Dec. 13, 2006
The ACLU is saying a teacher's First Amendment rights are being violated because he was fired due to his side job of making paintings that are probably the butt of many wise cracks. In what way is the school stifling his freedom of expression? The "artist" is still free to do his "paintings," however the school district by no means needs to condone his behavior. The ACLU knows that by suing under First Amendment grounds that they can profit by suing the school district for legal fees. This is done by abusing existing civil rights laws that were meant to protect minorities who were victims of prejudice; instead the ACLU uses it as a cash cow. This is why Congress needs to stop this abuse and reintroduce and pass the Public Expression of Religion Act as soon as they come back.
Virginia Teacher Suspended for Painting With Genitals
RICHMOND, Va. -- Chesterfield County school officials have suspended a teacher they say may be setting a bad example for students through his outside artistic activities.
Stephen Murmer is a self-described "butt-printing artist."
He creates floral and abstract art by plastering his posterior and genitals with paint and pressing them against canvas.
His cheeky creations sell for hundreds of dollars.
But Murmer is also known as a popular, joke-cracking art teacher at Monacan High School.
Chesterfield County schools spokeswoman Debra Marlow says school system regulations state that teachers must set an example for students through their personal conduct.
Murmer was placed on administrative leave on Friday.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia says the suspension goes against Murmer's First Amendment rights.