You all might remember a few months ago, a fellow named ‘John Freshwater’ was in the news. According to World Net Daily and Freshwaters own students, Freshwater was asked by school administrators to remove a personal Bible from his desk.
Students protested in defense of their teacher by putting bibles on their own desks.
Good for them!
Of course students have the right to put a Bible on their desk! Just like they have the right to put ‘The Three Musketeers’ or ‘The Satanic Verses’ or ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Poo’ on their desk.
How strange their school administration would be so huffy about something so silly!
… But then strange rumors started seeping from the woodwork. Freshwater was branding students with crosses. He was preaching in his ‘science’ class. He spoke in ‘code words’ when he was talking about science he, personally, didnt like.
Those rumors have just been substantiated in a suit against him and the school district. It was never about ‘the Bible’. It was never about ‘free speech.’ It was about an insane teacher abusing his position of authority over and over and over, with no repercussions from his administration.
This is one part I loved:
White also, according to the court documents, disclosed the identity of the plaintiffs to Freshwater, although Short had promised them anonymity. After the parents raised concerns of retaliation against their son, a field trip was scheduled, with their son assigned to a certain group and chaperone. The suit claims that once the child’s identity was revealed, his group assignment was changed to the one led by Freshwater. As a result, the parents “were forced to prohibit their son from attending the school field trip.” That caused injury by depriving the son of a valuable educational experience and discouraging the plaintiffs from continuing to exercise their right to free speech.
So allegedly, the school principle told Freshwater which student was filing suit against him, and Freshwater arranged to be in a position of authority over said student so he could harass him, on a field trip. Luckily the student found out about this convenient switch before the trip, and could stay home.
What was Freshwater planning on doing to this child?
Starting a physical altercation? Mentally and spiritually abusing him further?
What was Freshwater planing on doing to this child on that field trip??
*sigh* Never mind, I dont want to know.
Look, I went to school in a small town in Missouri. Do you know the religion of my science teachers? I dont! To this day. I assume they are some sort of Christian, just because most people in my part of the country are, but they could have been Jewish or Muslim or Pagan, for all I know.
They never preached in my classes.
My science teachers didnt. My government teachers didnt. My math teachers didnt! My music teachers didnt!! They were too busy teaching!!!
*sigh* Theres no force on this plant quite like the arrogance of an Evangelical.