Another Teacher Using the Classroom to Proselytize

Another Teacher Using the Classroom to Proselytize January 15, 2015

A teacher in Stockton, California is being accused of using the classroom to proselytize by promoting the after-school Bible club he sponsors, handing out “Bible cookies” as rewards to students and giving extra credit for writing out Bible verses. Naturally, the commenters at The Blaze are outraged.

John Alameda, a teacher at New Vision High School in Stockton, California, is being accused of “unlawful proselytization,” according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a First Amendment group, KTXL-TV reported

The teacher was accused in a December 29 letter of not only handing out so-called “Bible Cookies,” but of also offering extra credit for copying Bible verses.

“We have received a complaint that New Vision High School teacher John Alameda is using his official position to promote an after-school Bible club. We understand that Mr. Alameda not only sponsors the club but also shares his Christian beliefs during school hours and frequently encourages his students to attend the club’s meetings,” John McGinnis, a legal fellow for Americans United, wrote to the Manteca Unified School District. “Furthermore, he offers extra credit for copying Bible verses and gives students ‘Bible Cookies’ as a reward for completing class assignments.”

Alameda has not publicly commented, though Manteca Unified School District deputy superintendent Clark Burke issued a statement on the matter.

“The Manteca Unified School District is currently conducting an investigation into the complaint filed by the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State,” Burke wrote. “While respecting the diversity and beliefs of our community, the Manteca Unified School District is dedicated to ensure the separation of Church and State as prescribed by law.”

The comments are exactly what one would expect:

Ten two one says that if the muslims want to hand out items to promote Islam they will be allowed…

Quran cookies would of been ok and the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State is probably run by muslims. I have no proof of that accusation, but who here would be surprised?

Actually, it’s run by a United Church of Christ minister. And they have it exactly backwards, of course. If a teacher did all this to proselytize Islam, Americans United and every other advocate of church/state separation would take the exact same position. But the Christians who are now screaming “FREE SPEECH” would be demanding that teacher’s head on a platter. Because, as always, when they say “religious freedom” they only mean Christian privilege.

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  • eric

    What the frak is wrong with people that they have to infuse even their cookies with biblical mumbo-jumbo? Is it really that hard to award students with something they want rather than something you want them to have? The lack of empathy and failure to put themselves in others’ shoes is astounding. If there is a hell, he’s going to the same level of it that contains men who get their wives vacuum cleaners for their birthday (when they don’t ask for one) and people who pull the Homer Simpson bowling ball gift routine.

    On the other hand, maybe there’s some symbolic vengence to be had in eating, digesting, and then shatting out bible verses.

  • StevoR

    “Bible cookies” eh? Think I’ll pass. I mean if peanut butter cookies are made of peanut butter and chocolate cookies from chocolate and almond cookies have almonds on them then a bible cookie sounds less than flavourful and tasty..

  • I would like it if that happens at my kids’ school. Of course, all the verses they copy will be about rape, incest and slavery…Trolling the teacher with his own holy book.

  • scienceavenger

    Ten two [sic] one says…

    Quran cookies would of [sic] been ok…

    Probably products of good Christian homeschooling. I mean, since conjecture is all the rage with these people…

  • dugglebogey

    Actually they’d be holding up signs that say “FREE SPEACH” because holy shit, is there even ONE of these lunatics that uses correct grammar and spelling?

  • mkoormtbaalt

    I wouldn’t mind the Bible cookies thing if they tasted good and if they were one of many mythological symbols. He could do Thor’s hammer, Sun Wukong’s staff, Quetzalcoatl’s shape, Robin Hood’s bow, and countless others. If it’s just a single shape, that would get boring after a while.

  • “Bible cookies” eh? “

    Enough butter and sugar and kids’ll eat anything.

    Next up: bible rolling papers! Come to think of it, the bible would make great paper for blotter…

  • U Frood

    Do we get to pick the Bible verses we copy?

    I want to copy a bunch from Song of Solomon or the beginning of Job or the descriptions of how the Israelites were instructed to deal with their enemies.

  • Loqi

    Ten two one

    Not sure if can’t spell or can’t count.

    /Fry meme

  • eric

    Do we get to pick the Bible verses we copy?

    Ezekiel 23:30.

  • caseloweraz

    Are those comments you quoted from The Blaze? My favorite is from “Fortherecord”, who says:

    Is it ‘so’ wrong, considering that the other side is forcing it’s (sic) anti G-d anti morality agenda down the throats of the public school children and getting away with brainwashing the kids into hating civilization and being against everything decent and good?

    When the rules are already being violated by the liberals, should the conservatives still have to abide by them, when no one else is?

    Should it be so one sided?

    And as long as it is so one sided, should conservatives hamper themselves and just hand the victory, over to the libs?

    He goes on to reply to critics with, basically, “So do you!”

  • latveriandiplomat

    On the question of Bible cookies, I’m torn,

    I can’t decide between the Frankincense and Myrrh flavor, or the Wormwood and Gall flavor.

  • Randomfactor

    If Bible Cookies are baked according to the official Ezekiel 4:12 method…I’ll stick with Oreos, TYVM.

  • John Pieret

    Mmmmm! Sackcloth and ashes cookies!

  • Michael Heath

    I think the symptoms here are aggravated by the fact that some teacher-sponsors can proselytize for their after-school groups while this teacher clearly can’t. The confusion for those that defectively conflate the difference lies in the fact that teachers are the government and therefore can exercise only expressly delegated powers, where conservative Christians deny this fact and dishonestly treat them as individuals whose rights are being unconstitutionally infringed upon.

    When conservative Christians say ‘public square’ to obfuscate their demand for Christian privilege, we need to reply, “Oh, you mean government tyrannically exercising power ‘we the people’ never delegated to government – all in order to infringe upon the inalienable individual rights of a fellow human being.”

  • asr123

    how do you contact this particular blogger. I’m new here. just want to email them some questions id like to get cleared up thats all.

  • asr123 @ 16

    You’re here, on his blog, he’s reading. This is as good as anyplace to ask your questions. Ask away.