Skip to comments.Christian Teacher in Ohio Battles Tyrannical Evolution Pushers
Posted on 04/17/2012 4:27:49 AM PDT by scottfactor
Members of the anti-Christian, communist Left are obsessed with banishing the presence of Christian expression from all areas of the public square. They are probably the most fervent in this crusade in the government-run public school classrooms, where teachers are persecuted for displaying even a hint of Christianity.
I have written before about a California teacher, Brad Johnson, who is fighting back against a tyrannical school district that ordered him to remove patriotic banners from his classroom wallsbanners that simply included the name of God in their sayings. These banners had long been hanging in his classroom, but the God-hating tyrants in his school district decided they could no longer abide even the written mention of the name of the Lord in that classroom. How very like Satan that is!
Mr. Johnsons appeal is still pending in the courts, and the Thomas More Law Center has vowed to take it to the Supreme Court, if necessary.
There is another American teacher being persecuted for his Christian faith. This is a case out of Mount Vernon, Ohio.
As reported at the Rutherford Institute website, which is handling the case,
The Rutherford Institute has appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of John Freshwater, a Christian teacher who was fired for keeping religious articles in his classroom and for using teaching methods that encourage public school students to think critically about the schools science curriculum, particularly as it relates to evolution theories. Freshwater, a 24-year veteran in the classroom, was suspended by the Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education in 2008 and officially terminated in January 2011. The School Board justified its actions by accusing Freshwater of improperly injecting religion into the classroom by giving students reason to doubt the accuracy and/or veracity of scientists, science textbooks and/or science in general. The Board also claimed that Freshwater failed to remove all religious articles from his classroom, including a Bible.
Here we have the case of a Christian teacher encouraging his students to approach the unproven, unobserved theory of evolution with the skeptical eye it deserves. The anti-Christian crusaders in our world are so viciously against any teachings that declare God is the Author of the universe and all that is in it that they will fiercely defend a terribly flimsy theoryor hypothesis, ratherthat seeks to explain the origins of life in this amazing world in which we live. The hypothesis of evolutionwhich is not even a plausible explanation, with its gaping, fossil record holes and fantasy mechanismsis the best the godless among us have come up with, and they cling to it with a fanatical fervor.
The fact that this school district even cited Mr. Freshwater for having a Bible in his classroom is also chilling and disgusting. We must remember that our God-given rights do not end just because we become teachers in the public school system. There is no such thing as the fabled separation of church and state as the Left insists. The only constitutional mandates are against the federal government establishing an official national religion in America, which it has never done, and interfering with Americans freedom to practice their faith, which it is doing more and more each year.
The bizarre beginning of this case was back in 2008, as reported in Mr. Freshwaters Appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, filed last Friday by the Rutherford Institute,
Despite objective evidence demonstrating Freshwaters consistent excellence as an eighth-grade science teacher for over 20 years, and despite his immaculate employment record, Freshwater came under intense scrutiny following a 2008 incident in which a common classroom science experiment with a Tesla coil used safely by other teachers for over 20 years allegedly produced a cross-shaped mark on one students arm.
While the Referee who investigated this incident ultimately determined that speculation and imagination had pushed reality aside, community hysteria resulting from rumors about Freshwater and the incident prompted the [School] Board to launch a full-scale inquisition into Freshwaters teaching methods and performance. This sweeping critique focused entirely on trace evidence of Freshwaters religious faith which allegedly appeared in the classroom. On January 10, 2011, the Board adopted a Resolution terminating Freshwaters employment contract based upon a recommendation issued by Referee R. Lee Shepherd, Esq., on January 7, 2011 that Freshwater be terminated for good and just cause.
The supposed good and just cause was Mr. Freshwaters allowing his students to examine both sides of the evolution debate and teaching them to recognize issues in printed materials that could be questioned or debated, in other words, he was teaching his students critical thinking! The godless School Board also found offense in the fact that some of Mr. Freshwaters counterpoints to the hypothesis of evolution involvedGASP!arguments for Creationism or Intelligent Design. Oh, the horror!
According to the School Board, this good and just cause amounted to Failure to Adhere to Established Curriculum. That sounds like something out of Nazi Germany! Absolutely NO God talk allowed here, comrades!
