Friday, January 20, 2012

The ramifications of criticizing homosexuality

Bob Kellogg - OneNewsNow - 1/20/2012 3:30:00 AM

A New Jersey school board has taken a first step toward firing a Christian teacher who came under attack last fall for posting comments on her private Facebook page that were critical of the homosexual lifestyle.

Last October, when Union Township school teacher Viki Knox posted her objections to homosexuality on her Facebook page, a firestorm erupted and she was put on administrative leave (see earlier story). Now the school has filed tenure charges against her, which could lead to her permanent dismissal. Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) warns that this situation could pave the way for the left to silence Christians.

"If these homosexual activists get their way, then anyone who is open about their Christian faith [is] fair game for being treated like this -- to be fired and labeled as a hate monger," he says.

Attorney and former councilman John Paragano recognizes that Knox is entitled to her public comments against homosexuality, but he argues that she is not entitled to keep her job after making those opinions known. Dacus, however, says that is un-American.

"Every American in this country, in a free society, should have the ability to express their moral beliefs or moral convictions without having to have the fear of being fired and losing their job, especially when that conviction is expressed on a private off-time social chat forum," the PJI president contends.

An administrative law judge assigned to the case will deliberate the matter, then recommend the action New Jersey's acting education commissioner should take.


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