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Union High School teacher Viki Knox the subject of planned gay rights protest

facebookiconHT_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Some parents and gay rights activists are calling for the dismissal of Union County High School teacher Viki Knox after she posted anti-gay comments on Facebook.

The Christian Post reports that Knox posted an image on her Facebook page of a display at Union which promotes October as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month. She said she was “pitching a fit” over it, and she described homosexuality as a “perverted spirit” and a sinful lifestyle, saying, “I know sin and it breeds like cancer!”

According to NBC Philadelphia, gay rights activists Garden State Equality plan to protest at a school board meeting Tuesday night to urge the Union Township board take action against Knox.

Union Township school board president, Francis Perkins told NJ.com that the board won’t take any action on the Knox issue at Tuesday night’s meeting, nor address it publicly. "We’ve been getting emails from all over the world," he said.

Garden State Equality wrote on their Facebook page, “it is wrong for a teacher to spew anti-LGBT hatred on Facebook in her official capacity as a teacher. And in that role of teacher on Facebook, she communicated her bile to students. That is why the school should take action.”

The controversy has renewed discussions about social networking in school districts. Millburn has an "Acceptable Use Policy" regarding the use of district-provided computers and technology. Facebook is blocked on the Millburn school district’s computers, and teachers are encouraged to use district e-mail accounts for communications with students and parents.

The New Jersey Education Association has written 14 "Tips for Twitter and Facebook,” and advises teachers never to post about their job or students.

According to the Advocate, Knox used Twitter to criticize the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, writing, “God is not pleased and neither am I!"

 
Comments (20)
20 Saturday, 05 November 2011 10:52
Betty B. Tillman
What a society of "if you're not on my side, you're wrong", we (you) have become. Since when is it a policy to consider firing a teacher because she disagrees with the status quo, such as it is. Ms. Knox placed the comment on her facebook page to her friends. Obviously, many of her "not friends" saw it and started crying. Yes, crying,"Oh someone doesn't like us gays, she must be bad. What's wrong with her? Is she crazy? Everybody must like us gays. We will go after you if you don't like us. What a bunch of babies. Grow up! God does not embrace gays, neither do I or any born again iChristian who believes and trust God's way as the perfect way. So, are firing God? In the Bible, there are four books that speak against same sex relationships. Yes, they are called "unseemly and an abomination." When the flesh crys out and we give in, we are usually going against the word. "Walk in the spirit and do not fulfill the lust of the flesh." The world walks in the flesh and refuses to understand the ways of the spirit. Viki has Not committed a crime. She simply disagrees with a lifestyle. She has that right. I bet she is one of the best teachers at the school. Ask her students. I support you Viki and I definitely believe and trust God.
19 Friday, 28 October 2011 15:03
Rethbourne
The whole "homosexuality is an abomination" argument is at best hypocrisy. On this particular point people who have this view insist that the bible is basically the inerrant word of god. Interesting then that other parts of the same bible are conveniently not followed. Have any of those with this view EVER worked on a Sunday? Do they realize that very same bible states that they should be put to death (Exodus 35:2)? How about the clothes they wear? Wearing garments made of 2 different kinds of thread is also a sin (Leviticus 19:19). Interesting how easy that one would be to avoid in today's world of synthetic materials. If you are going to insist that the bible is the literal word of God, then it is ALL the literal word of God, not just the parts that serve to affirm your existing prejudices. If not your views lose any credibility.
18 Thursday, 27 October 2011 20:39
annaon
To think anyone can recruit someone into being gay is as stupid as saying straights are recruiting gays to become straight... how's that working out???

Let me throw some reality at you.

ANYONE who says "being gay is a choice," is themselves BISEXUAL, because being gay for them is a choice and they cannot see beyond their own experience of their own sexuality.

Gay people and straight people know their is no choice, as do psychologists, scientists and doctors.
17 Friday, 21 October 2011 10:13
karenrz
The Constitution was not based upon the word of God. Many of the Founding Fathers felt that keeping religion out of the government was so important that they made an amendment that prevented the Federal government establishing a state religion.


