Jerry Buell suspension rescinded, Buell back in classroom tomorrow morning, Florida Lake County School Board
On August 23, 2011 Citizen Wells reported:
“Jerry Buell suspended from Mount Dora High School, Facebook comments about gay marriage, Mount Dora, Florida, First Amendment rights”
“A Florida teacher has been suspended and removed from the classroom in Mount Dora, Florida, for comments made on his Facebook page against homosexual “marriage.” Liberty Counsel will be representing the teacher in court.
In response to New York’s passage of a same-sex marriage bill, Jerry Buell criticized the new law in a pair of Facebook posts. He wrote, “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?””
“It appears that not only do members of Congress need to read the US Constitution but also “educators.” The Constitution should be read in every school across the nation at the beginning of each school year.”
I just received an email from American Family Association.
“Because of your action, public school drops suspension of Christian teacher
AFA Action Alert put pressure on school board to respond immediately
August 24, 2011”
“On Monday, AFA asked you to take action on behalf of Florida teacher Jerry Buell, who was unconstitutionally suspended by the Lake County school administration for posting his support for traditional marriage on his Facebook page.
Directly related to your taking action, along with other Christians, sending tens of thousands of emails to the Lake County School Board, the school has immediately rescinded its suspension of Mr. Buell and he will be back in his classroom tomorrow morning!
According to a just-held press conference by Mr. Buell and his legal representation, Liberty Counsel Attorney Harry Mihet, outside the Lake County Board of Education Administration Building, the school board acknowledged it violated Mr. Buell’s First Amendment rights by suspending him.
Your willingness to become involved in speaking out on behalf of religious liberties expedited Mr. Buell’s case. There is no doubt this case will have an impact on hundreds of other public schools who challenge educator’s right to share their closely held religious views in society.
Your actions made the difference!
Please consider making a small donation in support the work of the AFA Action Alert. Your donation will insure your voice for religious liberty continues to be heard.
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association”