Ohio’s Supreme Court backs the firing of a creationist science teacher


kreationismusIn a case that’s lasted five years, the Supreme Court of Ohio upheld the termination of John Freshwater, an eighth-grade science teacher who refused to remove religious content from his class. But the decision was reached for a different reason than you may think.

By George Dvorsky io9

This story started in 2008, when a local family sued Freshwater and the district for engaging in inappropriate religious activity. After an investigation, the Mount Vernon City School board set the ball in motion to terminate his employment — a protracted process that required over two years and over 80 witnesses (some of whom said the teacher decorated his classroom with Bible verses — and even branded a Christian cross onto a student’s arm with a high-voltage coil). He was finally fired in 2011. Soon after Freshwater mounted his appeal, a case that eventually made its way to the Ohio Supreme Court.

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