added May 2, 2008
For links to other posts on LaClair, see this post on the Five Public Opinions blog. Click here for a transcript of his acceptance speech for the FFRF 2007 Thomas Jefferson Student Activist Award, and click here for an audio recording of the speech.
In a new (April 27, 2008) Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, Kearny NJ high-school senior Matthew LaClair writes about false and biased statements in the American Government textbook used in one of his classrooms. (Note: the LA Times article will probably be archived after a week or so, after which it will no longer be available for free on their site.)
He begins by relating the tale of what happened to him in his junior year, when he blew the whistle on a history teacher who
… used the first week of class to preach his religious beliefs. He told students, among other things, that they “belong in hell” if they reject Jesus as their savior, that evolution and the Big Bang are ridiculous and unscientific theories, and that there were dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark.
As reported last year in the NY Times, LaClair was harassed, to the point of a death threat, before he was vindicated. The New York Times website has archived audio files of the history teacher’s proselytizing in class, as recorded and released by LaClair.