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John Freshwater an Ohio Science Teacher at Mt. Vernon Middle School has refused the school district’s order to remove the Bible from his classroom. He clearly states this is not about religion. It’s about his Freedom of Speech granted by the First Amendment right. I personally don’t agree and I question his motives.
Yes, Mr. Freshwater has been carrying his Bible to class for over a decade nearly two now. He voluntarily removed The Ten Commandments which he had posted outside the classroom door. So I ask this isn’t about religion? The educator has taught his students about “holes in evolution” and intelligent design, the theory that a supernatural power created complex forms of life” as reported by, Glass City Jungle.
John Freshwater’s spokesperson and friend is the well known religious activist Dave Daubenmire. For those who may not be familiar with some of the causes or fights Daubernmire has taken on – he was a foot soldier an advocate for Terri Schiavo. He was taken into custody for trying to deliver food and water to her. Also, Daubenmire is the former London football coach that lead his team in prayer before practices team meetings and games. With the help of the ACLU the school district settled out of court and $18,000 in court cost was paid by their insurance carrier.
However, the reason I question the authenticity of his refusal is that Mr. Freshwater shares that he doesn’t teach or read the Bible to his students. Well if you’re not doing either of those things then what is the real problem? Is he upset that he must keep it hidden – out of view? I don’t know why that would even upset him? I’m sure that Freshwater doesn’t have ‘Popular Mechanics Sports Illustrated or any other distracting reading materials sprawled over his desk.
Yet, it’s The Bible – what will almost on every occasion provoke an argument, a big debate. My religion says this and you’ve got the wrong meaning of, that is not the right interpretation, it’s says this right here in scripture and verse. It’s the one book that sadly presents the most chaosis.
Do you really believe if the school district ordered him to remove all such popular magazine materials, that this man would be putting up such a fight? No he wouldn’t, it’s The Bible though and the reason I support separation of church and state.