Thom Collier, speaking at a rally held in support of John Freshwater on the town square (5-18-08), had this to say:<quoted text>
You only asked if it was OK to have a Bible on a desk. I replied. So I will ask you, would you allow a teacher to keep a Wiccan book, the Koran, a Satan Worshipping Bible? Not all of them but only one? And if that teacher had posters supporting those beliefs in the class?
Kids were taught to say "here" by the teacher. The kids didn't come up with that themselves. It happened year after year. This was a science class by the way. Not social studies or a comparitive religious class.
"I believe that when the smoke clears and the investigations are complete, we will still have one major question that lingers before us as a community and as a society. Can a teacher have a Bible--or a Koran, for that matter--on the corner of their desk? And for the record, yes, I have a Bible on the corner of my desk in the state house.[Applause] And if I could be so bold as to borrow a quote from Charlton Heston,'Out of my cold, dead hands'."
By the way, Mr. Collier will be at an event with Mr. Freshwater this Monday:
"Our speaker is John Freshwater, eighth-grade science teacher who was fired from his position at Mount Vernon Middle School last January for allegedly using his classroom to advance Christianity. Mr. Freshwater will speak about the violation of his First Amendment rights and will update us on his lawsuit. His pastor, Don Matolyak, and his friend, Thom Collier, former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, will participate in the presentation."
(Source: mansfieldnewsjournal.com )