The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that around 60 people gathered at Fountain Square downtown to protest the teacher contract issued by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The contract requires archdiocesan teachers to initial their assent to settled Church teaching on a variety of topics. Evidently — and tellingly — their effort is supported by the George Soros-funded MoveOn.org, a far-left Democrat lobbying organization that came to fame in the last decade by smearing President George W. Bush. Here’s a snippet:

The contract for the first time spells out that archdiocesan teachers are not allowed to support publicly behavior that is in contrast to Roman Catholic teachings on gay “lifestyles,” out-of-wedlock relationships, abortions and certain fertility methods.

Some participants in the “March to Fix the Contract,” however, feel alienated. They said the restrictions don’t jibe with their own views as Catholics.

“They aren’t listening to all Catholics,” said Tom Flautt of Anderson Township. “They’re only listening to a small group.”

He thinks the contract is a thinly veiled attempt to shield the archdiocese from potential lawsuits – if, for example, a teacher is fired because of his or her personal beliefs.

“The whole thing is about money,” said Flautt. “This contract is an attempt to keep them from having to pay for improper labor actions.”

The march drew a mix of parents, students, former teachers and others who support their cause.

Mary Lee Busam of Westwood held a sign stating, “I am a Grammy. Fix the contract.”

She has 17 grandchildren, all old enough to attend Catholic school. She doesn’t like the restrictions that the contract puts on their teachers.

“I’m here to support teachers who can’t support themselves. It’s such an obvious injustice,” she said. “You can’t take away people’s right to free speech.”

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