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Teachers at Corona religious school dismissed for incompatible beliefs
Differences in religious belief and biblical interpretation have led a Corona Christian school to dismiss four teachers and seven other employees.
The move spurred some parents to pull their children out of the school and others to defend what they see as a move to protect their kids from spiritually harmful influences.
Supporters of the dismissed employees say the school took an uncompassionate and un-Christian approach by firing staff members for non-performance related reasons during a severe recession.
"To me, it feels like religious cleansing," said the Rev. John Saville, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Corona, where fired elementary teacher Marylou Goodman is a parishioner.
When hired, employees signed a "statement of faith" that summarizes Crossroads' beliefs. Several fired employees said they saw nothing in the statement they disagreed with. But Crossroads believes that the employees "weren't living out" the statement, Booher said.
Long said he had never heard of any complaints of Catholic or other non-evangelical beliefs being introduced into the classroom.
“Crossroads is not anti-Catholic, said the Rev. Chuck Booher, senior pastor of the church,” according to the Press-Enterprise’s account of the firings. “But some fundamental Catholic beliefs and practices -- such as praying to saints and the belief that the wine and wafer in communion become Christ's blood and body -- are not in line with Crossroads' teachings, he said.”
Originally posted by EricD
If the school didn't look into the private lives and backgrounds of every employee, then this is certainly an anti-Catholic conspiracy.