posted on Jun, 20 2008 @ 02:59 PM
The debate about Freshwater's actions became public in April after he refused to remove a Bible from his desk, as the district had ordered.
The report says he was insubordinate for failing to remove the Bible and other religious materials from his classroom but also found other issues
about his teaching and behavior.
This article's wording disturbs me. It's one thing to tell a man he cannot push his religion onto school children, but quite another to forbid him
from having his holy book inside his desk at work. Assuming he wasn't teaching or sharing the Bible with the students, I consider it a total
violation of his first amendment rights for them to order its removal. If this school is a public school, then it is overseen by the federal
government. Therefore, in effect, the district passed a law restricting his right to freely exercise his religion by being able to read his Bible
while children were not present in the classroom.
The news always goes for the most sensationalistic angle to any story. This leads me to believe we're reading his worst of the worst "offenses" in
the article. Clearly he didn't stand in front of the class shouting "Jesus is risen! Repent ye sinners!" or anything of that manner because the
media would be all over that. Mind you, the best teacher I ever had in High School brutally exposed many of science's flaws where evolution and such
were concerned. This was a public high school and he taught accelerated science courses. I took 3 years worth of his classes and was his teacher's
assistant my senior year. The man held 7 master's or pHd's in various fields of biology & science and was taking summer classes to turn one of the
master's degrees into a doctorate at the tender age of 61. By the standards being applied to this teacher prior to the burning incident, my teacher
was a bad teacher... yet curiously most of his advanced placement students went on to college and performed quite well there, myself included. When
he passed away there were dozens of comments of thanks and admiration to his family in our little town's newspaper.
My point here is the burning of the students should be the focus here. Instead the media has basically used the burning to springboard the story into
one which tries to express outrage that he dared espouse Christian beliefs and values and that he used those beliefs to *gasp* actually make students
question modern science instead of just taking everything they were taught and told about evolution and such as the gospell. Imagine what a crappy
world we'd be in today if no student had ever been taught more than one theory or explanation for anything in the world. Imagine a world where a kid
dares ask "what are the other theories and beliefs as to the source of life?' and is told "There are no other valid beliefs and your question shows
we must brainwash you twice as hard to ensure you become more sheeplike... just the way we in academia want you." Oh, wait... we don't have to
imagine a world like that because we're rapidly approaching it.
Christians, smokers, fat people, and rural whites have become the only 4 groups who remain "free game" to any and all manner of harrassment,
demonization, discrimination, and hatred in this country. As long as you blame the problems of the world on one of these groups, you're politically
correct and the system will embrace you and sing your praises from the rooftops as an "enlightened" individual.