Mr. Freshwater was also accused of Disobedience of Orders, because he was told to remove certain items from his classroom, which he did, but there was a patriotic poster featuring Colin Powell that he did not remove, but said he did not recall being told to remove it. That poster was handed out to teachers by the school office and was displayed in other classrooms in the district besides his. He also had a couple of school library books: one was a Bible, and one was titled Jesus of Nazareth. Because he had these things in his classroom, he was accused of defiance.
This is an outrageous injustice, and this case is extremely important for the future freedoms of teachers and students alike. As the President and founder of the Rutherford Institute, John Whitehead, stated,
Academic freedom was once the bedrock of American education. That is no longer the state of affairs, as this case makes clear. ... What we need today are more teachers and school administrators who understand that young people dont need to be indoctrinated. Rather, they need to be taught how to think for themselves.
The godless people who aggressively push the hypothesis of evolution in our public schools cannot tolerate opposing viewpoints, and if Mr. Freshwater ultimately loses this battle in the courts, all of America will have lost yet another chunk of our Christian liberty at the hands of anti-Christian tyrants.
As reported by the Rutherford Institute, two lower courts have already sided with the School Board against Mr. Freshwater, ignoring the First and Fourteenth Amendment violations by the school district.
The conclusion of Mr. Freshwaters appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court states,
The [School] Board's actions constitute a violation of the First Amendment academic freedom rights of both Freshwater and of his students, of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause, and of Freshwater's right to Equal Protection under the Fourteenth Amendment. Because of its significant implications for academic freedom in public schools and the continued vitality of teachers' First Amendment right to openly practice and discuss their religious faith, the case is one of monumental public concern. As no reviewing court has yet examined these critical civil liberty components of this case, Freshwater prays that this Court will grant his petition and undertake that essential analysis.
We should all be praying that Mr. Freshwater is given a victory over this anti-Christian, public school district. Ultimately, we are all Mr. Freshwater, and if he loses, we all lose.
We should also pray for, and consider financially supporting, the Rutherford Institute, which is made up of front-line, legal warriors who provide free legal services to people who have had their constitutional rights threatened or violated. From the Institutes information page,
The Institutes mission is twofold: to provide legal services in the defense of religious and civil liberties and to educate the public on important issues affecting their constitutional freedoms.
Whether our attorneys are protecting the rights of parents whose children are strip-searched at school, standing up for a teacher fired for speaking about religion or defending the rights of individuals against illegal search and seizure, The Rutherford Institute offers assistanceand hopeto thousands.
So yes Virginia - Creationists are anti-science. The only type of science they like is Creation Science which is not science at all as its methodology is in direct opposition to the scientific method.
Moreover it is to be expected that Creationists are not very conversant or knowledgeable about science - as the less educated someone is - the more likely they are to be a creationist.
That being said - creationists cannot seem to help sounding like total idiots talking about theories being unproven and offering up inane idiocy like if humans evolved from apes - why are there still apes?.
That is the general level of knowledge about science and evolution we have to deal with from people on the creationist side.
Do you think the theory of nuclear fusion takes a position on the existence of God because it describes a physical means whereby God can create a star? Does the creation of stars through nuclear fusion mean that God did not create that star?
Not just atheist and humanists accept the theory of evolution; we have, for example, Pope Benedict XVI.
because you say so.
Anyone who knows the first thing about the theory of evolution knows that it has been repeatedly disproved by all the evidence available. Evolution is supposed to have happened very slowly over billions of years but actually the fossil record shows that doesn’t happen. The theory of evolution does not even begin to explain the diversity of life on Earth. It’s wrong, plain and simple.
Instead of plate techtonics creationists have “hydroplate” so called theory.
Instead of astronomy creationists have God “stretching out the Heavens” to account for the billions of light years.
Instead of half-life decay rates to detect the age of objects creationists have “you can't do that!”.
Instead of archeology and linguistics and human genetics to explain differences between human populations creationists have the “Tower of Babel” and the “three sons of Noah”.
Instead of paleontology creationists have a “Global Flood”.
Creationists oppose science because THEY say so Mr. B.
The theory of evolution is nothing more than an lie about how all life came into being accidentally for no reason, with no direction or purpose and not created by any design. The theory of evolution is a psychological crutch for those who have rejected God. They have to believe in evolution because it validates their irrational belief in a Godless meaningless universe.
