A school bus driver near Minneapolis, who is also the pastor of two churches, has been fired after repeatedly praying with kids on the bus on the ride to school. And he kept doing it even after he’d been giving a warning and told he’d be fired if he didn’t stop.
A bus driver for the Burnsville school district was fired last week for leading kids in Christian prayers on his bus, even after he was warned to stop — a move he considers a violation of his freedom of speech.
George Nathaniel, 49, of Richfield, who is also a pastor for a pair of Minneapolis churches, was in his second year as a school bus driver for a company under contract to the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district.
After receiving a complaint from the district about the prayers, the bus company, Durham School Services, gave Nathaniel a warning and assigned him two new bus routes serving Edward D. Neill Elementary School and Metcalf Junior High School in Burnsville, he said.
That didn’t dissuade Nathaniel. “I let them know I am a pastor and I am going to pray,” he said.
What is it with these people that they are so utterly incapable of understanding context? Your right to pray is protected by the Constitution, but you do not have a right to subject other people’s children to those prayers without their permission. This seems so completely obvious that it astounds me that so many don’t get it.
Nathaniel said that he had driven school buses in Wisconsin and Georgia before coming to Minnesota and that he had always prayed with the kids.
“We got to get Christians to be able to be Christians and not have to be closet Christians,” he said. “You have something good, you are going to share it with somebody.”
“But I got away with violating the constitution before, why can’t I keep doing it?” Wrong answer. Watch this moron go file a lawsuit now. And watch this become the latest example of the crushing of the religious freedom of Christians.
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