Keep an eye on Broward County

Hemant Mehta posted at his Friendly Atheist blog something that sure is making me raise my eyebrows. The chair of the Broward County School Board, Dr. Rosalind Osgood, said this during a worship service at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale:

God has really blessed me this school year that a lot of my principals were transitioned out, and he filled those spots with new principals that were saved. Principals that loved the Lord.

A quote like that makes me wonder if any particular religious philosophy makes it way through these “saved” principals into the schools’ curriculum.

If anyone is in Broward County, please keep an eye on this.

Here is Dr. Osgood’s bio at the Broward school board website.

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27 Responses to Keep an eye on Broward County

  1. Pierce R. Butler says:

    We should also keep in mind the possibility that Dr. Osgood has chosen to lie her head off in her Calvary Chapel testimony, and that the principals in Broward County schools underwent a legitimate and constitutional no-religious-questions asked hiring process.

  2. Pierce R. Butler says:

    I did a search for Osgood, and ended up watching a 2014 video (“Dr Rosalind Osgood: Up Close and Personal”) in which she talked (read a script, or at least spoke always looking below the camera) about working with HIV-positive and AIDS-infected family & community members.

    She discussed church and ministry work, but no mentions of Bible, Jesus, “salvation”, or other indications of putting proselytization before everything else.

    Less benignly, this 2013 news report describes a massive purge of Broward school principals for no given reasons, but implied a possible connection with “over $15 million from Florida Gov. Rick Scott in School Recognition Program funding.”

    See next comment for more…

  3. Pierce R. Butler says:

    Apparently the blog software here blocks two comments from the same source if posted too closely together, so I had to wait a bit before uploading the rest of this (separated in an attempt to bypass the too-many-links filter, and separated again because now the blogware says “Duplicate comment detected: it looks like you already said that!”).

    This Sun-Sentinel article lists 26 new principals and assistant principals approved by the Broward school board in June, 2015.

  4. Pierce R. Butler says:

    I found various critical – but not very informative – posts about Dr. Osgood at and (”hibbsforchange – Broward County Public Schools Corruption”); others with more time & background knowledge may find something relevant at these blogs.

    Off-the-record conversations with people in the Broward Principals and Assistants Association would probably reveal a great deal.

    Or those who can handle a frontal assault of eye-poking pink can go to Dr. Rosalind Osgood Ministries International at (What does Florida/federal law say about an elected official soliciting donations for a personal non-profit organization?)

  5. Ivorygirl says:

    Just one more sad example of how these religious zealots think that “Lying for Jesus” will somehow give them a special place in the afterlife

  6. Chris says:

    Ivory girl everyone has a special place in the afterlife, even you.

  7. Pierce R. Butler says:

    A local school board member (NB – not a lawyer) just told me that we do have laws explicitly blocking elected officials from soliciting money in the inimitable manner of Dr. Rosalind Osgood Ministries International.

    Fwiw, a search of found no instances of wingnut trigger words including “evolution”, “Darwin”, “climate”, “LGBT”, “transgender”, etc.

  8. Ivorygirl says:

    Well, as long as that special place is immune from your mindless waffle I’ll be happy there.

  9. Bill says:

    Ivorygirl, you don’t need to be concerned about our future relationship if we have different special places. We won’t always be able to have these little chats. From what I understand there is a great gulf fixed separating two completely different locations and it sounds like we will be separated forever. But I don’t think you’ll be happy there. Luke 16:19-31 gives some pretty good details. And if you’re really interested around thirteen million Americans claim to have had a glimpse of one place or the other. Here’s a few. Near Death Experiences Heaven Yutube

  10. Chris says:

    Oops, Bill was playing with my computer Ivorygirl.

  11. Ivorygirl says:

    Your assertions about the putative involvement of a creator god in the world and the existence of an afterlife decided upon by this god, is pure fantasy. Despite your waffling, there is not the slightest shred of empirical evidence for the reality of gods. If you disagree, why not cite some?

  12. Pierce R. Butler says:

    Ivorygirl, you should’ve asked sooner.

    Chris had all of that ready to go, but “Bill” ate it.

  13. Chris says:

    O, I do disagree there are many gods. Hinduism has 300 million different gods. There is the Moon god, the Sun god and on and on. But the one I find most humorous is yours, the god of the gaps ‘Evolution’.

    Where did fish come from? Evolution did it. Where did dirt come from? Evolution did it. Where did dogs come from? We don’t know where, how or when but we do know, evolution did it.

    Even Darwin said, “We have no evidence about what the first step in making life was, but we do know the kind of step it must have been. It must have been whatever it took to get natural selection started . . . by some process as yet unknown.” Of course we know the kind of step it must have been. It must have been evolutionary step, there is nothing else. Evolution did it.

