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Friday, June 17, 2005

School Counselor Learns He Does Not Have Freedom of Speech

Canadian High School teacher and counselor Chris Kempling felt it his duty to write letters to the editor of his local newspaper concerning the Canadian gay-marriage legislation. In one letter he expressed his concerning for students - "Some readers may be wondering why I am putting my professional reputation on the line over the homosexuality issue, and some are questioning my competence to counsel. ... Sexual orientations can be changed and the success rate for those who seek help is high. My hope is that students who are confused over their sexual orientation will come to see me. It could save their lives."

Kempling was suspended for one month without pay by the
B.C. College of Teachers (BCCLA) as a result of his letters. Elliott Myers, the BCCLA legal counsel commented, "the Kempling case is a text book example of how a high school counselor must constrain his public utterances to ensure that they don't interfere with his job of ensuring a tolerant, respectful and safe environment for gay and lesbian students."

Canadian Religious Freedom Alliance Intervenes in Kempling v. BC College of Teachers

Civil Rights Group Set to Intervene in Court of Appeal on Teacher Free Speech Case

National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality

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