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The Abuse by John FreshwaterA peek above our garters to Richard B. Hoppe, of Talk Rational, over at The Panda’s Thumb for this.

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.”

(Continued below the fold)

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.)

Filed under: Biology, Education, Fundies, Images, Photos, Politics, Rants, Religion, Science, , , , , ,

10 Responses

  1. RBH says:

    The image was provided to the press by the school district, so you’re safe. :)

  2. RBH says:

    Nice view, btw. :)

  3. JanieBelle says:

    Thank you Richard, for the information and for the kind compliment.

    It’s so much more personal than a hat tip, don’t you think?

    Kisses

  4. Miss Vicki says:

    Uh Huh…i blogged about Mr. Holier than a Lie when this first happened. I knew there was much more to it than meet his eye.

    Can you image going to class with the 10 Commandments posted outside the door – his Bible all in your face – I knew I knew I knew.

    I’m sorry but you can hardly ever believe a lying ass christian.

    I have been all over the net today and this is the first that I’ve heard of it – thanks!

  5. JanieBelle says:

    You’re welcome, Miss Vicki.

    The Panda’s Thumb is a great place to keep track of Creationist goings on, and ScienceBlogs.com rocks as well.

    At ScienceBlogs, you’ll find like a bajillion scientists blogging. I’m kind of partial to Greg Laden’s Blog, Pharyngula, Aetiology, and ERV, all of which can be found in my blogroll (the chicks under A Rollcall of Science Chicks, the dudes in the regular roll).

    Between the bunch of them, they have a pretty good ear to the ground on all things scientific.

    The best Astronomy stuff you’ll find at BadAstronomy, and he’s always got an eye out for this sort of nonsense, too.

  6. I’m kind of partial to Greg Laden’s Blog, Pharyngula, Aetiology, and ERV

    I like all of those, and I would add Jason Rosenhouse’s EvolutionBlog and the Munger’s Cognitive Daily to my list of must-read sciblings.

  7. JanieBelle says:

    Hello Javier!

    It’s always lovely to see your name in my comments. Kisses to you.

    I’ve visited those two upon occasion, but haven’t really examined them much.

    On your recommendation, I’ll add them to my reader.

  8. Deacon Barry says:

    It seems to me that if it wasn’t for the burning incident, for which there is photographic evidence, and the furore caused by it, the school board probably wouldn’t be firing Freshwater now. If it had just been the case of a bible on the desk and fundy teaching materials, they might not have seen that as reasons for dismissal.

  9. Deacon Barry says:

    By the way, does Mr Freshwater qualify for the Science Scout badge “Experienced with electric shock level II?”

  10. JanieBelle says:

    Sadly, I think you’re right Deacon. It’s good to see you out and about again.

    “Science Scout Badge” would probably not be the appropriate venue, though technically, he probably does.

    Perhaps the Fundagelical Society of Insane People should issue a similar one that he could sport.

    Kisses

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