Thursday, November 21, 2013

John Freshwater Loses Final Appeal

The Raw Story is reporting that the Ohio Supreme Court let stand an appeals court decision to allow the termination of Mt. Vernon science teacher John Freshwater.  From the story:
“We recognize that this case is driven by a far more powerful debate over the teaching of creationism and intelligent design alongside evolution,” the court noted in its decision. “(But) here, we need not decide whether Freshwater acted with a permissible or impermissible intent because we hold that he was insubordinate, and his termination can be justified on that basis alone.”
This seems sort of anticlimactic, but boils down the termination to concrete, non-religious terms and, thus is as narrow a reading as the court can put forth.  Thus, the case that began five years ago, ends with a poof and not a bang. 

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