Teacher at Private Christian School Fired For Getting Pregnant Out of Wedlock
At a public school, it would be discrimination to fire a teacher just because she’s pregnant. But what if this teacher worked a private Christan school, and was pregnant out of wedlock?
That’s the situation going on at Heritage Christian School in Rockwall, Texas, where teacher Cathy Samford was fired because she got pregnant and was not married. Administrators at the school say that the teacher violated the morals clause in her contract by getting pregnant outside of marriage. But Samford disagrees with the school’s decision.
“We all have different views and interpretations,” Samford said. “It’s not necessarily the Christian thing to do to throw somebody aside because of those.”
“You can’t discriminate against someone who’s pregnant or has a pregnancy-related medical condition,” said Colin Walsh, her attorney. “That is both state and federal law.”
Naturally, this story is creating a lot of attention, and a lot of people are condemning the school for firing her just because she was pregnant and unmarried. Sure, if this was a public school, they may have something to complain about. However, this is a private Christian school, a separate entity that pretty much operates by their own rules. So, the school has every right to fire her.
But the question remains, should they have fired her? Well, this teacher was supposed to be setting a good Christian example for her students, at least in the school’s opinion. And anyone who reads the Bible knows that having children outside of marriage is a no-no. (Except if the pregnancy is the result of “divine conception,” which I highly doubt is the case here…) She knew what she was getting into when she agreed to be a teacher at a Christian school. The point is, the teacher made a choice that violated her contract, and ultimately led to her firing. The school isn’t punishing the woman, they are holding her accountable for her actions.
What do you think? Should a teacher at a Christian school be fired for getting pregnant out of wedlock?