Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Chocolate Jesus War

Once again, thanks to Ed Brayton for posting the following, very disturbing piece about a First Amendment case set surrounding an Ohio HS teacher claiming the right to keep a Bible on his desk, and the resulting little civil war that’s broken out among the student body between various fundie Christians (the majority), and non-believers and/or other Christians refusing to support the teacher in question (the minority).

Particularly charming is this account:

“[Beth Murdoch, mother of a female student at the school] said I don’t think people realize the depth of what’s going on between the students. It’s a mob mentality right now. It’s peer pressure. To not wear a T-shirt and to not bring your Bible when they say "Bring your Bible and wear a T-shirt", you’re asking for trouble.”

[Murdoch] said one of [her daughter's] friends wore a T-shirt to school that read, “I don’t need to wear a special T-shirt to be a Christian.” That individual was reportedly pushed into the lockers and called a “stupid atheist [bitch].” That is not acceptable in Murdoch’s mind.

Beth (who is Christian herself) then goes on to say:

“No matter who it is, they have a right to their opinion...That’s what freedom is all about. As Christians ourselves, we support freedom of religion 100 percent. But freedom of religion means freedom for all religions, not just one.’

Thank Christ, at least someone in that town is thinking like an adult.

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