Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. I guess some public schools must not be quite clear on the First Amendment. Jerry Buell is a 22 year veteran social studies teacher at Mount Dora high school in Florida, and he was teacher of the year for his school district in 2010. However, after offending the gods of political correctness, he will not be in the classroom when school begins this year. On July 25, 2011 he posted these comments on his Facebook page:
“I’m watching the news, eating dinner when the story about New York okaying same-sex unions came on and I almost threw up. And now they showed two guys kissing after their announcement. If they want to call it a union, go ahead. But don’t insult a man and woman’s marriage by throwing it in the same cesspool of whatever. God will not be mocked. When did this sin become acceptable?”
“By the way, if one doesn’t like the most recently posted opinion based on biblical principles and God’s laws, then go ahead and unfriend me. I’ll miss you like I miss my kidney stone from 1994. And I will never accept it because God will never accept it. Romans chapter one.”
The school district suspended Buell because they are afraid that a homosexual student might be frightened or intimated by him. Go here to see a video report of this farce.
Schools should be a place where students learn to value free inquiry and robust debate. Instead, the forces of the Left, which have a death grip on public education in most locations in this country, have turned them into citadels of reaction where there is only one correct answer in regard to the issues of the day, and dissenters will be punished severely. This is an institutional structure suitable for the old Soviet Union, but not for a free people. The idea that at a public school a teacher can be disciplined for expressing a political opinion would have sent a chill down the backs of old-fashioned liberals, many of whom were legitimately concerned for the rights of dissenters. Most of their ideological descendants have no problem with crushing dissent if it is dissent from their orthodoxy.