You do make some interesting points, however, Ms. Knox step over the line posting on FB the photo of her school's poster and commenting on it.
16 Thursday, 20 October 2011 01:20
AndyPants
Ok, let's say for a minute that, in spite of social science evidence, all we know about psychology, psychiatry and the human condition, that post number 15 is correct and it's easy for anyone to change sexual preference. It's like switching from cappuccinos to lattes, you will just have to tough it out for a week or two. All those dead 15 year old gay kids must have missed that memo, hey, maybe we should teach it in schools. I'd love a demonstration of it.
Anyway, even if we accept this ridiculous assertion, the struggle for the personal freedom to make this choice is just as pertinent to the civil rights struggle. It still compares. In law it's a precedent. In debate, we can identify the same reasoning behind why we should not allow equality. That's what's the same here. It's not the proponents that are alike, it is the opposition.
15 Wednesday, 19 October 2011 23:42
Disappointed in Union School Board
It amazes me how homosexuals can compare their situations to being black!!! In no means is the acceptance of what you choose to do in your bedroom in comparison to the struggle a race of people are still going through. So please! Spare the world of your drama.

Why is it so important that the world celebrate your lifestyle???? There is not a heterosexual month. There is not a whoremaster month. What you do in your bedroom is your business. I don't care to know it whether you are gay or not!

Furthermore, this situation is totally crazy because someone has stated her religious beliefs, you are calling for her to be terminated??? Wow what happened to freedom of speech & freedom of religion. Not everyone is going to agree with what you do in the bedroom, so do you plan on silencing all those who disagree????

You called her statement hate speech yet the bible spraks against this very thing. The irony is the Bible teaches you to love the person and hate the sin. So with that in mind, has she mistreated any students??? Is she a bad teacher??? No one has said anything regarding that point, instead, you attack her because of her religious beliefs. She didn't attack a person, she disagreed with what the school was doing in celebrating the lifestyle. Now will the school have a heterosexual month??? Or a Whore Month???

There are serious issues to deal with in this world such as the unemployment rate & the recession vs. calling a witch hunt for a personal opinion.

And again, being gay\bi-sexual does not compare to being black. At any given moment you could change your preference however, black people can not change who they are!!!

Sadly enough, this same sentiment is what President Barak Obama has to go through everyday dealing with the racism that it more prevelant today than it has been in the last couple of years! Yet none of you are calling for a witchhunt against his opposers!! Hummmm ... Yet you want to compare this to being black ... Something to think about!!!

Next you will want to ban the Bible ... The constitution which was created based on the Word of God!!! Smhrh!!
14 Wednesday, 19 October 2011 21:51
Freedom of religion
This is a typical example of gay right activist try to bully and persecute religious people. Viki Knox is simply saying what the Bible says. If the gay right activist get their way, all Christians teachers will be fired from their job. Anybody believing the Bible will be removed from public position. Even the Bible will be banned. What kind of country are we heading to?
This country is founded on religious freedom. Nobody should be fired because he or she believe what the Bible says.
13 Wednesday, 19 October 2011 14:31
Vashtai
For many years, LGBT people have been vilified just for being who they are. Finally the tide is turning and hate mongers like AFA, FOTF, NOM and Viki Knox are being called out for their religious bigotry. Christians claim LGBT people want to curb their religious rights. We do, and we will continue to push back and continue to do what we can to remove your religion from our laws.

Jesus looks down from heaven in shame at how Christians have subverted his most important message: Love one another.
12 Wednesday, 19 October 2011 09:36
SMH
Why would the school support something so controversial? You don't think there are parents and students as well as other staff members who might take offense to LGBT month? Why do we have to be forced into accepting something we/they don't believe in??? Stop forcing people to accept and support #hypocritical
11 Wednesday, 19 October 2011 09:24
Simon Alipio
The lynching of Vicki Knox over the web and now over the homosexual supportive media is going full force. Steven Goldstein, the lead inquisitor and #1 NJ bully is leading this campain to silence and punish whoever is not supporting his homosexual religion. If they succeed with Vicki, you may be next. The non stop promotion of sexual disorientation and the 50 years of free sex propaganda are responsible for teenagers killing themselves. Vicki Knox is just used as a scapegoat to distract us from the reality
10 Wednesday, 19 October 2011 08:26
karenrz
crossed the line when she posted a picture of her own school's LGBT display and posted her adamant disgust about it. This is not a matter of a woman being a Christian and being free to post about things she doesn't agree with, but being an educator and posting hateful messages about a group that compasses her school's students as well as a good number of society as well.

