Garden State Equality to protest Viki Knox
NJ’s largest gay activist group protests in Union
As you read previously on Hoboken411, public officials in New Jersey are pushing the envelope of what’s socially acceptable. In this case, Union Township Teacher Viki Knox and her anti-gay comments (and the lack of action by Union officials).
This is similar to what Hoboken has dealt with: The hate-filled, violent public commentary from Zoning Board member Nancy Pincus – and the complete hypocrisy and selective enforcement from the Zimmer administration.
Well, Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s largest civil rights organization – is set to protest in Union for tonight’s school board meeting. See abstract below.
Some Hoboken parents wonder how certain people in town can speak out against the discrimination that gay men face – but can look the other way or even support those, like Pincus, and their “freedom” to threaten individuals – especially while representing the City of Hoboken.
Garden State Equality Protest in Union
“What’s at stake here? The posts on Ms. Knox’s Facebook page went beyond her views as a private citizen. We support everyone’s First Amendment rights. But in the posts under her name, Ms. Knox went out of her way to identify herself as a teacher at Union High School, and in that very capacity, pronounced that she has zero tolerance for LGBT people. That is the line she crossed. She wore the mantle of her school to send a message to her students.
As the Star-Ledger wrote in an editorial yesterday, calling for Ms. Knox’s firing:
“Viki Knox might as well have hopped on a soapbox across the street from the school and screamed her anti-gay rant into a bullhorn. She created a fearful, hostile environment for students. She didn’t write that her beliefs won’t interfere with her job. She insists, in all caps, that she has zero tolerance for it.
“School officials can’t police her heart, of course. But Knox brought her comments into the classroom via the internet, and she is responsible for the effect that speech could have on students. We don’t see how Knox ever could be an effective, trusted teacher again. She has to go.”
We have received word that anti-LGBT organizations are organizing their members to attend the Union Township school board meeting on Tuesday night to counter Garden State Equality’s protest there. They are coming to support teacher Viki Knox and her apparent statements on Facebook that being LGBT is a cancer and a sin.
WE PLEAD WITH YOU TO JOIN US TUESDAY NIGHT AND TO ARRIVE EARLY. PLEASE ALSO FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN.
Our previous emails said 6:30 pm, when our news conference starts. But now we ask you to arrive as early as you can. Our opponents – knowing we told you to arrive at 6:30 pm – are now telling their side to arrive at 6:00 pm or earlier to dominate the school board meeting room.
Again, the location Tuesday night is Union High School, 2350 North 3rd Street, Union Township, New Jersey.