The Scrooge Report Tracking…

H.S. football coach vs. Supreme Court, chasing King Solomon, and Home Depot’s Christmas avoidance…The Scrooge Report is following these stories:

Coach asks permission to bow head while players pray

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J (WorldNetDaily) – A high school football coach is going to the U.S. Supreme Court to ask permission to be “respectful” and bow his head while the players on his team pray for each other and their opponents prior to each game.

“We’re teaching kids values. There’s nothing wrong with being spiritual,” said coach Marcus Borden of East Brunswick, N.J., High School…

…Now, KDVR-TV in Denver reports plans to take the dispute to the U.S. Supreme Court…(read more)

Copper ruins in Jordan bolster biblical record of King Solomon

JORDAN – (Los Angeles Times) A massive copper smelting plant in the biblical land of Edom is at least three centuries older than researchers previously believed, placing it firmly in the traditional timeline of King Solomon, considered the greatest ruler of Israel, researchers reported Monday.

The existence of Solomon 3,000 years ago has been questioned by some scholars over the last two decades because of the paucity of archaeological evidence supporting the biblical record and the belief that there were no complex societies in Israel or Edom capable of building fortresses, monuments and other sophisticated public works, such as large mines, in the 10th century BC…(read more)

Home Depot: Hanukkah, yes! Holidays, yes! Christmas, no!

American Family Association:

Home Depot has it’s new holiday website up and running. You can find many gifts for the holidays. You can even find gifts for Hanukkah. But Christmas? Home Depot’s website hasn’t a single reference to Christmas. Not one. At Home Depot, Christmas doesn’t exist!

Home Depot has elected to go with the politically correct crowd and censor Christmas, replacing it with holidays…(read more)

UPDATE: Home Depot responded to AFA’s email campaign to alert consumers. In part, a letter from Home Depot states, “…we are adjusting our Web site to make ‘Christmas’ more prominent and to make our site more aligned with our advertising and point-of-sale in-store signage. Customers will start seeing the adjustments later this week.”

AFA added: “As a point of clarification, AFA mistakenly reported the word “Christmas” was totally absent from Home Depot’s website. A few product descriptions did, in fact, contain the word ‘Christmas.’ We have apologized to Home Depot for the error.”

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The Scrooge Report Tracking…

Mosul Christian exodus, military religious freedom, and a fight to talk Jesus at a high school graduation…The Scrooge Report is following these stories:

Flight of Christians in north Iraq eases

MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) — The flight of Christians from their homes in Mosul has been stemmed after police reinforcements took up positions in the troubled northern Iraqi city, a local official said on Monday.

Jaweat Ismael, chief of the city’s bureau of displaced people, said there was “no new wave of displacements” on Monday.

Over the past few days, thousands of Christians fled their homes in a city considered by US and Iraqi commanders to be the nation’s most dangerous and a last stronghold of Al-Qaeda…(read more)

Atheist soldier to leave Army, drops religion suit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An atheist soldier who accused U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Defense Department of violating his religious freedom dropped the lawsuit Friday, citing his plans to leave the Army next spring.

But the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which filed the suit in 2007 with Pfc. Jeremy Hall, still plans to pursue allegations of widespread religious discrimination within the military in a separate lawsuit it filed with a second atheist soldier.

Attorneys for Hall filed papers Friday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., to dismiss the case, said Mikey Weinstein, head of the foundation.

Hall and the foundation sued over Hall’s claims that a major prevented him from holding an atheist meeting while deployed in Iraq. That officer denied the allegation.

Dropping the lawsuit avoids a fight over whether Hall has standing to sue if he is no longer in the Army, which he plans to leave in 2009, Weinstein said.

“He broke the barrier for us to have more people come forward,” Weinstein said of Hall. “He served as a shining light that attracted all the other potential witnesses.”...(read more)

High School grad appeals over Jesus graduation speech

DENVER, Colorado (The Denver Post) — A Lewis-Palmer High School student who was told she must apologize for mentioning Jesus in a valedictorian speech or not receive a diploma is appealing a federal court decision rejecting her request for an injunction against the school.

Erica Corder has filed an appeal with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals after a Denver district court judge dismissed her suit earlier this year.

Corder is seeking a declaration that the school violated her First Amendment rights and an injunction against the school preventing similar acts, said Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel, which filed a federal suit against the school district in 2007.

A judge summarily dismissed her suit, finding that the district can limit what students say in a school setting, said Robin Adair, spokeswoman for the Lewis-Palmer School District.

“School sponsored speech has restrictions,” Adair said. “That’s what the judge upheld when he dismissed the suit.”

At her 2006 graduation, Corder spoke about her Christian faith during a 30-second message at the Monument high school, Staver said.

Corder was one of 15 valedictorians.

“For more than two years, she has been the subject of criticism because the school continues to portray her as a student who engaged in improper conduct for mentioning Jesus Christ during a graduation speech,” said Staver, who is the dean of Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va….(read more)

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‘Cross Burning’ Into Arm Update

Biggest crime for Ohio middle school teacher Freshwater remains having a Bible on his desk

The investigation is so biased. It should be known that there were people who should have been interviewed, positives for John, that were never interviewed. Who paid for this investigative group? The school board. - Pastor Don Matolyak

This from LifeSiteNews.com:

John Freshwater’s Pastor Don Matolyak of the Trinity Assembly of God parish, who has been closely monitoring the case, said the only accusation against Freshwater with any truth to it is his refusal to remove his Bible from his desk. Maytolyak spoke adamantly on the partiality of the investigator’s report.

