Ruthie Robertson, an adjunct professor of international politics and a practicing Mormon, says she was recently terminated from her position over arguments that ensued about a private, pro-LGBTQ Facebook post. According to The Washington Post, a spokesperson for Brigham Young University-Idaho is not commenting on the situation, saying the school “has a long standing policy of not commenting on personnel matters."
Robertson says in meetings with administrators it was heavily implied she would lose her job if the post were not taken down. She refused and was told to pray on that decision. A week later, when the post remained un-deleted, she was let go.
“This is my official announcement and declaration that I believe heterosexuality and homosexuality are both natural and neither is sinful,” Robertson wrote in a June 5 post celebrating Pride month and supporting her many LGBTQ friends. “I will never support the phrase ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ because that ‘sin’ is part of who that person is. Homosexuality and transgenderism are not sins; if God made us, and those are part of who we are… then God created that as well.”
Robertson added she is not "friends" with any of her students on Facebook and kept her political beliefs out of the classroom. According to KUTV, Robertson believes a former roommate who had been opposed to her stance on feminism reported her to her employers.
“Nothing in the contract says you can’t privately disagree with something with the church,” she said. “There is nothing in the contract that says I can’t express my personal opinions on my Facebook ... I think it was something that needed to be said, especially in the community I’m in."
Robertson will be allowed to finish teaching her current classes, which end tomorrow, but will not be returning to the school in the fall.
According to the BYU honor code: The university says it "will respond to homosexual behavior rather than to feelings or attraction and welcomes as full members of the university community all whose behavior meets university standards... However, the Honor Code requires all members of the university community to manifest a strict commitment to the law of chastity. Homosexual behavior is inappropriate and violates the Honor Code. Homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.”
Robertson is now working as a bartender.