Thursday, July 3, 2008

Letter to the editor

A letter I wrote to the editors of The Columbus Dispatch


Amidst all of the letters concerning the editorial written about John Freshwater, some seem to have missed the point completely. Yes, it was wrong of him to proselytize in the classroom, especially a science class that students are mandated to attend. Not one non-theist that I know would advocate leaving religion out of school, but it should be taught in an elective course, such as comparative mythology. They can spend a day on each of the creation myths from around the world, and hope that they can cover them all in one school year.

The biggest problem here is the branding. I can’t fathom the mindset of a person who would do such a thing. This is a person who took the teachings of his supposedly loving god, and twisted them to the point where it was okay, in his mind, to harm a child who believed in something different than him. That is not a free speech issue, it is a n issue of child abuse.I am left to wonder why he is not in prison, and the school board brought up on child endangerment charges for having let this go on for so long.

Richard Stage


  1. Is it possible you are a victim of misinformation?

  2. Anonymous said...

    Is it possible you are a victim of misinformation?

    July 4, 2008 12:57 PM

    Which part, pray tell, would be misinformation? The fact that he was proselytizing, or the fact that he burned a cross into students arms? Both claims have substantial proof. I have in front of me a copy of the report filed by HR On Call, Inc., which clearly states the facts concerning this issue. Look into the facts before you call someone on misinformation.