Ohio Right to Life fired their comms director amid a social media drama involving the director, an Ohio congressman, his wife who sits on the board, and a heep of Twitter scrutiny.
Initial reports indicated that Lizzie Marbach had been fired from her position after a viral spat with Rep. Max Miller and his wife. Marbach had posted Christian gospel, saying that there's no "hope" for those who don't follow Jesus Christ. Miller said it was "bigoted," his wife said to delete it.
However, correspondence reviewed by The Post Millennial shows that Ohio Right to Life had already intended to terminate Marbach, had made overtures to do so amicably and with an eye to finding her another position either within the organization or with another group where she could continue her pro-life work.
On Monday, a day before the viral encounter with Miller, CEO of Ohio Right to Life Peter Range was in discussions with legal and board members about bringing on board a new comms person, and detailed conversations he'd had with Marbach about her social media posts.
In correspondence with the board, Range said that Marbach he'd been working with her for months on a plan to improve her work, but that this hadn't worked out as he intended. The board was clear that her termination was based not on current concerns but a pattern of previous behaviors.
Range also said that he'd "begun a conversation about her transition away from being our Communications Director at Ohio Right to Life. No final decisions have been made," he said, but assured those on the thread that he would keep them "posted if we are able to work out another position in our agency or if we will part ways amicably."
Range further discussed who he had been in talks with to replace Marbach, all before the viral exchange with Miller. "There's no hope for any of us outside having faith in Jesus Christ alone," Marbach wrote on August 15, stating a tenet of Christianity, that Jesus Christ is the Savior, son of God, and the one true God. That heated exchange was apparently one of many had by Marbach online.
One post showed her criticzing a beloved depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe, saying that the portrayal of the Blessed Mother is "Idolatry." She cited gospel to condemn Catholics who look upon the work with reverence, accusing them of worshiping it and not God.
Additional correspondence reviewed by The Post Millennial reveals that Ohio Right to Life already knew that she was essentially out the door of the organization before making the post that led to so much controversy. Ohio Right to Life fully intended to release Marbach prior to the exchange.
Ohio Right to Life has been reached for comment.
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