A longtime Catholic high school teacher in New Jersey is losing her job because of her support for the institution of marriage and the traditional family. Patricia Januzzi will not be back next year at Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey, because she dared to speak out
against redefining marriage to include same-sex unions.
Januzzi has taught theology for the last 30 years at Immaculata. She came under fire from school administrators after she posted comments on her personal Facebook page opposing action by the federal courts to mandate so-called same-sex "marriage."
Januzzi took issue with the legal argument that same-sex "couples" are entitled to be "married" under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. She correctly pointed out that "equal protection" guarantees have always applied to "unchangeable characteristics" such as race and disability.
In her Facebook post, Januzzi deplored recent vile attacks by homosexual activists against Dr. Ben Carson
. A prominent conservative speaker who is
considering a presidential bid, Carson has stated that homosexual conduct is a behavioral choice. Radical homosexual leader Dan Savage responded by issuing an obscene and disgusting challenge to Carson which we won't reprint here.
In her Facebook post, Januzzi expressed concern that redefining marriage to exclude a mother or a father would "reengineer Western civilization into a slow extinction." "We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of children and humanity," she wrote.
A graduate of Immaculata quickly worked with other alumni to begin a campaign to remove Januzzi, and enlisted the prominent support of his relative, liberal actress Susan Sarandon
. Soon Januzzi was being
viciously attacked for promoting "hate speech." "Gay rights" activists called her a "nightmare human dumpster." One Immaculata alumnus called her "a religious fanatic," despite the fact that her views are an accurate expression of Catholic theology and doctrine.
Administrators at Immacolata responded by suspending Januzzi and ordering her to deactivate her Facebook account. They have now informed her that they will not be renewing her teaching contract for the coming year. In a statement, the school said Januzzi's comments did not reflect the "philosophy or mission" of the high school, even though they are thoroughly consistent with Catholic teaching.
In taking Januzzi to task, Principal Jean Kline said the school would not tolerate "discrimination of any kind." She said that Immacolata's philosophy "is one of inclusion rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ." Kline
did not expound on where in the teachings of Jesus Christ He included approval of homosexual conduct and the reordering of God's design for the family.
Instead of coming to the defense of a faithful Catholic teacher, Bishop Paul Bootkoski
joined the verbal assault on Januzzi. Bootkoski accused her of making "harsh, judgmental, and disturbing" statements "that do not reflect the Church's teachings of acceptance." Bootkoski did not explain where in the teachings of the Catholic Church there is acceptance of sexual immorality and the perversion of marriage, or why he had chosen to make harsh, judgmental, and disturbing statements about Januzzi.