Monday, October 14, 2013

'Creepy' Pastors Banned from Washington School

Officials in Bainbridge Island, Washington have hired private eyes to investigate three local Christian youth pastors who volunteered in the cafeteria at Woodward Middle School.  The three men, since banned from the property, are accused of corrupting the minds of vulnerable children by "talking about church and Christianity" while they ate or waited in line.
"We can't ignore this. There are just too many serious issues to consider here . . . That’s pretty dangerous.”
-- Mike Spence, Board President, Bainbridge Island School District
Yet, an Austin, Texas school knowingly hired a homosexual teacher who was forced to resign from an Illinois school after a police investigation into his sexting of a male student, and in a northern Michigan school district, a board member and many teachers defended a convicted homosexual pedophile teacher.

For background, read Atheists Want Pastors Barred from School Lunches in Arkansas and also read Teacher Fired for Bible Gift at Lunch in New Jersey School

In contrast, read Transvestite Teacher OKd at Washington Middle School as well as Transvestite School Cafeteria Jobs Protected by Law in California

-- From "Pastors accused of talking church at public school" by David Ham, KIRO-TV7 (Seattle) 10/9/13

Bainbridge Island Public Schools said parents brought the complaints to a district administrator last week.

Part of the complaint was that students said the presence of pastors at school was "creepy."

"That for me is when I take an issue when there are personal accusations about my character (or) creepiness (or) weirdness. My purpose is to just be with these kids and make them feel valued and to help our community," [one of the pastors, Danny] Smith said.

"The only time church may have come in is when they say 'What do you do?' my response is, 'I'm a youth pastor.' Even sometimes say I'm a leader because most of the kids don't know what a youth pastor is," said Smith, who is a youth pastor at Island Church.

"Just because of my occupation, it gets lumped into that whole ugliness that doesn't need to be," said Smith.

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From "Christian youth pastors banned from Washington state public school for allegedly speaking to students about God" posted at 10/13/13

The district reportedly has said it might allow the pastors back on to campus, pending the investigation’s outcome.

Meanwhile, Smith says he merely wanted to embolden the students -- and assist in their maturation.

"I come here because I know that it's important for every student to know that they each have value and a purpose," he reportedly told a crowd of parents and school officials that recently convened to discuss the issue.

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From "Youth Pastors Barred From Middle School Over Allegations of Speaking About Christianity to Students" by Heather Clark, Christian News Network 10/14/13

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel said that the school’s actions were unacceptable.

“More often than not, what you find is these schools allow people to come to speak to people there and have lunch with those that they know and are associated with. And in that particular situation, they can’t exclude a youth minister just because he’s a minister — because he is sharing a religious or Christian message with the students,” he stated. “He has every right to be able to be there, just like anyone else.”

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Also read Wisconsin Atheists Say: Bar Pastors From Tennessee Schools as well as Christians of Faith Shouldn't be on School Boards Says ACLU