LOS ANGELES, May 10, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)—A Catholic university suspended an employee last month for telling students that there are only two genders.
The employee’s husband told LifeSiteNews that his wife was suspended for two weeks and faces ongoing hostility from Jesuit-run Loyola Marymount University for her Catholic beliefs.
LMU’s Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) is working with the Los Angeles Police Department to investigate an alleged “hate crime” that occurred during the Jesuit university’s “Rainbow Week” last month,The Los Angeles Loyolanreported. The “hate crime” that allegedly occurred consisted of an LMU Alumni Relations employee defending the Catholic Church’s teaching on human sexuality to three student workers from the LGBT Student Services Office.
According to a press release from LMU’s Gender Sexuality Alliance, LGBT Student Services put up signs advertising Rainbow Week events and “depicting facts about LGBTQ+ issues.” Sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on April 14, the signs were “removed and trashed, hidden next to a nearby trash can.” Students from LGBT Student Services put the fliers back up when “an LMU employee emerged from Von der Ahe building and aggressively confronted the students. The students engaged her in conversation and she replied hatefully,” according to thepress release.
The employee’s husband said that his wife removed the signs because she saw no indication that the university had approved them and they were clearly contradictory to the university’s Catholic mission. The employee asked the students if they were authorized to post the signs, her husband said, and the students said they were.
The employee had a civil conversation with the students, her husband said, and they shook hands at the end of it.
“At no time was any one of us hostile to each other,” the LMU employee said in her official statement about the incident, which her husband provided to LifeSiteNews. “The dialogue never got heated or out of control. No one asked to stop or indicated they were being ‘hated’ on or hurt. The girls engaged me in the dialogue, I answered their questions, and gave my opinion and they gave me theirs.”
“The messaging on the signs [was] very offensive to me as a Catholic working on a Catholic campus,” the employee said. “The messaging was very anti-Catholic and a direct hit against the principles of the faith. Every time I walked by them I experienced great sorrow and an aching pain within the very depths of [my] soul. My conscience was telling me this is not right.”