There has been a long running saga in Ohio concerning a science teacher named John Freshwater who was teaching creationism and propagating Christianity in other ways in his eighth grade science classes in a semi-rural community in central Ohio named Mount Vernon. He kept Bibles on his desk and posters of the Ten Commandments and other Christian messages hung on the walls.
When ordered by his school district to stop doing this, he not only refused but actually increased his religious activities. He was then fired and, as expected, complained that his religious freedom and freedom of speech rights were being violated. His case went all the way up to the Ohio Supreme Court where he lost last November by a 4-3 vote, with the judges ruling that his disobeying of rules were sufficient grounds for firing him. It should be noted that in Ohio, the Supreme Court judges are elected and have party affiliations. Six of the judges are Republican and just one is a Democrat.
But these people who want to be free to propagate their religious beliefs anywhere never give up and he filed a motion asking for the court to rehear his case. This week the Ohio Supreme Court rejected his request so this particular case seems to be finally well and truly settled.
But of course you can be sure that other teachers are doing similar things. In fact, Freshwater’s behavior only came to light because he seemed to not know any bounds and even used a Tesla coil to make a mark on a student’s arm that parents said looked like a cross.