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Bill Diss

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Background Information

Employment History

Adjunct Instructor In Mathematics

Portland Community College


Principal

Diss


Member, Teen Outreach Program

Planned Parenthood


Teacher

Benson High School


Project Leader for Personal Music Player Device

Intel Corporation


Affiliations

Holy Rosary Parish

Member


St. Francis Parish

Member


Web References(109 Total References)


AFA Journal - Catholic pro-life teacher ruled out

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April 2017 - Bill Diss (above), a pro-life Catholic teacher at Benson High School in Portland, Oregon, was turned out of his classroom after he excused himself from facilitating a Planned Parenthood sponsored presentation in his class in 2012.
The program he objected to was the Teen Outreach Program, which includes pregnancy prevention as part of its curriculum - although a disclaimer on the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy website says less than 15% of the program could be considered sex ed. Diss was terminated from his teaching position in November 2013. Life Legal Defense Foundation filed an employee discrimination complaint on his behalf. In January 2016, Judge Paul Papak of the Oregon U.S District Court issued a summary judgment, meaning the case cannot go before a jury, and ruled that Diss had no case because TOP "was in no way a burden on his religious beliefs.


News - 2014-01-01 2014

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Pro-life teacher Bill Diss, who had the audacity to tell Planned Parenthood that they were not allowed in his classroom, was fired last month by his school district.


Pro-Life Teacher Fired After Opposing Planned Parenthood in His Class Files EEOC Complaint | St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church | Keller, TX

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Pro-life teacher Bill Diss, who had the audacity to tell Planned Parenthood that they were not allowed in his classroom, was fired last month by his school district.
Planned Parenthood is after the career and livelihood of a distinguished, highly-qualified, good high school teacher, and now he's fighting back with an official complaint. The school board for the Portland Public School District voted to terminate Diss' contract after Planned Parenthood's lobbying effort. Diss experienced censure in his teaching career beginning in 2007 when he publicly opposed the building of a new Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in downtown Portland. The current action follows Mr. Diss' opposition to being forced to facilitate presenters from the Teen Outreach Program (TOP), a program administered by Planned Parenthood, coming into his tutorial session to recruit students. Diss' legal representatives tell LifeNews they are helping him take further action. Last week, Life Legal Defense Foundation filed an employment discrimination complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Bill Diss, the Portland teacher whose outspoken pro-life views led to his termination from employment. "LLDF stands with Mr. Diss and intends to pursue every appropriate legal measure in his support," states Dana Cody, LLDF's President and Executive Director. "While this is only the beginning, we trust that Mr. Diss will ultimately be vindicated, and that future, well-qualified teachers will not be subjected to discipline and termination from employment for their religious and moral beliefs." "Diss has taught Technology, Math, Computers and Electronics at Benson High School since 2002. He also taught several classes at the community college level and is highly regarded in his profession by both by students, parents, and fellow teachers. Mr. Diss is the only teacher in the state of Oregon who has been certified to teach college level computer science to high school students for dual credit," she said. "His initiative and hard work have attracted outside grants to Benson High School, opening up even greater opportunities for students. For the first five years at Benson, Mr. Diss was rated as proficient or better, with numerous positive compliments in his reviews. Mr. Diss' methodology and teaching style has remained substantially the same in all his years of teaching." Cody continued: The positive reviews took a dramatic change for the worse, however, when Mr. Diss began to speak out in opposition to the building of a new Planned Parenthood facility in downtown Portland. Mr. Diss was involved in opposition activities on his own time and did not bring his political or religious convictions into his instruction in the classroom. Nonetheless, he began to experience complaints about his political activities from school administrators and his teaching came under sudden, rigorous scrutiny. Complaints, negative evaluations, letters of reprimand and formal meetings became a regular part of Mr. Diss' life at school for as long as he engaged in outspoken, public opposition to Planned Parenthood. Shortly after the start of the 2012-2013 school year, presenters with the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) came to Mr. Diss' tutorial classes to give a presentation recruiting students for the TOP program. When presenters entered the tutorial, Mr. Diss-consistent with district policy-asked for identification. He was handed a card that identified the presenters as employees of Planned Parenthood. This information surprised Mr. Diss and caused him serious emotional distress due to his well-known personal religious convictions and his years of work to oppose that organization. He expressed his dilemma to Benson Principal Carol Campbell at the time and asked to be excused from the presentation due to his religious convictions. His request was denied. He was told that he would be required to be present for the TOP presentation. Through the remainder of the school year during which he taught, Mr. Diss continued to have to deal with Planned Parenthood staff as they administered the TOP program. Simultaneous to his request not to be involved with TOP, Mr. Diss' teaching came under rigorous review. Mr. Diss accepted the input from school administration, but the year proved to be extremely stressful, including numerous classroom observations and meetings with school administration. On March 19, 2013, school administrators summarily demanded that Mr. Diss leave the school premises and not return-placing him on paid administrative leave. Mr. Diss was told to leave the school and was escorted off the premises by a police officer. This unnecessary show of force is symbolic of the animus faced by Mr. Diss throughout the year. On Monday, December 16, 2013 the school board for the Portland Public School District voted to terminate Mr. Diss' contract to teach despite well-documented departures from statutorily mandated pre-termination procedures and the evidence of bias and religious discrimination as outlined above.


Christian News Northwest » Board sees hundreds turn out to protest Planned Parenthood in Portland schools

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The turnout was organized by Bill Diss, a teacher at Benson High School in Portland who has - away from his job - organized protests of Planned Parenthood's abortion services under the title Precious Children of Portland.
Diss said his superiors told him he must allow the sex education program in his classroom even though he asked to be excused from assisting because of his very strong religious objections. Holding up a small Nativity set in honor of the Christmas season, Diss told the Portland board that "God who created all of us took the form of a little person. Because every child is precious and any school district should acknowledge that, then any support for Planned Parenthood seems, he said, "diametrically opposed to where we are trying to build up the school population. He said Portland district enrollment, however, has fallen to the levels of more than 80 years ago. Dr. Bill Toffler of Oregon Health Sciences University went before the board to praise Diss for "following the courage of conviction - a priceless lesson not just for his students but the entire community."


Christian News Northwest » Churches enlisted to help block Planned Parenthood in Salem-Keizer schools

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Also speaking was Bill Diss, a Portland schoolteacher who heads up Precious Children of Portland, a group that opposed the construction of a Planned Parenthood facility in northeast Portland.
He said parents need to take their concerns to school officials "forcefully and respectfully," but not in an attack mode that will cause them to disregard the patrons' views.


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