10.18.2005

'I'm Too Catholic for the Flag
Too Catholic for the Flag
So Catholic It's Sad...'

Teacher Loses Job After Refusing To Display American Flag

from WABC-DT New York

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut - A dispute whether to display the American flag in the classroom has cost a teacher at a Catholic high school his job.

The teacher refused to hang the flag at Kolbe Cathedral High in Bridgeport because he said flags are about assertions of superiority and aggression [and] conflicted with his Catholic faith and strong parochial teaching beliefs.

Diocesesan officials say they don't discuss personnel matters but did say in a statement: "The diocese of Bridgeport has long believed that the American flag is an important fixture in its Catholic school classrooms."

He suggested a compromise, but school officials held firm to the policy, which he says ultimately cost him his job.

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