Discussion in 'Politics' started by manifold, Aug 30, 2011.
Teacher Wins Free-Speech Battle After Anti-Gay Diatribe - TIME
Family man. Republicans like to call themselves the "Party of Family Values". What a joke.
If rdean had it his way, kids would have to have homosexual sex as part of their education
I agree with the reinstatement. Since he didn't have that "moment of stupidity" in the classroom his speech IS protected. The same would go if he praised neo-nazis or even NAMBLA.
How does this case compare with the story about the teacher that got fired when it was learned he had appeared in gay porn flicks?
My hard-wired bias has me wanting to applaud this teacher's reinstatement as well as the gay porn teacher's firing. I won't deny that. But something about the two strikes me as an inconsistent application of our 1st Amendment freedom of expression. As we were all reminded in mudmissile's epic fail thread yesterday (spilling into today), the 1st Amendment protects us from the government infringing upon our rights to free speech etc. And in both cases here it's a public school which qualifies as government. In one case, the teacher cannot be fired for spreading hatred on his own time because it's protected speech, but in the other case the teacher can be fired for allowing himself to be filmed having gay sex on his own time (before he even took the teaching job). So setting aside my built-in bias (and yours too), why would the 1st Amendment protect one teacher's job but not the other?
Maybe because they believe in the one true meaning of a family; man + woman = family. Anything else is just abnormal and wrong!!!
both should be reinstated.
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