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Hundreds Protest, Defend Teacher Over Anti-Gay Facebook Remarks at NJ School Board Meeting: VIDEO

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Hundreds turned out at a school board meeting to protest (and defend) Union High School teacher Viki Knox, whose anti-gay remarks on Facebook have outraged LGBT activists, and some students and parents.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

An investigation was launched last week into Knox's remarks, the Star-Ledger reports:

Tonight the school board received an update on the investigation. Board president Francis "Ray" Perkins said members would not be taking any immediate action after the public comment session, which began around 9:15 p.m. The district would not comment on Knox’s current status.

Viki_knoxWrote Knox, who identified herself as a teacher, 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!"

Watch the Star-Ledger's report on the protests and meeting,, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Meanwhile, another teach was INSTANTLY fired for making anti-Semitic comments at an OWS rally. It just goes to show, some hate is tolerated, other hate is not.

    Posted by: Kevin | Oct 19, 2011 11:04:37 AM


  2. These stupid bigots disgust me. They can't even think of anything more original to defend their hate with than to stand on the backs of dead bullied teens and claim to be bullied themselves. They are lower than scum.

    Posted by: gaylib | Oct 19, 2011 11:09:45 AM


  3. As unfortunate it is that there are teachers who feel this way overseeing anyone's education, it is truly disgusting that a woman who cannot spell, use proper grammar or simply proofread her remarks before posting them is able to call herself a "teacher" in any way, shape or form. I might be able to forgive her ignorance, but I am unable to overlook her illiteracy. She should be removed from her "teaching" position for that alone.

    Posted by: DCW | Oct 19, 2011 11:11:12 AM


  4. Oh my God! Hopefully this woman doesn't teach English in her classes. Her grammar and spelling are horrible!

    Posted by: John | Oct 19, 2011 11:12:44 AM


  5. This isn't hate speech. Appropriate? No. But it isn't hate speech.

    Posted by: sarah | Oct 19, 2011 11:15:37 AM


  6. Just because they're loud doesn't make them right.

    "Don't Bully Vicki"? But she can say that being gay is a "perverted spirit"?

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 19, 2011 11:17:54 AM


  7. brave of her to wear a top trimmed entirely with Redi Whip in that pic.

    Posted by: JWL | Oct 19, 2011 11:23:26 AM


  8. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/10/18/state/n161545D13.DTL#ixzz1bEmgIwDw

    Teacher fired for similar incident. Only the target of her hate wasn't gays... The message to kids: Some hate is A-OK!

    Posted by: Kevin | Oct 19, 2011 11:26:58 AM


  9. So true, Kevin and Gaylib. But here is the reality. In the eyes of social/religious conservatives, and homophobes in general, being gay is a chosen behavior. And in their eyes, unlike religious or other choices, being gay is about sexual behavior, not any moral principle an individual holds. So they simply don't see anti-gay discrimination as the same (if they recognize anti-gay discrimination at all). And they feel entitled to their homophobia in the name of religion or whatever ignorant reasonings they have.

    It's such a joke, but that's what it is. No other group does the "my religion/morals/discomfort etc. dictates my attitudes" excuse work. NO OTHER GROUP does it work with. It doesn't work with the Jewish, doesn't work with Mormons (look at the heat Rick Perry and his associates are getting for their anti-Mormonism views), it doesn't work with blacks, it doesn't work with men who view women as second class. It only works with LGBT citizens. And that's all because people view our community as the sexual behavior community, not human being fighting for equal rights we're being withheld because of our sexual orientation.

    Stories like this should make it all loud and clear: We ARE the whipping boys and girls of America.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 19, 2011 11:32:23 AM


  10. HOW can this woman be a teacher? She can't spell, she uses the wrong words several times, and she can't seem to get through a simple sentence without making some grammatical error. I mean, nobody is perfect, but she is a teacher!! Her ignorance goes beyond just her bigotted views on homosexuality, clearly. I can only hope she gets what she deserves, being fired.

    Posted by: Wendell | Oct 19, 2011 11:34:55 AM


  11. If she had said the same thing about Christians, she would have been fired on the spot.

    Posted by: Tonic | Oct 19, 2011 11:38:02 AM


  12. If students can be held accountable and be suspended for what they say and do outside of school/online then why can't teachers? I don't see the problem... Fire her and move on. Teachers should be TEACHING not judging and ridiculing. The welfare of the children comes first. This is the reason we have problems in school.

    Posted by: Kyul | Oct 19, 2011 11:43:01 AM


  13. It amazes me that people like this claim to have close friends and loved ones who are gay. Gay people: Why do you continue to hang out and put up with friends like this??! This woman should be writing that all her gay friends and family have shunned her for her backwards, jack-ass beliefs.

