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Ohio public school considers anti-gay, ‘Christian’ commentator for coaching job

Friday, January 31, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A right-wing Christian commentator who says children in public schools are being educated by “homosexuals, fornicators and defiant haters of God” could be the next football coach at a public high school in the Ohio village of Hebron.

Dave Daubenmire

Dave Daubenmire

Dave Daubenmire, who refers to himself “Coach Dave” in online and radio commentaries, is one of three finalists for the vacant head-coaching job at Lakewood High School, part of a school district 35 miles east of Columbus in Licking County.

The Newark Advocate, which first reported on Daubenmire’s potential new job, wrote that Lakewood school board members will name the new coach at their February meeting, which is scheduled for Monday.

Daubenmire, then coach at London High School southwest of Columbus in Madison County, was sued by the ACLU in 1999 for leading locker-room prayers, passing out scriptural verses and telling Bible stories at team meetings. He and the school reached a settlement that prohibited “religious indoctrination,” according to the ACLU.

He also has coached at Heath High School east of Columbus and at Fairfield Christian Academy in Lancaster, Ohio. Most recently, he has run Pass the Salt Ministries, which organizes spiritual “boot camps” for men with a slogan, “Real Men Under Construction.”

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Homosexuality and his perceived feminization of American men by women, government and public schools is a frequent topic for Daubenmire in his commentaries.

In October, he posted a commentary saying he was “sick and tired of hearing about bullying” and called anti-bullying efforts part of the “homosexual agenda, to try to get people to not criticize or make fun of or poke fun at homosexuals.”

(Daubenmire said his words would be taken out of context, so here’s the rest of what he said: He’s not for bullying but it’s “the way of the world” and American children are being “sissified” by efforts to stop it.)

In December, Daubenmire posted a video in which he wore a fake beard as a show of support for Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, who made anti-gay statements in a GQ interview.

“He had the audacity to say a man desiring another man’s anus more than a vagina just doesn’t make sense. For that thy call him a hate-monger and a homophobe,” Daubenmire said.

A change.org petition urges Lakewood schools officials to choose another coach:

“Dave Daubenmire’s beliefs prevent him from being an effective coach to ALL students, and his history proves that only his personal agenda matters. He encourages bullying and flaunts laws in the name of religion. Hiring Daubenmire to work with kids sends a strong message that only radical conservative, Christian, heterosexual males matter to you. Safe schools are far more important than winning football games. Choose another coach.”

Equality Ohio has urged its supporters to sign the petition. A Facebook post by the LGBT-rights group calls Daubenmire “blatantly homophobic and pro-bullying” and says “our kids deserve better.”

In addition to his anti-gay views, Daubenmire has criticized government, Jews, President Obama, academia and even fellow Christians. And in taking a job at a public school, Daubenmire would join another part of society has criticized harshly.

In a 2011 commentary, he called out pastors for not urging people to take their children out of public schools:

“Instead, they show up at the football game, wearing the school colors, giving their tacit approval to what is going on inside those government-owned indoctrination centers. They might as well stand outside a porn shop and hand out discount coupons.

Pastors knowingly approve of their children being educated by homosexuals, fornicators, and defiant “haters of God.” What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased. Who is writing on your child’s blackboard?”


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  1. Keep him the fuck away from my kids!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:29pm
  2. *falls on floor from laughing so hard!

    Replied on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:14pm
  3. *head explodes!!!

    Replied on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:14pm
  4. Snore

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:29pm
  5. Lawsuits await.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:29pm
  6. He’ll die of a heart attack soon anyway.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:32pm
  7. as long as he is nice to open gays

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:32pm
  8. I’ll shoot him myself, If I m ever in Ohio n he happens to be alive!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:35pm
  9. Yeaahhh, I totally want that guy around children. He doesn’t look the sort that would touch them in any sort of unnatural way.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:37pm
  10. If they want to draw unpleasant attention to themselves, this would be right choice. Otherwise, someone who actually cares about ALL the kids might be a better idea.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:37pm
  11. This is No Man Of God he has no right to pass judgement on anyone and should not be allowed in schools to corrupt the minds of children!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:37pm
  12. He most likely is either gay himself or a pedophile

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:38pm
  13. Educators and coaches should never be hateful towards anybody, because their example teaches children how to behave.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:38pm
  14. Do you consider the above comment by Glen Head not to be hateful? That is first class ignorance, hatred and disrespect if you ask me. How would gays and lesbians like it if Christians said the same thing about their children, "keep them the fuck away from us."

