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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The First Amendment Gets Big Win, Teacher Found Liable For Making Anti-Christiam Remarks in Class

Score one for the First Amendment:

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

The 20-year teaching veteran, James Corbett, has made many condescending comments to students who have religious beliefs. On this particular day, former student, Chad Farnan, recorded the teacher making 20 inflammatory statements against Chad for his belief in creation.

The one that the judge said violated Farnan's first amendment rights was when Mr. Corbett called creation "superstitious nonsense" in front of the class during a lecture.

There were other comments that somehow the judge didn't think was as bad as the "superstitious nonsense" comment. I don't see how they're any better:

Also dismissed in April were comments such as, "Conservatives don't want women to avoid pregnancies — that's interfering with God's work" and "When you pray for divine intervention, you're hoping that the spaghetti monster will help you get what you want."

On Friday, Selna also dismissed one of the two remaining statements, saying that Corbett may have been attempting to quote Mark Twain when he said religion was "invented when the first con man met the first fool."

One thing I'm a bit confused about is this. Why a European history teacher is talking about creation anyway? Wasn't creation just a little before the beginning of the European history?

1 comment:

  1. Don't be so quick to defend evolution just because the wingnuts hate it. Darwin led to the worst colonial, militarist, attrocity and stock market abuses in history. Lamarkian inhertiance and mitochondrial DNA show that Darwin was not all he is crackered up to be. So don't defend him! These angry white talk radio males need universal health care so they can finally see a psychistrist. We also need to psychiatrically regulate the preachers and teachers who influenced such creatures. That is what homeland security is really about.