Thursday, July 17, 2014

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!!! WOMAN FIRED BY KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC CHURCH OVER GAY MARRIAGE FILES LAWSUIT TODAY!!!



Colleen Simon is taking a stand against Kansas City Catholic discriminatory employment practices today in front of the offices of the diocese . . .

Remember . . .

Catholic church fires woman over her same-sex marriage

And now . . .

Here's the latest legal action against Bishop Finn and The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese

CHECK THIS KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC LAWSUIT NOTICE RIGHT NOW!!!

ONLY ON TKC . . . READ THE PETITION STATEMENT THAT WAS FILED EARLIER TODAY!!!

Here is her FULL STATEMENT . . .

“Last year, I believed God had answered my prayers when I was hired by St. Francis Xavier Church as Director of Social Ministries. Through that position, I oversaw and advanced the operations of the Church’s food pantry, which feeds over 70 local families in need each month. I also had the responsibility of raising up Catholic Social Teachings within the parish, so that through faith we could work together on justice issues.

"Having been raised Catholic, I deeply internalized the Church’s mission to serve those at the margins, and I was so grateful to have the opportunity to fulfill my calling through my work.

"However, as much as my Catholic roots are a part of my identity, so is my love for my family, including for my wife of over two years, the Reverend Donna Simon of St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church. Before even applying for this job, which I wanted so badly, I let the church know that I am a lesbian, and was still encouraged to apply. During my interview with the pastor, I shared that I am married, and that many people in Kansas City know this about us. After I was employed, my wife, like any spouse, attended a fundraiser at the food pantry and many of my co-workers had the opportunity to meet her as my spouse.

"The Church hired me for my qualifications not based on who I loved. My dedication to St. Francis Xavier showed in my work and in the growth and success of the food pantry—the number of new parishioners who volunteered or contributed, and the programs developed to better serve our families in need.

"For these reasons, I was surprised and dismayed when I was terminated from my job after an article appeared in the Kansas City Star’s 816 Magazine on April 30, 2014. The article headlined “Trusting in Troost,” noted that I was married to Pastor Donna Simon of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, while highlighting the wonderful social work taken on by both Churches.

"While I feel betrayed by the unjust action of the Diocese, it is still my greatest desire to return to my position and to serve the parishioners and those at the margins in the surrounding community.

"It is with reluctance and after exhausting all attempts at reason that I file this lawsuit today, and I hope and pray that the court grants me the justice I deserve for the wrong done to me."
#############

Here's the presser:

Disgraced Bishop Wrongfully Fired Church Employee After Accidental “Outing” by Kansas City Star, Lawsuit to Allege

July 16, 2014, Kansas City, MO – This Thursday, July 17, at 10:30 AM CST, Colleen Simon – the former pastoral associate at St. Francis Xavier’s Church who was fired after the Kansas City Star unintentionally “outed” her marriage to local Lutheran Reverend, Donna Simon – will file a lawsuit In the Jackson County, Missouri, Circuit Court against the Kansas City Diocese. Following the filing, Colleen and her attorney from the Keenan Law Firm will hold a news conference to discuss the action.

In her lawsuit, Simon alleges that she had informed all those involved with her hiring that she is a lesbian prior to being offered the job, and that she never kept her marriage a secret from the pastor who hired her. However, after the Kansas City Star’s 816 magazine published a story about development and increasing diversity along the city’s Troost Street, which featured Simon’s work for the local food pantry as well as the work of her wife, Rev. Simon, among others, she was terminated from her job, with the diocese citing her marriage as the cause.

During her tenure, Simon greatly advanced the work and success of St. Francis Xavier’s food pantry, which serves over 70 families in need each month. She considers faith-based social service work her “life’s calling.”

Many have rallied behind Simon’s unjust firing including via an online petition that surpassed goals of 15,000 and then 20,000 signatures, yet the diocese, led by disgraced Bishop Robert Finn, refused to reinstate Simon. She reluctantly files this lawsuit as a last resort to try to restore her employment.

What:

Press Conference, Lawsuit Filing against Bishop Finn, Diocese of Kansas City

Who:

Colleen Simon, Plaintiff, Former Pastoral Associate at St. Francis Xavier

E.E. Keenan, Attorney, Keenan Law Firm

Donna Simon, Wife of Colleen Simon, Reverend at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church

When:

10:30 AM CST, 11:30 AM EST, Thursday, July 17

Where:

Catholic Diocese of Kansas City, 20 W 9th St. Kansas City, MO 64105
##############

Update after TKC:

KMBC: Lesbian sues Kansas City diocese over firing

Newspaper: Church pantry worker fired for being lesbian sues Catholic diocese

Pitch: Bishop Finn sued again

Developing . . .

54 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like KC has another hobby lobby case on its hands.

Anonymous said...

If you can't blow the trombone correctly, you're out!

Anonymous said...

Would the National Lawyers guild employ a right wing republican from the Federalist Club?

