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Background Information

Employment History

Adjunct Instructor In Mathematics

Portland Community College

Teacher

Benson High School

State Director

Culture of Life for the Knights of Columbus

Affiliations

Member
Holy Rosary Parish

Member
St. Francis Parish

Active Member
pro-life community

Founder
Precious Children of Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 29, 2016 /Standard ...

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PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 29, 2016 /Standard Newswire/ -- Portland teacher and well-known pro-life activist Bill Diss has received a ruling in his religious discrimination case against Portland Public Schools. Disappointingly, the court granted the Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment in its entirety, stating that there were no legally significant facts in dispute for the case to go before a jury.

The case arose out of Mr. Diss' concerns about Planned Parenthood's involvement in Oregon's public schools, including his objection to hosting recruitment for a Planned Parenthood program in his classroom. Life Legal presented compelling evidence of the sincerity of Mr. Diss' religious objection to facilitating a program that violates his deeply held convictions. Unfortunately, the court ruled that for the school to force him to allow Planned Parenthood employees into his classroom to promote their program was in no way a burden on his religious beliefs or activities.
Life Legal attorneys plan to appeal the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. "We are honored to represent Bill Diss and we will continue to fight for his First Amendment rights," said Alexandra Snyder, Executive Director for the Life Legal Defense Foundation.
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"The court's ruling means that teachers such as Mr. Diss should not be afforded the full protection of the Constitution.
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Life Legal client Bill Diss is a husband, father, engineer and teacher who was willing to put his career on the line when asked to violate his faith. Mr. Diss' heritage is a rich history of devotion to the Catholic faith. From the time of his upbringing to rearing his own family, he has been a whole-hearted participant in church activities, from teachings, to worship, to helping the needy.
After a career in the electronics industry, Mr. Diss transitioned to teaching at the high-school and college level. Since 2002 he has taught courses such as technology, math, computers and electronics at Benson High School in the Portland, Oregon Public School system. He also taught several classes at the community college level and obtained high accolades from students, parents, and fellow teachers. His initiative and hard work attracted outside grant funding to his school and opened greater opportunities for students.
Mr. Diss became a public figure in the pro-life movement by leading the opposition to a new Planned Parenthood mega-center in downtown Portland. He tirelessly spoke about the problems Planned Parenthood would bring to Portland. He testified before local governmental bodies, organized peaceful protests against Planned Parenthood, and led boycotts of businesses that supported the abortion facility. Additionally, he served as the state director for the Culture of Life for the Knights of Columbus and founded Precious Children of Portland, a nonprofit organization that promotes the sanctity of human life and opposes abortion. Through these activities, Mr. Diss earned himself the status of "enemy number one" with the local branch of Planned Parenthood (note this is the same Planned Parenthood caught on tape giving a teenager advice on how to access pornography, and engage in dangerous, deviant sexual acts.) Planned Parenthood went so far as to "fundraise" in the name of Bill Diss - asking for solicitations based on the length of time Mr. Diss was present outside their facility, and then sending Mr. Diss a mocking list of the donors who contributed "in his name."
Imagine yourself as a public school teacher with this background, this intense faith-driven passion to advocate for the life and purity of the next generation. Now imagine being asked to facilitate a program taught by Planned Parenthood. This is exactly the scenario in which Mr. Diss found himself in September, 2012 when Planned Parenthood employees came into his classroom to recruit for their in-school program, known as the "Teen Outreach Program" or "TOP."
When he realized who had come into his classroom, Mr. Diss asked to be excused from facilitating the program due to his religious convictions. The school refused his request. Benson's principal told him that he must "work cooperatively" with Planned Parenthood. Mr. Diss became the target of a concerted plan that ultimately resulted in his dismissal.
Throughout that school year, Mr. Diss continued to teach, but was met at every turn by undue scrutiny, lack of support, hostility and other forms of harassment. He did his best to follow the directives he was given, but did not abate his pro-life activities. He actively protested the insertion of Planned Parenthood into the public schools, resulting in an avalanche of public opposition to the program. The more actively Mr. Diss followed his calling to promote life and purity, the more hostility he faced at his teaching job. Finally, Mr. Diss was let go from work on March 19, 2012. He was initially placed on administrative leave, and eventually his contract was terminated on December 16, 2013.
Left with no alternative, Mr. Diss sought legal advice from Life Legal Defense Foundation attorneys and filed suit for religious discrimination in September, 2014. (Read the complaint.) As his case works its way through the court system, Mr. Diss has returned to teaching. He continues to teach at local Community Colleges and has started his own teaching and tutoring business for students of any age who wish to achieve excellence in their scholastic pursuits. He continues to be an active member of the pro-life community.


PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 28, 2016 /Christian ...

