Supreme Court: OK to fire teacher for 'religious symbols'
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that Mount Vernon City Schools properly fired middle school science teacher John Freshwater because his refusal to eliminate religious symbols from the classroom ‚ÄĒ excluding his Bible ‚ÄĒ was insubordination.
While the school district unconstitutionally overstepped its bounds in ordering Freshwater to remove his personal Bible from his desk, it properly told him not to ‚Äúengage in any activity that promotes or denigrates a particular religion or religious beliefs while on board property, during any school activity‚ÄĚ or when he was teaching, the court declared today....
The Police = The High Priest's Servants Crimes = Sins The Jail = The Ward The Courthouse = The Temple The Courtroom = The Holy Place The Judge = The High Priest The Bench = The Altar The Bar = The Veil Lawyers = Intercessors Pleas = Prayers Being Guilty of a Crime = Being Guilty of a Sin Criminals = Sinners Fines = Sin Offerings Court Costs = Heave Offering The Supreme Court = The Holy of Holies The Judicial System = The Levitical Priesthood
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John s wrote: And had he displayed Mormon, Islamic or Wiccian materials would you feel the same way? The court ruled he was improperly disciplined for having a personal bible. What more do you want?
He was fired for insubordination. That's all. The court ruled he wasn't protected by the first amendment because he *wasn't* using them in the exercise of religion:
From the news, quote from the chief justice: "Freshwater‚Äôs First Amendment rights did not protect the display of these items,‚ÄĚ O‚ÄôConnor wrote, ‚Äúbecause they were not a part of his exercise of his religion. Freshwater‚Äôs willful disobedience of these direct orders demonstrates blatant insubordination.‚ÄĚ