FC said...

Doesn't matter, you can't fire somebody for being gay. End of story. Finn should have known better.

Anonymous said...

10:02, apparently it wasn't a "Rusty" trombone.

Anonymous said...

It all depends on her employee classification. The Supreme Court has upheld the "ministerial exemption" (which exempts employees classified as actively participating in the ministry of a religious organization) from protection associated with anti-discrimination laws. While neither Missouri nor Kansas have anti-discrimination laws that protect sexual identity or preference, the civil case will be much more "open and shut" if she was classified as a ministerial employee, as this federal exemption would trump any argument of unjust termination.

This exemption is also why catholic schools have started implementing new contracts for all employees that include language about the employee being an "example" to the students and engaged in their religious development. It helps them classify all employees as "ministerial employees" and avoid this issue.

Anonymous said...

"...Doesn't matter, you can't fire somebody for being gay. End of story. Finn should have known better."

Wrong, neither Missouri nor Kansas, nor the Federal government, and any discrimination laws pertaining to sexual identity or preference. Some states have instituted these protections, but ours are not among them. It is perfectly legal to terminate an employee based upon sexual preference.

Anonymous said...

She has already lost.

Anonymous said...

Stupid, fucking dyke! That bitch is just a waste of time anyhow..

Greedo said...

Another screwup by Finn. How much money has the guy cost the church?

Anonymous said...

Typical Catholic hypocrisy. Fire the lesbian, but turn a blind eye to the little boy-banging priests. Proud to be a WASP.

Anonymous said...

What the fuck Tony, is it queer story day at TKC?

Did your boyfriend Glazer make you post this shit?

Anonymous said...

Throw the nasty dyke in the MO river and be done with it.

Anonymous said...

Cull queers from the population.

Anonymous said...

If she came to work at a Catholic facility and advocated homosexuality in any way then her ass can be fired. A million times folks come on here and tell queers to enjoy their lives, but keep their sexual preferences out of the workplace. Problem is these fucking gay drama queens think they can shove their queer shit down everyone's throat and when it comes back to bite them in the ass they start flaming and crying. Well, boo hoo! No sympathy here.

Anonymous said...

Maybe she'll get all depressed when she doesn't win the lawsuit and will self-immolate. Crispy Dyke.

Anonymous said...

Once again, the TKC peanut gallery demonstrates why Kansas and Missouri are places millions of Americans stay away from in droves.

What they both need to hear said...

Colleen: Religion is superstition, drop it.

Bob Finn: You are a filthy bigot who is lucky that Hell does not exist.

Anonymous said...

Finn is drawn from the sick ilk of priests who killed John Paul I in his sleep in order to clear the way for the Neo-Nazi John Paul II.

Anonymous said...

Notice there is always some member of the peanut gallery bitching that there are others in the peanut gallery with opinions too?

Roger Cook said...

Notice that the press release didn't include some relevant information:

When was she hired?
When was she married?
When was that marriage made known to her employer?
When was she fired?

Depending on the order of these dates, the lawsuit could go different ways.

Anonymous said...

Read the actual petition filed in court to obtain this info.

Anonymous said...

Yes you can. Even left wing judges and lawyers will agree. It's a church. You know the first amendment

Anonymous said...

Finn don't like no goddamn pussy-lickers.

A girl who knows said...

Is that why Catholic guys are so bad at pussy-licking?

Roger Cook said...

Not having any luck finding the petition.

Anonymous said...

Fags are defective and should be culled.

P Bear said...

Attention Catholics:

Cocksucking is cool

Pussy licking will get you fired

It's for the good of the community said...

Crazy dyke should off herself.

Anonymous said...

The recommendation for a person to commit suicide is example of the fascist society we've become.

Anonymous said...

Homosexual is not yet a protected class, so the church was OK for firing her based on sexual preference. Sorry, but that is the law at the current time.

Since this is a sure loser, she is probably hoping to shake down them down for a sympathy settlement. In reality, some GLBT group is probably bankrolling her attorney fees to further embarrass the Catholic church.

Anonymous said...

Someone lend her a shotgun to suck on.

Anonymous said...

Licking pussy in the Catholic Church is a habit.

Anonymous said...

Excellent. After all, priests can molest anyone they like. The Catholic church is a living monument to generations of child abuse. But keep those darn queers out!! The only deviants we want are the ones in black who prey on children in the name of Christ.

Go Away, You Lesbo Freak said...

Move to San Francornhole and don't come back.

Tuluride said...

This liberal says the plaintiff is wrong.

Anonymous said...

2:12: Evidently her employer was aware of her situation when they hired her. If she can prove that, she may have a good case that it was not her orientation but the publicity the church was reacting to.

And if there is anyone out there who believes there are no homosexuals in the Catholic church, there's a bridge in New York and some land a few miles east of Miami I'd like to see if they want to buy.

Anonymous said...

