The First Amendment Provides Only Limited Protection For Cross Burning

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  1. j davis says:

    Like most fundietards Freshwater wants special rights. When these people don't get their way they whine like children and cry 'persecution.' He does not deserve one thin dime. He has been openly defiant through all this and is totally unrepentant for violating the terms of his employment.

  2. Patrick said: “John Freshwater, the Ohio educator who gained fame when he branded a crucifix onto a student’s arm in 2007”

    The “branding” is an allegation—it has never been proven.

    Patrick said: “Mr. Freshwater alleges that his subsequent firing was motivated by religious discrimination.”

    Freshwater was never fired—he was suspended without pay.

    Patrick said: “Therefore, it would seem Freshwater’s claim may be viable, so long as he can demonstrate that he branded his student not to intimidate, but in a spirit of Christian love.”

    Again, the “branding” is just an allegation—Freshwater contests the allegation. In the words of Freshwater, on August 4th 2008, “I have never, never, branded or burned a person.” See the article “Shame on The Columbus Dispatch”:

  3. Patrick says:

    Thank you for the counterpoint Mr. Freshwater.

  4. Ken says:

    Edit: Don't know why I bother posting without reading.

  5. Patrick says:

    My Dear Wormwood, my poppet, my pigsnie;

    If you click on the first two links in this post, you'll see that they are exactly what you just linked.

  6. Ken says:

    Yeah, I picked up on that as soon as I posted it, thanks.

  7. Ken says:

    I'm not sure that "Fundietards" adds much to the debate, j davis.

    But I suppose each of us does our best.

  8. jane says:

    I thought he admitted he did it. He just called it an x not a cross.

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