On October 8th 2010, during the last lesson beforeautumn break, I was asked to leave the community room where all teachers and pupils were listening to a presentation. I went to the office with two members of the school board. It came as a shock to me when they handed me a letter of immediate dismissal. Until that moment, I had been a teacher at a state secondary school in Upper Valais (German speaking part of a southern canton/district in Switzerland), and up until a few months before the school board and the other authorities had always been very pleased with my work. They told me that the reason for my dismissal was because our mutual trust was disrupted. But in fact, this was a pretext: I was fired,because I wouldn’t tolerate a crucifix in my classroom, because I asked the school to follow adecision from 1990 by the federal (national) court, asking for more secular state schools in Valais, and because I stood up for my human right not to believe in a god.
Hela artikeln om Abgottspon kan läsas i International Humanist News, March 2014
Abgottspon är idag vice ordförande i schweiziska Freethinkers Association. En fritänkare är någon som bildar sina uppfattningar utifrån förnuft och vetenskap, och inte auktoritet och religiösa dogmer. Det är mycket begärt av en fritänkare att inte få vara praktiserande.