Before you think they did the right thing, ask yourselves this: what if she was at Yale, belonged to the Conservative Students Union, expressed support for banning same-sex marriage and got fired?
Bit of a sticky wicket, eh, wot?
Ruthie Robertson, 22, wrote the status to her social media page on June 5 in honor of Pride Month.
In the post, she also expressed her opposition to the strict religious practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she is currently a member.
The Facebook post was set to private mode, meaning none of Robertson’s students could read it – only Robertson’s friends could view it.
However, one of her followers came across the post and reported it to her employer at some point that same day.
The very next day, Robertson was summoned to meet with administrators where it was strongly implied that if she did not take down the offending post she would be fired.
Robertson refused and claims that school officials ordered her to pray on her decision, according to the Washington Post.
The young professor says one week later, after she had still not deleted the post she was called in and told that she would not be returning to teach in the fall.
She was told that she would be allowed to finish teaching her classes until the summer, but after that her contract was over.
When asked, the university said that it ‘has a long-standing policy of not commenting on personal matters,’
Robertson was employed as an adjunct instructor of political science at Brigham Young University-Idaho, a private university closely affiliated to the LDS Church, according to the school’s official website.
She admitted to feeling out of ‘place’ as a member of the church for several years.
‘I kind of felt like the rug was pulled out from under me,’ she said in an interview with The Washington Post.