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-Florida: Teacher Suspended for Anti-Gay Marriage Comments on Facebook

by Dr. D ~ August 18th, 2011

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Jerry Buell,who teaches social studies at Mount Dora High School, received a ‘Teacher of the Year’ award in 2010. But this year he was suspended by his district for making anti-gay marriage comments on his personal Facebook page.

In response to the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, Jerry wrote that he “almost threw up” over the news and that he considered same-sex unions to be a sin and part of a growing “cesspool”.

His comments were brought to the attention Lake County School District officials and the district responded by initiating an investigation and suspending Buell from teaching in the classroom. Meanwhile he has been reassigned to a clerical position at the district’s office.

Over the past year, district officials had warned teachers that the use of social networking sites or blogs:

"creates the risk of affecting your professional career."

"It is vital that you conduct yourself in such a way that it does not adversely affect your employment and/or the District."

Meanwhile, a new Facebook page has been created called:

"Support Jerry Buell; Mount Dora High School Teacher of the Year suspended"

The page urges supporters to contact the school to help Buell get his job back.

Response: Jerry Buell is a Christian who merely stated what millions of fellow Christians around the country also believe. Has it really come to this in the USA that one is no longer free to express one’s religious convictions on a personal website without suffering some penalty from a government agency- in this case a public school district?

This is actually an example of harassment and persecution right here in America. There are no complaints against Jerry Buell when it comes to his teaching or his treatment of students. This is an example of liberal PC thought police in action. In this case coming from administrators of a school district who may have different opinions than Jerry when it comes to same-sex marriage.

This case is really scary and should not be allowed to stand. The reaction should be swift and decisive against the district administrators otherwise we have entered a new era where Christian beliefs and morality are no longer publically acceptable. Freedom of religion and freedom of speech for those working in public positions is now null and void and the first amendment no longer means a thing? I guess so if you work for a school district with a bunch of egg-head liberals in charge –shades of Nazi Germany in the name political correctness!            *Top

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10 Responses to -Florida: Teacher Suspended for Anti-Gay Marriage Comments on Facebook

  1. -Florida: Teacher Suspended for Anti-Gay Marriage Comments on Facebook | ChristianBias.com

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  2. Brian

    It might be worth noting that the main-stream media has consistently edited the teacher’s Facebook comments. Here is the full text:

    “I’m watching the news, eating dinner when the story about New York okaying same-sex unions came on and I almost threw up. 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, the teacher 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.”

    By my count, there are at least 6 Christian references in that passage. This individual is clearly showing that his basis for opposition to homosexual marriage is based on his religious beliefs (which, in turn, are protected by the First Amendment). Yet, the media (our heroic champions of First Amendment rights) has generally edited all religious references from their news stories, and has instead focused on certain words taken out of context – specifically “cesspool” and “threw up” – to create the impression that the teacher’s opposition was based on hate, not faith.


  3. Someone

    Gay marriage is wrong period! Is the USA really becoming this unstable that they suspended a teacher for speaking the truth? Were all going to get owned by God if we continue this gay marriage acts! Remember the cities he destroyed just because of what they were doing in them? Ya that’s us in the future.

  4. Dr. D

    Thanks Brian for the additional info.
    The MSM always considers the motivation to be ‘hate’ because nearly all of their top decision makers are not ‘religious’ and those who are go to liberal churches with a confused theological perspective therefore they do not understand a Biblical Christian world view.

    Therefore, since religion is not important to them they view it as an excuse for hate rather than a valid motivation.

    This is also why the MSM doesn’t consider radical Islam to be a real threat. The basis for terrorism has to be political or poverty instead -it can’t be religion.

    Non-religious liberals cannot conceive that Christians might oppose homosexuality and same sex marriage and at the same time love their neighbors and be kind to all including gays. From their view it must be all about hate.

    It just doesn’t fit their personal experience and official template.

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  6. David Schlick

    I am a public school teacher, but I can’t say what I believe because I just found out that I no longer have 1st amendment rights. My school has made it clear that I can’t speak of Christ while I’m at school because, being a governmental organization, I would be violating the establishment claus of the Constitution. My comments to young impressionable students would make them think that Christanity is the state sponsored religion.

    However, when I’m outside of school, the same state sponsored institution, can now make a rule that says I don’t have freedom of speech or religion. One could argue that the Constitution says, “Congress…can make no law restricting the free exercise of religion…” The school district is not Congress, therefore, it’s ok for them to make this type of law. This is absolutely in correct. In Gitlow v. New York, 268 U.S. 652 (1925), the Supreme Court has held that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment applies the First Amendment to each state, including any local government. Therefore, local governments, such as school districts, cannot restrict the free exercise of a person’s religion or their freedom of speech.

    Christians, we better stand up and begin caring. The country is being change right under our lazy butts. Wake up, get up, and stand up for the faith.

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  8. Liz

    I am a Christian, and this is hateful. Disgusted? Threw-up? Cesspool? Really?

  9. Liz

    Satan is having a field day with the emotion involved with homosexuality. Gay people are being used as a scapegoat. If you believe it’s a sin, fine, now go work on your own sin. It doesn’t say he who believeth in me except homosexuals, shall have eternal life. Leave them alone.

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