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Anti-gay preacher rejected for coaching job at Ohio public high school

Thursday, February 13, 2014

HEBRON, Ohio — The founder of a Christian ministry whose online commentary rails against a “sissified” America and dismisses bullying as “the way of the world” was rejected Wednesday night as the next football coach at an Ohio public high school.

Dave Daubenmire

Dave Daubenmire

The school board for Lakewood High School in Licking County, Ohio, voted 3-2 to reject the recommendation of district administrators to hire Dave Daubenmire, a local alum who has taken other schools to the state playoffs but has courted controversy along the way.

Daubenmire, a right-wing Christian commentator who refers to himself as “Coach Dave,” has said children in public schools are being educated by “homosexuals, fornicators and defiant haters of God.”

His targets have included not just LGBT people, but also women, children, African-Americans, educators, preachers, parents, President Obama, Congress, Democrats, Republicans and even Fox News.

Daubenmire was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union in 1999 for leading locker-room prayers while coaching at a public high school in London, Ohio. He was fired in 2012 as coach at Fairfield Christian Academy for what he said was being “too decisive.”

“Our school system does not need the baggage that comes with this man,” said Mary Miller, a 1991 Lakewood High graduate and resident of the school district 30 miles east of Columbus. Lakewood includes the villages of Hebron and Buckeye Lake.

Daubenmire downplayed the impact of his online videos and columns. He runs Pass the Salt Ministries and a website called NewsWithViews.tv.

On one of his video commentaries, posted in October, Daubenmire said 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.”

But at Wednesday night’s school board meeting, Daubenmire said “nobody is for bullying,” and he and his supporters accused others of trying to bully him into silence and Lakewood school board members into denying him the opportunity to coach.

Equality Ohio Executive Director Elyzabeth Holford said bullying has serious consequences that Daubenmire has trivialized.

“Do we want to live in a state where bullying is made fun of, as if it is not real?” she said. “Do we want that in our schools? Do we want that for our students?”

After the vote, Holford said: “I think the right thing was done.”

Some of Daubenmire’s supporters said his experience and success as a coach was needed at a school that one said has posted a 10-100 record in football over the last 11 years.

Elaina Carpino, a Hebron resident who attended the meeting with her wife, told the audience that coaches are role models for children.

“It’s not about winning games,” she said. “It’s about teaching life.”


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74 more reader comments:

  1. Thats good

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:13pm
  2. Good, keep the bigots out of school.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:14pm
  3. Ha! That’s what he gets!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:15pm
  4. he was even fired from a Christian school for his antics and it was still a 3-2 decision? Ugh.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:15pm
  5. I was hoping this would happen.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:15pm
  6. Good they should fire him from every job in the public sector

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:15pm
  7. Good. Don’t need to be teaching bigotry to students.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:16pm
  8. Good and this hate from a “preacher”?? :(

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:17pm
  9. So glad he is out!!!!! What a ass!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:17pm
  10. What a douche!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:18pm
  11. That’s great news!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:18pm
  12. Good!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:18pm
  13. So sick of the Christian assholes bullying in the name of Jesus.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:19pm
  14. Yes! Don’t let them poison young minds.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:20pm
  15. He should be ashamed of himself.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:21pm
  16. The fact that the vote was 3-2 and not 5-0 against this hater is rather disturbing.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:21pm
  17. Hateful bigot should just retire and spare the world of his ignorance or maybe his god can find him another job where he can spew his hate. We can only hope the latter.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:21pm
  18. Good!!!! There is no need for the crap he is preaching!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:24pm
  19. What school needs his hate?

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:24pm
  20. I hope the door hits him in the ass on his way out! Go preach for Westboro Baptist Church if you want to be among like minded bigots.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:27pm
  21. good…….i agree with you ash robinson

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:27pm
  22. Happy dance!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:27pm
  23. Good.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:28pm
  24. finaly some good news from America

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:29pm
  25. absolutely not in public schools and I’ll bet a lot of private schools too he’s a loser!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:30pm
  26. Seriously!obviously he’s the one with a problem good job!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:30pm
  27. No matter his opinions he would have crushed young spirits, glad he didnt get the job

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:31pm
  28. Good!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:32pm
  29. good for them!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:33pm
  30. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:34pm
  31. keep him away from our children,,,he a monster…..

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:37pm
  32. Now he knows what it feels like to be rejected…

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:39pm
  33. keep up the good work coach YOU ARE a credit to Jebus. Show the world just how much Jebus loves us. you sick phuck.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:39pm
  34. Excellent

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:39pm
  35. Thank you Stewart. You are such an asset to our community. An Individual that I can only hope to emulate..

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:40pm
  36. it’s people like him that WERE the bullies in school!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:41pm
  37. Thank God

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:42pm
  38. Hahahaha now he can tell his kids and wife that he got fired for being a scum too funny!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:45pm
  39. Yay!! Keep your hate at home!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:46pm
  40. Pat Summit was the winningest coach at Tennessee for years. She wouldnt recruit anyone if she was gay. I wouldnt have played on her team no matter how much they won!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:47pm
  41. The 3-2 vote is disturbing. It should have been 5-0. How could anyone vote for a man who minimizes bullying to have ANYTHING to do with children? The news is full of heartbreaking stories of kids, gay and straight, killing themselves. Ultimately, they did the right thing by refusing him access to children. No matter what their religion, adults shouldn’t be able to poison children with their own bigotry.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:50pm
  42. He deserve it

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:50pm
  43. good

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:51pm
  44. Good!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:52pm
  45. Good

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:52pm
  46. Goottttt!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:53pm
  47. :P

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:55pm
  48. He is an ugly man inside and out.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:57pm
  49. Beast!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:59pm
  50. Great news! Stop bigots 1 by 1 and we will get there.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:59pm
  51. …he’s no preacher, he’s a demon!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:00pm
  52. I hate football, I love my gay friends.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:04pm
  53. What a faggot.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:06pm
  54. GOOD !

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:06pm
  55. I certainly wouldn’t want this man in my child’s school.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:08pm
  56. I hope you burn In hell

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:11pm
  57. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
    Hopefully his kind will die off soon.
    I’m sure he’s the type that lives for Tran Fats.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:15pm
  58. Karma!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:15pm
  59. great

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:27pm
  60. YAS

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:30pm
  61. Way to go and stand up for more than just wins in sports. It’s about being role models for our kids, not winning games. Way to go.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:30pm
  62. Yaaay

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:31pm
  63. Thank goodness. This guy should not be near kids.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:33pm
  64. Good!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:34pm
  65. The school boards decision was the correct one; we do not need homophobic coaches leading our youngsters! He needs to clean up his own act before searching for a job to influence our children!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:35pm
  66. Haha waiting to hear about his rights being infringed upon….. smh. People who have any type of hate in their heart shouldnt teach anyway.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:44pm
  67. Gay marriage all the way

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:45pm
  68. Let the bigots teach among there own kind.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:46pm
  69. Thank you.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:47pm
  70. HAHAHAH…Eat shit you hater

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:49pm
  71. Good for them

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:59pm
  72. That is a good thing
    They do not want him!
    Pure hate!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:00pm
  73. They’re getting smarter. That guy was a lawsuit waiting to happen.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:03pm
  74. Finally, a school board that has intelligence!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:04pm