Skip to comments.Suspension for 'anti-gay' opinion upheld
Posted on 02/05/2004 8:20:26 PM PST by scripter
A teacher suspended because he wrote published letters critical of homosexual behavior was properly punished with a one-month suspension, the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled.
As WorldNetDaily reported, Chris Kempling
of Quesnel, British Columbia, was found guilty of unbecoming conduct by the B.C. College of Teachers. The panel asserted his letters to the editor, a research paper and other correspondence contained "discriminatory and derogatory statements against homosexuals."
Teacher Chris Kempling (Vancouver Sun)
Though none of the statements in question were made in class, the panel said the writings indicated the veteran teacher's attitude could poison the class environment.
One Kempling letter cited by the panel said: "Gay people are seriously at risk, not because of heterosexual attitudes but because of their sexual behaviour, and I challenge the gay community to show some real evidence that they are trying to protect their own community members by making attempts to promote monogamous, long-lasting relationships to combat sexual addictions."
Justice Ronald Holmes of the B.C. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday Kempling's comments were discriminatory and could reasonably cause disruption to the school system.
In a letter to supporters yesterday, Kempling said, "It is a black day for religious freedom in Canada."
According to Kempling, Holmes implied homosexual students would be unwilling to speak to him in his role as a school counselor, asserting the published comments reduced his credibility as a teacher in the eyes of students and the public.
"There was no evidence presented that this was true," Kempling said. "No evidence of a disrupted school environment was found. There were no complaints from students, parents or my supervisors."
He noted all of his former administrators wrote letters stating his public comments had no discernible impact on the operation of the school.
According to its rules, the teacher's panel does not need to find direct evidence of a poisoned school environment to determine that a member is guilty of conduct unbecoming. The panel said, "It is sufficient that an inference can be drawn as to the reasonable and probable consequences of the discriminatory comments of a teacher."
The teachers said they were disturbed by Kempling's statements that homosexual relationships are unstable, 'gay' sex poses health risks and many religions consider homosexuality immoral.
In his letter yesterday, Kempling pointed out three former students interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation at the University of British Columbia said they were not even aware that there was a controversy at that time.
He insists Justice Holmes ignored evidence that homosexual students received impartial service from him.
"In fact, a prominent homosexual interviewed by college investigators offered no opinion that what I had written publicly was upsetting to homosexual people," Kempling said.
He argued that the fact he was appointed to be chair of the Community Health Council by the Minister of Health during this period showed his credibility as a teacher and community leader were not impaired.
The post is the highest non-elected appointment in his city, with responsibility for over 500 employees and a $22 million budget.
Kempling said the ruling "means that teachers who happen to be Christians or who belong to other religions proscribing homosexuality may not comment publicly on this issue."
"It means that disciplinary bodies do not need to provide any evidence of impairment or harm at a professional's workplace if they exercise their right to free speech in their off-the-job capacity," he said. "Inference of harm is sufficient to remove a teacher from his job. It is a serious blow to freedom of speech and freedom of religion."
Kempling said he will appeal the decision to the B.C. Court of Appeal, although the four-year battle has been tough on him and his family.
"But I am determined to see this through," he said. "I am a Christian first and a teacher second, and I will not compromise my faith or keep silent about what I believe."
Kempling appealed to the B.C. Supreme Court on the grounds that the decision violates Canadian Charter of Rights protections of freedom of expression and religion.
He argued no professional regulatory body had ever punished members for off-site conduct that had no demonstrable impact on their work.
Kempling insists a one-month suspension was particularly harsh since teachers convicted of threats, assault, theft and flashing have received only letters of reprimand.
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Each point is true. I guess that's what disturbed the teachers. They can't handle the truth!
Make the man chief of the board of education.
Is Canada the canary in the coal mine for America circa 2010?