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Bible-toting teacher accused of branding crosses on students

Investigators report Ohio teacher did more than just have a Bible on his desk

By ALEXANDER
TheScroogeReport.com

Lost in the lead of today’s Columbus Dispatch story and not mentioned until several paragraphs later, a Mount Vernon, Ohio, 8th-grade teacher is reported to have burned crosses onto students’ arms, using an electrostatic device, in December.

Instead, The Columbus Dispatch’s story published today led with this:

A Mount Vernon teacher undermined science instruction in the public school district by discrediting evolution in his classroom and focusing on creationism and intelligent design, an investigation has found.

Eighth-graders who were taught by John Freshwater frequently had to be re-taught in high school what they were supposed to have learned in Freshwater’s class, according to outside investigators hired by the district.


What sounded like a simple First Amendment rights story about Freshwater keeping a bible at his desk has exploded into charges of all kinds…some as the result of church and state separation paranoia, but others, such as the cross burning, may result in Freshwater’s demise.

In April, the Dispatch reported:

They painted crosses on white T-shirts and wore them to school yesterday. They carried Bibles and put them on their desks.

Some students at Mount Vernon Middle and High schools want everyone to know they support a science teacher who has refused to remove a Bible from his classroom desk.

Students cheered and offered high-fives to Middle School teacher John Freshwater when he showed up yesterday at a student-organized rally in his honor.

Mount Vernon High senior Caleb McCoy stood on a rock as he told the crowd of students and parents at the Knox County school how much he and others back Freshwater.

Defending a teacher with Christian values…great! Defending cross burning…not so good!

Freshwater told investigators the marks were X’s, not crosses. But all of the students interviewed in the investigation reported being branded with crosses. The investigation report includes a photo of one student’s arm with a long vertical line and a short horizontal line running through it.

The family of one student who was burned filed a federal lawsuit last week against Freshwater and the district, saying the student’s civil rights were violated.

The Dispatch also reports:

HR on Call Inc., the consultants who investigated allegations against Freshwater, released their findings yesterday. Mount Vernon school board members will meet today to discuss the report and decide what, if any, action they will take.

The school district was obviously going for the jugular when launching this investigation against Freshwater. He is also reported to have called homosexuality a sin. Friends and supporters are already crying character assassination.

“With the exception of the cross-burning episode. … I believe John Freshwater is teaching the values of the parents in the Mount Vernon school district,” friend Dave Daubenmire said.

Well, it is his cross-burning that just may have fried Freshwater.

NOTE: After further research, the Dispatch did report on the cross branding yesterday. This may explain the burying of this aspect of the story in today’s report. Although, to me, it still remains the possible smoking gun.

‘Cross Burning’ Into Arm Update

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A Teacher and His Bible

John Freshwater Bible Teaching in Schools? has been a teacher in the Mt. Vernon, Ohio, public schools for over 20 years. Twice he has been designated as “Teacher of the Year” by the School Board—most recently just last year. That was then. A few months ago it seems that a student in one of his classes made accusations that Mr. Freshwater was being too Christian in his class.

Read more in Townhall.com

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Photojournalists Capture Distorted Bush

In my lifetime I have never seen a U.S. president more ridiculed…or even more hated. Bush-bashing has become a full-time occupation for some. Take Reuters, for example. The photos on this page come from just one day…all from the liberal-slanted news service. These web-published photos of President George W. Bush capture him when his face is most distorted by expression.

Imagine, if you will, that you are a photographer with Reuters. The news service is decidedly anti-U.S. on most occasions. Give me three story headlines about the U.S. from Reuters and three from Associated Press and I will tell you 99.9 percent of the time, which ones are from Reuters. It’s easy. The Reuters headlines (and stories) have a negative U.S. slant…oh, I’d say… 99.9 percent of the time.

Getting back to being a photag for Reuters. So, your assignment is to shoot Bush. With a Reuters mindset, guess which shot of Bush you are looking for. Yes, that’s right, the photo that makes him appear the most foolish.

Do you have any doubts? Take a look at these photos again…I’ve seen the likes of these not just today, but for as long as Bush has been president.

For Bush-bashing photographers, the “money shot” is the one catching Bush with the silliest expression. Has any other president suffered as much?

Go ahead, Reuters. Keep on doing what you are doing…and eventually you’ll get what you are doing.

- Alexander, TheScroogeReport

Bozell: Ben Stein Vs. Sputtering Atheists

War on Ben…Continued

Here’s one of the best opinion pieces I’ve read on Ben Stein’s ‘Expelled.’

This from L. Brent Bozell III:

It is a reality of PC liberalism: There is only one credible side to an issue, and any dissent is not only rejected, it is scorned. Global warming. Gay “rights.” Abortion “rights.” On these and so many other issues there is enlightenment, and then there is the Idiotic Other Side.

Bozell is the president of the Media Research Center. Here’s one more nugget. Be sure to click on the link below to read the whole piece.

Everyone should take the opportunity to see “Expelled” — if nothing else, as a bracing antidote to the atheism-friendly culture of PC liberalism. But it’s far more than that. It’s a spotlight on the arrogance of this movement and its leaders, a spotlight on the choking intolerance of academia, and a spotlight on the ignorance of so many who say so much, yet know so very little.

Read more at Yahoo!News