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Jun 29 2012

Recommended Video: “In God We Teach”

I haven’t had a chance to watch this entire video yet, but from the first fifteen minutes or so that I just watched it looks excellent, so I wanted to let people here know about it. The film is a documentary about the brave high school student in Kearny, NJ who recorded his history teacher preaching about Jesus to his class to get the proof that this was happening.

 

 

Here’s the description from the filmmaker, Vic Losick:

A film by Vic Losick, “In God We Teach” tells the story of a high school student who secretly recorded his history teacher in class, and accused him of proselytizing for Jesus. The teacher, in danger of losing his job strenuously denied it. The specifics of the controversy lead directly to the church & state arguments that are in the news this election year. With Stephen Colbert, Alan Dershowitz, Neil deGrasse Tyson and others.

And here’s the film’s website: www.InGodWeTeach.com

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  1. 1
    Who Knows?

    You’re right. This is an excellent video. Thank you for bringing to our attention.

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    nedchamplain

    I thought the film was very fair. I have no doubt that the teacher was preaching his particular brand of christianity. The young student showed remarkable courage in pressing forward with his charge and ultimately reaching his goal.
    I get troubled at taking students to an amusement park with the premise that dinosaurs walked with man. There is no evidence of this and without evidence there can be no proof.

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    annabucci

    I watched it last night, I found it very interesting. It’s a shame that after all the expense and media attention, and the board made a decision in favor of the student, this teacher STILL had the audacity to take students on an “educational” field trip to the creation museum. They do not learn from their mistakes.

    Hopefully this documentary highlights the problem of activist christian teachers in public schools. I don’t get why this guy just doesn’t teach at a christian school.

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    jimvj

    If the teacher had a cure for cancer, and if any of his students had cancer, he still would not be right in applying that “cure” on a stricken student.

    Administering cures for diseases is not what a teacher is hired to do. Imagine if a teacher in a public school was peddling homeopathic remedies to students!

    The teacher is not an expert in oncology. He wants the students to take his word that he has a cure. This lack of domain expertise is not a problem in religion; but it is singularly important in medicine.

    Anyone claiming to have a cure would be required to show – to experts in the field – that it does work. It would be subject to the usual clinical trials to determine its efficacy. Then the teacher’s word becomes irrelevant; the evidence would speak for itself. The cure – if that is what it turns out to be – would still be administered by trained oncologists in an appropriate facility. In religion, the lack of evidence is not a problem; in medicine it is paramount.

    The arrogance of assuming that his belief in some religion is tantamount to having a cure for cancer is just mind boggling.

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    Mad Monkey

    Thank you for posting this.

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    Armored Scrum Object

    Yes, this is pretty good. If you’re hesitating: set aside some time and watch it. It’s biased, but that bias is mostly expressed in the juxtaposition of quotes, not by going on a detached diatribe or misleading editing; it’s biased in the sense that it lets the Christian crusader crucify himself.

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    usingreason

    I enjoyed it and I thought it was well done for the most part. I wish that the issue over the teacher ‘responding’ to student questions would have been addressed more directly. The teacher also claims that Matthew asked him questions about Christianity which he was responding to when he he was recorded. To me, it stood out that Matthew never really responded to that claim and I have to wonder why.

    I find it amusing that the teacher thinks that since he asked the students if they were uncomfortable with him talking about the subject and there was a murmured ‘no’, it was OK for him to go ahead. He is the authority in the room, he is responsible for the discussion and there are very few high school students that will object to anything.

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    usingreason

    Also the idea the he needs to evangelize in a community that is already 89% Christian is pretty funny.

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    Tim

    I truly wish that Christians could be objective about this matter. It is not an attack on religion, it is a principled stance against violating the Constitution. Render unto Caesar, and all that. It dismays me to hear Christians talk about numbers of believers in the country, yet fail to understand that what they are doing is justifying tyranny. They need to learn to distinguish between a Democracy and a Republic. Too much religion and not enough civics in schools?

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    leighwilliams

    I am so glad to get this heads-up on the new documentary. I have a personal interest in this case.

    You see, some Christians are objective about the matter; I’m one of them. I posted for a long time at the local discussion site for Kearney in support of Matthew LeClair and in defense of the First Amendment. Through that forum, I became friends with Matthew’s father, Paul, and have followed Matthew’s career ever since. Paul and I remain friends on Facebook to this day (he only uses it for gardening photos, not politics!). The LeClairs are a deeply admirable family, and I think it’s fair to say that they are heroes of the culture wars. The amount of vitriol and hate hurled their way was almost unbelievable.

    I’m a longtime fan of Chris’s, too, and so I share this greatly encouraging word from a right-wing friend on FB who has been an acolyte of Barton’s, though she didn’t even know who he was (she got his poison through her local church):

    “Since you and your friends have never given me credit for research or willingness to learn new or old lessons–I offer you an interesting website that supports many of your contentions about the Constitution of the country & those of early states. Possibly, it has been posted here before. The title would have been a turn off but the reading is fascinating and seems very well researched. I got the site information from a very conservative source who also searches for truth even if it goes against preconceived ideas. Site is “liars for jesus”. It is accessible on the web & is book length +. Some may find it worth reading.”

    She adds, “Give yourself plenty of time, it’s long. Interesting reading, tho. Writer says it isn’t copywrited so parts can be copied ‘within reason’.”

    And, mirabile dictu, she’s taken you up on that, Chris, and is indeed quoting it on her wall!

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