At a website named Plunderbund there’s a headline that looks very tempting, except that we don’t know anything about Plunderbund: Springboro creationism agenda may get help from right-wing lawyers. Because the source is unknown to us, we weren’t going to write about this — even though it involves not only Springboro, but also John Freshwater.
You know about the Freshwater case. Our last post on his endless litigation was Freshwater Oral Arguments Today. That was back in February, and we’re still waiting for a decision from the Ohio Supreme Court. Freshwater is contesting the loss of his job as an 8th-grade science teacher in Ohio. He was accused of burning a cross on a student with a Tesla coil, teaching religion in his science class, and failing to follow the school district’s orders.
Other than being in Ohio, what’s the Springboro-Freshwater connection? It’s creationism, of course. We’ve been writing about the Springboro School Board’s struggle to teach that phantasmal subject. Our post just before this one was about the School Board’s creationist chairman: Kelly Kohls Is Retiring.
According to Plunderbund, one of the Springboro Board’s other creationist members, Jim Rigano, got a phone call from Freshwater. They say:
Freshwater, still in the middle of an appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court over his firing, reached out to Rigano to recommend his own attorney, Rita Dunaway of the right-wing Rutherford Institute.
Plunderbund claims to have the email that Rigano then sent to Dunaway. They don’t say how they got it. Then they tell us:
But the board decided to use the services of different far-right, Christian organization, the Liberty Institute, to help them push through their policies. According to their website, the Liberty Institute is “focused solely on protecting and restoring religious liberty in the United States.”
They have a lot more information, but none of it has been reported in any traditional news source, so this is the sort of thing we usually ignore because we regard it as unverified internet gossip. But Richard B. Hoppe has just posted about it at Panda’s Thumb — and his reporting about the Freshwater case has been excellent. Here’s his post: Freshwater: Advising Springboro creationists?
We have no problem recommending anything Richard writes. Click over to Panda’s Thumb to see what he says. Then, if you like, check out Plunderbund. Your Curmudgeon has no idea what’s going on between Freshwater and the Springboro Board, if anything. We’ll know the fate of Freshwater’s litigation soon enough, when the Ohio Supreme Court issues a ruling in his case. Maybe he’s reaching out to Springboro to look for a job.
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