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    Teacher booted from Portland School District after protracted battle with Planned Parenthood


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    Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:46 EST
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    Bill Diss, Portland teacher



    March 22, 2013 (American Life League) - An exemplary math and computer science teacher has been unjustly escorted out of Benson High School by police following a protracted battle with school officials about Planned Parenthood’s presence in the school and its association with his students.


    Bill Diss was notified on Tuesday after the last student left his class that he was being placed immediately on administrative leave “pending a recommendation to the superintendent that you be dismissed from your employment with Portland public schools for reasons that have been discussed with you.” The mild-mannered Mr. Diss told STOPP that he was given only a few minutes to gather his belongings before police escorted him out. He was ordered not to return to the Portland, Oregon, school where he has taught for 11 years.

    Mr. Diss is an outstanding teacher, who recently was awarded certification and recognition as the only teacher in Oregon who is qualified to teach college level computer science to high school students for dual credit. He has taught at the college and high school level for a total of 18 years.

    Planned Parenthood has been in pursuit of Mr. Diss since 2007 when he began organizing efforts to stop Planned Parenthood. A STOPP press release from February of 2009 noted that Planned Parenthood of Columbia Willamette wanted Bill Diss’ teaching license revoked. The press release quoted American Life League’s Jim Sedlak: “Bill has organized one of the most effective efforts against Planned Parenthood in the country. It’s no surprise Planned Parenthood will resort to anything—even going after his teaching license—in order to silence him....”

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    This teacher has some excellent credentials. I doubt he'll be out of work for long. Oregon's loss will be another's gain. Interesting that leftists view protests and activism as their fundamental rights. Apparently that right is not extended to anyone else. The fact that the District fired Mr.Diss is testimony to how much they feared him.
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    Firing an academically superior teacher because he doesn't think Planned Parenthood should be promoting teenage sex and abortion (or the other logical outcome, teen parenthood) is INSANE. School should not be about Planned Parenthood. Where is the ACLU? His first amendment rights have been violated.

    By the way, for those of you who still think that public education is about academics, think again. It's about promoting certain values, like teen sex, abortion and gay rights. That's what the firing of this man has proved. You can be the lousiest teacher on earth, but if you're ok with a 14-year old having sex way before she is ready and then getting an abortion, you can stay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Firing an academically superior teacher because he doesn't think Planned Parenthood should be promoting teenage sex and abortion (or the other logical outcome, teen parenthood) is INSANE. School should not be about Planned Parenthood. Where is the ACLU? His first amendment rights have been violated.

    By the way, for those of you who still think that public education is about academics, think again. It's about promoting certain values, like teen sex, abortion and gay rights. That's what the firing of this man has proved. You can be the lousiest teacher on earth, but if you're ok with a 14-year old having sex way before she is ready and then getting an abortion, you can stay.
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    He shouldn't have been fired for what he does on his own time. I also think the school officials basically set him up on the whole identification thing for the PP speakers. He probably could win a lawsuit and be reinstated, if that's what he wants to do.
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    It does sound like Mr. Diss has at least some support. That article wasn't exactly unbiased, but if even one-tenth of it is true, Mr. Diss has been a real thorn in the sides to PP.

    I would think there's at least one lawyer in Oregon who will step up and represent Mr. Diss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Firing an academically superior teacher because he doesn't think Planned Parenthood should be promoting teenage sex and abortion (or the other logical outcome, teen parenthood) is INSANE. School should not be about Planned Parenthood. Where is the ACLU? His first amendment rights have been violated.

    By the way, for those of you who still think that public education is about academics, think again. It's about promoting certain values, like teen sex, abortion and gay rights. That's what the firing of this man has proved. You can be the lousiest teacher on earth, but if you're ok with a 14-year old having sex way before she is ready and then getting an abortion, you can stay.
    The ACLU will be on the side of Planned Parenthood. Free speech only applies to their kind of speech. Diversity is skin deep and doesn't apply to thought.
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    He shouldn't have been fired for what he does on his own time. I also think the school officials basically set him up on the whole identification thing for the PP speakers. He probably could win a lawsuit and be reinstated, if that's what he wants to do.
    Yes, he can sue, spend years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to get reinstated, and then be subjected to the same harassment all over again, assuming that he wins his case. Meanwhile, the rest of his peers will see his ordeal and draw the lesson that it's better to swallow your scruples and obey the political class' dictates, which is the ultimate goal of the totalitarian left.

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    The school district just wants to get rid of him and they know they'll have to pay him off eventually. They know they can't win in the courts but they will drag it out in hopes of tiring this champion of the unborn and they will pay him just to get rid of him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    The ACLU will be on the side of Planned Parenthood. Free speech only applies to their kind of speech.
    Untrue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    Untrue.
    You let us know when they set out to defend this man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    The ACLU will be on the side of Planned Parenthood. Free speech only applies to their kind of speech. Diversity is skin deep and doesn't apply to thought.


    Yes, he can sue, spend years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to get reinstated, and then be subjected to the same harassment all over again, assuming that he wins his case. Meanwhile, the rest of his peers will see his ordeal and draw the lesson that it's better to swallow your scruples and obey the political class' dictates, which is the ultimate goal of the totalitarian left.

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    The school will settle with him. It's worth the suit to keep the pension-if his work record says he was fired, he doesn't get his pension. The school district will realize quickly that their legal resources are lacking, compared to the NEA's. And, if the teacher is a member of the NEA (or the AFT), the union has to represent him through the grievance process.


    I had a coworker who was initially fired for things that she should have been fired for doing. During the grievance process, the union was able to press the state to let her resign, so she could keep her pension. In this particular situation, the coworker was known for being litigious, so management decided to let her keep her pension since it would probably get tied up in court for years. She's done in public-sector social work, though, but I'll bet Laurie's House to Save Babies in Branson, MO would probably hire her (Jim Bakker's ministry).
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