Yes, they should be allowed to demand a traditional Christian moral code from all teachers
They should be allowed if they prove they apply the same standards to all teachers
They should be allowed, but that doesn't make it right
They are discriminating against women, since fornication is more obvious with them
If the school board members can prove they never fornicated, then they stand on solid ground
Christian schools should not be allowed to discriminate on moral grounds
Christians are the biggest bunch of hypocrites on the face of the Earth!
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The idea that they're "denying people's rights" is just ridiculous.
Though on the other hand I'll agree with you, that if it was Wal-Mart doing this instead of a "religious" organization, then the outcry would be a lot different (since declaring yourself "religiously-affiliated" gets you special privilages in this country).
But personally I really could care less what a private business or organization does as long as it's not illegal. Hell, if someone wants to open a Neo-Nazi school that doesn't allow any non-whites, I wouldn't care since no one is forced to patronize it. They're only hurting their own business with rules like that anyway.
I think in this case, the (visible) morality of the teachers is very much part of the curriculum which means the school is right to enforce it.
Not sure about the legalities of the situation though.
I am not going to read the thread. But the question in my opinion is ridiculous of course. If the employee performs their duties while at work correctly then the employer should continue with that persons employment. Personal actions away from work should not have any bearing on their employment. This is completely unacceptable to use as a reason for firing. What if they lied outside of work? or break some other religious morality? I would think this organization have a great deal of difficulty holding employees at all.
However, I think you are correct that these standards are nearly impossible to enforce well and end up making the enforcers looking like pricks or hypocrites.
I am no expert in employment law, but it does seem that certain jobs carry with them requirements that go beyond standard requirements, for example, being a lobbyist for an anti-smoking group while being a smoker.
But if your job includes teaching a specific morality to kids, and you don't live by the morality that the employer wants you to have (no matter how stupid), then I'd agree that could be a reasonable job requirement.
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One more caveat regarding this matter.. what if it was the owner of this private school who transgressed against the sanctity of whichever moral code it was? Isn't hypocrisy one of the most wide spread failure of moral convictions?
Maybe he be forced to relinquish ownership of the said property and find another job?