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NJ Teacher Under Investigation for Facebook Remarks Calling Homosexuality a 'Perverted' Sin That 'Breeds Like Cancer'

The Star Ledger reports that a parent in Union Township, New Jersey has called for a teacher's dismissal after the teacher, Viki Knox, posted remarks on her Facebook site attacking a school display recognizing Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender History Month and calling homosexuality "perverted".

KnoxWrote Knox in some of her comments:

"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!"

Read a PDF of the Facebook thread, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Star-Ledger reports:

"Hateful public comments from a teacher cannot be tolerated," wrote Paragano, also 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."

Union Chief School Administrator Patrick Martin said the district is investigating the incident.
Knox, 49, of Union Township, is also the faculty adviser to the high school’s student prayer group, The Seekers Fellowship, the local chapter of a nationwide organization.

Knox did not respond to requests for comment. But two other people who wrote comments on the thread said Paragano’s copy was authentic.

Read a PDF of the Facebook thread, AFTER THE JUMP...

The case bears a striking resemblance to that of Florida teacher Jerry Buell, who was suspended last month for anti-gay Facebook comments (and later teamed up with NOM). As they did for Buell, the ACLU is defending Knox, according to Gothamist:

Knox has yet to comment, but the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey released a statement defending Knox’s First Amendment right to make the comments: "Although we do not agree with the sentiments expressed on Ms. Knox’s personal Facebook page, her comments are protected by the First Amendment," said representative Ed Barocas.

PDF via Garden State Equality.


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  1. I read what it was reported that she said, she gave her opinion with thoughtfulness is my opinion! As Americans we have the right to feel and say what she wanted, and she does not try to hurt anyone and has friends and love ones who are gay, so I would say on her own personal page,she has the right to say what she wishes!

    Posted by: Brenda54 | Oct 14, 2011 10:11:08 PM

  2. While she certainly has the legal right to say and post whatever she pleases on her Facebook, as an educator she needs to meet certain standards. Of these, she cannot have any visible prejudices against any possible students. When she's on her own and praying to her god she can say whatever she wants about whomever she wants, but when you're a vital part of a community and charged with the responsibility of creating a welcoming and positive environment for all children, this kind of behavior is unacceptable. Take for instance, any person has to right to have consensual sex with someone who is over the age of 18, but as a teacher you are held to a higher standard than anyone else. So, although that person may have the right, should it be discovered that a teacher was sleeping with a student, even if he/she were of the age of consent, it would consider be grounds for losing a job. You have to be a role model as a teacher and this woman certainly is not a role model.

    Posted by: Danny K | Oct 19, 2011 5:41:54 PM

  3. Well, Brenda54, aren't you a stupid little troll? Thoughtfulness? Really? You think that Viki Knox expressed herself with thoughtfulness? What an idiot you are.

    Oh and the ACLU is WRONG. Freedom of speech doesn't mean you don't lose your job; it means you don't get put in jail. Period. Just replace gay with ANY ethnicity or religion and combine it with her status as a TEACHER- a public servant- and sorry, but she loses her job. If you're going to put yourself out as an example to children, then you best keep your bigotry and lies to yourself.

    Posted by: wtf | Oct 19, 2011 6:10:33 PM

  4. Viki Knox, has the audacity to not only be a Christian but to do what the Bible says in warning people from the sin of homosexuality. God Will Bless you for your stand & all the true Christians are praying for you & your family

    Posted by: Rev William Pate | Oct 28, 2011 2:01:06 PM

  5. There was not a thing that was bigoted in her remarks. She was repeating scripture from the Bible. It was posted on HER facebook page, not in her classroom from her desk at school. OHPLEASE, she is not an idiot, your remarks were uneducated, unknowledgeable and unBiblical. Jesus said "let he without sin cast the first stone", they all walked away. Viki Knox spoke the truth, and sometimes it's hard so-called Christians and sinners to hear.

    Posted by: Beverly | Nov 1, 2011 9:32:14 AM

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