Canada: A fundie teacher has had his homophobic rant denied the protection of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by British Columbia's Supreme Court.
Chris Kempling, a teacher and guidance counsellor in a Quesnel high school said the ruling by the B.C. Supreme Court isa significant blow to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, denying Christian teachers the right to speak out on controversial issues. Kempling says he intends to appeal the ruling.
In 2002, the British Columbia College of Teachers suspended Kempling for one month forprofessional misconduct or conduct unbecoming a BCCT member.
It had been investigating a complaint received after Kempling wrote a series of letters to his local newspaper between 1997 and 2000 saying homosexuality was wrong.
One letter said in part:I refuse to be a false teacher saying that promiscuity is acceptable, perversion is normal, and immorality is simply 'cultural diversity' of which we should be proud.
The college said the letters were discriminatory and derogatory, and contrary to its commitment to provide a supportive learning environment for all students.
Anti-gay teacher can't claim charter protection: B.C. court—CBC News, 6th February 2004 (via morons.org).