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Jerry Buell: 'I Try to Teach and Lead My Students as if Lake Co. Schools Had Hired Jesus Christ Himself'

Jerry Buell, the anti-gay teacher whose remarks about same-sex marriage on Facebook got him temporarily suspended from teaching and made him a hero to the religious right and groups like NOM, and the Liberty Counsel (which is representing him), is now under scrutiny for remarks he wrote in his class syllabus and on his school website.

2_buell WFTV reports:

In one section Buell wrote, "I am a man of God and I try to be like Jesus every day. I teach God's truth, I make very few compromises. If you believe you may have a problem with that, get your schedule changed, 'cause I ain't changing!"

Then there's a comment from Buell's website stating, "I try to teach and lead my students as if Lake Co. Schools had hired Jesus Christ himself."

Buell doesn't understand what the problem is, because he's been anti-gay been using the same syllabus for years.

"The school district is saying that might run a foul to what they call the separation of church and state," said Buell's attorney Harry Mihet. "We are going to have to evaluate the schools position and engage them in some dialogue."

The school district believes he violated the constitutional provision of separation of church and state.

This is a new controversy, separate from the Facebook one.

On Facebook, Buell had written that he "almost threw up" in response to a news story about same-sex marriage in New York. Buell also called the marriages part of a "cesspool" and said they were a sin.

Buell returned to his classroom this week.

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  1. Did the ACLU do their due diligence before supporting him?

    Posted by: shane | Aug 26, 2011 7:49:07 AM

  2. I assume it is now okay for this asshat's gay students to go on facebook and describe him as a piece of excrement that makes them vomit?

    Posted by: candideinnc | Aug 26, 2011 7:51:09 AM

  3. 'I Try to Teach and Lead My Students as if Lake Co. Schools Had Hired Jesus Christ Himself'

    Can I Throw up now....Marytr says what? ...and IF this Jesus character was Real anyways....he'd be a RAGING LIBERAL...and well, these people would be the 1st to RE-CRUCIFY him, then off to GITMO for Advanced Interogation Techniques...cause, well after-all he'd be middle-eastern...and well....they're all terrorists,right?

    Posted by: Gay American | Aug 26, 2011 7:58:41 AM

  4. Hmm well im an Atheist who doesnt think Jesus was an actual single person, just a collective of myths put in to one person.

    However if he did exist im pretty sure he would want to bitchslap this idiot for saying that.

    Posted by: rovex | Aug 26, 2011 8:03:36 AM

  5. Mr. Buell, then truly act like Jesus and don't mention "gay" anything when you refer to being sick. Since Jesus never spoke about homosexuality, maybe you should just keep that big trap shut.

    Posted by: J. Alan | Aug 26, 2011 8:05:10 AM

  6. I don't remember reading that Jesus talked about how people's marriages made him want to vomit. Which gospel was that?

    Posted by: Peter | Aug 26, 2011 8:10:51 AM

  7. Jesus would be teaching shop class. And would totally freak out at all the power tools. But the students would love all the drinking fountain water being turned into wine.

    Posted by: homer | Aug 26, 2011 8:15:02 AM

  8. But they didn't hire Jesus, Jerry, they didn't.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 26, 2011 8:19:55 AM

  9. Ha! What an idiot.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Aug 26, 2011 9:00:48 AM

  10. If he were as openly zealous about Islam as he is about Christianity, he would have been sacked ages ago.

    Posted by: homoDM | Aug 26, 2011 9:12:03 AM

  11. He said it himself: "Get your schedule changed." If enough families and students take action and say they refuse to associate with a man with such bigoted views than the school system will have to take a harder stance, maybe even fire him.

    Posted by: Barrett | Aug 26, 2011 9:21:44 AM

  12. If they fire him his dear friends, the Ku Klux Klan, will burn down the school.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 26, 2011 9:28:53 AM

  13. I'm confused Jerry. You mean wear a dress, hang out with a group of men throwing dinner parties and visit prostitutes? I'm not sure if that's appropriate for the classroom. (Although it's very Republican)

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Aug 26, 2011 9:31:47 AM

  14. does he teach grammar?

    Posted by: doug | Aug 26, 2011 9:51:33 AM

  15. I agree this guy and those like him should be ferreted out and expelled. In only one way is he a role model: he both believes something and is willing to fight for it. All of us can take a lesson from that.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 26, 2011 9:55:03 AM

  16. he now thinks he's christ wrong he's crazy.

    Posted by: walter | Aug 26, 2011 10:03:36 AM

  17. Many of us argued about the issue of "Freedom of Speech" concerning this issue. Well, now it's an issue of "Separation of Church and State" in a public instution: the public school system.

    His views may be fine for his particular school district, but what he is espousing in the classroom is AGAINST the law. He should be fired.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 26, 2011 10:12:59 AM

  18. @Derrick:

    I agree. It certainly was a Freedom of Speech issue before, but now he's gone and violated the Establishment Clause.

    Can't say I'm sad that they have a legitimate reason to can his ass...

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 26, 2011 10:35:13 AM

  19. Jerry, you believe in Christianity because:
    1) you were brainwashed into a Christian religion as a child;
    2) you have an overly-zealous personality;and
    3) you are creduluous --you easily believe things that should not be easily believed because there is no evidence to support such a belief!
    In short, you are a religious zealot which is to say you are too stupid to understand the provenance of your own religious belief. Had you been stolen from your Christian family and Christian community at the age of 2 years, and had you then been whisked away to Algeria to be raised by a devoutly moslem family, you would likely be reciting Koranic verses and calling for jihad there in Algeria. Your religion is a fog that prevents you from seeing the world objectively. The fact that you're a Christian zealot is just an accident of you're having been born to Christians in a Christian community. You would be a crazed moslem, hindu or jew, were you to be raised in those traditions!

    Posted by: dancobbb | Aug 26, 2011 10:37:48 AM

  20. This man has a personality disorder.

    Posted by: dancobbb | Aug 26, 2011 10:39:27 AM

  21. Wait a minute, I'm confused. It's gay people who shouldn't be allowed to teach our children right? Because heaven knows gays can't be trusted around children, and we sure as hell don't want them pushing their "agenda".

    Yet parents don't have any problem with this dillusional, religious zealot filling their children's heads with...

    Sorry, still confused.

    P.S. And lets hope he doesn't teach grammar. "Cause I ain't changing." Really?

    Posted by: mytwocents | Aug 26, 2011 10:40:15 AM

  22. Alrighty then. But what subject is he SUPPOSED to be teaching? I'd pull my kid out of his class so fast their heads would spin.

    Posted by: Laura | Aug 26, 2011 10:45:18 AM

  23. He needs to get a job at a Christian school where his ideas are more appropriate. A school is a place of learning, not indoctrination.

    Posted by: Bravo | Aug 26, 2011 10:53:24 AM

  24. Shane, Andy even made sure to point out that this is a new issue. The ACLU supported him in his free speech issue. His lawbreaking here has nothing to do with that.

    I still believe that a public school teacher spouting hate speech in public is the equivalent of someone shouting "Fire" in a crowded theatre -- i.e. not protected speech -- but I understand why others would disagree. This, however, isn't ambiguous in the least.

    The only question is what kind of morons are in that school district that he could have gotten away with this for so long?

    Posted by: ohplease | Aug 26, 2011 10:54:04 AM

  25. He has a high opinion of himself, as might be expected. There are thousands more like him in classrooms throughout the US.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 26, 2011 11:48:40 AM

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