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Posted by on May 22, 2008 in At TMV | 5 comments

Principal Resigns Rather Than Allow Gay/Straight Alliance

The principal of Irmo High School in South Carolina (former debate foes of mine) has resigned after being told that he had to allow a gay/straight alliance club to form at his school.

As I say in the linked post, as much as I find his arguments against the GSA repulsive, I think he did the honorable thing by resigning. I support a pretty broad array of religious accommodations — more than most Americans, I’d wager. But at the end of the day, if you feel like your religion prohibits you from doing your job, resign the job. Don’t try and corrupt the job so that it matches your religious agenda (cf., “Conscience exemptions” for pharmacists). Rather than stay on and try and undermine the GSA’s mission or show them they’re not wanted, this principal left. Good for him — though I hope some day he learns more about gay people so he does not feel like equal humanity conflicts with his religious faith.

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