Seems some psycho fundy named John Freshwater was “teaching” some interesting things in his public school classroom in Mt. Vernon, OH. Today, the school board voted unanimously to kick his sorry ass to the curb. See that picture? That’s not teaching. That’s abuse. (At least one family has filed a federal lawsuit against Freshwater and the district.)
The Board’s resolution cited four basic grounds for its resolution [to terminate Freshwater]:
1. Freshwater burned crosses in students’ arms using a high voltage, high frequency leak detection device, ignoring the manufacturer’s safety instructions associated with the device.
2. Freshwater taught material on thermodynamics, the Big Bang, the age of the earth, and the periodic table that is not in the approved curriculum or American Content Standards. Mr. Freshwater also taught ID and creationism in contravention of the curriculum and the First Amendment to the Constitution. He did so in direct contradiction of school board policy and administrative instructions. The resolution noted that Freshwater’s 2003 request to teach those materials had been denied by the board, so subsequently teaching them was insubordination.
3. In monitoring the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Freshwater exceeded his monitoring role by conducting prayers, recommending speakers, and generally taking a directive role rather than a monitoring role.
4. Mr. Freshwater did not remove all religious materials from his classroom as instructed by school administrators and in fact brought additional materials in to “make a point.”
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Freshwater has some time to request a review of the descision, and failing that, the board will take up the measure at its next meeting.
What’s really sad is the damage he’s already caused.
While the Board was in executive session I spent some time talking with several of Freshwater’s former students. They spouted the very worst of creationist crap – moon dust, the recession of the moon, SLoT, the Lady Hope fable, and so on – stuff that’s even on AIG’s list of “Arguments Creationists Shouldn’t Use.” One of them even quoted Kent Hovind to me! When I mentioned that Hovind is in jail for tax evasion, they denied it, saying it was because he preached the Bible. It was discouraging and angering to hear their absolute close-minded parroting of the pure crap generated by Freshwater, Hovind, and Ham. Those kids are genuinely doomed to a life of intellectual sterility and it is a terrible terrible waste.
This is what really pisses me off. He’d already requested that the board allow him to brainwash these kids, and they very sensibly told him no. (That link gives a good background on the case, by Pim vanMeurs, also at The Thumb.)
This is what happens when people who are completely divorced from reality are allowed near children. After he’s fired and has his ass sued clean off, I hope they throw this bastard in jail with Joyce Beddell. They can mutilate each other to their hearts’ content, and leave the damned kids alone.
From whence came the image:
That image was provided to the media by the school district, and is from the second article at The Panda’s Thumb linked above, entitled Teaching Intelligent Design and burning crosses, by Pim vanMeurs. (Thank you again, Richard.)