The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports:
A San Luis Obispo High School teacher has resigned in the face of widespread outrage over a letter he wrote to the school student newspaper that cited a Biblical passage saying those who commit homosexual acts “deserve to die.”
Special education teacher Michael Stack did not show up to work Thursday but sent the school an email at 1:07 p.m., which he also copied to Fox News, tendering his resignation, noting “the community apparently wants me out, so I hereby grant them their desires.”
In his resignation letter, which the district provided to The Tribune, Stack defended his right to free speech, saying, “I exercised my First Amendment rights and submitted my opinion to a public forum.”
“In it I quoted, verbatim, Romans 1: 16-32,” Stack wrote. “Now people are exercising THEIR First Amendment rights by responding to that letter. This is how America is designed to function.”
Before the resignation, the same paper reported this:
His letter was published Tuesday in Expressions, the school’s journalism website, and was in response to Expressions’ May 2017 print edition featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues — including an interview with an LGBTQ couple about their relationship.
Stack wrote that he was compelled to speak out because he “didn’t want to displease God,” saying the Bible is “without error” and its hundreds of predictions are 100 percent accurate. Stack cited an excerpt from the Book of Romans referring to the sinfulness of homosexuality. He wrote that the passage describes “a deception that has happened in the past, and is happening again right now, not only at SLOHS, but throughout the world.”
The passage states that women and men who engage in homosexual acts were abandoned by God and their lives “became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip.”
“They know God’s justice required that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway,” the passage continues.
Before Stack resigned, the school had declined to discipline him, saying, in part, “we acknowledge the right of our staff to voice their opinions.” The student paper and the letter are online.