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Viki Knox, NJ Teacher Who Called Homosexuality a 'Perverted Sin' on Facebook, Resigns

Remember Viki Knox, the New Jersey teacher who came under fire last September for calling homosexuality a "perverted sin" that "breeds like cancer" and attacking a school display recognizing Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender History Month?

Viki_knoxShe has resigned amidst a tenure charge case brought by the Board of Education, the Star-Ledger reports:

Knox, 51, a tenured special education teacher, submitted her resignation over the summer, the attorney, James Plosia, said. He would not comment further, saying only that "settlement talks are under way."

The board met with Plosia in closed session last night to discuss the matter but no action was taken.

A 21-year teaching veteran who has worked in Union since 2000, Knox previously said in court filings that she plans to seek a disability pension due to a back injury and on "psychological grounds." She filed papers for her pension on June 7.


School Board Moves to Fire Viki Knox, NJ Teacher Who Called Homosexuality a 'Perverted Sin' on Facebook

Remember Viki Knox, the New Jersey teacher who came under fire last September for calling homosexuality a "perverted sin" that "breeds like cancer" and attacking a school display recognizing Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender History Month?

Viki_knoxThe Union Township School District has made its first steps toward firing her:

The Union Township school board has filed tenure charges against Viki Knox, the high school English teacher whose anti-gay remarks on Facebook raised a firestorm over her free speech rights and her role as a public school teacher.

The board formally filed the charges against Knox in late December, a step that begins the lengthy and costly process to fire Knox, school board president Ray Perkins said. He could not comment on the findings of the district's three-month investigation of Knox's conduct.

Wrote Knox on her Facebook page:

"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!"

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AFA's Bryan Fischer Names NJ Governor Chris Christie First Member of 'American Association of Religious Bigots' (AARB)

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association has come up with a new way to play up the false meme of Christian victimization so popular with anti-gay hate groups these days.

FischerHe's launching "the American Association of Religious Bigots, the AARB for short," Right Wing Watch reports:

The AARB will consist of individuals and groups in America who demonstrate that they are Christophobic bigots and hatemongers by their opposition to the free exercise of religion, speech, press or association for followers of Christianity, a religion the Founders were specifically protecting by the First Amendment.

Fischer's inaugural attacker of Christians is NJ Governor Chris Christie for saying he found Union High school teacher Viki Knox's anti-gay Facebook remarks "disturbing". Writes Fischer:

Our charter member is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who yesterday publicly criticized a New Jersey teacher who criticized her public school’s promotion of sexually aberrant behavior. She exercised both her freedom of religion and speech by posting her comments on her own Facebook page.

This Christian teacher expressed her opposition to the school’s celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history by correctly labeling such behaviors as “perverted.” That may sound harsh, but consider the dictionary definition of “perverted:” “Characterized by sexually abnormal and unacceptable practices or tendencies.” So her assessment is not harsh, it’s just true.

No doubt Fischer saw NOM's new Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance and figured he would try the same thing. Those poor oppressed Christianists.


Anti-Gay NJ Teacher Viki Knox Gives Silent Interview: VIDEO

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CBS New York went to the home of anti-gay NJ teacher Viki Knox and her husband Gene spoke out in her defense.

Said Knox's husband: "The ones that are vilifying her, if they knew her, they would not. They would not do that or say that...Everybody's entitled to an opinion...They can persecute her, but they can't prosecute her."

Viki Knox remained silent. Which is funny, because she had so much to say on Facebook.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Previously...
NJ Governor Calls Teacher Viki Knox's Anti-Gay Facebook Remarks 'Disturbing' [tr]
Hundreds Protest Anti-Gay Facebook Remarks at NJ School Board Meeting: VIDEO [tr]
NJ Teacher Under Investigation for Calling Homosexuality a 'Sin' That 'Breeds Like Cancer' [tr]

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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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Activists, Students to Protest NJ Teacher Viki Knox and Her Anti-Gay Facebook Comments on Tuesday

On Thursday, I posted about Union Township, New Jersey teacher Viki Knox and a controversy that had erupted over Facebook remarks she made calling homosexuality a "perverted sin" that "breeds like cancer" and attacking a school display recognizing Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender History Month.

KnoxThis Tuesday, Garden State Equality is sponsoring a rally and protest at Union High School at 6:30 pm:

Garden State Equality will protest this Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 pm at the next meeting of the Union Township School Board. It's your chance to tell the school board to take action against the Union High School teacher over her alleged Facebook remarks that ruthlessly bash LGBT people. THIS TUESDAY at 6:30 pm, Union High School, 2350 North 3rd Street, Union Township, New Jersey. The school board meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but please arrive no later than 6:30 pm for our news conference and then to get seats. PLEASE SHARE THIS POST ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND FORWARD IT TO YOUR FRIENDS' PAGES.

Wrote Knox on her Facebook page:

"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!"

See a PDF of the page HERE.

The Star-Ledger Editorial Board wrote a scathing assessment of Knox's actions in an editorial yesterday:

She might as well have hopped on a soapbox across the street from the school and screamed her anti-gay rant into a bullhorn. Or stapled posters to telephone poles around town.

While we all should be allowed an inner circle with whom we can speak freely, Knox gave up those protections when she posted her comments on the most public forum there is — the internet. She created a fearful, hostile environment for students. That’s unacceptable.

Knox has the right to a hateful view, but once her beliefs are made public, she doesn’t have the right to a taxpayer-funded, $70,688-a-year job in which she is expected to treat all students equally and with respect. She should absorb the harshest action possible, suspension or firing.


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