    Replied on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:54am
  15. they already do and we don't need that taught to the next generation

    Replied on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:33am
  16. Carole, you are obviously not well-versed in modern news stories, because so-called Christians have been saying that for years. The fact you chose to pick Christians as the poor protagonists in your little scenario tells me you are one of them. What Glen said is a statement of his feelings towards someone who is openly anti-LGBT and hateful, as well as a possible school employee. Glen, to the best of my knowledge is not a school employee, and did not say anything against Christians, so your failed attempt at turning the tables just doesn't work. You show, by your quick judgmental words, that you do not understand what you said about Glen. Allow me to educate you: 1) Glen might have used a curse word, but his general statement was not generally ignorant. 2) While Glen's tone in his statement might seem angry, he did not say anything derogatory against that potential coach, so he was not spouting hatred. 3) As for showing disrespect, Carole, can you honestly say you'd respect someone who openly said hideous things about you and all the people like you, then was placed in a situation to teach children that same hate and disrespect? Carole, it is now obvious to me that you only joined this group to start trouble and spread discord among the community. You can take your brand of ignorance and trolling and leave. You have been dismissed.

    Replied on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:01pm
  17. are human rights violations illegal in america? all of this sounds just very illogical and also illegal

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:39pm
  18. Could you guys post a link for the petition because it would my genuine pleaser to sign it. Fuck this stupid turd of society. He should not be allowed reproduce

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:41pm
  19. Children are taught by example a lot of times.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:42pm
  20. seriously they’re going there? Keep this homophobic hate going. :(

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:43pm
  21. WRONG!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:45pm
  22. Actually many of us, gays, do not hate you god. That is really a misnomer. What we do is educate people that your god does not and never did exist. Soon your god will go to the cemetery of gods with Zeus, Hera, Osiris, Ra, Oden, Thor and the thousands of others.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:48pm
  23. My God…..keep this monster away from my childs!!!!!!:(

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:49pm
  24. People like that should not be around kids.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:54pm
  25. Most likely this fucker’s heart is clogged with hate and plaque.
    He’ll be dead in no time from a stroke or heart attack.
    In the mean time shall we all bully and belittle him till he expires like bad milk?

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:57pm
  26. Two wrongs don't make a right. Expose him for what he is, but there's never a justifiable case for being a bully.

    Replied on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:01pm
  27. He can go fuck himself.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:58pm
  28. Arrest this prick

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:58pm
  29. On what grounds?

    Replied on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:50pm
  30. Wow keep him away from everyone!!! Stupid is as Stupid does

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:59pm
  31. Religitard !!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:59pm
  32. This guy screams Sandusky.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:00pm
  33. All people “fornicate” and gays don’t hate God.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:00pm
  34. Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:07pm
  35. Someone like that has ZERO business working around children

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:10pm
  36. Ok seriously, this guy is not the best man for the job obviously, but all you making comments like “arrest him” and crap need to lighten up. I don’t condone this at all but I am seriously tired of hearing this community bash and hate on other people for their religious beliefs and way of life. I thought that’s what you guys protest against? Yea there are going to be haters out there all the time. You bitching about all of them won’t make it stop

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:14pm
  37. thank you! christ someone needed to say this

    Replied on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:17pm
  38. like if he was pushing those views on kids at school than he should get fired but i thought the whole point was we shouldn't discriminate against people for their beliefs.

