8/25/2011: Teacher Jerry Buell has been exonerated and reinstated into the classroom.
Former "Teacher of the Year," Jerry Buell, has been suspended from teaching because he opposed homosexual "marriage" and expressed his personal beliefs on Facebook.
It didn't matter that he has taught in that school system for 22 years and never had a complaint---a spotless record.
Now his job is on the line because one kid complained. The school district has called his expressed biblical beliefs, anti-gay and homophobic.
So, you're fired.
At the same time a federal appeals court has absolved a case against a teacher who attacked, in the classroom, the idea of biblical Creation and those who believe it.
Here's what Buell said on Facebook, what the California teacher said in the classroom and the unbelievable prejudice against Christianity in the public school system. And my thoughts on the matter.
The school system reacted to teacher Jerry Buell's post on his own Facebook page, on his own time, on his own computer, by saying that, "Gay students at the school might be frightened or intimidated walking into his classroom."
What about Christian students who walk into public school classrooms every day and sit under teachers who advocate, both directly and indirectly: that homosexuality is normal and equivalent to ethnicity, redefining marriage is a right of equality, that abortion is a right---a "choice," it's not killing a baby, evolution is a fact, biblical creationism is a myth, conservative Christian morality is archaic, secular progressive beliefs are elite and acceptable. Traditional biblical beliefs are not. And they advocate freedom of speech---as long as you say the right thing. And freedom of belief, as long as you hold the proper views. And academic freedom, as long as you learn the appropriate "truth."
Here's what Buell actually wrote 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,” he wrote. “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?”
Three minutes later, Buell posted another comment: “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.”
Last week, California high school teacher, Dr. James Corbett, was absolved of charges that he violated a Christian student's rights by saying, in the classroom not on Facebook, that "Creationism is religious, superstitious nonsense."
Judge Raymond Fisher ruled, "The teacher is entitled to qualified immunity."
Why? Because the teacher has a spotless record and public schools encourage freedom of thought. The school district hailed the ruling as "a victory for free thought and 'academic freedom.'"
As we prepare to send our kids back to public school, I suggest to the many pastors and Christian leaders who read this blog, reconsider the doctrine of silence regarding cultural moral issues. It may not be considered cool or "emergent," but kids and the culture hang in the balance.
I was a pastor for many years. I am more than happy to come to your church and preach a biblical, legal, message on the church and the culture. I spoke as needed on cultural issues as a pastor and the growth of our church was well known and documented.
The "I don't think the church should be involved in politics" cover is sounding more and more hollow because it isn't "politics," it is biblical responsibility to a lost culture.
Our country has morally lost her way because of silence on the part of those who should be speaking out.
And to those Christians who are not pastors or even perhaps leaders. Don't be intimidated. Don't be silent. Get involved in your public school. Get involved in policy making in your community. Support political candidates who will stand for your biblical values. Don't believe the notion that if you speak to the culture, you forfeit the opportunity to reach people for Christ.
And thanks for supporting us, while we continue to advocate for what both you and I know is right.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.
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