NYT Before David Paszkiewicz got to teach his accelerated 11th-grade history class about the United States Constitution this fall, he was accused of violating it.
While Devid Paszkiewicsz went too far with his prosetlyzing, I don't see that he violated the Constitution, which says Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. AFAIK, David Paszkiewicz is a teacher, he is not Congress, and he did not make any law. Also as I understand reading other blogs, he was answering questions, and not introducing this data.Shortly after school began in September, the teacher told his sixth-period students at Kearny High School that evolution and the Big Bang were not scientific,
They are theories, and he is entitled to his opinion on them. After all the same 1st Amendment provides Congress shall make no law .... abridging the freedom of speechthat dinosaurs were aboard Noah’s ark,
Do you have proof they were not?and that only Christians had a place in heaven, according to audio recordings made by a student whose family is now considering a lawsuit claiming Mr. Paszkiewicz broke the church-state boundary.
Did he establish a religion, or prohibit anyone's free exercise of their religion.“If you reject his gift of salvation, then you know where you belong,” Mr. Paszkiewicz was recorded saying of Jesus. “He did everything in his power to make sure that you could go to heaven, so much so that he took your sins on his own body, suffered your pains for you, and he’s saying, ‘Please, accept me, believe.’ If you reject that, you belong in hell.”
I believe he is right. Personally I believe that Jews who follow the covenant God established with them will also be in heaven. John 14:6 says I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me., but do you really think that if someone has a compact with God, that he will not let them through.The student, Matthew LaClair, said that he felt uncomfortable with Mr. Paszkiewicz’s statements
Oh gee, we certainly would not want him to feel uncomfortable. I am uncomfortable about a lot of things. Is anyone interested in a list?in the first week, and taped eight classes starting Sept. 13 out of fear that officials would not believe the teacher had made the comments.
PZ Myers blogged The story also documents some of the reactions in the community. It's mostly negative…against the student who dared to document the flagrantly illegal actions of the teacher.
Steve M blogged I love the early reaction to the story by commenters at Ann Althouse's ersatz-centrist right-wing blog:
... this smells like a sting. If the story is accurate, how very convenient that the kid just happened to be the son of a secular humanist lawyer. I'd want to know if that's true, and if so, has the father previously litigated issues like this? Is he someone actively hostile to religion? The record is replete of examples where the left uses their children as a battering ram for their political causes: in recent memory, Michael Newdow and Cindy Sheehan spring to mind.... how very convenient that the kid just happened to be the son of a secular humanist lawyerYes, I was on board til I got to that little factoid.
Heretik blogged The kid who taped the preacher teacher has his own hell. Matthew LaClair has received a death threat. The kid says he shouldn’t be worried about Supreme Court cases something like this might bring up, “I should be worrying about who I’m going to take to the prom.” Maybe then he could dance with all the children of god, even the Muslim girl, maybe an atheist or an agnostic, before we all head to hell.