The state of New Jersey just suspended a Christian teacher for posting on her Facebook page that homosexuality is wrong according to a report:
A Christian teacher in New Jersey is now serving a three-year suspension of her teaching certificates all because she posted critical remarks about homosexuality on social media.
Jeyne Viki Knox, a 56-year-old long time special educator and faculty adviser to the Bible club at Union High School, has come to an agreement with the state’s Department of Education on a proposal to have her three teaching certificates revoked for a period of three years.
Knox, who is an ordained minister, has held certificates for elementary school, nursery school and handicapped teaching since 1990, according to the Associated Press.
Knox’s troubles began in October 2011 when she took to Facebook to criticize a display at the high school honoring LGBT history month.
According to NJ.com, Knox participated in a back-and-forth with other Facebook users in which she reportedly called homosexuality a “perverted spirit” that also “breeds like cancer.”
“Why parade your unnatural immoral behaviors before the rest of us?” Knox was quoted as writing on Facebook. “I DO NOT HAVE TO TOLERATE ANYTHING OTHERS WISH TO DO. I DO HAVE TO LOVE AND SPEAK AND DO WHAT’S RIGHT!”
Knox was placed on administrative leave and about three months afterwards, the Union Township Board of Education filed a tenure case against her. Knox resigned from her position in 2012.
According to NJ.com, Knox’s agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education comes after she appealed the department’s decision to revoke her certificates to the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law. After filing an appeal against the department of education’s decision, Knox submitted the proposal to have her certificates suspended for only three years.
The agreement between the New Jersey Department of Education and Knox was officially approved by the New Jersey Board of Examiners on Dec. 8, NJ.com reported on Sunday.
Knox filed a lawsuit in 2013 against the Union Township Board of Education on grounds that her religious freedom rights and free speech were violated by the school board’s actions against her in response to her Facebook posts. Knox was seeking reinstatement and backpay.
A settlement was reached in the lawsuit in September, NJ.com notes. However, very few details about the settlement have been made publicly available.
Demetrios Stratis, an attorney representing Knox, said that the settlement includes a confidentiality agreement.
“These Facebook posts that she made were done on her time, at her home, after school hours, on her home computer, and it was addressing a matter that could arguably be of big societal concerns,” Stratis told NJ.com.
Although LGBT activists called on the school board to take action against Knox for her Facebook posts, even representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union defended Knox’s right to free speech.
“Although we do not agree with the sentiments expressed on Ms. Knox’s personal Facebook page, her comments are protected by the First Amendment,” Ed Barocas, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, told NJ.com in 2011. “The ACLU believes that the response to offensive speech is not the restriction of speech, but more speech.” (source)
At the same time, the State of New Jersey also paid a $110,000 settlement to a homosexual teacher because he was embarrassed that his students called him a homosexual:
A former Spanish teacher at a New Jersey high school will get $110,000 to settle a lawsuit in which he claimed he was harassed by students because he’s gay.
Kevin McManus — who began working at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School in 2008 — in a lawsuit claimed he “was the subject of a hostile work environment” after a student revealed he was gay during a class in 2011, NJ.com reported.
The students would allegedly mock him with statements like “don’t drop the soap” and “do you like nuts?” according to the suit, originally filed in 2015.
The former teacher also alleged that the school in Bridgewater not only failed to take action on the matter, but also retaliated against him after he filed a civil rights complaint.
The taunting endured, so McManus eventually approached the school’s disciplinary coordinator, Jamie Morales, who allegedly neglected to take “the appropriate steps to stop it.”
McManus then turned to Principal Diane Ziegler and Affirmative Action Officer Teresa Morelli, both of whom also allegedly failed to address the harassment.
And after filing a complaint with the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, McManus alleged school officials retaliated against him by demanding his resignation and preventing him from using personal days and paid leaves of absence, according to NJ.com.
President of the school’s board of education William Hyncik quietly signed off the $110,000 settlement for McManus last month. The agreement contains a confidentiality clause and a stipulation stating the payment cannot be interpreted as an admission of guilt. (source)
The juxtaposition of these two articles says not just a lot about the state of New Jersey, but about where the state of the nation is heading.
Shoebat.com has the noted distinction of being one of the most anti-LGBT websites on the Internet, and as we have stated before, we do it because this is an important aspect of what it means to be a Christian. Sacred Scripture and Tradition both consistently speak of homosexuality as a grave evil that is worthy of death, and centuries of teaching only reinforce this. The fact that homosexuality would be tolerated in our modern day does not change divinely revealed truth.
The danger of homosexuality in America is not just the presence of this practice, but the fact that the majority of Americans accept and support it. This also includes a great number of Christians. However, as with anything, one’s personal beliefs do not add to or diminish truth in the same way that a man’s opinions do not add to or detract from the laws of physics. Homosexuality is as sinful as it has always been, except its effects have been exacerbated by the popular support it has in the nation and in many nations of the “western world.”
Right now there has been a surge of populism and nationalism in the USA, with much of it driven by people who want to “make America great again.” However, America can never be ‘great again’ unless she places God first and then obeys that which God has revealed, for the love of God is made evidenced by words and actions. Given the objectively heinous sin that homosexuality is in Christian sacred scripture and tradition, America can never be “great again” unless she repents of this sin and works to repeal her actions that give social and legal support to it. However, this is not happening. Instead, Americans are growing even more supportive of homosexuality and all kinds of other disordered sexual practices such as transsexualism and increasingly, pedophilia. The support increases with each generation, and it has been noted that the upcoming Generation Z is the most pro-homosexual generation of Americans yet.
However, it does not end here. As we have noted, criticism of homosexuality has become illegal in many countries such as Canada, where Christians can be prosecuted for saying what their own faith teaches as it is considered “hate speech.” Canada is at such a point now that the government has mandated that parents can have their children taken away from them and businesses can be barred from government contracts if they do not support homosexuality.
We have been warning that these laws are simply warnings of what will come to the USA. The fact that a Christian woman can be suspended for saying what Christian teaching has said for 2,000 years while at the same time a homosexual can settle with the state for over a hundred thousand dollars is proof that we are on the way to banning Christian teachings about homosexuality in the name of “tolerance” and “diversity.”
There is a reason why our views at Shoebat.com are as strong as they are, for we not only understand and believe what the Bible and Sacred Tradition says about this matter, but we see the writing on the wall, and we are simply telling you what will come if these patterns remain unchanged.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The feast of King Belshazzar where God writes the famous word “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upsharin” on the wall, and hence from this incident comes the saying “the writing on the wall.” The warning in the Bible was that King Belshazzar’s kingdom would be destroyed and divided. The warning for Christians today is that unless a clear change happens, the future of Christianity in America is in jeopardy, and the Christian community will be rent asunder over this issue.