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  1. #1 Report: Ohio teacher burned cross on kids' arms 
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    Whacky-Whacky Alert!

    Report: Ohio teacher burned cross on kids' arms

    Jun 20 02:58 PM US/Eastern

    MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) - A public school teacher preached his Christian beliefs despite complaints by other teachers and administrators and used a device to burn the image of a cross on students' arms, according to a report by independent investigators.
    Mount Vernon Middle School teacher John Freshwater also taught creationism in his science class and was insubordinate in failing to remove a Bible and other religious materials from his classroom, the report said.

    School board members were scheduled to meet Friday afternoon to discuss the findings by consulting firm H.R. On Call Inc., hired by the district to investigate. The report was released Thursday.

    School Superintendent Stephen Short wouldn't comment on the report before Friday's meeting, his office said. A message seeking comment was left for Freshwater's attorney, Roger Weaver.

    The report comes one week after a family filed a federal lawsuit in Columbus against Freshwater and the school district, saying Freshwater burned a cross on their child's arm that remained for three or four weeks.

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    I'd LOVE to hear what the defense for this could possibly be. Where's Jinx?
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    Okay, if your 'friend' is defending you and has to say:

    Freshwater's friend Dave Daubenmire defended him.

    "With the exception of the cross-burning episode ... I believe John Freshwater is teaching the values of the parents in the Mount Vernon school district," he told The Columbus Dispatch in a story published Friday
    ..you may have a problem. I heard on CNN this morning he was fired.
    Hey careful man! There's a beverage here!
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    Well you can't say his classes were boring. Good thing they stopped him before he moved on to burning witches at the stake. :eek:
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    Ooooh. Flashback to the 16th Century! In their darkest corners of their true hearts - many followers of The Word will take great glee in this story.
    At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
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    Well you can't say his classes were boring. Good thing they stopped him before he moved on to burning witches at the stake.
    They never were. Hanged, yes. One man pressed to death under a mass of stones.

    None burned to death.

    I'd LOVE to hear what the defense for this could possibly be. Where's Jinx?
    I'll save you the trouble. He's a whackjob and you get them anywhere.

    Now, as you seem to be in a moral equivalence mood, here, Linda, try comparing that incident (which has been handled) to these.

    6/20/2008 (Yala, Thailand) - Islamic gunmen open up on a truck, killing an occupant.

    6/20/2008 (Mogadishu, Somalia) - At least two children are among thirteen civilians killed in attacks by Islamic militia.

    6/20/2008 (Neveh Tzuf, Israel) - Masked Palestinians shoot two Israelis in a brutal drive-by attack.

    6/20/2008 (Helmand, Afghanistan) - Children are among the casualties when a sucide bomber detonates in a crowded market.

    6/19/2008 (Hajira, Pakistan) - Four local soldiers are killed by Islamic terrorists.

    6/19/2008 (Tuz Khormato, Iraq) - A man is kidnapped and tortured to death by Mujahid.

    Thailand: A 3-year-old boy and his father are gunned down.

    Pakistan: Muslim radicals ambush a food relief convoy, killing the driver and three others, and then setting fire to the goods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonnabend View Post
    I'll save you the trouble. He's a whackjob and you get them anywhere.
    But not atheists, homosexuals, or agnostics. They are people who can do no wrong and are ruthlessly persecuted by the Evil Christian Overlords in this country.
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    Witches were not burned at the stake in America but it was not an uncommon punishment by the church in Europe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biccat View Post
    But not atheists, homosexuals, or agnostics. They are people who can do no wrong and are ruthlessly persecuted by the Evil Christian Overlords in this country.
    Your parallels miss the mark in ways that Sonna's do not. In the cited article, this whacky-whacky was doing these things motivated specifically by his religion and his desire that others, willingly or not, share it. This is analogous to the Islamic examples provided by Sonna. In your case, you seem to be simply saying that there are bad people in all walks of life and religion, an obvious fact. You would have made a more compelling case if you had referenced agnostics, for example, who caused bodily and intellectual harm to others specifically because they (the perpetrators) were agnostic and were attempting to compell the victims to be agnostics as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda22003 View Post
    I'd LOVE to hear what the defense for this could possibly be. Where's Jinx?
    Burning crosses into kids' arms.

    F U.
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