Tuesday, May 19, 2009

School Teacher Rants Against Christianity

At the Capistrano Unified School District in California, a history teacher spent considerable time (regularly, apparently) ranting about the South, church, Republicans, Christians, conservatives and Rush Limbaugh. The law firm said the teacher, "...has gone as far as stating, 'When you put on your Jesus glasses, you can't see the truth.'" In addition, "Corbett has made derogatory remarks about Christian viewpoints regarding homosexuality, Viagra, birth control and sexual activities of teenagers. As a result of Dr. Corbett's hostility toward Christianity, Mr. Farnan has filed this federal lawsuit for a violation of his First Amendment rights," the law firm said.

Here is an example, which was recorded on a cell phone:

"What part of the country has the highest murder rate? The South. What part of the country has the highest rape rate? The South. What part of the country has the highest … church attendance? The South. Oh, wait a minute. You mean there is not a correlation between these things …

You know, you go down to Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, all these states that are as red as they could possibly be, as right-wing Republican as you could possibly be. When you first present these people with the economic policies of the Democratic party, they are all Democrats. Virtually all the social programs, they like. They lead the Democratic party on social issues. That's it. Social issues, can you imagine what they're saying on Rush Limbaugh now? About, 'Middle school people in New England giving people birth control pills. My God. What next?' I love Rush Limbaugh. A fat, pain in the a?liar. And, boy, is he a liar. Unbelievable."

The article says this teacher's action violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. I disagree. It just violates decency! A ranting teacher does not equal the government establishing an official religion, but the above was way out of line.

The students parents had to go to court for satisfaction (and won). Why didn't school system step in first? What if a history teacher spoke out as strongly against gays? Does anyone think that he would still be working for the school today?

Read the whole story on World Net Daily


klkatz said...

i agree. he's crossed the 'appropriate' line. Indoctrination is his right, but not in a school. His job is to be representative of all views and to have the students decide on what's right, wrong, appropriate, etc...

kingskid said...

If Dr.Corbett was ranting against homosexuals you can bet he would not be teaching. The reason this country is in the mess is, is because we don't put God first in anything. Put God back in government.

CrypticLife said...

I would point out that teachers are regularly cited for ranting in favor of Christianity. A couple of years ago a teacher in Kearny, NJ told his students that they were going to hell if they didn't accept Jesus Christ. He was then caught lying about it (the student recorded him). That teacher is still teaching.

If you really want to prove your hypothetical, find some actual cases where teachers have been fired or reprimanded for speaking out against gays. Be warned that it's not really an analogous case, though -- there's no amendment regarding sexual orientation.

I agree with the outcome of the case here, but I think you should really look at the decisions made rather closely. Most of Corbett's statements were deemed appropriate.