    Your god is truly amazing, it does everthing covertly with out any intelligence, direction or purpose. And with out the believer’s fantasies and fabrications there would be no evidence it existed at all. So as to the empirical evidence for the reality of gods, you’re the best.

  14. Pierce R. Butler says:

    Ivorygirl – see, I told ya “Bill” took all the good stuff.

  15. Ivorygirl says:

    Bill, Please have a quiet word with Chris I think he might need some kind of mental help.

    Chris, and your empirical evidence for your god is ????? I must have missed it in your reply,also I think Bill has something to say to you.

  16. Chris says:

    If you want empirical evidence read the Bible.

  17. Ivorygirl says:


    I’m going to hold your feet to the fire on this one. Not being a theologian I would have difficulty in finding empirical evidence in the bible, however I feel you are also not qualified either. Hence that puts us both on an equal footing to debate the issue. I would also be happy to debate the theory of evolution with you whenever you obtain your doctorate degree in evolutionary biology. That way we can both argue from an equal position.

  18. Pierce R. Butler says:

    Ivorygirl: That way we can both argue from an equal position.

    Ivorygirl, to attain an equal intellectual position with Chris you will also need a lobotomy.

  19. Chris says:


    Wow this almost sounds like you might be interested in a coherent conversation. You’re correct I certainly don’t consider myself to be a theologian but I have been reading the Bible for over forty years and can find no reason not to believe it is true. According to the Lifescience website empirical evidence is information acquired by observation or experimentation. Empirical evidence for evolution’s theory is something science has failed to produce to the satisfaction of millions, not just me. The bible is not a science book but it contains facts validated by science. The book of Job is said to be the oldest book at over 3500 years old. Job 26:7 ” He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspend the earth over nothing” The cosmology of the day taught the earth rested on pillars or people or animals. Only someone beyond the earth would know the earth had no foundation. Here’s one you like Noah’s flood and DNA. There are many more examples of science discovering today what has already been written about in the bible thousands of years ago.

  20. Chris says:


    “When the Bible touches on scientific subjects, it is entirely accurate.” Dr. Donald DeYoung, Ph.D. (Physics) Rather than copy some of this stuff you can look for yourself.

  21. Chris says:


    I’d mentioned the millions who have had near death experiences a few post up which you had no comment for. If you decide to take a look you’ll find of the scores of atheist who have had the experience none are atheist now, not one. The event is sighted in the bible by Paul as knowing someone fourteen years earlier as being caught up to the third heaven. 2 Corinthians 12:1-4

  22. Chris says:


    If you look for absolute proof of evolution you won’t find it without the words theorize, speculate, imagine or believe. But what you can find is ‘The Lowest Animal’ by Mark Twains. “I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” (so-called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me.
For it obliges me to renounce1 my allegiance to the Darwinian theory of the Ascent of Man from the Lower Animals, since it now seems plain to me that that theory ought to be vacated in favor of a new and truer one, this new and truer one to be named the Descent of Man from the Higher Animals.”

  23. Chris says:


    Just to make a comparison here’s some science from the Koran. Stupid Islam Science

  24. Chris says:

    Ivorygirl- goggle it.

  25. Chris says:

    Are you ok Ivorygirl? My feet are getting cold. Now that you’re a degreed evolutionary biologist I was looking forward to gleaning some scraps of wisdom for the faith. I hope you didn’t follow Pierce’s advice and get that lobotomy, you could become a vegetable. Would changing from a fruit cake to a vegetable be considered evolution? Never the less being the special teacher you are here’s a few simple questions I know you have the answers too.

  26. Chris says:


    Below is a portion of a letter written by Storrs Olson in 1999. He was the Curator of Birds at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natulral History. My question is would you consider this person to be a degreed evolutionest, non degreed evolutionist or an apostate who has lost the faith?

    “The hype about feathered dinosaurs in the exhibit currently on display at the National Geographic Society makes the spurious claim that there is strong evidence that a wide variety of carnivorous dinosaurs had feathers. A model of the undisputed dinosaur Deinonychus and illustrations of baby tyrannosaurs are shown clad in feathers, all of which is simply imaginary and has no place outside of science fiction.”
    “The idea of feathered dinosaurs and the theropod origin of birds is being actively promulgated by a cadre of zealous scientists acting in concert with certain editors at Nature and National Geographic who themselves have become outspoken and highly biased proselytizers of the faith. Truth and careful scientific weighing of evidence have been among the first casualties in their program, which is now fast becoming one of the grander scientific hoaxes of our age.”

  27. Chris says:

    Ivorygirl- I can’t believe you might have taken Pierce’s advice and are now unable to communicate. It may have worked for him but I think all you need is a good enema.

    This latest news could be discouraging for monkey worshipers everywhere.

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