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 â€” excluding his Bible â€” 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 â€śengage in any activity that promotes or denigrates a particular religion or religious beliefs while on board property, during any school activityâ€ť 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: "Freshwaterâ€™s First Amendment rights did not protect the display of these items,â€ť Oâ€™Connor wrote, â€śbecause they were not a part of his exercise of his religion. Freshwaterâ€™s willful disobedience of these direct orders demonstrates blatant insubordination.â€ť