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Response to alp227 (Reply #26)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 04:58 PM

35. I'm not defending the teacher. At all.

I'm defending the school. The teacher is an ass, but the school made the choice they needed to make. It may be an unpopular one, but unless her statements can be shown to be a violation of the law or of her contract, she could sue their asses off if they fired her over a comment she made on her own time and away from her place of work.

Let me start by pointing out that, as a bisexual, I'm not a fan of this at all. I rank it up there with the ACLU going to court to defend the KKK all those years back. It's repugnant, but it had to be done. I also agree with the first commenter in your link above, and not the second.

The problem with the second opinion is that it could be applied to any job out there. All jobs are freely chosen, and if we allow employers to apply rules of conduct to their employees that apply even when they aren't working, then the concept of "freedom" goes out the window. The second opinion is the same position used by conservatives to justify employers threatening to fire Obama voters, or defending the right of employers to terminate people because of their social or political activities. I don't agree with that and I never will. NO EMPLOYER should ever have the right to punish an employee for exercising their civil rights away from the workplace. That's doubly true when that employer is the government itself.

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LineLineLineNew Reply I'm not defending the teacher. At all.
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