Ms. Knox: Judge not....
9 Wednesday, 19 October 2011 03:53
sick of the issue
Why is it more acceptable to he gay than to be a Christian? Would the school have Christianity Month? Really people need to build a bridge and get over it. Not everyone has the same beliefs/opinions and not everyone supports the LGBT. If thus was the other way around it wouldn't even be an issue. You want people to accept you for being gay, but you won't accept that people don't agree with your lifestyle. #Hypocritical
8 Tuesday, 18 October 2011 23:00
madhatter
If Viki Knox, were a "White" Teacher, and posted a comment on her "Facebook Page" about dissagreing with February celebrating "Black History Month", you can bet your life that Al Sharpton would have led a march (With Hundreds of Protester's) straight down to the High School, and not only demanded her firing, but also demand that while she was under investigation she be Suspended not WITH, but WITHOUT PAY!!! How DARE SHE BE KEPT IN A POSITION AS AN ALLEGED "TEACHER" WITH HER BIGOTED IDEALS!!!!! HOW WOULD MRS. KNOX FEEL IF SHE WERE WEARING THOSE VERY SAME SHOES!!!! SHE "PITCHED A FIT" ARE YOU SERIOUS??????? THE ONLY THING SHE SHOULD BE, IS PITCHED OUT THE FRONT DOOR OF WHAT IS A WONDERFUL HIGH SCHOOL!!!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!
7 Tuesday, 18 October 2011 22:59
Viki Feels Pressure (;
You are feeling the pressure of the words that you spew.
When you are on the radar like this it makes you look bad.
Know that even the Chris Cerf @ NJ educational dept has been contacted. Some of your superiors in the educational system some gay and children are homosexuals.

Enjoy it Viki.......your famous (;
6 Tuesday, 18 October 2011 22:08
Concerned Student
@realistic

The issue isn't that she offended a "special interest group" the issue is that she's spreading her crap and poisoning the minds of impressionable students. Furthermore, she is the councilor for the school prayer group, she could say that god hates gays and all the god fearing kids will then take it upon themselves to harass and hate-monger homosexuals.
5 Tuesday, 18 October 2011 19:43
J Jones
This is horrible! This teacher should be let go.
4 Tuesday, 18 October 2011 19:41
V Castro
Viki Knox should be fired.
3 Tuesday, 18 October 2011 19:02
MarieB
Gays and lesbians aren't a "special interest group."

And as a teacher, I find it offensive that any other teacher would make offensive comments against a slice of the community to which he or she serves. She has the right to any opinion she chooses, but she doesn't have the right to take her opinion and commit it to words in any form of communication. That's called "hate speech." Here, don't believe me, here's a definition straight from Wikipedia:

"Hate speech is, outside the law, any communication that disparages a person or a group on the basis of some characteristic such as race, color, ethnicity, gender, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, nationality, religion, or other characteristic. In law, hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group."

She should be fired IMMEDIATELY. What a fool.
2 Tuesday, 18 October 2011 18:07
realistic
The issue isn't that she is willfully trying to "embolden violent bigots to punish homosexuals as a religious duty"- it's that because she disagrees with a certain special interest group and they take offense to that.
She has a right to say anything she pleases. Look at anti-christians, pseudo-christians (westboro baptist church), the Black Panther Party, even a few 'occupiers'; Have they not expressed hate and/or violence towards those they disagree with? Where is the media coverage of that? Were they fired?
Honestly, what does LGBT History month consist of? Does the accomplishments of LGBTs stand only because of their sexuality/gender identity?? I think it's degrading to LGBTs that there are specified moments of recognition for the achievments of their predecessors. Furthermore, I don't see what the sexuality or gender identity of anyone really has to do with the matters of history.
1 Tuesday, 18 October 2011 15:41
bob123
Paramount for Union Board of Ed is avoiding being on the wrong end of a lawsuit, backed by the ACLU & Defense Alliance Fund, alleging violation of First Amendment rights & wrongful dismissal, This teacher needs to have impressed upon her that the opinions she does express do have tragic consequences when they embolden violent bigots to punish homosexuals as a religious duty, which occurs hundreds & probably thousands of times every year in America. The best people to tell her are her own students. Because a teacher faced with losing the trust & respect of her students should either change or find some other occupation.

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