March 4, 2010

Criticizing Christians on Facebook Can Get You Fired

freespeechzone.jpgThe Perplexed Observer has posted a story you will not want to miss. I urge you to visit his blog to read it in its entirety, but I will provide a brief summary here because it is too important not to.

Melissa Hussain, a Wake County (North Carolina) middle-school science teacher, has been suspended because she complained on her Facebook page about some nutty Christian students in her class. According to,
Hussain wrote on the social-networking site that it was a "hate crime" that students anonymously left a Bible on her desk, and she told how she "was able to shame her kids" over the incident. Her Facebook page included comments from friends about "ignorant southern rednecks," and one commenter suggested Hussain retaliate by bringing a Dale Earnhardt Jr. poster to class with a swastika drawn on the NASCAR driver's forehead.
Although this particular school district does not have a policy on social networking sites, the district indicates that Ms. Hussain's behavior violates their ethics code.

The article notes,
Teachers across the nation have been suspended or fired because of questionable material posted on their Facebook pages and other online social networking sites.
So much for the First Amendment, huh?

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