Teacher fired over Atheist Nexus website account
Another teacher has been fired from her job as a math teacher at a Catholic school after being outed as an atheist. What makes this story interesting is how they found out about her lack of faith:
Abby Nurre said she was called into the principal’s office just before winter break and asked about Atheist Nexus, a social network that bills itself as site for “nontheists.”
She said she registered on the site on her personal computer at home. She noted a New York Times’ article reporting the government had spent $2.3 million on prayer research since 2000 and added the link.
“I never thought something like that would jeopardize my job,” she said Friday from Phoenix, Ariz., where she was applying for teaching jobs.
Nurre was suspended by Monsignor Kevin McCoy and later fired by the school board for violating a policy that prohibits employees from advocating “principles contrary” to the teachings of the church.
After snooping around long enough, the schoolboard also found that Nurre had once filled out a Facebook poll where she answered ‘No’ to a question about whether she believed in God. SUCH HERESY! What’s saddest about this situation is Nurre has basically been forced to renounce her non-belief:
Nurre said when she was hired at St. Edmonds, she was asked if she was a Catholic. She said she wasn’t. At school, she attended Mass and participated in prayer.
“I was fine with that. I’ve always done that,” she said. “I’m not an atheist. I’m not a Catholic. I’m not a Christian. I’m somewhere in between.”
Hmmm. Doesn’t believe in God. Made posts on Atheist Nexus criticizing religion. Sounds pretty atheist to me. I’m not trying to criticize Abby Nurre here about this because Zeus knows she’s already out of a job at a very shitty time – I just think it’s disgusting atheists have to hide and denounce their beliefs or be discriminated against. Go Christian tolerance! You guys are the best. Wait, no you aren’t. You suck.