A while ago, I linked this post from Phillybits concerning a rightwing teacher’s spreading wingnut poison in public school.
Now comes another chapter in the story:
The state Human Relations Commission is investigating a complaint from an Indian River School District parent who said her 10-year-old daughter’s teacher told her class she would not vote for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama because he is Muslim.
In a letter to the editor, the girl’s two older sisters — who described themselves as American Muslim kids who love their country — said the teacher told the fifth-grade class that she is a Republican and that Obama “believes in different things and is scary.”
Obama, a Christian, has been trying to dispel myths about his religion across the country.
What his camp calls “smear e-mails” have circulated nationally for months claiming the Illinois senator is Muslim. His campaign Web site notes Obama’s response in a January debate on MSNBC: “In the Internet age, there are going to be lies that are spread all over the place. I have been victimized by these lies. Fortunately, the American people are, I think, smarter than folks give them credit for.”
The Indian River teacher’s remarks allegedly occurred prior to a mock Feb. 5 Super Tuesday primary vote at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.
This is what separation of church and state is about. It is not right to have an agent of the state (that is, a public school teacher) attempting to influence political choices.
Well, we could stop there, couldn’t we? But let’s finish the thought:
It is not right to have an agent of the state (that is, a public school teacher) attempting to influence political choices to further a particular religious point of view.
Even if it weren’t–as in this case–based on a lie.