Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Tuesday Ramblings...

The War On Science And Reason Continues..
KEARNY, N.J. — Before David Paszkiewicz got to teach his accelerated 11th-grade history class about the United States Constitution this fall, he was accused of violating it.

Shortly after school began in September, the teacher told his sixth-period students at Kearny High School that evolution and the Big Bang were not scientific, that dinosaurs were aboard Noah’s ark, and that only Christians had a place in heaven, according to audio recordings made by a student whose family is now considering a lawsuit claiming Mr. Paszkiewicz broke the church-state boundary.

“If you reject his gift of salvation, then you know where you belong,” Mr. Paszkiewicz was recorded saying of Jesus. “He did everything in his power to make sure that you could go to heaven, so much so that he took your sins on his own body, suffered your pains for you, and he’s saying, ‘Please, accept me, believe.’ If you reject that, you belong in hell.”

The student, Matthew LaClair, said that he felt uncomfortable with Mr. Paszkiewicz’s statements in the first week, and taped eight classes starting Sept. 13 out of fear that officials would not believe the teacher had made the comments.

Since Matthew’s complaint, administrators have said they have taken “corrective action” against Mr. Paszkiewicz, 38, who has taught in the district for 14 years and is also a youth pastor at Kearny Baptist Church. However, they declined to say what the action was, saying it was a personnel matter.


In this tale of the teacher who preached in class and the pupil he offended, students and the larger community have mostly lined up with Mr. Paszkiewicz, not with Matthew, who has received a death threat handled by the police, as well as critical comments from classmates.

Greice Coelho, who took Mr. Paszkiewicz’s class and is a member of his youth group, said in a letter to The Observer, the local weekly newspaper, that Matthew was “ignoring the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gives every citizen the freedom of religion.” Some anonymous posters on the town’s electronic bulletin board, Kearnyontheweb.com, called for Matthew’s suspension.

Don't know about you folks but I am scared for America.

PZMyers Of Pharyngula Finds A Funny.. (click on the image to see a larger version)

Not to worry this was something in the pages of MAD magazine.

Newt Nutty As Always... Link

Gingrich: Imams should have been arrested

MANCHESTER, N.H., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told an audience in New Hampshire Muslim clerics pulled off a plane for praying should have been charged criminally.

Gingrich made the remark Friday night, as he delivered the keynote speech at the Manchester Republican City Committee Christmas dinner, the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader reported.

"Those six people should have been arrested and prosecuted for pretending to be terrorists," Gingrich said. "And the crew of the U.S. airplane should have been invited to the White House and congratulated for being correct in the protection of citizens."

The imams, who had been attending a conference in Minneapolis, were pulled off a US Air flight to Phoenix after other passengers said they had been acting suspicious. They were questioned by the FBI for several hours and then released.

Their suspicious behavior apparently consisted of reports that they had prayed in Arabic and that they were not sitting together but had walked around to talk to each other.

Gingrich said last month the United States might have to accept new curbs of First Amendment rights to fight terrorism.

From Overhead In NewYork

When Was It Ever about Deserving?

Guy #1: I bought Xbox to play Spiderman 2.
Guy #2: I bought it to play Knights of the Old Republic.
Guy #3: I bought PlayStation One to play Final Fantasy Seven.
Chick: You're all losers who don't deserve girlfriends.

--Office, 47th & 6th

Overheard by: Joe

Why Oh Why?


deepsat said...

why does religion enter classrooms? it gets mixed with every damn aspect of life now a days!!

funny pic of the backup toilet papers!!


Mona Buonanotte said...

Remind me NEVER to go to Kearny, NJ.

Maybe that toilet paper thing is in a bad, bad restaurant...?

Lotus Reads said...

Actually I quite like the idea of those backup toilet paper rolls - definitely something to consider when we redesign! ;)

Sanjay said...

@Deepsat.. I agree. Religion is no cure to what ails society.

@Mona. Whackos are to be found everywhere I guess.

