Ohio court spars on science teacher's creationist lessons
State Supreme Court justices sparred with lawyers on Wednesday in a heated hour of arguments over the extent to which a now-fired public school science teacher had the right to push his religious beliefs in class.
A lawyer for the school board that dismissed John Freshwater in 2011 said he waved a Bible at his students, handed out religious pamphlets and espoused creationism in his evolution lessons.
Freshwater's attorney, Rita Dunaway, said accounts of Freshwater's class conduct were exaggerated and he was exercising his academic freedom to explore controversial ideas.
She said the board's decision to dismiss Freshwater showed hostility toward religion.
Evolution is the religion of athiests. Evolution, a theoretical religion that has been proven to be false time and again, yet the erroneous "facts" remain within todays textbooks...unedited. The story of creation, the Biblical account, along with the Bibles historical, archeological, geographical, and prophetical accuracy make perfect sense. Christians: We were created by a being that transends time and space. Athiests: At first there was nothing, and then it exploded. I'll choose not to be willfully ignorant and continue with the only explanation which makes perfect sense.