Teacher Fired for Giving Bible to Student Appeals Denied Claim


By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post

A Phillipsburg, N.J., substitute teacher who was fired after handing a Bible to a student last year is appealing against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s decision to drop his claim.

“The IRS, the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services … the list of government agencies engaging in religious hostility is growing by the day,” the Texas-based Liberty Institute said in a statement.

“The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the most recent addition to that list.”

Last October, Walter Tutka of Phillipsburg Middle School gave a Bible to one of the students who had asked him where the quote “The first shall be last, but the last shall be first” came from (Matthew 20:16).

This did not sit well with the Phillipsburg School Board, however, who charged the teacher with violating a district rule that prohibits the distribution of religious literature, and then voted to remove him from his position.

Liberty Institute Director of Litigation Hiram Sasser previously said: “It is shocking that the school district is forcing Walt to file a complaint with the EEOC for religious discrimination. All Walt did was respond to a student’s intellectual curiosity and the school district suspended Walt and then terminated him.”

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