Monday, May 4, 2009

Creationism as superstitious nonsense violates First Amendment?




A federal judge has ruled that a history teacher at a Southern California public high school violated the First Amendment when he called creationism "superstitious nonsense" during a classroom lecture.

U.S. District Judge James Selna issued the ruling Friday after a 16-month legal battle between student Chad Farnan and his former teacher, James Corbett.

Farnan's lawsuit alleged that Corbett made more than 20 statements that were disparaging to Christians and their beliefs.

The judge found that Corbett's reference to creationism as "religious, superstitious nonsense" violated the First Amendment's establishment clause. Courts have interpreted the clause as prohibiting government employees from displaying religious hostility.

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Was the Judge right?  Should a teacher be prohibited from saying creationism is "religious superstitious nonsense"?

1 comment:

Omnipotent Poobah said...

Aside from the fact that I agree that it's superstitous crap, I'd have been happier if it wasn't brought up at all.

The legality is a bit of a Catch 22. Reign in the teacher and his rights are abridged. Reign in the Christian and his rights are abridged.

It's the perfect case for my point that neither one of them should be spouting off about it in school. That's what they have private lives for.

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