You might want to put something soft down on your desk before reading this to avoid a concussion from your head hitting your desk. A public school in Ohio is actually considering hiring Dave Daubenmire as their next football coach.
Lakewood school board members will vote on a new football coach tonight, but no matter how they cast their ballots, people are likely to be upset.
There have been strong opinions on both sides ever since it was announced that outspoken minister, radio host and motivational speaker Dave Daubenmire was in the running. Tonight, Lakewood Superintendent Jay Gault will recommend hiring Daubenmire; it’s then up to board of education members to decide yes or no, Gault said…
Daubenmire is the founder of Pass the Salt, a ministry dedicated to bringing together Christians to be the salt and light of the world, as is stated in the Book of Matthew. He is also a 1971 Lakewood High School graduate, but he is perhaps best known for his time coaching at London High School, where the American Civil Liberties Union accused him of mixing religion with teaching and coaching.Daubenmire also was head football coach at Heath High School from 1981 to 1988 and, more recently, at Fairfield Christian Academy.
He lost his job at London when the school board settled that lawsuit and the court ordered him to stop pushing players to pray with him. And he was fired a few months ago even by a private Christian school where he coached, who couldn’t take his antics. They can’t really be stupid enough to hire this guy, can they?
Update: The answer, happily, is no. The board voted 3-2 not to hire him. I’m sure this will be more proof to him that Christians are being terribly persecuted.