By Christian teacher David A. SmithThe last thing the state needs is another religious right zealot who’s too extreme to even try to get their way.
So why are teachers being targeted?
As we’ve seen time and time again, religious right activists are doing everything they can to undermine what little progress they’ve made in Arizona and across the country.
Their attacks on teachers have been nothing short of a complete waste of time and resources.
But now, the attacks on Catholic educators are escalating.
A recent attack on a teacher who teaches at a public school in Mesa is a prime example.
A woman named Susan Evers is a certified public accountant, but her credentials don’t match her job description.
Her résumé includes a number of other qualifications, but nothing that would indicate that she’s teaching at a school.
In fact, she has not been to a single classroom in her life, according to the Mesa School District.
In the past, she would be hired by the district to assist with student assessment, but since she wasn’t trained in any of the other required classes, she was fired.
Evers is an atheist, but that didn’t stop the district from firing her because of her beliefs.
The school district claimed it didn’t know that Evers’ atheism was disqualifying for the position because she wasn’t a registered atheist.
That claim is ridiculous, and she was never told that.
In another case, a teacher at a Phoenix school was fired for not having her student read “The Bible,” a book that is considered the authoritative source of Christian teaching.
In addition, the school district also claimed that she didn’t have a background check, which is also false.
The district has never even asked to see the background check for this teacher, who has never taught at a high school in Arizona.
The worst of it all is the school board’s decision to fire a teacher for being a lesbian, which has been described as a hate crime.
A teacher who doesn’t agree with the beliefs of her Christian teachers and the policies of her church are no different from someone who doesn’ t believe in evolution, which would be a violation of Arizona law.
The state shouldn’t be using taxpayer money to punish teachers who aren’t qualified to teach and students who aren’ t being taught by qualified teachers.
A Christian educator can teach, but she can’t teach by taking a stance that contradicts the tenets of the church.
Asking students to recite the Bible to prove their Christian faith isn’ t the answer, especially when there’ s no evidence that these students are learning, is the kind of misguided and dangerous approach that religious right groups would be willing to go to to advance their agenda.