Teacher Tells Students They Can’t Be Christian and Support Obama

A teacher in the small town of Dublin, Georgia, who is married to a right wing radio talk show host who also happens to be the chairman of the school board, told her students that if their parents support Obama, they can’t be real Christians. And unsurprisingly, she’s received no punishment for it.

The teacher’s name is Nancy Price Perry. She teaches at Dublin Middle School in Dublin, Georgia which is located between Macon and Savannah. Her husband is of the ilk of Erick Erickson and had a local “news” show where he talked about the perils of gay marriage, religion, etc., etc., in the community — his name is Bill Perry and his “show” was called Talk to Me with Bill Perry.

Bill Perry is a member of the Board of Education and sat in on the student-teacher conference — the “strong man” show to intimidate the parents at the meeting where the parents complained. His presence there let it be known that the BOE was backing his wife….or at least that is the impression he wanted to convey to them.

The most inexcusable thing is during the parent-teacher conference, instead of “toning it down,” they “double downed” on their message of Obama not being a Christian, and other inflammatory statements made by the teacher. They are not regretful and show no remorse at all. The Reverend Richard Sheffield is the Dublin City Board of Education Chairman. Any disciplinary actions involving teachers falls on the principal and ultimately the superintendent. Without a national spotlight on this story it seems nothing will be done and this will be swept under the rug and forgotten.

Here’s what that letter to the superintendent said:

In an effort to ensure that the public has the facts, we present the following chronological order of events thus far.

1. The teacher made several negative comments about the President, including that he is not a Christian as he claims to be. She said that any parent who supports him is not a Christian. She challenged her students to prove their Christianity.

2. The child shared with his parents what she said.

3. The parents, in an effort to settle the problem, requested an immediate parent-teacher conference.However, the conference took place several days later than the parents had wished.

4. Present at the conference were the parents, the teacher, a representative from the school and the teacher’s husband, who is a member of the Dublin School Board.

5. The parents were expecting that the teacher would hear their concerns, acknowledge the inappropriateness of her behavior in the classroom setting and show remorse for her conduct.

6. She did none of the above. Instead, she presented to the parents a packet of several pages from a website that expressed her views on religion and politics. She was supported in this by her husband.

7. The parents’ concern was exacerbated by the teacher’s unwillingness to even consider the possibility that her classroom conduct was not conducive to a healthy learning environment. They left the conference more determined than ever to pursue the matter further.

And nothing whatsoever has happened to the teacher. She should be suspended and her husband should be suspended from the school board as well.

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  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    She challenged her students to prove their Christianity.

    Really, Superintendent? You just admitted that she committed a serious First Amendment violation!

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    She challenged her students to prove their Christianity.

    “Here, students. Take up these venomous snakes. Drink this poison. No harm will befall the TRUE Christians.”

  • eric

    The link says she (the teacher) is retiring. While she should absolutely issue a public apology, I doubt the superintendent or principal has enough leverage to make her make one. What are they going to threaten her with, firing? I doubt the legal wrangling would be completed before the end of the semester. Heck, I doubt they would even be able to set an arbitration date before the whole issue was OBE. But having said that, I agree that she should’ve been suspended if she didn’t acknowledge the wrongness of her acts.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    How long until the Perrys open an online fundraiser to counter their persecution and retire as millionaires?

  • John Pieret

    Forget it Jake … it’s Chinatown Georgia.

    /sarcasm

  • Michael Heath

    Where I live in meat-world, it’s a foregone conclusion that the President is not a Christian.

    Ed reports:

    The teacher made several negative comments about the President, including that he is not a Christian as he claims to be.

    [Heath bolded]

    This is surprising. In this same area of meat-world, I doubt few even realize that the President claims to be a Christian. Most of the rhetoric I hear has the speaker claiming that the President is either an open Muslim or a covert one.

  • whheydt

    Someone needs to get the Perrys to publicly read the third paragraph of Article VI of the US Constitution and then explain what the last clause means.

  • raven

    Teacher Tells Students They Can’t Be Christian and Support Obama

    That is OK. I supported Obama and don’t want to be a xian anyway. Someone notify my cult leader since I won’t be wasting any more time in church.

