Do the math

Move along, folks! No pro-homosexual, anti-Christian agenda among the public school systems in this country! Nope, nothing to see here!

A social studies teacher in Florida is suspended for writing, on his own Facebook page, on his own time, his own personal beliefs regarding same-sex “marriage”…

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.

And yet a history teacher’s comments that Christianity and Creationism are “silly” and “superstitious” can go on teaching without repercussions:

Saying teachers need to be free to discuss controversial subjects, a federal appeals court has dismissed a student’s lawsuit against a high school history instructor whose classroom comments poked fun at creationism and religious fundamentalism.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Friday it did not have to decide whether some of the teacher’s remarks – like his calling a former teacher’s anti-evolution advocacy “religious, superstitious nonsense” – violated the constitutional requirement of government neutrality by expressing hostility toward religion.

Ah yes, the battle cry of the American liberal: “Everyone has the right to freedom of speech! Just so long as we first approve what they say!”

8 thoughts on “Do the math

  1. James Corbett says:

    .The Court’s opinion was more than gratifying, it was a victory for free thought and academic freedom. The 9th Circuit affirmed that in America, no religion has a right to demand that teachers defer to their beliefs. If that were true, teaching would become a Constitutional minefield. The Court held that “teachers must be given leeway to challenge students to foster critical thinking skills and develop their analytical abilities.” Chad’s lawyers argued that questioning “Creation Science” violated the First Amendment, but American law gives no special place to any religion. One person’s religion is another person’s superstition. To Jews, Muslims, Hindus and dozens of other religions, the New Testament is “Christian Superstition,” just as their views are superstition to Christians. When I referred to a religious belief as “superstition,” I sought to show respect for all by favoring none. My classes have Jews, Hindus, Bahai, Muslims, Buddhists, and others. Chad would demand a special place for his views, but in America, all beliefs should be treated equally by government.
    The one thing that bothers me most about this case is that neither Chad nor his parents nor the so-called Advocates for Faith and Freedom, ever made an effort to talk with me before filing the suit. In my view, they were all more interested in gaining publicity for themselves, and donations for the Advocates, than in protecting Chad’s rights. They cost our schools hundreds of thousands of dollars when the whole thing could have been settled with a phone call that they never made.

    Finally, here are two stanzas from Robert Service Poem (Reagan’s favorite poet) that have been with me for 50 years–since my father read it to me when I was a teenager. At the time he was fighting the blacklisters who labeled him a Communist for opposing a reactionary takeover of the Anaheim School Board. He lost:

    “Carry On”

    And so in the strife of the battle of life
    It’s easy to fight when you’re winning;
    It’s easy to slave, and starve and be brave,
    When the dawn of success is beginning.
    But the man who can meet despair and defeat
    With a cheer, there’s the man of God’s choosing;
    The man who can fight to Heaven’s own height
    Is the man who can fight when he’s losing.

    Carry on! Carry on!
    Fight the good fight and true;
    Believe in your mission, greet life with a cheer;
    There’s big work to do, and that’s why you are here.
    Carry on! Carry on!
    Let the world be the better for you;
    And at last when you die, let this be your cry!

    Jim Corbett

  2. bigmike says:

    I just graduated high-school no to long ago
    Everything from social study to biology and even English teaches evolution
    And complete disgregard, even mokcking, that god created earth.

  3. Thanks for stopping by, Jim.

    What are your thoughts on the Jerry Buell situation linked in the original post? I’m curious, if he had made the remarks in his classroom that he’s alleged to have made on his personal social media page, on his own time, on his own computer, in his own home, would you feel that he’s engaging in the same type of “free thought and academic freedom” as you?

    What if Mr. Buell had exercised the the court’s adomintion that “teachers must be given leeway to challenge students to foster critical thinking skills and develop their analytical abilities” by mocking homosexuals, and disdainfully ridiculing homosexual behavior because he believes homosexuals “demand a special place for their views”?

    Would you stand shoulder-to-shoulder with your colleague then? Do you stand with him now?

    In Christ,
    CD

  4. “They were especially concerned that gay students at the school might be frightened or intimidated walking into his classroom.”

    Imagine how frightened or intimidated these students would be if they ever saw how much more explicit and clear the Bible is about homosexual sex being sinful. How long before someone sues the publishing companies for an injunction against Bible distribution? Or until the government makes “Bible possession with intent to distribute” a crime?

  5. bigmike says:

    Never thought about it like that ministry addict, very scary yet I have a gut feeling that its right around the corner…every day it seems people get louder and louder about there utter hate for cristans.

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