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article imageArtist could be fired after protest against Catholic anti-gay DVD

By Andrew John     Sep 28, 2010 in World
Minneapolis - An artist in Minneapolis faces being fired from her job for her protest against a Catholic DVD that rails against same-sex marriage.
According to the Star Tribune, Lucinda Naylor was suspended from a part-time job she has held for 15 years at Minneapolis’s Basilica of St Mary.
She had announced a plan to build a protest sculpture using the anti-gay DVDs the Catholic Church plans to send to members.
Her suspension came two days after she’d launched the project. She’s been working part time at the basilica for 15 years.
“I suspect suspension is a kind word for termination,” Naylor said. “I’ll miss the income. But there’s times when people need to stand up for what they believe.”
“Mailed last week, the DVDs should start arriving at the homes of the state’s 400,000 Catholics on Wednesday,” says the Star Tribune. “The production, in which Archbishop John Nienstedt appears, stresses the need for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota.”
He said the archdiocese was supportive of her protest, but, “If you’re going to have someone associated with you going against the main thrust of what you’re doing and lobbying against the teachings of the church, it’s pretty logical you’re going to take some action. I don’t know any organization that wouldn’t.”
The news source adds: “Her protest and the recent focus by Minnesota’s Catholic bishops on gay marriage combine two explosive topics – politics and religion.”
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