07 May 2012
Eychaner Foundation Reaction to Diocese Response
The mission of the Eychaner Foundation is to promote tolerance, understanding and anti-bullying policies. We help Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students survive and work to prevent teen suicide. We’re shocked that Bishop Amos and the Diocese of Davenport find these positions “contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church”.
Do their beliefs support intolerance and bullying?
How can it be acceptable to have school staff present the award in the school, but not allow the sponsor of the award to make the presentation? How is the award itself acceptable to Catholic beliefs but not those who make it possible? Why would we allow others to present an award we make possible?
What is objectionable about a mission of tolerance and understanding, supporting bullied students and suicide prevention that makes us unwelcome at Prince of Peace, but not representatives of US Military Academies and casinos who are allowed to present scholarships at diocesan schools?
We have been overwhelmed by the world wide support at change.org for Keaton Fuller and having the Matthew Shepard Scholarship presented by the scholarship committee at the awards ceremony.