The following excerpts are from the report on cnsnews.com, "Student Sues School District Over Punishment For Expressing His Religious Views Against Homosexuality" by Philip Shepherd.
- According to the suit, McDowell asked the student, Daniel Glowacki, a junior at Howell High School at the time of the incident, whether he supported homosexuality. Glowacki responded that his Catholic faith and morals did not accept homosexual behavior and he could not condone the gay lifestyle. Following that answer, McDowell ordered Glowacki to leave the classroom under threat of suspension.
- The Michigan Education Association, the state teacher’s union, reportedly supported the actions of McDowell, who is head of the school’s teachers union. As word of the incident spread, homosexual activists celebrated McDowell’s actions and reportedly labeled Daniel Glowacki and his family as bigots.
- As the negative campaign against Daniel Glowacki grew, his mother Sandra Glowacki contacted the Thomas More Law Center and filed the lawsuit.
- The lawsuit charges that Daniel Glowacki’s constitutional rights to freedom of speech and equal protection were violated by the policies and actions of the school district and McDowell. The school and the teacher deprived Glowacki of his “right to freedom of speech in violation of the First Amendment as applied to the states and their political subdivisions under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and 42 U.S.C. 1983,” states the lawsuit.
- “By favoring speech that promotes and approves of homosexuality and punishing Plaintiffs’ less favored religious view toward homosexuality, Defendants [school and teacher] have violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” reads the suit.
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