BRIDGEPORT — A teacher at Kolbe-Cathedral High School has been dismissed for reportedly refusing to display the U.S. flag in his classroom. Stephen Vincent Kobasa, an English teacher at the Catholic high school since 1999, was fired Thursday after he refused to follow what he called a "policy which has no official documentation" that requires the flag to be displayed in classrooms of all parochial schools of the Diocese of Bridgeport. Kobasa said Friday that his career long personal policy has been not to display the flag of any nation in his classroom. Such displays violate a deeply held religious conviction, he said.
When a new diocesan policy was enacted at the beginning of the academic year requiring the Pledge of Allegiance be recited in classrooms every morning, Kobasa said he reached a compromise with school and diocese officials. "I went to the principal [Jo-Anne Jakab] with a compromise that they could have a flag in the classroom for that period of time," Kobasa said. But, according to the New Haven resident, on Sept. 30 he was called to meet with diocesan Supt. of Schools Margaret A. Dames and issued "a mandate" that he fly the flag or be fired. On Thursday, Kobasa said he was "told to turn in his key" since he refused to comply with the directive. Kobasa said Jakab told him that an unidentified colleague had registered a complaint about his refusal to observe the flag policy.
… He said in the e-mail that his beliefs on the issue are based on St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, which states that nationality and gender are not a prerequisite for faith. Although he filed a grievance with the diocesan school district, Kobasa said he has no plans to file a lawsuit. [Source]
You can just bet his antipathy to both the Pledge of Allegiance and the flag goes deeper than the pretext of St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. A flag in the classroom certainly does not mean that nationality is a prerequisite towards faith. A pretty silly argument to make considering the universality of the Catholic Church.