    Replied on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:19pm
  39. Its less about religious beliefs. You can be religious and not be a bigoted asswipe. Tell the kids getting kicked out of their house to "lighten up".

    Replied on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:39pm
  40. Ok now youre wandering away from my point sceilia lol

    Replied on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:38am
  41. as a Ohio resident can we the public say HELL NO !!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:15pm
  42. That was NEVER what America was about. Why is it suddenly okay for people to profess and further the cause of HATE?

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:18pm
  43. run kids run!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:21pm
  44. OH HELL NO !!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:23pm
  45. BAD CHOICE!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:23pm
  46. Great example for the kids. A hateful bigot teaching young impressionable minds.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:35pm
  47. Just what impressionable young minds need- a life lesson in ” how to hate”!!! Honestly, these people should NOT be allowed to spread their hate !

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:36pm
  48. Yes….”separate but equal” for the right wing nuts, remind me how that worked before?

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:39pm
  49. WTF?!?! SMH…

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:44pm
  50. There’s a lawsuit waiting to happen

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:51pm
  51. I can smell Akron from here.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:05pm
  52. Becca Taylor
    You have got to be kidding me. When did we ever have a voice till now?
    Sorry you can’t take all of the negativity toward this prick.
    But frankly that’s too damn bad.
    I’ve dealt with fuckers like him forever. Not going to be silenced…never again!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:07pm
  53. Think about this: 90% or more, of pedophiles are heterosexual! Further consider: About 99% of homosexual people have heterosexual parents. And homosexuals have been told all their lives by Religious conservatives that God hates them for being their selves. The funny thing is ; God created heterosexuals as well as homosexuals!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:12pm
  54. Only a deficient school board would consider this asshole for a coaching job!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:17pm
  55. NO!!! Do not hire his ignorance.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:20pm
  56. I’m sure they are taught by each of those groups. It’s a shame he sees them all as the same group. I am proudly homosexual, but not a fornicator, or a hater of God. Quite the opposite, I am a follower of Christ Jesus, a “joint heir,” of salvation, redeemed by the same Blood! If you judge me, you judge Him. I see no “sin” in same sex love relationships or marriage, and I’ve had years of formal Bible training. If you do, that’s your opinion. We can ask for clarification when WE see Him… See that? I just assumed you will be seeing Him too! :)

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:21pm
  57. Religion = Hate!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:22pm
  58. I may lose some friends, but, I’m going to share this anyway.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:24pm
  59. Go away you asshole bigots!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:46pm
  60. Sounds like all of my old gym teachers (which is why I never developed a crush on any of them). Of course, I gave them so much pushback that they eventually just left me alone. :)

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:47pm
  61. I’ll kick his ass

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:49pm
  62. Ohio, The north’s version of Florida.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:53pm
  63. Kick his fat-ass off the campus!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:59pm
  64. wow, and they want that around their children? how sad

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:59pm
  65. We do not need people of hate in Ohio. This guy is trouble.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:04pm
  66. Bad idea!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:05pm
  67. Oh hell no .

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:09pm
  68. totally fucked up

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:23pm
  69. He has no place in a position like that!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:23pm
  70. Is Texas becoming a hate monger’s cult?

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:28pm
  71. Educators are suppose to set the example for our kids and NOT promote hate and bigotry….what is that saying about are educational system?

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:29pm
  72. here is the superintendent of the lakewood schools email jeff.patterson@lakewood.k12.oh.us

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:29pm
  73. Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:30pm
  74. Evil hate mongers do not belong anywhere, especially near children.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:31pm
  75. A ,,,,hole

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:50pm
  76. He shouldn’t be allowed near children with that hate!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:57pm
  77. Just remember that you will be judged everyday for every criticism you make. And, pay close attention to it – it’s God. He will reveal it to you. Hopefully, he will send the Spirit of Discernment upon you, so you’ll be careful not to cast blame on people the Lord chooses to be in that particular institution. Even, if they are indeed gay. God Bless.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:13pm
  78. He is a fucking jerk because obviously he’s small-minded & thinks that ONLY gay people think about sex ….and he’s so twisted he thinks that gay people think about KIDS in a sexual vein. He’s supposed to be a role model of MORE than tolerance…a coach is akin to a TEACHER….TEACHERS are supposed to be NON judgemental…even if a child or a parent is gay…..he can FUCK OFF…DO NOT HIRE THIS PIECE OF SHIT!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:16pm
  79. If I had kids…

    …they wouldn’t be going to this school.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:20pm
  80. What’s new for Ohio?