    Hmmm, oops. I already left xianity. When they told me I had to choose between science and evolution or primitive superstitions.

    PS Making something a litmus test works both ways. A majority of voters elected Obama twice. If they all got kicked out of xianity, our country would be a lot better off.

  • John Hinkle

    1. The teacher made several negative comments about the President, including that he is not a Christian as he claims to be. She said that any parent who supports him is not a Christian.

    Would’ve been nice if one of the children stifled a laugh and responded, “That’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it.”

  • raven

    LDS Bishop: Harry Reid Not Worthy Of Being Mormon …

    www. alan.c om/…/lds-bishop-harry-reid-not-worthy-of-being-mormon-b…

    Nov 9, 2014 – A Los Angeles LDS bishop says Harry Reid isn’t worthy of entering a Mormon … In response to the column, LDS Democrats cried foul over Paredes using his lay … He might be a wonderful man…but can’t join our church?

    1. A Mormon bishop tried this. He said Harry Reid, Speaker of the Senate at the time, isn’t a real or good Mormon. Because he is a Democrat. (Bishop BTW, is their equivalent of minister, a low level position. They are fond of title inflation.)

    2. The Mormon church came down on him hard and he apologized, obviously under pressure.

    3. Democratic leaning Mormons make up 10-20% of their membership. Not much but every 10% tithe counts and every body. They are bleeding members like a lot of churches and kicking out 20% isn’t going to help.

    It might not do their tax exempt status any good either.

    I can’t say I care if they have a witchhunt and kick out all the Democrats though. In the long run they and we will be better off.

  • busterggi

    “Here, students. Take up these venomous snakes. Drink this poison. No harm will befall the TRUE Christians.”

    Shouldn’t that be the teacher, not the students? She’s the one claiming to be the TRUE Christain.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    OH COME ON!!! THEIR ARE NO CHRISTIAN IN KENYA!!!

  • Al Dente

    raven @10

    . (Bishop BTW, is their equivalent of minister, a low level position. They are fond of title inflation.)

    Every adult male Mormon is a priest so the head of a ward (what Mormons call a congregation or parish) is a bishop. Several wards are in a stake, ruled by a president. The next higher level is the Quorum of the Seventy, which together with the 12 Apostles and the First Presidency are the “General Authorities.”

  • eamick

    @12: That’s al-Shabaab’s mission statement, I think.

  • http://helives.blogspot.com heddle

    theschwa & busterggi

    “Here, students. Take up these venomous snakes. Drink this poison. No harm will befall the TRUE Christians.”

    Shouldn’t that be the teacher, not the students? She’s the one claiming to be the TRUE Christain.

    There are so many intelligent replies you can make to this nonsense, why make a stupid one?

    Heath,

    doubt few even realize that the President claims to be a Christian.

    Ha. I believe I told this story before. During the last election I stopped at 7-11 before church and chose the Obama cup, not the Romney. When I went to church someone came to me and said “why do you have the Obama cup!?” I said, “because he says he is a Christian, while the other guy says he is a Mormon, did I do something wrong?”

    (Truth in advertising–I didn’t vote for either–I don’t vote anymore.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    “Every adult male Mormon is a priest so the head of a ward (what Mormons call a congregation or parish) is a bishop. Several wards are in a stake, ruled by a president. The next higher level is the Quorum of the Seventy, which together with the 12 Apostles and the First Presidency are the “General Authorities.””

    And above that are the Lords of Kobol.

  • Leo T.

    @16: You joke, but (although you may admittedly be aware of this) the 70s BSG did actually have some pretty heavy-duty influence from Mormon theology.

    Which is at least better than the OTHER time a science fiction work in an audiovisual medium drew inspiration from a religion invented in America.

  • caseloweraz

    Leo T.: Which is at least better than the OTHER time a science fiction work in an audiovisual medium drew inspiration from a religion invented in America.

    You mean Battlefield Earth? I don’t recall that movie containing any $cientology references. This article agrees. But I guess it could be argued that the despicable Psychlos represent psychologists, which the book paints as disreputable.