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Monday, 24 May 2010
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POMPANO BEACH –  Local clergy have called an emergency meeting on Monday over two teachers who were removed from their classrooms after allegedly sprinkling holy water onto an atheist colleague.

 

“We need to know why one teacher is allowed to teach our children there is no God and nothing is done,” said the Rev. Willie J. Rainer, husband of one of the accused teachers and  an associate pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Pompano Beach. “But the Christian teachers have been removed from the classroom even though nothing has been proven.”

Rainer is the husband of Leslie Rainer, one of the teachers accused in an alleged March 11 incident at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach.

schandra_rodriguez__web.jpgAlong with teacher Djuna Robinson, Rainer is accused of sprinkling holy water on fellow teacher Schandra Rodriguez, an avowed atheist who was expressing her lack of belief in God with students.

After Rodriguez filed a complaint with school district officials, Leslie Rainer and Robinson were escorted out of the classroom on April 22 in front of students, and were ordered not to return to school grounds until further notice.

Pastors representing over a dozen churches around Broward County are scheduled to attend the public meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m. today, Monday, May 24, at the Worldwide Christian Center, 450 North Powerline Rd. in Pompano Beach.

“We were contacted, and we agreed to hold the meeting at our church,” said the Rev. O’Neal Dozier, pastor of the Worldwide Christian Center. “We have to make sure this is not an attack on Christianity. It is totally unfair to remove the two teachers, and allow the other teacher to remain. We need answers and for them to be returned to the classroom.”

Dozier said he and other pastors began announcing today’s meeting during church services on Sunday, May 23.

Rainer and Robinson are represented by attorney Johnny L. McCray Jr.

“I will attend the meeting, and I think it’s commendable for this community of ministers to recognize this injustice,” McCray said. “It’s equally encouraging that they are concerned about the manner in which Ms. Robinson and Ms. Rainer are being treated.”

School officials have not responded to calls about today’s meeting.

 

IF YOU GO:

WHO:

Members of the clergy.

WHAT:     

Meeting on alleged school holy water incident. The meeting is open to the public.

WHEN:      

Today, Monday, May 24, 2010 at 5 p.m.

WHERE:    

Worldwide Christian Center, 450 N. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach.

CONTACT:  

The Rev. O’Neal Dozier, 954-978-2020.

 

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Pictured above are Leslie Rainer, left, and Djuna Robinson, right. Below is Schandra Ridriguez

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written by yui, February 16, 2012
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written by Hummm, June 13, 2010
D. Robinson is a great teacher and I refuse to believe that she would have done such a thing....LIAR(S)!!!smilies/angry.gif
Freedom of religion means ANY religion or lack thereof.
written by People Scare Me., June 06, 2010
For the record, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were deists, not Christians. The country wasn't founded on "Christian" values, rather the values of human rights, liberty and democracy. Those teachers should apologize and beg for their jobs back, their conduct was totally unprofessional.
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written by Robert MacDonald, June 02, 2010
ENOUGH OF THIS THIS GREAT COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON RELIGIOUS BELIEFES SO WAKE YOU SLEEPING BUT UP AND GET THIS COUNTRY BACK ON THE RIGHT PATH AGAIN THIS IS ALL BULL FROM obamas CREW AND I AM SICK OF HEARING HIS CRAP SPREAD ALL OVER THIS GREAT COUNTRY WAKE THE HECK UP NOW AMERICA.
Shameful
written by Linda C. Cook, May 31, 2010
In this United States of America the athiest has the freedom to express her beliefs AND the Christians have the freedom to express their beliefs!! So what going on here!?
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written by Ruth, May 28, 2010
I am an USA citizen who has lived in Central America for the past six years. Every time I read something like this it deeply saddens me at how our country is losing their religious freedoms (well at least the Christians are; everyone else gets free reign). There is much more religious freedom for everybody, including Christians, here in Central America, than in the USA. Why is it that this atheist has all the freedom to express her views in front of the students and yet the Christian teachers have no freedom to even say a little joke.(They didn't even spray it!) This is so WRONG. Every one EXCEPT Christians have freedom these days. Shame on our country!!!
Sorry I should have read the article!!!
written by Jim Einert, May 28, 2010
Sorry, I read more than one article on this and it was another source that said they only pointed a perfume bottle at her.
I stand by the rest of my comments thought!
Mommy, she pointed a perfume bottle at me!!!!!
written by Jim Einert, May 28, 2010
Did no one read the article? It said she pointed a perfume bottle at the lady, but did not spray anything from it.
Could anyone think it was just a joke? Used to be that most people just passed by on comments against them (sticks and stones...) but now it seems everyone has to watch carefully what they do or say, you they get arrested or sued.
I remember when practical jokes at work were a daily occurrence, I guess now you really have to watch what you say to people.
Seems everyone is wearing a big chip these day, and it is about to fall off.
Let's all take a time-out and be more accepting of one another. I am a Christian, but it seems to me like a little practical joke just got way out of hand.
Oh, and by the way, wh*ever said that Christian would like it if they were harassed, need to know that we are almost everyday, but unlike the radical Muslims, we don't kill anyone for it. We hardly ever take anyone to court either.
As The Beatles sang, "All You Need Is Love"!
still trying
written by henry tudor, May 27, 2010
I can't wait for the Annunaki to show themselves and for all these religio fanatics to find out their God was an alien genetisist. More fun when they realize the Jews don't get converted, instead they get to be their slaves, the original design of the Annunaki.
What's the Big Deal?
written by Mr. Rodgers, May 27, 2010
Have we gotten so uptight that there can be no clean fun? If the "atheist" was putting down religion in the classroom, then she needs to be reprimanded. If she was answering a question from a student about her personal beliefs, then that is different. The First Amendment guarantees us all a right to free speech and freedom of religion (not from religion). Why were there three teachers in the same classroom? Was this in the teacher's lounge? Where was the harm done? Teachers should not be so uptight?
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