Your school tax dollars going to promote anti-Christian bias: In Wisconsin a Tomah Area school district teacher refused to give a student a grade on a project because his work included "John 3:16" as well as "A sign of love." The school district, however, openly acknowledged and publicized various pieces of art representing Buddhism, and Hinduism as well as several demon faces that appeared satanic. The school defended its actions: "Respect for the beliefs of a diverse student population … requires that the district treat all students equitable and fairly regardless of their faith," it said in a website statement. Treated equitable and fairly, that is, unless they are Bible believers. The Alliance Defense Fund, which has taken on the case of a student identified by the initials A. P., said the teacher’s grading policy banned depictions of "blood, violence, sexual connotations, [or] religious beliefs." But in practice it was a discriminatory policy, the ADF said in a court motion seeking an immediate injunction against the school. "Allowing demonic depictions by some students while prohibiting Christian religious expression in artwork by others is a blatant violation of the Constitution," said David Cortman, senior ADF legal counsel. The law firm said the district displays artwork reflecting Hindu, Buddhist and satanic themes all over. A motion has been filed by the ADF in a Wisconsin court to suspend immediately the policy in the school district that bans Christian symbols in students’ artwork, but allows Hindu, Buddhist and satanic representations.
More school tax dollars going to promote anti-Christian bias: Students at the Mount Vernon, OH, school district have called a ‘take-your-Bible-to-school day" tomorrow in support of a popular teacher who has been ordered to keep his Bible hidden while students are in his classroom. The dispute arose, when school officials gave orders for middle-school science teacher John Freshwater to hide his Bible from students and Freshwater decided not to comply. School Board president Ian Watson told World Net Daily that the Bible was just part of a "tapestry" of issues the district was dealing with, but he said he could not provide details on other factors. He did admit that the order for Freshwater to remove the Bible from his desk, where he’s kept it for more than two decades while teaching in the district, was prompted because of contacts from some district parents. But again, he declined to elaborate. In an interview with WND, Watson accused Freshwater of "going public" with issues the school "is in discussions with attorneys at this stage." "We just asked him that the Bible not be on top of his desk during his teaching hours," Watson told WND. However, he also admitted that the school had no formal prohibitions on personal items on teachers’ desks. When asked how the school arrived at a ban on Freshwater’s personal Bible being on his own desk, Watson said, "I do not know how to answer." The district’s formal statement on the dispute said: "The Mount Vernon Schools today directed one of its middle school science teachers to remove from his classroom the 10 Commandments he had displayed and to remove his Bible from his desktop while students were in his room. The Mount Vernon Schools has not taken this action because it opposes religion, but because it has an obligation under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution to protect against the establishment of religion in the schools. As a public school system the district cannot teach, promote or favor any religion or religious beliefs." But apparently they can promote or favor anti-Christian beliefs. Coach Dave Daubenmire said the school’s demand amounts to an ongoing viewpoint discrimination, since a Muslim woman would not be ordered to hide her head covering from students’ view. Daubenmire said, however, the school’s demands go far beyond making sure it doesn’t "establish religion" and reaches the level of a "continuous purging of Christianity."
Follow up on the previous note: On Apr. 23, 2008, WorldNetDaily.com reported that the Ohio school district under fire for telling a teacher to hide his personal Bible when students are present has released a long list of accusations against the teacher, ranging from preaching in class to "branding" students, and says it is hiring an investigator. The case arose last week when officials with the Mount Vernon, Ohio, school district ordered teacher John Freshwater to remove a Ten Commandments representation from a collage on his classroom wall and told him he must hide his personal Bible from students. The issue sparked a student-organized campaign using cell phones, text messaging and e-mails for a "take-your-Bible-to-school day." Students also wore Christian-themed T-shirts for a rally on behalf of the teacher. School Board president Ian Watson earlier told WND the Bible was just part of a "tapestry" of issues the district was dealing with, but at that time he said he could not provide details on other factors. Now the school district has released a laundry list of accusations to the Columbus Dispatch newspaper. Administrators told the newspaper Freshwater is accused of holding a religious "healing session" during school and burning crosses onto students’ arms. The "healing" happened when Freshwater was a chaperone for a Christian student-athlete group (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and a guest speaker was ill, the newspaper said. The report said Freshwater called for his healing. The newspaper also reported a boy was "branded" during a science class when Freshwater asked for volunteers to see how an electrical device worked. On the newspaper’s forums page, Celia Dawkins wasn’t waiting for any investigation. "I do not send my children to school to be subjected to proselytizing or bad science or incorrect history. This man does not belong in any classroom and should have his teaching license taken away. He is a religious predator," she wrote. But a followup from "anonymous" defended Freshwater. "No, Mr. Freshwater does not deliberately ‘brand’ students. That is the most trumped up charge yet. Absolutely ridiculous. It is a ‘zapping’ type machine that shows the current of electricity. My son said you can put your hand in the ‘lighting bolt’ IF YOU WANT TO. Other teachers in the school system use this as well and have used it for years. The administration was right to not make a big deal of this in December. The kid’s parents are going overboard. I’m sorry one student got ‘burned’, but Mr. F. does NOT burn crosses as a religious exercise. That makes him sound like an idiot. Furthermore, the Bibles in his room are because he is the FCA leader. Kids can come in and get a Bible to give to a friend IF THEY WANT TO. Does the art club leader have to take down all artwork in her room? And does the chess club leader have to remove all chess boards?" the comment said. Fellow teacher, Dave Daubenmeier, a coach, said that the release of such allegations was a calculated effort on the part of the board. "What you’re seeing is a classic example of character assassination … to release nothing more than allegations and say now they’re going to investigate," Daubenmire said. A statement on the Minutemen United website accused the district of skirting the First Amendment issue. "For those of you who have ever done battle with government schools you know that you should always wear your head gears, pads – and a cup," the statement said. "Public schools are not familiar with losing and have a reputation of doing whatever it takes to continue their dominance over your child’s life." The organization continued, "Instead of addressing the supposed church state separation issue with regard to a public school teacher’s right to bring his Bible to school, the Mt. Vernon School Board – in a time honored tradition – have chosen instead to attack the teacher’s character."