Something preposterous is happening in Pennsylvania to a public school teacher who wants to live her values by donating to pro-life and pro-gun groups.
Linda Misja who works as a language instructor at Spring Church, Pennsylvania’s Apollo-Ridge High School is facing off with union officials from the Pennsylvania State Education Association who want to stop her from donating to the causes she believes in. Misja pays what’s called a “fair share fee,” which is owed by teachers who don’t belong to the union because they supposedly still benefit from union activism.
The funds from these fees are allegedly allowed to be donated to a third-party, non-religious organization of the fee payer’s choice, but officials are balking at Misja’s choice of pro-life and pro-gun groups. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, here’s what she had to say:
“It’s been a worry for me that my money might be going to support causes that go against my deep personal beliefs,” Misja says.
“I was quite shocked. I had no idea that my choice would be turned down,” she explained further. “I should have the freedom to put my money to a cause that I have a personal connection to and to a cause I believe in.”
“Plain and simple, it is my money that I worked hard for,” she said in an official statement. “I need my money to go to a charity in which I believe — one of my own choosing — not one a group tells me it has to go to. That, to me, is not freedom.”
This dispute has been culminating for three years as Misja’s funds have sat dormant in escrow. What do you think should happen? Is this kind of resistance fair? Tell us in the comments.