I saw the story of the Mount Vernon, OH teacher and his bible on a muted, airport TV yesterday.

Yep – national news.

You didn’t really think Fox News could pass up a story like:

“Ohio Teacher Refuses to Remove Bible From Students’ View”

The subtext, for Fox News viewers, is pretty clear: Ohio Schools are biased against Christians.

But if you read the whole story, you’ll quickly see that this just isn’t true. If anyone is biased here, it’s John Freshwater- the middle school SCIENCE teacher who refuses to teach the course for which he was hired.

If Freshwater was hired as a religious studiest teacher, then the Ten Commandments on his door and the posters with Bible verses throughout his classroom would have been appropriate. Even the extra Bibles on his clasroom shelves.

But he wasn’t. He was hired to teach SCIENCE. Not Christian science. Just normal middle school science.

And that’s the real problem here.

I don’t think anyone really cares if this guy wants to keep a bible on his desk. Whatever floats your religious boat. But the bible is not a science text book- and it should stay closed during science class.

And if Freshwater could do that- then the bible wouldn’t be a big issue.

But again- he has a long history of NOT doing that.

Not only has he passed out handouts questioning evolutionary theory (in a SCIENCE class) and pretty made it clear the his God is responsible for creating the universe.

In one class, Freshwater used Lego pieces to describe the beginning of the world. He dumped the pieces, then asked students if the Legos could assemble by themselves, said Joe Stuart, 18, assistant editor of the high-school newspaper.

When Freshwater taught students about electrical current, he used a device to leave a red mark in the shape of a cross on the forearms of some students, Stuart said.

Stick to teaching science in your science class, Mr. Freshwater, and you can keep whatever the hell you want on your desk.

  • Mary

    The best article about this I have read. Are you kidding me, burning crosses on KIDS arms??????

  • Supposedly. Weird, right?

  • Untitled

    ya this hole thing isnt about the bible anymore…parents hold a grudge against him…so they turned to their children for help.i.e. making up lies about a cross, i know that only NAZI science teachers might burn something on a students arm, i have touched an electrostatic device before, and there is no way the a student could hold their arm still for that long….they hurt….and quite frankly, and thank GOD yes i said it THANK GOD that he is not a nazi! that is all i have to say….btw get all your facts straight before you go righting articles about someone you dont even know!!!!…i think the muted part is where you got your facts from…

  • Mary

    Actually I have read and heard all the details. It is accurate.
    That is freedom of expression, to write articles about someone you don’t know. If you had to write articles only about people you new, then most reporters wouldn’t have a job. Nazi’s?? What is that all about?

  • Thanks Mary.

    Not sure where that Nazi thing came from.

    Religion is a personal thing. The teacher can believe whatever he wants.

    Just keep it out of the classroom.

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  • Anonymous

    I find it curious that a person would post a comment on a post that is nearly three years old. Regardless, Joseph’s point remains, the teacher had a reputation of adding his personal agenda to his lessons. That was a problem,

  • Anonymous

    First, he admitted it. Second, the school district was sued over it and settled the case with the family. Couldn’t help by notice that you’re picking up a three-year old story just a month after the guy makes the news saying he’s appealing his firiing. And I think you have a certain bias in this matter you need to disclose if you want to be taken seriously.

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