Teacher Suspended Over Gay Facebook Comments

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A New Jersey high school teacher is under investigation for posting anti-gay comments on the social networking site Facebook.

Viki Knox is a special education teacher at Union High School.

Two weeks ago, she used her personal Facebook page to express her opinion about a lesbian and gay history month display at her school.

In the post she wrote, "Homosexuality is a perverted spirit that has existed from the beginning of creation. I do not pretend to know ALL things. Nor do I pretend not to have biases, failings and faults. But I know sin and it breeds like cancer!"

A parent complained to the administration officials about the teacher's comments. Gay rights activists in the group Garden State Equality now want Knox fired.

During an interview broadcast Wednesday, Knox's husband Gene told New York television station WCBS that, "Everybody's entitled to an opinion."

"They can persecute her, but they can't prosecute her," he added.

CBN News spoke with the Rev. Milton B. Hobbs, Knox's pastor at New Covenant Fellowship in Clark, N.J. He says she should not be punished for expressing her religious beliefs.

Listen to his comments below.

"I defend her right to have the comments. That's really the central issue here. As an American citizen, does she have the right to have those comments? To me that's also clear," Hobbs said.

"We have First Amendment rights. We have a right to have an opinion," he continued. "Not even asking the school to agree with them, she posted them and she has a right to comment."

Knox is on currently on paid leave.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called the teacher's comments "disturbing."

Union schools superintendent Patrick Martin told Reuters the district is investigating and would take "all appropriate action" after an investigation.

"Nothing has been determined to be right or wrong yet," Martin said.

Knox has hired an attorney to fight her suspension.

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