Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Empire at Work

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Empire at Work

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The politically correct policing may have been pioneered in the universities, but it's now part of everyday life. Patricia Jannuzzi was recently suspended by Immaculata High School, a Catholic school run by a religious institute of sisters in Somerville, New Jersey. Her sin? On her Facebook page, Jannuzzi posted critical comments about the sophistry that often characterizes gay activism, concluding with an observation and exhortation. "In other words [advocates of same-sex marriage] want to engineer western civ into slow extinction. We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of children and humanity!!!"

A former student, Scott Lyons, who is married to a man and has adopted a child, read the Facebook posting and circulated a petition denouncing Jannuzzi's comments as "hate speech" and "homophobic." His aunt, Susan Sarandon, got into the act, supporting the petition. Another former student, also gay, actor Greg Bennett, asked his 165,000 Twitter followers to sign the petition. …

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