Christian teacher burns Cross into students arms

I do not blame all Christians for his actions, but this man is insane.

http://www.mountvernonnews.com/local/08/ 06/20/freshwater_upd2.html

The investigators found that Freshwater: Used a high-frequency generator to make the shape of a cross into the arm of eighth-grade students; consistently failed to adhere to established curriculum under the American Content Standards for eighth-grade science and taught religious beliefs in his classroom; exceeded the statutorily imposed limitations of a monitor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and was insubordinate in his deliberate failure to remove all religious articles from his classroom.


Freshwater continues to maintain that the allegations against him are false. His attorney Kelly Hamilton said the charges of improper use of the electrostatic device are from one particular student and asserted that students were never in danger of harm from Freshwater.

Freshwater said the marks inflicted on the students' arms were not religious symbols. "They weren't crosses," he said, "They were Xs."

Now the extreme turns it against the school board as not allowing Bibles in school.

http://www.mountvernonnews.com/local/08/ 06/20/minutemen_recall.html


MOUNT VERNON -- In a recent letter to the Mount Vernon News, M. Russell Erwin Sr., of the Knox County Chapter of Minutemen United, said the group had started preparations to recall the Mount Vernon school board due to its members' refusal to publicly answer whether a teacher in the Mount Vernon school system is permitted to have a Bible on his or her desk.

This is why the actions of the Christian right scare me. It is also why I believe we do need a separation of Church and state.  I highly Respect all religions and it is a reason why I'm a Christian by belief not religion. More info on this.

http://www.mountvernonnews.com/local/08/ 05/28/freshwater_upd.html


MOUNT VERNON -- Early this morning, a group calling itself the "Minutemen" waited outside the administrative offices of the Mount Vernon City Schools. The group was reportedly protesting the administration's directive that middle school science teacher John Freshwater remove his personal Bible from his desk.

See how any action becomes that of just removing the Bible.


"It is about whether or not other teachers in the district can feel free to place a Bible or other personal items on their desk, " he said.

From the parents

http://www.mountvernonnews.com/local/08/ 05/06/freshwater_upd.html

"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.

One mans freedom of religious expression becomes another hate. Only one religious view is allowed when you become that extreme.


Christine Hamilton has two sons in the middle school.

"They have gotten harassed," she said, "because they are friends with the boy [whose parents filed the complaint against Freshwater]. In our country, everyone's allowed their religious opinion, but some of the middle school kids are just jumping on a bandwagon. If you're not for Mr. Freshwater, you are going to be harassed. That is flat out what is happening in the middle school. Therefore, I think a lot of kids are for Mr. Freshwater because they don't want to be harassed, they don't want to be singled out. And who wants to be against the Bible? Nobody.

This is very scary stuff people.

http://www.nbc4i.com/midwest/cmh/news.ap x.-content-articles-CMH-2008-06-17-0031. html

The lawsuit claims that Freshwater displayed the Ten Commandments, religious posters and Bible passages in his public school classroom, and never received discipline from the school.

According to the lawsuit, Freshwater is accused of teaching intelligent design and telling students that their textbooks were wrong according to The Bible.

Tags: extreme, public school, religion, religious right (all tags)

Comments

5 Comments

I had a teacher in the 70s like this

he spent several classes telling us how, from a medical perspective, Jesus died of a broken heart (the Roman spear and bleeing in the sack around the heart).

You would think we would be past all that by now...

by chrisblask 2008-06-21 09:57PM | 0 recs
Re: I had a teacher in the 70s like this

thats because he took your mother's " chris is such a cute devil" comment ---to heart :D

by aliveandkickin 2008-06-21 10:50PM | 0 recs
Re: I had a teacher in the 70s like this

Silly, silly rabbit!

Actually he was a statanic lookin' guy, for all his overt Christianity.  Big ears that he wore these black cup sorta earmuffs over in the winter (individual cloth things, never seen them elsewhere and not sure normal humans could wear them).  He would stalk around the schoolyard like a demented stork in hornrim glasses and he freaked out all us kids with his intense interest in us.

He also took a "special interest" in me that never made me comfortable.  When he found out I collected coins he lent me a Roman coin to take home (which I immediately dropped down a heat vent and barely got back), which struck me then and still as an odd thing to do.  He was, at best, a funny duck.  When I first read The Dead Zone for some reason it made me think about what his Mom must have been like ("Dirty Pillows" and clothespins?).

-chris

by chrisblask 2008-06-22 04:36AM | 0 recs
This guy has to be kidding.

This is pretty nuts, and honestly, even if you ignored most of it, hes gotta be fired for the cross branding thing, it barely deserves a conversation. That just wont fly.

by Brandon 2008-06-22 02:35AM | 0 recs
Re: This guy has to be kidding.

I think it is actually more amazing how they are spinning it.  Only referencing the bible on the desk, which, you almost have to admire their ability to zone in on one fragment of an issue even to the point of denying reality.

by Brandon 2008-06-22 02:39AM | 0 recs

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