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An Open Letter to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

andrewshortcomedy:

Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr

100 East Eighth Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Are you there, Archdiocese of Cincinnati? It’s me, Andrew Short. I’m a graduate of Bishop Leibold Elementary School, Archbishop Alter High School, and Xavier University. My brother attended these schools as did my sister, except she’s about to graduate from Loyola University in Chicago. Every school I attended operates under the umbrella of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Considering my family has spent a tremendous amount of time and money in your archdiocese, I feel you owe it to me to hear me out. I’d like to talk about your most recent proclamation – the threat to fire all openly gay teachers and administrators. Let’s get started.

Unfortunately I won’t be able to name names of the friends, teachers and administrators who identify as homosexual and work for your organization for fear they will be fired, so you’re going to have to take my word for it. These are friends who went through school with me, supported me, sat next to me in class, and enriched my life by sharing their lives with me. These are teachers who taught me to think critically, to love others without question, to examine social issues and become a man for others. They also taught me how to write. These are administrators who bring in a tremendous amount of money to your archdiocese, especially at Xavier University. And with your most recent declaration, you’re establishing a culture of fear for young gay students. You’re threatening to fire teachers who work for almost nothing because they’re committed to bettering the lives of children. You’re bleeding your own accounts dry by threatening to terminate administrators. How tremendously unchristian. “Blessed are the meek” indeed. The Beatitudes, by the way, are found in two of the four Gospels. Homosexuality isn’t mentioned once in any of the Gospels.

I could go on for hours on how unconscionable it is to threaten homosexual adults who serve your archdiocese. However, my biggest concern is the culture of fear and shame that you’re creating for young gay kids. Put yourself in the situation of a young boy or girl who is gay. Could you imagine how it would feel to be afraid to talk to a teacher or advocate about it in your own school? Have you considered the culture of bullying this will create by empowering young frustrated kids to act out their anger on gay students and ridicule them as the archdiocese gives them a pass by institutionalizing the horrible idea that homosexuality is both wrong and punishable? Can you put yourself in the position of parents who send their gay son or daughter to school every day, knowing they have no one to talk to, that they’re all on their own, that they will be mocked and teased? Can you consider the heartache of a mother watching her gay son or daughter boarding a school bus to go to a Catholic school where they will most certainly be tormented? Have you no decency?

Teachers aren’t handing out pro-gay picket signs in class. Children aren’t being excused from class to participate in gay pride rallies. For the life of me I cannot comprehend the motivation of your draconian decree. Your institutionalized lack of sympathy is baffling, especially considering that you claim to be a Catholic institution. Gandhi said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” How shameful that this applies to an entire archdiocese. Do you really think creating an unsafe space for children is a good play for your archdiocese right now? You know, all things considered? You cannot continue to operate like this in the advent of the internet. This issue has garnered national attention and people are outraged. Quite frankly, I’m embarrassed to be associated with you in any capacity. You’re persecuting the persecuted. Your schools taught me that is not okay, so I am speaking out.

You’re teaching children that being gay isn’t just wrong, it’s punishable. That is particularly disgusting, coming from an institution built on works of a man who ate with sinners and prostitutes. By silencing sympathetic dialogue about homosexuality, by holding the threat of job termination over the heads of gay teachers and administrators, you’re just barely falling short of echoing the late Fred Phelps’ infamous slogan “God hates fags.” It is up to you to determine on which side of history you will fall. Choose wisely. That is, if you honestly believe your organization’s current approach of persecuting marginalized members of society will allow it to survive in the contemporary world. Which I assure you it will not.

Yours,

Andrew Short

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Excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about our lord, Poseidon? 

I would just immediately start crying

theperks:

jake-benge:

rumblefishx:

I live by the beach and this little guy just popped by for a visit 

EXCUSE ME

Excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about our lord, Poseidon? 

I would just immediately start crying

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behindsuchgreeneyes:

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alluringalliteration:

Okay I know the time frame totally doesn’t work but- Imagine Draco Malfoy getting all puffed up and arrogant and starting to say “I don’t think my father-” and Harry slyly interjecting “-the inventor of toaster strudel-” “-would be too happy to-” and then stopping in confusion when Harry, Hermione, and every other Muggleborn in earshot start practically crying with laughter.

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awkwardmastermind:

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They have Le Mis

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ivorytowermind:

dominique-inique-inique:

everybody seems to think ravenclaw is a quiet place to read but i quite disagree

i mean maybe the fact that it’s so light and airy is because they need to be able to open the windows when jack blows something up while experimenting with charms in the corner

and the prefects always have their hands full because fights regularly break out over the fact that ‘post hoc ergo propter hoc is not a legitimate argument, diana!’ and ‘i can’t believe you think dorabella’s star maps are more accurate than mine! what kind of friend are you?’

and then of course there’s the divide between the ravenclaws that revere the old schools of learning and the brash new-world-new-rules ravenclaws that say ‘fuck you!’ to all magical conventions. and man, those prank wars are dangerous (especially when professor flitwick not only fails to stop them, but decides to join in on the fun)

i mean come on it’s a house of knowledge seekers that probably love to argue and theorize and experiment and have a certain amount of pride in their intelligence. things never go smoothly when you’ve got approximately 80 people all trying to be the smartest person in the room

        

#and then there are the Ravenclaws that go through existential crises every other week because of things they’re reading#WHAT DO YOU MEAN WE HAVE POTIONS HOMEWORK#I’M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER OTHER MEANS OF TORTURE ARE ACTUALLY MORE ETHICAL THAN THE CRUCIATUS#AND IF NOT THEN WHY ARE THEY LEGAL#or#I AM CALLING OFF QUIDDITCH PRACTICE TODAY BECAUSE I HAVE TO THINK ABOUT WHY QUIDDITCH IS DIVIDED BY HOUSES#or I CAN’T GO TO RUNES BECAUSE I AM TOO UPSET ABOUT WITCH HUNTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES#IMAGINE WHAT THAT WOULD BE LIKE JUST IMAGINE IT#or BUT WHY IS OUR CURRENCY SO ILLOGICAL CAN’T WE FIX IT#or HOW DOES MAGIC GET PASSED DOWN BUT THEN ALSO APPEAR AT RANDOM NOBODY CAN EXPLAIN IT#IS IT IN OUR BODIES OR IN OUR MINDS OR WHAT#(just calm down and come to transfiguration okay)#I WILL NOT CALM DOWN AND I WILL NOT COME TO TRANSFIGURATION#IF YOU VANISH A THING AND CONJURE IT AGAIN IS IT THE SAME MATTER#IS IT THE SAME ESSENCE#(it’s okay. just vanish the pincushion)#IT’S NOT OKAY

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mutualize:

I went to take a cute photo and he yawned and I am dying omg

mutualize:

I went to take a cute photo and he yawned and I am dying omg

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