Evolution is the theory about how life, once it exists, is subject to change through natural selection of genetic variation.
When the Pope says evolution is a reality that enriches our understanding of life - is that to validate his irrational belief in a Godless meaningless universe?
As to the ‘creationists’ using the date of 6000 years ago...for the creation of man, that is sheer ignorance or denial. Right there is a major flaw. I have personally studied, reviewed and encountered prehistoric human ‘remains’ dating well before 6000 years ago. The evolution theory is flawed in many major areas, however the existence of man kind as we know it from the earliest findings shows many adaptive differences and extinctions.
Read about the Cambrian explosion. Evolution cannot account for this. There is nothing in the Bible which states that Genesis must be a tenet of faith. Mankind does so much the bastardizing of the entire Bible and this does not serve God nor what He wishes for or from mankind.
You haven’t investigated SQUAT of what creation scientists “say”. You prove it in every thread.
You put up a strawman of what YOU say they say,
then beat the crap out of it, while we sit back and watch your flailing talkinoucherass “arguments”.
The theory of evolution says that all life is descended from one single common ancestor. This absurd claim cannot possibly ever be proved and is a religious belief based entirely on circular logic.
There is nothing in the evolution theory that is antithetical to God. The creationists are antithetical to the existence of mankind.
evolution is not a theory. it is akin to saying the theor of gravity. This is just a slow motion skopes trial. Farmers have been using natural seclection for millendia. even humans use it when searching for a mate. nobody wants short fat and ugly.
Abiogenesis = a hypothesis about how life could come about through physical means.
Universal Common Ancestry = a theory to explain how all known life shares features of common ancestry.
Evolution = a theory about how life changes in response to selective pressure upon genetic variations within a population.
For the typical Creation story to be true - all terrestrial life had to have come from those few species that could fit on a boat of known dimensions. This entails semi-universal common ancestry between “kinds”, and speciation and evolution at a rate far beyond that proposed by evolutionary biology.
So the difference seems to be that creationists accept evolution so long as you don't call it evolution, they accept speciation and common descent - but only within a non defined “kind” - and at a very rapid rate.
Do you think mice and rats are the same “kind”?
Are tigers and lions the same “kind” or a different “kind”?
Are old world vultures and new world vultures the same “kind”?
@Tailgunner Joe: The interesting thing is that the straight meaning of evolution is directional change, progress if you will (though what that progress is pointing towards, well, that's beyond our understanding); rather, the whole thing with evolution (as described as a scientific theory) is about adapting to one's environment so as to better reproduce.
Fittingly, any Darwinist that tries to assert the superiority of his theory immediately falls out of step with the Darwinian ideal, for how can one utilize an absolute standard if your criteria are dependent upon location and circumstance (for some reason, it's no longer clear to some that absolutes are universal).
sharing with all other members of this group the need to feed on organic matter (unlike plants which can create energy using light and minerals)
The Chordate (or vertebrate)
sharing with all other members of this group of animals, a back bone with a hollow nerve chord
sharing with all other members of this group of vertebrates, the ability to feed their offspring on milk and having a body covering which includes fur
Sharing with all other members of this group of mammals, a thumb that can be opposed to the other digits, binocular vision and various more broadly defined characteristics (including high intelligence, relatively long maturation period for the young, dental similarities, tendency for complex social organization, and generally bearing one or two young)
Sharing with other members of this group of primates, a slightly longer nose, smaller brain, long slender limbs, a tail, more specific dental features including the grooming comb formed by the lower incisor and canine teeth
Sharing with other members of this group of lemurs, scent marking methods, vocalizations, aspects of social structure and overall body shape
The Ring-tailed Lemur Species
then no farmer could ever have bread a prize bull.
the modern banana would not exist.
corn would not be that long yellow ear but a short stubby miscolored earthtone.
Dog shows would not allow new breeds.
I find it interesting that the religious arguments are entirely based on the conclusion that no science can exist before god. While the science does not require the absence of god.
Evolution is inevitable in any living system that uses DNA as its genetic material.
We have observed speciation. One species can evolve into different species and it has been observed in the lab and in nature.
If you don't accept speciation - how did every single terrestrial species fit on the Ark? Don't most creationists think that one rodent “kind” could give rise to all contemporaneous rodent species?
“The other side sux!”
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