Jerry Noble, the superintendent of the Green County Tech school district in Arkansas, must hate his job.
He’s doing everything in his power to push his faith onto students, just hoping and waiting for someone to bring on a lawsuit:
“Enough is enough,” said Jerry Noble, superintendent of the Green County Tech school district. “It’s His birthday. We celebrate Jesus’ birthday. One person should not be offended by that. We don’t leave it up all year. We’re not promoting religion. It’s not an effort to convert anybody.”
Yeah! He’s not promoting religion! He’s just telling Jew and Muslims and Hindus that their beliefs don’t matter and they should all pay their respects to the Christian prophet.
Also, kids, when you learn about the Constitution in your Government class, tell your teacher that it’s a waste of your time. The Constitution doesn’t matter. The superintendent said so.
Noble said they had received some complaints about the decorations and after consulting with an attorney, he decided to remove the Nativity.
“My personal belief is that we should fight this sort of thing, but I didn’t want to put the school district at risk,” he said. “I could not take it upon myself to get the school in a legal entanglement over separation of church and state because we would have to use tax dollars to fight it and that’s not my job to do that.”
But his decision sparked a massive outcry in the community — and one organization offered to cover any legal costs the school system might incur over a lawsuit. That offer helped change the superintendent’s mind.
So, basically, his thought process went something like this:I shouldn’t leave this display up because it could break the law. Wait, the Alliance Defense Fund will pay our legal fees? Fuck the law. Let’s praise Jebus.
Maybe I’m wrong, though. Noble seems like a decent guy. In fact, he doesn’t really want to offend people of other faiths. No. If he’s gonna pick a fight with anyone, it’s the goddamned atheists:
Noble, who is a Christian, said he doesn’t understand why anyone would be offended by the Nativity.
“Personally, I’m a Christian and if I’m going to offend somebody, I’d rather offend the non-believer — if it’s legal to do so,” he said.
Isn’t that sweet of him…
We’re not offended by the Nativity.
We’re offended because you’re presenting the Nativity as the only representation of how people are celebrating the holidays.
We’re offended because you’re not putting up displays from people of other faiths and no faith.
We’re offended because you don’t seem to give a shit that there are students in your district who aren’t Christian and may not accept Christ like you do.
We’re offended because you’re a leader and you should be setting an example for the kids, not making several of them feel left out.
We’re offended because you should know better than that.
So this is the example Jerry Noble is setting for children: It’s ok to break the law. It’s fine to flaunt your privilege when you’re in the majority. It’s perfectly acceptable to egg on a lawsuit when someone with money says they’ll cover your court costs.
Well, if he wants a lawsuit, let’s bring him one. The ACLU already knows about this. The FFRF has been notified.
If you’re a teacher or parent in the district, please get in touch with me and I’ll direct you to the right places.
(Thanks to Meaghan for the link)