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Catholic Mother Files Suit Against Teacher Who Ejected Her Son from Class for Anti-Gay Remarks: VIDEO

A Michigan mother filed a lawsuit this week on behalf of her son, who was reportedly kicked out of an economics class in October 2010 over his objection to gay people based on his religious beliefs:

McdowellThe Thomas More Law Center filed the suit Wednesday on behalf of Sandra Glowacki, a Catholic. It accuses the Howell Public School District and teacher Johnson (Jay) McDowell (pictured)of violating her son's constitutional rights.

The law center, which defends religious freedoms of Christians, said the district allowed Daniel Glowacki, 16, to be bullied for his religious beliefs on a day students and teachers were supporting the rights of gays and lesbians to be protected from bullying.

The claims in the lawsuit, as reported by the Detroit Free Press:

McDowell wore a purple T-shirt in support of a Rutgers University freshman who killed himself after a roommate streamed an Internet video of him kissing a male student, the suit says. The suit says McDowell told a student to remove a Confederate flag belt buckle that he found offensive. That prompted Daniel Glowacki to ask McDowell why it was OK to display the rainbow flag, which represents gay pride.

When Glowacki said his religion prevented supporting gay people, McDowell told Glowacki and another student to leave class, the suit says.

A copy of the complaint can be found HERE.

TaylorYou may remember hearing about this incident back in November. McDowell was under fire over the incident at the time, suspended without pay, and an amazingly articulate gay 14-year-old student, Graeme Taylor, came to his defense at a board meeting.

Watch Graeme's speech again if you missed it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. @GREGV exactly!

    Posted by: Bryce Ageno | Dec 16, 2011 2:26:41 PM

  2. Ah, yes...I see the trolls are here with the whine that refusal to accept intolerance is somehow intolerant. They want bigots to define what bigotry is so they can claim to be oppressed victims when nobody is actually doing anything to them.

    You have a right to practice your religion...just not on other people. If you don't like gay people, that's perfectly fine. But here at school, where there will be gay people, you are not allowed to impose that attitude of yours on others because the gay people need to be here, too. If your religious beliefs are such that you are incapable of being around gay people who are not being actively demonized for their mere existence, then you have no place in the public square.

    Liberty requires responsibility and the cost for you being allowed to retain your liberty is that you must provide the same respect to other that you demand for yourself.

    This whine that the "far right and the far left are the same in their intolerance" would be risible were it not for the fact that people actually believe that hogwash. It's as if people think that there is a right to do others harm and being prevented from harming others is somehow a burden on the one causing the trouble.

    Your right to free speech does not come with a right to an audience.

    Posted by: Rrhain | Dec 16, 2011 2:29:13 PM

  3. I very much doubt that this kid's mother is funding this law suit personally. She is, I suspect, a bigot who is protecting her handiwork in turning her son into a bigot.

    Of course the purpose in suing the teacher personally as well as the school - and the Thomas More Law Centre is a right wing Catholic outfit - is to encourage teachers NOT to challenge homophobia and to pass by on the other side when they see homophobic bullying. Their preference is for queers to be in the closet or six feet under.

    It might be useful for her to feel the power of free speech with pickets and signs with her name on, calling her what she is, where she lives and works and shops.

    She and her son have the right to say whatever they want(except shouting fire in a crowded theatre, of course) but free speech means free from government sanction. It does not mean free of any and all consequences. She deserves public ridicule and shame.

    Posted by: James UK | Dec 16, 2011 2:30:53 PM

  4. how about Catholic Mother defends Son for his anti-Semitism, eh?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 16, 2011 2:37:34 PM

  5. Thank you RRHAIN for speaking truth and reality to the trolls without engaging them. So refreshing.

    Posted by: Joey | Dec 16, 2011 2:40:15 PM

  6. Ok, reading some more on this, this very obviously has nothing whatsoever to do with free speech or even that specific incident. The lawsuit is specifically targeted at the anti-bullying policy in general. Just the wording is extremely anti-gay

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 16, 2011 3:28:39 PM

  7. There's an easy test to see if these guys are serious about "free speech rights." (They rarely are).

    Would the organization suing in this matter also have defended the rights of a student who replied to the plaintiff's anti-gay speech by stating "my personal beliefs are that you represent a dehumanizing superstitious cult responsible for numerous crimes against children?"

    More than likely, the answer is "no," and the plaintiff's would call for such a statement to be punished. That's the "double standard" you see so often -- people want to deign themselves a special exemption from rules governing speech, while having them harshly enforced against those with whom they disagree (or dislike).

    I'm all about free speech. In fact, I think it would be what deals with the situation most effectively. The reality is that neither the ossified education system nor the religious groups seeking unlimited free speech for themselves and complete censorship for others would support such a move.

    Posted by: An Easy Test | Dec 16, 2011 3:36:16 PM

  8. The school has a right and a duty to limit distractions and provide a safe and healthy educational environment. Wearing a shirt stating that you're proud of who you are is one thing. Wearing one that disparages, mocks, or puts down other students is another and clearly a violation of this. If you come to school to attack your fellow students, you have not right to be there.

    Posted by: Mk_Ultra_Again | Dec 16, 2011 8:21:34 PM

  9. The nerve of this woman... Since their Bible promotes slavery, when will it become 'religious discrimination' when a student is suspended for calling black kids "n*ggers" ???

    These religious loons had better watch themselves before they get too far over their heads....

    Posted by: Tre | Dec 16, 2011 9:34:57 PM

  10. @BRYCE - hit the nail on the head. This is a school, not a public square. There is a difference between teaching tolerance and teaching bigotry. Also, he wasn't kicked out of school - he was just asked to leave the class. As someone else pointed out, this is just the antigay, hate industry manufacturing yet another story about how they are being prevented from their bigoted, hate filled agenda. Ridiculous!

    Posted by: MikeH | Dec 18, 2011 12:11:46 PM

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