Est. May 2008

14 April, 2013

Only Approved Inquisitiveness Allowed

According to Walt Tutka, a substitute teacher in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, one of his students asked him the source of a remark he made; the remark, ‘The first shall be the last, and the last shall be the first’, happens to be found in the Bible.  After a short discussion, Mr. Tutka have the student a pocket Bible he was carrying.

For responding to that student’s non-approved inquisitiveness, Mr. Tutka was fired.

And, of course, Mr. Tutka, with the assistance of the Liberty Institute, is suing the New Jersey district:
“I believe that I have been discriminated against in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and retaliated against regarding same,” Tutka’s complaint reads, according to The Express-Times.
Hiram Sasser, litigation director for Liberty Institute, said he was shocked that the ‘school district has forced Walt to file a complaint with the EEOC for religious discrimination.’  He added, ‘All Walt did was respond to a student’s intellectual curiosity and the school district suspended and then terminated him.’

Mr. Sasser, in this day and age, when just about every anti-Christian alphabet-soup group is at the starting gate just waiting to slap a lawsuit on someone who so much as mentions the Bible in public, you shouldn’t be shocked.  I can’t call those groups ‘anti-religion’, because, as many folks have commented, had the teacher given the student a copy of the ‘holy-book-of-the-religion-which-shall-not-be-named’, it’s likely nothing would have come of it.

And it’s this knee-jerk reaction to all things Christian which, IMO, drove the district to fire Mr. Tutka: rather than face the near-certainty of a lawsuit from the ACLU or the FFRF or whomever, they preemptively struck and fired Mr. Tutka in order to prove their secular bona fides to anybody who would want to trump up a charge of violating the mythical ‘wall between church and state’.

And, as has happened in the past, they jumped out of that frying pan, directly into another.

The fact that Mr. Tutka is suing may be the reason why the district hasn’t answered any questions of reporters; another reason may very well be what I outlined above – it was a knee-jerk reaction to keep from being sued (which didn’t work). 

Either way, the way these sorts of things have turned out in the past, perhaps the district doesn’t want to admit they may have made a big mistake.

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