By Calvin Palmer
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 on Friday after a 16-month legal battle between Capistrano Valley High School 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 during a lecture in 2007.
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.
In this particular instance, a government employee has been prohibited from telling the truth – creationism is superstitious nonsense and has no factual basis whatsoever.
In their child-like way, I suppose courts would also prohibit government employees from displaying hostility towards anyone believing in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
Surely religious faith should be robust enough to withstand such attacks without recourse to the law. If not then the faith itself becomes suspect.
Dog Bless America!
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]