@Lotus..lol Yes but that many? I wondered what was coming out that needed so many papers? Oh wait why did I even have to ask that!

Asha said...

WOW!! So many back up toilet papers!!

Somebody is not a good cook!:D

It's definitely not me, I promise!!

M (tread softly upon) said...

the last pic is a classic :)) wonder who had the bright idea :))

Sai said...

Oy about the Kearny NJ and Gingrich story!

About the toilet paper....the image would have been funnier if all the rolls but one didn't have any paper on them and were empty! The last one had a sorry piece of paper dangling from it *evil grin*

Nancy Willing said...

Wow, pretending to be terrorists or protesting undue prejudice of muslims, I guess it is all in how you see it, huh Newtie?

Today's WNJ has an article that the EPA loosened the pollution rules so much that the increase in toxins will be exponential.

Hey Sanjay, Happy Birthday whenever your was/is. Mine was Saturday!

Sanjay said...

@Asha..lol too much of that chili pepper I tell ya.

@M.. I have no idea..so many geiuses out there eh?

@Sai..lol You are eeevil!

@Nancy.. The true extent of the damage by this administration to the country is yet to be seen by most folks.
Thanks for the b'day wishes and here is wishing you a belated happy birthday. Mine was around Thanksgiving.

Maggie said...

Once again I find the irony overwhelming. A teacher is lauded for mixing religion into his job serving the state and the children of our country and people stand behind his right of free speech. And yet when a religion not Christian practices their right they are called terrorists? Simply for praying and talking to each other? Jeez. And by the way, death threats and public articles against the boy offended seem awfully "un-Christian" in nature if they were to follow their religious precepts. But rather "Christian" in nature according to current fundamentalist activity. Anyways. Blah.

About the toilet paper - maybe its a scout troop meeting house - always prepared.

meno said...

I am always amused, but sadly not surprised, when someone who reports a nutcase gets death threats. Now that's the Christian ethic! Agree or die.

Sanjay said...

@Maggie.. Yep, it's ok if you are Christian in some quarters I guess.

Scout troop? Interesting that.

@Meno.. Scary ye.

Carrie said...

I think when I have kids, I will send them to a private school. I can't handle that. Imagine a christian sending a death threat. Now that is ironic.

"pretending to be terrorists" puleeeessse.

I think I like the idea of all those rolls of paper. It never hurts to have a spare.

starry nights said...

Really sad , I think religion belongs at home. I sent my son to a baptist school when he was little.One day he came home crying because he thought he had sinned and was going to hell.when i asked him why, he said the teacher had told the kids everyone who has sinned has a black heart and is going to hell or will die.Since we are not white ,he thought his heart is black and he is going to hell. well !we pulled him out and put him in a public school and has done very well.

About the toilet paper..dont know?

Claire said...

That overheard is genius!


Id it is said...

This post could serve as an eyeopener, if only ...

We've lost the ability to process information. Constantly in a reactionary mode, we seldom let information filter through so that it can be received, discerned,comprehended, analysed,and then acted upon, if the need be. As a result we have situations like the one you cite.

Ash said...

Interesting snippet of conversation about xbox :-)

Keshi said...

backup toilet paper is so needed man LOL!


Aditi said...

ahh now there is a post well balanced...
u start out with clearly troubling words that make u wonder err where exactly is this country heading to and err about the well fabled freedom of speech to that funny bathroom scene... i mean it might mkae sense if they were all different colors or cartoon strips but plain white? how boring

Sanjay said...

Thanks for all your comments folks, they always make for a good read.

MellowDrama said...

hehe..did you hear about the SUDOKU toilet roll? Yup, it exists and of coz, it is an American innovation - other reason to stay put on the throne. Can't solve the damn thing, flush it away without embarassment:)

Btw is it true it is politically incorrect to wish Americans MERRY XMAS as Jews get affronted. This I got frm a friend in NYC. Anyway cheers, and happy holidays and all, checking out the rest of your posts now. Been a bit on the lazy side, actually general depression and mood swings:)