Literally interpreting a Biblical passage, Rev. Timothy LaBouf of Watertown, NY has dismissed a 54-year Sunday School teacher. Mary Lambert was dismissed on August 9, apparently without warning, based on the first epistle to Timothy, quoted above.
Outside the church, "I believe that a woman can perform any job and fulfill any responsibility that she desires to" Labouf, a city councilman, said. He claimed that his decisions on the council would not be affected by his beliefs, but others worry.
"...Those are disturbing remarks in this day and age," Mayor Jeffrey Graham said. "Maybe they wouldn't have been disturbing 500 years ago, but they are now." The church board stated that there were other unspecified issues involved in the dismissal.