If teachers cannot call creationism "superstituous nonsense" then they cannot be allowed to call natural phenomena we understand "superstituous nonsense" which includes explaining how lighting is not caused by Zeus.
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But I fully agree with your final points. An employee is constitutionally allowed to say just about whatever they want, but that doesn't mean it won't get their ass fired.As we have observed before, there are heightened concerns with protecting freedom of conscience from subtle coercive pressure in the elementary and secondary public schools. Our decisions in [Engel] and [Abington] recognize, among other things, that prayer exercises in public schools carry a particular risk of indirect coercion. The concern may not be limited to the context of schools, but it is most pronounced there. What to most believers may seem nothing more than a reasonable request that the nonbeliever respect their religious practices, in a school context may appear to the nonbeliever or dissenter to be an attempt to employ the machinery of the State to enforce a religious orthodoxy.
Personally i think this guy had the right idea but went about it the wrong way. Navigating religion in a public classroom has long been treacherous for teachers, no matter their religion or lack thereof.
I agree with what another commentator has said on the matter:
High school teacher guilty of telling the truth…oh, and Chad Farnan is an idiot : PharyngulaFirst of all, he told the truth: creationism is religious, it is a product of superstition, and it is nonsense — it doesn't fit any of the evidence we have about the history of the world or life on it. We have to have the right to tell students not only that something is wrong, but that it is stupidly wrong.
Secondly, we are being told over and over again that Christianity is not equivalent to creationism. This teacher has specifically said that creationism is nonsense, and this judge has equated a dismissal of a weird anti-scientific belief with making a rude remark about Christianity. So…where are all the Christians rising in outrage at the slander of their faith?
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Questioning or criticizing another's core beliefs is inadvertently perceived as offensive and rude.
Giving the church profound municipal authority and appointing the national leader as it's head establishes a national religion, not a teacher stating their opinion.
Putting millions of people in ovens persecutes a religion, a teacher stating their opinion does not.
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