In regards to homosexuality and genetics, the work of homosexual activist Dr. Simon Levay has often been used to support the idea that homosexuality is genetic, and his work is still quoted to this day. But what did Levay really find? Here is what Levay said of his own work:
"It's important to stress what I didn't find. I did not prove that homosexuality is genetic, or find a genetic cause for being gay. I didn't show that gay men are born that way, the most common mistake people make in interpreting my work. Nor did I locate a gay center in the brain."
In 1973 the APA (American Psychiatric Association) declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. According to Levay, it wasn't science that propelled the APAs change, he said "Gay activism was clearly the force that propelled the APA to declassify homosexuality."
Dr. Robert L. Spitzer played a pivotal role in the above 1973 decision made by the APA. Spitzer used to believe homosexuals couldn't change but after studying the results of therapy he now believes homosexuals can change:
"I thought that homosexual behavior could be resisted--but that no one could really change their sexual orientation. I now believe that's untrue--some people can and do change."
Spitzer concluded with:
"the mental health professionals should stop moving in the direction of banning therapy that has, as a goal, a change in sexual orientation. Many patients, provided with informed consent about the possibility that they will be disappointed if the therapy does not succeed, can make a rational choice to work toward developing their heterosexual potential and minimizing their unwanted homosexual attractions."
To the GULAG with yaz!
I truly believe this hyper-sensitivity comes from the fact that deep down inside, they know there is something very wrong with homosexuality and worse yet sense the dead end future it promises for them.
These people are scared to death of what they fear is really the truth after all..that homosexuality is a sin and God condemns it.
Otherwise the community that demands tolerance, wouldn't be so intolerant of anybody who expresses this belief. They are pathetic.
Is Canada the canary in the coal mine for America circa 2010?
Vancouver, BC is Amsterdam West, the marijuana, drug and prostitution capital of North America. They grow so much dope indoors you can smell it walking down the street.
Canada, unlike the US (which fought for its freedom, and still continues to fight for the freedom of people around the planet), does not have a tradition of free speech as we understand it. When you wait for the colonial power to just get sick of the weather and leave of its own accord, you get a government and a society that works too hard on being polite, and not hard enough on being free.
I was born in Canada, adopted by US parents, and my first childhood memory is a Federal judge handing me a 48-star US flag when I was three and a half years old, on the day I was gifted US citizenship. To this day, it is one of the proudest days of my life.
Scripter, is there an article or paper somewhere that has his quote, I think this would be a good one to have in my library.
These aren't just opinions, they're facts.
It's ridiculous this man is being pilloried for stating facts that the "teachers" are unwilling to face. Apparently the earth is flat and the sun revolves around the earth.
You and me both. And you don't have to be a believer, either. Given only earthly considerations, it's a loser's lifestyle.
Which is why they're so shrill in trying to force acceptance (if not "celebration") on everyone else.
I first read the quote here: The Innate-Immutable Argument Finds No Basis in Science but they don't list the source.
I eventually found the quote in a Discover Magazine article by David Nimmons (March, 1994) "Sex and the Brain", Discover, Vol. 15, No. 3, p. 64-71. Nimmons interviewed Levay with the quote found on page 66. While I don't have a copy of this particular Discover issue, I do have a copy of the article purchased online.
For the others I've pinged here, you may find this source invaluable. I'll try to remember to put this in the categorical index thread. Here's the paragraph surrounding the quote:
[His 1991 research] made the unassuming LeVay one of the most misunderstood men in America. "It's important to stress what I didn't find," he points out with the courtly patience of someone who long ago got used to waiting for the rest of the world to catch up. "I did not prove that homosexuality is genetic, or find a genetic cause for being gay. I didn't show that gay men are 'born that way,' the most common mistake people make in interpreting my work. Nor did I locate a gay center in the brain--INAH3 is less likely to be the sole gay nucleus of the brain than part of a chain of nuclei engaged in men and women's sexual behavior. My work is just a hint in that direction--a spur, I hope, to future work."And still 10 years later no support for a gay gene has been found. All the evidence points to environment as the major factor in determining homosexuality.