Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ohio Court OKs Firing Teacher Displaying Bible; Refused to Remove Rel.Books from Class Display

Ohio's highest court said today (November 19, 2013) that a school district was legally justified in firing a science teacher who refused orders to remove classroom displays of religious materials, according to the Breitbart website.

With three justices dissenting, the state Supreme Court in Columbus ruled that the Mount Vernon district had valid grounds to fire John Freshwater for insubordination for keeping religious books and a poster of a president praying.

The court agreed that the district infringed on Freshwater's First Amendment rights by ordering the removal of his personal Bible, but found he was insubordinate for keeping other religious items.

The court did not address whether Freshwater unconstitutionally taught his religious beliefs.

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