Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Oregon Biology Teacher Fired Over Bible References

This story posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at FoxNews.com
SISTERS, Ore. — During his eight days as a part-time high school biology teacher, Kris Helphinstine included Biblical references in material he provided to students and gave a PowerPoint presentation that made links between evolution, Nazi Germany and Planned Parenthood.

It apparently doesn't matter if the "links" are valid or not, it seems that the crime was using scripture references in public school. Is it illegal for a teacher to use Bible references in public school? Perhaps it is, I don't know for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised. A more pertinent question might be, do you want to send your child to a school where the Bible is not even allowed to be mentioned by a teacher? How about one where if the teacher does reference the Bible, the crime is seen as serious enough to warrant termination. That's serious stuff.

What about schools that will fire a teacher for reading a Bible reference in a positive light in a science class, but not for presenting the opposite view in an American Literature class?



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