Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Another Proselytizing Teacher

This time a language arts teacher in Irasburg, Vermont. His name is Wally Rogers. The ACLU sent a letter of complaint to the administration over a range of issues where this teacher is clearly using his position to proselytize his students toward Christianity. For instance, he handed out a flier to his students on why Jesus is better than Santa. Full text of that flier below the fold:

Why Jesus is better than Santa Claus

Santa lives at the North Pole …

JESUS is everywhere.

Santa rides a sleigh …

JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes out once a year …

JESUS is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies …

JESUS supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney univited …

JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and enters your heart…

It’s obvious there is really no comparison.

We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about.

Put CHRIST back in Christmas. Jesus is still the reason for the season.

Yes, JESUS is better; he is even better than Santa Claus.

Totally inappropriate in a public school. And there’s more:

When Downs’ daughter began the school year in September, he said, the Ten Commandments were mounted to the classroom wall, Christian books filled the classroom bookshelf, and a school-funded Web page, used by the teacher, included links to Christian Web sites…

Of particular concern, the letter says, are links on the teacher’s Web site to “evidence for creation” and an “Anne of Green Gables” link that sends students to a “Young Ladies Christian Fellowship” Web page.

The teacher’s “accelerated reader program classroom reading list contains a large number of books with Christian themes,” according to the letter. Gilbert writes that “the handout, ‘Why Jesus Is Better Than Santa Claus,’ is just one example, we are told, of the kind of material discussed and passed out in (the teacher’s) classroom.”

The school says they’ve removed a few items from the classroom and at least one link from the teacher’s website, but the ACLU will continue to monitor the situation to make sure the teacher i in compliance with the law.