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DPW Worker Fired After 'Appalling,' Homophobic Facebook Posts

Sam Falcetano Jr. made a series of posts to an open Facebook group, criticizing gay marriage, liberals and abortion.


A township employee was fired this week after writing a series of profanity-laced Facebook posts containing homophobic slurs and critical comments about gay marriage, liberals and abortion, township officials said.

Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca publicly called the comments "appalling."

Sam Falcetano Jr., who was posting on the open Facebook group, “Memories of living in South Orange, NJ or Maplewood, NJ” and identified himself as an employee of the Department of Public Works, complained that DPW workers spent hours cleaning up the “tons of garbage” left behind after the township’s two-day Maplewoodstock concert. Falcetano blamed the mess on “liberals who have voted for Obama and ruined the Maplewood I grew up in.”

From there, Falcetano segued into statements criticizing teachers who “force feed their pupils a liberal agenda,” abortion and gay marriage, which he said “breaks down the moral fabric of society.”

“…don't try and force your perverted man on man into our traditional marriage,” one post read.

The postings contained other graphic comments that Patch chose not to publish.

The thread was removed sometime late Monday night, after it came to the attention of township officials. Falcetano is no longer employed by the township, Township Administrator Joseph Manning said.

“Without question, the township finds this individual's comments to be appalling and not in anyway representative of the beliefs, policies or practices of the Township of Maplewood,” DeLuca said, reading from a prepared statement at the start of Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting. He continued, "The township will continue to embrace and promote an inclusive and welcoming community.” 
Martin Rommer August 01, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Has anyone every really noticed how all of these "TOLERANT AND UNDERSTANDING OF OTHER VIEWS" Liberals are far from it and always act to silence those they object to? I lived in Maplewood for 26 years, and moved out probably within two years of the NEWS-RECORD publishing that "Maplewood is changing" after Robert Grasmere was ousted as mayor in an election. When ever I venture into town and as someone who lived and loved Maplewood, I too see that Maplewood has indeed changed, but did not change for the better. I can see the differences. I'm glad that people are firing others for their views. This is great! Now as an employer I shall ask what a perspective interviewee's political views are and base my hiring on that criteria. Remember Union HS Teacher Viki Knox? She was fired because of her personal rants against homosexuals on her own Facebook page? Yet I believe she did that because she felt sexually harassed by the school bulletin board on some ficticious "Gay History Month" and reacted the only way she could. Why is the right of the gay superior to the right of the Christian, Black, Woman, Sexually Harassed School Teaher??? Remember. NJ Law says that a victim only needs to percieve the harassment and it is the most serious of all crimes in NJ. This my friends is Liberalism run amok.
John Marelli August 09, 2013 at 03:06 PM
6. Every person may freely speak, write and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right. No law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of the press. In all prosecutions or indictments for libel, the truth may be given in evidence to the jury; and if it shall appear to the jury that the matter charged as libelous is true, and was published with good motives and for justifiable ends, the party shall be acquitted; and the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the fact. This is an excerpt from NJ Constitution Article l sec. 6. He has not violated any laws. No one was injured and there is no redress. Those three elements are the component parts of a "Cause of Action". If he lost his job because he's a conservative, a Christian, or he lost his job because he is heterosexual we are all in big trouble. I hope he sues and wins a judgement against the town of Maplewood for 10X his lost earning to his natural retirement age of 65.
Cranberry Township-gay December 01, 2013 at 05:42 AM
UNDERSTANDING HOMOPHOBIA dear sir or vagina: here are some slogans seen online regarding the underlying cause of gay-bashing: 1) "homophobic? maybe you're gay" 2) "homophobic? maybe you're insecure with your own homosexuality" ------------------------------------------------------------------------ here are some slogans i came up which also hint at the underlying reasons gays are ridiculed: 1) "man-worshipper? maybe opposites attract" 2) "man-worshipper? maybe you're insecure within yourself as a legitimate man" 3) "man-worshipper? maybe you feel as 'not worthy'in the presence of men as wayne & garth felt in the presence of madonna" 4) "masculinity-worshipper? maybe you feel an absence of masculine fulfillment or achievement in your life" 5) "masculinity-worshipper? maybe your sense of masculine gender-identity is 'all shot to shit' and you seek refuge" 6) "masculinity-worshipper? maybe you feel slighted in the presence of that perfect specimen of manhood" ------------------------------------------------------------------------ i seriously doubt that the pro-gay bigots believe that anyone is "born with" their negative opinions of homosexuality, i know for a fact that they believe people can change their minds regarding negative opinions of homosexuality, yet they all seem to believe that gay "men" (and i use that term loosely when referring to gays) were "born with" ultra-positive opinions of masculinity which are unchangeable and unable to be manipulated. the pro-gay bigots will always tolerate a change of mind when it's a matter of opinion, but they want to outlaw the change of heart when it's a matter of a fundamental change of mind that's granted by, say, an ex-gay therapist. plainly speaking, homosexuality is belittled, mocked and ridiculed because it is a self-disrespecting gender-identity issue as much as chastity bono is. people who want to discover and disrobe men have not fully discovered masculinity within themselves, they cannot look at men and then simply look away in acceptance - they have to stare and scrutinize because they're cross-eyed curious of the gender which has not been internalized or otherwise identified and justified within themselves. i cannot simply look away in acceptance of football-heros like matthew muchnok, josh lane, tim tebow or jeb blazevich - i have to gawk because i will always consider myself a lesser man in the presence of these supermen. it is shameful that i regard these men as perfect, it is a self-esteem issue that i regard myself as a boy when in the presence of these men, and this is the reason why gay "men" are ridiculed...they bring it upon themselves by being the masculine insufficiencies that their very praise of masculinity makes themselves out to be. "homophobic? maybe you're gay" "not gay-affirming? maybe you're head's on straight" mr. dylan terreri, i dr. sheldon cooper, ii www.godhatespride.com www.homosexualityiswrong.com www.masculivoids.com -------------------------- "When I'm hungry, I eat. When I'm thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it." - Madonna www.jaggedlittledyl.com/essays --------------------------

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