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March 02, 2012

High school principal who told students they are "Going to Hell" resigns

Yesterday news of the actions of a Tennessee High School principal hit the internet.  Dorothy Bond had said gay students are “not on God’s path” and threatened to expel them if they publicly showed affection for members of the same sex which prompted a reply from the American Civil Liberties Union and their Tennessee affiliate.

“Students have the right to be who they are at school,” said Amanda Goad, staff attorney with the ACLU LGBT Project. “LGBT students and pregnant and parenting students have just as much right to complete their education as any other student, but too often they face significant barriers or outright discrimination. It’s appalling to think that a principal would kick students out of public school based on her personal religious views.”

There were loud protests on the internet including a call from columnist Dan Savage to lodge polite but firm protests with the school administrators of Haywood County.  It has been reported that Dorothy Bond has now resigned.  Typically this is soon followed by complaints of religous persecution and denial of the right to free speech.  While Ms. Bond does have the right to free speech she does not have a right to her job.  While she has the right to not be discriminated against which includes religious discrimination she does not have the right to create a hostile learning environment for students.  She also has not authority to decide who is or is not going to hell nor does she have the sole authority to interpret the Bible.  While she may think of herself as expressing 'Chrisitan' values many people disagree with her in this regard. 

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