Liberty Institute Defends NJ Teacher After Wrongful Termination

From, January 23, 2013


BibleOldLiberty Institute quickly stepped in to help Walter Tutka, a longtime substitute teacher who was fired last week for allegedly violating two school policies because of a Bible.

In the fall of 2012, Tutka quoted the Bible while speaking to a student coming last into the classroom, saying, “The first shall be last but the last shall be first.”

The student questioned Tutka several times about the origin of the quote, and eventually, Tutka used his own Bible to show the student where the quote originated. In one conversation, the student mentioned that he did not own a Bible, so Tutka asked if he would like his, and the student said “yes.”

The Phillipsburg School Board voted to terminate Tutka’s employment for allegedly violating the school’s policy banning the distribution of religious literature on school grounds, and another policy that requires teachers to remain neutral when discussing religious topics.

Tutka retained Liberty Institute to assist in evaluating his legal options in challenging his wrongful termination.

Unfortunately, we see cases like this everyday, as radical groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the ACLU are ramping up their attacks on our nation’s schools in an effort to eliminate any trace of religion from public view.

If you know of any student, teacher or school district facing this type of religious discrimination, please let them know that Liberty Institute is here to help. Have them contact us at 971-941-4444, or through email at

Also, be sure to pray for Walter Tutka and “like” Liberty Institute on Facebook to stay up-to-date on this case and the many other cases that could have far-reaching effects on our precious First Amendment rights.

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