This is just a reminder that your atheism doesn’t give you license to be an asshole at work.
In a case that’s lasted more than five years, there’s finally a happy resolution in the legal battle between Creationist teacher John Freshwater and the Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education.
A quick refresher: In 2008, school board members voted 5-0 to fire Freshwater, a Mount Vernon Middle School science teacher, after learning that he had preached Creationism to the students, handed out flyers in class urging kids to attend a presentation by the “Answers in Genesis” ministry, left the Bible out on his desk during class even after being told to stop, hung a Ten Commandments sign in his classroom, offered extra credit to students who watched the Ben Stein pro-Intelligent Design movie Expelled, and burned a student in the arm with a Tesla coil… in the shape of a cross:
That set off a long appeals process that culminated with a 4-3 decision by the Ohio Supreme Court yesterday in favor of the district. The Court said the district was right to fire Freshwater for his insubordination.
The decision holds little back:
Things that will help you in the event of an impending tornado:
Getting the hell out of wherever you are (if time permits).
Going into an underground bunker or basement.
Moving to a windowless area.
Things that will not help you in the event of an impending tornado:
Praying to God, as Anthony Khoury did over the weekend when a tornado hit his area in central Illinois:
The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses why the Sunday Assembly is not an “Atheist Megachurch”:
You can read more on the topic here.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!
To my surprise, there’s a publication called “Arab Atheists Magazine” that’s been written and distributed (anonymously) for over a year now. Check out the cover of their latest issue:
Despite the Arabic, the Flying Spaghetti Monster comes through loud and clear.