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PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 28, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Portland teacher and well-known pro-life activist Bill Diss has received a ruling in his religious discrimination case against Portland Public Schools. Disappointingly, the court granted the Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment in its entirety, stating that there were no legally significant facts in dispute for the case to go before a jury.

The case arose out of Mr. Diss' concerns about Planned Parenthood's involvement in Oregon's public schools, including his objection to hosting recruitment for a Planned Parenthood program in his classroom. Life Legal presented compelling evidence of the sincerity of Mr. Diss' religious objection to facilitating a program that violates his deeply held convictions. Unfortunately, the court ruled that for the school to force him to allow Planned Parenthood employees into his classroom to promote their program was in no way a burden on his religious beliefs or activities.
Life Legal attorneys plan to appeal the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. "We are honored to represent Bill Diss and we will continue to fight for his First Amendment rights," said Alexandra Snyder, Executive Director for the Life Legal Defense Foundation.
...
"The court's ruling means that teachers such as Mr. Diss should not be afforded the full protection of the Constitution.
...
Life Legal client Bill Diss is a husband, father, engineer and teacher who was willing to put his career on the line when asked to violate his faith. Mr. Diss' heritage is a rich history of devotion to the Catholic faith. From the time of his upbringing to rearing his own family, he has been a whole-hearted participant in church activities, from teachings, to worship, to helping the needy.
After a career in the electronics industry, Mr. Diss transitioned to teaching at the high-school and college level. Since 2002 he has taught courses such as technology, math, computers and electronics at Benson High School in the Portland, Oregon Public School system. He also taught several classes at the community college level and obtained high accolades from students, parents, and fellow teachers. His initiative and hard work attracted outside grant funding to his school and opened greater opportunities for students.
Mr. Diss became a public figure in the pro-life movement by leading the opposition to a new Planned Parenthood mega-center in downtown Portland. He tirelessly spoke about the problems Planned Parenthood would bring to Portland. He testified before local governmental bodies, organized peaceful protests against Planned Parenthood, and led boycotts of businesses that supported the abortion facility. Additionally, he served as the state director for the Culture of Life for the Knights of Columbus and founded Precious Children of Portland, a nonprofit organization that promotes the sanctity of human life and opposes abortion. Through these activities, Mr. Diss earned himself the status of "enemy number one" with the local branch of Planned Parenthood (note this is the same Planned Parenthood caught on tape giving a teenager advice on how to access pornography, and engage in dangerous, deviant sexual acts.) Planned Parenthood went so far as to "fundraise" in the name of Bill Diss - asking for solicitations based on the length of time Mr. Diss was present outside their facility, and then sending Mr. Diss a mocking list of the donors who contributed "in his name."
Imagine yourself as a public school teacher with this background, this intense faith-driven passion to advocate for the life and purity of the next generation. Now imagine being asked to facilitate a program taught by Planned Parenthood. This is exactly the scenario in which Mr. Diss found himself in September, 2012 when Planned Parenthood employees came into his classroom to recruit for their in-school program, known as the "Teen Outreach Program" or "TOP."
When he realized who had come into his classroom, Mr. Diss asked to be excused from facilitating the program due to his religious convictions. The school refused his request. Benson's principal told him that he must "work cooperatively" with Planned Parenthood. Mr. Diss became the target of a concerted plan that ultimately resulted in his dismissal.
Throughout that school year, Mr. Diss continued to teach, but was met at every turn by undue scrutiny, lack of support, hostility and other forms of harassment. He did his best to follow the directives he was given, but did not abate his pro-life activities. He actively protested the insertion of Planned Parenthood into the public schools, resulting in an avalanche of public opposition to the program. The more actively Mr. Diss followed his calling to promote life and purity, the more hostility he faced at his teaching job. Finally, Mr. Diss was let go from work on March 19, 2012. He was initially placed on administrative leave, and eventually his contract was terminated on December 16, 2013.
Left with no alternative, Mr. Diss sought legal advice from Life Legal Defense Foundation attorneys and filed suit for religious discrimination in September, 2014. (Read the complaint.) As his case works its way through the court system, Mr. Diss has returned to teaching. He continues to teach at local Community Colleges and has started his own teaching and tutoring business for students of any age who wish to achieve excellence in their scholastic pursuits. He continues to be an active member of the pro-life community.


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.

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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.
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"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.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church

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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. http://seascc.org/news/-pro-life-teacher-fired-after-opposing-planned-parenthood-in-his-class-files-eeoc-complaint


Legal Clips ยป Oregon

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The Oregonian reports that Bill Diss, formerly a teacher at Benson High School (BHS), has filed suit against Portland Public Schools (PPS) seeking $390,000 for his alleged wrongful termination. Diss, who is a devout Roman Catholic, claims that PPS violated his First Amendment free speech rights and discriminated against him because of his religious beliefs by terminating him in retaliation for protesting plans to locate a Planned Parenthood headquarters in his North Portland neighborhood

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