Commentary | On Ventura Unified School Superintendent’s Resignation

Editor’s Note:  David Creswell resigned over a 2016 sermon he gave as an elder at the Redeemer Baptist Church in Riverside that referenced LGBT individuals. This was given before he even came to serve as Ventura Unified’s superintendent.  The opinion below is Mr. Dunn’s.  We don’t support it as much as don’t support spurious attacks on various minorities.  What we do support is freedom of religion. This destruction of individuals over religiously held beliefs must stop. Free speech goes both ways.



By Tom Dunn

Freedom of religion is guaranteed to you to believe and practice it without government interference, but not when those beliefs are used, as the former Ventura school superintendent did, to falsely misrepresent another group of people’s accomplishments.

Then to have that person be in a position of public trust and responsibility to guard and educate our children is very poor judgment.

His job is to see that one group is not given better treatment than any other group.

What he said is fine for the church members to believe or not believe, but children in public school need fair and unbiased treatment and opportunities to grow into adulthood with a good education.

Yes, there are some biased opinions that occur, but our job as citizens and parents is to do the best job possible to eliminate untrue statements, ideas or decisions in our education system that would not give every child equal opportunity. 

Tom Dunn is a Port Hueneme resident who is publisher of Port Hueneme News, a digital newspaper (facebook @huenemenews)  and host of  “Hello Port Hueneme” a video interview show about people, places and things in Port Hueneme.

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