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:32pm
  81. And when more kids start committing suicide, they know where to look.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:37pm
  82. He’s a hater of LGBT Humanity and uses his religion to push it.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:42pm
  83. This creep show is covering something up…

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:59pm
  84. Never was a fan of home-schooling, but the knowledge that public schools would even CONSIDER such a person eligible for any position working with children might make me reconsider.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12:24am
  85. Coaching kids? This whack-job bigot shouldn’t be allowed to be within a 1000 ft of a child!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12:27am
  86. Don’t coach any kids you sick twisted bigot.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12:39am
  87. He’s going to harass the lgbt students effecting their education.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:05am
  88. Another Evil homophobic Bigot NAZI!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:16am
  89. I know I’d like to have someone come to work with me who believes I am either a “homosexual, fornicator or defiant hater of gawd.” That would certainly set the tone for a collegial atmosphere. (For the record, I hate neither Odin nor Thor)

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:30am
  90. Um…can you say, “REALLY STUPID IDEA”?

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:31am
  91. Yeah, let the nazis take over our educational systems.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:06am
  92. nono no

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:29am
  93. REALLY?NOOOOO!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:54am
  94. You can’t hate an entity you don’t believe even exists, coach.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 3:40am
  95. so many of these “christians” constantly talk about God and Christ but spend more time hating and judging then having an open heart. Sometimes I wonder what God or Christ they are talking about? because the Christ I was raised to know was a compassionate/loving man

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:25am
  96. Ha hahaha Moron

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:07am
  97. So let me get this straight…gays and lesbians can openly oppose the Christian lifestyle and values but Christians don’t have the right to stand up and take a stand for their values? I thought everyone had the right to stand up for their values and to vote in all matters with their conscience? It seems like one side, gays and lesbians are dictating to the other what they can’t do.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:49am
  98. smh thats crazy

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:47am
  99. Why?????????

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:54am
  100. Lmao, this guy would hate me. I’m not gay but I’m a ten year proud LGBT supporter and a strong minded atheist.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:03am
  101. This is just awful cruel and heart breaking. . . This guy needs all the prayers he can get. . I’m an openly gay man and I’m a Christian i believe in god and Jesus Christ and i know they love me for all that i am

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:37am
  102. Oh for goodness sake. What are you morons thinking??????????????

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:40am
  103. Teachers don’t talk about their intimate life to students. We teach tolerance and respect for all. Many times, too many to count, I had sermonette time in class telling students why it is important to respect and tolerate others, don’t need to like them, but hating, gossiping, and bullying are not allowed in any school situation.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:12pm
  104. Sorry no

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:32pm
  105. whi is this fuck?

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:54pm
  106. He has a mental illness… or he’s just one more in a long line of assholes!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:39pm
  107. This is why Ohio is the worst.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:50pm
  108. We do not need any more hatred in OHIO.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 3:10pm
  109. Negative coach is not what kids need

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 3:35pm
  110. teach peace, not abusive republican talking points.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:18pm
  111. hiring this pig would be child abuse

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:16pm
  112. not sending my kids to THAT school

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:10pm
  113. Hate has no business being taught in public schools. Let him teach in the private schools. Surely, they must be teaming with job openings instead of closing down locations due to lack of parishioners.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:19pm
  114. Keep him away from adolescent minds.. He’ll just promote hate.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:51pm
  115. This man should not be allowed anywhere near children

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:44pm
  116. closet case

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:18pm