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NJ Teacher Under Investigation For Homophobic Statements On Her Facebook Wall

Posted on the 14 October 2011 by Cynisright @cynisright

10/14/2011 – by Cynthia Wright

Viki Knox, a teacher in Union Township, New Jersey has recently come under fire for her “Christian” homophobic post that was posted on her wall. She reportedly took

NJ Teacher Under Investigation For Homophobic Statements On Her Facebook Wall

Knox's Facebook Wall

to her Facebook after witnessing a display at her school that was recognizing LGBT History Month.

In a somewhat poorly-worded monologue, Knox, 49, took to her Facebook wall and let her friends know (or so she thought) exactly how she felt.

Excerpted from the Star-Ledger:

“Homosexuality is a perverted spirit that has existed from the beginning of creation. The word of God refers to it often. That’s if you believe the Word to be truly God’s intended blueprint for his people. I have friends and loved ones who are practicing/ living as homosexuals. Yes I love can care about them. We hug and exchange gifts. We have family dinners. But how they live and their actions, behaviors -CHOICES are against the nature and character of God! Do I tell me so? Yes, of course. Do I treat them bad? If course not! Jesus never did that to ANYONE he meant. He spoke to them of their situation and offered them life eternal. He didn’t say it was okay but we’ve all sinned and come short if God’s will for us daily. That’s why we Christians true followers pray, repent, and spend time with Christ daily. The Word of God instructs us to die daily to our flesh-meaning our will. What we want; what feels good to us; what we like; what we can rationalize and justify. I do not pretend to know ALL things. Nor do I pretend not to have biases, failings and faults. But I know sin and it breeds like cancer!”

(It’s always nice to hear a “Christian” tell you what they believe is sin but forget that as a human, they sin too.) A local attorney, John Paragano, who had been contacted by a parent wrote to the district asking for Knox to be dismissed. “Hateful public comments from a teacher cannot be tolerated,” wrote Paragano, a former Union Township Municipal Court judge. “She has a right to say it. But she does not have a right to keep her job after saying it.” The New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union also commented on the matter, defending Knox. “Although we do not agree with the sentiments expressed on Ms. Knox’s personal Facebook page, her comments are protected by the First Amendment,” stated Ed Barocas, the group’s legal director. “The ACLU believes that the response to offensive speech is not the restriction of speech, but more speech.” So when does your right to free speech end? Should teachers be allowed to speak freely on social media? Especially, since it is their private space but unless you take the time to lock your page down like Ft. Knox (haha), someone will likely see it.

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