The John Freshwater Saga Has Ended

The best blogging on this case is by Richard B. Hoppe over at Panda’s Thumb, so you can read his latest here: Freshwater: It is finished.

We found an AP story which is horribly worded and doesn’t accurately describe what happened. That’s Fired Mount Vernon Teacher Denied Challenge By Supreme Court. Their headline is vague enough, but their story makes it sound as if the Supreme Court entered a decision against Freshwater. That didn’t happen. Instead, they didn’t grant a writ of certiorari — fancy legal talk which means they won’t hear his appeal. Therefore the lower court’s ruling stands. We wrote about that a year ago: John Freshwater Loses in Ohio Supreme Court.

Freshwater is nowhere now, unless he starts haunting the UN building while wearing a sandwich board, or maybe blogging for a creationist website. Not much difference, really.

This case has been the longest-running political joke since Harold Stassen, who ran for President ten times between 1940 and 2000. We can’t think of anything favorable to say about Freshwater or those who encouraged him, so it’s best that we say nothing.

But don’t let us discourage you from commenting, dear reader.

Addendum: NCSE has a good article that summarizes the whole history of the Freshwater litigation: Over at last for Freshwater.

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13 responses to “The John Freshwater Saga Has Ended

  1. So, in short, Freshwater’s flushed down the toilet.

  2. Bye, bye Freshwater.

  3. Can’t wait for the Disco’tute to spin this.

  4. And spin they will. My secret spies tell me that Dembski is hot on the case, and will soon present his theory of Complex Specified Losing.

  5. michaelfugate

    We can’t think of anything favorable to say about Freshwater or those who encouraged him

    That sums it up nicely.

  6. Don’t worry. He’ll be able to land a job with either AiG, ICR, the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (now Biola), or the Evangelical Bible Organization of Louisiana (Ebola).

  7. retiredsciguy mentions: “the Evangelical Bible Organization of Louisiana (Ebola).”

    You win the Curmudgeon’s coveted Acronym Award.

  8. I just added an addendum to say that NCSE has a good article that summarizes the whole history of the Freshwater litigation: Over at last for Freshwater.

  9. C’mon, Curmy. I liked old Harold Stassen!

  10. RBH says: “C’mon, Curmy. I liked old Harold Stassen!”

    You’re right. He was harmless. Bad comparison.

  11. I’m almost sorry to hear this news. I’m from the town in question, and It was kind of fun hearing news from the old home town now and then. Had I been born sufficiently later and all else being equal, I would have had Freshwater as my Eighth Grade Science teacher. The science teacher I did have, Freshwater’s long-ago predecessor… well, he was a character in his own right and had some issues, but I will give him this. He loaned me his science-fiction magazines when he was done reading them.

  12. RSG Congratz on your CCAA. The boys at the RSFPTOTOOT will be duly impressed. 🙂

  13. Apparently he’s teaching “science” at a Christian school in between grinding stumps.