Move all the faggot freaks to that city east of Miami mentioned by 4:22 PM.

Anonymous said...

I'm sick of all of you fucking arm chair law professors in KC. There's a name for people like you: the ILLITERATI. FUCK YOU, ILLITERATE KC. If you're not too lazy to get your ass of your arm chair, read the Supreme Court's decision in HOSANNA-TABOR. (Wait, sorry, none of you can read!) Or, since you're all fat lazy-ass pieces of shit, just read the last paragraph to understand that religious organizations are NOT exempt from tort and contract law. wait, I'll post it because you're all to fat, slow, lazy, and unresourceful to google it:

"The case before us is an employment discrimination suit brought on behalf of a minister, challenging her church's decision to fire her. Today we hold only that the ministerial exception bars such a suit. We express no view on whether the exception bars other types of suits, including actions by employees alleging breach of contract or tortious conduct by their religious employers. There will be time enough to address the applicability of the exception to other circumstances if and when they arise."

from: Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & Sch. v. EEOC, 132 S. Ct. 694 at 710. Yes, that's a Supreme Court decision from 2012. The one that exempts churches from employment discrimination suits by people who are acting as ministers.

(I'm posting the citation for all of your fucking fake lawyers who're too poor or illiterate to use legal research tools and have so much time on your hands (meaning no cases or clients) that you spout your idiotic, baseless opinions on here all day.))

And of course, all of you armchair self-proclaimed "liberals" and fake law prof shitheads haven't even clicked on the link posted to the actual law suit and are just making assumptions. It is a fraud suit. I'll put it in all caps for you slow idiots: FRAUD. It's not employment discrimination, KC ILLITERATI. That's why this city is full of mediocrity--dumb shits who can't read and who post their stupid asshole assumptions and opinions and walk around thinking they're smart. I hope all of you suck Finn's cock. That's right, you do.

Anonymous said...

Tuluride, you're a fucking stupid piece of shit. If you're a liberal, sign me up for something else. Please don't destroy the l-word by including yourself. You are a perfect example of ILLITERATI. I bet you're Catholic too.

Anonymous said...

Tuluride, you're a fucking stupid piece of shit. If you're a liberal, sign me up for something else. Please don't destroy the l-word by including yourself. You are a perfect example of ILLITERATI. I bet you're Catholic too.

Michele Newman said...

Think PINK! Wow, I love lesbians even though you should all know I am straight although men do not find me attractive. But THINK PINK!

Anonymous said...

Couldn't have said it better myself

Anonymous said...

Couldn't have said it better myself

Anonymous said...

George W. Bush likes it up his ass. So did Raygun.

Ask Nancy and what's her name.

Anonymous said...

Bush 1 was a straight arrow, though.

Anonymous said...

Slick Willie Clinton would fuck anything that moved.

Anonymous said...

EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS!!!!!!

Case will be dismissed!

Colleen Simon, Plaintiff, destroys her case when writing:

"Before even applying for this job, which I wanted so badly, I let the church know that I am a lesbian, and was still encouraged to apply. During my interview with the pastor, I shared that I am married, and that many people in Kansas City know this about us. After I was employed, my wife, like any spouse, attended a fundraiser at the food pantry and many of my co-workers had the opportunity to meet her as my spouse."
"The Church hired me for my qualifications not based on who I loved."

Anonymous said...

Collen and Donna Simon, the pussy lickers in question, are tied sexually to Kim Clause Luaces,a KC Teachers Union communist known for fucking black men and white women. Our most holy Bishop is right to separate these scum from our childen and all Godly people.

Anonymous said...

+100 @ 10:29 PM

Anonymous said...

9:34, glad you know how to cut and paste. You probably had to look 'plaintiff' up in the dictionary, you brainless drone.

Anonymous said...

10:29: You don't sound too "godly" to me--at least not in the "judge not" sense. Are you still stuck in Leviticus?

Anonymous said...

Way more than I wanted to know.

All stories could be this long but you don't post all of that, unless you can easily cut and paste it when it's all handed to you, and call it "EXCLUSIVE", right?

Can you even spell "Journalism?" Be one, or get lost.

Sorry friend...but until you get some consistency going, you're just another opportunist who likes big tits.

Not that I disagree...grin. The light black chick made my mouth salivate!

Anonymous said...

11:14... where's the LIKE button on Tony's software.

He should move to the Facebook Platform, and allow both comments and graphic posts.

I think the HTML format is disappearing. Ive already moved on to FB. Tony should too. He doesn't have to REALLY Post his friends. The only problem is that FB requires a reall ID. Means if you wanna talk anonymously, create an anonymous phone account on gmail with a real phone nr, and use it. I do. Just get a cheap phone and then talk on!

Another step, but I think much more recognition. Were I tony, I'd hide 'friends'.

I think our longstanding website COM id's will disappear toward the social media--because of their netowrking abilities. This is why I do BOTH!