Judge Upholds Firing Of Ohio Teacher In Bible Case

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Ohio teacher fired Bible on deskMOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) -- A judge has upheld the firing of a central Ohio public school science teacher accused of preaching religious beliefs in class and of keeping a Bible on his desk.

Knox County Common Pleas Judge Otho Eyster said in Wednesday's ruling he found clear and convincing evidence that the Mount Vernon school board was right in dismissing John Freshwater.

Eyster noted in his two-page decision that he reviewed more than 6,300 transcript pages from a state referee's hearing. That hearing officer recommended in January that Freshwater's contract be terminated, and the school board formally fired him within days.

Freshwater said in an email Thursday that he's reviewing his legal options.

He also was accused of burning students' arms with the image of a cross, though that allegation was resolved.



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underdogg182

This is just another example of right wing, conservative, religious fanatic, Republican, whack jobs trying to force their deviant lifestyles and beliefs on the rest of us normal people. If these pigs want to go to church, let them do it on their own time, not forcing school students to attend. And if they want to pray, they should feel free to pray where it's appropriate: behind closed doors in their own homes or when they individually attend church.

October 06 2011 at 10:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sogojog1

this is just the beginning ....soon all religion will go down......and than armigeddon......the end of all of wicked man woman and child...........ps.37 10-11and 29 ............10  And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more;
And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be.
11  But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth,
And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.
29  The righteous themselves will possess the earth,
And they will reside forever upon it.

October 06 2011 at 5:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
James G. Banks

Sepration of church and state? Then get the Muslims out of this country. If I get another Koran shoved in my fave at work... This country is going to waste over liberal panty waste politicians.

October 06 2011 at 5:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pmattfeld44

"theism"s are the religious beliefs in the existance of God. Religions are the organized and structured forms of practice of a specific theism belief system.
"atheism" is the religious belief that there is no God. It is a religious belief.
The US constitution states that ..."Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; ..."
It appears the Courts are not bound by the US constitution and are establishing a state 'atheism' religion with specific practices. They have also stated that the individual states (which were founded in many cases by specific religious groups - Catholics in Mary(s) land, Puritans in Massachusetts, Quakers in Pennsylvania) cannot have a state religion either although at the time of the Colonies they were not specifically bound to NOT have a State Religion but rather only the central government "Congress" (No Kings religion mandate as in England).
Please do not attempt to force your 'atheism' religious beliefs on me!

October 06 2011 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
luisd482

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October 06 2011 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Teri

With the way kids act at a lot of our public schools and the massive amount of money wasted on trying to fix the schools a bible in the class room might not be a bad idea. A lot of these kids have parents who could care less about them thats why they act the way they do, it is not the teachers or the school systems fault. IT IS THE PARENTS!!!!! At least kids should know that God cares about them. Thank God I sent my kids to religious schools, K-12, college, and guess what we paid for it ourselves.

October 06 2011 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
royjoneswolf62

Separation of churh and state includes education. When will these fools learn you CAN NOT teach religion in public schools? You want your child to learn religion, send them to a religious school. Quit trying to force religion down people's throat.

October 06 2011 at 4:43 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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exoticdoc2

That's just it, it's NOT a separation of church and state. It is the indoctrination into a single religion, that of atheism.

October 06 2011 at 4:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mcantwell56

We can all blame the ACLU for the Bible thing. They fight for everyone but AMERICANS. Once apon a time when Prayer was acceptable in schools there were not the problems we have today. Young people with no respect and just rather shoot you as to look at you. These were not problems back in the day. Thanks ACLU for taking away the biggest right we are suppose to have...freedom of religion. That is why we came to this country remember? Man I really hate the ACLU. As far as the teacher burning cross' on his students, if he did that he should have been gone along time ago. BUT since he still was teaching it looks like to me he did not do it. BUT if he did someone needs to put their own BRAND on him. OUT!

October 06 2011 at 4:22 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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bmutc01

Enough with the "you're oppressing me by not allowing me to oppress you" argument. The teacher was proselytizing to students. The teacher is in a government authority position over those students. This is a conflict of interest and is not allowed. The freedom of religion allows the teacher to be religious. It does not allow the teacher to use his/her authority to try to persuade others to be religious.

October 06 2011 at 4:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
exoticdoc2

Can't let the religion of Christianity stand toe to toe with the religion of atheism in the classroom. They must have their own religion exclusively taught in public schools.

October 06 2011 at 4:13 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Gina

I'm sure his experience will be more than welcome in Christian schools throughout the US.

October 06 2011 at 4:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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