Commandments are binding on all people. Christians are not to be conformed to the world. The idea that the church needs to change to conform to the world violates scripture.

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December 20, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Eastside Catholic and the exit of vice principal Mark Zmuda

PROTEST FOR VICE-PRINCIPLE FIRING - SAMMAMISH - 121913 Chanting "Change the Church", students walked from Eastside Catholic High School, down their driveway to nearby 228th Ave. SE in Sammamish after and early morning announcement that a popular Vice-principle was fired for marrying his partner.  Students chanted, "Change the Church", shouted and waved to cars on 228th, and after 20 minutes, returned to school. Earlier in the morning after the announced firing, students spontaneously had a sit-in disrupting 1st period.  "It makes me have a lot of faith in my friends", said student, Courtney Houston, standing out on 228th.

Chanting “change the church,” students walked from Eastside Catholic High School, down the driveway to nearby 228th Avenue SE in Sammamish after an early morning announcement on Dec. 19 that a popular vice principal was dismissed.

Friday will be the last day at Eastside Catholic for vice principal and swim coach Mark Zmuda, 38, who joined the staff about a year and a half ago. Whether Zmuda left voluntarily or was forced out, once he married another man his fate at the school was sealed. Eastside Catholic High School says Mark Zmuda’s marriage to his same-sex partner violates Catholic teachings and a contract he signed when he was hired by the school. Students called the rule “totally unfair” and walked out of class in protest on Thursday.

The Seattle Times editorial board writes, “The hearts and minds of many young Catholics are changing. The students’ rebellion should provoke an institution that preaches compassion to also accept that individuals have a right to marry the person they love.”

Readers are writing in on the topic, voicing support for the students or framing gay marriage as anathema to biblical teachings:

To the students of Eastside Catholic: I applaud your expression of love and support for your vice principal [“Catholic school vice principal ousted over his gay marriage,” page one, Dec. 20, 2013].

However, I would urge restraint in your pleas to change church policy. Primarily because your real dispute is not with the church leadership but with the Bible itself.

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