Friday, June 20, 2008
Coach fired for assistant's evangelism
A Michigan wrestling coach has lost his job because a former assistant coach tried to convert Muslim students to Christianity.According to the Detroit News, Jerry Marszalek had served as the wrestling coach at Fordson High School in Dearborn for 35 years. But recently the school's principal, Imad Fadlallah, decided not to renew the coach's contract because parents in the heavily Islamic community complained that Trey Hancock, Marszalek's former assistant and an Assemblies of God pastor, tried to convert Islamic students to Christianity. Hancock admits he has attempted conversions, but never while coaching at the school. Marszalek says Fadlallah had never attended practices or a wrestling event, but based his judgment on the complaints of an Arabic student's parent. Jan Markell, founder of Minnesota-based Olive Tree Ministries, says this termination is outrageous."The teacher...had a 35-year track record there in Dearborn, Michigan, and it was not the teacher who was doing any kind of...evangelism; it was his assistant," she argues. Markell says she knows what would happen if this had been a Christian principal who tried to fire a Muslim coach under similar circumstances. "They could never get away with doing something to a teacher who had been there for 35 years but who hadn't committed any kind of an offense whatsoever," she points out. She argues that in a scenario such as that, the American Civil Liberties Union would have intervened immediately-but says they are nowhere to be found in this case.
As in the days of Noah....