    Posted by: mike128 | Oct 19, 2011 11:48:08 AM


  14. I hope she's not an English teacher because that was sad....

    Posted by: jeremy | Oct 19, 2011 11:50:43 AM


  15. Wow she said "Zionist" too...not even "Jew" and they gave her the boot.

    I'm not sure I'm okay with someone protesting the Federal Reserve and pointing out that many of our policies are favorable to national allies and getting fired.

    That's a little different than the the Jersey teacher and her Facebook diatribe. The Facebook chick would make me wonder as a parent of a gay teen in her class if she could be fair and impartial. the other is just anti-Israeli policies and not antisemitic (unless I read it wrong).

    Posted by: Rin | Oct 19, 2011 11:52:09 AM


  16. @Sarah: It was more than inappropriate, as you suggest.

    Identifying yourself as a teacher and then publicly targeting (she could have kept her remarks private; she did not) a class of people--a class which includes your students and their families--as "perverted" and a "cancer" is, at the very least, grossly unprofessional and hostile speech, speech that creates a hostile learning environment, one that should not be tolerated. Gay kids, or kids from gay families, should not be have to be mentored by someone who has no reservations about freely expressing animosity towards them in the public square. She had the right to say it; that doesn't mean she has the right to hold her job.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 19, 2011 11:53:08 AM


  17. Why do so many of the anti-gay protesters look herp derp? (Google it.)

    Posted by: brenda | Oct 19, 2011 12:05:31 PM


  18. Where do we get these folks? This is beyond sad. Sure, she has made her point and that is she is ignorant and a bigo, will loose her job and made a fool of herself. She is doing the work of Jesus? I think not!

    Posted by: Tim | Oct 19, 2011 12:19:58 PM


  19. Don't you just love how they view their bigotry as "freedom of speech" (it is), but they cry "bully!" when they're called out for it (also covered by freedom of speech).

    Also, after reading Knox's original post, I had to LOL @ DCW's bang-on comment above: "...(what is) truly disgusting (is) that a woman who cannot spell, use proper grammar or simply proofread her remarks before posting them is able to call herself a "teacher" in any way, shape or form..."


    Posted by: RJ | Oct 19, 2011 12:35:59 PM


  20. The first comment from @Kevin hit the nail on the head... the reality is same hate is socially unacceptable (such as race or religion) but sexual orientation is open season. It's so hypocritical and ridiculous. The lady is a kook, and I don't think she intended it to be hate speech - but that is the problem isn't it. We've built up this "get out of jail free card" for religious people to say outrageous things about gays... but society doesn't give them that "pass" if they speak that way about race. If you watch this season of Dexter you'll see a story line of people doing criminal behavior in the name of religion. They truly believe they are doing the right thing, but they're nuts. The press and politicians are enabling lunatics to attack a minority. This has got to stop. Why people aren't connecting the dots on this is beyond me!

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 19, 2011 12:36:02 PM


  21. If she was white and she'd posted messages that called black people the "N" word and said that she sided with the beliefs of the KKK, would people be defending her right to express her beliefs? No, they wouldn't.

    Posted by: Gigi | Oct 19, 2011 12:50:30 PM


  22. NOM is now defending this teacher's "free speech rights" and she wasn't even fired. I wonder, though, if NOM will be defending the "free speech rights" of the above linked teach who WAS fired for her anti-Semitic speech. After all, the two cases are IDENTICAL except for the victims of the hatred. /rhetorical

    Posted by: Kevin | Oct 19, 2011 12:56:14 PM


  23. #Unfit2Teach

    Posted by: MIleHighJoe | Oct 19, 2011 12:58:50 PM


  24. I went to that meeting. It was the same ol predictable rant about her right to believe in gODD. This nonsense is insane. The alliance fund attorney tried to strongarm the board by insinuating that they had better not dare try to fire this teacher or they would be responsible for all legal monies incurred. The Alliance Fund does not realize that gay people welcome litigation and are not going to be victimized by evangelicals who make themselves out to be the victim. Gay people need to stop defending who they are. Ms. Knox is the only one who should be on the defense. The School Board has the legal responsibility to stop one persons faith from entering the school system so they do not spend all their time stopping all peoples faith from entering the publicly funded tax paid secular school system.

    Posted by: ewe | Oct 19, 2011 1:00:45 PM


  25. JWL's comment was hilarious.

    Posted by: Cinesnatch | Oct 19, 2011 1:25:53 PM


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