Friday, August 19, 2011

More Gay Fascism: Teacher Suspended for Anti-Gay Marriage Views

From Fox News:

A former “Teacher of the Year” in Mount Dora, Fla. has been suspended and could lose his job after he voiced his objection to gay marriage on his personal Facebook page.

Jerry Buell, a veteran American history teacher at Mount Dora High School, was removed from his teaching duties this week as school officials in Lake County investigate allegations that what he posted was biased towards homosexuals.

“We took the allegations seriously,” said Chris Patton, a communication officer with Lake County Schools. “All teachers are bound by a code of special ethics (and) this is a code ethics violation investigation.”

Patton said the school system received a complaint on Tuesday about something Buell had written last July when New York legalized same sex unions. On Wednesday, he was temporarily suspended from the classroom and reassigned.

Patton said Buell has taught in the school system for 22 years and has a spotless record. Last year, he was selected as the high school’s “Teacher of the Year.”

But now his job is on the line because of what some have called anti-gay and homophobic comments.

Buell told Fox News Radio that he was stunned by the accusations. “It was my own personal comment on my own personal time on my own personal computer in my own personal house, exercising what I believed as a social studies teacher to be my First Amendment rights,” he said.

The school system declined to comment on the specific Facebook messages that led to their investigation, but Buell provided Fox News Radio with a copy of the two Facebook messages that he said landed him in trouble.

The first was posted on July 25 at 5:43 p.m. as he was eating dinner and watching the evening news.

“I’m watching the news, eating dinner when the story about New York okaying same-sex unions came on and I almost threw up,” he wrote. “And now they showed two guys kissing after their announcement. If they want to call it a union, go ahead. But don’t insult a man and woman’s marriage by throwing it in the same cesspool of whatever. God will not be mocked. When did this sin become acceptable?”

Three minutes later, Buell posted another comment: “By the way, if one doesn’t like the most recently posted opinion based on biblical principles and God’s laws, then go ahead and unfriend me. I’ll miss you like I miss my kidney stone from 1994. And I will never accept it because God will never accept it. Romans chapter one.”
What is interesting about this is that if Buell had been a liberal teacher who lauded gay marriage, he would have no problem.

And if, instead of quoting the Bible, he had attacked the Bible as “homophobic,” that would be fine.

Quite simply, rejecting the Biblical view of homosexuality is now part of the official state religion, and heretics will be punished.
Buell’s attorney strongly disagreed and accused the school system of violating his First Amendment rights.

“The school district is being anti-straight, anti-First Amendment and anti-personal liberty,” said Horatio Mihet, an attorney with the Liberty Counsel. “The idea that public servants have to whole-heartedly endorse homosexual marriage is repugnant to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” Mihet told Fox News Radio.

“All he did was speak out on an issue of national importance and because his comments did not fit a particular mold, he is now being investigated and could possibly lose his job. What have we come to?”

Buell said he does not know the individual who filed the complaint, but the past week has caused his family “heartache.”

“To try and say you could lose your job over speaking about something in the venue that I did in the manner that I did is not just a knee-jerk reaction,” he said. “It’s a violent reaction to one person making a complaint.”

But Patton said the school system has an obligation to take the comments seriously. He said Buell will not be allowed back in the classroom “until we do all the interviews and do a thorough job of looking at everything – past or previous writings.”
Translation: Inquisition. Buell is charged with heresy, and the distinct will “investigate” whether he is indeed a heretic.
Buell believes the school system is trying to send a message to Christian teachers.

“There is an intimidation factor if you are a Christian or if you make a statement against it (gay marriage) you are a bigot, a homophobe, you’re a creep, you’re intolerant,” he said. “We should have the right to express our opinions and talk about things.”
Of course, voices representing the gay lobby simply don’t recognize any right to voice heresy.
Brett Winters, a former Mount Dora student, told the Orlando Sentinel he was disappointed about Buell’s comments. “This type of hateful language is dangerous not only to gay students, but also to anti-gay students,” Winters told the newspaper.

Michael Slaymaker, president of the Orlando Youth Alliance, told the newspaper that gay students might feel uncomfortable in Buell’s class.

“I would hope a teacher would be there to help them and not hurt them,” he told the Orlando Sentinel.
Of course, this reveals the crux of the issue.

Gay students are to be coddled and pandered to and never have to hear that their behavior is controversial. But Christian students have no such protection. One can’t imagine a liberal teacher who expresses support for gay marriage, either on a Facebook page or in the classroom, getting into trouble.

But of course Christian students would have an equal right to consider such a teacher hostile to them.

But their sensibilities don’t count among politically correct school bureaucrats.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people have joined at least two Facebook groups calling for the school system to reinstate the popular teacher. “He’s developed a reputation as being one of the most caring teachers in the school,” Mihet said.

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Blogger CSX said...

He has a right to say what he wants on the issue. As do the sodomites have a right to say and do any wickedness they want.

Freedom of speech only applies if you are of the left.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Ash said...

Two things:

1) What if, instead of talking about same-sex marriage, he was talking about interracial marriage? Would his comments still be acceptable? (I'm of the opinion that the arguments used against miscegenation in the 60s and gay marriage are basically the same--right down to the biblical justifications--though I imagine you disagree.)

2) I think it depends on the language used in the post honestly. If he had just said something like "not a fan of the new Ny law" or something, I doubt there would have been a problem. Likewise, I think if a teacher who was pro-same sex marriage posted something that was filled with invective about how people who were anti-gay marriage were a bunch of backwards mouthbreathers who are standing in the way of progress and should just go extinct, people would lodge some complaints. Or if the teacher posted nasty comments about Christians, calling them names or something, you can bet people would complain and the school would investigate.

The real question is what do people have the right to say on their own private webpages, etc. Though a liberal and pro-same sex marriage, I don't necessarily think that the teacher should be punished, because I like the First Amendment, even if I don't like what people are saying. But its a fact that things you post on the internet aren't private. And teachers especially are caught in the cross-hairs. If teachers post pictures of themselves sloppy drunk or engaged in questionable behavior, people complain and schools have to respond. It doesn't even matter if you "friend" your students or not. You have to be careful. Employers look at things you post--it's a fact of life now. It's sort of post at your own risk. You make have a right to say whatever, but there are sometimes consequences for exercising that right (for both conservatives and liberals).

7:17 PM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

I'm of the opinion that the arguments used against miscegenation in the 60s and gay marriage are basically the same--right down to the biblical justifications

That's just nonsense. Marriage is fundamentally about procreation. Sex that has nothing to do with procreation should not be the concern of government. That means government should neither punish it, nor reward it with the kinds of recognition and support that relationships likely to produce children deserve.

I don't know what you mean by "biblical justification." The Catholic Church, for instance, sees no problem with interracial marriage, but plenty of problems with gay marriage.

As for your analogies: I want a single standard. If a teacher can get punished for saying that homosexuality is vile, an atheist teacher who says similiarly nasty things about Christianity should be punished.

That's not what we have. The entire educational establishment holds the view that gays should be protected from any unfavorable comments, but Christians don't get the same protection.

9:00 PM  

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