United they are not standing and those who oppose –
Mount Vernon Middle School students are throwing their support behind the Science Teacher John Freshwater. They support his right to bring his Bible to class. The students feel that Freshwater’s First Amendment Right is being violated.
I think it’s wonderful the students are rallying in defense for a cause they believe in.
However what’s so sad is that in the process of trying to protect Freshwater’s First Amendment Right they are violating the rights of others – their peers. The students who do not participate in Christianity are verbally assaulted for their disbelief of. Yet their peers who are in support of teacher John Freshwater but of a different faith or religion are still ostracized and not embraced.
So here’s the climate at Mount Vernon Middle School:
“You’re either for Mr. Freshwater or you’re against Mr. Freshwater. There’s no in between,” Murdoch said. “In the kids’ minds, I think, it is just the Bible issue. And who is going to go against the Bible? Nobody. But it seems like the ‘Christians’ are using that as an excuse to gang up on the ‘atheists.’”
“My daughter Arie told me about a Jewish child who brought his Torah to school when other students brought Bibles in support of Freshwater,” she continued. “He thought he was supporting freedom of religious expression, and the other kids just ripped him apart. ‘What are you doing?’ they asked. ‘You can’t support Mr. Freshwater, you’re Jewish.’ So they don’t get it.”
you can read the story right here at Mount Vernon News.