A court ruled late last November that a school could force a pro-life teacher in Oregon to facilitate classroom presentations by Planned Parenthood.
Pro-life activist Bill Diss turned to the Life Legal Defense Foundation after Benson High School officials in Portland tried to force him to facilitate Planned Parenthood recruitment in his classroom in 2012. Alexandra Snyder of the Foundation says the judge totally ignored her client’s convictions.
“Mr. Diss is very strongly pro-life,” Snyder tells OneNewsNow. “That’s a part of his Catholic faith. It’s an integral part of who he is. Those are his deeply held beliefs – and the court completely disregarded the value and sincerity of those beliefs.”
Snyder says the way the school treated Diss amounts to religious persecution. “The way that they targeted Mr. Diss,” says Snyder, “the way that they harassed him, intimidated him, and ultimately terminated his contract [was] solely on the basis of his religious beliefs.”
Magistrate Judge Paul Papak ruled that Diss has no case because the Planned Parenthood program “was in no way a burden on his religious beliefs.” Snyder says they are appealing to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Written by Bob Kellog and published by One News Now ~ January 20, 2017.
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