Spot the looney; Creationist teacher fired in Ohio.

Posted on January 12, 2011

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Looney spotted:  John Freshwater

Wait until you get a hold of this recent article from the NCSE.  A middle school teacher, John Freshwater, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, was recently fired for. . .  Wait for it:

“. . .inappropriate religious activity in the classroom — including displaying posters with the Ten Commandments and Bible verses, branding crosses on the arms of his students with a high-voltage electrical device, and teaching creationism.”

What kind of sick mind thinks it’s OK to brand children?  I think most decent people would have reservations regarding branding a cow, much more a person!  It’s apparently not enough to just break the law and corrupt young minds with swaths of Creationist blather.  No, you must brand crosses on the arms of bright questioning children.

What I find almost equally shocking are the comments from the school board’s president regarding Freshwater’s termination:

“It was not an easy decision. We don’t believe there are any winners or losers in this situation. It is a very difficult situation for everyone.”

Not an easy decision!?  What more would he have had to do to in order to hasten his termination, literally crucify a student?  Also, I think any rational person can clearly see that the children are the major winners in this situation, since, oh, I don’t know. . .  THEY’RE NOT GETTING BRANDED WITH CROSSES ANYMORE!  Seriously, I don’t know what’s more astonishing, that a teacher would actually brand students with crosses in middle school, or the fact that the board of education had to mull over whether or not his expulsion would be the correct course of action.

Absolute lunacy.  At least he is now banned from damaging the minds and hides of children.  What a sicko.  This case reminds me of a quote by the physicist Steven Weinberg:

“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”

That quote rings more and more true every day.

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