Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dear God

With all this talk about the Tucson slayings, there's been ample consideration - and denial - of the role ideology, belief, and rhetoric (violent or non-) play in influencing to a person's actions. I don't agree with the deniers, as there's too many instances of things like this occurring:
An Ohio science teacher accused of burning the image of a cross on students' arms has officially been fired.

The Mount Vernon school board voted 4-1 Monday night to accept a state hearing officer's recommendation to terminate John Freshwater. The Columbus Dispatch reports the firing took effect a few hours later, at midnight.

Freshwater had appealed his earlier firing by the board. An internal investigation found he had preached Christian beliefs in class. He also was accused of using a scientific device to mark several students with a cross and of keeping a Bible on his desk.
Aside from a reaction of "what the hell", I'm scratching my head as to how an avid follower of Christ can wander so far from His teachings as to think that branding His symbol into the arms of children is acceptable.

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