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ICC Note: The case of a New Jersey teacher fired last year for giving a Bible to a curious student has taken another demoralizing turn after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission threw out his claim of unequal treatment. Walter Tutka, the fired teacher, has had his case taken on by the Texas-based Liberty Institute which says the EEOC is discriminating against Mr. Tutka for his faith just as the school did last year.
6/21/2013 United States (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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