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Teacher Suspended for Calling Homosexuality a Sin

If you think what you say as a teacher on your own time and on your own Facebook page won’t affect your job, consider the case of Jenye “Viki” Knox. She has been dealing with repercussions of stating her culturally unpopular opinions about homosexuality on her personal social media network for the past seven years.

Knox was a teacher at Union High School in New Jersey and an ordained minister who was charged with conduct unbecoming a teacher and suspended without pay by the school district in 2011 for sharing her belief that homosexuality is a sin on her personal Facebook page. School officials later sought to remove her tenured status with an intent to ultimately fire her.

Knox resigned in 2012 due to stress, but in 2013 she sued the school district for violating her right to free speech and religious expression. She asked that she be reinstated to her position with back pay and given an acknowledgment that her rights had been violated.

Having previously come to a confidential settlement on the tenure issue, Knox recently settled her other claims by agreeing to a suspension of her teaching license for three years, but without admitting or conceding to the truth of the allegations made against her.

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Atlanta Fire Chief Gets Vindicated in Court

In 2015, former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired for writing on his own time and at his own expense a men’s devotional that included a brief statement about the beauty of biblical marriage and the error of homosexuality. On December 20th, he was vindicated, at least in part, when a federal district court ruled that the city of Atlanta had violated Cochran’s freedom of speech by saying he had to seek the city’s permission before writing the devotional. However, the ruling did not say that he could not have been fired for what he wrote.

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Disney Introduces Gay Character in Tween Show

The Disney Channel recently introduced a homosexual character in the season 2 premiere of Andi Mack, a coming-of-age comedy geared toward tweens. This season’s first episode focuses on the new attractions that main character Cyrus Goodman has for a boy while he also juggles having a new girlfriend.

Why such adult themes on a kids’ television network? And why would it consider a homosexual storyline “age-appropriate”? Disney released a statement about the show, saying, “The Disney brand has always been inclusive, with stories that reflect acceptance and tolerance and celebrate the differences that make our characters uniquely wonderful in their own way. . . . Our stories are timeless because they speak to the heart; our characters appeal to children across gender, ability, and experience . . . “.

The head of One Million Moms, Monica Cole, said, “By choosing to move in the direction of more ‘adult’ stories and content, the Disney Channel—and the entire Disney media empire—may be choosing to sacrifice something far more precious . . . children’s innocence.”

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New Website Reveals Where Churches Stand on LGBT Issues

A new online database called Church Clarity, launched by LGBT-affirming individuals, is starting to score churches on their positions on homosexuality by classifying whether a church is “affirming” or “non-affirming” of the LGBT agenda. Affirming churches would be those that allow LGBT individuals to “marry” in the church, participate in church sacraments, and participate in church leadership. So far, the online database has scored 40 churches with the hopes of doing more as momentum gains.

Church Clarity’s left leanings and use of possibly biased crowdsourcing to reveal church policies have many Christians wondering if churches with biblical viewpoints on homosexuality will be represented unfairly and unfavorably. However, trying to sound neutral, Church Clarity explains on its FAQ page, “The nuance of our mission is that regardless of the [church’s LGBT] policy, we believe disclosure is essential. That is why we are eager to enlist those who are passionate about clarity and who represent the full spectrum of theological positions.”

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